Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole in an off white oval casserole dish ready to be served.

Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole

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This Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole is just that, very cheesy! It’s also a great low carb dinner option. Pair it with a mixed green salad for about 10 grams of net carbs. It’s very filling, so you don’t feel that you’re missing out on anything. I like that it makes a large casserole, and leftovers freeze well.

Ingredients for Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole arranged on a colourful checkered dish towel.

Although I’m not a fan of fad diets per se, I do at times watch what I eat and cut back on high carb foods such as rice, bread and pasta. This creamy casserole is perfect for doing just that with little sacrifice. It has a hint of curry powder for a deliciously different twist, and I promise that you won’t be disappointed. Even if you’re goal isn’t carb counting, this yummy casserole is wonderful with potatoes, rice or simply a slice of crusty bread. The creamy mushroom soup and cheesiness also make it kid-friendly.

Here’s the breakdown based on 6 servings for those of you who are following low carb/keto diets.

Calories per serving: 435kcal

Net Carbs per serving: 8.3g

Fat per serving: 32g

Protein per serving: 28.4g

Unbaked Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole in an off white oval casserole dish ready for the oven.
Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole in an off white oval casserole dish ready to be served.

Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole in an off white oval casserole dish ready to be served.
Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole
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    Servings
    5-6 people
    Servings
    5-6 people
    Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole in an off white oval casserole dish ready to be served.
    Cheesy Chicken Vegetable Casserole
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      Servings
      5-6 people
      Servings
      5-6 people
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a simmer. Add cauliflower and broccoli and simmer until just tender 5-6 minutes. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow to drain well, see note.
      3. Meanwhile heat a large skillet over medium and add oil. When oil is hot add chicken thighs, searing and cooking 4-5 minutes per side until just cooked. Remove to a plate and set aside. To the same skillet add mushrooms and cook until browned and most of the moisture has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
      4. In a large bowl whisk together mushroom soup, mayonnaise, curry powder, onion powder, pepper and lemon juice.
      5. Cut cook chicken into large strips and add to mushroom soup mixture along with mushrooms, vegetables and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir gently to combine. Spread into a lightly greased casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes until bubbling.
      Recipe Notes

      -I find rolling drained vegetables in a clean kitchen towel removes more moisture.

      -A great low carb dinner option on its own, but also wonderful with rice, mashed potatoes, quinoa or crusty bread.

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      Garlicky Buttered Beans

      Garlicky Buttered Beans

      Garlicky Buttered Beans served in a shallow, oval dish with a wedge of lemon.

      Garlicky Buttered Beans

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      Some will say it’s all about the turkey or roast, but how many of us scour through recipes looking for the perfect side dishes to serve with the turkey? We search for recipes because we dream of the perfect meal, and the meal generally includes side dishes. I definitely fall into this group of recipe searchers, partly because it’s nice to try something new and because I believe accompanying dishes are equally as important to any meal as the main item. Even though everyone will not agree with this sentiment, it’s hard to resist buttery green beans. Add in a good dose of garlic, Dijon and lemon juice and you’ve got a bright and zesty veggie that is perfect served with roast turkey, beef or ham. These Garlicky Buttered Beans just might steal the show.

      Sauteed garlic, butter and Dijon mustard in a stainless steel pan with blanched green beans in the background prepared for Garlicky Buttered Beans.

      Garlicky Buttered Beans start with simple ingredients and the whole dish comes together quickly with little fuss. To help with a busy day in the kitchen, the beans can be cooked and cooled in advance, leaving only a quick sauté in garlicky butter. The Dijon, lemon juice and chili flakes help to liven up plain old green beans. If it’s weeknight cooking for just a few people, go ahead and use only half the amount of the green beans, they’re just saucier. What’s not to love about that. Enjoy!

      Garlicky Buttered Beans served in a shallow, oval dish with a wedge of lemon.

      Garlicky Buttered Beans served in a shallow, oval dish with a wedge of lemon.
      Garlicky Buttered Beans
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        Servings Prep Time
        6-8 people 10 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        6-8 people 10 minutes
        Cook Time
        10 minutes
        Garlicky Buttered Beans served in a shallow, oval dish with a wedge of lemon.
        Garlicky Buttered Beans
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          Servings Prep Time
          6-8 people 10 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          6-8 people 10 minutes
          Cook Time
          10 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          1. Heat a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook at a gentle simmer until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well.
          2. Meanwhile, gather remaining ingredients and melt butter in a medium skillet. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute on low heat until fragrant and slightly softened, about 1 minute, being careful not to brown. Whisk in lemon juice, Dijon, salt and pepper.
          3. Add cooked beans and toss until evenly coated with butter sauce. Serve immediately.
          Recipe Notes

          -Green beans can be cooked and cooled in an ice bath up to one day in advance.  They will need more time to warm in the butter sauce if adding from a chilled state.

