The Marinated Veggie salad is quick and simple to put together, so the only real time you need to plan for is the marinating overnight. When I make it, I used canned veggies for the green beans, peas, and corn, but you can just as easily use the frozen or fresh variety, so long as they are cooked first.
|Marinated Veggie Salad|
Marinated Veggie Salad1 can peas
1 can green beans
1 can corn
1/2 onion, diced
4 oz diced pimento
3 stalks of celery, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup sugar (I go light on this - doesn't need as much sweetness, especially if you use sweet corn and a sweet onion, like I do)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white wine vinegar (I generally add a few extra splashes, because I like this flavor!)
Black pepper to taste (I use about 1/4 tsp)
Drain all veggies and mix together in a large bowl.
Over medium heat, bring olive oil, sugar, vinegar and black pepper to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, pour over veggies. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For the Salsa Chicken Casserole, there are lots of different ways to customize this and make it yours. I used a combination of white and brown rice this time. I am in the process of transitioning us to a brown rice household, but I just couldn't bring myself to throw away the last cup of white rice, so I mixed the two. This recipe easily works with either.
|A combo of white and brown rice in my rice cooker. Have I mentioned that I love my rice cooker?|
|Salsa and Onion|
|The salsa and onion with the cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soups mixed in.|
This is a "some assembly required" casserole, but it isn't too complicated. I used my 9x13 pyrex, but if you have a deeper pan, like a lasagne pan, that works well, too, because this can really fill a 9x13.
|Ready for "some assembly required"|
|Rice and layered in the bottom of the casserole dish.|
|Salsa, onion, and soup mixture is layered on top of the chicken.|
|Top with cheese, and repeat layering a second time, ending with the cheese.|
|Bake to bubbly goodness...|
Salsa Chicken Casserole4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced or shredded
~2 cups of uncooked rice, cooked
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 onion, diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
Cook the rice according to package directions (I use a rice cooker).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the salsa, onion, and soups into a large bowl. Set aside.
Once the rice is done, layer half the rice in the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Cover the rice with half of the chicken. Then a layer using half of the salsa mixture. Top with half of the cheese. Repeat for a second layer using the other half of the ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly.