I am so excited about this new casserole series of recipes for the cold weather months.
Every time I make a casserole, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. Not every day of course, but often. I mean, if I made a casserole every day, we’d never be able to eat them all. Huh. That’s an interesting thought, isn’t it? Casseroles are generally known for being money savers too. Time for some quick math, I’d say.
How much money could you save by only eating casseroles? Trust me, I know this is kind of a ridiculous thing to think about, but this is just how my brain works sometimes.
Let’s say a casserole has roughly 8 servings. For a family of 2 (my little family), and at 3 servings per meal (usually 1 for me, 2 for husband), we’d get roughly 3 meals out of a casserole. That is assuming we’d each eat 1 serving at 1 of those meals. At an estimated price of $10/casserole, that means we could eat our main dishes for roughly $70/week. Add $5 a day for sides and such, and that means we’d be eating for about $100/week. Not too shabby. Not realistic, but not bad.
Sorry about the lapse in legible thought there – on with the show!
I thought it would be a good idea to post my casserole recipes on Wednesdays. For no particular reason, I guess. Wednesday seems like as good a day as any to post them. I’ll try to stick to that schedule if I can.
*** Also, a very special request to all of you: If you have great casserole recipes that you wouldn’t mind passing on to me, PLEASE do. I’m always looking for the next family favourite, and I’d love to try some of your recipes. Just drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org ***
Today’s recipe is a recipe I took the opportunity to make healthier than the original. I made some swaps like using fat-free greek yogurt in place of sour cream, and I added a lot of veggies to the original recipe.
We both loved how this turned out. Even my husband, who is generally not a fan of noodles, had a second helping. That’s a good sign. I have enjoyed it for lunch with some carrot sticks all week. Hope you try it an enjoy it as much as we did.
[Recipe] Chicken Noodles Romanoff
Per Serving: 339 calories, 32 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 33 g protein, 4 g fibre, 4 g sugar, 553 mg sodium
5 cups whole wheat egg noodles
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups cooked chicken (I saved time by buying pre-cooked, but this is about 2 breasts if you’re cooking it yourself)
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup cottage cheese (I used 2%)
1 cup shredded cheese, divided
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt & pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cook noodles to al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain.
While the noodles are cooking, you can prepare the remainder of the ingredients.
Lightly saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic.
After about 5 minutes, add the green peas to the pan and saute for an additional couple of minutes.
Add mushroom mixture, noodles, chicken, cottage cheese, worcestershire, yogurt, hot sauce, salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese to a big bowl.
Pour the mixture into a large lightly-greased baking pan or casserole dish. I used a 9×13 pyrex dish. Sprinkle with the other 1/2 cup of cheddar.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, until heated through and the cheese turns golden brown.
We served this with a mixed green salad.