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Solar Cooking: Cheesy Chile-Chicken Casserole

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I’m in the mood for a cheesy chile chicken casserole. This simple recipe can be cooked the traditional way in a standard oven. But I often cook it outside in my solar oven.

You see, today the temps outside are spiking and humidity is on the rise. It’s absolutely miserable outside! So I’ll be utilizing my solar oven to make my casserole.

The recipe below gives regular oven instructions though. So whether or not you have your own solar oven – read on, dear friends!

solar cooking - cheesy green chile chicken casserole #TexasHomesteader

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Cooking With The Sun – SW Chicken w/Seasoned Brown Rice

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I have a simple Southwest Chicken recipe that I cook outside using just the power of the sun!

One of the included vessels when I bought my solar oven is a double-stack black enamelware covered pan. That will be perfect for today’s dish: Southwest Chicken served on a bed of seasoned brown rice.

Quick & easy, mix it & forget it. The whole meal cooks at the same time!

Here in NE Texas I want to keep cooking heat & humidity outside. So I cooked my SW Chicken with seasoned brown rice in my solar oven! #TexasHomesteader

 

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Planned Leftovers: Carnitas Tacos from Pork Roast

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I hate food waste. Now I’m sure we ALL hate food waste, but for some reason it’s a deep-seated hatred for me. I’m not sure where such strong feelings originate – I never recall going hungry a day in my life. But for some reason I simply cannot stand food waste. I keep an eye on food freshness in my kitchen like a ninja!

I’ve spoken before about my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking where you cook a boatload of main dish & freeze the rest for future meals. These entrees will be served exactly as they were cooked. Homemade Meat Ravioli or Stuffed Bell Peppers are two examples.

But there’s another method of cooking I often employ to stop food waste in its tracks: Planned Leftovers. This is a little different, a main ingredient is made in large quantities and then the leftovers are made into completely different dishes.

For instance I might cook a Slow-Cooker Sticky-Chicken one night and then make Tortilla Soup with the leftover chicken. Make sense?

Now hear this: recently I purposely made massive quantities of Slow Cooker Pork Roast. One of my all-time favorite leftovers planning is Carnitas Tacos. Oh man you’re gonna love this!

Planned Leftovers - remake leftover pork roast into a totally new dish: Carnitas Tacos. Delicious & you can make your own taco shells too! #TexasHomesteader

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Planned Leftovers: Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Got leftover chicken and wondering how to use it? I use Planned Leftovers cooking! Turn leftover chicken, a few dried out corn tortillas and a few cans of veggies to turn leftovers into delicious, hot & satisfying Chicken Tortilla Soup! 

Planned Leftovers: Use leftover chicken, a few dried out corn tortillas, a few cans of veggies to make delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup! #TexasHomesteader

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