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Apple Cranberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

Apple Cranberry Baked French Toast

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DairyPure Milk. All opinions are 100% mine.

Apple Cranberry Baked French Toast is an easy overnight breakfast casserole made with caramelized brown sugar apples, dried cranberries and cinnamon bread baked in an applesauce custard. Quick to make ahead, perfect for a holiday breakfast!

Apple Cranberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com On the night before Christmas and all through my kitchen, I will be sauteing and stirring a quick and easy breakfast casserole to bake for eager mouths the next morning. Even with how busy this time of year can be, an easy recipe like this Apple Cranberry Baked French Toast is perfect. It is effortless, made in about 15 minutes and then chills overnight,…all ready to bake into deliciousness the next morning! …

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Orange Scream Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

Orange Scream Baked French Toast

Halloween breakfast just got tastier with this easy recipe for Orange Scream Baked French Toast. Thank you to TruMoo Milk for sponsoring this post.

Orange Scream Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

With Halloween only two weeks away, needless to say the kids are excited. We have visited the local pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins (and jump in the humongous pumpkin bouncy house!)  We have decorated the house. And we finally have costumes! We are eager for the big day, but…the anticipation seems to be also part of the fun, right? Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year, we look forward to making an entire day of it, starting with a special Halloween breakfast ~ this Orange Scream Baked French Toast!  …

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Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake is an easy meatless breakfast casserole filled with broccoli, cheddar, eggs and shredded hash brown potatoes! {gluten free, make ahead}

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

With the many celebratory and holiday brunches on the horizon, quick and easy crowd-pleasing recipes are a must.  Overnight casseroles, such as baked French toast or egg bakes, are always popular.  This Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is one of our favorite brunch recipes!  It is easy to make and satisfies the sweet portion of our menu. To satisfy the savory side, I have been experimenting with different varieties of meatless egg bake recipes to come up with a savory breakfast casserole the whole family will love. Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake has become a favorite that will be featured regularly throughout this busy brunch season and beyond.

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Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake #SundaySupper

For a cheesy, healthy casserole that is easy to make, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake is sure to become a family favorite! {gluten free, kid friendly}

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

After making Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake last summer, I have been looking forward to making more quinoa casserole recipes. While I am excited to share many of them with you soon, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake recipe is one of my kids’ favorite meals. They get so excited,  you would think I’m serving cookies for dinner!   But alas, it’s just a deliciously cheesy, tomato-ey chicken quinoa casserole that is so simple, delicious and healthy too!  …

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole {No Soup}

For a healthier twist on a holiday classic favorite, try this easy recipe for a Cheesy Green Bean Casserole that is creamy, cheesy, made with Greek yogurt and without soup.  Thank you to Del Monte (through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select) for sponsoring this post!

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Now that it is November, we are eagerly planning our holiday menus. When planning side dishes, one dish that almost always appears at every family holiday gathering is Green Bean Casserole. It is the same, traditional recipe that everybody makes.  However, in preparation for this year, I decided to give Green Bean Casserole a healthier, tastier makeover. This result is a Cheesy Green Bean Casserole that is a huge crowd pleaser for the whole family!…

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Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake is a healthy, protein-packed quinoa casserole bursting with fresh tomatoes and basil.  Inspired by the popular Caprese salad, this easy to make bake will become an instant family favorite!  Thanks to Omaha Steaks for sponsoring this post and providing the tasty chicken used in this recipe!

When coming up with dinner ideas that my kids will like, chicken, cheese and vegetables are pretty safe bets.  After making these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites, I discovered they also love quinoa.  This gives me plenty of leeway to have some fun experimenting with new recipes. This Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake not only combines all of their favorites foods into one dish, but it is downright delicious and super easy to make!…

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Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast #SundaySupper

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is made with custard soaked French bread cubes and studded with juicy fresh blueberries and cream cheese throughout.  This dish is perfect for brunch, but I love it for breakfast for dinner because it is so easy.  It takes minutes to prepare, can be made ahead, and then just bake in the oven until golden and delicious.  The result is decadent, yet made on the lighter side using a ‘secret’ ingredient….

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chipotle macaroni and cheese

Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese

Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese is a delicious, cheesy, veggie-filled baked pasta with a Mexican twist.  It is made with three different cheeses (yum!) and lots of vegetables (yum!).  The chipotle chiles add a nice smokiness and spice which, along with the chili powder, balance nicely with the tomatoes and cheeses.  Black beans give a protein and fiber boost while adding a nice color contrast to the rest of the dish.  A traditional breadcrumb topping is sprinkled over the top before baking.

Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese is very easy to prepare and the result is no ordinary mac ‘n cheese, that’s for sure. This recipe makes plenty, and the leftovers heat up nicely for lunches the next day.

Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese
 
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry whole wheat elbow macaroni (or other short pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 (14½ ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, including juices
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from can of chipotle chiles)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting fat and salt.
  2. In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add chiles, onion, and bell pepper, and cook 4 minutes, or until onion is tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant, stirring frequently.
  3. Sprinkle with flour and chili powder, and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes, or until mixture is thickened.
  5. Add adobo sauce, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, milk, Parmesan and egg, stirring until combined and cheese is melted. Add cooked pasta and black beans, stirring until combined.
  6. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Pour pasta mixture into prepared baking dish. Top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Adapted from Cooking Light

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Vegetable and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

Back when I was working outside the home, I brought my lunch every day.  I usually brought a peanut butter sandwich, pizza or leftovers from dinner the previous night.  Occasionally I brought an organic microwavable meal.  While not an ideal option, I could prounounce all of the ingredients, it was quick and convenient.  It was also pretty tasty too.  One of my more recent favorites was Black Bean Tortilla Casserole.  

I don’t have much of a need for microwaveable meals these days now that I stay at home with Adam. So when I saw a recipe for Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole, I was pretty excited to recreate the convenience food I enjoyed and make it a healthier option. 

The original recipe looked like it could use a little sprucing up, so I added spinach, onion, used more garlic and changed up the spices.   I love the additional vegetables in this dish.  It’s a lighter and healthier option, and is also quick and easy to prepare.  Leftovers reheat nicely…which I guess sort of makes it a microwavable meal, only better!  

Vegetable and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole
Yields 6 servings
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
8 corn tortillas, warmed and halved
2 cups salsa
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add onions and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until browned (about 7 minutes). 
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add garlic and chili powder, stir for 1 minute. 
  4. Add black beans and spinach and stir to combine.  Cook until beans are warmed through (about 2 minutes).  Remove from heat.
  5. Arrange 5 tortilla halves in baking dish.  Top with half of the bean mixture and 1/2 cup salsa, then sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese.  Repeat with another layer of bean mixture, salsa and cheese.  Top with remaining tortilla halves, salsa and cheese. 
  6. Cover with foil and bake 10 minutes or until center is hot and cheese melts.  Uncover and bake until cheese is bubbling, 5 minutes OR if your dish is broiler-safe, put under the broiler until cheese is bubbling and browned.

Adapted from Everyday Food, January/February, 2011