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1. BBQ Chicken Pizza. This is one of those dinners that's perfect for when you don't feel like cooking dinner. Store bought pizza crusts + bottled BBQ sauce + cooked chicken + cheese = easy dinner. It's a nice shift from the usual pizza as well.
2. "Not-sagna" Pasta Toss from Rachael Ray. You know I love a good lasagna spin-off. I actually made this a long time ago and really liked it, but for some reason it fell into my black hole of forgotten recipes. I'm glad I gave it a rescue this week, it was delicious, hearty and comforting! I also think this would be fantastic topped with some mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven (what isn't, right?)... I may have to try that next time.
3. Crunchy Topped Swiss Chicken Bake from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. This is a modernized version of an old-fashioned chicken casserole made with canned cream of chicken soup. However, the "cream of chicken" is remade as a homemade sauce, and therefore tastier and healthier! It's also topped with buttered panko breadcrumbs and Swiss cheese, so it has that going for it as well. Yum!
4. Perfect Pot Roast from The Pioneer Woman with mashed potatoes. In cooking any sort of roast beef, my goal is always to make it taste like my mom's. This came the closest to anything I've tried yet, so I'm considering it a victory! Browning the roast first gives the beef wonderful color and flavor, and I like that it's cooked with carrots and onions, but not potatoes. I believe potatoes are heaven-sent, I really do, but I don't love them cooked with pot roast. So to me, a side of steaming hot mashed potatoes is a pot roast's perfect accompaniment.