This works out equally well with leftover ham, chicken or turkey. It’s a great first learner dish for children, or a perfect in a hurry Black Friday Shopping all day, after the holidays and don’t want to cook casserole.
If you’d prefer an all homemade recipe, look under “Put Your own spin on It,” below, but at any rate, even with the convenience ingredients, to my mind, it’s better than grabbing fast food or eating out, both from a health and a cost perspective.
Recipe: Easy One Dish Bake, serves 8
- 16 ounces frozen broccoli florets, thawed (or fresh, pan steamed)
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup (or cream of celery)
- 1 can of cheese soup
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups cooked ham, chicken or turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cups Bisquick baking mix or substitute, see below
- 1 1/2 cups milk
In an ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking dish, mix broccoli, soups, one cup of milk, meat and onion powder.
In a medium bowl, mix Bisquick and remaining 1 1/2 cups milk. Pour evenly over the mixture in the pan.
Bake at 450 degrees for 27 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Let stand 5 minutes and serve.
Per Serving : 276 Calories; 12g Fat (39.6% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 29g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 35mg Cholesterol; 1086mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk; 2 Fat.
Put your own spin on It: I often skip the canned soups and Bisquick and the frozen broccoli. It takes a bit longer, but is a bit less expensive and has no additives. I just add cheese, see below. I also sometimes make it smaller – to cut in 1/2, you’ll generally need to cut the topping by 1/3′rd.
- Vegetables: Cook your own Broccoli or add one of the premium frozen blends out there.
- Instead of the soup and milk: Saute in 4 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup each of diced onion and celery. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons flour. Whisk for a moment to cook flour. Stirring constantly, blend in 2 1/2 cups of milk, and cook, stirring until thickened, about 5 – 7 minutes. Use the spoon test: Dip a spoon in the mixture, then run your finger down the back of the spoon. If a distinct line stays, it is ready. Add salt and pepper to taste. Off heat, blend in 8 ounces grated cheddar or cheese of your choice.
- Instead of Bisquick: I use two cups of Bisquick Substitute.
This changes the nutritional values :
Per Serving: 333 Calories; 15g Fat (40.3% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 52mg Cholesterol; 616mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk; 2 1/2 Fat.