Casseroles. They save me time and time again. I love making dinner ahead of time. I slice and dice veggies, cook pasta, roast veggies, anything I can do to make dinner time easier with two little ones works great for me! Some days I’ll prepare a few things during nap time or I’ll even put a whole casserole together during the day so when my husband is on his way home from work I pop it in and I can spend some good quality time with my family. Dinner is all about family right?
This week the Sunday Supper family is bringing all the casseroles you will need to the dinner table! From breakfast casseroles, casseroles to serve as appetizers to main dishes and desserts! This amazing event is being hosted by Alice of A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen. A special thank you to the host!
Though my kids are young I still like making special snacks and dinners for holidays and special occasions. A new thing I’ve been starting is having different themes at night for dinner. My oldest is four so she isn’t going to understand what “Italian Night” is or “Mexican Night” however I’m starting to talk about it with her. I love trying new dishes myself so eventually my kids can learn not just what other cultures eat but about other cultures in general.
I like to make Chinese food at home because it’s a favorite of ours but who likes to feel that bloated full feeling after you eat take out? Not I. I was also secretly hoping that my kids would eat some of the vegetables as they munched on the Chinese noodles. Well it was wishful thinking. When I tried to sneak a bite of past into my sons mouth with a pepper in it he spit it out, took the pepper out of his mouth and returned to munching on the noodles. Oh well I tried. I thought it was a super easy dish to make, I prepared it during the day and popped it in the oven right before my husband got home from work. I wanted the sauce to be thickened so I used the normal cornstarch and mixed it with beef broth. After I researched a few dishes I noticed that a lot of Chinese food sauces have a large amount of sugar in them believe it or not. I think a small amount of soy sauce and sesame oil can go along way! I’ve actually made this dish before, however I wanted to save myself the sautéing and cooking of the vegetables, we all know that carrots can take forever to cook. So baking it as a casserole did just that! Instead of standing by the stove waiting for carrots, celery and peppers to soften I got to sit with my family.
- ¼ soy sauce
- ¼ cup Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbs sesame oil
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ cup beef stock
- 1 Tbs of cornstarch
- ½ tsp of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 green pepper, julienned
- 1 red pepper, julienned
- 1 can of water chestnuts
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 1 lb. of Chinese noodles
- Green onions for garnish (optional)
- In a microwavable safe dish add the carrots, celery and a dash of water, cover and microwave for 2 minutes.
- Cook Chinese noodles according to packaged directions, drain and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- In a medium sauce pan heat soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, chinese rice wine, water and ginger and bring to a boil. In a separate dish whisk the beef broth and cornstarch together. I actually use a small mason jar and shake.
- Add the beef broth mixture to the boiling mixture and continue to whisk. Bring to a boil and allow sauce to thicken.
- Meanwhile combine the carrots, celery, peppers and water chestnuts to the noodles.
- Once the sauce thickens to your liking pour the sauce over the veggies and stir to combine.
- If your not cooking right away leave the casserole out and mix throughly again before putting it in the oven.
- Preheat Oven to 380. Bake covered for 40 minutes. Sprinkle green onions over top and serve.
Well it was a big hit even though the kids picked the veggies out. Eh, you can’t win them all right? I loved it because I always love when a dish is full of veggies since I love just about all of them. My husband said it made an awesome leftover dish at work the next day.
And my daughter gave it a …………..
Put one of these Captivating Casseroles on your table this week!
Captivating Breakfast Casseroles
- Boozy Baked French Toast from Brunch with Joy
- Orange & Date Wife Saver Breakfast Casserole from A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Spinach, Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole from The Redhead Baker
Appetizing Casserole Sides
- Baked Cauli-Tots Casserole from Cupcake and Kale Chips
- Savory Sweet Potato and Sausage Bread Pudding from Nik Snacks
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts Casserole from Take A Bite Out of Boca
Main Event Casseroles
- Artichoke and Spinach Macaroni and Cheese Casserole from Ruffles & Truffles
- Baked Penne with Roasted Cauliflower and Italian Sausage from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Bison Meatloaf Casserole from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Cheesy Chicken Corkscrew Casserole from Recipes Food and Cooking
- Cheesy, Creamy, Cauliflower and Sausage Casserole from Eating In Instead
- Chicken Enchiladas from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake from Alida’s Kitchen
- Chicken Ramen Mini Casseroles from The Ninja Baker
- Chicken with Whole Grains Casserole from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chinese Noodle Casserole from Momma’s Meals
- Crab Casserole for Two from Magnolia Days
- Homemade Poppy Seed Chicken from Food Done Light
- Fully Loaded Tater Tot Casserole from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- King Ranch Casserole from The Texan New Yorker
- King Ranch Mac and Cheese from The Weekend Gourmet
- Baked Ziti with Meatballs from Curious Cuisiniere
- Mexican Lasagna from MealDiva
- Mom’s Taco Casserole from Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Moroccan Polenta Casserole from Pancake Warriors
- Moussaka from Nosh My Way
- Neeps & Tatties Casserole from Happy Baking Days
- Quick No Boil Tuna Pasta Bake from Mess Makes Food
- Sausage Peppers and Onion Pasta Casserole from Family Foodie
- Southwestern Spaghetti Pie from The Messy Baker
- Cheesy, Layered Italian Pasta Torta from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Stove-top Four Cheese Mac and Cheese from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Supreme Pizza Strata from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Sweet Corn and Green Chile Chicken Tamale Pie from Simply Healthy Family
- Taco Casserole from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Decadent Dessert and Sweet Casseroles
- Baked Lemon Dessert from Food Lust People Love
- The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Pies and Plots
- Butterscotch Bread Pudding from The Foodie Army Wife
- Classic Apple Crisp from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Ultimate Deep Dish Brownies from Recipe for Perfection
- Vegan Oreo Rice Krispie Treats from Killer Bunnies, Inc
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