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: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: natural August 25, 2006, 02:43:06 PM
I know there are some threads out ther with various recipe ideas, but I thought it would be nice to just have one that I could go to on a daily basis, and would find simple ideas for dinner that would not be too fancy , but practical.

We all find ourselves wondering, "What should I make for supper?" So lets help eachother out.


What would you suggest I do for tomorrow's dinner?
 
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: ALittleMore August 25, 2006, 02:48:14 PM
You could make Piratas. (Mexican food!!)

It's so simple: Just get any meat you like (chicken from making broth works well, so does any left over meat like roast or something. You can grill a steak or two, that's the yummiest!!) Cut the meat to bits.

Get a cast iron skillet, set it over med. heat. Put in a few tortillas (2-3) and push them up against the side of the skillet so that it sort of folds in half. Put a few bits of meat and some cheese (the more cheese the yummier ;)) on the side of the tortilla which is on the bottom of the skillet, and fold the top part of the tortilla over, so now you have a half moon shaped tortilla. When the bottom side is golden, flip the piratas. When they're done, stick them on a cookie sheet in the oven on LOOOW heat to keep warm while you make the remaining piratas. Make as many as you want, they last well, and they even make good snacks.

Serve with guac, salsa, onions, tomatoes, peppers, sour cream, whatever you want. They're easy and yummmmmmmmmy!
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: 4myhoonie August 25, 2006, 06:42:16 PM
wow!  a littlemore that sounds yummy!  think i will have to try it.  though my family is thinking i dont' know how to cook, only put things in tortillas.   ::) 
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: CinCapri August 25, 2006, 08:32:33 PM
What would you suggest I do for tomorrow's dinner?

Get enough chicken breasts to feed your family.
9x11" dish
2-3 T of chicken broth (dry mix) or 2 cans worth
2 zucchinnis
3-4 c of chopped up potatoes
seasoning salt

Throw in dish together, season and cook for 45 minutes at 400*

Yum yum  ;)
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: healthyinOhio August 26, 2006, 07:13:30 AM
Coming up with things to eat for dinner day after day can be stressful.  I know how it feels!  This is a suggestion of what I do.  I make a menu every week.  I start with Thursday and make it until Wednesday.  One side of the paper I write everything we are having each day and the other side are my lists of ingredients that I need to fulfill the week and what stores I buy them at.  Then, when the week is done I slip it into a zip-lock freezer bag and I look thru my bag the next time I write the menu for the week. You would be surprised how quickly I forget what we had for dinner each night the previous week!! It is stored in a drawer in my kitchen so it is easily accessible. I have been doing this for three years and I still have not filled up the bag with  menus, so it lasts a long time.  I had a hard time remembering what my family liked and just ideas in general.  Also, I would forget if I made something just last week.  You could
put a check by the dinner that the family hated and know not to make it again.  My family hated my rice and zuchinni casserole. :-\
I get out all my cookbooks, or internet ideas, and previous weeks menus and do it for about 30 min. once a week.  I also use the weekly store ads to help benefit what would be cheap to make that particular  week. 
This routine may not be any use for you, but it has helped me with my memory problems and un-organized life become manageable, again.  HTH.
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: mom24boys August 26, 2006, 08:28:21 AM
This is very quick but something different from the ordinary.  It is very hard to mess up and even a very novice cook could manage it.

Glass Noodle Stir Fry

5.29 oz. Saifun (Bean Thread noodles found on Asian isle)
2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. minced garlic
1 pound frozen stir-fry vegetables of choice
1 - 2 cups cooked, diced chicken **
1 cup stock, broth, reconstituted buillion or water
2 T. soy sauce (add more to taste)
toasted sesame oil to taste (if you have it)

**you can use raw chicken if that is all you have, just dice it and stir-fry it at the beginning until done and then add the garlic and continue with the recipe.

1. Place Saifun bean threads in a bowl and cover with warm water.  Let soak just 1-2 minutes and drain(just tip off the water and leave noodles in bowl).  Set aside.

2. In hot wok or large frying pan, saute' garlic in oil (add raw chicken here if you are using) for 1-2 minutes. 

3. Add frozen stir-fry vegies and toss/stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.  Add broth and soy sauce and bring to a boil.

4. Using scissors, cut the noodles a bit (just in half or 4ths) and add to vegie mixture.  Toss/stir-fry with the veggies until most of the liquid is absorbed (less than 5 minutes usually).

5. Serve with extra soy sauce and toasted sesame oil to pass around.  My husband likes to add red pepper flakes.

All this takes just about 15 minutes if you use cooked chicken.  But, it looks like you spent an hour.  Once you make it following these directions, you can change everything around to suit yourself and use what you have on hand.  Different meats, fresh veggies (just adjust cooking times), added seasonings, ginger, 5 spice powder, teriyaki, mushrooms, mung bean sprouts.  The ideas are unlimited.
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: mom24boys August 26, 2006, 08:47:30 AM
I just thought of another favorite.  This is easiest when you have left overs from a mexican meal (or like me, you usually have some mexican rice and refried beans in the freezer, ready to go).  It does sound like a breakfast but we usually only have it for dinner or a Saturday brunch with company.

Huevos Rancheros (mexican ranch eggs)
serves 4

pan spray
8 corn tortillas
8 eggs
2 cups refried beans
2 cups mexican rice
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup salsa of choice (warmed if you like)

1. Spray both sides of the corn tortillas and heat briefly in hot skillet- you don't want them crispy, just heated well.  Pile on plate and invert bowl over them to keep warm or use a tortilla warmer(I put a dish towel over the bowl to help keep the heat in). Set aside.

2. Heat beans and rice in separate dishes in microwave or favorite method.

3. While they are heating, poach or fry eggs to desired doneness.

4. Plate up your meal- this is important for presentation and tastiness.  Lay 2 tortillas on plate, slightly overlapping to fit.  Place 2 eggs on torlillas, one on each toward the outer edge.  Now, on either side place beans then rice.  Top all with a sprinkle of cheese and a dollap of salsa in the center.  So, clockwise it will look like this: egg, beans, egg, rice with tortillas almost completely covered and a well of sals in the middle and cheese on top.

Note: most recipes call for actually soft-frying the tortillas in 1/2 cup of oil.  Most recipes also insist on salsa poaching the eggs (lightly oil frying pan.  Crack eggs into hot pan.  Spoon salsa around eggs, not coving yolk.  Cover with lid and poach until desired doneness.)  You might or might not want to try these variations.
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: healthybratt September 12, 2006, 02:26:42 PM
We just had the most scrumptious meal tonight (if I do say so myself  ::)) and I thought I would share the particulars.

I bought 4 Iowa chops (center cut T-bone pork chops) about 1 inch thick and 1 lb each.  Then stuffed them and baked them.  Served them with creamed peas and yum yum yum.  :P

Stuffing:

8 cups seasoned croutons or bread crumbs
4 cups precooked white rice
2-2 1/2 cups of water
1/2 cup butter
4 tsp garlic pepper (or you're own blend)
2 Tbs Italian seasoning

Heat water, butter and seasonings until butter is melted and pour over bread crumbs and rice until well moistened. 

Slice the chops parallel to make a pocket and stuff and cram until they are full (about 5-6 inches tall or until most of the stuffing has been used.  Place in baking pan with stuffed sides facing the center to prevent over browning.  Stuff any remaining stuffing in the spaces between the chops.  Bake uncovered at 350 for about an hour.  Carve and pour creamed peas over the top and dig in.

Creamed peas:

1 can or equivalent peas drained
4 Tbs butter
4 Tbs flour
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup water

Cream flour and butter in frying pan to make a nice warm pasty rue.  Add milk and water and mix well pressing down in the pan with a fork to distribute the rue into the liquid.  Continue to heat over medium heat until gravy begins to thicken.  Add peas and continue to heat until gravy consistancy is reached.  Voila - creamed peas.

Enjoy!  We sure did.   ;D

P.S.  I used all of the stuffing and one chop fed all 5 of us.  I put the 2nd one in the fridge for leftovers and I froze the other 2.  It also occurred to me after we ate that I could've used my frozen chicken broth instead of butter.  I forgot I had it, but will definately be trying it next time.
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: Kati*did September 12, 2006, 03:00:02 PM
HealthyInOhio...I loved your idea.  I'm going to start doing that! 

I love cheese enchiladas.  And they're even better the next morning cold!!

I've never measured this recipe out, but here's how it goes:

30 or so corn tortillas

2 1/2 cups (about) of grated cheese (I like a cheddar/mozerella mix)

1 big chopped onion

1 1/2 cups of chile sauce (I make this about 50/50 chile powder to water -- consistency should be not quite as thick as tomato sauce).

Spray a 9X13 in pan with Pam or grease it.  In a frying pan, heat a shallow amount of water until it's simmering turn heat to med. and immerse one corn tortilla.  Leave it in only a few seconds until it's softened (too much and it'll fall apart).  Take it out with tongs and lay it flat.  Put a little cheese (2 Tbs?)  in a line down the center and sprinkle onions on the cheese.  Roll the tortilla up (like a little burrito) and put it in the pan at one edge with the overlapped sides on the bottom of the pan.  Fill up the entire pan.  You can squeeze a lot of these in, which is why I don't know how many it makes.  When the pan is full, spread chile sauce over the enchiladas.  You MUST use a spatula to make sure it gets in between each enchilada including the ones at the side of the pan.  But enchiladas shouldn't be hidden in the sauce.  Sprinkle cheese over the top, cover with foil, and bake at 350 for about 20 min.  Take off the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes. 

I hope this isn't too "wing-it".
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: *MommaJo* September 12, 2006, 05:05:52 PM
This one may not be the healthiest but it's a yummy Asian side.  (actually we used it as a main dish!)  I'm not sure of the particulars, but I recently made homemade egg rolls that were easier then I thought.

I just fried up a pound of pork sausage (from a boar that I shot!!  That is a whole other story!  We had the best ham dinner from that big guy, though).  You could use another meat if you choose.  I also did shrimp for dh.  Anyway, add a bag of cole slaw mix (you know, finely shredded cabbage & carrots).  When that gets tender, scoop a little into egg roll wrappers (I got mine from the organic section near the produce at WM).  I shallow fried mine instead of deep frying.  I just had an inch or so of oil in a deep cast iron skillet and turned them once. 

We really liked them.  They are fun for children to help with, too.
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: healthybratt September 12, 2006, 07:05:15 PM
I just fried up a pound of pork sausage (from a boar that I shot!!  That is a whole other story!  We has the best ham dinner from that big guy, though).  You could use another meat if you choose.  I also did shrimp for dh.  Anyway, add a bag of cole slaw mix (you know, finely shredded cabbage & carrots).  When that gets tender, scoop a little into egg roll wrappers (I got mine from the organic section near the produce at WM).  I shallow fried mine instead of deep frying.  I just had an inch or so of oil in a deep cast iron skillet and turned them once. 

We really liked them.  They are fun for children to help with, too.

I make mine just like this, except I add fresh garlic and onions and I buy a head of cabbage and chop it because it's waaaaay cheaper than the coleslaw mix.

Then with the left over egg roll wrappers, I put cherry and/or apple filling in them and fry them up too.  If anyone remembers the old pies from McDonalds before they changed the recipe -- these taste very similar - quite delicious.
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: healthybratt September 13, 2006, 09:39:39 AM
I'm back in the cooking MODE I guess.  Tonight it's fried green tomatoes, leftover pork chop from last night and

Stuffed Peppers

10-12 Anaheim Peppers, halved and cleaned (leave on stems for convenience).
1lb hamburger
1 small zuchinni peeled and diced
1 small onion diced
3-5 cloves diced garlic
1 Tbs Italian Seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 box onion ring mix (or favorite batter recipe)

Mix seasonings, veggies and hamburger into a meat loaf.  Stuff the pepper halves with the meat loaf.  Make liquid fry batter out of onion ring mix or favorite recipe.  Coat pepper halves with batter and deep fry in fry daddy or skillet (like fried chicken) until beef is cooked all the way through and coating is crisp.  I mix white vinegar, soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds for dipping. 

Bon Apetit.
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: ALittleMore September 25, 2006, 04:38:48 AM
What would you suggest I do for tomorrow's dinner?

Get enough chicken breasts to feed your family.
9x11" dish
2-3 T of chicken broth (dry mix) or 2 cans worth
2 zucchinnis
3-4 c of chopped up potatoes
seasoning salt

Throw in dish together, season and cook for 45 minutes at 400*

Yum yum  ;)


This sounds a lot like Calavasita (a Mexican dish) only w/o corn.


Calavasita

Pork or chicken to feed your family
2 zucchini, diced
1 can corn
garlic, minced
onion, chopped
tomatoe, chopped
olive oil
salt, pepper, garlic powder
med. to lg. size pot


Sautee meat in bottom of pot in olive oil w/ minced garlic and chopped onion. When meat is cooked through, add zucchini and can of corn. Let simmer til veggies are soft. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste. Yum!!!

Really yummy when served w/ Mexican rice.

Mexican Rice

1 or 2 cups rice (depending on family size)
olive oil
chicken broth
onion, chopped
garlic, minced
sml. can tomato sauce
garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin
non-stick skillet or med. size pot

Sautee rice in olive oil w/ chopped onion and minced garlic. Sautee until brown. Do not burn.
Add chicken broth until rice is just covered. Add 1/2 of sml. can of tomato sause. Let simmer, covered. Add chicken broth a little at a time as rice dries, until rice is cooked. Once rice is cooked, let simmer uncovered until all the liquid evaporates. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin to taste.

 :)
 

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: Clementine September 27, 2006, 10:53:10 AM
Here is one that is a family favorite for us.  It freezes well.  Also, when I make casseroles and things, I try to double what I am fixing and put half in the freezer for a quick meal later.  To freeze a casserole, line the casserole dish with freezer wrap or foil.  Put the casserole in the dish and freeze.  When frozen, just lift out the food and be sure it is wrapped securely.  You can now leave it in your freezer but not have to spare the dish.

Chili Cheese Bake

1 tsp garlic powder (I usually use fresh garlic)
1 4 ounce can of chopped green chilis
2 tsp chlli powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups cooked kidney beans
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 cups tomato puree
4 cups shredded cheese
4 cups cooked rice

Just combine everything and place it in a greased casserole pan.  Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes.  Top with an additional 1/2 cup cheese and return to the oven until melted.  Serves 8.  Serve with tortillas, taco chips, and any condiments you like.  I also sometimes add a little ground beef.

 :)
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: YoopreMama December 31, 2006, 09:08:25 AM
I just rediscovered a childhood favorite!  Can't pronounce it correctly, let alone spell it,  ;) (It's Finnish and must have a minimum of 9 letters)  ;D, but we'll call it "salmon and potatoes".  ::)

We like it b/c it's a healthier substitute for ham & scalloped potatoes...don't eat much ham b/c of the sodium nitrite...

"Lux Lodah" (phonetically) 

1.  Slice potatoes in a pan (I use my roaster--reds were good last night)
2.  Slice onions on top
3.  Open up a can of Red Sockeye Salmon (pink works OK, but this makes it better), and
     pour undrained over the potatoes and onions.  Stir it up.
4.  Cover most of it w/ milk.
5.  Season w/ S & P
6.  Add a stick of butter on top.

Bake at 350-375 for 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes are done.  Beware, the salmon does contain edible small round bones that crunch easily.  I love the texture, but my DH does not.   ::)

Tonight, I'm trying a new recipe for General Tso's Chicken.   ;D
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: Carey December 31, 2006, 09:15:24 AM
I just rediscovered a childhood favorite!  Can't pronounce it correctly, let alone spell it,  ;) (It's Finnish and must have a minimum of 9 letters)  ;D, but we'll call it "salmon and potatoes".  ::)

We like it b/c it's a healthier substitute for ham & scalloped potatoes...don't eat much ham b/c of the sodium nitrite...

"Lux Lodah" (phonetically) 

1.  Slice potatoes in a pan (I use my roaster--reds were good last night)
2.  Slice onions on top
3.  Open up a can of Red Sockeye Salmon (pink works OK, but this makes it better), and
     pour undrained over the potatoes and onions.  Stir it up.
4.  Cover most of it w/ milk.
5.  Season w/ S & P
6.  Add a stick of butter on top.

Bake at 350-375 for 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes are done.  Beware, the salmon does contain edible small round bones that crunch easily.  I love the texture, but my DH does not.   ::)

Tonight, I'm trying a new recipe for General Tso's Chicken.   ;D


We like the General Tso's Chicken recipe! It's great to keep the sauce made up in a mason jar in the fridge.



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: YoopreMama December 31, 2006, 10:23:30 AM
We like the General Tso's Chicken recipe! It's great to keep the sauce made up in a mason jar in the fridge.

That's a great idea!  I'll have to see if my recipe is conducive to that.  Would you share yours?   :)
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: leslieincali January 09, 2007, 04:37:42 PM
Made this tonight and thought I'd share. It is amazingly good for how simple it is.

Spicy Tuna and Pasta
1 lb pasta(I like the tri-color spirals)
1 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 to 10 cloves minced garlic
about 1 tsp red pepper flakes(more or less to taste, we did a little more)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups well drained diced tomatoes(italian is good, I used fresh tonight)
3 cans water packed tuna, well drained(I get trader joe's w/out the msg stuff)
3 T fresh oregano(I used 1 T dry)
juice of 1/2 lg lemon
parmesan cheese
1/4 cup drained capers(do not leave out!!!!!)

In a heatproof bowl combine everyting except pasta, tomatoes, capers and parmesan. Work mixture with a fork until it reaches a paste like consistencey. Once this is done, stir in tomatoes and capers. Set aside for flavors to meld and cook the pasta. A few minutes before pasta is done place tuna sauce in oven to warm. Drain pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the liquid. Toss pasta and tuna. Add some of the water to make it moist. (you may not need the water) Taste to see if you need salt(I always do because my tuna is not salted) Serve with a generous dusting of parmesan.(fresh give the best flavor)

Notes
I realize that this has white pasta in it, but it's worth it. We eat pasta about 2x/month and when we do we use white(can't get used to eating hay ;D)

All these ingredients are kind of approximate. It will look oily before you add the pasta. The pasta absorbs it nicely

This recipe feeds my family of six w/out so much as a sniff leftover. You may need to double it. Enjoy!
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: 4myhoonie January 09, 2007, 05:46:02 PM
We like the General Tso's Chicken recipe! It's great to keep the sauce made up in a mason jar in the fridge.

That's a great idea!  I'll have to see if my recipe is conducive to that.  Would you share yours?   :)

just bumping this up, i would love to try this General Tso's chicken also.   :D 
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: YoopreMama January 09, 2007, 05:54:53 PM
We like the General Tso's Chicken recipe! It's great to keep the sauce made up in a mason jar in the fridge.

That's a great idea!  I'll have to see if my recipe is conducive to that.  Would you share yours?   :)

just bumping this up, i would love to try this General Tso's chicken also.   :D 

My recipe wasn't truly General's chicken...finding some recipes online, though...was yours cripsy, Carey (right?) ? The sauce wasn't like a glaze...good meal, but not General Tso's chicken.   :(

Tuna pasta looks good!   ;D
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: cbrownell January 09, 2007, 07:26:27 PM
Here's our easy favorite:

Ckn and Stuffing

Ckn breasts
Chopped veggies
2 cans cream soup
8 oz sr crm
cheddar (shrded)
stuffing 10 oz box?
1 1/2 c ckn broth
1/2 stick butter


Take Ckn breasts (4) or enough leftovers to feed the family
Chopped veggies (carrots and peas or beans)
  put them in a greased 9X13

Cover with 2 cans cream soup(like mush or celery) and 8 oz sour cream mixed together
( I make homemade cream soup for ours)

Sprinkle with cheddar (shredded)
Sprinkle with 10 oz stuffing 
Pour on top: 1 1/2 C chkn boullion and 1/2 stick melted butter (mixed)

Cook at 350  35-45 min

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO  GOOD!!   
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: mom24boys January 09, 2007, 10:15:38 PM
For the eggrolls mentioned a ways back...
I make these all the time.  For a really good, authentic flavor, add a few tablespoons of HOISIN SAUCE.  It gives it just the right spices and I always get lots of compliments.
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: *MommaJo* January 10, 2007, 05:05:53 PM
I tried something new tonight.
I'm cooking for just myself and my 2 toddlers so I have to prepare very small meals.  I've been wanting to try making meatloaf with potatoes cooked right underneath of the meat.  I tried it tonight and it was wonderful.  A loaf pan would be too much for the 3 of us, even with leftovers.  So I diced up potatoes and put them in muffin tins.  Just about a single layer of potatoes.  Then, I mixed up the beef with and egg and seasonings and packed it on top of the potatoes and baked it.  It was really yummy.  The potatoes were tender and tasted really good since they were cooked under the meat.  Plus, we each had our own individual servings.
I can't wait to try a whole loaf pan of this when dh gets home.  I suppose you could slice the potatoes, too, rather than dice them. 
Let me know if you try this.  I'd like to hear of other variations on this idea.
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: cbrownell January 10, 2007, 05:26:25 PM
If I think of it early, I like homemade bread (bread machine) and soup.
OUr favorite:

Brocolli and Potato Soup

In saucepan Melt: 2 T butter
                          2 T flour

Add:   2 c milk
         s, p , oregano

Cook and stir till milk gets bubbly, then one more min

Meanwhile prep and heat up   3 C chicken or veggie broth
                                           1 C chopped broc
                                           1 C chopped squared potatoes

Add to creamy mixture and heat through.  Serve.  Yummy!!

You could use any other veggie, like corn or even add clams for a clam chowder. 
It's just a basic cream soup, good on cold nights!
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: Whiterock January 11, 2007, 07:53:46 AM
A few days ago I had one of those nights where you have to make up a meal from a few random items.  This is what I did and it turned out great.

1. Wash and peel some potatoes. Slice them thick and boil in salted water.

2. Meanwhile take a pound of bulk pork sausage (I used bulk beef sausage that we got from our beef processor) and brown it like ground beef. Add more oil/butter/lard if needed and mix in some flour and let it just start to turn a little brown. Ladle some water from the boiling potatoes into the pan of sausage to make a thin sauce (I sneaked in some kefir and this point). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add some frozen english peas to the pot of boiling potatoes. When the peas and potatoes are done you layer everything in a baking dish with cheese in between. I started with a layer of the sausage mixture, then mozzarella (it was the only cheese I had), then potatoes, then sausage... etc... and ended with the potatoes.

4. Bake uncovered @ 350º till hot and bubbly.

NOTE: I did not drain the potatoes and peas but just ladled them out because I wanted some of the extra liquid that came with them to insure that every thing would melt together and not get dried out on top. There was a lot of liquid in the dish when it went into the oven but it made a wonderfully moist and saucy casserole when it came out.

