15 Minute Supper: Cheesy Turkey and Rice

Cheesy Turkey and Rice #15MinuteSuppers

I wish I could remember where I got the idea for making Turkey Broccoli and Rice. I know I started making it when my husband and I first got together- it might have been one of those times I just found random ingredients in the pantry and put it all together. It’s something that we make on a regular basis because it’s so easy and filling. Not to mention tasty!

We love to make this with either leftover Chicken or Turkey (I usually freeze them 1 Cup portions) or canned chicken or sometimes we will cook a chicken breast on “the George” while the rice is cooking. During this next month or so I’m sure we will be making it with leftover Turkey from Thanksgiving! (See Also: 12+ Dinner Ideas from Leftover Turkey)

15 Minute Supper: Cheesy Turkey and Rice
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Monica
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Serves: 4
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 3 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Frozen Broccoli
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Chicken or Turkey
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken (or other “cream of”)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (plus extra to add on top, if desired)
  1. Add the rice, water, broccoli, and seasoning to a pot, heat on high until boiling, then reduce heat to medium. When the water is semi-reduced add the cream of chicken, cooked chicken and cheese. Mix everything in and let the rice continue cooking for the full 15 minutes.

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but I bet you probably have a ton of leftovers. That’s why today, the #15MinuteSuppers bloggers are bringing you some tasty leftover ideas! Most likely you spent all day cooking yesterday, so take a break today and give one of these a try.

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Check out these scrumptious dinners from Thanksgiving leftovers and they only take 15 minutes:

Grandma’s Turkey Soup from How To This And That
Turkey-Cranberry Panini from Better in Bulk
Sweet Potato & Turkey Hash from Around My Family Table
Mini Shell Pasta with Minced Meat from Food 4 Little Ones

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How to Host a Simple Real-Life Thanksgiving

I love family get togethers, but even more I love simple and easy family get togethers. Especially when I am pregnant (aka: fat and lazy with a real excuse this time!). Everyone else in the blogging world seems to be posting all of their super cute, but overdone holiday plans. I sometimes do cute crafts and things, but our dinners are usually very simple and easy. Even when I don’t have the pregnancy excuse. I wanted to show you what we will be doing to make things simple and easy this year.

Rule #1: Delegate! Have guests bring their favorite dish. Some are still going to be cooked at my house but they are bringing everything and doing the cooking of their dish.

Rule #2: Anything from scratch can/should be prepared ahead. Yes, it’s pretty much too late to prepare ahead. Go buy some boxed/canned/frozen stuff instead. You can say you made it from scratch. I won’t tell…plus you did “Scratch the box open!”

Our Thanksgiving Menu:
Veggie Platter (Brought by Dad)
Turkey (Cooked in a Bag, Once it’s in the oven I don’t have to worry until the timer goes off)
Gravy (The package that comes inside the turkey or powdered but with the broth from the turkey)
Green Chile Cheese Tamales (Prepared Yesterday, Just need to steam them)
Mashed Potatoes (Brought by Mother-in-law)
Sweet Potatoes (Brought by Dad)
Cooked Veggies (Brought by Mother-in-law)
Stuffing (From a box)
Cranberry Sauce (From a can)
Rolls (Brought by Dad)

Apple Pie (Frozen)
Pumpkin Pie (Brought by Dad or Sisters)
Chocolate Mousse Praline Pecan Pie (Brought by Dad or Sisters)

Rule #3: Don’t decorate. Unless you decorated at the beginning of the month.

My decorations are minimal. I would love to add to them, but not this year. I decorate my table with the food, that’s all anyone wants to see anyway! This year the only decoration I made was this basket, and I still have a few little pumpkins out from Halloween. (See my tutorials on creating easy fabric pumpkins and a fabric pumpkin basket)

Rule #4: Use “Fancy Dishes” We use “fancy dishes” meaning we get paper plates and cups.

There are enough dishes from making the food that I don’t want to add to the work when we are done eating. Throw out the dishes and sit and relax. Spend time talking with everyone and enjoying their company.

