Hearty Veggie Lasagna

When I open a can of freeze dried vegetables I like to use them within about 3-6 months — just because they look best and taste best in this time frame.  This recipe is an awesome way to make dinner and help use whatever is left of the freeze dried veggies in the house. Talk about win-win! Continue reading

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This recipe is adapted from one I received at a “kitchen” wedding shower. It has always been one of our favorites! It tastes best if you make it the day before; giving the flavors more time to blend. You can also dress it up by keeping the tortillas whole and rolling the chicken mixture into enchiladas. If you do this, I’d recommend reserving about 1/2 of the soup mixture and adding chicken to the other half. Fill your tortillas with the chicken mixture and pour the reserved “soup” mixture over the top before baking.

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Butternut Turkey Casserole

Although I can’t seem to find a way to make butternut squash truly shelf stable. The freezer is a good place to store it when my garden is plentiful. I’ve found that peeling it with a vegetable peeler and then cubing it (remember to get rid of the seeds in the middle) before throwing it into a ziploc makes it ready and available all through the winter. When I need some for a recipe or a side dish I use my double broiler and in 15-20 minutes I have hot, soft squash! This is just one of the recipes I love to make with this frozen vegetable. Either leftover turkey from the big day or a can of turkey off the shelf are great in this and both are welcome at my table! Continue reading

Cheesy Apple Muffins

Going without cheese is no option for our family.  My grandfather loved cheese so much he would put it in his morning oatmeal.  I guess you could say grandpa was the inspiration for these muffins.  They are full of apples, but the cheese makes them awesome and adds variety to the kinds of things my food storage brings to my breakfast table.  Yes, I spend the extra money on freeze-dried cheeses, but I shop the sales and stock up when I find it for $15-$20 a #10 can.  I also feel $40 a can is too much, but when things are on sale, I can justify a lot.

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