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Christmas Morning Wife Saver

I usually only make this at Christmas but I decided in this time that we are home during this pandemic…we are having breakfast for dinner! I’m sure most of you have had this recipe before. It is from the very popular cookbook series The Best of Bridge.

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I precook the bacon before I add it to the dish since I find it doesn’t cook well if you do not. I also cut my bacon up as it helps when cutting out servings. Since I made this for dinner, I made this in the morning around 10am and let it sit all day and popped it in the oven when it was time for dinner…which just adds more time to binge more Netflix. ūüôā I also used red pepper instead of green pepper. I have used turkey bacon in the past with good results, just make sure you pre-cook it. I use Special K as the cereal on top since we will eat it as cereal, no one will eat corn flakes.

16 slices white bread, crusts removed (use square sandwich bread)
Slices of Canadian back bacon or ham
Slices of sharp cheddar cheese (I use the Cracker Barrel cheddar slices)
6 eggs
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 – 1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper (I used red pepper)
1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 cups milk
Dash Tabasco
1/4 lb butter
Special “K” or crushed cornflakes

1. Put 8 pieces of bread in a 9×13 buttered glass baking dish. Add pieces to cover dish entirely.
2. Cover bread with thinly sliced bacon. Top with slices of cheddar cheese. Cover with slices of bread.
3. In a bowl, beat eggs and pepper. Add mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire, milk and tabasco.
4. Pour over bread, cover and refrigerate overnight.
5. In the morning, melt butter and pour over top. Cover with crushed Special “K” or cornflakes.
6. Bake at 350F (180C) uncovered for 1 hour. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh fruit.

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

I really like one dish easy meals and this one is a winner. Leftovers are even better the next day.  I found this recipe on Pinterest which took me to the website gimmiesomeoven.com.  If anyone in your family does not like broccoli it’s easy to pick out or swap it for another vegetable.

I used regular white pasta but please feel free to use whole wheat or gluten-free. You can also use a rotisserie chicken in this recipe to make it even easier.

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8 ounces uncooked pasta (I used rotini)
1 large head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
8 ounces baby Bella (cremini) mushrooms, quartered
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
2 cups diced (or shredded) cooked chicken

1. Heat oven to 400F
2. Cook pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted boiling water until it is al dente. However, about 1 minute before the pasta is done, add the broccoli to the boiling pasta water and stir until combined. Drain both the pasta and broccoli, and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, heat the butter (or oil) in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the mushrooms are cooked through.
4. Sprinkle the flour evenly over the onion mixture and stir until combined. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add in the stock, and stir everything together until most of the clumps are gone. Add in the milk, Dijon, salt and pepper and stir until combined. Continue cooking the sauce until it reaches a simmer. Then remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese until it is combined. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
5. In a large 9 x 13-inch baking dish, combine the cooked pasta, broccoli, mushroom sauce and chicken. Toss until combined. Smooth the casserole out into an even layer.
6. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Then remove pan from the oven, sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese evenly on top of the casserole and bake for 10 more minutes or until the cheese is nice and melty.
7. Serve warm, garnish with extra black pepper and or fresh herbs, if desired.

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

I love easy simple dinners, and this is one of them. ¬†However, I would make a few changes. ¬†I prefer less rice and more meat. ¬†I made 3 chicken breasts instead of 2. I also used a bag of frozen vegetables to see how it worked in this recipe and I had great results. ¬†However, next time I would steam fresh veggies since there wasn’t enough broccoli in the frozen mix that I bought….I could honestly make this recipe with just broccoli alone. ¬†I love broccoli. Also, please switch out the white rice for brown!

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This recipe is perfect for make-ahead lunches or a quick make ahead dinner. ¬†Pre-cook on a Sunday night and just re-heat for your busy Monday night…or portion out for lunches for the week.

I found this recipe on Pinterest. It lead me to the website life-in-the-loft house.com.

