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70’s Casserole | Recipe

27 Mar

If you are looking for a way to use leftover rice, I have the answer for you. Occasionally George and I will treat ourselves to a lazy mid-week dinner of Chinese food. We almost always have rice remaining, and I’m not about to waste it. That’s when I make what I call “Weird 70s Casserole.”


It is named mostly because of the condensed soup that I use. All of my very health-conscious coworkers love the smell of the final product, and I enjoy the taste. Don’t let the name scare you off!


This time I had cream of celery, but you can use whatever creamed condensed soup you want. You’ll also need some broccoli and/or cauliflower.

To make the casserole, combine in a ceramic, covered dish:

  • the condensed cream soup
  • about half of a can of milk
  • your pre-cooked rice (about a cup would be ideal. variation is fine)
  • 2+ cups of broccoli and/or cauliflower (I used a whole bag of frozen broccoli, because that’s what I had on hand)
  • a third of a cup of shredded cheese

Cook, covered, in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.


Since this is a recipe designed to use what you have on hand, it is very flexible. I love it as an easy meal that uses up leftovers and can be brought in for lunch.


Creative Ideas for Plain Yogurt

18 Jan

Typically I eat cereal for breakfast, but this past week I switched to yogurt. Recently I have loved getting those Greek yogurts that have a portion of honey or fruit goo attached, but that is unfortunately not the most economical way to purchase yogurt.

Instead of purchasing individual packages, I decided to get a larger 32-ounce container to last me the whole week. Looking at similar sizes of store-brand Greek yogurt, the vanilla yogurt had 17 grams of sugar and 15 grams of protein per serving. The plain yogurt has just 8 grams of sugar and 18 grams of protein. Especially since I was going to add in other ingredients, this was a no brainer for me. I went with the plain yogurt that had much less sugar and a little more protein!

Jazzing up Plain Yogurt

The plain yogurt is a little tart to begin with, so I have tried a few different add-ons to the yogurt throughout the week.

Nutella – B
The Nutella was very yummy mixed in with the yogurt. I did have some trouble getting it to become incorporated, though. I spent most of the time licking yogurt off the nutella-covered spoon, which was okay with me.

Peanut Butter – A-
Since the Nutella morning went fairly well, I also tried peanut butter. My brand (Teddie) is a little runny, so it mixed into the yogurt very well. The heaping teaspoon of peanut butter added to protein-heavy yogurt also made me feel full throughout the morning. i would definitely eat this again as a quick meal when I’m on the run.

caramel syrup and plain yogurt

Caramel Syrup – C
I have this around the house from fancy hot chocolate at my holiday party. The sugar content of a teaspoon is still less than that of vanilla yogurt, so I gave it a shot. I mixed the caramel into the yogurt but then could barely taste any additional flavor. The yogurt wasn’t tart anymore, but it wasn’t caramel-y. I am least likely to try this mix-in again.

Strawberry Jam – C+
I added a teaspoon of strawberry fruit spread from Wegmans (it is a runny style of jam). As with the caramel, I couldn’t taste much of the sweetness of the jam, but it made the yogurt more neutral and very slightly sweet. I think this would be a good thing to add along with granola.

Those are all the unique ideas I had for my yogurt. Do you have any other favorites? I continue to love adding granola and/or honey, as well!

I’ll take it!

2 Nov

In regards to food, let “I’ll take it!” become your new motto.

I can’t tell you how much free food I have gotten by just being at the right place at the right time. This weekend my parents gave me two butternut squash from their garden. Last night I packed up a whole tray of leftovers at a work event.

I would say there are a few different sources of free food:

  • leftovers from a party or event
  • the free snacks during those events (free dinner!)
  • bounty from other’s gardens or great cooking
  • things other people just don’t want

Obviously taking advantage of this varies a lot, depending on where you live and who you know. Just be open to leftovers, because they’re free!

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