The Impromptu Cook Strikes Again

Today I am sharing my recipe for Cilantro-Lime Chicken Casserole at $5 Dinners. I set out to make a different casserole, but I was missing some ingredients and then my spontaneous side took over and the only thing that was the same from the original recipe was that they both contained chicken.

I wish I could say that the “impromptu cook” only emerges occasionally, but if I am honest I must admit that I am disorganized and impulsive and one of those traits often emerges when I am in the kitchen. But sometimes something brilliant (or at least delicious) emerges from the chaos!

As I was providing links for some of the ingredients that I make from scratch in Cilantro-Lime Chicken Casserole, a theme of disorganization emerged. My tutorial for making the fastest beans from scratch ever was created because I kept forgetting to soak the beans for dinner the night before. In my tutorial for cooking rice in a pressure cooker, I admit that the reason I first tried cooking rice in a pressure cooker was because the rice was taking much longer than the rest of the meal for a dinner party. In my chicken broth tutorial, I confess that I didn’t realize that I had run out of broth until my dinner guests had arrived and had to improvise a substitute. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. If not, check out the Amelia Bedelia books at your local library. :)

If you are wondering how an impromptu cook can actually create a recipe that can be passed on to others, I reveal my secrets in How an Impromtu Cook Shares Recipes. I will leave you with my most important cooking tip: As long as you smile and are cheerful, your guests will never realize all the catastrophes that are occurring in the kitchen!

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. You said well, I too make something which was not intend to make on first hand. Like your cilantro lime chicken casserole.

  2. I’m a “cooking by the seat of my pants” a lot of the time. This recipe is just my style.

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