Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Welcome to Heart Tips Tuesday - Chicken Casserole recipe & Products

Hiddy Ho Sweet Friends,
So how is your week going so far???
Fine, I hope. Mine is going well, catching up on some
household chores cause I am finally feeling a bit peppier
than the last few weeks. Think it was our air filter and
since it has been cleaned I am feeling considerably better.
Did I tell you about that yesterday??
I hope not, I did tell someone, but I type so many comments
on blogs and send so many emails at times, I forget who
I told what!!
Anybody else have that problems besides me???
I was thinking this morning about what to make for din
din tonight, and I got thinking about a casserole that I
used to make that we all loved, It was just called
Chicken Casserole and it was made with stove top
stuffing, but since we can no longer use stove top
stuffing due to those lovely hydrogenated oils or
palm kernel oils, I have only made it once when
I found a walmart brand that had palm kernel oil
and thought yeah, only to find out palm kernel oil
is just a tich better but not much. Heart Assoc.
says stay away from it, so that is what we do!!
However, I did happen to have this on hand.
Oops, the one I am looking for is not in this bunch,
but it is a Krusteaz mix, but it is called "Fat Free
Honey Cornbread". I only use their fat free
products because they are the only ones that
don't have the bad oils other than the Pecan
bars I think! You just have to read those
dratted labels!! lol
(Oh and Mickey if you are reading, this is the way I made
the Cranberry Orange bread, I add nuts to mine tho, then I
put orange sherbert on top when I serve it,
and it makes a great fat free dessert.)
So back to my story, so I decided to whip up the corn
bread and was gonna cook it first then tear it up and
mix it together with the other stuff, but decided why
don't you just put it all in their together and cook it
once, so that is what I did. It just came out of the
oven and it taste pretty good, it is not quite the
consistency of the one I made before it is more
like a moist cake like consistency, and it taste
good but needs something, so think I am gonna
top it with sour cream and some diced tomatoes
when I serve it tonight!
This is the recipe:
Nellie's Style heart healthy Chicken Casserole
1 box Krusteaz fat free honey cornbread
1 cup of lowfat buttermilk
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
1 medium onion diced up
5-6 stalks of celery sliced thin
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 carrots chopped fine
1 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt
1 1/2 - cups chicken torn or cut in bite size pieces
(I used leftover rotisserie chicken)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of 2% shredded cheddar cheese
Put Krusteaz mix in bowl and add buttermilk and
chicken broth, and mix well. Then add onion, celery, garlic,
carrot and seasoned salt, and chicken and mix well
again. Do not add cheese now!!
Pour mixture into an 8x8x2- inch metal baking pan.
Bake in 400 degree preheated oven for 18 mins.
and check it, I had to cook mine for about 24 mins.
cause the center was giggly, but your oven could be
different so you will need to check it cause it says
on the box 18-22 mins. Once it is cooked put the
cheese on top, and put it back in the oven for just
a couple of minutes till cheese melts. Take it out,
give it a few minutes to set, and serve.
Serve with lowfat sour cream on top and chopped
juicy tomatoes, I use Compari tomatoes.
Comments: I had added some thyme and sage to
it, but think I would like it better without so that
is why I didn't include it.

Here is something good for dessert, not
too much, just something simple to give you
that lil bit of sweet taste you might like after
dinner. We eat a square almost nightly
after dinner, and it is totally heart healthy
because it is dark chocolate and we have
found that one pc. is quite satisfying
because the dark chocolate is so
rich. All of these chocolates are
absolutely delish
And here is something I found at Target, we
had them once before, but I forgot about them,
but we happened to see them again. They are in
separate lil packages, 7 heart shaped cookies
per pack, and they are only 1 gram of sat. fat.
So they are a great lil snack, and they are
a good source of fiber and have 70% cocoa
and some wine extract, so they looked pretty
healthy from all we read. Tried to go online
and see where they sell them besides Target
but had no luck, also wanted to see what
other products they have. They do have a few
but have no clue where you would find them.

Well, Sweet Friends, thanks for stopping in
today, and hope you can find something new
to try. Something new is fun!! lol
Don't try this recipe till be actually eat it
and critique it. I have only tried a tiny
square so far, but think it will be good.
I wanted to go ahead and record it so I
didn't forget what I did!! lol
But check back tomorrow and I will
give you the scoop!!
Have a Beautiful evening with your loved ones,
Blessings and Hugs,


Bonnie said...

Thanks, Nellie, for sharing all the products. I love seeing something new to try that is healthy. Shopping and trying to eat well seems to be such a chore with all the reading of labels, etc. But we do it anyway...right? I am hoping at some point they will just stop using the terrible oils in the production of various products. But as we know...money talks and they are cheaper.

It is hard to believe but it is raining again out here. Waht the what?

Well this is my first blog visit this afternoon so I better get moving so I can take my nap! LOL!

Have a good one...hope your dinner turned out well.

Love, B

Sue said...

Hi Nellie,
This sounds like a great recipe. I haven't tried Krusteaz's cornbread mix but have tried their buttermilk pancake mix and love it. Thanks for sharing .
I wish you lived nearby, I would so love to share my fruits,berries, and veggies with you. And you could give me more healthy recipes.

I am so sorry to hear the news of your friend but will keep praying for him and his family.

Enjoy your week.

Lois Christensen said...

Well that recipe sounds great ! I've use their products before and have noticed that the labels are really good! You can never go wrong with chocolate!!! Enjoy your day!

BECKY said...

Hi Sweetie! This casserole sounds yummy!! After awhile you could compile all of your recipes and tips into an e-book and sell it, you know? People would probably LOVE to have tested heart-healthy recipes in an E-Book they can print out or just download!! Just a thought!
Love you lots!!

Bonnie said...

Nellie, can you please send me an e-mail so I can have your e-mail address? Mine is bonniejmattson@yahoo.com

Love and thanks, B