Sunday, May 20, 2007

Homemade Orange Smoothies

These get bonus points for being both healthy and delicious! They taste like a drink from Orange Julius.

1 C. plain yogurt
½ C. orange juice (I like the Minute Maid Kids brand for the extra vitamins)
¼ C. Splenda
½ scoop whey protein powder
crushed ice

You may adjust ingredients to taste, of course, and then blend away. Throw in some frozen banana or strawberries and skip the ice.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Chicken Poppy Seed Casserole

This delicious, family-friendly casserole was first made for us by my friend Tina.

I asked for the recipe the next day.

3-4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
16 oz. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup (cream of mushroom will work in a pinch, of course, or cream of onion)
chicken broth
1 sleeve Ritz crackers
1-2 T. poppy seeds
1 stick butter

Cook your chicken and cut into bite-size pieces. Place it in the bottom of a lightly-sprayed 9x13 casserole dish. Mix sour cream, soup, 1 T. poppy seeds and enough chicken broth to make it soupy. Season generously with salt, white pepper, garlic powder, Adobo seasoning…whatever you fancy. Pour this mixture over the chicken.

Crush the crackers and sprinkle over the chicken mixture. Melt your butter and pour over the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Take out 5 minutes early and sprinkle with additional tablespoon of poppy seeds. Finish baking and serve with rice, a green veggie and a loaf of crusty bread.