Friday, May 31, 2013

Meal Rotation System: Casserole Day

This is Day 8 of the Meal Rotation System: a pattern of meal planning where you go down a list of meal groups each month, picking one from the group for each day, and rotate through the list when you're finished. Read more about how the Meal Rotation System works.

"Casserole" is one of the most versatile food types. It doesn't matter what you put in it, as long as it includes just about every food group and you bake it in a dish. Here are three of my favorites.

Zesty Chicken and Rice
Taken from Great American Cookbook



2/3 cup uncooked rice
2.8 oz French fried onions
½ tsp Italian seasoning
2 chicken boullion cubes
2 large chicken breasts cut in cubes
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
16 oz frozen vegetable mix

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees. In 9x13 inch baking dish, combine rice, half a can of onions, and Italian seasoning. Prepare boullion and pour it over mixture.
  2. Place breasts on top. Pour on Italian salad dressing
  3. Arrange vegetables on top.
  4. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes (until rice is done)
  5. Top with remaining onions, cook uncovered for 5 minutes.

Hearty Chicken Bake
Taken from Great American Cookbook

3 cups mashed potatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can French Fried onions
1 ½ cup cubed chicken
10 oz frozen mixed vegetables
10 oz can cream of chicken soup
¼ cup milk
½ tsp ground mustard
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In bowl, combine potatoes, ½ cup of cheese, and ½ cup onions
  3. Spread potatoes into casserole dish to make a crust
  4. Combine chicken, mixed vegetables, soup, milk, and seasoning. Pour into potato shell.
  5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes
  6. Top with cheese, and onions, bake five minutes
Lazy Day Casserole

Click here for this recipe. It involves sausages, potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and onions cooked in a balsamic vinegar sauce. Yummy!

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