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Green Chili Rice

Green Chili Rice Recipe

I have been making this Green Chili Rice recipe for years. I first shared the recipe way back in 2010. Ten years later I am still making this easy side dish.

It makes a great side dish for Mexican type meals, roast, chicken, and more.

I think this recipe originally came from an Old Taste of Home magazine. I love their recipes from the 1990’s. I have adapted so many of those early Taste of Home recipes over the years.  

This Green Chili Rice is one of my favorites because it is so simple to make using a few basic ingredients that are easy to keep on hand. 

I have made this as a side dish for many Mexican type meals, but I have also taken this to church potluck type dinners. It is always a popular dish.

Easy Green Chili Rice

This Green Chili Rice reheats well so I have also used this many times as a side dish when I take a meal to someone. It also makes an easy lunch. 

I love to serve this with Instant Pot Refried Beans and Salsa Chicken. It is also great with Mexican Pork Chops or even a simple meatloaf.

If you are serving Oven Tacos to company it is a great way to stretch the meal to serve a few more. 

I will say though that this particular recipe contains minute rice. I am not usually a fan of minute rice, but in this recipe it works the best. I have tried it with regular rice and it just does not turn out right.

I usually keep a small box of minute rice on hand just to use for this recipe. 

This recipe also uses cream soup. It is one of the few recipes that I use cream soup in. We have discussed the cream of soup debate before. Many of you love it, but some of you hate it and I get it. I have a love hate relationship with cream soup as well. 

You can use a homemade cream soup in place of the canned soup. If you are gluten free be sure to use a gluten free canned cream soup. 

Green Chili Rice Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Green Chili Rice

Green Chili Rice

Green Chili Rice is a quick and easy side dish. It is great with Mexican meals, chicken, meatloaf, and more.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup ( if you are gluten free use gf cream soup or homemade cream soup)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked instant minute rice

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, chilies and cheese. Stir in rice.
  2. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 294mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Originally published January 2010. Updated February 2020.

Menu Plan

Oven Grilled Cheese

This week’s menu plan includes several of our favorites like oven pancakes, oven grilled cheese, Instant Pot eggs, and more.

It also includes one of my favorite chocolate desserts that is a normal dessert that just happens to be gluten free. It is delicious with a scoop of ice cream. 

Here is this week’s menu plan. 

Menu Plan February 10th-16th

Quick and easy meals for your week.

Gluten Free Menu Plan

gluten free biscuits and gravy

This week’s menu plan includes one of my kids favorite breakfast for dinners. Gluten free biscuits and gravy! My kids love biscuits and gravy, but I don’t make them very often. Biscuits and gravy are not hard to make, so I really need to put them on the menu plan more often. 

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the items that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to make sure the ingredients are safe for your family. 

Gluten Free Menu Plan March

Quick and easy gluten free meals for the week.

Everyday Adventures

Oklahoma Sunrise

It is time for another Everyday Adventures post. I love doing these posts because they share a look into my life that is a little different than the recipes that I normally share. 

Oklahoma has the best sunrises and sunsets this time of year. Views like the one above are one of the reasons that I love living in the country! 

Kiolbassa

This sausage has become one of my favorite easy meals. I buy it at Costco, but I am pretty sure other places carry it. It is not the cheapest kielbasa, but it is so good.

I have served it with sauerkraut. I have served it quickly fried in a pan with eggs. My son has heated it and eaten it on a hot dog bun many times. I have sliced it and served it with oven potatoes.

No matter how I have served it, we have loved it. And please ignore my feet that made it into that picture… 🙂 

Fried rice is one of my favorite clean out the fridge meals. I have shared several recipes over the years.

We love steak fried rice, chicken fried rice, and breakfast fried rice. But the reality is that I often don’t follow an exact recipe and that is the fun of fried rice. 

You use a basic recipe, but you change it up depending on what you have on hand. I recently made it with some leftover rice, bacon, peppers, and mushrooms that needed to be used up and it was so good. 

I need to update this post, but years ago I shared all about freezing fried rice. Yes, you can freeze it for an easy lunch or dinner. 

