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February 2010 Issue
For Freezer Meals
by Shelly Hill
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As a busy mother and grandmother, I am always looking for ways to prepare delicious meals for my family...for those busy nights when I don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. To solve that problem, I like to make casserole dishes and freeze them for future meals.

When I make these 3 recipes, I make all of them in one day. You can freeze them in your baking dishes, however I like to go to the dollar store and purchase disposable foil baking pans. I can usually get them 3 for $1.00. I let them completely cool and then properly wrap them for freezing. They will keep in your freezer for up to 6 months.

 

Cheesy Chicken Casserole

  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup salad dressing
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 2 cups peas, cooked and drained
  • 8 oz. noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
Heat Velveeta cheese, milk and salad dressing over low heat. Stir until cheese sauce is smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour into casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
 

 

Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small box of instant white rice
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1/4 dry bread crumbs
Put one can of soup in bottom of casserole dish, cover with rice. Place chicken breasts on top of rice, sprinkle with onion soup mix, top with second can of soup. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Place back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
 

 

Chicken Oriental Casserole

  • 2 3/4 cups cooked chicken, cubed
  • 1 small can of mushrooms or 1 cup of fresh mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon onion, finely diced
  • 1 3/4 cups chow mein noodles
Place 1 cup of chow mein noodles in the bottom of your baking dish. In a large bowl combine all other ingredients except for the remaining 3/4 cup of chow mein noodles. Mix until combined. Sprinkle remaining chow mein noodles on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes or until done.
 



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