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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

everydayhappyfoods|Make ahead and freeze for the first week of school.

Enchiladas Casserole   

Serves 6-8

1 tablespoon oil                     

1 onion, small dice                

1 bell pepper, small dice        

12 corn tortillas                     

2 cups enchilada sauce

2 cups Mexican cheese or cheddar cheese

1 cup black beans

1 cup corn

2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded, optional

 

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan and sauté onions and peppers until soft.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 and coat a 9X13 pan with cooking spray. Lay 4 tortillas on the bottom of the pan.

  3. Evenly spread ¼ cup sauce on top. Then sprinkle ¼ of the vegetables, chicken and  cheese.  Repeat until you have 4 layers.

  4. Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes until casserole is hot. Cool and freeze, if desired.

  5. When serving, garnish with sour cream, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, green onions or black olives.

  6. Serve with yellow rice and a salad.

Lisa Rovick and Susan Weintrob|everydayhappyfoods founders

3 Tips for Getting Meals Ready for School plus Enchilada Casserole Recipe to Get You Started

Before you know it, school will be here! Now’s the time to prepare ahead for dinner to save time during those first busy weeks. 

 

Here are 3 easy tips.

 

1.Start doubling what you are cooking for dinner. Put the extras in the freezer, ready to pull out, as the schedules get hectic when the kids return for the first day. Try chili, lasagna or enchiladas. See free enchillada recipe below.

 

Any baked dessert can be frozen. Double recipes or try easy to make banana bread, brownies or coffee cake. Cut into squares and freeze and use as you need.

 

Soups are great for easy dinners. Just add a salad and you are all done! Homemade soups are easy to make and you can be as creative as you want with vegetable or pureed soups.  Use small containers or zip lock bags to freeze, making it easier to defrost and portion out.

 

Not sure if a dish can be frozen?  Contact us.  We will be happy to let you know!  And of course, remember to label any frozen container or bag.

 

2. Stock Up

Stock up on your favorite frozen vegetables for easy to make side dishes, such as broccoli, green beans, corn or spinach. Glitz up broccoli a bit with buttered bread crumbs or green beans with crumbled onion rings.  Frozen corn can be quickly added to black beans and rice or frozen spinach to stir-fry.

 

3. Sauces

Make some sauces ahead of time and freeze to pull out and top pasta, vegetables or chopped meat. Marinara sauce, with vegetables, cheese or meat, works so well with any pasta.  Sautéed vegetables or meat can be frozen in small zip lock bags and when you need it, added quickly to make frittatas or tacos.

 

 

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