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Rigatoni

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

One half pound of rigatoni, cooked al detente

One 24 ounce jar Prego Traditional Italian Sauce


One pound hamburger, browned and drained

One 8 ounce package of Bel Gioioso Fresh Mozzarella Pearls 


Combine all ingredients; pour into 9×13 baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. At the end of 20 minutes, remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes.

I didn’t get a photo of the baked product– we ate it too quickly!

Beef Quesadillas 

We love chicken quesadillas; we’ve not made beef quesadillas before tonight. They turned out great!

Ingredients:

One half pound of roast beef, in strips

One teaspoon of each of the following: cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cilantro, salt and pepper

Canola oil 

Eight 8-inch tortillas 

Cheese

Directions:

Fry meat with seasonings  until totally browned in two tablespoons of oil. Set aside. 

On a flat griddle, well-oiled, brown two tortillas. The important thing is to brown each side of the tortilla. It’s ok to flip them more than once to get them brown enough. 

Ok, time to put them together! On one tortilla, add some beef and as much cheese as you can handle. Allow the cheese to melt a bit; top with second tortilla. Use a large pancake turner and spoon to flip the quesadilla. Be careful! 

When it’s brown and melty enough, place on oven-safe plate and set in oven to keep warm. 

Repeat until you’ve made four quesadillas. Serve with sour cream, salsa and refried beans. 

Hamburger Helper: Crunchy Taco

It’s review time!


My son likes Hamburger Helper. From the red box, not the kind I can make from scratch.

Last night we had the Crunchy Taco HH. Here’s what we thought:

It was delicious, yes, but it needed more crunchy chips; also if I had added a few pinto beans, it would have made it better.

So, next time: more chips and add the beans!

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Beans and Bacon

Beans and bacon made in my InstantPot!
2 pounds of Hurst’s Ham BeanPinto Bea with Ham Flavor,  cleaned

12 cups of cold water

–add beans and water to InstantPot. Seal vent closed. Turn on BEAN/SOUP.

Allow to cook through cycle, 40 minutes.

While beans cook, fry 1 pound of thick sliced bacon (I used my oven) and drain.

Add bacon to cooked beans. Salt to taste.

Set on crock pot setting for two hours; you may want to add more water.
Enjoy!

Microwave Potatoes with Tuna

This meal is an AllRecipes AllStar review.

You will need:

1 pound small red potatoes, quartered

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1/3 cup green onion (I didn’t use these)

1 clove minced garlic

1 (5 ounce) can of Bumblebee (r) Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water

2 tsp. olive oil

2 tsp. Dijon mustard (I used brown spicy mustard)

1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper

1 tbsp. parsley

I made this slightly different from the original recipe; here’s what I did:

Place potatoes in microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 5 minutes; carefully remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes (keep it covered).

Drain and chunk tuna in small bowl; add other ingredients to tuna.

Pour tuna into serving bowl. Add potatoes, including water left over from microwaving.

Serve immediately.

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Maple Pepper Bacon

Daniel loves bacon; he thinks it’s one of the food groups.

He saw a chef on Food Network make maple pepper bacon and asked me to make some for supper.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of thick sliced bacon

fresh cracked black pepper

REAL maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 475•

Take a 9×13 cookie sheet and cover it with foil and then one sheet of parchment paper. The foil will help keep the cookie sheet clean and the bacon won’t stick to the parchment paper.

Spread bacon on parchment paper and sprinkle with freshly cracked bacon. Flip and pepper the other side of the bacon. Put into hot oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Flip bacon after 15 minutes and bake for 10 more minutes until nice and crispy.

Pour maple syrup over the bacon; I didn’t measure but probably used 1/4 cup.

Return to oven for 8 more minutes.

Yum! I made scrambled eggs with cheese and heated tortillas and we made bacon and egg burritos.

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Chicken and Rice Soup

1 pound chicken tenders, diced
1 cup white rice
16 ounces Swanson Chicken Stock
16 ounces  SwansonVegetable Stock
2 cups water (may need more later)
1/2 cup carrots (I ran mine thru my food processor, you can dice)
1/2 cup green beans
2 tbsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
IF you want to KICK up the flavor, add
1 tbsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper Seasoning

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Place chicken and ALL ingredients into medium stock pot. Simmer on low heat for an hour. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add more water if necessary and adjust seasonings as needed. Simmer for 30 more minutes. I served mine with a French baguette with lots of butter.

 

 

Smoked Sausage and Potatoes

IMG_20150822_161432Peel and dice two russet potatoes.

Add to large skillet which has been heated with two tablespoons of canola oil and one tablespoon of butter. Fry on medium heat until browned and cooked  (15 minutes or so), stirring often.

Slice up a one pound package of Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage and add to the skillet with the potatoes. Heat for approximately 10 minutes, until meat is hot.

Serve immediately.

 

 

 

More Italian Chicken!

tmp_23497-IMG_20150806_180655-1507886880Chicken is so versatile. I call this Italian chicken, but it’s basically CHICKEN, with any favorite spices plus a few regulars. One of my favorite spices is McCormick Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper seasoning.

As you see in the picture above, I made chicken tenders from two chicken breasts. They were fried in extra virgin olive oil and butter. I added a splash of white wine and let the tenders get nice and brown.

The entire cast iron skillet went into a 350° preheated oven for 10 minutes. Carefully remove skillet, add diced potatoes and raise oven temperature to 450° so that everything SIZZLES.

Bake for 10 minutes, stir potatoes and rearrange chicken. Bake for 10 more minutes. Remove chicken, rest it for 5 minutes while potatoes finish roasting.

Serve hot. Enjoy!

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Yum!