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Cook Ahead Meals

contributed by Van in AL


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Here are some of my favorite cook ahead meals.

Chicken Pizza:

Line an oven safe plate with chicken nuggets and then pour tomato sauce over the nuggets. Layer on mozzarella cheese and other favorite toppings. Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake until top browns.

Pizza Sandwich:

Buy two frozen pizzas. On an oven safe plate, place one pizza and then layer on sandwich meats, tomatoes, green peppers, etc. Now place the other pizza upside down over it as a cover. Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake until top browns.

Picadillo:

Cook one package of Vigo® yellow rice according to directions. When done, place in oven safe large bowl. Make a dimple in the rice and pour in a can of black beans. Chop an onion and sprinkle over all. Open two five-ounce cans of white chicken and pour over the top spreading evenly. Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Cheesy Mac:

Cook one package of macaroni and cheese according to instructions. When done, place in oven safe large bowl. Make a dimple in the macaroni and cheese and pour in a can of kidney beans. Chop an onion and sprinkle over all. Open two five-ounce cans of chopped ham and pour over the top, spreading evenly. Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Chicken Alfredo:

Place two pounds of frozen chicken breasts in the bottom of a large casserole dish. Break up two packs of ramen noodles and sprinkle over the chicken. Pour one large container of sour cream and one cup of water over all. Sprinkle with paprika and parmesan cheese. Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Beans and Weenies:

Open and pour a large can of baked beans into an oven safe large bowl. Chop a pound of wieners into slices and add to the bowl. Stir. Add a large can of boiled onions and stir. Sprinkle crushed chicken flavored crackers over all. Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake another five minutes.

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Scalloped Fish:

Cook one package of scalloped potatoes according to directions. Layer a large casserole with frozen fish sticks and pour the prior cooked potatoes over all. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the whole dish. Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake another five minutes.

Spanish Tortilla:

Cook a package of sliced cheese potatoes according to directions. When done, add eight raw eggs into the potatoes and mix well. Spread potato/egg mix onto a buttered pizza pan or large pan and add pizza type toppings as desired (cheese, sauce, mushroom slices, ham, pepperoni, onions, peppers, etc.). Cover with foil.

Place in fridge until needed and then bake covered at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Reviewed April 2017


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