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I have recently discovered how much I enjoy buying in bulk. Having a growing family of 6, buying in bulk at Sam's Club helps keep my pantry stocked and my family fed! It is extremely important during the Holiday season when I am making food for family, gatherings and guests.
I enjoy cooking and baking for my family and our extended family during the Holiday season. Life gets busy during the month of December with four children and their activities, but I still want to take the time to contribute to the Holiday meals when we go visit relatives. Both our families live in the same small town so we head that direction often.
I have discovered easy, simple meals that travel well are perfect for this stage in our lives. I help provide a delicious side dish and it only takes me minutes of prep work when I use my slow cooker. The easy slow cooker broccoli rice casserole only has a handful of ingredients, it cooks up in the slow cooker in about 3 hours and can travel to our family's Holiday gathering without worry.
Easy Slow Cooker Broccoli Rice Casserole
This slow cooker recipe comes together so easily. First place frozen broccoli in a large bowl.
Then, take cooked rice (cooked to package directions) and add to the broccoli.
Add in the Swanson® Chicken Broth and Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup. The Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup is great in recipes. It has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
Stir together and place in a slow cooker on high for 2 hours. Turn the slow cooker down to low, add shredded cheddar cheese and stir. Cook for 1 hour longer.
Delicious! You can add salt and pepper to taste, but I don't feel it needs any. It is creamy, flavorful and your family will love it not only for a Holiday meal but as a recipe to stay on your meal plan rotation.
This time of year, there is such a need for donations at your local food pantry. If you do by in bulk, consider giving some extra to a food drive. Every year around this time, our schools put together a food drive. The kids have contests to see which room brings in most nonperishable food items. Giving the extra Swanson® Chicken Broth and Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup would be a perfect donation.
How to organize a food drive
What if your school or community doesn't have a Holiday food drive? Well, I have organized a couple in the past so I have a few tips for you. It is quite easy to do and a lot of fun.
:: Talk with your local food pantry or a local church about families in need in the area or certain items the food pantry needs.
:: Talk with the high school instructor for a specific club (FFA, FCA, Marching Band, etc) to see if its members would want to help get the word out as well as sponsor the drive. If you can get teenagers excited about it, you can usually get the grade school children excited as well.
:: Set a goal and make it well known. Create a large poster or picture and keep the picture updated so the kids can see the progress. When I did it, it was around Thanksgiving and I made a large turkey and we colored in "Tom" for every so many cans we received.
:: Create a reward for the class that brings in the most food items. Maybe it is an extra recess for the little ones or a cookie party. You might even be able to find someone to donate pizzas to the older kids!
:: Deliver the food items.
It is such a blessing to be able to help others.
Swanson® Chicken Broth and Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup for the Holiday dishes you are preparing? You can find recipes and ideas here.
Easy Slow Cooker Broccoli Rice Casserole
- 1 cup Swanson® Chicken Broth
- 2 cans Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
- 2 cups white rice cooked according to package directions
- 2 16 oz bags frozen broccoli
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Place frozen broccoli in a large bowl
- Add cooked white rice, Swanson® Chicken Broth, Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup and stir
- Place in slow cooker and cook on high for two hours
- Switch to low heat and add cheddar cheese. Stir. Cook for 1 hour longer