Chicken quinoa & broccoli casserole w/bacon

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There are just a handful of things we need to do to our house before selling, so we have been working hard on a few projects around the house for the last few days. Sunday we bought a new kitchen sink and faucet and while researching the cost for a plumber to install it for us, Ralph and I thought he could do it himself. After a few hours and a trip to the store for drains (who knew those don’t come with a sink when you buy it? crazy), success! Ralph is very handy around the house but this was impressive! He saved us 300$ and the sink looks beautiful!

The next thing on our list was fixing cracked plaster in our downstairs bathroom and repainting the walls. I was planning on calling someone to do it for us, but I was feeling confident vibes from the successful sink installation– so off to the hardware store I went. It took me about 5 hours and I will spare you my whining about how I can barley move my body because I am so sore, but I did it! The bathroom looks so fresh and new. This may sound like a lame feat to you crazy do-it-yourselfers (you guys seriously rock), but we are not you. We have lists and lists of projects but then with the kids and our schedules we can never seem to find time. We always end up hiring someone to make it easier but I know most of it we could really do ourselves.  So this plumber guy and  plastering lady are high-fiving all day over here!

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So besides that we are still getting things ready for baby around the house, at least as much as we can until we move. If you’re a frequent reader you know how rough my pregnancy has been, but I am telling you, this third trimester is bliss. I may be sore all the time but I get incredible energy for most of the day, which allows me to cook and clean! I can’t express how amazing this feels after months of my body not allowing me to do these things. Granted by 4pm I am spent from working on things all day, but its worth it! I am back to my weekly meal schedules and this broccoli quinoa recipe made my list this week by the word bacon alone. Besides being incredibly tasty, this casserole is so simple that you don’t even need to cook the quinoa ahead of time. The only part that takes time is frying the bacon and I suppose if you really wanted to you could skip that part. I highly recommend you don’t though…..for obvious delicious reasons. Go make this. If not for it’s ooey gooey-cheesy-ness, do it for the BACON.

Chicken quinoa & broccoli casserole w/bacon
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • ½ cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning (your choice)
  • ¼ cup shredded Gruyere cheese (or your choice)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan on medium heat, bring the chicken broth and ½ cup of milk to a boil. Whisk in the rest of the milk and the poultry seasoning.
  2. Next whisk in flour until creamy sauce forms.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the sauce from the stovetop with one cup of water, the quinoa and the bacon.
  4. Pour the mixture into a butter greased 9x13 pan.
  5. Cut chicken into strips and place on top of quinoa mixture.
  6. Season, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
  7. Next put broccoli in boiling water on the stovetop for 1 minute or until it turns bright green.
  8. Run under cold water and set aside.
  9. Remove casserole from oven and make sure quinoa is done. (you will be able to tell if the germ has popped open to form a little spiral)
  10. It may need to go back in for an additional 15 minutes or so depending on your oven.
  11. When casserole is done toss in the broccoli, cover with cheese and bake again just until the cheese is melted.

Thanks to Lindsay from Pinch of Yum for yet another great recipe!

 

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{updated} Bacon wrapped vidalia onion chicken

I posted my bacon wrapped vidalia onion chicken recipe already, but I recently made a tasty discovery. If you season the chicken with 2 tablespoons of Tastefully Simple Onion Onion before wrapping it with bacon, the results are mouth-watering.

Then sprinkle a pinch (or a lot more than a pinch if you accidentally used the open side of the shaker instead of the sifting side) of Garlic Garlic over the top before drizzling with vidalia onion dressing. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes then broil on high for an additional 10 minutes, flipping chicken when necessary to cook bacon.

Happy Monday and thanks for reading!

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Crock pot chicken bacon ranch

Found this recipe on Pinterest and it did not dissapoint! Also it makes your house smell phenomenal.

You will need:

  • package of bacon bits, fried, grease drained
  • 1 box (or can) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 package ranch dip mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks
  • egg noodles, cooked
Throw the bacon bits, cream of chicken soup, ranch mix, sour cream and chicken into your crockpot and stir. Heat on low for 4-6 hours and serve warm over egg noodles.
*note it doesn’t necessarily look the most appetizing, but I promise you it is tasty! Reasons why I don’t have any pictures of the finished dish…it just doesn’t look awesome guys.

 

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Bacon wrapped asparagus

You will need:

  • fresh asparagus stalks, ends chopped off
  • bacon
  • TS garlic garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Wrap fresh asparagus stalks with strips of bacon, place in a greased shallow pan. Season generously with garlic garlic and salt & pepper. Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil over asparagus. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes, then broil on low for an additional 10 minutes, flipping if needed.

These were so yummy. Next time we are going to make them on the grill though because we like our bacon crispier!

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Crock pot loaded baked potato soup

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Ingredients
  • 5 lbs russet potatoes, diced, NOT peeled
  • 5 tablespoons TS garlic garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 64 ounces chicken broth or stock
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • bacon, sour cream, chives or shredded cheese for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine potatoes, garlic garlic, onions and chicken broth in your crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 5 hours.
  3. Purée soup in food processor with cream cheese.
  4. Serve warm topped with bacon, sour cream, shredded cheese & chives.
Notes
This makes A LOT of soup. You may want to half it and you would still have plenty for 6 people. Also make sure to use a large crock pot if you are going to make the full recipe.

 

FINALLY a loaded baked potato soup recipe with NO heavy cream (except the cream cheese, but I used organic so I like to think that is a little better? no?) and even better, you can make in in the crock pot! I have to say this is the best recipe I have tried for loaded baked potato soup, and I have tried many. This recipe made enough for my family of 5 and two freezer meals for later. Keep in mind this makes a lot of soup! My advice is to half the recipe and you will still have plenty for 6 people.

Don’t forget all your favorite baked potato toppings that make this soup divine.

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