Ever have anyone in the family with a sudden tragedy or a new born baby and the family needs all the extra help they can get? Well unfortunately, our closest and dearest friends have had a tragedy hit this family. Now that the family member has been moved out of ICU and in a long term care facility the family now needs all the help they can get. I just wanted to share with you guys the type of giving you can give when a family is overwhelmed with the situation in front of them.
Making dinners, helping around their house with chores, or bringing their child to school//activities is an easy way to lend a hand. My gracious mother decided to cook a full course meal for their family. My best friend, her husband and daughter live separately from her father, brother, and sister, so my mom made two separate batches
Some quick and easy ideas is making a chicken casserole, lasagna, or mea balls and spaghetti. My mom decided to make baked macaroni and cheese, crockpot roast beef, green bean casserole, and brownies.
She separated them into their own individual containers and used tape to bind them. She left a note on each one on how long to bake and the degree the oven needs to be at.
I’m going to go ahead and post all the recipes below that she used.
If y’all have other great recipe ideas please let me know!! I love when you guys message me with ideas! We plan on bringing them food throughout the next 6-10 weeks (which is the approximate recovery time) say an extra pray for this family please!
Dargis Family Mac and Cheese
32 ounces of velveeta
1 pound (16 ounces) penne noodles
6 tablespoons of Sugar
1 1/2 cup Milk
Shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350
While water is boiling for noodles, start cutting up the velveeta. The smaller the slices the quicker it will melt
Once noodles are tender, drain. Over medium to low heat, pour in milk. Slowly melt all of the cheese, do small sections at a time. After cheese is melted, add sugar.
Pour in a 4 qt baking dish that’s been sprayed with Pam. Layer shredded cheese on top.
On the container she wrote to Bake for 25 minutes at 350.
Green bean and Artichoke Casserole
2 cans of French style green beans
2 cans of artichoke hearts
Parmesan cheese (1 cup) *
Bread crumbs (1 to 1 1/2 cups) *
*Not exact measurements*
Rinse and drain green beans.In food processor, finely chop artichoke hearts.
In one big bowl, combine the beans and artichoke hearts. Pour into a pan.
Sprinkle a generous amount of garlic powder. I cover the entire top and mix well.
Take your breadcrumbs and sprinkle to cover the top. Mix well. Repeat this step.
Then add your cheese and cover the top. Mix well.
As a final coat. Sprinkle cheese to cover the top of the beans. Then cover with bread crumbs. Drizzle olive oil on top of the beans to let it absorb. You don’t want it dry, but you don’t want it wet. So don’t go wild with the olive oil.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350. This was written on the container. It goes perfect with the Mac and cheese for temperature and time.
3 pound rump roast
18 cloves of garlic
2 packets of McCormick pot roast seasoning
1 medium onion
2 cups of beef broth
1 cup of water
Salt and pepper
Trim beef of fat.
Make slits into beef and stuff about 10 whole cloves of garlic into beef randomly.
Salt and pepper beef.
Combine beef broth, the rest of the garlic minced, chopped onion, water, and packet seasonings in crock pot.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
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Italian Parmesan Pork Chops
Everything you need is in this photo! It’s just that easy and that good! You can add salt and pepper to each side of the chop before you dip it into the fresh take but you don’t have to. I don’t know if you’ve jumped on this fresh take bandwagon yet but you need to! Your cooking at home but everything’s basically done for you!
I cooked my chops at 400 for 15 minutes. And was done!
3 pounds of boneless chicken
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 1/2 teaspoons cold water
Hot cooked long grain rice
Place chicken in a skillet and brown.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 1 hours or until chicken in tender.
Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm.
Skim fat from cooking liquid.
Place liquid in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into liquid and stir until sauce is thickened.
Serve with copy cat Panda Express chow Mein.
Panda Express Chow Mein
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
ground black pepper, to taste
2-3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 (5.6 oz) packages refrigerated Yaki Soba noodles (found in the produce section of the grocery store.. usually the 3 packages are sold together in one 17oz. pack)
2/3 c. chopped celery (chopped diagonally)
1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
2 c. chopped cabbage
In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and black pepper. Set aside.
Remove Yaki Soba from packages and discard included flavoring packets. Rinse noodles well, drain, and set aside.
Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add celery and onion and saute for about 1-2 minutes or until onions start to become soft and transparent. Add cabbage and saute an additional minute or so.
Toss Yaki Soba noodles and soy sauce mixture with the vegetables over medium-high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.
This recipe is from my cousin Jessica (I hope she doesn’t mind that I am posting it, if so I’m sorry !!!) it’s from our Dargis family cookbook! A few people have asked me for the recipe, so that’s why I’m sharing it.
Tropical Slush Punch
1 can coco Lopez cream of cocunut comes in a tube
2 10 ounce jars of maraschino cherries sliced in half so stems come out
2 2 liters of Sprite
1 46 ounce can of Dole pineapple juice
1 20 ounce can of Dole crushed pineapples in heavy syrup
4 cups of Malibu Black cocunut rum (that’s the stronger version of Malibu)
In large container, empty can of coco Lopez and whisk. Pour in pineapple juice, pineapples, and cherries (including juice). Stir.
Pour in 1 sprite and 2 cups from the other 2 litre. Add rum and stir well.
Cover with foil, freeze at least 1 hour. We do it over night.
Before serving, remove from freezer and slush it up.