School has started and with that comes many activities that go along with it. Families are busy, and it becomes increasingly difficult to put a hot meal on the table each evening. Instead of going through the drive-up window and busting your food budget, consider taking a bit of time to make freezer meals. They are economical, nutritious and easy to prepare.
When preparing the meals, you may want to have a supply of gallon-sized plastic freezer bags and disposable foil pans. Another handy tip is to get some crockpot liners, which make for easy cleanup.
Put the name of the recipe, date you prepared it, and any pertinent directions on the outside of the container. All you need to do is pour it into your crockpot, or put into a hot oven, and dinner will be ready. How easy is that?
Wild Rice Chicken Supreme
- 1 pkg. Uncle Ben’s long grain and wild rice original recipe
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/3 c. onion chopped
- 1 c. Fresh mushrooms sliced
- 1/3 c. flour
- 2 c. cooked chicken cubed
- 1 t. Salt
- Dash pepper
- 1 c. half and half
- 1 c. chicken broth
- 1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley
- Prepare rice according to package directions.
- While rice is cooking, melt butter and saute’ onion and mushrooms until tender.
- Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
- Gradually stir in half and half and chicken broth.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Stir in chicken, parsley and rice.
- Pour into a greased 2 qt. foil pan or casserole dish.
- Allow to cool, cover and freeze for up to three months.
- Thaw completely in refrigerator.
- Bake uncovered in 400-degree oven for 45 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly around edges.