Slow Cooked Cheesy Vegetable Potato Soup

Life in a house with multiple food allergies and intolerances means that dinner can sometimes look interesting.

This week I made my slow cooked cheesy vegetable potato soup for dinner. But since one of my daughters eats dairy free I also made my creamy white chili with sausage.

The good thing though about having two large pots of soup is the leftovers. We had plenty of soup for several meals. 

Stack of Recent Reads

I shared some of my recent reads over on From Our Bookshelf. I know that it is only February, but a couple of the books will probably make my list of favorite books of the year. 2020 has been a great reading year so far for me. 

If you love reading and books as much as I do be sure to join our Facebook book group. I love to talk about reading and books with others. 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

My dairy free daughter was gone for dinner one night recently, so I made homemade mac and cheese. After I made it I realized that I had never shared the recipe with you.

I quickly took a few pictures and will share it soon. It is my favorite easy way to make homemade mac and cheese. 

Over the years I have shared pictures of our animals for my Everyday Adventures posts, so I thought I would share this one today with a little bit of a sad note. 

Camo the dog

We recently lost our dog. Life with animals, especially when you live in the country, involves loss. It is just part of life, but it doesn’t make it easy. 

Camo was our rottweiler that we got as a puppy less than four years ago. We aren’t sure what happened. He just found him one morning with no signs of trauma or anything.

He hadn’t been sick or had any issues. Animals die of similar issues that people do, so we think it was probably a sudden heart issue or something like that.

He was my favorite dog of all the dogs that we have had. He wasn’t the best guard dog, he loved everyone, but he was by far the smartest dog that we have owned. He will be missed. 

And now we will be looking for a new dog or puppy this spring. Our two pure bred dogs have both died young. Our random who knows what they were dogs, that came from the pound and from friends, have all lived long lives.

We live in the country so I will only have big dogs that can survive life in the country. So that will be a must in our search. My kids are already looking at pictures online trying to decide what to get. I will keep you updated on what we find. 

I hope that you have a great weekend! 

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup

Need an easy soup recipe for dinner this week? Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup is quick and easy to make. It is cheesy and delicious. 

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup

One of my goals for 2020 is to share more of the recipes that I have taken pictures for, but have never shared with you. 

I have a folder full of recipe photos that I have yet to share because the photos are not great. The recipes are ones that we love, but for one reason or another the photos did not turn out great. 

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup Recipe

Most of the time it is because I am in a hurry when I take my photos. My recipes are the recipes that I make for our meals all the time.

This soup picture was taken at 6:30 on a busy weeknight. 6:30 in the winter means that it was dark outside and not the best lighting for photography.

It also means that by 6:30 my family is hungry and waiting for dinner.

As I am trying to get the best picture, they are patiently waiting for dinner, hoping that it doesn’t get cold by the time that I am done. 

Many of those photos end up in a folder on my computer waiting for me to take new photos. But I often don’t get around to retaking them.

Life happens and often when I go to retake the recipes it is again 6:30 at night and my family is ready for dinner…

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup

In 2020 I am going to change that. Great recipes with less than perfect photos will still get shared. Today is an example of that. 

We love this cheesy beef enchilada soup. Well, my dairy free daughter doesn’t eat it, but the rest of us love it. 

It is easy to make with basic ingredients. You can serve it as is or with tortilla chips on the side. It isn’t a pretty recipe and doesn’t have a pretty photo, but it is an easy and delicious dinner.

This recipe is based on my Copy Cat Chicken Enchilada Soup. If you love chicken soup be sure to give it a try. 

Yield: 12 servings

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup

Cheesy Enchilada Beef Soup is a quick and easy dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic,  minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2- 14.5 ounce cans beef broth 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1- 10 ounce can enchilada sauce
  • 1- 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pan cook ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain off any fat.
  2. Add garlic, cumin, and chili powder to meat and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add broth, water, enchilada sauce, tomatoes, evaporated milk, tomatoes, and salt. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Stir in cheese, stirring until melted.
  5. Serve with chips, extra cheese, sour cream, or other desired toppings.

