Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I Can't Go For That

That's what I thought when I began making my grocery list this afternoon.  I can't go for that.  I can't go for any of that.  The last place I wanted to be today was grocery shopping.  Man, does that get old.

But not going meant I had to come up with something marginally nutritious and filling for at least two people.  This is where I'm grateful for pre-cooked chicken breasts that are in the freezer and at the ready.  The possibilities were endless, but the words, "sloppy joes" kept echoing in my brain.

So I came up with Sloppy Joe Casserole.

Shredded chicken, Manwich Bold, roasted and sliced Dutch baby potatoes, and some reduced fat cheddar.  Top it all off with diced bell pepper and pickled jalapenos and you've almost got Sloppy Joe Nachos.

While this won't top my "love it" list of things to make or eat, it was a good way to use up what I had and I avoided the dreaded supermarket.  Now I can go for that!

Chicken Sloppy Joe Casserole
Serves 4

Dutch "baby" potatoes, a small bag
Onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper
1 tsp. EVOO
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 can Manwich Bold
1 cup shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese
Diced bell pepper (optional)
Pickled jalapenos (optional)

Preheat oven to 425.  Line a small cookie sheet with non-stick tin foil.  Slice enough baby potatoes to make 1 cup of slices per person.  For manly appetites, add an additional cup.  Sprinkle onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and the teaspoon of olive oil onto potatoes.  Toss and bake for 15 minutes on each side or until browned.

While potatoes are cooking, add shredded chicken to a small saucepan and combine chicken with Manwich sauce.  Simmer and heat thoroughly.  

Heat oven to broil.  Prepare 4 individual-sized baking dishes or one 11x7 baking dish with cooking spray.  Line each dish with 3/4 cup cooked potato pieces.  Add 1 cup chicken mixture.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup (each) of the shredded cheese.  Place dishes on a cookie sheet (or simply place larger baking dish) and place under the broiler.  Not too close, but enough to melt the cheese.  Top with bell pepper and jalapenos.  

An easy weeknight meal that is kid friendly, too.  Bon Appetit!!  

Weight Watchers Points Per Serving: 8

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