Jenn's Hot Mess Casserole

"I love this "hot mess." It's something somewhat healthy that I make once a week and keep it on hand to eat for lunches (and it makes a great side dish!). You can throw in anything that you want and feel free to switch it up. Add meat or serve it without for a great vegetarian option. My SO also calls it my "slop" and my "garbage casserole." I don't care because it tastes so good! And remember - all ingredients are optional!"
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  • Cook the rice according to package directions.
  • While the rice is cooking, heat the canola oil over Med/High heat.
  • Add the chicken and sprinkle with garlic powder and seasoned salt, to taste. Saute until no longer pink.
  • Add mushrooms and saute for another minute or two. Remove from heat and drain.
  • In a large bowl, mix rice, chicken and mushrooms, spaghetti sauce, corn, kidney beans and ONLY 1 c of the cheddar cheese. Mix well.
  • Transfer the concoction to a casserole dish and sprinkle remaining cup of cheese on top.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  • Note: I usually switch the ingredients up every time I make it but I always use things that are on the "healthy" side so I have something quick to just throw in the microwave at lunch time. It's also a cost effective alternative to lunch meats and microwavable frozen lunches. This recipe is just an idea for you to use to create a healthy meal for yourself.

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