Evelyn Chartres Author

Macaroni and Mushroom Casserole

featured_macaroni_au_fromage_webWhen I ventured out into the real-world, home cooked meals meant I cooked myself. So this became one of my go-to meals, since it is simple, straightforward and typically offered enough leftovers to keep me going for three to four days.

This recipe combines pasta, cheese, mushrooms and a soup base to create a tasty dish which is ready-to-serve within an hour.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of garlic butter
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of canned mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of ground pepper
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of chopped pimentos
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of condensed mushroom soup
  • 1 cup (235 ml) and ¼ cup (60 ml) of grated velveeta cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook macaroni according to packaging instructions, rinse then drain.
  3. Over medium heat melt butter and garlic in a pan then add mushrooms, cumin and pepper. Sauté until the mushrooms are golden brown.
  4. Add onions and pimentos, sauté for 1-2 minutes until the onions are transparent.
  5. Drain pan of excess butter, then place in a large bowl.  Add mayonnaise, ¼ cup (60 ml) of cheese, milk and condensed soup.  Mix until you have a consistent finish.
  6. Add macaroni, mix then pour into a 1.5 litre stoneware baker.  Cover with remaining cheese then place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Makes approximately four portions.

Sausage and Broccoli Casserole

An easy to prepare dish which can be done on short notice. My child refers to this meal as her favourite supper, mind you she has never asked for proper name. A combination of Italian sausage, broccoli and egg noodles it creates a read-to-serve meal which has loads of flavour.

Ingredients

  • 14 fluid ounces (410 ml) of Alfredo sauce
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of milk
  • 1 pound (450 g) of uncooked Italian sausage
  • 9 ounces (270 g) of chopped broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces (225 g) of egg noodles
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of roasted red peppers

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare egg noodles as per package instructions.
  3. Oil up a large pan then place over medium heat.  Take thawed Italian sausage, slice open casing then pour the contents into the pan.  Breakup and fry until cooked, drain then set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine Alfredo, milk, sausage, broccoli, ½ cup (120 ml) of cheese and roasted red peppers.
  5. Oil a baking dish, spread contents of bowl evenly inside then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is bubbly and the cheese is lightly browned.

French Chicken with Mushrooms

Featured_French_Chicken_With_MushroomsThere are a myriad of variations on this recipe.  Also known as Chicken à la King this recipe sometimes sports sherry, peppers and a mix of vegetables.  This is one of my go-to recipes, since I can cobble it  together in under 45 minutes.

While this meal is traditionally served on toasted garlic bread, I often serve it atop some rice as shown.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of boneless chicken breast
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of butter
  • 10 fluid ounces (285 ml) of sliced mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cumin
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of pepper
  • 14 fluid ounces (435 ml) of chicken broth
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of cream
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of peas

Preparation

  1. Cook chicken according to taste, I use and outdoor grill and sprinkle with a light seasoning like Mrs Dash.  When cooked, cut chicken into approximately ½ inch (1.25 cm) cubes.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan (1.4 quarts or 1.3 litres) over medium heat.
  3. Add mushrooms and cumin then sauté until browned.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
  5. Add in chicken broth and cream then stir constantly until sauce thickens.
  6. Add chicken and peas, heat throughout.
  7. Ready to serve on rice or toasted garlic bread.

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Rice and Vegetables

featured-indian-spiced-chicken-rice-veg-redux-webA straight-forward ready-to-serve recipe.  Made with chicken breast, long-grain rice, vegetable medley and spices this meal offers it all.

Guests often opt to eat this meal with a bit of Ranch dressing to complement the spiced chicken and rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of curry
  • 1 pound (450 g) of boneless, skinless chicken breast (halved)
  • 1½ cups (355 ml) of frozen mixed vegetables*
  • 2 garlic cloves (3 to 5 mg) pressed
  • 6 ounces (180 ml) of long grain rice
  • 2 cups of (470 ml) of chicken broth
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of sliced almonds (roasted)

Preparation

  1. Combine first five ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Halve and pat dry chicken. Rub combined ingredients on both sides of the chicken.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  4. Oil a large skillet and over medium-heat add chicken.  Cook each side until browned. Remove chicken from heat.
  5. Place mixed vegetables on the skillet for 2 to 3 minutes.  Add garlic and rice to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes while stirring frequently.
  6. Place curry then broth into skillet.  Bring to a boil, if broth does not already boiling.
  7. Place in a large baking dish, even out the rice and vegetables.  Add in chicken, cover in aluminium foil then place in the oven for 35 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, remove aluminium foil, make sure that the meat is no longer pink at the center.
  9. Optionally top the dish with roasted sliced almonds.
  10. Can be served with a side dish of Ranch dressing to complement the chicken and rice.

* I like to use President’s Choice Bangkok-Style Vegetables.  This is a vegetable medley of broccoli florets, julienne carrots, whole green beans, cut baby corn, red bell pepper strips, onion, sliced mushrooms and sugar snap peas.

Sautéed Mushrooms and Scallops

Featured_Sauteed_Mushrooms_and_ScallopsA recipe that came out while I was out roughing it at a cabin, when one of my guests brought some scallops. Since I had some mushrooms, onions and garlic, I combined the ingredients to create this dish.  This recipe is quick and easy to make and requires only one pan to complete.  Necessity really is the mother of invention!

Dish pictured on a bed of Knorr Sidekicks – Country Mushroom, which compliments the dish nicely.

Ingredients

  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of canned mushrooms (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of pepper
  • 1 small onion, approximately 1.5 ounces (45 g) finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5 g) pressed
  • 9 ounces (250 g) of scallops

Preparation

  1. Place a medium-sized pan on medium heat then melt butter.
  2. Add mushrooms, cumin and pepper. Sauté mushrooms until they brown lightly.
  3. Add in onions and garlic, continue to sauté until onions are transparent.
  4. Add scallops and sauté until they are cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from heat and ready to serve.