Monday, September 17, 2012

New Recipe Monday

Who loves Pinterest?  Yeah, me too.  There are so many DIY projects on there I want to do.  Lots of crafty ideas for children I can share with friends and teachers.  And recipes.  I'm a recipe junkie.  But I rarely fix anything new because, like most men, my husband likes to stick with what he knows is good, if you know what I mean.

I decided we would have New Recipe Monday.  So now he knows there will be a new dish on the table come Monday.  He'll be ready for it.  LOL

Today I fixed Cheesy Chicken Lasagna.  It turned out good.  The children said it is a definite keeper and Bruce had seconds and even took the last square to work.  So it is officially in the recipe book.

Here's the recipe:

Cheesy Chicken Lasagna
2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk (not fat-free)
1 (1 oz) pkg. dry Ranch dressing mix
3 C. cubed, cooked, chicken
1/8 tsp pepper
1 (16oz) lasagna noodles, cooked (I recommend reducing it to 8 oz to 12 oz)
1 1/2 to 2 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 to 2 C mozzarella cheese, grated
Cook the chicken and noodles first at the same time. Once noodles are done–rinse in cold water and set aside (it keeps them from sticking together). Combine evaporated milk (don’t use fat-free version) and Ranch dressing in a 3 quart heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until dry ingredients are dissolved. Stir in chicken and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes (don’t do any less), stirring frequently. Layer half of lasagna noodles, poultry sauce, and cheese in well-buttered 9×13 pan. Repeat layers again. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
When I cooked the evaporated milk and Ranch together, it tasted like Alfredo Sauce.  If you don't like Alfredo Sauce, you might not like this dish. 

We visited with my mom today after Bruce and Justin left for work.  We had a good visit.  She seems to be doing better.  We also visited with Barbara O' for about ten minutes.  She looked tired so we didn't stay long, but we are thankful she is on the mend.  Hannah and Harrison made homemade applesauce and we took her some of that.  I hope she enjoys it.  If you like applesauce, it is so easy to make.  This is what we do:
Homemade Applesauce
3 lbs Granny Smith Apples
3 cups of water
1 cup of sugar (The recipe calls for one cup, but you can do this sugar free or add sugar to taste)
1 TBS of lemon juice
(The recipe does NOT call for cinnamon, but we like to add cinnamon to taste)

Core and peel apples.  Cut in small pieces, making sure there are no seeds, and place in large cooker.  Cover with the 3 cups of water. 
Cook on high until boiling.  Turn down to med/low and simmer 20 to 25 minutes.
Pull from burner and mash with potato masher.  There will be some small chunks of apples visible.
Add sugar and lemon juice, mix well.
Cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes on medium.
As it cools, it will thicken.