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Ham and Potato Bake

I love meals that are all in one bowl, like my Shredded Pork over Mashed Potatoes. This one of those types of meals, it’s got ham, potatoes, and broccoli all together in a creamy, cheesy sauce. Between the broccoli and the onions, you’ll get just about a serving of veggies. I would have added more broccoli, but I’m not sure how much The Man would have liked that.

4 cups diced potatoes
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 cup diced onions
3 cups diced ham
12 oz steamed broccoli, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cup milk
3 oz cream cheese
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9″ x 13″ pan with foil.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook the potatoes, onion, and garlic together until the potatoes are tender enough to stick a fork in them. Add the ham and cook for three more minutes. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with the broccoli.
In the same skillet over medium heat, add the cream cheese, milk, garlic and onion powders. After the cream cheese is melted, add 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens and can coat a spoon. Stir it constantly so it doesn’t burn.
Evenly pour the sauce over the pan and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese begins to lightly brown.
Let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 334.5
Total Fat: 11.1 g
Cholesterol: 58.1 mg
Sodium: 1,206.3 mg
Total Carbs: 32.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
Protein: 26.0 g

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Pinterest Wednesday: Creamy Garlic Pasta

Oh my creamy, garlicky goodness! I found this pin from The Cheese Pusher and I knew I just had to make it. The only change I made to the recipe was I added some broccoli and chicken to the pasta to make it a bit more of a complete meal. It was seriously quite amazing, The Man and I both had to have a small second helping! I calculated the nutritional values for her version of Creamy Garlic Pasta.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 474.8
Total Fat: 24.4 g
Cholesterol: 88.6 mg
Sodium: 1,341.6 mg
Total Carbs: 45.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
Protein: 18.9 g

When I make it next time (and there will definitely be a next time), there are a few changes I’m going to make to lower the fat. In my version I didn’t include meat in the ingredients, because I could easily see adding beef or chicken to it.

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken stock
6 ounces spaghetti or angel hair pasta
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 10 ounce package frozen broccoli
3/4 cup fat free evaporated milk
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In a pot, bring the olive oil to medium-low heat. Add the garlic and stir, allowing it to cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock. Raise the heat to high and let it come to a boil.
Once it is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook for as long as the box’s directions indicate. Reduce the stove to medium heat. Add the broccoli and mix in the parmesan until completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the evaporated milk and parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 336.0
Total Fat: 9.8 g
Cholesterol: 34.6 mg
Sodium: 1,282.8 mg
Total Carbs: 43.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 19.8 g

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Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta

I was in the mood for something fresh, so I came up with this.  I had some leftover cream cheese from another recipe and threw it in to add a little more creaminess.  I used real parmesan, the type that comes in a wedge and you grate yourself.  It’s more expensive but you don’t need to use as much of it.  I like throwing veggies into pretty much anything I make, partially because it’s easier to get my husband to eat them if they have a little sauce on them.  Its also makes dinner stretch a little further.


4 ounces uncooked pasta, cooked according to directions
2 boneless skinless chicken breast (about 10 ounces), cut into bite sized pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion
10 ounces package of broccoli, cooked
3 tablespoons grated parmesan
15 fresh basil leaves, snipped into 1/4 inch pieces
2 small lemons
2 ounces cream cheese


Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, set aside. Steam the broccoli (I just use the microwave steamer bags), set aside.

In a small bowl combine the snipped basil, parmesan, the zest and juice from the lemons with the cream cheese. Set aside.

In a large pan, saute the chicken, garlic and onions together. Add the pasta and broccoli to the pan and let them warm a little. Add the cream cheese mixture, stirring until everything is evenly coated. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 217.2
Total Fat: 2.6 g
Cholesterol: 39.3 mg
Sodium: 311.2 mg
Total Carbs: 29.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.0 g
Protein: 23.3 g