Chicagoland Snow + Long Commute = EASY DINNER!

Let me just say right off the bat that WEATHER IN CHICAGO SUCKS!!! My normally 30 minute commute took over 2 hours tonight because it was snowing. Now, mind you, EVERYONE in Chicago can drive in the snow, we’re all awesome at it. The moment it actually starts to snow though, we all forget to slow down and let people in, and commutes take forever. I didn’t get home until 5:30… not too late for you business folks, but for a teacher, 5:30 is REALLY late!!

Once I got home, I was ravenous and wanted a super easy dinner, so I busted out an old simple Campbells recipe and it totally hit the spot!

Not attractive, but oh so good!

Not attractive, but oh so good!

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Skillet


4 small chicken breasts

3 cups fresh broccoli, chopped

1 small can “Healthy Request” cream of chicken soup

1 soup can of fat free milk

2 c. raw instant brown rice

3/4 c. shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

2 tsp. olive oil


In a large skillet with a lid, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken and brown on both sides. Remove and set aside. Add the broccoli, soup, and milk. Reduce heat to medium and cover to steam the broccoli. Stir in the rice and cheese, then return the chicken to the pan. Evenly surround the chicken with the broccoli/rice mixture. Cover and simmer until chicken and rice are cooked, about 15 minutes.

COOK’S NOTE: Make sure that your first bite is sufficiently cooled before eating it. I managed to burn my tongue, and it was NOT pleasant!

And now, some pictures of the snow near our house for you warm-weather folks. Please note that the footprints in the first picture were made over an hour ago, and now they’re almost completely filled up!

Our lovely back yard

Our lovely back yard

Out the front door

Out the front door

And with that, I’m off to watch Charlie Brown Christmas and drink some warm beverages… Happy Hump Day!