My ds who doesn't like melted cheese didn't even notice it had cheese in it because the cheese was the same color as, and thanks to all the liquid, throughly combine with the sauce.

Everybody liked it and it was so easy. I will be making it again.

WR
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: *MommaJo* February 10, 2007, 03:53:45 AM
Ok, I have ground beef thawing in the fridge.  I have several bags of dried beans...kidney, black, navy, great northern, and some lentils (which I've never had before).  I have some potatoes and a few onions.  My seasonings consist of the usual jarred kinds.  I have canned veggies and pastas as well. 
Do you have any ideas for our dinner tonight?  It's just me and the boys.  DH is out of town.  I'm not very experienced with cooking the bagged, dried beans but would like to use them up.  And like I said above, I've never even had lentils before.

So, can you help..........

 :)
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: littlemama24 February 10, 2007, 04:01:39 AM
IT sounds like you have the fixins for a yummy beef and lentil soup or stew.  Go to www.allrecipes.com and enter lentil soup in the search window and about a million ( ;)) recipes will pop up.  My kids aren't big on dried beans but sometimes I can get them to eat lentils.  Have a good day!
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: blessedmamadp February 10, 2007, 04:38:26 AM
I've gotten some yummy recipes from welltellme!  Here's one that I fixed last night.  My 5 yo son had three helpings!  I had a craving for it and it was the first time I tried them.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

-Bake chicken in your oven (I'm planning to use leftovers in the future.  I used 4 chicken leg quarters.)  Save 4 T of the drippings.  Remove meat from bone and cut up pieces.  Should have at least 3 cups of meat.  I had more from what I cooked.
6 cups water
3 T. chicken drippings
1 onion, chopped
2 T. cornstarch
spices  (your choice.  I used salt and pepper only)
biscuit recipe (It recommended buttermilk biscuits, but I used regular ones)
1 T. chicken drippings
parsley

Bring 6 cups water, 3 T. drippings, spices and onion to a boil.  Add chicken.  Dissolve corn starch in little bit of water and add to the mixture.  Let this boil while you prepare the biscuit dough.  When the dough is ready, add 1 T. drippings and parsley.  Drop by tablespoons or smaller into the chicken mixture.  Let boil uncovered for 15 mins.  Just watch for boiling over and turn down if necessary.  Cover and simmer 15 minutes.

The recipe called for adding peas and carrots and celery at the beginning with the onion.  But I've never had Chicken and Dumplings with veggies in it, so I left them out.  Dh didn't want them in either.
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: healthybratt February 10, 2007, 05:53:13 AM
Last night, I just threw some browned ground beef, some canned beans and some seasonings in a pot with a little water and we called it chili.

I used about 2 lbs grd beef
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Large can chili beans (you can substitute your beans, but you'll have to cook them first)
2 Tablespoons chili powder (you may want to add more if you're making beans from scratch)
a sprinkle of ground red pepper

Mix and simmer for about 1/2 hour.

For the potatoes, dice, coat in olive oil and season to taste - garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, salt, pepper or whatever (taco and chili seasonings work too), spread on cookie sheet or shallow baking pan and bake at 350-400 for about an hour. 
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: *MommaJo* February 10, 2007, 09:16:13 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions.  I went to allrecipes.com and found the recipe below.  It's beef, lentils, & barley.  YUMMO!  I subsituted the veggies I had for the ones it called for.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Beef-Barley-Lentil-Soup/Detail.aspx
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: SarahK February 11, 2007, 12:47:31 PM
A favorite at our house tamed down for the spice-a-phobes in our ranks.

Jambalaya for lots (measurements approximate)

Cut & brown 1 pound ring of smoked sausage (Kielbasa, Chorizo, Andouille).  Add 1 TB oil if necessary.  Set meat aside.

Remove from pan & brown 1 lg diced onion, 2-3 diced celery stalks, 2 +  diced bell peppers in the pan oils & juices until softened (3-4 min)  Add garlic to taste  (I use lots) & saute til fragrant, about 1 min.  Stir in 3 C rice, 1 t thyme, 1 tsp cayenne  & saute until coated & glistening - about 1 min.  Transfer to TWO 9x13 pans.

Add 2 quarts home canned tomatoes (smashed/chopped up) with liquid, 3-4 cups chicken broth & 1 cup water (you can sub water for broth as needed) & loosen all the stuff on the edges of the pan.  When it boils, add to rice in pans - add meat & 2 Tb parsley stir to combine.  Stick a bay leaf in each pan.

Cover tightly & bake for 25 minutes at 375.  Remove dishes from oven & stir.  If the rice is too dry - add 1/4 cup water & stir well).  Recover & cook until rice is fully tender  - about 15 minutes.  Take out once more & toss some fully cooked (hopefully thawed if you remember) salad shrimp on top of each pan & stir in once more.  Recover & oven again for about 5 -10 minutes to heat the shrimp.  The one who complains about finding the bay leaf can do the dishes.
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: Pastorswife2B February 11, 2007, 02:35:51 PM
Beirocks are wonderful for this type of thing!  I know there's a recipe around here somewhere for them.. if you can't find it I'll post mine later.
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: heatheronthehill February 11, 2007, 02:58:26 PM
I love making jambalaya too!  It freezes very nicely too!  I like to double the recipe and freeze half for another quick meal.
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: YoopreMama February 11, 2007, 04:59:35 PM
Beirocks are wonderful for this type of thing!  I know there's a recipe around here somewhere for them.. if you can't find it I'll post mine later.

I love Bierocks, too!  Here's our recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pams-Bierocks/Detail.aspx
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: amazonmama2five February 11, 2007, 05:23:20 PM
My kids and I are "soupaholics" :P and DH teaches nights in the seminary.  What luck!  8)  We eat a lot of soup in the evenings, and Dad has a sandwich (he is a big bread MAN!)  One of our many favorites is:
Bacon, Potato, Corn Chowder

Cook 1 lb. of bacon in most convenient manner*  8)
Saute 1 large or 2 small onions in bacon grease
(We do this step in a dutch oven or other large soup pot.)
Add 6-8 chopped potatoes to the onion and just barely cover with water.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop bacon and HIDE  ::)
When potatoes are done, add 1 - 2 cans of corn if 2 make one a cream style.
Bring to a boil and add bacon.  Turn fire real low and add about 3-4 cups of milk and or cream.  Let heat up real slow and if you have time turn the fire off and let cool and then heat slowly again.  This greatly improves the flavor!
Lisa 
PS from Emily--- DO NOT LET MILK BOIL as it will curdle. :o
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: amazonmama2five February 11, 2007, 05:31:16 PM
Sorry!  I put an * to tell how we cook bacon and forgot to post it!  ::) LOL
We are a fairly large family so to do enough bacon for our soup and Dad's sandwiches we use 2 cookie sheets and do it in the oven!  Talk about easy and mess free!  I will never go back to pan frying.  My stove stays nice and all the grease gets poured in a glass for future use instead of all over the stove  :P
HTH,
Lisa
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: makingchanges February 11, 2007, 08:20:00 PM
Do you just lay out the bacon across the cookie sheet? Then cook how long? Do you turn it over? Do you have problems with split grease in the oven?
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: Whiterock February 12, 2007, 03:53:33 AM
I do something similar. I put the bacon on one of those racks that fits into one of those trays that's like a cookie sheet only deeper.  ::) I hope you know what I'm talking about; they usually come free with your stove and just sit in the drawer underneath and never get used. LOL! Anyway I put the bacon on the rack and the rack in the tray and bake on about 400º til the bacon looks almost done. It will cook a little longer after you take it out.

I love cooking bacon this way! You don't have to flip it, it cooks evenly without having to be pressed down, and you can do other things while it's cooking. I don't have much of a problem with it splattering in the oven cause the grease drops down into the pan below and so if it pops and sizzles it just hits the underside of the bacon on top.

WR
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: healthybratt February 12, 2007, 07:09:27 AM
Beirocks are wonderful for this type of thing!  I know there's a recipe around here somewhere for them.. if you can't find it I'll post mine later.

I love Bierocks, too!  Here's our recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pams-Bierocks/Detail.aspx

I'm too lazy.  Anything similar but takes less time?  LOL   ::) ;D
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: makingchanges February 12, 2007, 07:27:31 AM
Thanks for the lesson on bacon. I think the pan is called a broiler pan. I will do this next time. It will free me up to do other things. Thanks.
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: queentea February 16, 2007, 10:16:46 AM
HELP.  I have two lbs of venison burger set out and was planning on having burgers, fried potatoes and a veggie, BUT I just realized that I don't have any buns (no I'm not making any!) and I was just at the store, so I'm not going out again in this frigid weather!  Please give me some ideas.  I have other things in my pantry, it's fairly well stocked.  I don't want to do spaghetti, or chili as we have had that a lot in recent weeks, same with tacos.

Help me out ladies ;)

Lisa
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: boysmama February 16, 2007, 10:23:13 AM
Recipes for the burger ;D
One of our favorites is sooo simple. Don't ask me how it got the weird name  ::) Brown your meat and season lightly w/ salt and pepper.
Fresh Rice
I don't know what serving size you need but here are the proportions.
Heat to boiling...
2 cups of water
1 tsp. dillweed
1 tsp. salt
meat
Add 1 cup white rice (or brown just add a tad more water and cook longer ;)) and cook for 18 min. on low heat. Stir and serve w/ sour cream and/or salsa.

My guys would be very happy w/ a simple pizza or a meaty, cheesy potato soup served w/ the dill pickles on the side...
HTH :)
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: linemansgirl February 16, 2007, 10:28:15 AM
I made venison meatloaf Wed., not very exciting but good.
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: queentea February 16, 2007, 10:31:40 AM
I made venison meatloaf Wed., not very exciting but good.
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What do you put in yours?   My old beef meatloaf recipe was yummy, but it was made with prepackaged stuffing mix and cream of mushroom soup, and I don't buy those any more.  I love the idea of meatloaf, good for a day like today when it is cold.  Please share any meatloaf recipes you have!
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: SarahK February 16, 2007, 10:31:40 AM
For the burger - If you have a loaf of bread (or however much you need for your family) I would make burgers anyway. Make the square/rectangle shape and slightly thinner.  Butter both sides of the bread slices and 'fry/toast' them in the frying pan or on a griddle like Texas Toast.  Call 'em Texas Burgers.  (I know, "she's from MN - what does she know about Texas?!?"....)

Sarah K
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: queentea February 16, 2007, 10:34:34 AM
For the burger - If you have a loaf of bread (or however much you need for your family) I would make burgers anyway. Make the square/rectangle shape and slightly thinner.  Butter both sides of the bread slices and 'fry/toast' them in the frying pan or on a griddle like Texas Toast.  Call 'em Texas Burgers.  (I know, "she's from MN - what does she know about Texas?!?"....)

Sarah K

Good idea, Sarah, my ds said we could have them anyway with bread, but I kept thinking how the bread gets soggy and they don't fit right ::).  I guess I don't think past the end of my nose sometimes :D.  I may just do that one if I don't get a great meatloaf recipe that I want to try.
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: linemansgirl February 16, 2007, 10:41:05 AM

What do you put in yours?   My old beef meatloaf recipe was yummy, but it was made with prepackaged stuffing mix and cream of mushroom soup, and I don't buy those any more.  I love the idea of meatloaf, good for a day like today when it is cold.  Please share any meatloaf recipes you have!

I don't measure ingredients, I just toss stuff in! :D  I put onion soup mix in (there is a healthy recipe for it on here somewhere) that's what really makes the meatloaf to us.  My mom has always made it this way & once my dh had her meatloaf he has never wanted it any other way.  I also put in oats & egg, then anything else that might strike my fancy at the moment.  Sometimes I put ketchup on top for the last 15 minutes of cook time.  Sorry if I'm not very helpful, I learned to cook as a little girl from my grandma (the best).  So I learned with a pinch of this & a handful of that. ;) :D ;D  I do use recipes for some things, although I rarely make a recipe just the way that it was written.  Sorry, I'm getting totally off the subject here.  I'll be quiet now. :)
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: HeyMom February 16, 2007, 11:20:12 AM
I too do not measure, but this is what I add to my meat for meatloaf:

3-4 lbs beef
3 brown eggs
molasses
ketchup
salsa
salt, peper, garlic powder

I mix that by hands - then add rolled minute oats (i buy them by the 50#bag)  :o
until mixture is firm and you can shape it - I normally put mine in a 15x17 glass baking pan, then peel and cut potatoes down both sides of loaf, add a small amount of water, cover and cook at 350 for about 1 1/2 hours. 

My DH says the molasses makes it  ;D
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: makingchanges February 16, 2007, 11:42:06 AM
I made a roast with potatoes and carrots a few days ago. What ideas do you have to do with the leftovers? I want to recycle it in a different way.
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: amazonmama2five February 16, 2007, 12:39:53 PM
I made a roast with potatoes and carrots a few days ago. What ideas do you have to do with the leftovers? I want to recycle it in a different way.

OOOOOOOOh!  My favorite!  Beef stew!  Dice everything up and throw in a large stock pot.  If you made gravy, throw that in there too.  Put some corn, tomatoes, broccoli, beans, anything your family likes really.  Add enough water to make a nice broth and heat putting in some salt and pepper and whatever other spices you like.  When fully heated, make thickening or dumplings and enjoy!  I love this with homemade bread and butter!
Lisa
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: amazonmama2five February 16, 2007, 12:48:18 PM
HELP.  I have two lbs of venison burger set out and was planning on having burgers, fried potatoes and a veggie, BUT I just realized that I don't have any buns (no I'm not making any!) and I was just at the store, so I'm not going out again in this frigid weather!  Please give me some ideas.  I have other things in my pantry, it's fairly well stocked.  I don't want to do spaghetti, or chili as we have had that a lot in recent weeks, same with tacos.

Help me out ladies ;)

Lisa

Do you have any fennel and sage?  We love plain. loose hamburger and fried potatoes with ketchup!  Add green beans and/or corn and my kids think they are in Heaven.  ::)
I am probably a Jonny-come-lately but that is my .02  ;)

Lisa
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: Pastorswife2B February 16, 2007, 02:20:51 PM
For the burger - If you have a loaf of bread (or however much you need for your family) I would make burgers anyway. Make the square/rectangle shape and slightly thinner.  Butter both sides of the bread slices and 'fry/toast' them in the frying pan or on a griddle like Texas Toast.  Call 'em Texas Burgers.  (I know, "she's from MN - what does she know about Texas?!?"....)

Sarah K

Don't ya know it's not What you know it's WHO you know in Texas  ;D   :-*
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: SarahK February 16, 2007, 02:33:41 PM
 Call 'em Texas Burgers.  (I know, "she's from MN - what does she know about Texas?!?"....)

Sarah K

Don't ya know it's not What you know it's WHO you know in Texas  ;D   :-*

Well, Yee-Haw Y'all - then count me in!!
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: queentea February 16, 2007, 02:44:57 PM
HELP.  I have two lbs of venison burger set out and was planning on having burgers, fried potatoes and a veggie, BUT I just realized that I don't have any buns (no I'm not making any!) and I was just at the store, so I'm not going out again in this frigid weather!  Please give me some ideas.  I have other things in my pantry, it's fairly well stocked.  I don't want to do spaghetti, or chili as we have had that a lot in recent weeks, same with tacos.

Help me out ladies ;)

Lisa

Well thank you for all the ideas, I will certainly file them away for later.  I just had to share this recipe that I found on recipe zaar.  It was sooooo good !  My family of seven all loved it and that never happens, there is always someone who decides they don't care for a certain recipe, so this made me very happy.  It didn't take to long either.  Give it a try sometime, it is for ground venison, but I'm sure that you could use ground beef.  I didn't have the ground pork so I just used all venison.  It was YUM!!

http://www.recipezaar.com/110710
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: healthybratt February 16, 2007, 04:04:57 PM
HELP.  I have two lbs of venison burger set out and was planning on having burgers, fried potatoes and a veggie, BUT I just realized that I don't have any buns (no I'm not making any!) and I was just at the store, so I'm not going out again in this frigid weather!  Please give me some ideas.  I have other things in my pantry, it's fairly well stocked.  I don't want to do spaghetti, or chili as we have had that a lot in recent weeks, same with tacos.

Help me out ladies ;)

Lisa
we have burgers without buns all the time.  easy peasy.  squirt some ketchup or whatever on it and eat it like a steak.  ;D
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: *MommaJo* February 19, 2007, 03:20:39 PM
About the meatloaf...
I posted this somewhere else here, but I'll mention it again.  I recently made a meatloaf and put raw diced potatoes UNDER the loaf before I cooked it.  It was yummy!  The potatoes cooked in all that juice and it was so good.  Actually that night I put the whole concoction into muffin cups instead of a loaf pan.  It cooked quickly (dice the potatoes pretty small) and we each had our own individual portions.
Let me know if you try it.  I'd like to know what you think.
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: mexmarr February 19, 2007, 03:51:22 PM
About the meatloaf...
I posted this somewhere else here, but I'll mention it again.  I recently made a meatloaf and put raw diced potatoes UNDER the loaf before I cooked it.  It was yummy!  The potatoes cooked in all that juice and it was so good.  Actually that night I put the whole concoction into muffin cups instead of a loaf pan.  It cooked quickly (dice the potatoes pretty small) and we each had our own individual portions.
Let me know if you try it.  I'd like to know what you think.


Sounds absolutely delicious.  Since I am on bedrest and not cooking, this might be a good thing to get my husband to make.  I could heat up individual "muffins" for us when my dh is not home. 

What did you put in your meat, and how long did you bake it?  I bet adding a few diced carrot to the potatoes would be great, too.
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: YoopreMama February 19, 2007, 04:41:00 PM
I made a roast with potatoes and carrots a few days ago. What ideas do you have to do with the leftovers? I want to recycle it in a different way.

See earlier post about hash!  YUM!
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: Pastorswife2B February 19, 2007, 05:40:01 PM
A favorite at our house tamed down for the spice-a-phobes in our ranks.

Jambalaya for lots (measurements approximate)

Cut & brown 1 pound ring of smoked sausage (Kielbasa, Chorizo, Andouille).  Add 1 TB oil if necessary.  Set meat aside.

Remove from pan & brown 1 lg diced onion, 2-3 diced celery stalks, 2 +  diced bell peppers in the pan oils & juices until softened (3-4 min)  Add garlic to taste  (I use lots) & saute til fragrant, about 1 min.  Stir in 3 C rice, 1 t thyme, 1 tsp cayenne  & saute until coated & glistening - about 1 min.  Transfer to TWO 9x13 pans.

Add 2 quarts home canned tomatoes (smashed/chopped up) with liquid, 3-4 cups chicken broth & 1 cup water (you can sub water for broth as needed) & loosen all the stuff on the edges of the pan.  When it boils, add to rice in pans - add meat & 2 Tb parsley stir to combine.  Stick a bay leaf in each pan.

Cover tightly & bake for 25 minutes at 375.  Remove dishes from oven & stir.  If the rice is too dry - add 1/4 cup water & stir well).  Recover & cook until rice is fully tender  - about 15 minutes.  Take out once more & toss some fully cooked (hopefully thawed if you remember) salad shrimp on top of each pan & stir in once more.  Recover & oven again for about 5 -10 minutes to heat the shrimp.  The one who complains about finding the bay leaf can do the dishes.

I just wanted to say we had this the other day and YUM!!  easy and good, I just cut the recipe in half for our family of 4 and it fed us twice. 
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: 4myhoonie February 19, 2007, 06:31:41 PM
I made a roast with potatoes and carrots a few days ago. What ideas do you have to do with the leftovers? I want to recycle it in a different way.

we take the potatoes sliced up and meat and fry it up in some oil for breakfast.  yummy!  not sure if this is what they call hash, cuz i couldn't find it.  we don't really have a name for it.
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: YoopreMama February 20, 2007, 02:41:48 AM
I made a roast with potatoes and carrots a few days ago. What ideas do you have to do with the leftovers? I want to recycle it in a different way.

From another thread on dinner ideas...here's our hash:
http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,5146.msg52164.html#msg52164
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: oneblessedwoman February 20, 2007, 03:35:25 AM
You put the potatoes and carrots in the hash?  I always have this problem with left over pork roast.
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: YoopreMama February 20, 2007, 03:42:35 AM
Yes, it's from BH & G red and white cookbook.   :)

I chop up the roasted meat, spuds & carrots in the processor or by hand.  Melt butter in the pan.  Mix and add some S & P and Worcestershire sauce...oh, and some chopped onion (garlic for us) and fry for about 10 minutes, flipping once.  May need water or gravy.  I think that's how their recipe goes.

We make the roast just to have the hash!  Pork or beef; both are yummy.   :)
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: *MommaJo* February 20, 2007, 05:35:41 AM
.........What did you put in your meat, and how long did you bake it?  I bet adding a few diced carrot to the potatoes would be great, too.

I don't really know what I put in my meat.  Whatever suits me at the time.   :-\    I guess I usually end up with an egg or two and some seasonings.  Maybe crushed up crackers.  I've been known to do ketsup, worstershire, or A1, as well.  When I was a teen and it was just my dad and I we make a meatloaf once and we were throwing all sorts of stuff in there.  I think he even put some liquor in it.......  :o  Whatever........
I like the ideas above...quick oats and molasses.  I'm making this for dinner tonight in a regular loaf pan.  I'm going to try those two things. 
About the cooking time.  I have no idea.......  :-[   Sorry.  I just waited until they were done on the inside. 
Guess I wasn't much help.    :D
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: littlemama24 February 23, 2007, 03:43:09 AM
Just a quick tip, I always have a better meat loaf when I mound it in the middle of a 13x9 inch pan instead of a loaf pan.  When I do it in a loaf pan the middle always stays pink (that grosses me out) but in the larger pan it turns out beautiful! (Can meat be beautiful?)
Also, I've used ground lamb instead of pork or beef and it was quite good!
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: Daniel's Cousin February 23, 2007, 04:34:40 AM
... in the larger pan it turns out beautiful! (Can meat be beautiful?)

 Last night, my mom tried to convince me that her chicken pot pie was beautiful. I told her I'd look at it, and maybe even take a picture of it, but I don't eat pot pie.
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: heatheronthehill February 24, 2007, 01:38:48 PM
Just a quick tip, I always have a better meat loaf when I mound it in the middle of a 13x9 inch pan instead of a loaf pan.  When I do it in a loaf pan the middle always stays pink (that grosses me out) but in the larger pan it turns out beautiful! (Can meat be beautiful?)
Also, I've used ground lamb instead of pork or beef and it was quite good!