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          Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

          Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

          Broccoli Cheddar Frittata cooked in a cream coloured cast iron skillet and resting on a wicker trivet.

          Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

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          Simple is delicious, and this lovely Broccoli Cheddar Frittata is an excellent example! Easy to prepare and cook, and it’s made with ingredients you likely have on hand. Ready in about 45 minutes and makes a great brunch or breakfast dish. But I think it makes an equally delicious light lunch served with a salad or a heartier dinner served with pan-fried potatoes. It’s one of those dishes that is multi-serving and perfect for any meal.

          Cooked broccoli in a cast iron skillet with a bowl of whisked eggs and milk in the background in preparation for Broccoli Cheddar Frittata.

          This dish is one of the reasons I love eggs so much. They pack plenty of nutrition and cook quickly, allowing you to get a healthy and satisfying meal on the table without too much fuss. Lots of melty cheese means the kids just might like it too. Enjoy!

          Tips:

          -Don’t overcook! The frittata is done when the centre is just starting to set and still jiggles a little. It will continue to firm up as it rests.

          -Use good quality eggs.

          -Be sure to let the frittata rest as it allows the eggs to firm up and makes for easy cutting.

          -Don’t be shy with your favourite ingredients. If you don’t like onions, add a little red pepper or spice it up with a few chill flakes or different herbs.

          -Use full fat cheddar cheese as it melts nicer than light or reduced fat cheese.

          -A lower fat sour cream can be used but the full fat adds to the frittata’s creaminess and overall texture.

          A slice of Broccoli Chedddar Frittata served with a garden salad on a white plate and resting on a green and white checkered kitchen towel.

          A slice of Broccoli Chedddar Frittata served with a garden salad on a white plate and resting on a green and white checkered kitchen towel.
          Broccoli Cheddar Frittata
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            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 servings 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            15-18 minutes 5-10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 servings 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            15-18 minutes 5-10 minutes
            A slice of Broccoli Chedddar Frittata served with a garden salad on a white plate and resting on a green and white checkered kitchen towel.
            Broccoli Cheddar Frittata
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              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 servings 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              15-18 minutes 5-10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 servings 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              15-18 minutes 5-10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: servings
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position.
              2. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and sour cream. Add milk, mustard powder, oregano, salt and pepper and whisk to fully combine. Stir in half of the cheese. Set aside.
              3. Add oil to a 10" cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When hot add the onion and garlic and sauté until starting to soften about 3 minutes.
              4. Add broccoli and water to the pan and cover to steam the broccoli until just tender about 3 minutes. Remove lid and stir in green onions and whisked egg mixture. Allow to cook over medium-low on the stove for 3-5 until the edge is just starting to set. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and place in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes until just starting to set in the centre (it should jiggle a little in the centre). Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
              5. Cut into desired wedges and serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -Use frozen broccoli if that's what you have, just be sure to thaw completely and pat dry before using.  Add to skillet after cooking the onion and cook just to warm (don't add water) before continuing with the recipe.

              -Gruyére cheese would also be a nice substitute for the cheddar.

              -The cooked frittata will keep for several days well wrapped in the fridge and can be rewarmed gently in the microwave.  It does not freeze well.

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              Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

              Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

              Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry baked golden in a green casserole dish and garnished with fresh thyme.

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              I don’t know about you, but I think leftovers make some of the very best meals. Not only does leftover turkey taste amazing smothered in cream sauce all nestled up against veggies and potatoes, but it ensures that you’ve made the best of your bird with little waste. 

              Groceries are expensive and we all work hard to feed our families well, which is another reason I’m a fan of leftovers.  They’re great for repurposing into inexpensive meals.  Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry is a great way to use up extra vegetables in your fridge, along with the leftover turkey.  Feel free to substitute the puff pastry for pie crust dough too.  They’re both great options, I just happen to choose puff pastry for this post. 

              Puff pastry sprinkled with flour and ready to be rolled with fresh vegetables and diced turkey in the background for Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry.

