• 59°
Hartselle Enquirer

Kick off back to school with delicious chicken and rice

By Staff
Quick and easy way to have a family dinner
They won't tell you this, but kids are secretly glad to get back into a school routine after summer's pursuits. Most parents are open about their joy in returning to a regular schedule, which includes dinner together at the end of a busy day. Sharing a hot meal makes us feel we're connected.
The dilemma many of us face is how to get dinner on the table every night. Here are some of the secrets for accomplishing family dinners:
Count on casseroles frequently, eliminating the need for many side dishes. Also, casseroles can conveniently be made ahead or frozen for a later date.
Plan once, cook once, eat twice! Make dishes that can be made ahead and frozen – make two and freeze one.
Enlist the help of family. Plan meals on a notepad and have the kids assist where appropriate.
Younger kids can set the table and clear the dishes; preteens can make a salad and do dishes.
Have everyone bring a topic to the table to discuss; maybe it's something new they learned today.
Keep a list of family members' favorite sides and salad, and keep ingredients on hand. Some favorites are baby carrots with dip; coleslaw blended with Italian dressing; baby spinach saut/ed in olive oil; microwaved, precut veggies tossed with ranch dressing.
Chicken &Rice Casserole delivers big, family-favorite flavors for very little effort. A few tasty ingredients – chicken, rice, onion, jalapeno – blended together with cheese and evaporated milk creates tempting aromas, ensuring a hungry crew at the table.
Bring 'em to the table every night! For more savvy supper ideas and tempting goodies for dessert baking, check out the always-delicious ideas at www.VeryBestBaking.com.
Chicken &Rice Casserole
(Makes 4 servings)
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups cooked, chopped chicken breast
1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestl/ Carnation Evaporated Milk
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon diced jalapenos (optional)
PREHEAT oven to 350

Hartselle

Hartselle man guilty of rape of juvenile 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Police Department looks to fill six positions  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

New manufacturing program at Hartselle, Limestone schools 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Home Sweet Hartselle mural painted on Sparkman Street

Hartselle

Hartselle woman named to Inno under 25 

Hartselle

Volunteers, sponsors needed for Stars Over Hollywood prom 

Hartselle

Crowd gathers for 41st annual Depot Days 

Decatur

A heart for the arts: Hartselle art program receives River Clay grant

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Chiropractor released after charge of poisoning wife back in jail  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan employees in line for 5 percent pay hike  

Hartselle

Chiropractor charged with poisoning wife released on bond 

Editor's picks

Hartselle homecoming kick-off showcases school spirit

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Depot Days returns Saturday  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Fitness Court unveiled at Sparkman Park  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle man allegedly poisoned wife with lead in murder attempt  

Hartselle

Crestline students enjoy third annual Ag Day

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Highway 36 reopens east of Hartselle 

At a Glance

Hartselle man eludes police, arrested on possession charges

Breaking News

Hartselle man arrested for attempted murder of wife

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

In the community: Highflying fun

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle City Schools second graders kick off civic education

News

Dairy production facility closures impact Alabama schools

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Brewer High consumer science class gets new kitchen after 50 years

News

In the community: Sunflowers and summertime

x