5/28/09

Chicken Veg-all Casserole




Tonight was one of those busy ones for us. Logan had his music recital at 6:30. We had to eat quickly. I only made the Chicken Veg-all Casserole. It really is one of those all-in-one dishes. The cracker topping can even serve as your bread!
It seems like I've made this casserole a hundred times over the years. When the kids were pickier eaters, I didn't make it as much, but now that their tastes are expanding, it is finding its way back to our table.
If you have your chicken cooked and in the freezer (or if you use canned chicken), you can literally have this casserole in the oven in under 10 minutes. To speed the cooking time, before adding the cracker topping, you can zap it in the microwave for 5 minutes or so, just until bubbly. Top with crackers and bake for about 5 minutes, or until crackers are golden brown.
A salad and rolls are nice, but really not necessary. This is basically a quick and easy chicken pot pie.
There are tons of variations. In place of the mayo you can use a can of cream soup. Chicken, onion, mushroom, celery, or cheddar all work well. You can use 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream.
To make the cracker topping:
While I zap the butter in the microwave, I pour a sleeve of crackers into a zippered bag and gently crush with my hands or a rolling pin. I open the bag and pour the melted butter into the bag with the cracker crumbs and shake to coat crumbs.

Just want to add that we were very proud of Logan tonight. We thought he played really well. Jesse T. also performed and did very, very well! Kudos to both of them for their hard work!!

Ways I saved money:

I bought the large can of Veg-all, as it was less expensive than two small cans. I do prefer Veg-all to the store-brand. You can also use thawed frozen mixed vegetables, if you prefer them to Veg-all.

I am still trying to use up the Club crackers! I used them for my topping tonight.

I use store-brand butter, cheese and sour cream.

I had a coupon on the mayo.

I had sour cream that needing using, so I used it in place of half the mayo.

Ways I save calories:

I only used 3 tablespoons of butter in the topping.

The sour cream and mayo were both reduced-fat.

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