Moving on to creating a new dish is fun and wow, this one takes my Chicken and Rice to a new level. We enjoyed the Chicken and Rice I made easily for several meals, but as we humans are creatures of habit, we will even delicious food for only so long unless it “reinvents” itself with a different look, a few more ingredients, and a structural change. I now have a new recipe to share with you. Remember, these are reinvention recipes but can be made from scratch. Something to look forward to is I make a different casserole from chicken I have cooked in large amounts and it is as awesome as this one.
Chicken Rice Casserole
3-4 cups of chicken rice cooked (drain liquid)
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can small Garden Peas (drained)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup Sharp Cheddar cheese grated
Celery sticks 4 small chopped
1/2 onion chopped
Fresh Herbs (curly parsley and chives but you can use whatever herbs you prefer)
White Premium American Cheese 6 slices cut in 1 inch slices to place on top of mixture.
1/2 cup Italian Panko Crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
2 TBS soft butter small pats placed on top of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes at 375 degrees and then at least 15-20 minutes uncovered until cheese is melted and blended with crust.
As a cook and a writer who loves to inspire others, I had a thought while making this reinvention recipe….Aren’t we similar to leftovers? God created us as fresh and new, and everyone wants to gaze upon our faces. As we live, we may not get the attention as we did at the beginning. The beauty of life is we can reinvent ourselves as we go. We can become an athlete and people want to cheer us on. We can become educators/teachers and people want to listen to us. We can do charitable actions and people admire those wonderful traits. We can be artists and people will either applaud or a reality, even critique our talents. Isn’t that similar to a certain dish? Some people will love it; some will think another ingredient should be added; some will want to leave off another ingredient. I love to cook because I can change or reinvent. We can do things in life to improve our “cooking” or actually living. Until We Cook Again….Happy Meals…..Arline Miller
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