Recipes

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Recipes
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Mon, 05-26-2003 - 10:40am
Ladies, I need some good recipes. What I'm wanting to do is make up some casseroles for my girlfriend whose SIL is in the hospital in another state. Her husband is out there, so she is handling her 4 girls alone AND she has become the command post for family and friends across the country. Her husband and MIL relay all the info to her, and everyone is calling and e-mailing her for updates, and she is calling and e-mailing them updates as they come in. To put it mildly, she is a little stressed.

So, I thought I would make up some great casseroles that she can put in the freezer, and pull them out and put them in the oven when meal-time comes. ANYONE who has any recipes like that, could you please post them here? I want to get her 5-7 days worth.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: okmrsmommy
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 11:54am
My sister gave me one for Mexican Lasagna. It's not really Mexican or Lasagna, but why quibble ;)

It's about as simple to prep as anything, and you can vary it SO easily and to your lil ol' heart's desire.

Basically, prepare a taco or chili ground beef meat sauce, and then use cheese and flour tortillas. Bake in a preheated 350? oven for 45 minutes.

My fast/easy version of the chili is to brown a pound to pound and a half of ground beef with a tsp of minced garlic (I cheat and use the pre-minced jar stuff that you refrigerate, but fresh is even better. You could include chopped onions here, too). Drain well and return to skillet with the contents of a taco meat flavoring (we use HOT) and water according to the directions of the package. Add one can of crushed tomatoes (or whole and chop/squish them yourself) and a drained can of kidney beans. Bring to boil and simmer about 5 minutes--make it nice and hot.

scoop a cup (or two--enough to cover the bottom) of sauce into a 13x9 pan and smoosh it around to distribute. Add a layer of flour tortillas. Then 1/2 the remaining meat sauce and a layer of cheese (we like Cheddar and Jack cheeses, but it's also pretty good with just Cheddar or just Jack), then another layer of tortillas/rest of the meat sauce/cheese. Try to ensure all the tortillas are covered with sauce (but you don have to be anal about it.) and bake it up. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

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In reply to: okmrsmommy
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 7:46pm
sorry ok, i can help you with anything artsy fartsy, but i stay the he!! out of the kitchen as much as possible. i was so pleased to see my recipe books were ruined by some spoiled potatoes or something, and *had* to throw them out when we moved out of our old house. my mom called a couple of weeks ago to ask if i were interested in some cookbooks she wanted to get rid of, of course laughing the whole time shes asking me......needless to say, i passed them up. LOL. stouffers lasagne is good in a pinch!!LOL there i contributed.....
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In reply to: okmrsmommy
Tue, 05-27-2003 - 6:52am
Here's another one, called California Pilaf. My Mom got it either out of a magazine or from a can of tomato paste and it was a huge favorite of ours when we were growing up. Again, you can add/delete ingredients from the basic recipe according to yours or your friend's taste. 350 oven

1 lb hamburger

1/2 c Minute Rice (or 2 cups pre-cooked rice--white or brown, no matter)

2 cup hot water

1 Tbl minced onion

1 Tbl green pepper

1 sm can of mushrooms, drained

1 8 oz can of tomato paste

salt and pepper to taste.

Brown hamburger in skillet (you can include the onion and green pepper here or include them when you mix the casserole in the bowl). Drain well. Combine the rest of ingredientts in a 2 qt casserole. Add the hamburger mix and bake, covered, for 1 hour.