salsa chicken casserole

salsa chicken casserole


  • 1 cup uncooked rice $0.33
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (thawed) $0.52
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans $1.39
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar salsa $1.99
  • 1 cup chicken broth $0.15
  • ½ Tbsp chili powder $0.10
  • ½ tsp oregano $0.03
  • 2 large (1.5 lbs.) chicken breasts $2.99
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese $0.94
  • 2 whole green onions, sliced $0.17


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Drain and briefly rinse the black beans. Add the dry rice, black beans, corn, salsa, chicken broth, chili powder, and oregano to an 8×8 inch casserole dish. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into three pieces each. Push the chicken pieces down into the rice salsa mixture in the casserole dish. Try to push them down as far into the liquid as they’ll go. Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil. Bake for one hour.
  3. Take the casserole dish out of the oven, test the rice with a fork to make sure it is tender. If it is not, recover the dish, return it to the oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes more. When the rice is tender, sprinkle the cheese over top and return the casserole to the oven for a few minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Add the sliced green onions on top after baking and serve hot.

Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread

I am going to my friend’s babe shower this weekend, and I thought this recipe would be perfect for this warm event. Open-mouthed smile Whoever shared this first is awesome.

Here comes the master piece:


Ingredients (serves 4-6)

For the Mushrooms
12 oz sliced mushrooms
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme

For the Bread
1 unsliced loaf sourdough bread
12 ounces Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup finely diced green onion
2 teaspoons poppy seeds


For the Mushrooms
Heat a medium skillet on medium. Add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the mushrooms. Cook 4-5 minutes until they start to sweat. Add the thyme and continue to cook another 2-3 minutes.

Set mushrooms aside and allow to cool.

For the Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky going the second way but the bread is very forgiving.

Place loaf on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Insert cheese slices between cuts. Pour the mushrooms between the cuts. Use your fingers to push the mushrooms down into the loaf.

Combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds. Drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Pure Lotus

My Sweet boyfriend took me to pure lotus (净心莲) , a vegan restaurant for birthday dinner. As a huge foodie, I must admit that this place is surely a spiritual experience. The minute we walked in, I could smell the fragrant incense.The fine atmosphere and elaborate presentations certainly made a deep impression. We sat down, I realized the plates are all big clam shells, and it comes with fresh lotus leaves in the bottom. Just when I am still admiring the fresh lotus leaves, waitress brought us the menu, which is intimidating book, seems like 2 meters long, 3KG weight. The whole “book” is full of poems and beautiful words. It must took us 40 minutes to “study”. 😛 We had to wrote down what do we want to get since the dish names are all long and hard to remember. Some of the dishes are way to expensive for me to order comfortably.

We got 2 fresh made juice. Both are very “healthy” tasting.

1st dish: roll dish, basically  organic rice wrapped up with tofu skin. It presented with white jade looking “Ruyi“. I felt like I was served in heaven.

2nd dish: Cheese balls. My favorite dish for sure. Very tasty.  Again, the dish was served in a plate holding by Buddha. Then a wooden box in front of it which looks like the pray stool. In the end we figured out it is the ingredient box full of black pepper powder. 😀

3rd dish: Yum stew. It has yum, fu zhu(Tofu product), Ginkgo fruit, Celery. This one tasted just ok. Not very special.

4th dish: Foil wrapped tofu. They used a different type of tofu. The texture is harder than the normal ones. I would order this one again. 🙂

5th dish: Bread Cheesy Stew. This one is quite western style. It is basically Cheese, milk, cream and vegetables baked in the bread loaf. It is quite rich I have to say.

6th dish: Thankfully it is the last one. I was stuffed at the 5th dish. It is light fried rice mixed with black sesame, Pine nuts and some vegetables. I never had fried rice like this, quite a great change. I will try to steal this recipe.

In the end, they gave us free fruits. They put hot water with dried ice in a pot, then put a plate with 2 peaches in it. It looked beautiful. Somehow it reminded me one of my favorite show: journey to the west. One of scene is the money king stealing peaches in heaven, where full of fog.

Pure Lotus borders on the pretentious but it is undeniably one of the unique dining experiences in Beijing. Luckily there was nothing we ordered we didn’t liked.

If you want try some vegetarian cuisine served in lovely Buddhist surroundings, pure lotus might be worth a shot: 10 Nongzhan Nanli, in compound below the JVC Tower Contact: 6592-3627