Super Simple 30-Minute Menus
Caesar Chicken Pasta Stove Top Casserole (Menu 11)
Cheesy Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Super Simple Caesar Salad with Bacon
Special thanks for the Cheesy Stuffed Portabella recipe from Connie Ramey in Delta, Ohio. They go great in this menu and compliment the Caesar Chicken Pasta Stove Top Casserole nicely.
Cheesy Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Calories: 49 (34% fat); Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Protein: 4g; Sodium: 135mg; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat
Yield: 6 (1-medium size portabella mushroom) servings


(6-ounce) packages Portabella mushroom caps (3-per package) (reserve 1/2-cup Portabella mushroom stems, chopped)


cup frozen chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic (jar) 2 tablespoons lite mayonnaise
1/2 cup fat-free shredded cheddar cheese    
Caesar Chicken Pasta Stove Top Casserole
Calories: 353 (30% fat); Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 69mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Protein: 27g; Sodium: 1241mg; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 lean meat
Yield: 6 (1-cup) servings


cups chicken broth


cup lite Caesar salad dressing
4 cups no yolk noodles 2 (12-ounce) cans 98% fat-free chicken, drained
3 tablespoons reduced-fat grated Parmesan topping    
Super Simple Caesar Salad with Bacon
Calories: 53 (13% fat); Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Carbohydrate: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Protein: 3g; Sodium: 560mg; Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate
Yield: 6 (1 1/2 cup) servings


cups pre-cut romaine lettuce


cup fat-free Caesar salad dressing
2 tablespoons 30% less fat real bacon pieces 1/2 cup fat-free croutons


Set timer for 30 minutes to begin.

30 minutes before dinner, start the stuffed Portabella mushrooms. Spray a jellyroll pan with non-fat cooking spray. Set aside.
Using a paper towel, wipe off the 6-mushroom caps and remove the stems (do not throw stems away). Place the mushroom caps on the prepared jellyroll pan. Set aside.
Spray a 12-inch skillet with non-fat cooking spray. On medium heat, sauté 1/4-c frozen chopped onion and 1-T minced garlic.
25 minutes before dinner, chop the mushroom stems into small pieces and add to the skillet with the onion and garlic. Cover and cook for about 2-more minutes stirring frequently, and then turn the burner off under the skillet and let sit on the warm burner.
22 minutes before dinner, start the Caesar Chicken Pasta Stove Top Casserole. In a 12-inch, non-stick saucepan over high heat, bring 2 3/4-c chicken broth, and 1 1/4-c lite Caesar salad dressing to a full boil.
Preheat oven to 450-degrees.
20 minutes before dinner, place the sautéed onion, garlic and chopped mushroom stems in a small bowl; add 2-T lite mayonnaise and 1/2-c fat-free shredded cheddar cheese. Mix until well blended.
Place 1-T of the mixture into the center of each Portabella mushroom caps. Set aside.
17 minutes before dinner, once the liquid for the casserole is to a full boil stir in 4-c No Yolk noodles. Bring to a low boil again then reduce heat to medium (just enough heat to keep liquid at a low boil). Cover and cook for 10-minutes or until pasta is tender.
15 minutes before dinner, place the jellyroll pan with the Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Caps in the preheated oven and bake for 12-minutes.
11 minutes before dinner, begin making the Super Simple Caesar Salad with Bacon. In a large bowl, stir together until well mixed: 9-c pre-cut romaine lettuce with 3/4-c fat-free Caesar salad dressing. Sprinkle salad with 2-T 30% less fat real bacon pieces and top with 1/2-c fat-free croutons. Place the salad on the dinner table.
5 minutes before dinner, turn off heat to the pasta and stir in 2 (12-oz) cans drained 98% fat-free chicken.
Sprinkle 3-T reduced-fat Parmesan grated cheese topping over casserole. Cover and let sit for 4-minutes.
3 minutes before dinner, remove the Stuffed Portabella Mushroom Caps from the oven and place them on a serving platter on the dinner table.
1 minute before dinner, place Caesar Chicken Pasta Stove Top Casserole on a heat pad on the diner table.
Supplies List
• Timer
• Jellyroll pan
• 12-inch skillet
• 12-inch, non-stick saucepan
• Small bowl
• Large bowl
• Platter
• Non-fat cooking spray
• Paper towel
• Heat pad
Grocery List
Frozen Foods
1 bag frozen chopped onion (only 1/4-cup needed)
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
1 package pre-cut romaine lettuce (only 9-cups needed)
2 (6-ounce) packages Portabella mushroom caps (3-per package)
Staple Items
1 jar lite mayonnaise (only 2-tablespoons needed)
1 package chopped Portabella mushroom stems (only 1/2-cup needed)
1 can chicken broth (only 2 3/4-cups needed)
1 (12-ounce) bag no yolk noodles (only 4-cups needed)
2 (12-ounce) cans 98% fat-free chicken
1 container reduced–fat grated Parmesan topping (only 3-tablespoons needed)
1 package fat-free croutons (only 1/2-cup needed)
1 (8-ounce) package fat-free shredded cheddar cheese (only 1/2-cup needed)
1 jar minced garlic (only 1-tablespoon needed)
1 bottle lite Caesar salad dressing (only 1 1/4-cup needed)
1 bottle fat-free Caesar Salad dressing (only 3/4-cup needed)
1 package 30% less fat real bacon pieces (only 2-tablespoons needed)