Jun 1, 2005

Newsletter #5 - March 2006


You know one of all the things I really enjoy about spending time on-line is the wonderful products I find. I thought that this time around I would take some time to introduce you to some products that I really enjoy and I thought you might enjoy as well.

Before I get started, here are some of my recent blog posts in case you missed them...

Meatloaf Muffins - http://chefmichele.blogspot.com/2006/03/meatloaf-muffins.html
Brunch Goodies - http://chefmichele.blogspot.com/2006/03/brunch-goodies.html
Antioxidants Galore! - http://chefmichele.blogspot.com/2006/03/arf-tuesday-antioxidants-galore.html

In my last newsletter I mentioned a great service called "Dine Without Whine" ---> http://tinyurl.com/s7hsx. This is a service that helps busy folks create dinner menus that will please even the pickiest family members. I was so excited when last week I received some menus from Christine, the owner of this service which she is allowing me to pass on to you! So if you'd like to recieve the free menus and accompanying grocery list please email me and I will forward it to you ---> chefmichele@gmail.com.

If you enjoy creating your own dinner menus I think you'll really like a meal planning workbook that I found. It's called Pure Awakenings Meal Planning Workbook. It's really great because it contains recipes, money saving ideas, a standard grocery list and more! You can find more info at http://www.pureawakenings.com/grocery.html.

Another great item I was so happy to find this past week is a new ebook for those of us (like me) who need some help with organizing and housekeeping. The book is called "The Happy Slob's Guide To Housecleaning". It is a 24 chapter ebook with a wealth of information on how to get your home in order and keep it that way. You can find more info at http://www.happyslob.com.

I recently had the pleasure of preparing a meal for a couple with a new baby. The recipe was GREAT so I thought I'd share it with you.

Creamy Chicken-and-Rice Casserole

1 package (6 7/8 oz) chicken-flavored rice-and-vermicelli mix with chicken broth and herbs (Rice-A-Roni)
1 tablespoon margarine
2 1/4 cups hot water
1 1/2 pounds skinned boned chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces
1 cup pre-sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup nonfat sour cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup, condensed
1/4 cup crushed multigrain crackers (6 crackers)
1 tablespoon margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

1. Cook rice mix in a large nonstick skillet according to package directions, using 1 tablespoon margarine and 2-1/4 cups hot water. Remove mixture from skillet; set aside.

2. Wipe skillet with a paper towel.

3. Coat the skillet with cooking spray, and place over high heat until hot. Add chicken, mushrooms, and garlic powder; sauté 6 minutes or until chicken loses its pink color.

4. Combine rice mixture, chicken mixture, sour cream, pepper, and soup in a bowl; stir well.

5. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray.

6. Combine cracker crumbs, margarine, and poppy seeds; stir well, and sprinkle over chicken mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

I really enjoyed chatting with you today! If you enjoyed this newsletter, be sure to pass it on to all your friends! If this issue was passed on to you and you’d like to subscribe, visit http://chefmichele.blogspot.com and fill out the subscription form right at the top on the left.

Until Next time, Happy Cooking!


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