Well, there's only 5 more weeks before Addyson's expected arrival. I certainly feel like it. I am incredibly tired and all I want to do is sleep! However, night-time sleep is evading me! It's rather infuriating! I toss and turn all night long trying to get comfortable. I think it may be time for some medicinal intervention!
I am trying to get the freezer stocked for our family for when little miss gets here. I plan on doing a full-scale freezer cooking day sometime next week, but it's fairly easy for me to make dinner plus a little extra to throw in the freezer at least once a week. I'm also trying to make sure that I am using as little processed food as possible. It can be challenging, processed food is very convenient. I'm just convinced that so many issues such as cancer and ADD/ADHD are partly a result of our reliance on processed food. I'm not an expert by any means, that's just my opinion.
This week I made a Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole. The only pre-packaged ingredients were the cheese, sour cream and wild rice. I know you can get wild rice that isn't boxed, but after looking at the ingredient list and being satisfied that I could pronounce everything on the list, I took the easy route. Everything else was fresh and organic. The complete recipe is listed at the bottom of the page.
First, I sautéed about 4 stalks of celery and 1 small onion in some butter, salt and pepper. While those were going, I pulled chicken from a rotisserie chicken from my local deli. Once the onions were translucent, I pulled those off the heat and mixed it with my chicken.
While that was going, I cooked 2 boxes of wild rice. Once that was done, I added 2 packages of my homemade cream of chicken soup and about 1 cup of cheese. You can get my cream of chicken soup recipe here!
After that, I mixed the chicken mixture to my rice mixture and added 1 cup of sour cream and stirred thoroughly. This mixture filled a full 9 x 13 pan and then a smaller 9 x 9 pan to go in my freezer. I'll admit, the mixture looks kind of gross, but once you take a bite, you'll forget about the presentation!
And here is the finished product out of the oven! Before I put it in the oven, I crushed some buttery crackers and sprinkled them on top. I must say, it was absolutely delicious and even my 3 year old cleaned his plate! Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!
Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole
1 rotisserie chicken
4 stalks of celery
1 small onion
2 boxes of wild rice
2 packages of homemade cream of chicken soup
1 cup of sour cream
crushed buttery crackers