Meal Planning with California Blend Casserole
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I always plan out my meals for the week as it simply saves both time and money! I can look at what I have on hand and use it up before hitting the store for what I need to have on hand to finish the recipes. This week I am adding my California Blend Casserole into the mix – it is super easy to make and really tasty!
Here is the plan for the week…after looking at what I have in the freezer, what I am buying this week and what is on our family calendar.
Breakfast is usually the same: cold cereal* or oatmeal* with a piece of fresh fruit (apple, strawberries, grapes, or banana)
Lunch is either leftovers, peanut butter* & jelly sandwiches, or cold plate with sausage or diced chicken – cheese* – crackers* & fresh fruit.
Monday – grilled chicken, twice baked potatoes*, canned corn*
Tuesday – leftovers/fridge cleanout
Wednesday – grilled cheese, chips*, soup* (probably canned tomato)
Thursday – shredded beef on a bun* (from last week’s sale that I already had in the crockpot), carrot sticks*, bread N butter pickles*
Friday – red beans* and rice* with 1/2 a smoked sausage that I slice & pan fry
Saturday – homemade nachos! Taco meat from the ground beef session, diced tomatoes*, cheese* (trying out that new Kraft zap-a-slice nacho sauce), shredded lettuce, sour cream* and I will use up that guacamole.
Sunday – meatloaf, California blend casserole (The recipe is below)
* Denotes items that were free or almost free from my coupon clipping.
I kind of go by the motto that “failing to plan is planning to fail”. It is SO easy to be a little organized at the beginning of the week and have stuff ready instead of getting to that certain time of the night and either calling for a delivery pizza or making a fast food run!
What is California Blend?
It is an even mix of broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower. You can usually find it bagged just like that at the grocery store in your freezer section, but it is possible to buy a bag of each item individually and make the combination yourself too.
This is a California Blend Casserole with cream of mushroom soup
If you aren’t a fan of cream of mushroom soup, you can make it without – it is less “casserole-y” and more like a hot vegetable dish. It will work, with the Velveeta cheese and Ritz crackers – and that stick of butter. I have done it this way several times, when in a pinch and out of the soup.
California Blend Casserole Crock Pot?
Yes, you could make this casserole in a crock pot – but the vegetables might get a tad mushy when done on a low temp for a longer time. If you did it on a higher temp for a shorter time, the Velveeta cheese might not melt enough to make it the desired consistency. It would work in a pinch – but not the best option when compared to an oven.
California Blend Casserole With Ritz Crackers
You will need:
1- 16oz. bag frozen California Blend vegetables – keep in mind that a lot of bags are now only 12 ounces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/3 large package Velveeta cheese
1 stick butter
1 sleeve of Ritz/Townhouse crackers
How to make California Blend Casserole:
Thaw vegetables in the microwave. In a large bowl mix together the veggies & the cream of mushroom soup. Place them in a greased casserole dish. Slice the cheese, and put it on top of the casserole. Melt the butter slightly. Crumble crackers on top of the cheese, & pour butter overall. Bake 30 minutes at 350º.
Are you a meal planner? What is on the menu for your family this week?
Print off our California Blend Casserole Recipe here:
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- 1 - 16oz. bag frozen California Blend vegetables
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/3 large pkg. Velveeta cheese
- 1 stick butter
- 1 sleeve of Ritz/Townhouse crackers
- Thaw vegetables in microwave.
- Mix veggies & soup.
- Place in greased casserole dish.
- Slice the cheese, and put on top of casserole.
- Melt butter slightly.
- Crumble crackers on top of cheese, & pour butter over all.
- Bake 30 minutes at 350º.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 571mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g