I do my meatloaf this way too!  I like it because you get more crispy edges - my favorite part!   :)
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: healthybratt March 18, 2007, 02:19:52 PM
What to do with leftover steak?

1 lb Leftover steak cubed(or precooked and diced steak of choice)
approx 2-3 cups seasoned mashed potatoes (seasoning below)
1 small yellow onion diced
2-3 T butter
1 can spinach drained or equivalent
approx 1 tsp garlic powder
approx 1 tsp black pepper
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Saute onions in butter until brown and almost crisp.  Pour butter and onions into bowl with steak, garlic powder, pepper & spinach.  Spread mashed potatoes in bottom of buttered 9X9 square glass pan.  Sprinkle a little less than half the cheese over potatoes evenly.  Spoon steak mixture into dish evenly.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese across the top.  Bake in oven at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes (until hot through the middle).  If the cheese begins to brown before the middle is hot, cover with foil or lid until cooking is finished.

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Mashed potatoes (I used instant) about 4 cups
1 package Good Seasons Italian salad dressing mix

Make potatoes as normal and add seasonings.  (easy peasy)  ;D

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I love it when leftover recipes work out so well.  It was super yummy.

Enjoy!
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: mnbforever April 15, 2007, 02:32:16 PM
Hey Ladies~

I think we all get stumped when it comes time to make dinner, I know I sure do! I've got a great Idea...Lets all pitch in and share our favorite dinner recipes......practical dinner recipes, that doesn't call for SO MANY ingredients

Here is what I make for dinners on a regular basis, I'll make a list and If you want a recipe to anything, just let me know :)

Lil cheddar meatloaves
Cheddar chowder....you can add anything from steak to ham, and veggies
homemade spaghetti & garlic toast
glazed ham & rice
Ham and potato casserole
white chicken chili
Homemade chili & cornbread
Sweet & sour meatballs and rice
Dinner Quesadillas with black beans & corn
Cheesy chicken & broccoli noodle skillet
Easy Lasagna
Easy beef stoganoff
cheesy broccoli soup & golden cheddar biscuits

............just to name a few :)
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: YoopreMama April 15, 2007, 02:51:58 PM
Funny you started this...I just got complimented on this at church tonight!

GARLIC CHICKEN
1/3 c melted butter
2 cloves garlic, pressed (we like more, about double)
1 t. garlic powder
¼ t. salt (optional, but we always put it in, sometimes more)
½ c. seasoned bread crumbs (salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, Lawry’s, garlic, onion, etc.)
¼ c. finely shredded cheddar
2 T grated Parmesan
dash pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (or whatever pieces you like)

In a shallow bowl, combine butter, garlic, garlic powder and salt.
In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheeses and pepper.
Dip chicken in butter mix and coat w/ crumb mix.

Place in a greased glass pan/Pyrex.  Sprinkle w/ a bit of water or drizzle butter over.  Cover w/ foil and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until chicken juice runs clear.  Serves 6.
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: queentea April 15, 2007, 03:22:21 PM
Hey Ladies~

I think we all get stumped when it comes time to make dinner, I know I sure do! I've got a great Idea...Lets all pitch in and share our favorite dinner recipes......practical dinner recipes, that doesn't call for SO MANY ingredients

Here is what I make for dinners on a regular basis, I'll make a list and If you want a recipe to anything, just let me know :)

Lil cheddar meatloaves
Cheddar chowder....you can add anything from steak to ham, and veggies
homemade spaghetti & garlic toast
glazed ham & rice
Ham and potato casserole
white chicken chili
Homemade chili & cornbread
Sweet & sour meatballs and rice
Dinner Quesadillas with black beans & corn
Cheesy chicken & broccoli noodle skillet
Easy Lasagna
Easy beef stoganoff
cheesy broccoli soup & golden cheddar biscuits

............just to name a few :)


Love this idea, I've been looking over some of the past posts this weekend and printing off recipes.

I love some of your recipes,
Dinner Quesadillas (we love quesadillas)w/ black beans and corn
Little cheddar meatloves
Easy lasagna
Easy Beef Stroganoff
Thanks!

Some of ours are:
Homemade spaghetti
Chicken and noodles
Chicken paprikash (two different kinds)
homemade pizza
Tacos with Southwestern Rice
Chili and cornbread
Southwestern pasta bake
Leftover Penne bake
Venison Stew
Venison Steaks
Danish meatballs with creamy dill sauce
Beef Barley stew
Crock pot adobe chicken
Venison chops with mushroom sauce
if I think of more, I'll let ya know.
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: mnbforever April 15, 2007, 04:32:22 PM
Here are the recipes you ( queentea) requested :

Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves

1 Egg
3/4 cup Milk
1 cup Shredded Cheese
1/2 cup Quick-Cooking Oats
1/2 cup Chopped Onion
Salt
1 pound Ground Beef
2/3 cup Ketchup
1/2 Brown Sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons mustard

In a bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 8 loaves place in a greased(or you can use tin foil, easy clean up) baking dish. Combine Ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake uncovered, at 350* for 45 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink.


Dinner Quesadillas.....I pretty much eye this recipe

Chicken breasts
Yellow onion
Corn
Drained black beans
Garlic
Salsa
Salt
Pepper
Tortilla
cheese
Olive oil

Cook chicken, Add the rest except for tortilla, cheese, and olive oil, cook all  through, and until all water moisture is evaporated. in another pan(I use a counter plug in pan that is big enough) lay down your Tortilla, spoon mixture over half the Tortilla, add cheese on top, fold Tortilla over, brush with olive over, sprinkle with salt(optional). Flip over reapeat with other side. Cook until nice and crispy. Cut into wedges, Serve with salsa and sour cream...mmmm Yummy!


Easy Lasagna

2 Boxes Organic Mac & Cheese
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Jar Organic Spaghetti Sauce
Cheese


Preheat oven 375* Prepare Mac & Cheese as directed on package.
Meanwhile, Brown meat in skillet, drain. Add Spaghetti sauce to meat, mix well. Layer Half each of the meat mixture and Mac & Cheese in baking dish. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15 minutes, or until heated through.


Easy Beef Stroganoff


1 Pound Steak or Roast
1 Onion
Garlic
Olive Oil
Pepper
1 1/2 cups Milk
1/3 cup Flour
3/4 cup sour cream
salt, to taste
Egg Noodles

Slice Meat thinly; Saute meat in olive oil, along with Onion, Garlic, and Black Pepper. Whisk together the Milk and Flour, removing all lumps.
When meat is fully cooked add Milk mixture and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Lower heat and stir in sour cream, Salt to taste and serve over freshly cooked Egg Noodles.


Mmmmmm, The Garlic Chicken looks good Yoppermama......Thanks for the recipe :)

Let me know if anybody wants anymore recipes :)




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: YoopreMama April 15, 2007, 04:45:38 PM
mnbforever-
Thanks for your recipes--look like just what would work for us!   :-*
Great thread... :)
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: jett leann April 15, 2007, 04:51:28 PM
Tonight for dinner we had the "Lemon Garlic Chicken" made in the crockpot.  (I found it on the crockpot thread)  It was so delicious!  And VERY EASY!!! ;D ;D  I already had all the ingredients on hand, so I also liked that a lot!  Here's another dish I made with it; it could actually be the entree, but our son & dil came over, and he likes to eat A LOT!  :D
QUICK CHICKEN & STUFFING
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 stick melted butter
1pkg. stuffing mix (boxed kind)
1 can chicken breast (9.75 ounce)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can of chicken broth
Combine butter & stuffing mix in bowl, tossing to mix well.
Spread in a greased, 2 qt. baking dish, reserving 3/4 cup.
Arrange chicken over that.
Combine soup & broth well (I use a wire whisk).
Pour soup & broth over chicken.
Top with reserved stuffing mix.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes,or until browned.
Very quick and easy, and you can actually use whatever chicken you like.
There's lots of variations to this recipe, this is just the one we prefer!
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: queentea April 16, 2007, 02:32:38 AM
Here are the recipes you ( queentea) requested :

Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves

1 Egg
3/4 cup Milk
1 cup Shredded Cheese
1/2 cup Quick-Cooking Oats
1/2 cup Chopped Onion
Salt
1 pound Ground Beef
2/3 cup Ketchup
1/2 Brown Sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons mustard

In a bowl, beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 8 loaves place in a greased(or you can use tin foil, easy clean up) baking dish. Combine Ketchup, brown sugar and mustard; spoon over loaves. Bake uncovered, at 350* for 45 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink.


Dinner Quesadillas.....I pretty much eye this recipe

Chicken breasts
Yellow onion
Corn
Drained black beans
Garlic
Salsa
Salt
Pepper
Tortilla
cheese
Olive oil

Cook chicken, Add the rest except for tortilla, cheese, and olive oil, cook all  through, and until all water moisture is evaporated. in another pan(I use a counter plug in pan that is big enough) lay down your Tortilla, spoon mixture over half the Tortilla, add cheese on top, fold Tortilla over, brush with olive over, sprinkle with salt(optional). Flip over reapeat with other side. Cook until nice and crispy. Cut into wedges, Serve with salsa and sour cream...mmmm Yummy!


Easy Lasagna

2 Boxes Organic Mac & Cheese
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Jar Organic Spaghetti Sauce
Cheese


Preheat oven 375* Prepare Mac & Cheese as directed on package.
Meanwhile, Brown meat in skillet, drain. Add Spaghetti sauce to meat, mix well. Layer Half each of the meat mixture and Mac & Cheese in baking dish. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15 minutes, or until heated through.


Easy Beef Stroganoff


1 Pound Steak or Roast
1 Onion
Garlic
Olive Oil
Pepper
1 1/2 cups Milk
1/3 cup Flour
3/4 cup sour cream
salt, to taste
Egg Noodles

Slice Meat thinly; Saute meat in olive oil, along with Onion, Garlic, and Black Pepper. Whisk together the Milk and Flour, removing all lumps.
When meat is fully cooked add Milk mixture and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Lower heat and stir in sour cream, Salt to taste and serve over freshly cooked Egg Noodles.


Mmmmmm, The Garlic Chicken looks good Yoppermama......Thanks for the recipe :)

Let me know if anybody wants anymore recipes :)






Thanks so much, can't wait to try them!
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: mnbforever April 16, 2007, 01:13:21 PM
Here's another recipe for you all ;D..............I just eyeball it

Mix and Match Potato Casserole


Fried potatoes or hash browns, Cheddar cheese and mix & match the recipe from these options :


Meat Option-                   Vegetable Choices-             Sauce Possabilities-

Cooked Chicken             Chopped Onion, chopped          BBQ Sauce
                                         Red Peppers


Ground beef, browned        Corn, sliced Green Onions            Salsa
and drained


Pepperoni                        Sliced mushrooms and               Pizza Sauce
                                            Onions
 

Meatless:
Kidney beans, drained          Broccoli, Chopped                Stewed tomato
                                  Zucchini, sliced green peppers           Undrained



Preheat oven to 400*
Mix Potatoes and some cheese. Spoon into lightly greased baking dish
Top with your choice meat, vegetables & sauce. Cover with foil and bake
40 minutes
Remove foil, sprinkle more cheese on top, bake until melted.




: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: mommyoftwins April 16, 2007, 01:38:30 PM
This is my dh's favorite. We just had it tonight.

Spaghetti Pie

Cook any kind of noodles and place in the bottom of a large baking dish. I use wide egg noodles.

Spoon cottage cheese or ricotta, and maybe some mozzarella, in a layer over pasta.

Top with a thick layer of your favorite spaghetti sauce. I have been making my own with some tomatoes I froze from last year. It has tomatoes, tomato paste, sauteed onion, carrot, celery, bell pepper, and zucchini, salt, Italian seasonings and molasses. I just do it all to taste.

I had a fresh, warm batch of whole wheat rolls that made the meal. Oh, so yummy!
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: Shaundra April 16, 2007, 02:03:43 PM
Taco Soup

2lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped

1 can each of:
pinto beans
corn
rotel
stewed tomatoes

1 pk. taco seasoning mix
1pk. ranch dressing mix
2 1/2 c. water

Brown beef and onion, drain fat. add additional ingredients and simmer 1 hr.  I serve it with homemade cornbread and butter! YUM!
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: happyhomemaker April 16, 2007, 05:08:19 PM
I love this thread!  Several months back we came to the "end of our rope" on no ideas for meals.  There are a few webpages that actually offer menus weekly for you to choose from.  One such one is: www.menusformom.com.  Sometimes just having a new idea is a place to start!  Some of our favorites around here are:

Hearty Potato Soup
Garden Biscuits
Swiss Chicken
Cheddar Bacon Muffins
Oven Baked Potato squares
Kelsy's Salad & Grilled Chicken
Baked Omlet Roll
Baked Chicken Breast Supreme
Glazed Carrots
Maple Walnut Chicken over rice
Crock pot Chicken & Veggies

Pecan Pumkin Dessert
Turttle Cake
Home Made Strawberry Ice Cream
Maple Cinnimon Rolls

Desserts don't happen regularly at our house, but I love making something for company!

Keep the dinner ideas coming!  ;D
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: jett leann April 16, 2007, 05:16:59 PM
I wondered if you would care to share the recipes for a few of the chicken recipes on your list:  for i.e.,  Swiss Chicken, Baked Chicken Breast Supreme, and Crock Pot Chicken & Veggies.  Those all sound really good to me!
Thanks in advance, Jett Leann
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: makingchanges April 17, 2007, 03:56:50 PM
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: happyhomemaker April 17, 2007, 04:09:53 PM
Swiss Chicken

4-boneless skinless chicken breast (thaw first)
4-8 slices (or more) Swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup (Healthy request doesn't appear to have msg)
1/4 cup water
1 box chicken flavored stuffing (I use Great Value)
1/4 cup melted butter

Place chicken in a greased 13x9 baking dish.  Cover chicken with cheese.  Mix soup & water together, and pour over chicken.  Next, spread stuffing evenly over chicken, using all in box.  Melt 1/4 cup butter, and drizzel over stuffing.  Bake @ 350 for40-45 minutes, or untill done.


Baked Chicken Breast Supreme (make ahead day before)

1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1/8 tsp. garlic powder, or 1 clove minced
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 tps. pepper
8  boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into half, length wise)
2 cups dry bread crumbs

Combine 1st  8  ingreadients in large bowl.  Stir well. Cut chicken in half, and place in mixture. Turn/stir to coat chicken well. Cover & marinate overnight in fridge.  Remove chicken from marinade; coat in bread crumbs. Arrange on baking sheet.  Bake uncovered @ 350 for 45 minutes, or until juice runs clear.  Yeilds 8 -2pc. servings.


Crock Pot Chicken & Veggies
2-3  boneless skinless chicken breast (depending on size of chicken & size of family)
5 or more, (small) red or regular potatoes
1-2 cans: limabeans OR greenbeans
2 handfulls baby carrots
lemon pepper seasoning
Onion flakes
olive oil

Spray a 3-4 qt. crockpot with spray oil. Scrub clean potatoes. Place 2-3 wet potatoes at a time, in a gal.ziplock bag. Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning and shake to coat. Position in crockpot bottom, around outside edge leaving middle area open.  Pour chosen veggie in middle of crock. Sprinkle carrots over potatoes & beans. Take frozen chicken breast, one at a time, and rub with olive oil (1-3 Tbs). Using same seasoning ziplock, place chicken breast in one at a time, and sprinkle with LP. seasoning. Shake to coat.  Place chicken ontop of all veggies. Sprinkle with onion flakes.

Cook several hours on low, or cook on high for shorter time. (sorry I don't have a more precise cook time on this. While DH has been on nights, I have prepared this the night before (not starting the cooking progress till very late...11:30 or later), and cooked on low all night. Could cook for less time if needed.  Other veggies do fine too, just play with it and see what works for your family!
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: jett leann April 17, 2007, 05:12:29 PM
Hello Happyhomemaker!
Thanks a BUNCH for the recipes!  You're my kind of cook...quick and easy! (They all appear to be, anyway. ;D)  One  ???, though.  In the Crock Pot Chicken and Veggies, do I need to drain the can of green beans, or use the liquid?  Hope that's not a stupid  question, I just want to get it right. ;)
Thanks again,
Jett Leann
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: happyhomemaker April 17, 2007, 05:50:39 PM
Hmmm. Let me see, I think I always dump everything in. Might get a little dry if you drain it.  Sorry I didn't catch that. :)

Have a blessed day!
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: YoopreMama April 17, 2007, 06:55:36 PM
happyhomemaker!  :D

We make Swiss chicken, too--and love it!  Thanks for reminding me!

BTW, does your stuffing have msg--I wasn't making it w/ Stove Top b/c I think it did.   >:(?  Our co-op sells a dried cream ofchicken soup w/o msg...the Healthy Requests are suspect to me...they used to say, "No MSG", but don't anymore (on the front)....but the ingredients don't list it specifically, unless it's hidden under"natural flavorings" or "hydrolyzed soy protein" or some other thing...hmmm...
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: *MommaJo* April 18, 2007, 04:45:09 AM
I've been asking for a cornbread recipe over at 7xS.  I think my post has been missed.  Would several of you mind sharing your favorite recipe?  I've never made it before and would like to see a few recipies to pick from.  You could post it here or at 7xS http://www.7xsunday.net/forum/index.php/topic,4466.0.html .......or both.   :)
Thanks a ton.
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: queentea April 18, 2007, 04:52:11 AM
I've been asking for a cornbread recipe over at 7xS.  I think my post has been missed.  Would several of you mind sharing your favorite recipe?  I've never made it before and would like to see a few recipies to pick from.  You could post it here or at 7xS http://www.7xsunday.net/forum/index.php/topic,4466.0.html .......or both.   :
Thanks a ton.

We LOVE our cornbread recipe, but we change it a bit.

1 c buttermilk (I use kefir..could use thinned yogurt or sour milk)
2 eggs
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey (I use more like 6 we like it sweet. We think it is better with maple syrup but still good with honey)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of melted butter
Mix all that together
In separate bowl mix:
2 cups cornmeal (I use 1 cup cornmeal and 1 cup unbleached white flour..you could use all cornmeal, but it would be heavier or you could use 1 cup ww flour too.
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
blend together with wet ingredients just till evenly mixed.
Pour into greased 8inch square pan and bake at 350 for 25-35 min or till knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Slather with butter YUM!!
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: happyhomemaker April 18, 2007, 08:39:57 AM
YooperMama,

You know, I really don't know about the stuffing mix. Many times food lables do say things like "natural flavorings", "natural spices", and many more. It is my understanding that there are many codes for it to be called. I will check the stuffing the next time I get ready to purchase it.  :-\ Yes, I suspect you're right about the HR soups. Last pregnancy, MSG gave me terrible headaches and I had to scan the lable on anything and everything that I ate.  PTL, it went away after baby...we still try not to eat it though.  I've never had an MSG headach after eating swiss chicken/stuffing, but it's worth looking into. I don't think, that hydrolyzed soy protein is MSG --------- but then I have been wrong before!  :o

One more thing, recently I found a company that sells MSG free powders for chicken stock, beef stock and maybe some others. I've looked in many grocery stores, but they all sell the same bad for you stuff! Once I have these products in hand, I won't have a need for the questionable soups + flavorings. I haven't placed an order yet, but plan to. They can be found at:  http://www.bulkfoods.com/information.htm
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: still*learning April 18, 2007, 09:07:47 AM
Have leftover ham?

Here is a good one.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
3 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped cooked ham
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup or your own homemade cream soup
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Bake 1.5 hours at 350 degrees. I doubled the cheese and doubled the ham.

I served with whole frozen green beans that I placed in warm water to defrost, drained and marinated in italian dressing. My baby who will not eat any vegetable right now even had a bite!
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: mnbforever April 18, 2007, 10:28:51 AM
Here's my cornbread recipe.....I love it :D

Cornbread:


1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cornmeal
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs
1/3 olive oil
3 Tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 350*
Mix ALL indigents together, pour the mixture into greased baking dish or muffin pan. Bake 18-20 minutes.
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: Jemima April 25, 2007, 06:56:14 AM
YooperMama, does this taste really "garlicky"?  I'm thinking of making this tonight (seen the recipe awhile back and thought it looked good) but my husband does NOT like garlic! Kind of sad for his garlic-loving health-nut wife!  :'(  ;D 
Funny you started this...I just got complimented on this at church tonight!

GARLIC CHICKEN
1/3 c melted butter
2 cloves garlic, pressed (we like more, about double)
1 t. garlic powder
¼ t. salt (optional, but we always put it in, sometimes more)
½ c. seasoned bread crumbs (salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, Lawry’s, garlic, onion, etc.)
¼ c. finely shredded cheddar
2 T grated Parmesan
dash pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (or whatever pieces you like)

In a shallow bowl, combine butter, garlic, garlic powder and salt.
In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheeses and pepper.
Dip chicken in butter mix and coat w/ crumb mix.

Place in a greased glass pan/Pyrex.  Sprinkle w/ a bit of water or drizzle butter over.  Cover w/ foil and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until chicken juice runs clear.  Serves 6.
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: wyomama3 April 25, 2007, 07:47:18 AM
We eat a lot like the rest of the posts :).  Here are some not mentioned. I don't have exact recipes because I have been making this stuff for too long!  We use the crock pot a lot, especially as warm weather approaches.

One of our fav's is crock pot chicken.  I put a whole chicken in the crockpot, and add a little water.  Sometimes I stuff rosemary and thyme under the skin and throw extra sprigs into the pot, and season with salt and pepper.  Tonight we're having the lemon version.  I zest and score a lemon or two and stuff them in the cavity.  I slice another lemon or two up and throw onto the chicken, and salt and pepper.  Whole Foods had a fresh cajun seasoning one time and it was wonderful also...

We also LOVE pepper steak.  I cook a lot of wild game this way.  I brown the steak, and put it into the crock pot.  Then I add my frozen garden tomatoes (liken to a can or two stewed), and peppers.  My peppers are bell variety, green and any other available color.  I freeze batches of these from my garden also.  Then I throw in an onion, sliced, or however much I have on hand that needs to be used up.  Season with salt and pepper.  Leave in the pot all day.  Tender and GOOD!
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: YoopreMama April 25, 2007, 09:24:13 AM
Hi, Jemima,  :)
Well...it's been awhile since I tried the original recipe  ::)  We use a lot of garlic and even then, it's not overpowering.  I think you'd be OK...you can always make his first and then add more garlic to the remaining butter... ;D
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: mommie April 25, 2007, 01:22:43 PM
I cut potatoes for dinner last night. Of course they are brown now..are they still o.kay to cook and eat? anyone on right now with a good answer for me ? I refridgerated them of course.
: Re: Dinner [Supper] Menus & Recipes
: happyhomemaker April 25, 2007, 03:30:55 PM
I know this is really late....  :(
 
If you will cover all of your chopped potatoes with water, & refridgerated ,they will be fine overnight or for some other short time span. This keeps the air from getting to them and turning them brown.  I do this while chopping them for soups, and it works great!
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: SagorFamily1611 April 25, 2007, 03:47:47 PM
I don't know if any of ya'll are into raw foods (veggies not meats) but I am having a really hard time finding recipes for them, if you know any please let me know!

