Thursday, February 5, 2009

Easy food for Thursday...

I am working very hard these days to do more cooking at home. That has always been a budget killer for us and one area that we have struggled with; probably more than any other. It is just so easy, (but not cheap for a family of 5), when you have been busy to pick up something out. 2009, being the year of paring down and simplifying, is finding me working hard to keep this area in control. That brings me to another dilemma, what to cook that is easy, quick, everyone will like it, and the big deal breaker: Do I have all the ingredients on hand? I am scouring cookbooks, websites and magazines for recipes that fit this bill. A couple of nights ago I found one and wanted to pass it along because it was YUMMY, required few ingredients (all of which I had in the cupboard) and everyone from the 7 year old to the husband really like it. I found it at:
Brushetta Chicken Bake
makes 6 servings, 1 cup each
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 pkg. (6 oz) stuffing mix for chicken
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I probably used a bit more)
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray 13x9" or 3-qt. baking dish with non-stick spray (like Pam)
Mix tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until stuffing mix is moistened. This is where I probably used a bit more Mozzarella than the recipe called for because I sprinkled in some of the shredded cheese into this mixture - use your own family preference.
Layer chicken in baking dish
Sprinkle dried basil leaves over chicken
Top with tomato/stuffing mixture and remaining Mozzarella
Bake 30-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
This makes a great save-for-later casserole and reheats wonderfully in the microwave.


  1. Yum! We eat out very little these days. Once a week is our limit.

  2. This looks so yummy! We hardly ever eat out--my family prefers it that way--they are spoiled!

  3. That looks very yummy! I'm in the same spot you are... looking for recipes that will make all 5 of us happy and do I have the ingredients in the pantry?

    I am going to give this recipe a whirl! Thanks for sharing.

  4. This looks delicious. We are doing the same thing, trying to eat at home more. A family of 5 gets expensive eating out all the time.I am always looking for new recipes that will please everyone. I find that is the hardest challenge. I'll definitely put this one on my menu. Thank you so much for posting it. If you find anymore, please post more. Thanks.

  5. Love this! Thanks Julia! ha ha!

    The Bumpkin

  6. I LOVE cheese broccoli soup but I have never made it. I'm looking forward to yours.

  7. Oh yum, that does look good. And easy! Did you use just a stuffing mix in a bag, like pepperidge farms? I guess I'm a little confused about a "stuffing for chicken." Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. Our family is doing the same, trying to cut back on pickup/delivery/eating out. In the past it has always been so easy for me to get takeout because I worked fulltime. Since leaving my fulltime job we've made more of an effort to become more frugal in alot of areas, but most especially the eating out area.

  8. Sounds really really yummy and two requirements!
    And by the way, thanks for the tip on Atlantic Station - I'll be sure and make a point to do some shopping while in town.


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