Monday, June 30, 2008

My dinnertime creation!

Last week when I was making my menu & grocery list, this "creation" just came to me.  I don't think I've ever eaten anything like this before, but it was GOOD!  So here's the ingredients.  See if you can figure out how I used them.  (NOTE:  I ended up NOT using the broth.)

Stumped? goes.  I'm not sure what to call it, but maybe you could call it Liz's Spaghetti & Veggies casserole?  You come up with a name for it & leave it in my comments.

1/2 of a 1lb. box spaghetti noodles
2 12.5oz cans of chicken breast (mostly drained, leave a little liquid)
1 can Italian diced tomatoes (do NOT drain)
1 can sliced mushrooms (drained)
1/2 of a box of frozen chopped spinach
4-6oz cheddar cheese

First, grease a 13"x9" pan & set it aside.  Preheat the oven to 350. 

Cook the spaghetti noodles & drain.  Stir in chicken breast.  (of course, if you have some breasts on hand you could chop up that instead of using canned)  Spread that out in the bottom of pan.

In a bowl, mix tomatoes & mushrooms, then spoon on top of the spaghetti mixture.

On top of that, make a layer of spinach.  I only used 1/2 of the box, but you can increase or decrease the amount you use according to what your family likes.

I had an 8oz block of cheddar cheese that I cut into little strips to top the casserole.  You could use shredded cheese, too.  I only used about 1/2 of the block of cheese, but you could increase/decrease according to your family's taste.

When it's all put together, it looks like this.

Throw that into the oven & set the timer for 30 minutes.  Go outside & enjoy watching your children act like crazy people, getting wet & silly with the water hose.

(He was shoving the hose up her shirt...can you see the water falling from the bottom of her shirt?)

Of course, he then had to run it down his pants to see how that would feel!  LOL!

(yes, he did find her!)

At about the 20 minute point, go inside & remove the casserole from the oven & put some garlic bread in.  It'll cook for the last 10 minutes & then the whole meal is ready to eat.  This is the casserole after it was done.

YUM!  Savannah, Sarah, Larry & I all loved it!  Samuel was his usual picky self & said he didn't want to eat it.  He did finish off 1/2 a piece of garlic bread & a few noodles before he claimed that he was "full".  Oh well, most of us liked it!


cnbp1 said...

Looks great! I'll have to try that! A person could always substitute broccoli for the spinach if they weren't a big fan of spinach.

nursegirl1994 said...

Yummy.  That looks good.  Hey, I decided to start a "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday" carnival blog. Because, well, I just did.  SO, you need to link this to my post from today. You can be the one and only participant.  Wouldn't you feel special.  ha ha.  Anyway, I thought it could be fun.  Maybe I will get a few participants as the weeks go on.  So, anyway, I love that you posted on food.  You rock.
Okay, go to my blog now......