Posts Tagged ‘casserole’

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Oatmeal Bake

March 24, 2014

Hey everyone,

I’ve been cooking!  Unfortunately I haven’t taken great photos, so bear with me.  You’ll have to understand I have to try to cook quickly between feeding a baby, rocking to sleep, or trying to do laundry, etc.  In order to allow me to eat breakfast quickly and easily, but still healthy… I found this delicious recipe online.

What’s great about it, is that it’s great freshly baked or reheated.  It’s flexible in the ingredients so you can make it as sweet or healthy or not as you’d like! (Check out her website for all the possibilities.  I’ll outline which changes I made, but she has tons of options.)

Here’s how it goes…

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate

Ingredients:
-2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (I used extra thick)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tbsp grated orange zest
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-1 cup sliced strawberries
-1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
-2 cups skim milk
-1 large egg
-3 tbsps butter, melted
-2 tsps vanilla extract
-1+ ripe banana, 1/2 inch slices
-optional, Honey/Agave/Brown Sugar

Directions
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray a 9 by 9 baking dish and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, baking powder, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries, half the chocolate.  If you are using sugar, add it here.  I’ve added my agave here once, but it might work better in the milk mixture.  Pour this into the prepared dish.  Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top as well as banana slices.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.  Don’t mix your butter unless your milk has come closer to room temperature.  The cold milk will cause the butter to become solid again.  Pour the melted butter over the oat mixture, then add the egg-milk-vanilla mixture.  Make sure it’s evenly distributed over the oats.  Gently shake dish to ensure it’s reached the bottom of your dish.

4. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the milk has set and the top is golden brown.  (If I weren’t trying to eliminate processed sugar, a brown sugar crumbly top would be amazing.  Just an idea.)

5. Serve warm.

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Not the best photo, but seriously delicious.

It is so delicious.  Try it once following the recipe and then make it your own.  I’ve made it twice now, doubling it the second time.  Tip for doubling: don’t quite double the milk.  It’s not necessary and just requires a longer bake time to help it set.  I think I’d like to try different fruit, maybe blueberries.  What kind of fruit would you put in it?  If you know me, I doubled the chocolate for this recipe, but you can do whatever you see fit.  Also, the strawberries make the dish really sweet, so the second time I made it, I cut those down. I mixed banana into my dish because I really like the flavor with the strawberries.

I thought it was equally delicious reheated the next day.  When I made it the second time, I put individual servings in the fridge to just pop in for breakfast over the week ahead.  So easy and healthy!

Happy Breakfasting,
Amanda

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Taco Casserole

February 6, 2012

Casseroles are one of my most favorite things to bake and I discovered some delicious taco bake casseroles a couple years back.  I modify them every time and make changes based on what is in my kitchen.  With that said, I’m going to post one of the original recipes and then discuss modifications I’ve made.

The recipe that first inspired me was from Healthy.Delicious.com  

Ingredients:
Tortilla Chips (or Corn Tortillas)
1 tbsp Chili Oil (I used Chili/Garlic Oil)
1 Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 pound ground chicken (I’ve used beef and turkey before, Chorizo would be good too)
2 tbs Taco Seasoning (or your own seasoning)
1 can black beans, drained
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded fat free or reduced fat cheese (I use more like 1 pound of cheese)

Procedure:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in skillet and saute onion and garlic until soft.  Add meat and seasonings and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add beans, salsa or any other flavors (I think I put corn in here).  Mix well and let thicken.

Spray bottom of rectangular pyrex dish.  Layer bottom with chips or tortillas.  At this point, I layered everything like a mexican lasagna and in any order.

Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.  The meat should be cooked already so you’re just letting all the flavors mix and settle.

You can serve with sour cream or olives or avocado or really anything you’d like!

I believe I added salsa on top after the final layer of tortillas were put on top to help soften and flavor everything. I love when the tortillas get a little crispy from the baking process so don’t cover completely, just make sure there is enough liquid to season the tortillas.

Happy Eating!
-Amanda