Thursday, February 19, 2009

President's Day Dinner: Delicious, Quick One Dish Ideas

Unlike many of my friends, I still had to work on President’s Day! However, since this blog is all about holiday entertaining, I felt that I would share with you how I celebrated President’s Day. Is it just me or are you feeling that between the election night, inauguration, and presidential debate parties that this year has been rife with red, white, and blue themed celebrations?

So, I didn’t decorate or go all out for this one, but I did cook a nice meal with my family and thought I would pass along some of our favorite home cooked recipes. After all, when it comes down to it, isn’t that one of the greatest things to celebrate?

Here are some great one-dish meals you can make with your family, which are great for when you’re on a tight schedule. All of these recipes take less than 10 minutes to prepare and less than 30 to bake!

Chicken and Vegetable Bake
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Celery Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup cooked broccoli flowerets OR cauliflowerets
1 cup cooked sliced carrot
1 cup cooked cut green beans
2 cans (4.5 ounces each) Swanson® Premium Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, drained
Dash Ground black pepper
1 can (2.8 ounces) French's® French Fried Onions
1/4 cup cooked red pepper strips (optional)

Stir the soup, milk, broccoli, carrots, beans, chicken, black pepper, 1/2 can onions and red pepper, if desired, in a 1 1/2-quart casserole.
Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir the chicken mixture.
Sprinkle the remaining onions over the chicken mixture. Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Beef Taco Skillet
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

1 lb. ground beef
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Soup (Regular, Healthy Request® or 25% Less Sodium)
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup water
6 flour tortilla (6-inch), cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it's well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
Stir the soup, salsa, water, and tortillas in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir the beef mixture. Top with the cheese.

Zesty Turkey and Rice
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

1 3/4 cups Swanson® Chicken Stock
1 tsp. dried basil leaves, crushed
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 can (about 14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups cubed cooked turkey or 2 cans (4.5 ounces each) Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken Breast in water, drained

Heat the stock, basil, garlic powder, hot pepper sauce and tomatoes in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat to a boil. Stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
Stir in the peas and turkey. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the rice is tender.

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