I am Irish and love potatoes, here is one of my favorites. It goes really well with steak.

Chop you potatoes into small cubes, (for just me an dh I use about 5 med.)
I love onions so I chop enough onions so there is the same amount as potatoes.
Garlic to your taste,
and plenty of dried parsley.

Heat up you pan with plenty of oil, when the oil is hot add in diced garlic just long enough to get the savor of garlic into the oil before adding in the potatoes and onions. When potatoes are almost cooked add in parsley. Depending on your tastes you might want to add in salt. or Amino Acids. (personally I think amino acids ruins the taste but dh and db love it this way)

This is also a good way to use up leftover baked potatoes, I then make it the same way, with the potatoes cut into French fries.

Personally I absolutely love Yukon Gold potatoes and that is all I buy, it will taste good with any other (tastes really good with the small red potatoes too) but it tastes the absolute best with Yukon Gold.
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: mommie April 25, 2007, 04:31:40 PM
wait if you cook it isn't not considered raw anymore? thanks for the tip happy homemaker
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: Kati*did April 26, 2007, 02:29:50 AM
I don't know if any of ya'll are into raw foods (veggies not meats) but I am having a really hard time finding recipes for them, if you know any please let me know!

This site is full of raw food recipes:

http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/
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: makingchanges April 26, 2007, 05:56:19 AM

Baked Chicken Breast Supreme (make ahead day before)

1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1/8 tsp. garlic powder, or 1 clove minced
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 tps. pepper
8  boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into half, length wise)
2 cups dry bread crumbs

Combine 1st  8  ingreadients in large bowl.  Stir well. Cut chicken in half, and place in mixture. Turn/stir to coat chicken well. Cover & marinate overnight in fridge.  Remove chicken from marinade; coat in bread crumbs. Arrange on baking sheet.  Bake uncovered @ 350 for 45 minutes, or until juice runs clear.  Yeilds 8 -2pc. servings.

Does anyone know how to make bread crumbs? The bought ones have so many bad things in them. My bread crumbs are real old and they are still good. That sends up red flags for me. I make my own bread and I would like to use that bread.
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: 4myhoonie April 26, 2007, 06:20:57 AM
Does anyone know how to make bread crumbs? The bought ones have so many bad things in them. My bread crumbs are real old and they are still good. That sends up red flags for me. I make my own bread and I would like to use that bread.

when i first started baking my own bread, i used my ugly and burnt loaves (had plenty of these! :o ) to make them.  i just cut them in chunks and put them through the food processor, and it worked great.  so i would say--overbake your bread, let it cool for a day and puree it.  then i think i baked them on cookie sheets or pizza stones at real low heat to dry out.  or you could just lay them out on sheets overnight to dry out.  i had some in the freezer from a couple years ago that i just used up!  so you can make a lot and save them and they will keep a long time in the freezer.  hope this helps!
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: makingchanges April 26, 2007, 09:06:06 AM
4myhoonie, thanks for the method. Do you or anyone else make bread crumbs with different seasonings?
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: Whiterock April 26, 2007, 09:41:19 AM
The dinners I can think of off the top of my head are [some have questionable (processed) ingredients]:

Hobos
Salmon Patties
Chicken and Rice
Baked Potato Soup
Ground beef stroganoff
Homemade mac-n-cheese
Sausage Chowder
Bacon Cheeseburger Rice
Baked Taco Soup
Sausage and Potato Casserole
Finger Lickin' Chicken
Sweet N Spicy Chicken
Meatball Stew (only quick and easy if you already have the meatballs)
Sweet N Sour Meatballs (ditto above)
Hamburgers (Bo burgers are my favorite)
Tacos  (no recipe)
Beef and veggie soup (no recipe)
Sausage and Cabage soup (no recipe)
Breakfast (eggs, grits, toast, sausage/bacon)

WR
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: Julia May 09, 2007, 11:06:49 AM
I'm looking for some ideas for summer meals - large, easy ones. We're serving larger groups of guests once a week this summer, and I can't do hot soup in the summer, and one of the guests will be there every week, so I can't really do the same thing every week, plus that gets tiring for us. I get kind of stressed about these large groups and I tend to overdo it so I want something easy. I'm bad about thinking I'll do something like enchiladas cause they're easy, but then I want to add homemade salsa, a salad with lots of fresh ingredients from the Farmer's market, beans, but then I want to cook them myself, not get them from the can, etc., but I gotta keep it simple!

Just give me your ideas - don't worry about the recipe unless you have a special one! 
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: herbalmom May 09, 2007, 11:36:06 AM
Spaghetti or any other pasta & sauce is easy to make in quantity. There are so many different sauces that you could make a new one every week & still not have to repeat.

Mostly buffet ideas come to mind. Here's a few:

Do it yourself burritos, tacos &/or nachos. Put out bowls of beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, & anything else that you can think of that sounds good on a burrito or nachos. Add tortillas, taco shells ( or quick fry corn tortillas for soft tacos) &/or corn chips. Serve with some side dishes if you want & let everyone fix their own.

Baked potatoes with topping. Same basic idea- put out potatoes & bowls of toppings & let everyone serve themselves.

Chef's salad or a salad bar with whatever looks good or is a good price. Serve with good bread & butter.

HTH Blessings ~herbalmom 
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: Melie May 09, 2007, 11:42:45 AM
I have an idea for you.  I used to get Cooking LIght magazine every month.  I love their recipes and you can always un-lighten them as needed.  I stopped getting the magazine and just started buying the Annual Recipe cookbook.  I think most magazines offer this.  Magazines always gear their recipes towards the seasons so you could just go to the summer month issues and see what they have to offer.  I will look through one of mine if I get a chance today and see if I find any good ideas.
Why will you be cooking for these large groups?
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: skelliott2 May 09, 2007, 03:03:11 PM
Here are some things I make for a lot of people:

Taco salad -- Allrecipes.com have some great recipes that can feed a lot of people.

Barbecue -- Get a big pork shoulder or Boston Butt, brown with garlic powder, and put in Crock pot  for a long time, overnight on low, or all day on high.  Take out, drain fat, string up meat with two forks, put back in crock pot with some barbecue sauce.  Leave for about 30 minutes, then ready to eat!  This feeds a BIG crowd.

Hamburgers on the grill -- Sam's has a big box of hamburger patties for a pretty reasonable price.  They sell big packs of buns, too.

Have fun entertaining!!
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: Julia May 09, 2007, 03:36:54 PM
Thanks for the replies. I'm starting a Word file of ideas. My husband leads the young adult group at our church and he's on a mission to get them all married so we are having over a group of strategically picked people every week and helping them get to know each other. We're hoping some of the guys especially will get on the ball as there are fewer of them. Anyway, I guess it's probably a smaller group than some of you feed every night but it's big to me and it's for guests so I guess I get stressed about it.

Any other ideas welcome! I'll let you know if I find any!

Oh, here's one: fresh pea soup with a hint of lavender, followed by a fish course, then lamb, and sugared roses for dessert. It's what the White House served the other night for the formal white tie dinner for Queen Elizabeth II. These things interest me  ;D.
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: amlucy May 16, 2007, 09:05:47 AM
Meals that are easy to do that my husband and I like to do (with not a lot of ingredients) are:

Beef Stroganoff
Veggie Pizza (yummier than you would think!)
Peppered Beef and Rice
Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken and Dumplins
Beef and Potato Casserol
Honey and Rosemary Chicken

Most of them we made up on our own. My husband is an incredible cook and taught me how to make a lot of food out of simple items that we usually keep around the house. If you want any of these recipes, e-mail me at mycross_myshame@yahoo.com. Please don't e-mail if you don't want a recipe or have a question. Thanks!
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: kaira May 16, 2007, 11:53:04 AM
Well, this was is just something I have wanted to try.  The other day I was at a friends house and she had dinner in the crock pot.  I love to cook but I am not really good at coming up with my own creations. She had some leftover chicken so she shredded it and threw in some salsa and some beans.  It smelled wonderful and we make our own tortillas - prariechild's recipe maybe??? - and I just thought how good that would be to have ready.  We don't have air conditioning so crock pot stuff like that would be great for summer.  I am excited to read through other ideas, but I just wanted to share. 

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: Helpmeetmom May 16, 2007, 07:55:16 PM
I have no idea why I crave soup when I'm pregnant, but this go around it's the same thing, and it's been hot out.  Well Monday soup sounded sooooo awesome, but I didn't plan for soup this week.  Anyway, this is what I came up with:
Mexican soup (Probably is really tortilla soup, but since I threw it together I won't misname it)

I used:
2 chicken breast cut into medium sized cubes (not cooked at this point)
around 5 cups water  (didn't have any stock or broth so had to make my own.  I'm sure if you were to try this it wouldn't take long at all if you had the stock or broth already)
can of green chiles and tomatoes
salt to taste
taco seasoning (I think it was ortega---one that doesn't have msg)
a half a cup or so of milk
I do believe that is all I used.  I don't remember using onions...nope sure didn't use those, but that sure sounds good.....no, anyway

I sauteed the chicken cubes in butter with some sprinkled taco season on top and browned all sides.  Put the water in a dutch oven and added the chicken and boiled for about an hour.  I then added the tomatoes and green chiles, salt, and the remaining taco seasoning and milk.  Let simmer prob 15-20 min more until you're satisfied with the taste.  It really is only a few ingredients, but WOW!   ANyway, fill a bowl with the soup, add cheese, sour cream, or whatever you want, and man it was sooo good.  I'm not always too great with soup, but my hubby had three bowls of it, plus the chile enchiladas I made up that night too.  My hubby loves my concoctions.  It's so funny.  I sometimes put some strange things together, but they're usually a hit with him.  (He's not picky and I'm very blessed)
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: Helpmeetmom May 19, 2007, 09:29:51 AM
*bump*
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: YoopreMama June 28, 2007, 07:46:24 AM
Maybe this was mentioned but it's quick, easy, filling and yummy...

Using leftover rice and meat from a roasted chicken....

Melt 1/2 stick or more butter and saute onions and garlic (celery, if on hand).  Add rice, chopped up chicken, and some chopped veg. to heat. Season as you'd like.  We like frozen peas or carrots or broccoli...onion and garlic scapes would be yummy.  We can't use soy sauce, but that would be good...
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: SamsGirl July 06, 2007, 01:32:09 PM
anyone have a good
stuffed green pepper recipe??  ;)
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: healthybratt July 06, 2007, 02:25:48 PM
anyone have a good
stuffed green pepper recipe??  ;)

Ground Beef
Grated Zucchini
Chopped Garlic
Chopped White or Yellow Onions
Salt & Pepper

I guess at amounts.  Just throw everything in and make a meatloaf and stuff those peppers and bake them until the ground beef is done all the way through.

This stuffing is also good in Anaheim peppers.  Cut them lengthwise in half and then stuff them even and dip in prepared onion ring batter and fry until brown.  mmmmmmmmmmmm.  dip in soy sauce mixed with white vinegar for a real treat.  ;D

I've also stuffed them with my meatloaf recipe before.

2 lbs Ground Beef
1 lbs Italian Sausage
1 T Italian Seasoning
1/4-1/2 c BBQ Sauce (or 1 can Rotel Tomatoes)
1-2 Eggs
1/2 Box Corn Flakes
3 Cloves of Garlic crushed (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
1/2 chopped white onion
1 tsp pepper
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: YoopreMama July 06, 2007, 02:57:40 PM
Anyone have a good stuffed green pepper recipe??  ;)
Mine is from BH & G:

6  medium bell peppers 
1  lb lean ground beef 
1/3  cup chopped onions 
1  tablespoon cooking oil 
2  cups stewed tomatoes (1 1/2 cans) 
3/4  cup pre-cooked rice (like Minute Rice) *I use brown basmati rice, cooked ahead of time)
2  tablespoons worcestershire sauce 
 salt & pepper 
1  cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (plus extra for topping, about 3/4 cup) 

Core, clean, cut peppers in half, and cook in hot water for approximately 3 minutes. Remove from water, stand upside down and drain.
Sprinkle inside with salt.
Brown beef and onions in hot oil. Add tomatoes, rice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes.
Stir in 1 cup cheese and stir until almost melted.
Stuff peppers and top with additional cheese.
Bake approximately 25 minutes in 350 oven.
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: floydian July 06, 2007, 06:12:58 PM
Well, this was is just something I have wanted to try.  The other day I was at a friends house and she had dinner in the crock pot.  I love to cook but I am not really good at coming up with my own creations. She had some leftover chicken so she shredded it and threw in some salsa and some beans.  It smelled wonderful and we make our own tortillas - prariechild's recipe maybe??? - and I just thought how good that would be to have ready.  We don't have air conditioning so crock pot stuff like that would be great for summer.  I am excited to read through other ideas, but I just wanted to share. 



You can do fajitas in the crock pot that are really good.
Cut up your chicken into small pieces, add a sliced bell pepper and a sliced onion.  Add half of a stick of butter and half a lime.  Then season to taste.  You can either add a package of fajita mix, or add your own seasonings.

We like cumin, chili powder, oregano, basil, mexican oregano, salt, pepper, ceyenne pepper, garlic, and fresh green cnilis. 

I've also cooked a roast, eaten half of it, then shredded the rest of it with the above spices in the crock pot all day, and used it for fajitas too.

You won't get the grilled taste, but your meat absorbs all the flavors and it's wonderful.

I also put  guacamole, homemade salsa, cheese, sour cream, and tomatoes on my fajitas, but don't cook them.
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: 4myhoonie July 07, 2007, 03:50:39 AM
I've also cooked a roast, eaten half of it, then shredded the rest of it with the above spices in the crock pot all day, and used it for fajitas too.

leftover roast????   ???  what's that!???? ::)
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: CarlyB July 10, 2007, 09:43:43 AM
The dinners I can think of off the top of my head are [some have questionable (processed) ingredients]:

Hobos
Salmon Patties
Chicken and Rice
Baked Potato Soup
Ground beef stroganoff
Homemade mac-n-cheese
Sausage Chowder
Bacon Cheeseburger Rice
Baked Taco Soup
Sausage and Potato Casserole
Finger Lickin' Chicken
Sweet N Spicy Chicken
Meatball Stew (only quick and easy if you already have the meatballs)
Sweet N Sour Meatballs (ditto above)
Hamburgers (Bo burgers are my favorite)
Tacos  (no recipe)
Beef and veggie soup (no recipe)
Sausage and Cabage soup (no recipe)
Breakfast (eggs, grits, toast, sausage/bacon)

WR


Can I get your mac n cheese, Sausage and potato, taco soup, and hobo recipe?
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: Whiterock July 10, 2007, 10:52:35 AM
BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE.

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1-3/4 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2 cups (8 ounces) grated Sharp or Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
 
1. Preheat oven to 350º.
 
2. Cook macaroni in salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish.

3. In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook and stir for one minute.  Gradually stir in milk. Add sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and mustard. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles and thickens.  Stir in half of the Cheddar cheese until melted.

4. Toss macaroni with remaining Cheddar cheese.  Pour sauce over macaroni and mix thoroughly.

5. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until bubbly and brown. Yield: 6 servings.

I often use grated Romano instead of the Parmesan - we just like it better. And if you don't want to bake it, just add all the cheese to the sauce at once and, after its melted, stir in the cooked noodles and serve. It's closer to the texture of the boxed stuff that way.
WR
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: Whiterock July 10, 2007, 12:01:50 PM
BAKED TACO SOUP

I use the ground beef sometimes and sometimes I leave it out and just use the black beans, but you can use both or one or the other. But I usually put in meat when I have leftover taco meat that needs to be use up.

Ingredients:
1 lb hamburger, browned and drained
2 cans tomato soup, (diluted with only HALF of one can of water to start with)
1 envelope taco seasoning (we don't buy that stuff, so I just season it with the spices we like in tacos)
1 can of Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies), do not drain
1 can of black beans (optional), drained and washed
Grated cheddar cheese
Fritos corn chips

Combine the first five ingredients in a pot or oven safe pan* on medium heat 'til heated thru. If you need to add more water at this point, then go ahead, but don't make it too thin, you want the toppings to float on top so it needs to be sorta thick.

When its good and hot, sprinkle cheese on top of the soup, then drop the corn chips on top of the cheese (pour it into the baking dish first, if you are not using an ovenproof pan). Put in oven and bake at 350º till heated through, cheese is melted, and chips are hot.

When I comes out of the oven, ladle it into bowls and top with whatever you like.

Topping suggestions:
sour cream
diced tomatoes
chives or green onions
diced black olives

*I just use an oven-safe frying pan (yes it needs to be a kinda deep pan) and heat it up on the stovetop, then put it in the oven to melt the cheese and crisp up the chips. You can heat it up in a pot and then pour it into a baking dish - but I hate to wash more dishes than I have to. :-)

WR

Edit to say that I just don't use the tomato soup from the store (read the lable on that one day) and have found that you can use tomato sauce (skip the water) and paste and just season it to your taste.
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: Whiterock July 10, 2007, 12:06:33 PM
SAUSAGE POTATO CASSEROLE

1 lb bulk sausage (breakfast "patty" sausage)
1 bag of the shredded-type hashbrowns
1 cup sour cream
1 cup french onion dip
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1 (4oz) can of mild green chilies
1 cup shredded cheese

Directions:
Brown sausage like you would brown ground beef; drain and set aside. Mix the other ingredients together with the frozen hash browns. Layer half of the hash brown mixture on bottom of casserole dish. Layer all of sausage next. Top with remaining hash brown mixture. Bake at 350º till golden brown and hashbrowns are done.

WR
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: Whiterock July 10, 2007, 12:43:20 PM
For Hobos, just slice some onions into rings and some potatoes into wedges. Put 'em in a dutch oven and season however you like. Season some ground beef and form into one big, thin patty the size of the inside diameter of the dutch oven (or you can make individual patties) and place on top of potatoes and onions. Cover and bake 'til potatoes are done. Serve with more veggies and rolls.
WR
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: BJ_BOBBI_JO July 10, 2007, 04:16:10 PM
For Hobos, just slice some onions into rings and some potatoes into wedges. Put 'em in a dutch oven and season however you like. Season some ground beef and form into one big, thin patty the size of the inside diameter of the dutch oven (or you can make individual patties) and place on top of potatoes and onions. Cover and bake 'til potatoes are done. Serve with more veggies and rolls.
WR

Hay Im glad to see someone else calls them hobos. We make them while camping.

I slice the potatoes and carrots ( or other veggies).

mix cheese, ketchup or whatever in the hamburger and patty it up.

butter or oil up the ten foil and put the potatoe slizes on the ten foil then the hambuger on the slices and the carrots or other veggies inbetween the hambuger( make 2 thinner patties)

Throw it on hot coals or above a fire.

They make the campsite smell so good while cooking.
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: Whiterock July 10, 2007, 04:20:40 PM
Yep, my mom made Hobos (in the oven) when I was growing up. She always used tin foil but I am trying to avoid aluminum when I can, so I just use a dutch oven (I LOVE my old cast iron dutch oven! They don't make 'em like that anymore).
WR
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: makingchanges July 10, 2007, 06:31:02 PM
For Hobos, just slice some onions into rings and some potatoes into wedges. Put 'em in a dutch oven and season however you like. Season some ground beef and form into one big, thin patty the size of the inside diameter of the dutch oven (or you can make individual patties) and place on top of potatoes and onions. Cover and bake 'til potatoes are done. Serve with more veggies and rolls.
WR

Couldn't one put this in a crockpot and forget it?
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: Whiterock July 11, 2007, 03:15:53 AM
Probably. But I don't think it would save you any work. I just put it in the oven and forget it.  ;D
WR
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: healthybratt July 11, 2007, 04:04:29 AM
For Hobos, just slice some onions into rings and some potatoes into wedges. Put 'em in a dutch oven and season however you like. Season some ground beef and form into one big, thin patty the size of the inside diameter of the dutch oven (or you can make individual patties) and place on top of potatoes and onions. Cover and bake 'til potatoes are done. Serve with more veggies and rolls.
WR
Never even seen this done.  I must be very Yankee or something.   ::)
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: CountyCork July 11, 2007, 04:07:08 AM
Not Midwestern Yankee, because this MN girl has never heard of it, either!  But it sounds delicious and my kids would love it, esp with ketchup!
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: Whiterock July 11, 2007, 04:36:49 AM
For those who are curious, this is how I usually season my hobos. After I put the potato wedges and onions in the dutch oven, I drizzle on some olive oil, sprinkle with Italian spices, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat. For the hamburger, it's usually just salt, pepper, and maybe some Kikkoman's or worcestershire sauce. That's it. We serve up the meat and potato/onions separately and eat it with ketchup.  :D

WR
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: CarlyB July 13, 2007, 08:19:17 AM
Thanks whiterock my family will really enjoy!!!
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: Gigi July 17, 2007, 10:08:46 AM
My kids and I are "soupaholics" :P and DH teaches nights in the seminary.  What luck!  8)  We eat a lot of soup in the evenings, and Dad has a sandwich (he is a big bread MAN!)  One of our many favorites is:
Bacon, Potato, Corn Chowder

Cook 1 lb. of bacon in most convenient manner*  8)
Saute 1 large or 2 small onions in bacon grease
(We do this step in a dutch oven or other large soup pot.)
Add 6-8 chopped potatoes to the onion and just barely cover with water.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop bacon and HIDE  ::)
When potatoes are done, add 1 - 2 cans of corn if 2 make one a cream style.
Bring to a boil and add bacon.  Turn fire real low and add about 3-4 cups of milk and or cream.  Let heat up real slow and if you have time turn the fire off and let cool and then heat slowly again.  This greatly improves the flavor!
Lisa 
PS from Emily--- DO NOT LET MILK BOIL as it will curdle. :o


Thank you for posting this!  My family loved it.  I made it for the first time last week and they really enjoyed it.  And it was easy!!

I also am grateful for the bacon cooking advice - it has revolutionized my bacon cooking!

