Sunday, November 13, 2011

Weekend Cooking - Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

I'm still enjoying the recipes I'm finding on Pinterest.  What I think makes the recipes pinned on individual boards and passed on to other pinners different from other recipes in magazines or books is that real people are actually making the pinned recipes and on a daily basis.  I'm not slamming cookbooks, I promise...I have shelves of cookbooks and enjoy reading them almost as much as a good novel.  
With my new budget plan in full gear, I have struggled some trying to find budget conscious meals that are still good for my family.  I try to stay away from as much processed food as I can, but on weeknights especially, I need quick fixes like casseroles and crock-pot meals, many of which added canned soups, veggies, or processed items.

I found a wonderful blogger, however, who strives to make basic food for families but creates her own cream sauces etc. rather than relying on the processed kinds.
The website is called....Get Off Your Butt and Bake :)
You have to love that!

The recipe I made from the site this week was Chicken Broccoli Supreme

The picture above is hers because folks are scooping from my dishes before I can find my camera 

The difference between this recipe and every other chicken, broccoli, cream of chicken, ritz cracker topped, poppy seeded casserole you've ever eaten is in the cream sauce.
Butter, cornstarch, water, chicken broth, salt, pepper, milk and cheddar cheese make up the sauce for this casserole, and it blows canned cream of chicken and/or mushroom soup out of the kitchen!
I'm not a condensed soup snob or anything, but I am finding out more and more just how really easy it is to cook some basic things from scratch.  And, in this case, it is definitely worth the tad bit more time that it takes.  

The exact recipe can be accessed through the website link above...YUM!

My entire household liked this one...even my picky husband...from a 9x13 casserole dish, there was only a small portion left for my lunch the next day.

Weekend Cooking is hosted over at Beth F. Reads.

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