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Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Orzo

Ingredients
1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen broccoli with cheese sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat broccoli with cheese sauce according to package directions.

In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, salt and pepper; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain orzo. Stir orzo and broccoli with cheese sauce into skillet; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Orzo

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Orange Cheesecake Breakfast Rolls

Ingredients
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1-3/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, eggs, butter, salt and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, orange juice concentrate and vanilla until smooth. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll one portion into an 18-in. x 7-in. rectangle. Spread half of the filling to within 1/2 in. of edges.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices; place cut side down in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, orange juice and peel; drizzle over warm rolls. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.
To Make Ahead: Prepare, shape and place rolls in baking pans as directed. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove rolls from the refrigerator and let stand for 30 minutes. Bake and glaze as directed.

Recipe found here: Orange Cheesecake Breakfast Rolls

Classic Margarita

Makes 2 cocktails

½ cup fresh lime juice, plus a tablespoon or so separately
Coarse salt to rim glasses
½ cup tequila (I prefer the more robust flavor of reposado, but blanco is fine.)
½ cup Grand Marnier (Gran Gala is a good, cheaper substitute)
Lime wheel for garnish

Directions
Dip the corner of a paper towel into the tablespoon of lime juice and use it to wet the two glasses around the rim where you want the salt. Place a tablespoon or so of the salt in a saucer and roll the glasses over it to get salt to adhere. Fill glasses with ice (if serving on the rocks).

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the ½ cup of lime juice, tequila and Grand Marnier. Shake several second until the shaker feels ice cold. Pour through a strainer into your glasses. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients
8 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 head bok choy (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 celery rib, sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped green pepper
1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet red pepper
1/3 cup coarsely chopped onion
6 tablespoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce

Directions
Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, trim and discard root end of bok choy. Cut stalks into 1-in. pieces. Coarsely chop leaves.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; stir-fry 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan.

Stir-fry bok choy stalks, celery, peppers and onion in remaining oil 4 minutes. Add bok choy leaves; stir-fry 3-5 minutes longer or until leaves are tender. Stir in teriyaki sauce. Add spaghetti and chicken; heat through, tossing to combine. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken Stir-Fry

Southwest Tortilla Scramble

Ingredients
4 large egg whites
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 corn tortillas (6 inches), halved and cut into strips
1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach
2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup salsa

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk egg whites, eggs and pepper. Stir in tortillas, spinach and cheese.

Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Pour in egg mixture; cook and stir until eggs are thickened and no liquid egg remains. Top with salsa. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Southwest Tortilla Scramble


Tuscan Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients
4 cups fresh cauliflowerets (about 14 ounces)
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine cauliflower, broth, water and garlic;

bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and mushrooms over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.

Add sausage and mushrooms to cauliflower mixture; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in cream and pepper; heat through. Serve with bacon. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Raspberry Truffle Cake Pops

Ingredients
1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1/2 cup canned vanilla frosting
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam, melted
2 to 3 tablespoons raspberry liqueur
Red food coloring, optional
48 lollipop sticks
2-1/2 pounds dark chocolate candy coating, chopped
Pink candy coating, chopped
Pink sprinkles and decorative sugar, optional

Directions
Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add the frosting, jam, liqueur and food coloring if desired; mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; insert sticks. Freeze for at least 2 hours or refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until cake balls are firm.

In a microwave, melt dark candy coating. Dip each cake pop in coating; allow excess to drip off. Insert cake pops into a styrofoam block to stand. Melt pink candy coating; drizzle over cake pops. Decorate some cake pops with sprinkles and sugar if desired. Let stand until set. Yield: 4 dozen.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Truffle Cake Pops

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