              I’ve made this Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry as a one-pan family-style meal.  It bakes up golden with bubbling hot goodness beneath.  It smells amazing and is homey and comforting.  As a child, I ate frozen pot pies, usually when my dad was away to give my mom a break from cooking.  While they’re no comparison to homemade, they emanated what I love about a pot pie and I secretly enjoyed them. I didn’t know any better and I had nothing to compare the frozen version to, so for me, it was comfort food heaven in a little foil dish. Nowadays I opt to make homemade and I hope your family enjoys it as much as I do, but whatever your homey, comfort food is, enjoy it! 

              A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.

              A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
              Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
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                Servings Prep Time
                6-8 people 35-40 minutes
                Cook Time
                30-35 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                6-8 people 35-40 minutes
                Cook Time
                30-35 minutes
                A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
                Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  6-8 people 35-40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30-35 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  6-8 people 35-40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30-35 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  1. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven until foamy. Stir in carrots, celery and onions. Sauté for 5 minutes until starting to soften.
                  2. Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat all the vegetables. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
                  3. Over medium heat, slowly add one cup of hot chicken broth stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil (mixture will be very thick).
                  4. Add another cup of broth and stir until smooth and the mixture comes to a simmer. Repeat with remaining broth.
                  5. Reduce heat to low and add potatoes, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer, partially covered for 10-12 minutes until potatoes are almost tender (this will depend on the size of your diced potatoes).
                  6. Preheat oven to 425°F.
                  7. Meanwhile prep the puff pastry dough if you have purchased unrolled. Dust your work surface with flour and roll pastry to 13"x9" rectangle or large enough to overhang your casserole dish. Dough should be 1/8"-1/4" thick.
                  8. Stir turkey and peas into the stew and adjust to taste with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a greased 12"x8" or 2-quart equivalent casserole dish.
                  9. Drape rolled puff pastry over the casserole, pressing the overhang onto the edge of the dish.
                  10. Whisk egg and cream together in a small bowl and brush evenly over puff pastry.
                  11. Cut 6-8 slits in the puff pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and pastry is cooked through. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -It's important to use hot chicken or turkey broth.  Pouring cold liquid into the hot flour mixture will cause the flour to congeal and you will have lumps in your sauce.  Using hot broth maintains a steady temperature of the mixture allowing all flour particles to become incorporated before the flour cooks.

                  -Flour does not reach its full thickening capacity until it comes to a full boil.

                  -Use pre-rolled puff pastry dough for more convenience.

                  -Be sure to leave an overhang of puff pastry.  If you don't the stew will bubble up over the pastry, preventing it from cooking properly.

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                  Roasted Vegetable Soup

                  Roasted Vegetable Soup

                  Roasted Vegetable Soup served in a black bowl with crusty bread.

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                  Get cozy with a warming bowl of Roasted Vegetable Soup.  This soup is perfect for your fall/winter line up with its earthy yet slightly sweet flavour.  It’s a wonderful blend of carrots, parsnips, apple and curry. 

                  A sheet pan lined with roasted vegetable in preparation for Roasted Vegetable Soup.
                  A large red dutch oven filled with cooked vegetables and beans, ready to be pureed for Roasted Vegetable Soup.

                  This Roasted Vegetable Soup blends up beautifully with cannellini beans and a splash of cream gives it a silky richness.  A well-blended soup comes from using quality ingredients, cooking everything until soft enough to blend, and finally, using a good quality blender makes a big difference.

                  For a vegan option, use vegetable broth and substitute the cream for coconut milk.  The result is just as delicious, enjoy!

                  Roasted Vegetable Soup
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    8 cups 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    80 minutes 15 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    8 cups 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    80 minutes 15 minutes
                    Roasted Vegetable Soup
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      8 cups 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      80 minutes 15 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      8 cups 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      80 minutes 15 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: cups
                      Instructions
                      1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
                      2. Toss parsnips, carrots, apple and garlic with 1 tbsp oil. Spread out on a large baking tray in a single layer. Roast for 40 minutes flipping once after 20 minutes.
                      3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute until starting to soften, about 5-7 minutes (don't brown).
                      4. To the pot add the roasted vegetables, chicken broth, beans, curry paste, and salt. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook on low for 30-40 minutes until everything is good and soft.
                      5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly 10-15 minutes. Puree mixture in a blender until smooth and silky. Return to pot and warm on low if needed. Stir in cream and white pepper. Adjust consistency to your liking with additional broth and season to taste with salt.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -letting the soup cool slightly before blending is not necessary, however, I find it a little safer than blending the scalding hot soup.

                      -the amount of salt needed will be dependent on the saltiness of your broth.

                      -makes about 8 cups of soup depending on your desired consistency.

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