Every mom has those panic attacks
when dinner is upon them and preparations have not been made ahead
of time. If you will keep some basic ingredients in your pantry,
you will be prepared for healthier alternatives to Hamburger Helper,
Pizza Delivery, or other prepared/processed foods. If you don't
have all the ingredients, substitute or omit the ingredient.
If you keep chopped onions and green
peppers in your freezer, or dried minced veggies, you will save
even more time. Keep browned ground meat in one pound containers
and 2 Cup portions of diced chicken in your freezer to save even
Frozen ground meat can be quickly
defrosted in cold water or in a covered skillet over medium heat.
LAYERED MEXICAN CASSEROLE
1 lb , lean ground beef
1 onion, finely minced (use from freezer or dried minced)
1 pkg taco seasoning or 1/4 Cup Frontier Taco Seasoning
3/4 Cup water
2 Cups cooked pinto beans or refried beans from a can or homemade
1 - 18 oz can Enchilada sauce or spicy tomato sauce
1-2 Cups shredded Cheddar or Jack Cheese
3 Cups slightly crushed tortilla chips
1/2 head lettuce, shredded
2 tomatoes, diced
2-4 TB sliced black olives
Brown the ground beef with onion. Drain well. Add taco seasoning
mix with water and simmer until liquid is absorbed. In a 9 X 13
casserole dish, layer the crushed tortilla chips. Top with a layer
of beans. Next layer browned ground, seasoned ground beef mixture.
Pour enchilada sauce over all. Top with shredded cheese. Bake
in a 375° oven for 20-25 minutes or until the casserole is
bubbly and cheese is melted.
Garnish with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and black olives.
Serving Suggestion: Offer guacamole, extra tortilla chips, raw
veggies such as carrots, celery, radishes, jicama, and cucumbers.
CHICKEN A LA KING
Serve over Bread, Toast, or Rice
2 Cups diced chicken from freezer or a can
1 TB chicken bouillon or chicken broth powder
1/4 C. dehydrated onion
1/4 C. mushrooms (canned or dehydrated)
2 TB dehydrated green peppers (or 1/2 C. chopped from freezer)
1/3 C. oil
1-1/3 C. milk
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/3 C. flour
1-1/3 C. water
Cut chicken into small chunks if needed. Heat oil in a skillet
saute vegetables. Blend in flour and spices. Dissolve bouillon
in water and add to vegetable mixture. Add milk. Boil for one
over rice, toast, etc.
1 pound lean ground meat, browned
3/4 C.chopped onion or reconstituted dried minced onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1-2 cans green beans, drained
1 - 103/4 oz. can tomato soup, or 8 oz. can tomato sauce,
3 C. mashed potato, use leftovers or prepare dried potato granules[
Brown the ground meat with onions. Drain well. Stir in seasonings
and tomato soup or sauce. Layer meat mixture in a 2 quart casserole,
top with layer of canned green beans,Heat through. Pour Spread
mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle with paprika. Bake in 350°
oven until bubbly and hot. 4-6 servings.