Sunday, January 16, 2011

what's cookin' this week

this week i have a couple carry-over's from last week and all the other recipes are a first time try for me.  wish me luck!

chicken enchiladas
crock pot meat loaf with red potatoes

i have had quite a few people ask for some easy week night recipes.  so, each day this week i will give out at least one recipe from my family cook book that my mom gave me a few years ago for christmas.  they will be easy, quick and tasty!  some may have pics, some won't.  so, for this week's first recipe.....

chicken spaghetti
1 1/4 cup cooked spaghetti
1 can white meat chicken
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup shredded cheese {any kind}
1 can 99% fat free cream of chicken soup
2 tablespoons picate sauce {any kind works, could be chipotle flavored, regular, anything}
1/2 cup chopped onion

cook spaghetti, drain and set aside.  mix chicken, onion, cream of chicken soup, green peppers, picate sauce and spaghetti together.  pour into greased 9x13 baking pan.  top with cheese.  cook at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.  start in cold oven.  this is a great dish to make ahead and freeze...skip baking, wrap in foil and pop in freezer until you are ready to bake it. 

chocolate mousse
{the easiest mousse you will ever make!!!}
1/2 cup chocolate syrup {i use the sugar free or lite version}
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups fat free cool whip {one small tub}

allow cool whip to thaw {by sitting on not microwave it!}, it should not be frozen.  in a medium bowl, combine cocoa, vanilla and syrup until smooth; fold in cool whip.  do not stir in a circular motion...fold it in otherwise it will start to break down.  once it is mixed you can either spoon into bowls and eat as is or it is wonderful in the small pre-made phyllo cups that you can buy at the store.  i also put it in the individual sized graham cracker crusts that you can buy at the store.  if you want, it is great to top with any kind of fruit. 

happy monday!

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