Dinner made Simple

28 06 2011

I’m all about the simple at the moment. This meal took about 45 minutes, start to finish.


  • long grain white rice
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • canned chicken chunks
  • cream of chicken
  • shredded cheese

To start I put about two cup uncooked rice in my rice cooker. On the quick-setting it takes between 10-15 minutes. In the mean time I pull out the rest of the ingredients. I use one 12.5 oz can chicken, drain the excess water but don’t squeeze it out like you would tuna. If your family likes a lot of meat just put in another can. I use two 10 oz cans cream of chicken. I buy bulk frozen mixed vegetables so for this I just eyeball an amount that looks good. I mix those three ingredients in a glass casserole dish and wait for the rice. Preheat the oven to 400. When the rice is done I mix it in (not always using it all) again I just eyeball what looks about right, and cover it all with the cheese. I put it in the oven uncovered for about 30 minutes. Long enough for the vegetables to cook and the cheese on top to melt. I like to put it on broil for a minute or to just to add a little browning to the cheese.

Pull it out of the oven,  set it on the table, salt and pepper shakers on the side, and ta-da Dinner made Simple. This feeds my small family of four just fine.


Ham Florentine Wreath

6 01 2011

Left over Christmas ham recipe

I am always looking for good recipes to use my leftover holiday food with. This year I tried the Ham Florentine Wreath. It turned out so beautiful I had to take a picture and post it.


I got the recipe out of an old Pampered Chef cook book.

2 packages (8 oz ea) refrigerated crescent rolls – I used three

1 package (10 oz) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and well drained – I used a 16 oz package

1 1/2 cups diced cook ham – I chopped up leftover honey glazed ham and used about 2 1/2 cups maybe a little more

1/4 cup green onions with tops, thinly sliced – I don’t like onion, so I don’t use them.

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 1/4 cups (5 oz) shredded Swiss cheese – I buy preshredded packages, cuts back on time

1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

2 plum tomatoes, sliced

1 egg white, lightly beaten

1/4 cup sliced natural almonds, chopped – I never have them at the house

preheat oven 375o

  1. Combine spinach, ham and green onions in large bowl.
    • add 1 cup cheese
    • mayonnaise
    • black pepper
    • mix well
  2. Unroll crescent dough; separating into precut triangles. With wide end in center arrange in a circle on large round stone or round pizza pan (triangle points will  extend over pan edge) Press base of triangles together to form slightly scooped area for mixture.
  3. Scoop mixture onto circle, filling crescent dough.
  4. Arrange sliced tomatoes overlapping on top of mixture.
  5. sprinkle remaining cheese on top of the tomatoes.
  6. Pull triangle points over filling tucking under triangle base. I had one extra crescent triangle so I filled it, rolled it, and placed it in the center of the wreath. Brush egg whites over wreath to create glaze. Sprinkle nuts on top.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.