Monday, May 17, 2010

Chicken-Ham Lasagna

I was wanting to try something a little different, so when I saw this I decided to give it a try. It made a lot but it was worth it! It really wasn't difficult and definitely hit the spot. My husband took the leftovers at work and shared with his co-workers (since there was so many leftovers) and he came home with great reviews. I think this dish would be perfect when entertaining or having Sunday dinner.

(Sorry about the picture, still learning how to take good food pics)
Chicken-Ham Lasagna
Yield: 8 servings
6 points per serving (without the Mozzarella cheese)

2 cups fat free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces, divided
3 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1 1/2 cups (6-ounces) grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Cooking spray
12 no-cook lasagna noodles (8-ounces), divided
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, divided
8 ounces thinly sliced 96% fat-free deli ham, chopped, divided
Chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

Place broth and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Add chicken; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan with a slotted spoon; set aside.

Combine milk, flour, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl; stir well with a whisk until smooth. Add milk mixture to broth in pan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup Parmesan cheese and parsley, stirring until cheese melts.

Spread 1 cup sauce over bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles over sauce. Spoon 3/4 cup sauce evenly over noodles. Top evenly with one-third ham, one-third chicken, and one-third Mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers twice, ending with noodles. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil very lightly coated with cooking spray; bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes. Remove and discard foil; bake 10 minutes or until the cheese lightly browns. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Nutritional Info (per serving, without the Mozzarella cheese): 260 calories; 7g fat; 1.9mg iron; 57mg cholesterol; 295mg calcium; 18g carbs; 740mg sodium; 28.9g protein; 0.8g fiber

Taco Mac

This was another quick, easy and husband satisfying meal. It is one of those meals you can throw together with basic staples you have in your pantry. I was kind of worried about the point value since the original recipe stated it served 4, but as you can tell from the picture that would be some large servings! I measured it out to be 8 1 cup servings which comes to only 7 points a serving! I served this with a side salad for a filling meal.

Taco Mac


1 pound Ground Beef
1 can Diced Tomatoes (15 Ounce Can)
1 cup Frozen Corn
1 package Taco Seasoning (1 Ounce Package)
2 cups Uncooked Pasta (I Used elbow macaroni)
2 ¼ cups Hot Water
2 cups Shredded Taco Or Mexican Flavored Cheese

Cook ground beef in big skillet over medium-high heat until browned. Drain if necessary.

Add tomatoes, corn, taco seasoning, pasta and water. Stir together and bring to a boil. Stir once more, cover and turn down to medium-low heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

Turn off heat and add 1 cup cheese and stir. Serve sprinkled with remaining cheese.


French Dip Sandwiches

As everyone probably knows, I love my crockpot. Roast was on sale the other day, so I picked up two. In attempts to expand my cooking knowledge (I only know how to make pot roast with a roast) I found this recipe for French Dip Sandwiches. This turned out great! It only took five minutes in the morning before work to put it all together and all I had to do was shred and load up on a hoggie when I got home. Now that is a quick dinner!!

French Dip Sandwiches Recipe
2.5-3 lb. beef roast (I used a frozen roast )
2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper
2 1-ounce packages dry onion soup mix
2 c. water
2 cans beef broth
6-8 large buns (or more...6 would be VERY generous servings!)
Swiss, provolone, or mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced. (I used mild cheddar slices)
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and rub roast with salt and pepper.
When very hot, carefully place roast in pan and sear on all sides. You're not cooking the meat, you're just browning it quickly on all sides to add flavor and seal in the juices.
Place in crockpot and sprinkle with onion soup mixes. Pour water and beef broth over roast.
Cook 8-10 hours on low or cook 4-5 hours on high and another 3-4 hours on low. It's hard to screw this part up; basically, the longer it cooks, the more tender it will be. But you know it's done when you pop a fork in it and the meat just falls apart. (I put on low for about 10 hours)
When meat is ready, shred with a fork. Place meat in crusty rolls. Top with cheese and broil open-faced in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes, until bread is golden and cheese is melty.
Ladle juices into small cups for dipping and enjoy!