keep calm & make a casserole.

by Janetha on March 31, 2011

in meals

hey everyone!

glad you enjoyed the random questions from last night.  several of you didn’t like the first question, but these are the things i think about, people, i can’t hide my strange thoughts from you.

anyway, it sounds like most of you would rather freeze to death than burn to death. the consensus is that you would just fall asleep and go numb. i agree. here are my answers to all the questions:

1. would you rather burn to death or freeze to death? freeze. see above for reason.

2. what was the last green food you ate? i am eating green beans right this very minute.

3. how many pillows do you sleep with? one, but sometimes it ends up being none if i throw it off the bed unknowingly in my sleep. marshall sleeps with zero pillows—instead, he uses a blanket as a pillow.

4. do you have any phobias? claustrophobia!!!!!!!!! i also hate spiders.

5. what was the last thing you took a photo of? the recipe i am about to show you…

as i mentioned, i was feeling less than 100% yesterday. i am still feeling a little blah, thanks to those of you who sent get well wishes. no idea what’s going on there.  the good news is that they were able to fix our furnace! after about 4 hours of shivering and waiting around for the repairman to arrive, that is.  but instead of complaining, i kept calm and did what i do best—made a casserole.

bobby flay was throwing it down on the food network and it was a battle for the best lobster mac & cheese. this put the idea of mac & cheese in marshall’s head, so that was his special dinner request. i rose from my nap, cracked a kombucha and got to work..

four cheese chicken mac.

makes six big servings



  • 6 oz whole wheat elbow macaroni (cooked in salted water)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, boiled & shredded
  • 1 large bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/4 (give or take) cottage cheese, blended
  • 4 laughing cow cheese wedges
  • 2/3 cup (give or take) shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup (give or take) shredded parmesan or asiago cheese
  • 1/2-3/4 cup milk of choice (i used skim)
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • more cheese for sprinkling purposes


after preparing your macaroni and chicken, put a pot on the stove over medium heat.  spray it with oil and toss in the green onions.


sauté for a few minutes while you blend and grate your cheeses.


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turn the heat to low and add your cheese and milk to the pot—you don’t want to scorch it, so low and slow is the key!


go ahead and add the basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.. taste it and make sure it is to your satisfaction. add more of something if you want.. but at this point it is a little too late to add less, so i hope you like it.

add your chicken and noodles to the pot and mix well.



pour mixture into a 9×9 baking dish.


sprinkle with cheese if you want (trust me, you want.)


top with bread crumbs.


i found these whole wheat panko bread crumbs at whole foods.




cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until you can’t possibly wait any longer for your husband to get home from the gym.



i really think this may be the best casserole yet. i just got done eating the leftovers for lunch and i am in casserole heaven.


make it. i dare you.


finish the sentence according to your mood today:  “keep calm and _______________”

xo. janetha g.


p.s. here are the nutritionals for those who asked.. per serving= 440 calories, 42g protein, 31g carbs, 16g fat.. no, i didn’t say it was good for you!

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Meg March 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I can commiserate with having a furnace out. When I was living in apartments, the hot water heater died (in the middle of winter of course) and it took WEEKS to get a new one! I had to shower at the gym!

Erica D March 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Keep calm and don’t break anything.

(I just played a rugby game where one of my teammates separated her shoulder; I am thankful to have the talent of avoiding injury.)

Has Bobby Flay done multiple episodes involving lobster? The only throwdown episode I’ve seen involved lobster sandwiches. I used to work at a seafood shack that sold lobster rolls for $15.75 each, so I understand how that could get intense ;)

Cathy K April 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

keep calm and…hug someone you love!
glad you didn’t have to freeze too, too long, janetha! four hours is enough!!
it’s april!! hope we won’t need furnaces too much longer…although i guess warmer temps = no more snowboarding for you!….until next year *sigh!*

withasideofhope April 1, 2011 at 5:20 am

I LOVE macaroni and cheese! This looks heavenly! I really want to make it asap! Mac and cheese is the best comfort food ever! :)

Pure2raw twins April 1, 2011 at 6:10 am

Casserole looks cheezy and delicious ;) Glad your furnace got fixed! And our oldest sister has claustrophobia too, and she hates elevators, so that is always a fun experience with her ;)

keep calm and stay FOCUSED!!!

Friday I always seem to get distracted!

Freckled Foodie April 1, 2011 at 6:17 am

mmmmm mac & cheesee <3 can you give us the cal. breakdown and nutritionals for this one?


janetha April 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

per serving= 440 calories, 42g protein, 31g carbs, 16g fat.. not so bad, but the cheese makes it super fattening and super delicious.

Nicole @ Fresh & Fit April 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

Keep calm and shovel. We have snow here and I’m not thrilled.

321delish April 1, 2011 at 6:46 am

I LOVE that laughing cow cheese! I put it on EVERYTHING!

Presley April 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

Keep calm and laugh a little! :)

Carbzilla April 1, 2011 at 7:24 am

I’m so making this for lunch today. I love when you post a recipe, and I have all the ingredients.

todayilovemylife April 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

What? I STILL say it’s good for you. Got to be. I think I might be going to Aristo’s with my sis tonight. I’m peeing my pants, I’m so excited. xoxo

janetha April 1, 2011 at 8:10 am


Nicole C April 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

That looks tasty as always!! If had to comment on this one because yesterday sucked ass and I had such bad anxiety to this is what I did:

I keep calm and drive my FJ fast while listening to Rob Zombie! It helped…and so did bootcamp!

savgsims April 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

That looks like an amazing dish I found at a hole in the wall restaurant in San Diego a couple summers ago! It was amazing! My family and I went back to that place three times the week we were there.

I’ll be testing this out:)

Carlee April 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm

The casserole looks so good! I am definitly, without a single doubt in my mind making this!! I am so excited! Get ready for a mac n cheese faced Carlee cuz I’m def divin head first!

kissmybroccoli April 3, 2011 at 8:06 am

Mmm, lovin this casserole de cheese coma! My mouth is totally watering…and I just had breakfast!

Keep calm and read some blogs! ;) Finally getting to catch up since the move. I’ve been up for 3 hours and the most strenuous activity I’ve done thus far is make some pancakes for breakfast! Ahhhh!

elise April 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm

hmmm…im going to try and veganize this. it looks amazing.

Carla in Sydney April 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Hi Janetha,
I made your casserole for dinner last weekend and it was AMAZING!!!! I am also the world’s WORST cook so it was also amazing that I was able to make it without burning the house down. Thanks for the recipe!!! xx

Christin@purplebirdblog April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Keep calm and eat gelato at Costco (after taking a Lactaid, in my case).

Erin Mckalip April 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Ok, I tried making this tonight since it just looks so darn good and the cheese just turned into this cheesy glob in the saucepan before I added the pasta. Did I leave it over heat too long?? It was only a few minutes but I thought I should get the Laughing Cow to melt…Any ideas??

janetha April 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Hmmm the only thing I can think of is the heat needed to be lower? Or maybe more milk was needed. The cheese should all melt evenly– not sure why it wouldn’t but next time you could try melting the cottage cheese and laughing cow together first. Then add the others.

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