Ease Through the Week With Easy Casseroles

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

Few things say home cooking like the casserole. Casseroles are a staple of American cooking. They are what we pass at potlucks. They are the comfort food we bring to friends who are going through a rough time. They are the welcome we offer to new neighbors. In addition, they can also be a lifesaver when you need a hearty meal. Prepare a few of these on the weekend, minus the baking step, and you have home cooked meals you can pop in the oven on a rushed weeknight…and what weeknight ISN’T rushed? The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can do with casseroles. Here are a few to get you started.

Mexican Lasagna
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp seasoned salt
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 116 oz carton cottage cheese
  • 4 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  1. Brown ground beef in skillet and drain. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and spices. Heat through.
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan. Layer ingredients in pan as follows: ⅓ of the meat mixture, 2 tortillas, ⅓ of the sauce, cottage cheese and shredded cheese. Repeat twice.
  3. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Cheesy Ham and Rice Casseroles
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1-1/2 cups instant rice, cooked
  • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped or cubed
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup crushed crackers, your choice of flavor
  1. Mix all ingredients except cracker crumbs.
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Transfer ham mixture to dish. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs just before baking.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Chicken Bake
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  1. Grease a 9x13 pan. Place chicken breasts in pan.
  2. In a saucepan, combine, soup, ¾ cup cheddar cheese and milk. Heat over medium heat, constantly stirring, until cheese melts.
  3. Pour over chicken breasts. Just before baking, place uncooked crescent rolls over top. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until crescent rolls begin to brown.

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Tasty Tuesday: Freezer Cooking

We’ve been freezer cooking for a couple of years now and I’m still amazed at how much more money we save on our budget by making up a bunch of meals in advance and then use menu planning based on our freezer inventory to plan each month’s meals.  Not only does it save us money because we’re not wasting food and we’re basing our freezer meals on what is on sale, but we also save a tremendous amount of stress around dinnertime because we have a plan in advance and we no longer waste time on “what do you want for dinner?” and “I don’t know, what do you want for dinner?”  Here are a few terrific freezer cooking recipes to help fill up your freezer with inexpensive homemade meals.

1) Slow Cooker Recipes

Stephanie at Mama And Baby Love lists some fabulous slow cooker recipes for the freezer including Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken, Stephanie’s Goulash, and Chicken Curry.

2) Breakfast Burritos

Money Saving Mom is one of my favorite blogs and Crystal always has terrific recipes that are both yummy and low cost like these Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos.

3) Teriyaki Chicken

We eat a lot of Teriyaki Chicken at our house and this is an excellent recipe for the freezer from Thriving Home Blog.  You’ll also find recipes for Savory Chicken, Lazy Day Stew, Sweet & Tangy Meatballs, and Sausage & Peppers on this page.

4) Homemade Freezer Pizza

Here’s another family favorite as shown by Crystal at Money Saving Mom – we like to buy our chicken in bulk then cook large batches in the crockpot that we dice and shred before freezing meal size packages.  We later thaw and use the chicken in pizzas, salads, quesadillas, soups, tacos and more.

5) Pizza Pockets

Amy at Amy’s Finer Things swears that these Pizza Pockets and her Pigs in a Blanket saved her summer!  With five young kids of my own I can easily see how having a freezer full of these would be a life saver and I’m definitely making a bunch very soon.

6) Mexican Casseroles

Joyful Momma’s Kitchen provides the list to her top five freezer meals including Layered Enchilada Casserole, Quesadilla Casserole, Wild Rice and Chicken, Goulash, and Potato Soup.

7) Crab Cakes

These Crab Cakes from Abbi at Once a Month Mom look absolutely scrumptious and are a great way to make expensive crab meat go a little further while its in season and be able to enjoy it off season too when the price is higher.

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