• Chicken Enchilada Casserole

    Is there anything better than a casserole on a busy weeknight?  In my world I am all about a super easy casserole any time, but especially on those busy nights.  Even better when it is an enchilada casserole! All in one… One of the best things about a casserole is the fact that everything is all packed into on dish.  There are typically fewer pans to clean up, it serves a lot of people and there is something just so comforting about a casserole.  This enchilada version is all that and more. There is chicken, beans, rice, cheese and a little heat in each bite, just like your favorite enchiladas.…

  • Instant Pot Creamy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice

    What is your favorite casserole?  Are you a Enchilada Casserole fan?  Maybe a Chicken Poppyseed Casserole fan? Or the classic Chicken n Rice?   Whatever your favorite is, I think I may have a new one for you, and it is all made in the Instant Pot making it super easy!! Broccoli Love I love the traditional Broccoli, Chicken and Rice casserole but for this recipe I wanted to add a little extra something.  I decided to roast the broccoli.  I am a big, big fan of broccoli, but especially roasted broccoli.  I love the little charred ends.  They just add so much flavor.   If you do not want…

  • A poppy good time….

    There is one dish my Mammaw would always make for us when we go visit her…Poppyseed Chicken Casserole and I LOVED it!!  Now I get to make it for her (with a few changes here and there)! All from scratch So my Mammaw was a good cook but she tended to use a lot of canned stuffs to make her dinners….you know like canned cream of chicken and canned chicken.  It was easy and quick, which she loved. For me though I prefer to make my recipes from scratch but don’t worry it is still easy…I promise. The base of this casserole traditionally is cream of chicken soup, it is what…

  • a classic recipe…updated a bit

    I love making classic dishes that bring me back to my childhood.  A favorite soup (like this one), cake (such as this sheet cake) or casserole (like this chicken and rice) but give it a bit of an update…you know add a little sparkle to it.   I am not going to lie, sometimes they work and sometimes they do not work at all.  This time around I have to say to was a HUGE success, and this is now my go to recipe for this old school favorite. To start with…it is all made in one pan Growning up I remember my mom using several pans to make most…

  • Chicken Spaghetti…from scratch!!

    Chicken spaghetti has been a favorite of mine for many, many years.  Ever since one of my oldest friends, Bonnie, made it for me.  Back then we used canned everything (including canned chicken) and processed anything we could find, and it was SOOOOO good. Remaking a favorite As much as I love this classic I decided Iw anted to remake it…all from scratch. OK I know from scratch can sound kinda scary but don’t worry this from scratch recipe is super easy.  To add in a ton of flavor and a little color I start with red, orange or yellow bell peppers.  Most of the time I will use 1…

  • King Ranch Chicken…my way

    Living in Texas I grew up eating a delicious layered casserole called King Ranch Chicken.  It is a rich and very cheesy mexican inspired casserole that always was a huge hit with family, friends and any pot luck it was brought too. A throwback made my way… Since I was little my mom has been making this casserole.  Sometimes she uses corn tortillas, sometimes flour.  She has used grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken and even canned chicken.  Every once in a while she throws in some veggies, but we try to discourage such healthy behavior.  I mean this cheesy & creamy casserole does not need any veggies to make it more…

  • your FAVORITE enchilada at home (trust me)

    Yesterday I shared with you my favorite Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef.  Today it is all about using that shredded beef to make AMAZING Shredded Beef Enchiladas. Trust me you will not need to go to your favorite Mexican restaurant after you have these enchiladas…at least I don’t have too. Beef and Bean is the BEST (according to The Hubby) Anytime we go to our local Mexican restaurant The Hubby will get a beef & bean burrito and I will usually get enchiladas.  Sometimes I will get cheese enchiladas and sometimes I will get beef enchiladas, but my favorite is a shredded beef version. There is only one place close…

  • hamburger helper all grown-up

    Did you have hamburger helper as a kid growing up?  If you did I have to tell you I am a little jealous.  I always wanted my mom to make us hamburger helper, but she just never did.  Ever since I have been a little obsessed with it and now I have made a homemade version that is even better than the box…just trust me, it really is. I still remember my first time The very first time I EVER had hamburger helper was my freshman year in college.  I walked into a friends house and they were making dinner.  It smelled amazing and I couldn’t wait to see what…

  • An Update for Taco Tuesday

    Does your family have Taco Tuesday every week?  I love the idea and just may have to make it a weekly deal in our home…especially is this taco skillet was on the menu. No Mess… I don’t know about you but one of my least favorite things about hard (& some soft) tacos is how messy they can be.  Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of messy food (sometimes the messier the better) but not when all the yummy is in the mess and not in my mouth. You know what I’m talking about…when you take the first bite of the taco and all the best parts (the…

  • stack it up

    It is Monday!!  Where did the weekend go?  Also, did you know that simmer is also over?  Yay…it is crazy school starts in 2 weeks. Monday needs easy…EVERYTHING When Monday rolls around I know I love it when I can feed my peeps something yummy and EASY…because lets be real who wants to slave away for hours in the kitchen on Monday. When I was growing up my mom loved making casseroles…and now I love them so much.  They are perfect for a family, as they can feed a lot.  They make great leftovers…meaning you can have meals for a couple of days (always a plus) and you can usually…