There are many things in life that bring me comfort. The warm sun on my face, hugs from my children and a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven, to name a few. However, as these nights get cooler, nothing says comfort like a hot homemade casserole for dinner. Not only is a casserole the quintessential comfort food, it stretches my food dollars for my family of 6 and provides easy and delicious leftovers on nights when we are going in four different directions. There are many nights I look in the refrigerator and am stumped about what to do for dinner. I do try to have a menu and plan for the week, but there are days that my schedule changes, or something else comes up. In our busy family, no matter how well I plan, often the plans fall through! So just in case this happens, one of the staples I keep in my pantry is Campbell’s cooking soups. Having a variety of these soups on hand can help me take a bunch of random ingredients and throw together a casserole that my family will love and is good for them! Campbell’s has a variety of soups that are great to use for cooking. They can be just the thing to pull together a fast, healthy meal. Some of them are: Broccoli cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Beef broth, Cream of Celery, Cream of Chicken, Cream of Asparagus and many others. So many of us grew up with our mothers making holiday dinners using Campbell’s Cream of Chicken or Cream of Celery soup. Green bean casserole at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner is one I remember fondly. My mother passed these traditions down to me, and these family favorites will be on my holiday dinner table as well. For my hectic life, having a few cans of these soups in the pantry can turn a fridge full of leftovers or random ingredients into yummy dishes! For more inspiration, Campbell’s has teamed up with The Wisest Kid in the Whole World™ to bring you fun, quick, delicious recipes everyone in the family will love! Check them out here.This week I am single mom’ing it as my partner is away on business. On a particularly busy evening where we had swim practice, orthodontist appointments and homework to do, I decided to throw together some ingredients I had on hand with a can of Campbell’s Broccoli Cheese soup. This is one of my favorite casseroles! Since we have recently switched to whole grains I just changed a few of the ingredients and made this amazing Broccoli Cheese Chicken Rice casserole a wee bit healthier. So here is my version of this casserole:Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Rice Casserole
Ingredients: 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen broccoli (I prefer fresh)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2 cups cooked brown rice (I prefer short grain)
2 cups cooked chopped chicken breast
1 1/4 cup 1% milk
1 can Campbell’s Broccoli Cheese soup
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. After mixing pour into a 9×13 baking pan. I always reserve a little of the shredded cheese and sprinkle it on top. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Take it out of the oven and watch your family devour this delicious casserole.
This casserole is a hit in my house, I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!