So first things first – I apparently decided to take the summer off. It wasn’t planned but a lot of great things started happening and that’s how it ended up.
And these great things? I opened up an Etsy shop specializing in customized digital chalkboards, I started writing for two other blogs (Adventures in Breastfeeding and Chip and Co – which is a Disney blog) and my child became a full blown toddler!
But I’m back and, hopefully, better than ever. I decided to kick off my comeback with a delicious dinner I’ve been making a lot since I came up with it. Now, I’m not a huge fan of using processed foods but sometimes a girl just needs some Ranch and Wing sauce in her life and as a busy mom I don’t always have time to make it from scratch. That said, this really is a delicious – and somewhat healthy – meal that even my toddler loves.
2lbs of potatoes (I prefer Yucon Gold), diced into 1in pieces
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 packet of Ranch seasoning
1.5lbs of cooked, shredded chicken (I cook mine in the Crockpot with a little garlic powder, thyme and chicken stock)
3 carrots, diced
3 stalks of celery, diced
4oz of wing sauce (any flavor you want – adjust the heat to your preference)
1 cup of cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 400
Toss the potatoes with 2lbs of water, the olive oil and the ranch seasoning
Roast for 35-40 minutes (until potatoes are tender)
While the potatoes are cooking, soften the carrots and celery in a skillet over medium heat. As I was getting my ingredients ready I realized I didn’t have enough celery so I added a small diced onion to the mix. Feel free to add one as well.
Once the veggies are softened (about 8 minutes) combine with the shredded chicken and the wing sauce.
Place the cooked potatoes on the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish and top with the chicken and veggie mix. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken mix.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Remove the foil and place under the broiler for a minute or two to brown up the cheese.
I served this with a side of Garlic and Parmesan Spaghetti Squash and the family loved it!
This meal is certainly a major player in our dinner rotation and hopefully it will be in yours too!