Posted in Food

Chicken Salad Casserole

I’m making a classic chicken dish and I wanted to share it with you since I couldn’t find this particular version of the recipe online.  Although I’m almost positive it’s around here somewhere!  The versions I came across are mixed with more fattening options, such as condensed soups, sour cream, buttery crackers and potato chips!

So far I have done really well in 2017, cooking for the family and losing some unwanted Christmas poundage.  And I’m continuing on…

Tonight’s dinner is Chicken Salad Casserole from the American Heart Association Cookbook.  I have doubled the recipe since we have a family of 5 and not everyone’s on a diet!

Chicken Salad Casserole
Makes 8 servings (about 7 cups)

1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. skim milk
4 c. cubed cooked chicken
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 8 oz. can mushrooms, drained
1 c. water chestnuts, chopped
1 c. onion, chopped
1 4 oz. jar sliced pimento, drained
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. thyme
Freshly ground pepper

1/2 c. fat free cheddar cheese
(I am adding to this recipe: salt, of course and some fat free cheddar cheese.  I know people don’t care for the taste of low fat or fat free “fake cheese” and that’s fine.  You can use full fat, it just ups the calories and fat content.)

In a 2 quart casserole, combine milk and mayonnaise; mix in all remaining ingredients except the cheese.  Cover and bake at 350* for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven sprinkle top with cheese and place back in oven uncovered until cheese melts and heated through.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 258
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13 g 20 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 12 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 63 mg 21 %
Sodium 528 mg 22 %
Potassium 143 mg 4 %
Total Carbohydrate 9 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 6 %
Sugars 3 g
Protein 24 g 47 %
Vitamin A 13 %
Vitamin C 35 %
Calcium 12 %
Iron 4 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


I thought this was delicious!  My kids however, thought the vegetables were a little overwhelming, but they did like the chicken!  I would have to agree, if I were a kid, I probably wouldn’t have liked it either.  But shhhh, cuz I didn’t tell them that!


Posted in Holidays & Birthday


Happy New Year!

My 2017 has finally begun!  Four days late, but hey – better than never!!  I wish I could go back and write every day for the last month, but there’s absolutely no way that’s going to happen!!  I’ll be good to finish a thought here, today, now!

December was busy doing normal December things, shopping, baking, eating, decorating and just enjoying (well, not a lot of enjoying, mostly running from one thing to another) but it was good all the same.  Nothing monumental and thankfully, we all plowed through unscathed.

To begin the year off on the right foot, I did a little critiquing of myself.  I found that I am a terrible “finisher”.  I used to finish EVERYTHING I started and I couldn’t – wouldn’t – stop until I finished.  And I did it well too, none of this half-assed stuff.  That was when my OCD was at it’s worst.  However, as I’ve come to be more comfortable with myself (and loved for who I am not for who someone wants me to be) I have become much more lax in my abilities to finish what I start.  Starting is really easy, finishing is (apparently) extremely difficult!  And instead of concentrating on finishing what I’ve started, I’m wanting to take on more and more things!

Here’s just a few examples of things I’ve started that I really, really need to finish!

#1. The girls baby books (and they are 14 & 15).

#2. A cross-stitch I started over 20 years ago for my now ex-husband.  I work on it off and on because I WANT to finish it!  The funny thing is it’s of endangered animals and I joke, they’re all gonna be extinct by the time I finish the damn thing!

#3. Organizing my photos

#4. Painting the basement.

#5. Making CD’s for our jukebox.

And this is only a PARTIAL list…there are tons of projects that have been started around here and I’ve just set them aside.  This year I am vowing to finish things I’ve started.  I am not going to start another project until I complete the ones that are hanging out there.  It’s going to take definite determination and focus.  There are tons of things I want to be different this year than last, focusing on my family, weight loss, projects both new and unfinished, keeping up with my cooking, my photography, etc.  I’m hoping that I can share a lot more of my 2017 with you!