Rule #5: Accept guest’s help when they offer. Or if you are close enough to them, just demand their help!

I try to have all of my tupperware clean and ready (but still tucked away in the cupboard), ziplock bags in an easy-to-get to spot and have a stack of clean butter tubs or other “disposable containers” ready so that after dinner when people want to help clean up I can say here you go, fill these up and put them away. The disposable containers and ziplock bags are perfect for sending food home with guests because they won’t have to worry about returning your tupperware.

I will also put people to work with wiping off counters and putting dishes in the dishwasher. I try to make sure the dishwasher is empty before everyone comes over too.

It can be stressful to host Thanksgiving or any big get together, but if you plan on making it easy for yourself and everyone else it can be a nice relaxing holiday to spend time with family and friends instead of being stuck in the kitchen cooking, cleaning and decorating.

Check out these great and easy dinner ideas for Turkey leftovers!

15 Minute Suppers: Italian Chicken Pasta

Italian Chicken Pasta #15MinuteSuppers

This Italian Chicken Pasta is a meal that I make on nights before we go anywhere- whether it’s work, school or road trips it taste great the first night when it’s warm but even better the next day after being chilled. It’s easy to throw into a lunch box with some ice packs.

15 Minute Supper: Italian Chicken Pasta
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Monica
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  • Jarred Minced Garlic(Optional)
  • Oil(Optional, goes with garlic)
  • Italian Salad Dressing
  • Noodles (I usually use thin spaghetti but this time I am using rotini)
  • Shredded Chicken (Canned, Frozen or Leftover)
  1. Cook and drain your noodles.
  2. Heat oil in the same pan that you cooked your noodles in, and cook garlic in it for a few minutes. Toss in Italian Dressing and shredded chicken. Let it cook for a few more minutes and then add the noodles and stir everything in until it is well mixed. Serve hot or let it cool and refrigerate, then it can be served cold.

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Check out all the wonderful #15MinuteSuppers today!

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You have to check out these delicious 15 Minute Suppers:

Spicy Kielbasa Pasta from Better in Bulk
Whole Wheat Ham & Cheese Stromboli from HowToThisAndThat
Turkey, Cranberry, and Blue Cheese Pizza from Around My Family Table
Turkey Chili from Lizzie Jane Baby
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza from Just 2 Sisters

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Healthier than Usual (But Still Delicious!) Pancakes

The holidays are here- only a week until Thanksgiving! I’m taking time this week to get the house clean and organized so that the rest of my holidays can go smoothly. Luckily last week I did some cooking so we will have some food while I clean!

Pancakes with Apple Topping

I made these pancakes with the apple topping for dinner one night- because sometimes breakfast for dinner is just easier! I added a little bit of healthy stuff to our pancakes so that it would seem better to have as a dinner. Usually I also add chocolate chips or peanut butter chips but they wouldn’t go well with the apple topping this time! I also wished I had some caramel sauce instead of my maple syrup but it was amazing with out it!

Healthier than Usual (But Still Delicious!) Pancakes
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Monica
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Serves: 12
  • 3 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Ground Flax Seed (optional)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Zucchini or Squash
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (optional, not shown)
  1. Mix the dry ingredients.
  2. Take the water and the shredded zucchini and blend it in your blender until it is the constistancy of milk. I use the whole juice button. If you want to leave out the zucchini juice just add an extra cup of milk instead.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix well.
  4. If adding chocolate chips mix them in by hand.
  5. Set the skillet at 350 degrees if electric, or medium if it’s on the stove. Pour the pancake batter onto your hot skillet and flip when bubbling. Let them cook on the other side for a couple of minutes, each side should be a golden brown.

The Apple Topping is hard, because I didn’t really measure anything. It is easy to put together though if you can sprinkle on spices! I I used honeycrisp apples. They were huge! I only used two apples but it made a ton. I also cooked them in the slow cooker, but they could be cooked in the oven while you are making the pancakes.

