Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Perfect Baby Gift

When someone has a baby naturally everyone wants to come over and visit. Typically people show up with smiles and hugs and with gifts in hand. I would like to offer an additional suggestion of something people can bring.

A home cooked meal is the perfect addition.

When a new baby is in the house the meals often turn into take out pizza, fast food hamburgers, and peanut butter and jelly. I would like to testify to the fact that the best gifts I received were meals that I could put in my freezer and pull out, heat up, and enjoy. To make it easy for you I am going to share my go-to gift meal. This is a meal that is easy to make, freezes great, cooks very well after it has been thawed, and most importantly, tastes great!

Chicken & Rice Casserole

3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 pkg Uncle Ben's quick Wild Rice - cook as directed
1 can cream of celery soup
1 med jar pimento-drained
1 med onion - chopped fine
1 can french style green beans-drained
1 cup mayo or Miracle Whip
1 can sliced water chestnuts
salt & pepper to taste

Mix altogether, pour into 2-1/2 qt casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or so. Freezes well, but don't cook prior to freezing.

Your friends will love you for this gift! Print it out and use it every time you hear that someone had a baby!

Here is a link to other make ahead meals that freeze well

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