You asked if I would post recipes for new things I tried. The one I will post today is kind of an old school LDS casserole, I think. But until two weeks ago, I'd only had this once. My VT brought if for me after I had Padawan. I think I ate nearly the whole pan all on my own, it was that yummy. I don't really use recipes, so hopefully the following will be helpful. This made a nice, full 8 x 8 pan:
* Put cooked rice in the bottom of your casserole pan. No, I don't know how much to use. I had leftover white rice; I probably used a cup and a half or so. When I make this again, I will probably use brown rice.
* Add a layer cooked chicken. I boiled two breasts and cut them up pretty small.
* Add a layer of barely-steamed broccoli. Because you will bake everything later, the broccoli will cook a little bit more so you want to pull it off the stove or out of your steamer somewhere between blanched and tender-crisp.
* Divan Sauce. Most of the recipes I've seen for this start with cream of chicken soup. I avoid cooking with canned soup whenever I can because it is so high in fat and sodium, so I made a white sauce instead with half broth and half milk. (App. 3 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp flour, and 3/4 cup each of broth and milk.) When the sauce is nice and thick, add curry powder (to taste; I used probably a whole tablespoon), lemon juice and a tablespoon of mayonaise. You may want to use some black pepper also.
* Pour sauce over rice, meat and broccoli and then cover the top with shredded cheddar (you don't need much.)
*Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on if you put it in the oven warm or cold) at 350. I didn't cover it--the sauce keeps it moist and I like my cheese to get a little bit golden bubbly.
This is good and easy, though it does take some time because everything has to be pre-cooked. It is a good make ahead thing and will keep in the fridge for a couple of days uncooked if you need it to. I usually have all of the ingredients on hand as well. I will definitely make it gain.
I'm trying something else new on Sunday that is probably not as "safe" as this. I'll let you know how it goes.