You guys are all so helpful and smart, thanks a lot.
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: 4myhoonie July 18, 2007, 03:37:13 AM
Sorry!  I put an * to tell how we cook bacon and forgot to post it!  ::) LOL
We are a fairly large family so to do enough bacon for our soup and Dad's sandwiches we use 2 cookie sheets and do it in the oven!  Talk about easy and mess free!  I will never go back to pan frying.  My stove stays nice and all the grease gets poured in a glass for future use instead of all over the stove  :P
HTH,
Lisa

My kids and I are "soupaholics" :P and DH teaches nights in the seminary.  What luck!  8)  We eat a lot of soup in the evenings, and Dad has a sandwich (he is a big bread MAN!)  One of our many favorites is:
Bacon, Potato, Corn Chowder

Cook 1 lb. of bacon in most convenient manner*  8)
Saute 1 large or 2 small onions in bacon grease
(We do this step in a dutch oven or other large soup pot.)
Add 6-8 chopped potatoes to the onion and just barely cover with water.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop bacon and HIDE  ::)
When potatoes are done, add 1 - 2 cans of corn if 2 make one a cream style.
Bring to a boil and add bacon.  Turn fire real low and add about 3-4 cups of milk and or cream.  Let heat up real slow and if you have time turn the fire off and let cool and then heat slowly again.  This greatly improves the flavor!
Lisa 
PS from Emily--- DO NOT LET MILK BOIL as it will curdle. :o


i was thinking as i looked at this chowder that a person could cut up the bacon with kitchen scissors and fry it in the pan, then take it out and fry the onions.  no extra pan to wash!  ;D  i will trying out this recipe, maybe even today!  thanks!
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: Gigi July 18, 2007, 04:34:30 AM
Sorry!  I put an * to tell how we cook bacon and forgot to post it!  ::) LOL
We are a fairly large family so to do enough bacon for our soup and Dad's sandwiches we use 2 cookie sheets and do it in the oven!  Talk about easy and mess free!  I will never go back to pan frying.  My stove stays nice and all the grease gets poured in a glass for future use instead of all over the stove  :P
HTH,
Lisa

My kids and I are "soupaholics" :P and DH teaches nights in the seminary.  What luck!  8)  We eat a lot of soup in the evenings, and Dad has a sandwich (he is a big bread MAN!)  One of our many favorites is:
Bacon, Potato, Corn Chowder

Cook 1 lb. of bacon in most convenient manner*  8)
Saute 1 large or 2 small onions in bacon grease
(We do this step in a dutch oven or other large soup pot.)
Add 6-8 chopped potatoes to the onion and just barely cover with water.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop bacon and HIDE  ::)
When potatoes are done, add 1 - 2 cans of corn if 2 make one a cream style.
Bring to a boil and add bacon.  Turn fire real low and add about 3-4 cups of milk and or cream.  Let heat up real slow and if you have time turn the fire off and let cool and then heat slowly again.  This greatly improves the flavor!
Lisa 
PS from Emily--- DO NOT LET MILK BOIL as it will curdle. :o


i was thinking as i looked at this chowder that a person could cut up the bacon with kitchen scissors and fry it in the pan, then take it out and fry the onions.  no extra pan to wash!  ;D  i will trying out this recipe, maybe even today!  thanks!

Yes, that would be a good way to do the bacon to eliminate a dish to wash - washing dishes (especially really greasy ones!) is not my idea of a good time!    But, I do like the way that I do not have to wipe grease splatters off my cooktop when I cook it in the oven!

I also thought I would add that I used corn that had those red peppers in it ("Mexicorn?")  And I did add salt, pepper, and Cayenne Pepper to this.  So I think it had a little kick.  I think some fresh peppers would also be good.  And I did use cream, not milk.

I think you could put anything in here and it would be pretty yummy!
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: Melie July 18, 2007, 04:45:48 AM
My kids and I are "soupaholics" :P and DH teaches nights in the seminary.  What luck!  8)  We eat a lot of soup in the evenings, and Dad has a sandwich (he is a big bread MAN!)  One of our many favorites is:
Bacon, Potato, Corn Chowder

Cook 1 lb. of bacon in most convenient manner*  8)
Saute 1 large or 2 small onions in bacon grease
(We do this step in a dutch oven or other large soup pot.)
Add 6-8 chopped potatoes to the onion and just barely cover with water.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop bacon and HIDE  ::)
When potatoes are done, add 1 - 2 cans of corn if 2 make one a cream style.
Bring to a boil and add bacon.  Turn fire real low and add about 3-4 cups of milk and or cream.  Let heat up real slow and if you have time turn the fire off and let cool and then heat slowly again.  This greatly improves the flavor!
Lisa 
PS from Emily--- DO NOT LET MILK BOIL as it will curdle. :o


Thank you for posting this!  My family loved it.  I made it for the first time last week and they really enjoyed it.  And it was easy!!

I also am grateful for the bacon cooking advice - it has revolutionized my bacon cooking!

You guys are all so helpful and smart, thanks a lot.
How do you cook bacon in the oven?  Doesn't it get grease all over the inside of the oven?  I'd rather clean the outside than the inside.  What temp do you do it at.  Also, how do you hide the bacon from yourself? ;)  (I love bacon!)
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: Whiterock July 18, 2007, 04:59:20 AM
How do you cook bacon in the oven? 

Look at this post for how I do it... http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,2045.msg55733.html#msg55733
WR
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: Gigi July 18, 2007, 05:02:12 AM
My kids and I are "soupaholics" :P and DH teaches nights in the seminary.  What luck!  8)  We eat a lot of soup in the evenings, and Dad has a sandwich (he is a big bread MAN!)  One of our many favorites is:
Bacon, Potato, Corn Chowder

Cook 1 lb. of bacon in most convenient manner*  8)
Saute 1 large or 2 small onions in bacon grease
(We do this step in a dutch oven or other large soup pot.)
Add 6-8 chopped potatoes to the onion and just barely cover with water.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop bacon and HIDE  ::)
When potatoes are done, add 1 - 2 cans of corn if 2 make one a cream style.
Bring to a boil and add bacon.  Turn fire real low and add about 3-4 cups of milk and or cream.  Let heat up real slow and if you have time turn the fire off and let cool and then heat slowly again.  This greatly improves the flavor!
Lisa 
PS from Emily--- DO NOT LET MILK BOIL as it will curdle. :o


Thank you for posting this!  My family loved it.  I made it for the first time last week and they really enjoyed it.  And it was easy!!

I also am grateful for the bacon cooking advice - it has revolutionized my bacon cooking!

You guys are all so helpful and smart, thanks a lot.
How do you cook bacon in the oven?  Doesn't it get grease all over the inside of the oven?  I'd rather clean the outside than the inside.  What temp do you do it at.  Also, how do you hide the bacon from yourself? ;)  (I love bacon!)

Let's see . . .  I think amazonmama2five posted it . . must be on the previous page, right after she posted the soup recipe.

This is my version: Turn oven on to broil.  Adjust an oven rack to the second position down from the highest slot.  Lay bacon in a deep dish (like a lasagna pan or casserole dish) or in the bottom tray of the broiler set that came with your oven.  Place in oven on the rack indicated above till bacon is done.

I don't usually care if the bacon cooks in it's own grease but if this is bothersome than you can put it on a wire rack set down in a dish.  My Mom uses the throw away foil pans (deep ones) with a rack set down inside.  Then, all you have to wash is the rack and she throws away the foil pan!  She also uses her (really nice!) outdoor grill to do the cooking, which I think it really a good method, too.

I think the deep pan keeps it from splattering all over the oven too much.  Obviously some must splatter out, but it seems pretty inconsequential because there is no obvious mess when it's all over.   With a pan on the stove, you can hardly peek under the lid without grease popping all over, and then you have the lid to clean -

What?  Hide the bacon?!!  This doesn't work for me, either, because someone always gets into it even when I don't tell anyone else where I put it . . .


Oops, I took too long to reply! WR beat me to it!
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: Melie July 18, 2007, 05:04:48 AM
How do you cook bacon in the oven? 
Look at this post for how I do it... http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,2045.msg55733.html#msg55733
WR

Thanks!  That's great, now I get it.
I was excited to see that New Seasons sells the leftover portions of Bacon for 1.99/lb.  I think that's a good price for high quality bacon, right?  It's in odd shaped portions and a fattier but that is fine with me since I often cube it anyways.
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: Whiterock July 18, 2007, 06:17:17 AM
I realy need to start hiding bacon too. Twice, within the last week, Dh suddenly got a guilty look on his face and asked something like, "You didn't need that pile of bacon for anything did you?" LOL!
WR
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: HeyMom July 18, 2007, 11:20:14 AM
I realy need to start hiding bacon too. Twice, within the last week, Dh suddenly got a guilty look on his face and asked something like, "You didn't need that pile of bacon for anything did you?" LOL!
WR

that is too funny - my hubby has a real weak spot for the stuff too - I was cleaning out my fridge last week and found three - 1 lb packs  :o  Asked what it was for and he said he was paying his "tab"  ;)
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: Isaacsmama July 19, 2007, 04:18:29 PM
BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE.


1/2 cup butter

I made this for dinner tonight.  The taste was great but it seemed like WAY too much butter.  Just a warning for those who want to make it.  I like butter, but this was swimming in it.  I think I will half it next time.  I used raw milk sharp cheddar cheese.  good recipe WR, thanks.
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: Whiterock July 20, 2007, 02:44:40 AM
BAKED MACARONI AND CHEESE.


1/2 cup butter

I made this for dinner tonight.  The taste was great but it seemed like WAY too much butter.  Just a warning for those who want to make it.  I like butter, but this was swimming in it.  I think I will half it next time.  I used raw milk sharp cheddar cheese.  good recipe WR, thanks.

That sometimes happens when I make it too. The butter is combined with equal parts flour (because you are basically making a bechamel) so I'm pretty sure that's not what's causing it. If it was too much butter the flour wouldn't absorb it all and it would be greasy from the start, not just after I bake it. I think it is the oil from the cheese (ya' know how oil will come out of cheese when it gets too hot). So I usually don't bake it for nearly as long as the recipe says to, so that the cheese doesn't break down and release so much oil. Sorry, I should have mentioned that.

WR
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: purple petunia July 20, 2007, 10:52:53 AM
With an abundance of Zucchini around this time of year, here are 2 yummy ways to fix them.
Zucchini Linguine
1.) Put a pot of linguine (or other pasta) on to cook.
2.) Heat 2 TBL. butter, or oil in skillet.
3.) Add minced garlic, 1-2 cloves (or more if you like garlic)
4.) Add one grated zucchini to skillet and saute until pasta is done. ( Zucchini "shrinks" quite a bit so I often add plenty if I have it.
If you like  a little kick add some crushed red pepper flakes.
5.) Drain pasta and toss zucchini mixture with pasta, making sure to coat pasta evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Also good with parmeson cheese.
Sometimes I add fried sausage, it is SOO yummy!!!

Zucchini Parmesan Rounds
1 cup flour
1 tsp, baking powder
1 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups shredded zucchini
2 TBL. butter (melted)
Mix all ingredients together, folding in zucchini last. using about 2 TBL. of mixture for each round Fry in butter over medium heat. Cook about 2-3 minutes.
Yummy with salsa.
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: snickerdoodle July 30, 2007, 05:17:11 PM
White Rock,
The baked mac and cheese recipe was a hit at my house!  One question, does it typically have a little grittier texture than regular mac and cheese?  Or did I just mess up making cheese sauce... again? ::)

If I messed it up, did I cook it too hot or not hot enough and in what stage?  I was vigilant about stirring and following the directions, but cheese sauces are not my forte'.  Yet.

TIA!   ;D 
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: Whiterock July 31, 2007, 03:28:56 AM
White Rock,
The baked mac and cheese recipe was a hit at my house!  One question, does it typically have a little grittier texture than regular mac and cheese?  Or did I just mess up making cheese sauce... again? ::)

If I messed it up, did I cook it too hot or not hot enough and in what stage?  I was vigilant about stirring and following the directions, but cheese sauces are not my forte'.  Yet.

TIA!   ;D 

It takes on a different texture when it's baked (I've yet to find a homemade mac-n-cheese that doesn't). Some people like it that way, some don't. If I'm in the mood for a smoother/creamier texture, then, at the point where it says to add half the cheese, I go ahead and add all the cheese to the pot, let it melt, stir in the pasta, and then serve without baking it.

HTH,
WR
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: snickerdoodle July 31, 2007, 08:47:12 AM

It takes on a different texture when it's baked (I've yet to find a homemade mac-n-cheese that doesn't). Some people like it that way, some don't. If I'm in the mood for a smoother/creamier texture, then, at the point where it says to add half the cheese, I go ahead and add all the cheese to the pot, let it melt, stir in the pasta, and then serve without baking it.

HTH,
WR
Thanks.  I was the only one who seemed to notice.  The flavor was excellent, and I only baked it for about 25 minutes at 325 to avoid the greasy cheese problem.  I took it out as it began getting golden on top.  It didn't ooze grease at  all.  Yummy.  Can't wait to make it for dh.     
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: herbalmom July 31, 2007, 09:06:00 AM
Here's the quickest, easiest homemade mac & cheese I have ever made. It does have canned mushroom soup in it but you could probably come up with a substitute.

Cook macaroni normal way- don't overcook. Drain, mix in UNDILUTED cream of mushroom soup to coat macaroni. Layer mac with grated cheese in baking pan. Bake until cheese is melted & top is browned & crusty. You can also just mix the cheese completely into it after the soup is mixed in & call it done which is even faster but most people really prefer it layered & baked.

I don't have amounts because this is one of those recipes that you can eyeball so I never bothered to learn the "official" amounts when I learned the recipe 25+ years ago. If you don't like mushroom, you could use other "cream of" soups & we have used Golden Mushroom before. I have also on occasion mixed sour cream into the condensed soup before mixing it with the macaroni. My kids are allergic to dairy but I make it for myself every now & then. It is REALLY easy to make for a crowd also. I hope you like it. Blessings ~herbalmom
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: naelund August 01, 2007, 02:57:42 PM
Tried "Lux Lodah" tonight (from yopper kitty) from page one

It was really yummy. I used chicken broth instead of milk (I have to ration my raw milk - we don't get it too often) and put a few dolops of fresh cream on top. The sliced onions really make it. I had them on top so they could get nice and crispy. Anyway, thanks yopper kitty! My kids gobbled it down and myself and my 2 year old even had seconds.

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: skelliott2 August 01, 2007, 03:35:44 PM
I got one!  This tastes like the Fourth of July!!

Calico Beans

1/2 pound bacon
1 pound hamburger
1 onion
1 can each of kidney beans, limas, black beans and pork n beans
1/2 cup brown sugar (could substitue maple syrup)
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon vinegar

Brown bacon, remove from pan.  In bacon grease, cook hamburger and onion together.  Once cooked, crumble bacon and throw everything into a slow cooker.  Stir.  Cook on low for at least 3 hours.  It can go all day.  This is so YUMMY!  This feeds six of us with no leftovers.  If I want it to go further, I just add a couple more cans of beans.
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: YoopreMama August 01, 2007, 03:40:49 PM
Tried "Lux Lodah" tonight (from yopper kitty) from page one

It was really yummy. I used chicken broth instead of milk (I have to ration my raw milk - we don't get it too often) and put a few dolops of fresh cream on top. The sliced onions really make it. I had them on top so they could get nice and crispy. Anyway, thanks yopper kitty! My kids gobbled it down and myself and my 2 year old even had seconds.
All right!  Thanks for the feedback on the variation.  I'll have to make that again...:D

And Calico Beans...ahhh...looks like a good recipe!  ;D
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: InEverything August 06, 2007, 09:44:24 AM
This is the best way to cook green beans!  You may not have to can as many green beans if your family likes this...
My husband used to only like his cooked with bacon but now he prefers this.  This method retains more nutrients as well.

Roasted Green Beans
1 lb green beans, ends snapped off
1 T. olive oil
Sea Salt and ground pepper

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Spread beans on baking sheet.  Drizzle with oil and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with 1/2 t. salt and toss again.(add pepper after cooking) Distribute evenly on the sheet in one layer (if possible).  Roast ten min.

Redistribute beans.  Continue roasting in ten min. increments until beginning to brown and shrivel (this brings out the natural sugars).  I let them shrivel but don't let them get crispy.  Add more salt and pepper to taste.
 
We eat at least this much for a family of five.  For big families I would double this recipe.  There are variations you can make with red onions and walnuts, or with sesame seeds,  and one with sundried tom, goat cheese and olives. I haven't tried these but would post them if anyone is interested.
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: littlemama24 August 06, 2007, 11:10:50 AM
I just tried this yummy soup a few weeks ago and had to share.  I had been hankering for some steakhouse style baked french onion soup and this was just as good and easy!

French Onion Soup

6 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup fresh grated pecorino cheese
2 cups oven toasted croutons

Coat a skillet with non-stick spray and place over medium heat.  Add onion to pan and cook intil translucent.  Heat beef broth in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onions, pepper, and garlic powder to broth.  Deglaze the skillet, scraping up any bits of browned onion, with a little more broth and add to the saucepan.  Bring just to a boil and let simmer 10 minutes.  Serve in individual bowls with cheese and croutons.   

(You could also do it baked style with the cheese on top and then brown in oven)

Yummy!  Probably not a meal in itself but definately tasty!
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: hodgy August 06, 2007, 12:43:12 PM
Here's a soup I like to make.  It's pretty tasty.  From the ingredients, you don't really expect how good it is.  I found it in a anti-candida forum awhile ago.

1 head cauliflower
2 cloves garlic
1 onion
2tbs coconut oil
dill(no exact measurement)
sea salt

All you do is boil the cauliflower, saute the garlic, dill and onion in the coconut oil.  Drain the cauliflower and put it in a blender or food processor with the salt, garlic, onion and dill.  It turns out like creamy potato soup.  But no potatoes and no cream. ;)
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: littlemama24 August 06, 2007, 01:58:34 PM
Here's a soup I like to make.  It's pretty tasty.  From the ingredients, you don't really expect how good it is.  I found it in a anti-candida forum awhile ago.

1 head cauliflower
2 cloves garlic
1 onion
2tbs coconut oil
dill(no exact measurement)
sea salt

All you do is boil the cauliflower, saute the garlic, dill and onion in the coconut oil.  Drain the cauliflower and put it in a blender or food processor with the salt, garlic, onion and dill.  It turns out like creamy potato soup.  But no potatoes and no cream. ;)


That sounds interesting!  Now I wish I hadn't thrown out my blender when it ate it's lid!  (don't ask!  LOL)
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: floydian August 06, 2007, 02:05:46 PM
Here's a soup I like to make.  It's pretty tasty.  From the ingredients, you don't really expect how good it is.  I found it in a anti-candida forum awhile ago.

1 head cauliflower
2 cloves garlic
1 onion
2tbs coconut oil
dill(no exact measurement)
sea salt

All you do is boil the cauliflower, saute the garlic, dill and onion in the coconut oil.  Drain the cauliflower and put it in a blender or food processor with the salt, garlic, onion and dill.  It turns out like creamy potato soup.  But no potatoes and no cream. ;)


That sounds interesting!  Now I wish I hadn't thrown out my blender when it ate it's lid!  (don't ask!  LOL)

Oh come on now, that sounds like a story!! :)
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: hodgy August 06, 2007, 02:44:43 PM
Seriously! I couldn't believe it either.   But since I like cauliflower and all the ingredients were so healthy, I figured it was worth a try.( I really liked the coconut oil thing .)   Anyway, hope you try it sometime. You might just have your own "story "to tell. :D
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: herbalmom August 06, 2007, 03:03:17 PM
Here's a soup I like to make.  It's pretty tasty.  From the ingredients, you don't really expect how good it is.  I found it in a anti-candida forum awhile ago.

1 head cauliflower
2 cloves garlic
1 onion
2tbs coconut oil
dill(no exact measurement)
sea salt

All you do is boil the cauliflower, saute the garlic, dill and onion in the coconut oil.  Drain the cauliflower and put it in a blender or food processor with the salt, garlic, onion and dill.  It turns out like creamy potato soup.  But no potatoes and no cream. ;)
That sounds interesting!  Now I wish I hadn't thrown out my blender when it ate it's lid!  (don't ask!  LOL)
Oh come on now, that sounds like a story!! :)

You know that you can't say something like that on WTM & not tell the story behind it.  ;)

BTW, a plate that is larger than the top of the blender works when you don't have the lid. So does a plastic lid from a tub of peanut butter, etc. My blender has never ate it's lid but I have misplaced the lid before.  ::) ::)

I figure a stick blender would work for this also.

Hodgy, thanks for posting this. My whole family is going low carb to fight yeast/fungus & are allergic to dairy so this recipe will be VERY helpful. I think I'm going to play with it & see if I can use the basic idea to be a base for other "cream of" soups & see if I can come up with a sub for the condensed cream of soups that so many recipes call for also. Blessings ~herbalmom
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: littlemama24 August 07, 2007, 01:12:11 PM
I just guess that I get too busy multi-tasking that I was getting clumsy in the kitchen one day and the middle of the blender lid fell in while I was making a smoothie or something so instead of turning it off (like an intelligent person!) I tried to fumbly take the lid off which slipped in my wet hands and landed just cock-eyed enough to fall right into the blender as well.  When I finally turned it off not only was the lid pretty garbled but so were the blades.  My dh had also run in because of the awful noise and smell to make sure it wasn't too serious and he was trying so hard not to laugh at me!  I ended up just throwing it away. 

So, okay, there's the "story"! :D
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: SC August 07, 2007, 01:33:22 PM
Tonight's supper was:
Garden fresh crowder peas
cooked with garlic, sage, salt, pepper, cayenne and a some chicken stock added to the water,
Brown rice
cooked in chicken stock
and Chicken salad
made with diced celery, diced green pepper, diced onion, finely chopped fresh broccoli, and raisins (all organic). The dressing was about 3  tbsp of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of yogurt.
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: SC August 07, 2007, 01:35:27 PM
This was a quickie lunch requiring about 5 minutes or less under the broiler in the oven.

I pulled out a couple of 12 inch sprouted grain tortillas (Ezekiel bread brand) and placed them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. I shredded some raw Colby cheese on top of this and then put some sliced organic wieners that I had leftover from a previous meal (they looked like little pepperonis). Then, I sliced some tomatoes thin (surplus from the garden) and placed those 1/2 slices on top of that. Next, I sprinkled a pinch of stevia (to balance the acidity from the tomatoes), oregano, salt and pepper to taste, finishing off with another layer of grated cheese. I popped the whole thing into the oven (about 400 degrees) until the cheese was "melty" and then turned on the broiler for a couple of minutes until the cheese turned golden. This total oven time was 5 minutes or less. The results I sliced into 8 small pieces and served with raw veggies and hummus. The hummus was a nice topping/dip for these mini-pizzas. This fed three people nicely.

