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Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders

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I’ve been searching for some easy slider recipes for Spring. I’m tired of all my winter recipes and I’m looking so forward to pulling out some Spring pasta salads and sliders! I gave this one a try last week and it was delicious! I’ll definitely be making this again. 

Ingredients:
1 pkg slider rolls
20 slices turkey deli meat
6 slices provolone cheese
4 Tbsp ranch dressing
1 pkg bacon, cooked

Directions:
1. Slice top half of rolls off and lay bottom half in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Spread ranch dressing on top.
3. Break bacon pieces in half and lay on top of ranch dressing.
4. Layer turkey over bacon.
5. Top with cheese slices.
6. Cover with top half of slider rolls.
7. Spread thin layer of margarine on top of rolls and sprinkle with garlic granules.
8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

So good, y’all! The kids ate every bite and I made TWO pans! Matt was mad that he didn’t have any to take to work the next day. I used the fully cooked microwavable bacon because I was short on time and it was the perfect amount of crispiness. 

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Fiesta Chicken Pasta Salad

My family loves pasta salads, for many reasons. I love that I can prepare it early in the day and chill it until dinner. The kids love that it usually means Spring is right around the corner when I start making pasta salads. Matt loves that there is always enough leftovers for lunch the next day. I made it a goal for March to find some new pasta salad recipes to try and this one was at the top of my list. It was really good- lots of flavoring and good veggie combinations. I used spicy salsa for an extra kick and I’m glad I did!

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Ingredients:
1 box favorite pasta, cooked
1-2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1 pkt taco seasoning
1 can black beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped peppers
1 cup cubed cheese
16 oz sour cream
1 jar salsa

Directions:
1. Combine first 8 ingredients in large serving bowl.
2. Mix sour cream and salsa together in small bowl.
3. Pour salsa mix over pasta salad; stir to combine.
4. Chill at least an hour before serving.

I will definitely be making this one again. It would also be a great side dish if you left out the chicken! I enjoy some vegetarian pasta salads every once in awhile but Matt does not believe it’s a true meal without meat. Such a carnivore. Ha. 

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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole

I’ve been trying to use up some of the items in my pantry, freezers, and refrigerators before the end of the year. I had all these ingredients on hand and tossed them together to make a yummy casserole the other night. It turned out really great! Everyone ate it for dinner and then they all took it for lunch the next day! 

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Ingredients:
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 bag (16oz) frozen broccoli, cooked
1 can cream of celery soup
1 cup milk
16 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
3 cups rice, cooked
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
4 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided

Directions:
1. In microwavable bowl, combine soup, milk, and velveeta cheese. Microwave until cheese is melted; combine well.
2. Combine cheese mixture, rice, pepper, and chicken in large baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Add broccoli and mix gently.
4. Top with breadcrumbs.
5. Dot pats of butter or margarine on top.
6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

This was a super easy, super quick weeknight dinner for me. I literally tossed it together in minutes and threw it in the oven to bake. Those are my favorite kinds of dinners on busy nights. I’m definitely adding this one to the meal rotation. 

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Easy Cajun Chicken & Rice

Everyone in our household loves spicy food! One evening recently I was desperate for a quick dinner because while we were gone during the day the power went out and I came home to a completely frozen dinner in the crockpot. Sigh. It happens. I had all the ingredients on hand to create this Cajun dish and it was a huge hit! Everyone LOVED it! I’ve added it to our regular rotation now!

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Ingredients:

2 cups chicken, cooked & shredded
2 cups white rice, cooked
1 bag frozen fajita vegetables, cooked
1 can Rotel
2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Combine cooked chicken, rice, vegetables, and rotel in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Add cajun seasoning according to taste (*I used 2 Tbsp but we like it spicy so you can adjust for your family’s tastes)
3. Top with shredded cheese.
4. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

 I couldn’t believe how delicious this dinner ended up being. You can adjust the Cajun seasoning to your liking and if you really aren’t a fan of spicy, switch out the Rotel for regular diced tomatoes. This was a quick dinner that I was able to toss together with minimal effort. 

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Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake

One of my favorite meals is Chicken Parmesan. Unfortunately I rarely have time to make it from scratch. So I decided to make it into a casserole bake instead. My kids loved it so much. They actually preferred this version to my homemade from scratch real Chicken Parmesan! And this took less than 30 minutes! 

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Ingredients:
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 box penne pasta, cooked
1 jar (24-28oz) spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

Directions:
1. Combine pasta, sauce, chicken, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Spread remaining mozzarella cheese over top.
3. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over cheese.
4. Top with Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

I served this with a side salad and garlic bread and my whole family was happy and full. This is one dinner that’s definitely going on my monthly rotation.

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