Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quick Chicken Dinner w/ Yellow Cheddar Squash Casserole

This evening I decided to make a quick and easy dinner.  I had hubby pick up a rotisserie chicken on his way home and I made my Yellow Cheddar Squash Casserole.  I decided to tweak it just a little bit.  I also added some French green beans w/ almonds to the meal.  It was delicious.  I snapped a few photos below for you to see as well as the recipe for my slightly tweaked Yellow Cheddar Squash Casserole.  Enjoy!

Updated Review of the Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding (from yesterday):
Well...after sitting overnight and all day long today in the fridge, I still found that the chia seeds had a very slight little crunch to them -- kinda sorta like poppy seeds in a way -- not bad, but enough where I felt like I needed to chew my pudding a little.  So, I decided if you can't "beat the crunch"..."join it"!  I put a serving of the pudding in a little bowl, stirred in some chopped walnuts and a tablespoon of unsweetened coconut....and voila -- I had pudding that was SUPPOSED to be a bit crunchy!  :-)  This took it from the "6.5 out of 10" rating that I gave it yesterday to a "7.5 to 8 out of 10 today".  I would also suggest not over-sweetening the pudding when you make it because you can easily stir in more stevia, if necessary.  Last night I thought I might want it a bit sweeter...but this evening the sweetness was perfect for me.  I tend to be a bit more conservative when using stevia because too much can easily ruin your recipe.  To sum this all up:  Would I make it again?  Yes.  I will also experiment with making different flavors of pudding as well.  I even think this recipe could easily take on more pumpkin in it too and may try that next time.  It was an extremely quick little dessert to put together and you can easily layer it with different nuts, fruit, etc. and make little parfaits.  Oh...I almost forgot -- in case you were wondering, I found no chia seeds sprouting from the top of my head this morning!  ;-)  "Cha Cha Cha Chia"!


Yellow Cheddar Squash Casserole


5-6 cups yellow squash, sliced (I used 6 cups)
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper, optional
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup almond flour, divided
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
4 eggs, beaten (I used 2 eggs plus 1/2 cup Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup milk or half-n-half


In a large non-stick skillet, saute yellow squash and onion in 2 tablespoons of butter (do not add water).  Make sure all cooking liquids are cooked off. Stir-fry until tender (cover for a bit, if necessary, to help cook it more quickly); transfer cooked squash and onions to a medium mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl or glass measuring cup, beat eggs, milk and add salt, pepper, cayenne to taste; set aside.

In a small bowl, mix 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese with 1/2 cup almond flour; toss with fork until well mixed.  Add the almond flour/cheese mixture to the bowl of squash; toss and combine well.  Pour beaten egg and milk mixture into the squash mixture and combine well. 

In a separate small bowl, place remaining 1/2 cup of almond flour and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.  Cut butter into the almond flour (like you do when you make the topping for a fruit crisp).  Once butter is cut in and the mixture is crumbly, add remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese and toss well.  Pour squash mixture into a lightly greased baking or casserole dish; top with the almond flour/butter/cheddar mixture and sprinkle with black pepper, if desired.   Bake in a 375 degree oven for approximately 35 minutes, or until golden brown and done. (To further crisp the topping, run under the broiler for a few minutes before removing from oven).

*NoteYou can add more cheese to the casserole if you like.  Typical squash casseroles use 1 to 1-1/2  cups of milk along with the egg mixture.  I reduced the liquid to 1/2 cup of half-n-half since the almond flour doesn't absorb as much as the usual "52 Ritz crackers" that would be in the original recipe.  You may want to add a little more liquid if you want it more moist.  I found that 1/2 cup was perfect for our tastes (I used 1/4 cup the first time I made it and that was good too, but increased it to 1/2 cup in this recipe to make it a little more moist -- it is really a personal preference).



Kare said...

This was so delicious! I (wrongly!) assumed yellow squash was butternut squash, so I steamed the butternut squash first and then sauteed with onions...

Also, I didn`t have cheddar so I substituted with organic swiss...

Thank you, Gourmet Girl!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks Kare! Sometimes our little "goofs" turn out to be some of the best things, don't they? Glad you enjoyed it -- never thought to try it with butternut squash! :-)

Trudy said...

I just finished my first attempt of the chia pudding. YUM! It will be made again. Probably today. I had a couple of changes - one unplanned and the others on purpose. I used vanilla flavored unsweetened almondmilk coconutmilk blend. Why? Because I wasn't paying attention in the store when I grabbed it. I saw unsweetened and that was it. Then, I used 1/3 seeds to one cup of the milk because I'm not patient enough to wait overnight. It was hard enough waiting for the 30 minutes I gave it. I didn't add the half & half (because I forgot to pick some up), and then added some sugar free caramel flavoring. Oh yum! The sad part - I ate way too much because I was on a really boring conference call for work. Thanks for yet another awesome recipe!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Trudy -- your version of chia pudding sounds awesome! What you realize is that you can change it up pretty much any way you want to. I will have to try your version soon! :-)

Trudy said...

The different flavorings that are out now means you never have to have the stick to the same flavor, unless you want. I also picked up a cherry raspberry and a vanilla cinnamon. And it's such an easy recipe. Now, if only I were a little more patient...

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Trudy -- Cinnamon vanilla flavor sounds right up my alley! I need to try some other flavors too! :-)

Trudy said...

I found the widest selection of flavorings (without having to order online) at Costco World Market. That's where I found the vanilla cinnamon. WalMart has stopped carrying the name brand version and come out with their own. At least, my local WalMart. And yes, it does look a little odd of have brown "tapioca". I haven't seen the white chia seeds, so I'm got the brown. Odd-looking, but that didn't stop me from eating it.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

I will check that market out Trudy -- thanks!