Peel and cut up apples, remove core. Add some lemon juice to your bowl. Toss the apples around so that the lemon juice is spread over all of them. Sprinkle on a little bit of nutmeg and a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar on the apples. Cook in the slow cooker on low for about 3 hours or in the oven until they are easy to poke though with a fork.

We also topped these off with homemade Maple Syrup- I try to keep some in the fridge all the time but it does only take 10 minutes to make!

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What Can You Make in 15 Minutes?

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{Thanksgiving After Party} How to Use Turkey Leftovers

12+ Dinner Ideas Using Leftover Turkey
Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Need ideas to use your leftover turkey in? Well I have plenty of ideas! I usually buy a second turkey to cook another time just so that I have the leftovers, a turkey around Thanksgiving is usually the cheapest meat per ounce you can buy. My basic idea is that I can use turkey instead of chicken for almost any recipe. Instead of “Winner, winner chicken dinner” we’re saying “Winner, winner turkey dinner”!

Salad with Turkey by Monzanitas on InstagramOn a Salad

Salads are always better with some tuna or chicken shredded on them, so why not try turkey instead. The same goes for a chicken salad sandwich, just make it a turkey salad sandwich.
I love casseroles as long as they are super moist and creamy. You could make up your own casserole by using some noodles, turkey and cream of chicken soup and whatever else you want to add. With some interesting spices it can be a great combination!

Turkey and Noodles

This is a family favorite of turkey noodle soup. Usually it doesn’t come out soupy so we just call it Turkey and Noodles. It is delicious, and a great way to warm up on a cold day.

Ever had a Barbecue Chicken Pizza? They are amazing, especially the way I make them! If you want to take the easy road, they sell pizza dough already made in a can. All you have to do is roll it out and add your own toppings. It’s personalized and takes about the same time as delivery.

Turkey and Broccoli Alfredo
This recipe is the one on this list that I haven’t tried yet. I saw it on Pinterest and I had to add it to this list. I love making Alfredo because I usually buy jarred sauce but I never thought of adding turkey and broccoli to it. It sounds delicious!

Turkey Sandwiches
There’s the classic After Thanksgiving Sandwich, usually made with all the leftovers but to mix it up some you could try making a BBQ Turkey Sandwich (I make mine like a pulled pork sandwich) or you could try a Turkey Salad Sandwich.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo15 Minute Cajun Turkey Alfredo
My husband loves our version of Cajun Chicken Alfredo. When we make it with pre-cooked chicken or turkey we just add the Cajun seasoning to the alfredo sauce. This is a delicious and easy way to use some of your leftover turkey and have a quick meal!


Turkey Tacos or Burritos
We love making burritos, and every once in awhile we will make tacos instead. I know turkey tacos sounds like the weirdest thing ever, but you can hardly tell that it’s turkey instead of chicken, especially if it’s seasoned with taco seasoning. Try our 15 Minute Burrito Mix Recipe with Cilantro Rice– with everything else in it you definitely can’t tell that it’s turkey instead of chicken.

Turkey a la King
This is such an easy recipe that it’s a must after thanksgiving. It’s a great thick sauce that you serve over toast. I’ve even made it to where I will sneak in more vegetables and it’s still delicious! Click here to see my healthy version. My mother-in-law makes another recipe that she and my husband say is close to this one (I think it tastes totally different) but they call it Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches. It’s a mixture of shredded turkey and gravy as a sauce, served over toast as well.

15 Minute Italian PastaItalian Chicken Pasta #15MinuteSuppers
This pasta is great with or without meat, but a little shredded turkey would make it that much more delicious. The pasta is great when it is first made and warm but it is also amazing chilled. It’s a great meal to take in a lunch box whether you are traveling or just going to work.

15 Minute Cheesy Turkey and Rice

Cheesy Turkey and Rice #15MinuteSuppers

We love this easy dinner of Cheesy Turkey and Rice- it can be made in about 15 minutes and always tastes delicious! Not to mention that it is relatively cheap to make as well! We actually eat some form of Chicken and Rice a couple times a month here. We just had it this last week and my husband is already asking for it again! I guess I should have made a bigger batch so that he would have some leftovers.

