Cilantro Lime Chicken & Broccoli Casserole Recipes

We all have those evening where we are tired from our long day at work but don’t want to eat take out and rather have a home cooked meal. This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes (pictured) that takes about 30 minutes.

First thing I do is get the Broccoli casserole going; while you have set it to forget it (for a little while anyway) you can cook your chicken and veggies.

Easy Crock-Pot Broccoli & Cheese Casserole


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 package (16 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli (be sure to have it thawed out)
1/3 cup milk
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Chicken & Herb Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
1 jar (8 ounces) pasteurized process cheese sauce (like Cheez Whiz)
2 cups minute white rice
1 cup of warm water
Large Crock-Pot


Heat the butter in your crock-pot high on heat.
Stir the broccoli, milk, soups, and rice.
Bake at high heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Then add cheese. After its ready, set your crock pot on warm. Then serve.

limeCilantro Lime Chicken:


4 boneless chicken breasts (skinned)
1 lime (I like it tangy!)
1 bottle of Paul Newman’s lime dressing
1 small bundle of cilantro (chopped fine or minced)
dash1 tablespoon of Ms. Dash Salt-free seasoning
Pam Olive Oil Cooking Spray


The night before I take plain skinned chicken breasts and place them in a big Ziploc freezer bag.  I cut and squeeze the entire lime in the bag over the chicken and spoon out the pulp. After that, pour the dressing making sure all the breasts are covered. I add my seasoning and minced cilantro, then shake up the bag to oilmix everything up and put it in the refrigerator so it can marinate overnight. When you are ready to cook the chicken, spray down your stick free pan with Pam olive oil cooking spray and it takes about 5-10 minutes to cook (depending on how thick the breasts are) at a medium heat.



Veggies: (pictured brussel sprouts & baby carrots)

 I halved my Brussels as you can see in the picture. In a stick free pan, I spray it down with a bit of Pam olive oil cooking spray; at a medium heat add in my veggies. I sprinkle a little bit of Ms. Dash seasoning also. The veggies cook in about 10 minutes and it’s easy to do so as you’re cooking your chicken. Hope you enjoy!



April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a beauty writer, lifestyle blogger, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions, Shine Beautifully was born. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, bullshit, & randomness. Don’t forget to subscribe!


What I’ve Learned about Marriage in 2013

2013 I hit 3 years of being married. Having been very public about my separation on social media, I can honestly say it’s been very therapeutic for me and inspirational for others. I am nothing special, I’m just a woman that wants to be loved and adored like any other. Love hit me like a ton of bricks, hard and unexpected. But like anything else, it can’t always be fun and games. I can’t even remember when and how things got to where they are now between my husband and I. All I know is both sides aren’t perfect and have made mistakes.
This year, as a married woman, I’ve learned that when you love someone it can feel like you’re invincible one second and like you’re losing your mind the next. We as people make bad choices sometimes and fail to realize that we are only cheating ourselves and scaring those we truly love.
We were all taught how to love differently growing up. All we can do is love our spouses the best we can, appreciate them for all that they are, be patient, forgive as much as we can, but continue to love ourselves too.
As individuals we all have our weaknesses and strengths; but together, we have to figure out how they all mesh well enough to make things work.
I grew up with parents that have been married over 40 years, they’ve been an amazing example of what to do and not do in a marriage, no matter how angry you are your spouse still comes first, and just because vows were broken doesn’t mean you have to throw your vows out the window. In marriage, every couple makes their own rules and handles things differently.
The both of us have inner demons and struggles we need to overcome, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any love between us. With the new year approaching I know what I have to do on my end of the marriage for my husband, the both of us, and especially for myself. Only a higher power knows the future so all I can do is work with what I have in the present and leave the past behind.

To others going through martial struggles: It doesn’t matter what differences your spouse and you have, how much therapy you go through, what advice is given to you, & what your mind tells you…you can’t help who your heart loves. Do what makes you happy, take things day by day, and if you feel it in your gut not to quit, then don’t.