When I first left corporate America to be a full-time stay at home mom, I wasn’t the best cook. Who am I kidding, I didn’t even like to cook. I could throw a few things together and try to keep us from eating out all the time, but it wasn’t pretty. The first couple months I started scouring the internet to find meals that my family would enjoy and even took to cable to find a cooking show that could help. I mean it’s not like my mom didn’t try to teach me how to cook…I just wasn’t interested at the time. Ask her she’ll tell you!
The first couple shows I started watching were repeats of “$10 Dollar Dinners” hosted by Melissa D’Arabian and “Semi-Homemade” hosted by Sandra Lee on Food Network. Granted this was before I started moving us away from so much processed food stuff, but it helped me get started and showed me useful ways to make an almost completely different meal out of left overs. It was a great help to a newly single-family income trying to eat on a much smaller budget.
So let me tell you about this dinner we had. My husbands department had a Christmas lunch at work last week and he signed up to bring dressing and gravy because no one else had. Normally I would have made at least the dressing from scratch, but I just ran out of time. I found a really great organic stuffing mix at Sprouts so I thought I would try that. I added sauteed celery and green onions and homemade cream of mushroom soup and baked the stuffing in the oven. I also used a jar of turkey gravy and added extra stuff to that as well.
Why I’m I telling you this…well even though people hadn’t signed up, there was more dressing at the luncheon than could be eaten so we had more than half a pan of stuffing left that I didn’t want to go to waste. I’m not even sure what to call this, but my husband described it as the ultimate comfort food that he could graze on all day. Now I take that as a super big compliment!! 🙂
So here’s what I did. I took left over gravy and crumbled the stuffing into a large mixing bowl, added a bag of slightly thawed frozen mixed vegetables and a can of chicken and enough chicken broth to make it moist. Mix this together with your cheese of choice; my husband requested Monterey Jack cheese this time. Pop in the oven on 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the top is golden brown. It was delish!!
Over the past couple months of having my blog, one of the hardest things I’ve discovered is trying to take decent pictures of casseroles. They look like mush on the plate and all together unappetizing in a picture. It’s a good thing they are so yummy when you take a bite!
I’d love to hear from other bloggers how you take something that looks like mush and make it look so wonderful.
As we come closer to the end of 2014, I want to say a special thank you to friends and family and strangers that have reached out to me to inquire about of adoption journey. I love sharing our story with people in hopes to encourage others to consider adopting a child. Although it can be a stressful journey, it is one of the most beautiful journeys. Without it, I wouldn’t have my beautiful son.
If you have thought about supporting us during our adoption journey, please take a moment to visit our fundraising page. No amount is too small or to large, $5 to $5000 to help a family bring home our baby girl. All donations are tax-deductible through the Adopt Together website. www.adopttogether.org/babygeiger
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