Next time, I might put brush the tortillas with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and use some thin-sliced mushrooms and/or black olives to the toppings. But I liked the simplicity of it. This was more of a Mediterranean style of pizza than the doughy-bready chunky American style pizza.

DH said it made a nice light lunch.    ;D
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: *MommaJo* August 07, 2007, 02:46:29 PM
Does anyone know how to make pasties not so dry?
I made my own crust and filled it with a cooked mixture of potatoes, carrots, peas, ground beef and seasonings.  Then baked them until the crust was done.  They are always dry when I make them so I just make a gravy to top them with.


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: YoopreMama August 07, 2007, 03:23:41 PM
Does anyone know how to make pasties not so dry?
I made my own crust and filled it with a cooked mixture of potatoes, carrots, peas, ground beef and seasonings.  Then baked them until the crust was done.  They are always dry when I make them so I just make a gravy to top them with.
Ahem.   ::)
Hello, neighbor!  ;)
U.P. here in Pasty Country (one business ships them all over the country), our pasties are not dry.  ;D I'll try and think why....

We do chop our veggies (potatoes, onions, carrots & rutabagas) somewhat small (more juice is released)...our meat is half ground beef, half ground pork...I think the biggest factor is we put pats of butter over the filling before we put the crust on (I make pasty meat pie in a 9 x 13 w/ only a top crust).  My crust is a pretty common pie crust recipe.  Sound like that may help? 
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: jenny4wen August 07, 2007, 03:33:52 PM
This is delicious and easy, and not expensive

Bruschetta Chicken

1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1) Place flour and eggs in separate shallow bowls.  Dip chicken in flour, then in eggs.  Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.  Combine the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over chicken.

2) Loosely cover baking dish with foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until top is browned.

3) Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Spoon over the chicken.  Return to the oven for 3-5 minutes or until tomato mixture is heated through.

Yield: 4 servings.
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: *MommaJo* August 07, 2007, 04:30:23 PM
Does anyone know how to make pasties not so dry?
I made my own crust and filled it with a cooked mixture of potatoes, carrots, peas, ground beef and seasonings.  Then baked them until the crust was done.  They are always dry when I make them so I just make a gravy to top them with.
Ahem.   ::)
Hello, neighbor!  ;)
U.P. here in Pasty Country (one business ships them all over the country), our pasties are not dry.  ;D I'll try and think why....

We do chop our veggies (potatoes, onions, carrots & rutabegas) somewhat small (more juice is released)...our meat is half ground beef, half ground pork...I think the biggest factor is we put pats of butter over the filling before we put the crust on (I make pasty meat pie in a 9 x 13 w/ only a top crust).  My crust is a pretty common pie crust recipe.  Sound like that may help? 

LOL!  I KNEW you'd come to my rescue!   ;D  You know, to save time, we cook our veggies first, I'll bet it'd help if we just made it raw and let the veggies cook during baking, huh?  (oh my gosh! it just dawned on me.... how is that saving time if I'm spending time cooking the veggies first!  I'm a moron!)   :-[
Adding the ground pork should help, too.  I did add like a 1/2 pat of butter.  Probably need more.  Plus, the only recipe I know for crust is ...
1 c. crisco, 2 c. flour, and 8 tbl. water
I use it for everything.  It's a really butter, flakey crust.  I wonder if I should use a different recipe. 
Have a great night.  BTW, I GOTTA make a trip to the UP soon so I can meet you!   :)


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: Melie August 07, 2007, 04:38:45 PM
Does anyone know how to make pasties not so dry?
I made my own crust and filled it with a cooked mixture of potatoes, carrots, peas, ground beef and seasonings.  Then baked them until the crust was done.  They are always dry when I make them so I just make a gravy to top them with.




I've never heard of a Pastie but it sounds good.  Is it like a Pot Pie?
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: *MommaJo* August 07, 2007, 04:43:17 PM
Does anyone know how to make pasties not so dry?
I made my own crust and filled it with a cooked mixture of potatoes, carrots, peas, ground beef and seasonings.  Then baked them until the crust was done.  They are always dry when I make them so I just make a gravy to top them with.




I've never heard of a Pastie but it sounds good.  Is it like a Pot Pie?

It's kinda like that.  It's meat and veggies in a little pocket thing and baked....
Wait -------  Yooper Kitty, could you give a better description? 
It's an Upper Michigan thing.  (or Canadian, maybe)
Any of the yoopers can jump in anytime now.  ;)  I just wing it.  :D


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: Isaacsmama August 07, 2007, 05:35:11 PM
I got a pastie at the farmers market here (WA) and it was dry as well, I thought I would try to make one myself, but I dont want to if it will be dry.  So, I would like to know too about making it not dry.
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: smileyface August 07, 2007, 06:10:06 PM
When I make pasties, I just put gravy in the mixture with the rest of the filling. Not a lot, but enough to give it moisture and flavor. I know, it's not the Yooper way, don't hate me.  :o LOL I've been told that a real pasty never has gravy, but may sometimes be eaten with ketchup.  ;D But I like mine with gravy. I'll prolly get shunned up here in Yooper country now....and just when I thought I almost had that Yooper status.  ::)
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: YoopreMama August 08, 2007, 02:15:00 AM
LOL...What is a pasty?   :D

I think they have more of a Cornish origin than Finnish (shh!, I'll be labeled a traitor!)...they all came over to mine our copper.

Let's see what wikipedia has to say:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornish_pasty

While there are no completely standard pasty ingredients, almost every traditional recipe includes diced steak, finely sliced onion, and potato. Other common ingredients include swede (rutabaga, called yellow turnip in Cornwall) and possibly parsley. The presence of carrot in a store-bought pasty is sometimes considered an indication of inferior quality. Other cuts of beef are occasionally used instead of skirt, and steak may also be replaced by beef mince (ground beef), although in Cornwall this is also a sign of inferior quality. While meat is a common ingredient in modern pasty recipes, it was a luxury for many 19th century Cornish miners, so traditional pasties usually include many more vegetables than meat.

Lots more at the site...and pictures, too...

Parts of Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. In some of these areas, pasties are now a major tourist draw, including an annual Pasty Fest in early July in Calumet, Michigan. Pasties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan have a particularly unusual history, as a small influx of Finnish immigrants followed the Cornish miners, in 1864. These Finns (and many other ethnic groups) adopted the pasty for use in the Copper Country copper mines. About 30 years later, a much larger flood of Finnish immigrants found their countrymen baking pasties, and assumed that it was a Finnish invention. As a result, the pasty has become strongly associated with Finnish culture in this area.[6]


I think MJ, that cooking the vegs ahead of time may have contributed to the dryness...I can see your theory on it, though.   :)  We're a no-gravy-clan, but ketchup is utilized.  Only salt and pepper for seasoning...the crust you listed looks similar...same ingredients...

Smileyface...just keep talking about pasties and that you actually make them (not many do under 30 anymore)...don't elaborate...by the same people get around to asking about your technique, you'll have mastered it!   :D
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: steadygirl August 08, 2007, 05:21:01 AM
Mmmm! Pasty! No one I talk to seems to know what they are- and I am from WI. ??? I make my pasty in one big pie, usually in a cast iron pan. They have never been dry and I usually cook my potatoes first.  I have a really yummy recipe that my Mom got our of a Taste of Home cookbook if anybody is interested.
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: queentea August 08, 2007, 05:25:04 AM
Mmmm! Pasty! No one I talk to seems to know what they are- and I am from WI. ??? I make my pasty in one big pie, usually in a cast iron pan. They have never been dry and I usually cook my potatoes first.  I have a really yummy recipe that my Mom got our of a Taste of Home cookbook if anybody is interested.

I'm interested!
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: trainmom August 08, 2007, 05:40:57 AM
Mmmm! Pasty! No one I talk to seems to know what they are- and I am from WI. ??? I make my pasty in one big pie, usually in a cast iron pan. They have never been dry and I usually cook my potatoes first.  I have a really yummy recipe that my Mom got our of a Taste of Home cookbook if anybody is interested.
Definitely interested!
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: healthybratt August 08, 2007, 06:48:10 AM
Sounds (and looks) like a potpie.
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: floydian August 08, 2007, 07:44:52 AM
I just guess that I get too busy multi-tasking that I was getting clumsy in the kitchen one day and the middle of the blender lid fell in while I was making a smoothie or something so instead of turning it off (like an intelligent person!) I tried to fumbly take the lid off which slipped in my wet hands and landed just cock-eyed enough to fall right into the blender as well.  When I finally turned it off not only was the lid pretty garbled but so were the blades.  My dh had also run in because of the awful noise and smell to make sure it wasn't too serious and he was trying so hard not to laugh at me!  I ended up just throwing it away. 

So, okay, there's the "story"! :D

My DH was trying to make paper for an experimnent one time in my blender  ??? and totally destroyed it.  Still don't know what he was thinking.

I'm surprised that your lid fell down in there.  My NEW one won't fit.  Neither would my old one.
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: Mrs. B August 08, 2007, 07:53:56 AM
I've not heard the name pasty before, but have always heard of them as patties.  I've know several people from the islands and they are really big there and in the island restaurants in this area.  It seems that even if it is only 1 item it is still referred to as a patties.
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: Isaacsmama August 08, 2007, 09:48:43 AM
Mmmm! Pasty! No one I talk to seems to know what they are- and I am from WI. ??? I make my pasty in one big pie, usually in a cast iron pan. They have never been dry and I usually cook my potatoes first.  I have a really yummy recipe that my Mom got our of a Taste of Home cookbook if anybody is interested.
Definitely interested!

me three
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: CountyCork August 08, 2007, 10:24:24 AM
Every culture has their pasty - pot pies, hand pies, strombolie, calzone, tamale, you name it.  Various crusts or breads, folded over some cheap filling.  Made to go, eaten out of the hand, travels well.
My question:  do you pronounce pay-stee, or pah (short) stee ?

Leave it to the Cornish to come up with something cheap and filling.  Theirs never got dry because they live near the ocean! 

Yooper - we're coming to Watersmeet in a couple weeks for family camp at the Northwoods Conference Center.  We've been told Rhinelander is a place to visit, which is on the way.  Any input?  And where can a girl get a decent pasty in the area?????
Jill
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: *MommaJo* August 08, 2007, 04:10:55 PM
Mmmm! Pasty! No one I talk to seems to know what they are- and I am from WI. ??? I make my pasty in one big pie, usually in a cast iron pan. They have never been dry and I usually cook my potatoes first.  I have a really yummy recipe that my Mom got our of a Taste of Home cookbook if anybody is interested.
Definitely interested!

Me too!  :)


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: YoopreMama August 08, 2007, 04:29:27 PM
My question:  do you pronounce pay-stee, or pah (short) stee ?

Yooper - we're coming to Watersmeet in a couple weeks for family camp at the Northwoods Conference Center.  We've been told Rhinelander is a place to visit, which is on the way.  Any input?  And where can a girl get a decent pasty in the area?????
Ahh...Past (short)-ee.  Rhymes w/....hmmm...Fast-ee, Last-ee, Mast-ee, AH!  Nasty!  Pasty rhymes w/ nasty!  LOL.  :D 

Watersmeet? We used to live about 25 minutes from there (our "desert" experience).   ::)  Man, that place has secret Christian things going on often!  :o  I never hear about them, and believe me, I know what's going on u.p. here--it's my job as homeschool e-mail coordinator to find out stuff like this.  Gabe was there for something a long time ago...is there a site w/ info?  It's probably a 2 hours from us now...maybe less.  We might be interested in the family camp, though--please PM me, if you have more info. 

Our pasty meat pie is easy...dice potatoes (I keep peelings on--not traditional), carrots, rutabagas & onions (in order of approximate quantity).  Take 1/2 lb. ground beef &  1/2 lb. ground pork and season w/ s & p.  Mix well w/ hands in a bowl w/ the chopped veggies.  Put in a 9 x 13 and place butter pats over the top.  Top w/ crust, crimp edges and bake at 400 for an hour.
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: steadygirl August 10, 2007, 02:47:21 AM
Crust:
1c. butter
1c. boiling water
3c. flour ( I use all purp. white)
1tsp. salt
Boil water. Add butter to boiling water. Remove from heat and gradually add flour and salt until a soft dough is formed. Cover and chill for an hour and a half.I have also had success not chilling it.

Filling:
8 lg. potatoes,sliced
1 med onion
1 1/2 lbs hamburger or roast beef
 1/2 Tb. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic ( I just put in a clove)
1/8c. butter
Cook potatoes. Do not overcook! Drain water. Mix gently with parsley and butter. Cook hamburger with onion and garlic. Roll out dough saving some for the top crust. Place in lightly greased pan. ( I love to use cast iron)  Alternate layers meat and potatoes in crust.. Put a pat of butter on top. Roll out top crust and attach. Cut slits in the top. Cook for an hour at 350 or until golden brown.

You can make this the day before and it turns out just fine. I haven't had trouble with it being dry, but I am not over picky when draining the potatoes.
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: InEverything August 10, 2007, 12:47:12 PM
Ok Steadygirl, I am in the process of making this.  My first try at a Pasty! It sounds great.  You mentioned making this the day before...do you cook it the day before and then reheat, or do you prepare it the first day and then cook the next?  I am thinking church potluck....
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: steadygirl August 10, 2007, 03:36:03 PM
I prepare it ,then cook it the next day.  I hope it works out for you!  :D
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: InEverything August 10, 2007, 08:04:36 PM
I prepare it ,then cook it the next day.  I hope it works out for you!  :D

I loved it!  DH is working so it was just the kids and I.  They did pretty well considering it is a new recipe for us.
I cooked it in a large cast iron skillet and we had a lot left over.  SO... I cut it up, put it in a casserole dish and I am going to reheat it for a potluck tomorrow  ;) Is that breaking a major potluck rule? This is what makes potlucks interesting right?!!!
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: amazonmama2five August 11, 2007, 03:23:31 AM
I prepare it ,then cook it the next day.  I hope it works out for you!  :D

I loved it!  DH is working so it was just the kids and I.  They did pretty well considering it is a new recipe for us.
I cooked it in a large cast iron skillet and we had a lot left over.  SO... I cut it up, put it in a casserole dish and I am going to reheat it for a potluck tomorrow  ;) Is that breaking a major potluck rule? This is what makes potlucks interesting right?!!!

The only rule I am aware of is Bring Plenty!  ;)  And in truth, most casseroles taste better the second time around.
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: Whiterock August 13, 2007, 05:55:55 AM
I have found that this recipe starts with a few basic things but can be served a few different ways. I use mild salsa but if your family likes more heat, feel free to use medium or hot. It's not exactly a healthy recipe (unless you use all homemade stuff) but it is easy and versatile.

Sweet N Spicy Chicken (Served Three Ways)

4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup apricot preserves
1 cup chunky-style salsa
1 envelope taco seasoning

Place chicken in crockpot. In a small bowl mix together preserves, salsa, and taco seasoning. Pour mixture over chicken and cook on low for 6 hours or until chicken is cooked through.

#1. Serve the chicken breasts whole. Spoon the leftover sauce over cooked rice for a side dish.

#2. Use two forks to pull the chicken apart right in the crockpot. Add one can of drained and rinsed black beans and 3oz cream cheese cut into cubes. Cook 'til cream cheese is melted, stir, and serve with warm tortillas or over cooked rice.

#3. Add one can of whole-kernel corn to crockpot at end of cooking time along with two cups of cooked brown rice. Stir, cover, and cook 'til warmed though.

I'm sure y'all could think of even more ways to change this up.

WR
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: SC August 15, 2007, 04:24:21 PM
I was in a rush to get supper on the table tonight and knew I needed something on the table within about 20 minutes or less. I went to the fridge and spotted the leftover spaghetti meat sauce and some leftover spaghetti noodles. Then I spied the leftover grated cheese that we ate with black beans and tortillas at lunch.

Hmmm. . . . I remembered a dish we used to eat when we used to eat out at the Italian restaurant (looooong time ago when we had $)  ;)

I pulled out one of my casserole dishes and layered the sauce, noodles and cheese -- twice. Placed the dish into the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes and then the last few minutes under the broiler to brown the cheese.
BAKED SPAGHETTI  :o

You would have thought they'd never eaten such a thing before. Everyone ate seconds and when they finished running their errands, they hit the fridge and polished off the remainder . . . So, that's out for lunch tomorrow  ::)


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: Mrs. B August 16, 2007, 01:35:57 PM
Crust:
1c. butter
1c. boiling water
3c. flour ( I use all purp. white)
1tsp. salt
Boil water. Add butter to boiling water. Remove from heat and gradually add flour and salt until a soft dough is formed. Cover and chill for an hour and a half.I have also had success not chilling it.

Filling:
8 lg. potatoes,sliced
1 med onion
1 1/2 lbs hamburger or roast beef
 1/2 Tb. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic ( I just put in a clove)
1/8c. butter
Cook potatoes. Do not overcook! Drain water. Mix gently with parsley and butter. Cook hamburger with onion and garlic. Roll out dough saving some for the top crust. Place in lightly greased pan. ( I love to use cast iron)  Alternate layers meat and potatoes in crust.. Put a pat of butter on top. Roll out top crust and attach. Cut slits in the top. Cook for an hour at 350 or until golden brown.

You can make this the day before and it turns out just fine. I haven't had trouble with it being dry, but I am not over picky when draining the potatoes.
Okay... I made my pasty yesterday and while it tastes good and the kids/dh liked it the crust didn't work right. 
I am not the best cook though I am pretty experienced.  My problem is that I use only fresh ground whole wheat.  I didn't use the all-purpose as the recipe called for.  I used a mixture of spelt and hard white. 
I guess what I am asking for is pie crust advise with whole wheat.  I have never been able to get it to turn out right since we went whole grain.  When I used white flour it turned out okay. 
The crust from this recipe was sticky even after being in the frig.  I tried to put it in the freezer to give it a bit more 'structure', but it still wouldn't roll out without sticking.  I ended up patting it out in my hands and cutting out fun shapes with a cookie cutter and layering it over the top.
I would appreciate any input as to how I could make a better pie crust.
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: Maria/NHM August 17, 2007, 02:56:36 AM
I was in a rush to get supper on the table tonight and knew I needed something on the table within about 20 minutes or less. I went to the fridge and spotted the leftover spaghetti meat sauce and some leftover spaghetti noodles. Then I spied the leftover grated cheese that we ate with black beans and tortillas at lunch.

Hmmm. . . . I remembered a dish we used to eat when we used to eat out at the Italian restaurant (looooong time ago when we had $)  ;)

I pulled out one of my casserole dishes and layered the sauce, noodles and cheese -- twice. Placed the dish into the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes and then the last few minutes under the broiler to brown the cheese.
BAKED SPAGHETTI  :o

You would have thought they'd never eaten such a thing before. Everyone ate seconds and when they finished running their errands, they hit the fridge and polished off the remainder . . . So, that's out for lunch tomorrow  ::)




I loved bakes spaghetti! I like to mix the noodles with butter an egg and parmesan cheese. Spread the noodle mix like a crust in a baking pan. Spread some cottage cheese in the middle like a filling. Top with spaghetti sauce and cheese. My DH loves this.
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: steadygirl August 19, 2007, 02:43:36 PM

I am not the best cook though I am pretty experienced.  My problem is that I use only fresh ground whole wheat.  I didn't use the all-purpose as the recipe called for.  I used a mixture of spelt and hard white. 
I guess what I am asking for is pie crust advise with whole wheat.  I have never been able to get it to turn out right since we went whole grain.  When I used white flour it turned out okay. 
The crust from this recipe was sticky even after being in the frig.  I tried to put it in the freezer to give it a bit more 'structure', but it still wouldn't roll out without sticking.  I ended up patting it out in my hands and cutting out fun shapes with a cookie cutter and layering it over the top.
I would appreciate any input as to how I could make a better pie crust.
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I have never made the crust with whole wheat before. I haven't had much success with whole wheat pastry. Maybe pastry flour would work. The crust dough is very soft before being cooked, but I haven't had a problem with it being sticky. Sorry I can't help. ???
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: Youthful One August 30, 2007, 05:02:31 PM
A few days ago I had one of those nights where you have to make up a meal from a few random items.  This is what I did and it turned out great.

1. Wash and peel some potatoes. Slice them thick and boil in salted water.

2. Meanwhile take a pound of bulk pork sausage (I used bulk beef sausage that we got from our beef processor) and brown it like ground beef. Add more oil/butter/lard if needed and mix in some flour and let it just start to turn a little brown. Ladle some water from the boiling potatoes into the pan of sausage to make a thin sauce (I sneaked in some kefir and this point). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add some frozen english peas to the pot of boiling potatoes. When the peas and potatoes are done you layer everything in a baking dish with cheese in between. I started with a layer of the sausage mixture, then mozzarella (it was the only cheese I had), then potatoes, then sausage... etc... and ended with the potatoes.

4. Bake uncovered @ 350º till hot and bubbly.

NOTE: I did not drain the potatoes and peas but just ladled them out because I wanted some of the extra liquid that came with them to insure that every thing would melt together and not get dried out on top. There was a lot of liquid in the dish when it went into the oven but it made a wonderfully moist and saucy casserole when it came out.

My ds who doesn't like melted cheese didn't even notice it had cheese in it because the cheese was the same color as, and thanks to all the liquid, throughly combine with the sauce.

Everybody liked it and it was so easy. I will be making it again.

WR
Okay, I'm finally getting around to this thread...  ::)
(not that I haven't needed it all along.)

THIS was YUMMY!!  :P
I added a two layers of zucchini in there as well, and we used cheddar.  With eight sets of tastebuds to please, this was a hit for ALL of them!  :o ;D ;D  Everybody said I should keep this recipe.
THANKS!
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: Whiterock August 31, 2007, 12:38:38 PM
THIS was YUMMY!!  :P
I added a two layers of zucchini in there as well, and we used cheddar.  With eight sets of tastebuds to please, this was a hit for ALL of them!  :o ;D ;D  Everybody said I should keep this recipe.
THANKS!

Thanks! I'm glad y'all liked it. I had forgotten about this and had not made it again, so thanks for bringing it up.

WR
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: homesteadmommy October 25, 2007, 12:34:22 PM
does someone have a healthy jello salad recipe. I don't even know if there is such a thing. I need to make a jello salad for a potluck on Sunday and wondered if someone had a recipe that was tasy, and simple yet healthy. I was thinking a about using unflavored gelatin, and orange juice concentrate and pineapples. Thanks! P.S. I do like creamy jello's too if you have any ideas.
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: *MommaJo* October 25, 2007, 02:39:57 PM
does someone have a healthy jello salad recipe. I don't even know if there is such a thing. I need to make a jello salad for a potluck on Sunday and wondered if someone had a recipe that was tasy, and simple yet healthy. I was thinking a about using unflavored gelatin, and orange juice concentrate and pineapples. Thanks! P.S. I do like creamy jello's too if you have any ideas.

