Religious School Zayin and Chavarim students are teaming up to prepare and serve dinner to Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania (FPSWPA). FPSWA brings the community together in a local partnership to help families experiencing homelessness. Families receive evening meals and overnight accommodations from local churches and spend daytime hours in Day Centers as they work to secure housing, employment, and other services to support their independence. After preparing and serving dinner for Family Promise in November, the Zayin students asked to prepare additional Tikun Olam dinners for Family Promise! A special “todah rabah” to teacher Merril Nash for coordinating with FPSWPA and educating our students about Tikun Olam (“repairing the world”).
For the February Family Promise dinner, I decided to make the ultimate comfort food! While every tuna casserole is different, historically it is made with egg noodles, chopped onion, shredded cheese, frozen peas, canned tuna, mushroom soup and a crunch topping. My kids don’t like peas so my recipe substitutes broccoli. This casserole freezes well, so consider having one ready to take to the home of someone who is sick as a gesture of kindness. The Chavarim class prepared two savory casseroles (see photos above and below) and handed off preparation of the dessert and sides dishes to the Zayin Class. The Zayin class baked rugelach, and will prepare healthy green garden & fresh fruit salads for the February 10th meal. You can learn more about food insecurity in our community through Beth El’s Food For Thought initiative.
- 2 x 12 oz egg noodle, par cooked drained
- 16 oz mushroom soup (2 Rokach pareve canned or 1 box Imagine mushroom soup)
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- 16 oz bag frozen broccoli, defrosted & drained
- 20 oz tuna in water, drained (abt 4 cans)
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs (Panko or Corn flake Crumbs)
- 1/4 cup frenchy’s dried onions, crushed
- 4 Tablespoons of melted butter
Mix ingredients together and sprinkle on top of casserole
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Mix ingredients together in a large bowl
- Spray large 10×12 baking dish with Pam and place ingredients into baking dish
- Sprinkle topping over Casserole
Bake for 45 minutes then bake uncovered for 15 more minutes until bubbly and golden brown.