Do you have that one meal from childhood that will eternally evoke thoughts of comfort, homeyness, and contentedness? Maybe it’s a special dish that was prepared for birthdays, holidays, or other special occasions; or maybe its your favorite thing your grandma would make. For me, it’s my Mom’s Chicken Divan casserole that takes me back. I used to request this creamy chicken and broccoli dish when too much time had passed between appearances at our dinner table. A few years back, I asked her for the recipe so I could make it myself. After I went through the many steps to prepare the iconic dish from my younger-years, I was quite pleased that it was just as amazing as I had remembered.
With the 40 and 50-degree weather the past few days, cravings for comfort foods and casseroles have started to become the norm. I was flipping through Cooking Light’s Real Family Food cookbook, when I came across a lightened up recipe for Chicken Divan. Not only does this recipe include a homemade sauce (read: no cream of anything canned soup), it also seems to have fewer steps than the one I grew up eating. I want to mention that this dish doesn’t exactly fit with my usual “Detox Monday” recipes, however I thought this was a delicious alternative to heavier comfort foods. Although this will never be a replacement for my Mom’s Chicken Divan recipe, it acts as a great stand-in when trying to start the week off right.