I will be adding more recipes as I come up with the actual measurements for the ingredients (most of the time I just throw stuff together) so check back and see what’s new. You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where I will post updates!

Want More Thanksgiving and Turkeys? Check out these fun crafts to do before the holiday!
Turkey Pumpkin Decoration Inspired by Pottery Barn
Recycled Leafy Fall Basket
Turkey Leaf Clips- Perfect for Accessories or Decor

Maple Syrup- One of the Four Main Food Groups!

Elf Syrup Quote

We love syrup around our house- especially homemade! This year I will be decorating some of my hoarded jars for some of our neighbor gifts. It’s a nice gift because I already know they like it, and it is something that can be tucked in the fridge and used at any time. I might even include a bag of frozen pancakes with it as well.

Maple Syrup
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Monica at Monzanita’s
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Serves: 16
  • 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • ½ Cup of water
  • Dash maple flavor
  • 1 Tbs. butter or margarine
  1. Combine syrup, brown sugar and water. Cook on the stove on low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in flavoring and butter. It can be served hot off the stove, or after being refrigerated.

I had an empty bottle that was from olive oil- washed out it was a perfect bottle to give away some syrup in. For ourselves, I just use a water bottle that we were able to get for free from one of our utility companies. It works perfectly! I know my mom uses a gravy dish and in the past I have used a large glass measuring cup to hold my maple syrup too. There are so many options and cute ways to hold it.

Handmade Gift Idea: Maple Syrup

If I buy ink before Christmas I’ll attach some of the Buddy the Elf quotes to the syrup when we give them away. Feel free to print it off and use it for your gifts too!

More 15 Minute Suppers

I haven’t been myself lately- or for the past few months! That’s why all you have heard on my blog has been crickets this past week! Morning sickness is still plaguing and all I can think of writing about are things like “How to Fail at Potty Training Your Child… For the Second Time”, “Top 10 Best Tasting Foods to Be Thrown Up” or “Awkward Ways to Tell Your Boss You Quit”. Other than that I don’t have many ideas of things to write about, so I will just share some pictures of the 15 Minute Suppers I wish I could be making! Make sure you scroll down to the bottom to see the entire list of this week’s 15 Minute Suppers

These 15 Minute Chicken Fajitas are my favorite out of everyone’s this week. I wish my family would eat them with me, but no one else likes peppers. I guess I will have to make it on a night that I’m home alone!
15 Minute Chicken FajitasClick Here for the 15 Minute Chicken Fajitas Recipe

I never thought of making a Lasagna in a skillet before! I usually love Lasagna but I’m too lazy to make it. (I always ask for it as my birthday dinner from my mom.) This Easy Skillet Lasagna I will try though!
Easy Skillet LasagnaClick here to get the recipe for Easy Skillet Lasagna

These Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches are a little weird for me because I would never think to put any of those ingredients together, but after seeing them I would totally do some sort of variation of them. I have been eating alot of waffles lately, it’s one of the few things I have been able to eat while feeling sick. Maybe I will go make something like this right now!
Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches
Click here to get the Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches Recipe

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Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches from Around My Family Table
Easy Skillet Lasagna from How To This And That
Sun Dried Tomato & Chicken Alfredo from Lizzie Jane Baby
Best-ever Baked Chicken Nuggets from Better in Bulk
Paleo Coconut Fish Soup Recipe from Confessions of an Overworked Mom
15 Minute Chicken Fajita Recipe from Sunshine and Sippy Cups
Ham and Cheese Pasta with Vegetables from Suburbia Unwrapped
BLT Tortellini Salad from Just 2 Sisters

If you are a blogger and you’d like more info, please check out the 15 Minute Suppers website or ask to join the Facebook group to participate on Fridays…we’d love to have you join us.