I can't help much, but I'm seconding the request!  I like the ones with cottage cheese, too.


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: YoopreMama October 25, 2007, 03:11:17 PM
does someone have a healthy jello salad recipe. I don't even know if there is such a thing. I need to make a jello salad for a potluck on Sunday and wondered if someone had a recipe that was tasty, and simple yet healthy. I was thinking a about using unflavored gelatin, and orange juice concentrate and pineapples. Thanks! P.S. I do like creamy jello's too if you have any ideas.
I can't help much, but I'm seconding the request!  I like the ones with cottage cheese, too.
I think you might be able to modify our funeral salad recipe...

It's a large container of cottage cheese, 1 big can of crushed pineapple, 1 container of Cool Whip, and a box of lemon or lime (or whatever flavor) Jell-O.  We stir it up and let it chill.  Plain gelatin and some juice may work...HTH!
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: homesteadmommy October 25, 2007, 04:57:22 PM
I did the unflavored gelatin one time and I don't know what I did wrong but it didn't set so I'm afraid to experiment too much this tiem.
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: littlemama24 October 26, 2007, 04:00:24 AM
I use plain gelatin all the time with juice instad of water so it doesn't have the dyes.  It always works for me, so I'm not surewhat it could've been either;maybe a bogus packet of gelatin?
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: homesteadmommy October 26, 2007, 07:13:14 AM
can you share your recipe?
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: *MommaJo* October 26, 2007, 11:15:09 AM
does someone have a healthy jello salad recipe. I don't even know if there is such a thing. I need to make a jello salad for a potluck on Sunday and wondered if someone had a recipe that was tasty, and simple yet healthy. I was thinking a about using unflavored gelatin, and orange juice concentrate and pineapples. Thanks! P.S. I do like creamy jello's too if you have any ideas.
I can't help much, but I'm seconding the request!  I like the ones with cottage cheese, too.
I think you might be able to modify our funeral salad recipe...

It's a large container of cottage cheese, 1 big can of crushed pineapple, 1 container of Cool Whip, and a box of lemon or lime (or whatever flavor) Jell-O.  We stir it up and let it chill.  Plain gelatin and some juice may work...HTH!

Yum!  You don't add water, though?  And do you know what size box of Jell-O!  I've never worked with plain gelatin before.

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: littlemama24 October 26, 2007, 04:08:16 PM
can you share your recipe?

Sure, it is really easy...

Ingredients:
Knox unflavored gelatin
fruit juice
diced fruit (optional)


Directions:
prepare gelatin according to directions on package, except use fruit juice and add fresh fruit (optional)...pour gelatin into a bowl, or mold, or bundt pan and chill until firm.  Serve and enjoy!

(from Sheri-Rose Shephard's Eating for Excellence)

I have also tried this with half juice and half gingerale and it is yummy too! 
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: littlemama24 October 26, 2007, 04:10:28 PM
does someone have a healthy jello salad recipe. I don't even know if there is such a thing. I need to make a jello salad for a potluck on Sunday and wondered if someone had a recipe that was tasty, and simple yet healthy. I was thinking a about using unflavored gelatin, and orange juice concentrate and pineapples. Thanks! P.S. I do like creamy jello's too if you have any ideas.
I can't help much, but I'm seconding the request!  I like the ones with cottage cheese, too.
I think you might be able to modify our funeral salad recipe...

It's a large container of cottage cheese, 1 big can of crushed pineapple, 1 container of Cool Whip, and a box of lemon or lime (or whatever flavor) Jell-O.  We stir it up and let it chill.  Plain gelatin and some juice may work...HTH!

Yum!  You don't add water, though?  And do you know what size box of Jell-O!  I've never worked with plain gelatin before.



Oooh I like it that way with the cottage cheese too! It's so easy because you don't prepare the gelatin!  Just stir together and enjoy!  Dh doesn't like the cottage cheese chunks but mmmm I do, hey I just thought of another way to get protein!  Hahaha! Yes!
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: Youthful One October 27, 2007, 02:34:24 PM
does someone have a healthy jello salad recipe. I don't even know if there is such a thing. I need to make a jello salad for a potluck on Sunday and wondered if someone had a recipe that was tasty, and simple yet healthy. I was thinking a about using unflavored gelatin, and orange juice concentrate and pineapples. Thanks! P.S. I do like creamy jello's too if you have any ideas.
I can't help much, but I'm seconding the request!  I like the ones with cottage cheese, too.
I think you might be able to modify our funeral salad recipe...

It's a large container of cottage cheese, 1 big can of crushed pineapple, 1 container of Cool Whip, and a box of lemon or lime (or whatever flavor) Jell-O.  We stir it up and let it chill.  Plain gelatin and some juice may work...HTH!

Yum!  You don't add water, though?  And do you know what size box of Jell-O!  I've never worked with plain gelatin before.



Oooh I like it that way with the cottage cheese too! It's so easy because you don't prepare the gelatin!  Just stir together and enjoy!  Dh doesn't like the cottage cheese chunks but mmmm I do, hey I just thought of another way to get protein!  Hahaha! Yes!
This sounds yummy except the Cool-Whip.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVED cool-whip as a kid - especially when it came with equal amounts of pumpkin pie. :o ;)  But, I've eliminated cool-whip from our home and normally replace it with whipped cream.  Do you think I could substitute whipped cream in this recipe?
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: Whiterock October 27, 2007, 03:02:43 PM
Somewhere on this board, is posted a recipe for homemade cool-whip. It's just a way to stabilize sweetened whipped cream so that it can be used in recipes that call for cool whip.

WR

Found it:
http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,5368.msg56226.html#msg56226

WR
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: YoopreMama October 27, 2007, 03:15:09 PM
This sounds yummy except the Cool-Whip.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVED cool-whip as a kid - especially when it came with equal amounts of pumpkin pie. :o ;)  But, I've eliminated cool-whip from our home and normally replace it with whipped cream.  Do you think I could substitute whipped cream in this recipe?
OK.  I think I'm answering questions aimed at the funeral salad recipe.  Forgive me if the questions were to someone else.  :)

There is no water added...the juice from the pineapple and the liquid from the cottage cheese seem to be enough to "activate" the Jello.  After a few days (if it lasts that long), it gets a little watery.  The 1st 24 hours, it is at its firmest.

As to using whipped cream?   Hmmm....do you mean the kind you make from scratch or the kind in a squirt can?  I would think they'd work OK.  I'll have to try it the next time.  I know it seems like a very flexible recipe.  HTH.  
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: naturalgirl October 29, 2007, 02:52:35 PM
Just thought I'd pop in here with some new Lasagna tips that I found to be neat ideas:
1. When using rice lasagna noodles, I have found them to be hard to managed when cooked. I found a recipe using regular noodles where you don't cook them before you layer. The only difference was that you baked it @ 375 degrees for 45 minutes. I think if you used rice noodles you probably wouldn't have to cook it that long, but having never tried it yet so I can't say,but I think it would be worth a try :).
2. If you don't have or want to use lasagna noodles, why not use thinly sliced or shredded cooked potatoes instead? That opens up a whole realm of imagenation and creativity doesn't it? Cooked rice, lentils, pinto or kidney beans, yucca (the kind you buy at the store), and on it goes! :D
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: YoopreMama October 29, 2007, 11:57:47 PM
Great ideas, naturalgirl!  Being GF, I appreciate them. :)  Our rice noodle lasagna was a little tricky.  I forgot that I used to not cook any noodles for lasagna--just put a little sauce on the bottom.  Hour at 350.

Very novel on the noodle substitutes!
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: littlemama24 October 30, 2007, 05:38:23 AM
I tried a meal idea last night that was a big hit with all the kids and dh too! I made sloppy joe meat and served them in big baker potatoes - with sour cream and butter and mozzerella cheese and steamed broccoli!  The kids never eat baked potatoes or sloppy joe sandwiches, but they loved them together like that.  Dh was lovin them too - probably not the healthiest but we were full and thankful!   ;D
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: lotsaboys October 30, 2007, 02:23:13 PM
I tried a meal idea last night that was a big hit with all the kids and dh too! I made sloppy joe meat and served them in big baker potatoes - with sour cream and butter and mozzerella cheese and steamed broccoli!  The kids never eat baked potatoes or sloppy joe sandwiches, but they loved them together like that.  Dh was lovin them too - probably not the healthiest but we were full and thankful!   ;D

I think this sounds yummy and healthy! We do that type of thing with taco meat.
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: 4myhoonie October 31, 2007, 11:51:49 AM
I tried a meal idea last night that was a big hit with all the kids and dh too! I made sloppy joe meat and served them in big baker potatoes - with sour cream and butter and mozzerella cheese and steamed broccoli!  The kids never eat baked potatoes or sloppy joe sandwiches, but they loved them together like that.  Dh was lovin them too - probably not the healthiest but we were full and thankful!   ;D

I think this sounds yummy and healthy! We do that type of thing with taco meat.

i think this sounds good and would like to try it, but one question--did you put the broccoli in it?  or as a side dish?
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: lotsaboys October 31, 2007, 12:54:48 PM
I tried a meal idea last night that was a big hit with all the kids and dh too! I made sloppy joe meat and served them in big baker potatoes - with sour cream and butter and mozzerella cheese and steamed broccoli!  The kids never eat baked potatoes or sloppy joe sandwiches, but they loved them together like that.  Dh was lovin them too - probably not the healthiest but we were full and thankful!   ;D

I think this sounds yummy and healthy! We do that type of thing with taco meat.

i think this sounds good and would like to try it, but one question--did you put the broccoli in it?  or as a side dish?

We layer everything on our potatoes, and yes, the broccoli is included. :)
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: littlemama24 October 31, 2007, 03:56:22 PM
I tried a meal idea last night that was a big hit with all the kids and dh too! I made sloppy joe meat and served them in big baker potatoes - with sour cream and butter and mozzerella cheese and steamed broccoli!  The kids never eat baked potatoes or sloppy joe sandwiches, but they loved them together like that.  Dh was lovin them too - probably not the healthiest but we were full and thankful!   ;D

I think this sounds yummy and healthy! We do that type of thing with taco meat.

i think this sounds good and would like to try it, but one question--did you put the broccoli in it?  or as a side dish?

As a side but served right in the bowl hoping they would accidentally eat some!   ;)
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: cjanderin October 31, 2007, 05:17:07 PM
I have 1.5hrs till dinnertime and lots of leftover sausages, carrots and celery sticks.  Any ideas what I can make?  I'm too tired to think properly right now ...
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: Whiterock October 31, 2007, 05:39:06 PM
Sounds like the makings for tasty soup, to me.
WR
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: healthybratt November 01, 2007, 04:16:39 PM
I have 1.5hrs till dinnertime and lots of leftover sausages, carrots and celery sticks.  Any ideas what I can make?  I'm too tired to think properly right now ...
stir fry?  i make a stir fry with cabbage, bell peppers and polish sausage.  Serve it with rice.  Pretty popular around here.

My husband also likes garden omlets.  I stir fry whatever veggies I have on hand (carrots, bells, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc) and then pour them over an omelet.
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: diaperswyper December 03, 2007, 08:50:59 AM
 Does anyone have a good butternut squash recipe as a main dish? With maybe hamburger added in?
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: Gigi December 03, 2007, 10:39:25 AM
Yes, I second this request!
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: SarahK December 03, 2007, 11:08:36 AM
Savory Butternut Squash

1 med onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloved, minced
2 Tb olive oil
4 C cubed peeled butternut squash
2 cans (14.5 oz ea) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cu shredded carrots
1 t each chopped fresh oregano, basil and parslye or 0.25 t each dried oregano, basil and parsley flakes
1 t salt optional
0.25 t pepper
Hot cooked rice

In a skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender.  Add the squash tomatoes, carrots and seasonings; stir well.  Pour into a greased 2 qt baking dish.  Cover and bake at 350degF for 60-70 min or until squash is tender.  Serve over rice.  Yield 8 servings.  Nutritional analysis: one serving (perpared w/ salt; calculated w/o rice) equals 84 calories, 196 mg sodium, 0 cholesterol, 15 gm carbohydrate, 2 gm protein, 2 gm fat.  Diabetic exchange: 1 starch

Taken from the Taste of Home's Quick Cooking Annual Recipes 1999

I serve this as a vegetarian main dish and really like it - but it's not a hit with my kids.  I would think you could add any meat (ground or pieces) if you pre-cook it.  I haven't tried it though.

'Course, I use more garlic and I don't measure the tomatoes... or the carrots, really.  And I don't measure the spices (just dump 'em in)... so what I make is practially similar to this recipe almost.

Sarah K
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: MamaSong December 03, 2007, 11:15:47 AM
Does anyone have a good butternut squash recipe as a main dish? With maybe hamburger added in?

I've made a few variants of this before.  It's really good.  It calls for acorn squash, but you can use butternut.  You don't need to put it back in the shell either, you can put it in a casserole dish.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Stuffed-Acorn-Squash-II/Detail.aspx

My favorite personal variation:

Cook squash until tender, scoop out flesh and place in a casserole dish, add salt & pepper or seasoning salt as desired.

While the squash is cooking, brown either ground sausage or ground beef (season, if beef).  In another pan, carmalize onions in oil.  Remove the onions; saute fresh mushrooms in oil (season as desired). 

Layer mushrooms and onions on top of squash.  Spread meat on top.  Sprinkle the whole thing with shredded cheese.  Bake at about 325-350 until the cheese is melted.

***

Ooo...I just thought of another beef & butternut squash recipe (Beef & Butternut Squash Chili) from Southern Living that's really good (I don't know if I've ever followed the recipe exactly, as I tend to experiment, but it's a good place to start!)

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1144129
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: Gigi December 03, 2007, 12:33:09 PM
Thanks, Ladies!  I printed them all out and I'm definitely trying one of them this week!

Yous guys are sooo good . . .
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: healthybratt December 04, 2007, 07:46:43 AM
Does anyone have a good butternut squash recipe as a main dish? With maybe hamburger added in?
I don't know if you can sub butternut for zucchini, but we often make a meat loaf from burger, shredded zucchini, onions, garlic and seasonings and then use this to stuff long green peppers (Korean or Anaheims are just about the right size).  Then we bread them and fry them and dip them in a mixture of soy sauce and white vinegar and toasted sesame seeds.  I've also stuffed green bells and baked them with the same filling.
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: Youthful One December 04, 2007, 10:30:51 AM
Does anyone have a good butternut squash recipe as a main dish? With maybe hamburger added in?
I don't know if you can sub butternut for zucchini, but we often make a meat loaf from burger, shredded zucchini, onions, garlic and seasonings and then use this to stuff long green peppers (Korean or Anaheims are just about the right size).  Then we bread them and fry them and dip them in a mixture of soy sauce and white vinegar and toasted sesame seeds.  I've also stuffed green bells and baked them with the same filling.
OH YUM!!!  :o
Where's THAT recipe???  ;D
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: healthybratt December 04, 2007, 01:08:14 PM
Does anyone have a good butternut squash recipe as a main dish? With maybe hamburger added in?
I don't know if you can sub butternut for zucchini, but we often make a meat loaf from burger, shredded zucchini, onions, garlic and seasonings and then use this to stuff long green peppers (Korean or Anaheims are just about the right size).  Then we bread them and fry them and dip them in a mixture of soy sauce and white vinegar and toasted sesame seeds.  I've also stuffed green bells and baked them with the same filling.
OH YUM!!!  :o
Where's THAT recipe???  ;D
That WAS the recipe.
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: healthybratt December 05, 2007, 07:05:51 AM
I need a beef enchiladas recipe.  I have a pound of sirloin, whole wheat tortillas, and some cans of mild green enchilada sauce and green chiles. Now what?  Any recipes?  All the ones I can find are or chicken enchiladas, do I do it the same just with the beef instead?

http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,13696.0.html (http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,13696.0.html)
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: WellTellMommy December 12, 2007, 12:52:50 PM
   Re: Stocking the Freezer or (OAMC) Once a Month Cooking
« Reply #54 on: October 21, 2007, 02:41:35 PM » by WellTellMommy
Not the healthiest meal but one of our favorites is ...
Chicken Cheez-it Cassarole

1    box Cheez-its (I use Annies cheddar bunnies)
2    cans cream of chicken soup (or home made version)
2-3 breast of chicken
1    stick of butter
      shredded cheese

Crumble the cheez-its and place in the bottom of 9x13 pan and place thin slices of butter, place in 350 degree oven mixing often to cover all crackers
as butter melts and watching not to burn,cook until re-crisp.
Meanwhile boiling chicken, cutting to bite sizes and mixing with soup and some of the broth.
Use half crackers as crust on bottom, chicken mixture,other half crackers,
top with cheese.
freeze or cook until all is heated through.

Another one that I do is scalloped potatoes with diced or thin sliced ham
to make it a casserole.
Sherri 
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: HOMEFree December 16, 2007, 02:24:47 PM

A friend of mine passed this recipe along and I thought you all may enjoy it. Personally, I would need to add lots of garlic and onion to this and a little salt. Like I do to everything!
The recipe is kid friendly, easy, healthy and CHEAP. The words below are hers exactly.
:)





Cheesy Brown Rice

3c brown rice
7c hot water
1c cheese (any type)
4tbsp butter


We use brown rice in our house. You know those “five white no-nos” – well, white rice is one of them. We like the brown rice better anyways. So, put your three cups of rice in a pan, and brown for about 10-15mintues. Stir the rice while it’s browning or you’ll burn it. Hannie did this last week… lol When it’s done brown add the hot water. Let the rice get to a rolling boil and then let boil for about 10-15mintues. Afterwards, turn heat to low, leave lid half on, and let simmer until the water is completely gone. DO NOT stir the rice after you add water. If you do, it won’t cook right and you will end up with crunchy, mushy rice. How does that sounds? Lol So let the rice cook. You can check to see if the water is gone by taking a fork and scooting the rice over a tad on the side to see the bottom. If there is no water turn the heat off and “fluff” the rice with the fork. If you don’t how to fluff the rice… just lift the rice up with the fork. Don’t stir it. Cut the 4 tbsp of butter into slices and place on the top of the rice. Add some salt-n-pepper. When the butter is melted, you can grate the cheese and put it on top of the rice.


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: YoopreMama December 16, 2007, 03:21:42 PM
Thanks, HOMEFree...that looks simple and good!  I'll be adding the same things you would be, too!   :D
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: girly January 21, 2008, 06:21:54 AM
I have several recipes that our family enjoys that call for refrigerated biscuits - basic style in a pop open can.  I would like to find a recipe for a similar style biscuit that is hopefully healthier... anyone have something like this on hand that you might share?

Thanks!
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: naturalgirl January 28, 2008, 08:57:32 AM
Try this:

http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,4921.msg143129.html#msg143129 (http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,4921.msg143129.html#msg143129)

Or this for quicker, on hand use:

http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,1195.0.html

After you make the dough, you might have to (depending on the recipe) knead a bit more flour in to make the more firm dough that comes from refrigerated biscuits. An important thing too is the fat. If you use butter or lard (HB's favorite  ;D) that'll also give you a more firm dough and resulting softer bread like like what you buy in the store.

Hope that helps!
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: naturalgirl January 28, 2008, 09:42:14 AM
We tried this recipe out in a carry-in dinner yesterday, and boy did it go! I thought it wouldn't because not many there like rice. Evidently this hit their taste buds right  :D.

Confetti Casserole:

(For a 9x13 pan meal)

1/2 c. fat of choice (Butter or chicken fat are good. I used both)
2/3 c. whole flour (WW or Whole Spelt--used Spelt)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less, depending on if you used salt in cooking up the chicken and rice, which I did)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne or black pepper
5 c. chicken broth (makes less lumps in sauce if you use cold or room temperature liquid)
3c. cooked rice
2c. finely shredded cheese of choice (used part mozz. and part cheddar)
3c. dark meat chicken pieces
Around 3c. frozen vegtables of choice (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots)

In a large bowl, stir together rice, chicken pieces, veggies, and 1 cup of the cheese. Temporarily set aside while making sauce:

Melt fat over low heat. take off heat and stir in flour, salt and pepper with fork until flour is combined with the fat. Slowly pour in chicken broth and stir well. Over medium heat, constantly stir until mixture thickens and boils.

Pour sauce over rice mixture and stir to combine. Pour into an ungreased 9x13 pan. Put uncovered pan into oven and turn to 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly and vegtables are no longer crunchy. Take out of oven and sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Briefly return casserole to oven to melt cheese, take out and let sit a bit for the fat to absorb into the grain. Serves around 6 hungry people who like seconds  :D

Notes:

1.If you don't use vinegar or lemon in the cooking of your rice or meat, you might like to put some in the sauce when cooking that up. I think it makes it taste better :)
2. This probably would taste wonderful too with a bit of Mexican spices like cumin, garlic, chili powder, oregano, etc. Depends on your tastes and ingredients you have on hand though...Italian or Oriental are other good ideas. I've found 2 t. spices per 6c. white sauce is a good quantity to go by.
3. I loved how versatile this recipe is. Any kind of meat or vegtable could be used, as well as whatever grain you want. The thing I paid most attention to was the exact measurements for the sauce and quantity of grain. That is the most exacting thing in these kinds of recipes, I believe. In a more "physical" day I think I would put in more meat.

Kids would love helping with this recipe...The younger ones would get a kick stirring the rice mixture together with their bare hands ;) If you're afraid of the contents spilling over, try putting a clean tablecloth or tarp under the bowl.
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: kittyninja February 07, 2008, 08:32:35 AM
I need to make a meal for saturday for our weekly potluck...i have ground turkey and macaroni and i KNOW there is a yummy crockpot recipe that's Turkey macish but i am not coming up with a good one. i need a kids friendly one but it can include veggies.  i think it's the sauce i am having trouble coming up. i know how to make sauces but when i have tried doing it in a crockpot it becomes a big gluey mess! any ideas?
thanks in advance!!
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: healthybratt February 07, 2008, 08:33:41 AM
I need to make a meal for saturday for our weekly potluck...i have ground turkey and macaroni and i KNOW there is a yummy crockpot recipe that's Turkey macish but i am not coming up with a good one. i need a kids friendly one but it can include veggies.  i think it's the sauce i am having trouble coming up. i know how to make sauces but when i have tried doing it in a crockpot it becomes a big gluey mess! any ideas?
thanks in advance!!
I would make the mac outside the crock pot and just use the crock to keep it warm.  Would that work?  Pasta gets gooey if you don't cook it just so.
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: burlsgirl February 07, 2008, 08:39:40 AM
I've only made this in the oven, but I'm sure it can be adapted:

Italian Shepherd's Pie

Brown Ground Turkey, then add:
finely chopped zucchini, carrots, red bell pepper, onions & garlic (I chop it so kids can't "find" it).

