Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Teacher Basket

A sweet little bird heralds the arrival of spring for Christian's first grade teacher. Packed into a hat box, I hope this simple menu of chicken casserole, fruit salad, banana bread and chocolate chip cookies gave Mrs. Morrison extra time to relax on a busy weeknight.

Chicken Casserole

3 cups cooked chicken, diced (3 to 4 chicken breasts)
1 box long grand and wild rice
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can French style green beans, drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 sleeve Ritz crackers
1 stick margarine, melted

Use chicken broth to cook rice according to package directions. Let most of the liquid cook out. Mix all ingredients through soup and place in a greased 9x13-inch casserole dish. Top with crushed cracker crumbs and melted margarine. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. May freeze before baking. Serves 6 to 8.

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