Broccoli and Cheese Baked Casserole

Category: Sophomore Year/Gluten Free
Servings: Varies, 2-4 people
Prep-Time:  5 minutes
Cook-Time: 15-20 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

Casseroles are an essential survival dish to know how to make. The following recipe is one of my all time favorites, and I make it at least once a month.

Some ideas for other casseroles are to add cooked chicken, cooked steak, cooked pork, cooked bacon, spinach, cauliflour, or by spicing it up with cayenne pepper or other spices.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Rice Pilaf
  • 1 16oz package of frozen broccoli, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1 dash of Poultry Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of Italian Seasoning Breadcrumbs

Step one: At the same time, cook your broccoli and prepare your rice pilaf as directed on the package; set aside to cool

Step two: Preheat your oven to 350; Combine your egg, cream of mushroom soup, and poultry seasoning together

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Step three: Stir in your cheese

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Step four: Stir in your broccoli and rice pilaf; smooth out the top and sprinkle with Italian seasoning breadcrumbs.

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Step five: Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling

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Step six: Serve and enjoy!

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Category: Junior Year
Servings: 4-6 people
Prep-Time:  12 minutes
Cook-Time: 20-25 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

There are a wide assortment of casseroles in the cooking world, but tuna noodle is by far one of the easiest to make. It’s delicious,  moist, and makes an enormous portion.

I make tuna noodle casseroles on Sundays and eat them all week long, just like the rice casserole. This recipe is a favorite in my family, and is a great easy meal that can be taken on the go throughout the week.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 of a package of Medium Egg Noodles
  • 2 cans of Tuna
  • 3/4 cup of Milk
  • 1/2 a cup of Peas
  • 1/2 a cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2-3 handfuls of Potato Chips
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Step one: Preheat your oven to 350; mix together your cream of mushroom soup, milk, cheese, peas, and tuna

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Step two: Prepare your egg noodles as directed on the package; add to your mixture and mix until combined fully

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Step three: Crush your potato chips over the top of the casserole; bake for 20-25 minutes

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Step four: Serve and enjoy!

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Creamy Bacon and Peas Mac and Cheese

Category: Sophomore Year
Servings: 3 people
Prep-Time:  9-12 minutes
Cook-Time: 20-25 minutes

Why is this a survival recipe?

This recipe makes creamy macaroni and gets you your veggies for the day. I make this on days where I’ve already bacon in the morning so that step is eliminated.

I am a mac and cheese addict; it was actually the only thing I would eat for a year when I was 7.

Now at 21, I run a health and fitness blog in my spare time, and pictures of creamy delicious macaroni and cheese popped up so often that I decided to re-live my childhood and make my own.

If you don’t have time to make this on the stove top, you can also put all of the ingredients into a casserole dish and cook at 375 for 25 minutes. Just make sure you’ve stirred in the cheeses evenly. I recommend topping it lightly with breadcrumbs if you use this method.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 slices of cooked Bacon, shredded
  • 1-1.5 cups of frozen Peas
  • 2 oz (1/2 cup dry) of Elbow macaroni
  • 1/8 cup of Milk (a few splashes)
  • 1/2 cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 1 triangle of Creamy Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Step one: Prepare your elbow macaroni to aldente in salted water; when you drain your macaroni, pour the water into the bowl of frozen peas to defrost them.

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Step two: Return your macaroni to the pot and pour in the peas. Reduce the heat to medium low.

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Step three: Add in your milk and stir; add in half of your shredded cheese and stir until it is completely melted

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Step four: Stir in the second half of your cheese. Splitting it up is important; if you put too much in at once it will clump up and be useless.

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Step five: Add in your wedge of creamy cheese and stir until it is melted. At this point, the milk should be fairly reduced. 

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Step six: Stir in your crumbled bacon and continue cooking if there is still too much milk. Adjust your seasonings according to taste.

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Step seven: Dig in! This recipe makes two portions, and it reheats beautifully. 

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