Cook till veggies are tender, then add chicken broth, w/ a few TBS tomato paste. Also add in Italian Seasoning to taste.

While all this is cooking, make homemade mac & cheese using Italian cheeses such as provolone, romano, parmesan and asiago (best).  Spread mac & cheese on top of meat mixture in baking dish & bake till cheese is browning & bubbly.

This is SO GOOD! My kids AND hubby loved it, and that's saying lots!

Sorry for the vagueness of the recipe.  :-\

HTH,
Emily
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: kittyninja February 07, 2008, 08:40:11 AM
HB
oooh good idea thanks...now how bout a sauce that doesn't glop onto the plate?

that sounds yummy burlsgirl i just have to get better at transfering things to slowcooker and not ruining it!
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: mamaofangels February 08, 2008, 04:46:46 PM
We had a wonderful dinner last night I thought I would share.  We are studing Africa for school so we had African Beef Curry from a Taste of Home mag.  I really enjoyed it even with the cocunut and raisins on top  :o  ;D

African Beef Curry
1 lb beef stew meat cut into cubes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 sm onion, chopped
1 sm sweet red pepper, chopped
1 sm green pepper, chopped
1-2 TBSP Curry powder
1/2 tsp salt

Hot rice
Raisins, Chopped salted peanuts and flake coconut Optional

In large sauce pan combine first seven ingredients. bring to boil and cover and simmer 1 1/2 hrs - 2 hrs. until meat is tender.  Serve over rice and with raisins ect. as toppings. 

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: CountyCork February 14, 2008, 09:24:37 AM
Anyone make calzones and have a favorite recipe?
My plan is just my regular pizza crust recipe, then stuff with beef sausage, veggies, cheese. 
Do you do sauce IN it or on the side?
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: ah_young February 14, 2008, 09:48:48 AM
Anyone make calzones and have a favorite recipe?
My plan is just my regular pizza crust recipe, then stuff with beef sausage, veggies, cheese. 
Do you do sauce IN it or on the side?


I don't have an actual "recipe" but here is what we do.
I divide 1 regular pizza crust into two balls, and roll out two thin crusts. Then I take the regular amount of sauce, cheese, toppings that I would use for a regular pizza, and divide it between the crusts. I put everything on the inside, and make sure we have extra sauce for dipping. Fold those babies in half, pinch the edges shut, and egg wash all over them. I think they bake for about 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are cooked, and they are golden brown all over. It's basically just pizza folded in half, but we love it! 
Hope that helps, and good luck with your calzones!
  -ali
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: crystal February 14, 2008, 10:07:15 AM
Anyone make calzones and have a favorite recipe?
My plan is just my regular pizza crust recipe, then stuff with beef sausage, veggies, cheese. 
Do you do sauce IN it or on the side?


I don't have an actual "recipe" but here is what we do.
I divide 1 regular pizza crust into two balls, and roll out two thin crusts. Then I take the regular amount of sauce, cheese, toppings that I would use for a regular pizza, and divide it between the crusts. I put everything on the inside, and make sure we have extra sauce for dipping. Fold those babies in half, pinch the edges shut, and egg wash all over them. I think they bake for about 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are cooked, and they are golden brown all over. It's basically just pizza folded in half, but we love it! 
Hope that helps, and good luck with your calzones!
  -ali

I just use regular bread dough.  It works really well, also.
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: CountyCork February 14, 2008, 10:54:10 AM
So you do two big ones, rather than individual, personal sized ones?  For some reason I picutred everyone having their own, like a hand pie.

With 8 of us, it could get LONG making them!
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: KADETMmom February 14, 2008, 11:15:53 AM
We found a recipe for calzones a few weeks ago (online) that was wonderful!  Altho' DH remembers them having a puddle of butter? or something juicy (Navy cruise w/stops in Italy).  Authentic calzones do not have sauce inside, I read.  I can find the recipe if you want it...
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: CountyCork February 14, 2008, 12:27:50 PM
i think I'm good.  Got my toppings and sauce and now dough is rising.

Nummy
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: burlsgirl February 14, 2008, 12:46:09 PM
Man, I wish we were having calzones!!! I'm making dh's favorite for valentines day:  Fried deer tenderloin, homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes & gravy.  :P Not a chili or a tomato in sight! Ah well, reading this thread has just put calzones on next weeks menu!

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: lotsagirls February 14, 2008, 12:50:04 PM
Man, I wish we were having calzones!!! I'm making dh's favorite for valentines day:  Fried deer tenderloin, homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes & gravy.  :P Not a chili or a tomato in sight! Ah well, reading this thread has just put calzones on next weeks menu!



Can we all come to your house for supper?  Deer tenderloins are a favorite here...they were gone from the freezer long ago.  (Actually, most didn't even make it into the freezer, we had to make them right away!)

Don't know what we're having for supper.  (But for some reason I have a strong craving for calzones! ;) :D)    It has to be something quick...it's a church night.  By the time DH gets home from work and cleaned up, it's time to head out the door.
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: burlsgirl February 14, 2008, 12:52:51 PM
Man, I wish we were having calzones!!! I'm making dh's favorite for valentines day:  Fried deer tenderloin, homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes & gravy.  :P Not a chili or a tomato in sight! Ah well, reading this thread has just put calzones on next weeks menu!



Can we all come to your house for supper?  Deer tenderloins are a favorite here...they were gone from the freezer long ago.  (Actually, most didn't even make it into the freezer, we had to make them right away!)

Don't know what we're having for supper.  (But for some reason I have a strong craving for calzones! ;) :D)    It has to be something quick...it's a church night.  By the time DH gets home from work and cleaned up, it's time to head out the door.

I would LOVE for you guys to come eat!! Except remember, I'M the one who wants to come to ND!!! My dh would never come though...UNLESS he thought there was some good hunting in it for him!!  :D
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: lotsagirls February 14, 2008, 12:55:49 PM
Man, I wish we were having calzones!!! I'm making dh's favorite for valentines day:  Fried deer tenderloin, homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes & gravy.  :P Not a chili or a tomato in sight! Ah well, reading this thread has just put calzones on next weeks menu!



Can we all come to your house for supper?  Deer tenderloins are a favorite here...they were gone from the freezer long ago.  (Actually, most didn't even make it into the freezer, we had to make them right away!)

Don't know what we're having for supper.  (But for some reason I have a strong craving for calzones! ;) :D)    It has to be something quick...it's a church night.  By the time DH gets home from work and cleaned up, it's time to head out the door.

I would LOVE for you guys to come eat!! Except remember, I'M the one who wants to come to ND!!! My dh would never come though...UNLESS he thought there was some good hunting in it for him!!  :D

I guess you'll have to make a trip to ND in November then.  DH would LOVE to have another man to hunt with! :D  It's usually all his women and our ds.  (He also LOVES to make the new guy walk cattails to kick up the deer! :D)
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: ah_young February 14, 2008, 01:12:31 PM
So you do two big ones, rather than individual, personal sized ones?  For some reason I picutred everyone having their own, like a hand pie.

With 8 of us, it could get LONG making them!
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Yes, I make 2 big calzones. My husband and I share one, then he takes the other one to work or we eat it for dinner again the next night. :)  I personally wouldn't want to take the time to make 8 calzones......
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: girly February 23, 2008, 10:59:46 AM
Pizza Pasta Casserole...

Admittedly this isn't the healthiest fare but for something easy it was a hit.  And, it freezes very well!  My troops are pizza junkies but sometimes I don't have time to make dough so we don't eat much pizza.  A few weeks ago my girlfriend recommended this recipe.  I forgot about it but saw it in the freezer today, thawed it and it was very well received.  This is one of those things that is just as easy to make 1 as it is to make 4 of them. 

1 lb. cooked pasta - I choose rotini
Spaghetti Sauce
Pizza toppings
Mozzarella/Parmesan Cheese

Assemble in a 9x13 and bake at 375 until bubbly.

To Freeze:
I froze my pasta on a cookie sheet and my sauce in blobs (no ice cube trays handy).

In a big freezer baggie fill with frozen pasta, frozen sauce, all toppings and cheese.  If you have disposable baking dishes you can freeze it in those as well.  I choose to freeze mine wrapped in foil in a baking dish - the next day I put it in a baggie so the shape was set.  Let thaw and bake 375 until bubbly.  My kids LOVED this lunch today and I was hands free
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: healthybratt February 24, 2008, 05:26:31 AM
Okay gals, I thought I would put Tuna casserole or Tuna Noodle Casserole or something of the like on next weeks menu.  (Tuna is a ceap meat)  Help.  I couldn't find a recipe on here for it.  I will look on some other sites later but don't have time right now Thought you gals would have some good ideas.  Thanks
Jen

http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,16002.0.html (http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,16002.0.html)
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: brightspot February 24, 2008, 01:48:17 PM
I have a universal casserole recipe. It is fun to just put together whatever you have on hand. I'll give suggestions but there are other things to use also. I don't always measure either, just use what I need until I have enough for our family. My mom used to cook this way.

1 cup of main ingredient (tuna, chicken, turkey, ham,seafood.)
1 cup second ingredient(celery, mushrooms, peas, boiled eggs, mix veges)
1-2 cups starchy ingredient (potatoes, noodles, pasta, rice)
1 1/2 cup binder (white sauce, sour cream, cream soups)
1/4 cup goodie-optional(pimiento, olives, almonds, water chestnuts)
Add any seasoning you might think would be good or leave as is
Topping (potato chip crumbs, bread crumbs mixed with melted butter, cheese)

Mix together. If it seems a little dry, add some milk. Bake at 350 for 30-45 min.

Serve with a salad and bread and you have a great meal.

I like to keep frozen peas, and mixed vegetables on hand so that I can put together a chicken pot pie or a casserole quickly. It helps on those busy days.
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: gr8topraise March 05, 2008, 03:34:57 PM
Chicken, Broccoli, and Herbs

2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
1 head Broccoli, steamed
2 cloves Garlic(crushed)
2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Oregano
1 Tbsp. Basil
1 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1/2 c. Shredded Cheese(optional)

In family-sized skillet drizzled with oil, add garlic and cook until brown.  Add chicken, and broccoli; heat through.  Combine with remaining oil and seasonings.  Add cheese if desired. 
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: CountyCork March 14, 2008, 09:53:55 AM
Here's my ingredients available for tonight - HELP!

4 large chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
carrots
garlic, onions, spices, herbs
salad greens
brown rice
eggs
whole wheat flour
milk
sour cream
salsa
chips

NO cheese, veggies (other than above), potatoes.

Any brilliant suggestions?
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: mamaofangels March 14, 2008, 10:02:44 AM
my only thought was to Bake chicken breats with garlic and onion and whatever spices you want.  Serve on top of brown rice with Salad on the side. 
Hope you have a good dinner
Jenny
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: Daniel's Cousin March 14, 2008, 10:08:52 AM
 Or you could make chicken soup and serve it over rice, with a salad and sour cream biscuits...
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: SarahK March 14, 2008, 10:16:27 AM
Stir fry & fried rice?

Fry chicken with onion/garlic/spices and serve over rice on top of salad greens. Serve with salsa & sr. cream.  Call it "South-of-the-Border Salad"

Fry chicken strips in egg & flour.  Serve with chips and salad/carrots.

Save the bones/skin and boil them for broth later!

1-800-PizzaHut?
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: CountyCork March 14, 2008, 10:31:05 AM
You funny SarahK!  But we did that last night!

Good ideas, folks.  I'm leaning toward the stir fry-fried rice deal!
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: ladyhen March 14, 2008, 10:54:42 AM
Here ya go, CC.  If you've got flour, then this might be an option for chicken tacos!

http://www.welltellme.com/discuss/index.php/topic,848.msg162685/topicseen.html#new
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: healthybratt March 14, 2008, 11:18:47 AM
Stir fry & fried rice?

Fry chicken with onion/garlic/spices and serve over rice on top of salad greens. Serve with salsa & sr. cream.  Call it "South-of-the-Border Salad"

Fry chicken strips in egg & flour.  Serve with chips and salad/carrots.

Save the bones/skin and boil them for broth later!

1-800-PizzaHut?
Use peanut oil and soy sauce on the chicken and it will taste Chinese.  ;D
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: CountyCork March 14, 2008, 11:32:46 AM
That Navajo fry bread looks great.  I have no cheese so I think Mexican/taco type stuff is out.  But I do want to make that soon.

We are attempting Chapati bread from India tomorrow.  Sounds pretty harmless, anyway.  I love that every culture has it's own flat bread.

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: diaperswyper April 15, 2008, 05:06:10 AM
 Anyone have a good cabbage and sausage recipe without potatoes?
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: ladyhen April 15, 2008, 08:28:20 AM
Anyone have a good cabbage and sausage recipe without potatoes?

I made this a couple of weeks ago from a recipe I copied from here and the family liked it really well.   I think this would be tasty with sausage on the side.

Polish peasant noodles

Large package wide noodles, cooked and drained

1 lg. onion, large dice
1/2 c. (1 cube) butter
1 Tbls. (more or less) caraway seeds

1 med.-lg. head cabbage, large 1in. dice
1 c. sour cream (or more like we do it)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large frying pan, saute onion and caraway in butter until onion is translucent (while you cook the noodles). Add cabbage to onion mixture and mix well, continue to cook over med. heat until cabbage is crisp/tender. (may be covered while cooking)

Add hot noodles and sour cream and mix well. Adjust seasoning and serve.
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: healthybratt April 23, 2008, 07:30:35 AM
Hot & Sour Pork Chops 
by the Spaminator & healthybratt (it was a team effort ;D)

2-3 lbs loin chops (about 5 or 6 chops)
2-3 T peanut oil
4-5 cloves fresh minced garlic

For Sauce:
(I think I doubled this, but now I can't remember)   ;D
1 cup kombucha
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tsp ground red pepper (not cayenne)
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 scant T cornstarch
1/2 cup water

1) Combine kombucha, sugar, soy sauce & pepper(s).  Set aside.

2) In large skillet heat oil over med-high until oil begins to smoke.  Add minced garlic.  As garlic begins to brown, add chops on top.  Sear (brown) chops for 1-2 minutes each side.

3)  Pour 1-2 cups of sauce over chops and reduce heat to strong simmer.  Allow chops to cook for about 10 minutes each side. 

4)  Remove chops from pan.  Add remainder of sauce.  Mix cornstarch and water in a shaker or glass jar and add to sauce.  Heat on low and stir until thickened.  If sauce is too thick add more water and/or kombucha to desired consistency.  Pour over chops (or put chops back into the pan). 

5)  Serve over rice.
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: healthybratt May 23, 2008, 07:05:31 AM
It's one of those weeks where I'm scrimping and making meals out of what's left in the cabinet.   ;D  Definitely off to the store tomorrow.  :D

...but in the meantime, I came up with this new success.


1 lb of Italian Sausage, browned and drained
1 can of peas drained
8 oz dried pasta (I used FarFalle/Bowties  :D )
1 stick of butter
4 T flour
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 T Italian seasoning
3 cups of water (milk might have been better but didn't have any)

Brown the meat, drain and set aside.  Cook the pasta according to preference and box directions, rinse, drain and set aside.  In large skillet or soup pot, melt butter and add flour, seasonings and cheese.  Mush together with a fork to form a smooth roux.  Allow this to brown slightly and begin to bubble, scraping the bottom of the pan with the fork to keep it smooth.  Add water.  Continue to stir into roux until it begins to thicken.  Add meat, noodles and peas to the mix and allow to warm and mix thoroughly.  Enjoy...we did.
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: jall29 June 26, 2008, 08:21:09 AM
I have a universal casserole recipe. It is fun to just put together whatever you have on hand. I'll give suggestions but there are other things to use also. I don't always measure either, just use what I need until I have enough for our family. My mom used to cook this way.

1 cup of main ingredient (tuna, chicken, turkey, ham,seafood.)
1 cup second ingredient(celery, mushrooms, peas, boiled eggs, mix veges)
1-2 cups starchy ingredient (potatoes, noodles, pasta, rice)
1 1/2 cup binder (white sauce, sour cream, cream soups)
1/4 cup goodie-optional(pimiento, olives, almonds, water chestnuts)
Add any seasoning you might think would be good or leave as is
Topping (potato chip crumbs, bread crumbs mixed with melted butter, cheese)

Mix together. If it seems a little dry, add some milk. Bake at 350 for 30-45 min.

Serve with a salad and bread and you have a great meal.

I like to keep frozen peas, and mixed vegetables on hand so that I can put together a chicken pot pie or a casserole quickly. It helps on those busy days.

I am trying this tonight after seeing the recipe on 7xSunday.  I am really excited about it.  I'm trying to be more time wise so I'm prepping for it now while the kids are napping!   :)  This looks like a recipe I will use often.  WTM is changing my life!   :o  In a good way..... 8)

Jennifer
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: mommie July 18, 2008, 07:30:14 PM
so I just tried this the other night and thought it was pretty yummy (dh and kiddos liked it too) and didn't feel too bad about anything in it. I took chicken tenders and dipped them in coconut oil mixed w/ lemon juice and fresh garlic crushed, than in a mixture of WW Pastry Flour, salt, garlic powder (whatever spices you want), fresh rosemary from the garden chopped up and threw fried them up (in a cast iron pan for extra iron :)) in coconut oil till browned than cooked for a little bit to make sure they were cooked through and YUMMY! You did have to be careful cause the cold chicken breast made the coconut oil mixture harden after a bit and I don't have a micro so I had to heat it up in my toaster oven to melt it again...but besides that it wasn't too bad! Just had to share! Than tonight I sliced the rest of the leftovers up into my salad! YUMMY too~! :)
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: InEverything July 24, 2008, 04:41:56 PM
I modified a Meat loaf recipe tonight and it was sooo good!  I will call it

SWEET AND SOUR GLAZED MEAT LOAF (with sauerkraut)

1.5 lbs ground beef
3/4 c. oats
2 eggs
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup sauerkraut (I used a small can) (this was a last minute substitute for
                                                      1 cup tomato juice)
a couple of big squirts of ketchup

sauce:
1/4 c. ketchup
1 T. brown sugar
2T. prepared mustard


Mix all but the sauce ingredients and put in a 9X5 loaf pan.  Mix sauce ingredients and spread over top.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour and let stand for 5 minutes.
I just love meatloaf!  :D
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: YoopreMama November 11, 2008, 03:29:10 AM
We loved these growing up...would need a bit of modifying to make them "healthier" (and for us, GF):

Stuffed Steaks
6 -9 breakfast steaks (sandwich steaks)
1 box chicken flavored stuffing ::)
1 can beef consomme soup

Prepare stuffing.  Fill center of each steak w/ stuffing and roll.  Secure w/ toothpick.  Place in slow cooker and pour soups over them.  Cook until done on low heat.

To make gravy:  Remove soup mixture to pot and add enough water to make at least 1 3/4 c. liquid.  Cook over medium until hot.  In a small bowl mix 2 T. cornstarch and 1/4 c. COLD water 'til smooth.  Stir into soup mixture, season to taste, if necessary.  Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat; boil 1 minute.  Makes 2 c. 
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: Mama Sita January 30, 2009, 09:45:50 AM
Anybody have a TRIED & TRUE recipe for veggie lasagna? I guess I'm looking for one with a white sauce, but I'll take anything at this point. Thanks  ;D
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: ladyhen January 30, 2009, 10:07:48 AM
Anybody have a TRIED & TRUE recipe for veggie lasagna? I guess I'm looking for one with a white sauce, but I'll take anything at this point. Thanks  ;D

I don't use a point-by-point recipe, but I DO make veggie lasagna and have a couple of variations. 

Both begin with cooked lasagna noodles and a basic white sauce.   Then I layer sauce, noodles, veggies, noodles, cheeses, sauce, and so on until pan is nearly full.  I like to leave about a half inch or more 'bubbling space' in my lasagna.  Cover loosely with foil and cook at 350* until it's bubbling and hot through.  Remove foil, cover with grated mozzarella cheese and bake until cheese is melted. 

BASIC WHITE SAUCE:

      6 Tbs. butter
     4 - 6 Tbs. flour
     2 + cups milk
      salt and pepper
*  *  *  *  *   melt butter and stir in flour.  let this bubble for a minute, slowly add milk while stirring until thickened.  Salt and pepper to taste. 


Variations for lasagna;

 *  Use ricotta cheese, grated parmesan cheese, and provolone cheese in the layers. 

 *  Use only the white sauce with a good bit of grated parmesan added to it and mozzarella on top

 *   Use pre-cooked veggies.  We like a blend of broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, carrots, etc.  OR sometimes I use only spinach, steamed and squeezed dry. 

 *   Try adding a touch of nutmeg to the sauce for spinach lasagna

  *  be generous with the amount of sauce.  Dry lasagna just isn't good, imo.

hope that helps!  Sorry that I'm not a 'recipe' type. 
 

     
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: Mama Sita January 30, 2009, 10:28:37 AM
Perfect! Thanks, ladyhen. You're welcome in my kitchen anytime cuz it sounds like you cook like I do--THROW & GO!!!

Hubby says I only use a recipe so I know what to call it--I almost NEVER follow them...... ::)
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: ladyhen January 30, 2009, 10:44:57 AM
Perfect! Thanks, ladyhen. You're welcome in my kitchen anytime cuz it sounds like you cook like I do--THROW & GO!!!

Hubby says I only use a recipe so I know what to call it--I almost NEVER follow them...... ::)

De nada!   And thanks for the invite - - I'll bring the dessert.   ;)

Some of our meals just end up being named by my youngest, the one who has a future as a food critic!  Last night's supper of large venison meatballs baked in a mushroom cream sauce was dubbed by him as "Big mushroom-looking-things in a scummy pond".  Appetizing, no? 
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: AndysJess February 20, 2009, 04:54:14 AM
I'm doing a slow cooker Western Omelet.

Layer:
1 lb bag frozen shredded hashbrowns
cubed ham
browned breakfast sausage
cheese
bell pepper, chopped
onion, chopped
diced tomato w/ green chile

Beat 6 eggs with 1/2 C milk and pour over layers.

Cook on high for an hour then turn down and cook 6-7 hours.

I sauteed my onion and bell pepper in some olive oil before I put it in the crock pot...I want them as cooked as possible. I also sprayed my crock pot with some Pam. 

We will use this as a burrito filling.  Top with some sour cream, salsa, and more cheese, of course!!!  Enjoy!!!