RECIPE: Italian Chicken Casserole

Who likes Italian food!? Who wants an Easy, Healthy, Tasty supper that doesn’t disappoint?! If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, keep reading. If you answered “no”, then, well, I just don’t know what to do with you.

1 large bag of thawed frozen chicken strips (hormone free of course)

1-2 cups chopped mushrooms (I totally cheat and get pre-washed, pre-sliced from Trader Joes)

3-6 ounces of cheese of choice (pictured here is a soft brie-like cheese, but you could just sprinkle mozzarella)

1 -2 jars all natural tomato sauce

1-2 cups spinach (optional, but not really, since greens keep you young, verdant and cancer free!)

1/2 cup chopped onions (optional, but oh so tasty and good for you, so include ’em, mmkay? mmkay.)

basil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste ( so, a lot!)



pre heat oven to 350

placed thawed chicken strips in oven safe casserole dish

add veggies

pour sauce on top (as much or as little as you please; I use at least one jar)

sprinkle spices on top (as much or as little as you like; I use ~ 1 Tbsp red pepper and basil ~ 1/2 Tbsp salt & pepper)

sprinkle cheese on top (as much or as little as you like; I use enough for thick covering, ~ 1 cup )

cook for 15-20 minutes (until chicken cooked thoroughly, of course)

serves at least 4 but more like 8 depending on how much chowing down your crew does!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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