Pinterest Challenge - Day 5 - New Mom Freezer Meal

Day 5 Pinspiration - Click here for a link to my pin.  

Gotta give credit where credit is due - this pin came from Money Saving Mom.

My Version - Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole and BONUS Nutella Cookies :)

I can't tell you how appreciative I was when someone brought us a meal after Addison was born.  It even made eating one handed better :)  So I now use this as my excuse to pop in and meet their new little ones.  I am in that phase in life where it seems like everyone is having babies and I'm always looking for new somewhat healthy freezer friendly meals that I can drop by.  I came across this one on pinterest and it just so happened I have a few friends that just had sweet little ones.  Watch out Mike...I already have baby fever and holding those sweeties makes me want another one even more.

I modified Money Savings Mom's Recipe a little bit - here is what I did:

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

4-5 Servings

4 cups cooked white rice

2 boneless skinless chicken breast

2 small broccoli bunches

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup with herbs

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup milk

Salt and Pepper


1.  To cook the chicken, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Place chicken on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for approximately 35 minutes (until juices run clear).  *This is my FAVORITE way to cook chicken for any casserole, chicken salad recipe - it stays moist and has great flavor (thanks Ina Garten for the method)

Doesn't that look so much better than boiled chicken?

2.  Steam your broccoli and rice according to the packages.

3.  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl (leave about 1/2 cup cheese for sprinkling on top).  Season with salt and pepper.

4.  Pour into a 9 x13 disposable (for new moms) or glass casserole.

5.  I typically bring it to moms without freezing it...that way if they want to eat it pretty quickly it's ready to go. Or they have the option to place it in the freezer.

To freeze - cover tightly with plastic wrap.

To serve -  thaw overnight in the refridgerator.  Bake at 350 degree for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.

I also like to bring along some yummy bread and something sweet.  And if you are a really nice friend and your friends like to drink like mine do - a nice bottle of wine is always a good accompaniment :)  I also made Nutella cookies for this sweet family.  Here is a link to the pin.  

And of course Ms Addison had to do a little taste test of the cookies :)

Trust me this meal will be greatly appreciated by any new mom :)

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  1. Mere- I'm so proud of you for doing this! I'm a pinterest fan too and have taken so many great recipes from there!! Keep up the good work. I hope to see you next month!!

    1. Thanks Catherine! It's fun right now but I'm sure I'll be tired of it pretty quickly. I hope we get to see you next month too...I haven't gotten an invite yet from Rach - do you know when it's going to be? I want to get it on my calendar.

    2. Oh yeah...and make sure you follow me so you can be entered to win the gift card...it will buy at least one pack of diapers and wipes :)

  2. This is similar to the cheesy chicken and rice recipe I always take to families, too! I usually take one hot and ready to eat and a second bag frozen for them to eat later. Those cookies look amazing!

    1. Yummy! That is a great idea to do one fresh and one frozen. The cookies were great...I actually have never had Nutella before and now I LOVE it :) And you are entered to win the gift card!

  3. This is such a great idea. Our "small group" at church always makes a rotation for taking a new mom meals, and this is one of my favorites! Although, I'm bad, I use Velveeta in my recipe :)