Thursday, September 25, 2014

Creamy Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Okay, so, where have I been?  Uninspired, culinarily speaking.  Spent our summer resting by the pool, running errands, doing laundry, escaping the heat.  Ended our summer with a vacation at the beach.

Over the summer, I discovered Trim Healthy Mama.  Read the book, studied it, tried recipes in the book.  Trolled Pinterest with fervor.  And I'm back.  And my desire to cook has returned!  To say I was stuck in a rut is a major understatement.  We did way more "fend nights" than ever before.  Even my eldest chided how I made grilled chicken and salad every Monday night for dinner.  You know it's bad when even the KIDS are getting bored with their favorites.

When we returned from vacation, I went more full forced on THM.  I'm still not 100%, but I'm having fun experimenting, and learning new tips and tricks.  One thing I really like about this plan is that is very easily gluten-free (there are some gluten containing products, they are easily avoided).  The other, is lack of deprivation.  Just 10 days on this diet and I'm already down 3.2 lbs.  Not bad.  Long way to go, but every journey begins with the first step.

Tonight's dinner was combination of using up some grilled chicken in the fridge, and some frozen broccoli I bought on vacation.  A little bit of cream cheese and parmesan, and viola, a new dinner dish for us!

My eldest, who does not like cheese, wrinkled her nose and only served herself a very small portion at first; quickly came back for seconds.

In the THM world, this would be a very solid S due to the level of fats.

Creamy Cheesy Chicken Casserole

2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts, grilled and cubed
1 8 oz package of Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, softened
1 16 oz package of frozen broccoli, thawed (but not cooked)
Salt & Pepper to taste (I used a little sprinkle of each)
2 Tbs Almond Meal
2 Tbs Golden Flax Meal
2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese

In a large bowl, mix together chicken, cream cheese and broccoli.  Spread in a 2 quart baking dish that has been either buttered or sprayed with (THM plan approved) cooking spray.

In a small bowl, mix together almond meal, flax meal and parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle over chicken casserole.

Bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes until really bubbly.

Let set about 5 or 10 minutes once it's out of the oven.

I served with a salad. :)

I hope you enjoy!