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From can to gourmet

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As crazy as it may sound, there are times when I just plain run out of ideas for what to cook for dinner. Yeah, I know, it’s hard for me to believe myself since I’m normally such a creative genius. I try to not cook the same things more than once, or at least not exactly the same as I have previously. I like to keep things fresh and new and keep pushing the envelope with my recipes and creations. Unfortunately, because of this attitude, I sometimes head into the 6:00 hour racking my brain for a new concept of what exactly I should cook. Last night was one of those nights. And as ashamed as I kind of am to admit, I turned to the label on the side of a Campbell’s soup can for recipe inspiration. And even more ashamed to admit that I was actually muy impressed with what I came across. Campbell’s really knows what they’re talking about when it comes to simple, easy meals. Now don’t get me wrong. I definitely did not follow their recipe completely. I still had to spice it up a bit and make it more Teeny-ified. And the results? Well, pretty darn fantastico!

Creamy Chicken and Green Bean Casserole

6 oz box Stove Top Low-Sodium Chicken Stuffing Mix

2 cups fresh or frozen green beans, trimmed

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1″ cubes

1 can low-sodium Cream of Mushroom soup

1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1) Cook stuffing according to package directions. Set aside.

2) Steam green beans until crisp-tender, blanch and set aside.

3) Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

4) Mix condensed soup, cottage cheese, yogurt, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a 2 qt. casserole dish. Add chicken and green beans and mix well. Top with the prepared stuffing.

5) Cover and bake 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes or until bubbly and browned.

6) Remove from oven and allow to sit 5 minutes before digging in.

Couldn’t be more simple than that and yet tastes absolutely delicious. I only wish all things in life could be that easy. Like trying to figure out how to change this darn cold, snowy weather into something sunny and warm.

Maybe if I just close my eyes, I can imagine someplace just like that. Oh please, oh please, oh please….

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