Notes

This soup is gluten free as long are you read labels to be sure that your ingredients are gluten free.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 802mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 22g

Menu Plan

Oven Tacos

If you have never made my oven tacos you need to make them! I shared this recipe about nine years ago and it is still a favorite. My family loves oven tacos and so do many of my readers. It has been one of the most popular recipes on my site since I shared it back in 2011. 

This week’s plan includes lots of quick and easy recipes including an easy two ingredient dessert. 

Here is this week’s menu plan 

Menu Plan February 16th - 22nd

Quick and easy meals for the week.

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Root Beer Cake

If you need an easy gluten free dessert that no one will know is gluten free you need to make the gluten free root beer cake on the menu plan this week.

I made it for my husband’s office last week and everyone loved it. It really is so good that no one will know it is gluten free. 

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family. 

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Quick and easy gluten free meals! All recipes are gluten free or have notes on how to make them gf, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Main Dish Recipes

List of Gluten Free Dairy Free Main Dish Recipes

Do you need some gluten free dairy free main dish recipes? We put together a huge list of recipes just for you!  

Over the last few months I have received phones calls from my mom, sister, and several friends asking questions about cooking for family and friends that were gluten free and dairy free. My daughter was recently asked the same thing by a couple of friends. 

We have dealt with food allergies and issues for so long that cooking gluten and dairy free, and reading labels is a way of life for us, but that is not the case with everyone.

Cooking gluten free and dairy free can be challenging, especially those new to it. It can be even more challenging for those that have never done a lot of cooking. 

After conversations with family and friends, my daughter and I decided to put together a list of our favorite gluten free and dairy free main dish recipes. 

Our goal with this list, and with all the gluten free recipes that we share, is to share recipes that taste great. Not all gluten free and dairy free foods are worth eating. We have probably all had some really bad gluten free food. 

We love to create meals that are so good no one will think about the fact that they are eating something that is gluten free and dairy free.

The list of recipes we put together are all meals that we eat all the time. They are recipes that both the gluten free eaters and the non gluten free eaters in our family enjoy. 

There are so many meals that can be made gluten free and dairy free. Food in it’s natural form is usually the easiest. The more processed the food is the more likely it is to contain gluten. Even dairy is in many prepackaged foods. 

Hopefully this list will not only give you recipes to make, but also give you ideas of how recipes that you already make can be made gluten free and dairy free. 

Some of the recipes below are pictured with cheese, but we just leave out the cheese or serve it on the side, when my daughter, who is dairy free, is eating it.

If you are not familiar with gluten free and dairy free cooking, you must read labels to make sure the ingredients are gluten and dairy free. It is surprising how many items contain gluten and dairy. 

Regular soy sauce is not gluten free, but you can buy gluten free soy sauce. Canned broth is normally gluten free, but not always. Some brands of taco seasoning are gluten free, but not all.  Those are just a few examples. Always read labels to make sure the brand and items you are buying are gluten and dairy free. 

Now for some of our favorite gluten free dairy free recipes. 

Easy Beef and Rice Dinner

Easy Beef and Rice

Gluten Free Meatballs

Gluten Free Meatballs

gluten free freezer friendly meatloaf

Gluten Free Meatloaf

Egg Roll in a Bowl – use gluten free soy sauce

Ground Beef Taco Rice

Ground Beef Taco Rice – serve without the cheese

Egg Roll In a Bowl with Noodles

Egg Roll in a Bowl with Noodles – use gluten free soy sauce

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage

Mexican Pork Chops

Mexican Pork Chops

Taco Bowls -made with gluten free taco seasoning and served without cheese and sour cream and use gf taco seasoning

Crock Pot Beef Fajitas

Crock Pot Beef Fajitas served on corn or gluten free tortillas

BBQ Chili

BBQ Chili

One Pot Green Chili Chicken Rice

One Pot Green Chili Rice with Chicken – serve without cheese

Easy Baked Beans

Baked Beans with Bacon

Roasted Vegetables and Sausage

Roasted Vegetables with Potatoes and Sausage

Southwest Ground Beef Stew

Sausage and Potatoes

Potatoes and Sausage

Asian Meatballs

Asian Meatballs – use gluten free soy sauce

crock pot chicken legs

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs-same idea can be made in the oven cooked at 425 for 45-50 minutes or until done. 

