Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ultimate Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

One of hubby's favorite meals is chicken spaghetti and he's been begging me to make it for awhile. Unfortunately, my chicken spaghetti recipe isn't exactly a quick and easy meal so I had been putting it off. I finally gave in and made it for dinner tonight so I thought I would share the recipe with you guys.  This recipe is a collaboration of my mother-in-law's recipe and my grandmother's recipe---thus I'm calling it the ULTIMATE Chicken Spaghetti Recipe.

The ingredients....minus the chicken! I totally forgot to put it in the picture! ha!

1 small onion, 1 cup bell pepper, and 1 cup chopped celery all finely chopped.

Cube the Velveeta and shred the boiled chicken.

Melt the stick of butter in a medium skillet.

Saute the onion, bell pepper, and celery until the onion is translucent and the bell pepper and celery are tender.

Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain, and return to the warm pot.

Add the tomato soup, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, and Rotel tomatoes to the noodles.

Stir until well combined.

Add the bell pepper, onion, and celery and stir.

Finally, add the chicken and Velveeta and mix until everything is well combined.  Hopefully, if you did this quickly enough your warm noodles, and the warm pot will slowly start to melt the Velveeta and make it easier to mix.

Pour into a greased 9x13 in casserole dish, and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

I like to stir mine occasionally to keep the top layer from getting that dry noodle crusty texture.  It also helps me monitor the moisture, and I add chicken broth as needed. Here's a shot of mine after baking for an hour--see, no crusty noodles!

1 medium package spaghetti noodles (cooked per package directions)
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (boiled and chopped)
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1 cup bell pepper (finely chopped)
1 cup celery (finely chopped)
1 stick of butter
1(16 oz) block Velveeta cheese
chicken broth (amount varies--I usually use 1/2 cup to 1 cup)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13in baking dish.
2.  Boil chicken and shred/chop into bite-size pieces.
3.  Prepare noodles per package directions.
4.  Saute onion, bell pepper, celery in the stick of butter until the onion is translucent and the bell pepper and celery are tender.
5.  Combine chicken, noodles, soups, Rotel, Velveeta, and chicken--mix thoroughly.
6.  Pour mixture into baking dish and bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Stir occasionally and monitor the moisture, adding chicken broth as needed.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

17 Weeks

I know I didn't do an official announcement here on the blog (considering it's been FOREVER since I've updated), but if you are my friend on facebook you know that Carey and I are expecting!!  We will meet our precious little one in January (official due date is 1/11/12)!  I am 17 weeks today, and here's a little update.

Size of Baby: Baby Antoon is about 5 inches long, and weighs approximately 5 ounces.

Maternity Clothes: Some.  I can still wear most of my normal shirts, but they are quite snug!  I can only wear my normal pants if I use the "rubber band" trick or wear a belly band--I found these great ones called the "Belly Button" that have a button and button holes that match up to the button and button holes on your pants. This way, your pants are still "buttoned" and the belly band folds down over the top of the pants and looks like a long tank top hanging out under your shirt.

Gender: HOPEFULLY we find out next week!!  I've got my fingers crossed that Baby Antoon cooperates because I'm dying to know!

Movement: Apparently, I'm supposed to be feeling the baby move right now, but I don't know if I have. At this stage, the flutter that you feel when the baby moves is, supposedly, very similar to other stomach "gurgles."  I've been having some stomach issues, so "gurgles" have been happening a lot, and I'm not sure how to distinguish between those and possible baby movements.   

Sleep:  I'm sleeping really good right now.  I have at least one bathroom run in the middle of the night, but I usually fall right back to sleep (about two weeks ago, though, this was NOT the case).  I am definitely taking advantage of this sleep and enjoying while I can! 

What I miss: Oddly enough, the occasional glass of wine.  I was never a big drinker before, but I've been craving a good glass of wine when we go out to dinner on the weekends. 

Symptoms: Stuffy nose.  It's the worst at night when I'm trying to get to sleep.  I am also experiencing dizzy spells if I'm walking and change directions too quickly or turn my head abruptly.

Cravings: Not really having any cravings right now--more food aversions than anything.  Chicken...ugh, chicken!  I can't even hardly look at it...cooked or raw, doesn't matter!  Some things may gross me out one day, and then sound good to me the next....but chicken has been gag-inducing since the beginning!