Thursday, February 26, 2009

Serving Others

is so much easier when you have a plan.
i have two meals that i make when i get the opportunity to bring a dinner to a family.

(i'd like to add that i take the easiest route when putting these together and often times that means ready made crust and frozen veggies...)

the first is a chicken pot pie, salad and banana bread.

chicken pot pie

1 pkg. of pillsbury pie crust
2-3 cups chicken breast (cooked and diced)
16 oz. cooked mixed veggies
1/3 cup butter
1 1/3 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

melt butter & add onions until they are tender. add flour, salt, pepper, broth and milk and cook over med heat until thick. remove from heat and add chicken and veggies. spread crust in pie plate and add mixture. cover with top crust and flute edges (cut away excess dough) with excess dough roll and cut out a cute shape with cookie cutter. cover edges of pie crust with foil and bake at 425 for 35 min.

my notes: i always double this and make two. i only use pillsbury pie crusts, the others are yuck! i only use the bags of frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast tenders. (don't ask) i haven't always been too thrilled with my fluting and you might feel the same way. don't worry no one notices!

the banana bread recipe is so yummy!!!
i actually got it from here!

i'm SuPeR excited because presentation is ReAllY impotant to me and i found a great way to dress up the bread! penny from sew take a hike has an amazing blog full of great ideas and tutorials like this one. so nice!

and if it's a new baby your visiting, she has a great tutorial to make a changing pad.

ok, so that's the first...

the second meal is just as easy. it's an enchilada casserole, spanish rice and a 'sante fe' salad.

enchilada casserole

16 oz. sour cream
16 oz. jar of salsa
1 can (10.75) cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup diced onion
6 (12") flour tortillas, cut into strips
6 boneless, skinless chicken breats cooked and shredded
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

mix sour cream, salsa, cream of chicken soup and onion. layer the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with 1/3 of the tortilla strips, 1/3 of the chicken, 1/3 of the mixture and 1/3 of the cheese. repeat layering with remaining ingredients. bake at 350 for 20-30 min. or until bubbly. enjoy!!!

i make spanish rice to serve with it. i got a great recipe here!
the salad is a pack called 'sante fe' salad.
it's pretty darn good.

and for a yummy treat make this canned corn casserole.

corn casserole

15 oz can drained whole kernel corn
15 oz. can creamed corn
1 box jiffy corn bread mix
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 stick of margarine, melted
8 oz sour cream

mix all ingredients together in a bowl. pour into a well greased 9 x 13 baking dish. bake at 350 for 45 min. or until center is firm.

well that's it. i hope you weren't disappointed.


jenjen said...

Wow - those all look like fabulous recipes! I love how you put a heart on the top of the pie crust! And the wrapping around the banana bread - so cute!

I am always looking for good recipes to take in to families. (I actually took one in tonight) I am going to try one of yours next time!!!


Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Oh, That Chicken Pot Pie looks so GOOD! I may have to try that~with the banana bread! Yum.

Tanya from Miller Racing Family said...

Thanks for the recipes. I am going to have to use the enchilada this week.

Katherine said...

Thanks!! I will definitely be saving these recipes. I always stress over what to bring when I need to bring a meal to someone. I'm bringing a meal to someone tomorrow. (I think you brought them something this week too.) So I won't make these for tomorrow, but I will be using them in the future. I appreciate you sharing. You're so generous. Thank you!

AndreaLeigh said...

hello! i am late stopping by from friend making mondays but I don't see that post anywhere??

great recipes. i've bookmarked them for later!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Yum...What great "tried and true" recipes. I enjoy giving meals as well and I have one or two I always turn to...chicken enchiladas and taco stuffed pasta shells. Your pot pie looks so gorgeous I wouldn't want to eat it! :)

sewtakeahike said...

Julie, I have a very similar recipe for chicken enchiladas and I love it! I need to make it again soon! Your recipes for the corn casserole and spanish rice sound really good, will have to try those.
Also, thank-you so much for your sweet words!! You made my day!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, thanks for the great recipes Julie! And next time I get dead bananas I'm going to try that banana bread recipe!

heidi said...

I had a baby 8 months ago. Can you bring me dinner?