3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons cornstarch plus 2 tablespoons water
2 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 3 large)
1 (12 oz) bag stir-fry vegetables that can be found in the produce section (for convenience I tried frozen with good results)
3 cups cooked brown or white rice

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
2. Combine soy sauce, 1/2 cup water, brown sugar, ginger and garlic in a small saucepan and cover. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove lid and cook for one minute once boiling.
3. Meanwhile, stir together the corn starch and 2 tablespoons of water in a seperate dish until smooth. Once sauce is boiling, add mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken then remove from heat.
4. Place the chicken breasts in the prepared pan. Pour one cup of the sauce over the top of the chicken. Place chicken in oven and bake 35 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and shred chicken in the dish using two forks.
5. *Meanwhile, steam or cook the vegetables according to package directions.
6. Add the cooked vegetables and rice to the casserole dish with the chicken. Add most of the remaining sauce, reserving a bit to drizzle over the top when serving. Gently toss everything together in the casserole dish until combined. Return to oven and cook 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Drizzle each serving with remaining sauce. Enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe comes from The Best of Bridge.  It is a family favorite. I alternate between making garlic mashed potatoes and regular mashed, but the garlic is the most loved.

I like this recipe since I can make it ahead of time. I can make the meat bottom and leave it in the fridge. I then make the potato top when I’m ready to bake it.

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1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef or ground left-over roast
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried savory
10 oz can beef broth
1/2 can water
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup finely diced carrots
1/2 cup frozen corn

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
2 lbs potatoes (5-6 medium), peeled and cubed
6 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
3/4 cup buttermilk or 2% milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten

1. Using a large nonstick frying pan, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Break meat up as it cooks. Add onions and garlic; cook until softened. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, thyme and savory. Add broth, water Worcestershire, bay leaf and carrots. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until quite thick and carrots are tender. Stir in corn. Remove bay leaf. Spread mixture in a deep casserole. Let cool slightly.

To make garlic mashed potatoes:
1. Place potatoes in a saucepan with garlic and cover with water. Add salt, bring to boil and simmer gently until tender. Drain well and mash. Beat in buttermilk, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of beaten egg and add remainder to mixture. Spread potato mixture over meat and brush with reserved egg. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes.
Serves 6

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Lasagna Rolls

I like this fun way of serving lasagna. ¬†My kids loved having their own individual rolls of goodness. This recipe was taken from “Giada’s Family Dinners” by Giada De Laurentis. ¬†The recipe calls for 3 ounces of thinly sliced prosciutto. I always order from my deli in grams, so I converted from ounces to grams and it works out to 85 grams. ¬†The recipe asks to be sure to squeeze the spinach totally dry in order to avoid a watery dish. ¬†The ” Quick Marinara Sauce” recipe is also on this blog.




Sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Lasagna
1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for pasta
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
12 dried lasagna noodles
Butter, for baking dish
2 cups “Quick Marinara Sauce”
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)

To make the sauce:
1. Melt the butter in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add the flour and cook for 3 minutes, whisking continuously.  Whisk in the milk.  Increase the heat to medium-high.  Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes.  Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the cream sauce.

To make the lasagna:
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, spinach, 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, egg, the 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper until blended.
2. Bring a very large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the lasagna noodles and cook until just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Drain. Arrange the noodles in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.
3. Preheat the oven to 450F. Butter a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.  Spread the cream sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish.
4. Lay out 4 lasagna noodles on a work surface, then spread about 3 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture evenly over each noodle. Roll the noodles up and arrange the rolls, seam sides down and not touching one another, atop the cream sauce.  Repeat with the remaining noodles and ricotta mixture.  Spoon 1 cup of the marinara sauce over the lasagna rooms, then sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.  Cover the dish tightly with foil.  Bake until the rolls are heated through and sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake until the cheese on top is golden, about 15 minutes longer.  Let stand for 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinara sauce in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat until hot.  Transfer the sauce to a sauce boat and serve alongside.

Makes: 6 Main-course servings