Creamy White Chili with Sausage

White Chili with Sausage

beef enchilada soup

Beef Enchilada Soup served without cheese and sour cream

Ground Beef Fajitas

Ground Beef Fajitas

Mexican Meatballs

Mexican Meatballs

Ground Beef Fried Rice

Ground Beef Fried Rice – use gluten free soy sauce

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad – use gluten free soy sauce

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage Onions and Peppers

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Peppers – breakfast for dinner

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry

Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry-use gluten free soy sauce

Sheet Pan Fajitas

Sheet Pan Fajitas-served on corn or gluten free tortillas without cheese 

Slow Cooked Southwest Chicken Legs

Slow Cooked Southwest Chicken Legs – same idea can be made in the oven cooked at 425 for 45-50 minutes or until done.

Slow Cooked Dr Pepper BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken served bunless or on gluten free buns – can be made with pork

Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast Bowls served without cheese- breakfast for dinner

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Slow Cooked Chili served without cheese

Eggs and Rice

Eggs, Rice, and Sausage serve with gluten free soy sauce- breakfast for dinner

Homemade Chili without Beans-served without cheese

Breakfast Chili

Breakfast Chili – served without cheese

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup Recipe

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup is a basic homemade tomato soup with ground beef and macaroni. It is quick and easy to make using basic pantry ingredients. 

My husband’s family has a recipe for tomato macaroni soup that they have been making for years. My husband grew up eating it. His parents and grandparents made it all them time. 

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup

My husband and I ate it during our early years of marriage because it was so inexpensive to eat. I always thought of the recipe as a depression era recipe because it was so basic. In fact, it was almost too basic. 

My husband would totally disagree with that. He loves it because it is so basic. I however have never loved the soup because it felt like it needed something more. It needed more flavor and something to make it more filling. 

So over the years I have come up with different versions of a basic tomato soup. I took the concept of my husband’s family recipe and have turned it into different versions that are more filling and more flavorful. 

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup

This soup is my favorite version. It is a fairly classic tomato soup with ground beef and macaroni added to it.

I love this soup during the fall and winter. It is quick and easy to make with ingredients that I almost always have on hand. 

Can Tomato Macaroni Soup be made gluten free? 

Yes it can. I make it gluten free using gluten free pasta. The version is the picture is made with gluten free pasta. 

What ingredients are in Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup? 

  • ground beef
  • onions
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • chicken or beef broth
  • macaroni
  • salt
  • pepper

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup Recipe

Yield: 10 servings

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup

Ground Beef Tomato Macaroni Soup

Homemade Ground Beef Tomato Soup is a quick and easy dinner using basic ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3- 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 - 14.5 ounce can beef or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni ( gluten free pasta works well too)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Puree tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan cook ground beef and onion until onion is tender and ground beef is done. Drain off any fat.
  3. Add garlic to meat mixture and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add tomatoes and broth to meat mixture.
  5. Bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni.
  6. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10-12 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

If you are gluten free use gluten free pasta and be sure that your broth is gluten free.

Menu Plan

It was cold here in Oklahoma this last week and we even got some snow on Wednesday. Winter weather has put me in the mood for soups and comfort foods.

So this week’s menu plan includes recipes like my favorite banana bread, my mom’s lemon bars, baked oatmeal, spaghetti pie, and other recipes perfect for this time of year.

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Muffins with gluten free option

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs and Peanut Butter Muffins

Martha Stewart's Banana Bread Recipe

Eggs and Martha Stewart Banana Bread  (This is my favorite gluten free dairy free banana bread)

 Eggs and Sausage and Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Dinner

Crock Pot Bean with Bacon Soup

Mexican Tortilla Pie

Crustless Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Crustless Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche

Asian Noodle Soup

spaghetti pie

Spaghetti Pie

Pork Fried Rice

Dessert

Mom's Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars– My moms recipe that I love. A simple and easy dessert that is so good.

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