A few nights ago, our family had the privilege of bringing a meal to the associate pastor and his wife at our new church. They just had a beautiful new baby boy. I figured they might be getting a lot of lasagna. We always did after each of our six children were born. Lasagna is nice, but it’s also fabulous when there is variety in the menu! We also know that our associate pastor enjoys bacon. Our girls and I prepared and brought this Cheddar, Bacon, Chicken, Ranch, Pasta recipe.
For our meal, though, we created this adaptation to the original recipe. We’re working toward making healthier choices with more clean eating and more vegetables.
LoveLeavingLegacy Cauliflower, Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar Ranch Casserole
2 large heads of cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces and steam
16 oz turkey bacon, diced
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil (we used bacon flavored Wildtree grapeseed oil!)
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 small bunches of green onions, chopped
4+ Tbsp soft wheat flour
4+ Tbsp Wildtree ranch dressing mix (or a homemade mix-this one’s my favorite-would work too)
4 cups homemade chicken broth
2+ cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
While cauliflower is steaming, saute green onions, turkey bacon, and chicken. When fully cooked, add broth, flour to thicken, and dressing mix. After this is fully incorporated, thickened, and bubbly, add cheese and stir til melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Arrange steamed cauliflower to a large baking dish (I needed a large lasagna dish as well as an 8×8 pyrex dish) and pour chicken, bacon, and cheese mix over all. Stir all together, and bake at 350 degrees until brown and bubbly on top, about 30 minutes.
Enjoy making this with your children! It’s a lot of fun to cook with ours!
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