Monday, August 5, 2013

Mondays Call For One Dish Dinners!

My house runs like a well-oiled machine.  I drive my husband crazy with lists and calendar invites to keep us organized, but deep down he knows it's the only way anything would get done. 
I prep Monday's dinner Sunday night.  I like to do a one pot meal that can be easily popped into the oven and served alongside a nice salad. 
I found an interesting recipe in Gooseberry Patch's new cookbook "Quick and Easy Autumn" and made some tweaks to it to suit my family's taste.  It was pretty good!  Vegetable, carb, protein all in one dish.  Picked some basil and tomatoes from our garden for an easy side and dinner was done.

Hearty Squash Casserole

1 cup zucchini shredded
2 potatoes peeled and sliced
1/3 cup onion chopped
14 1/2 oz diced tomatoes
1/3 cup butter melted
8 oz package chicken stuffing
pound of ground chicken
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 1/3 cup water

Spray a 3 1/2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
Layer ingridients in the following order: squash, sliced potatoes, onion, tomatoes; set aside.
In a separate bowl toss melted butter and stuffing together; spoon over tomatoes.
In another bowl mix ground chicken, soups and water together.  Spoon meat mixture over stuffing.
Cover and bake at 350 for an hour or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.

The verdict: Two of my boys (6 and 18 months) loved it and had 2 helpings.  My middle one was 'meh on it. Husband and I loved it. My mom, who heated it up while I was coming home from work and asked for the recipe.  Great hearty meal.

Get it done tip: I make my dinner menu and corresponding grocery lists weeks in advance.  With grocery list in hand you can stock up on non-perishables you know you will use when they go on sale.  This helps save money and ensures that whatever you buy doesn't go to waste.  For example, I knew I had to buy stuffing and the soup a few weeks ago so when they went on sale I picked them up.

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