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Zesty Sloppy Joes

Ingredients
4 pounds ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped green pepper
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1 can (15 ounces) thick and zesty tomato sauce
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
20 to 25 hamburger buns

Directions
In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add green pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes; drain. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns. Yield: 20-25 servings.

Recipe found here: Zesty Sloppy Joes

Root Beer Float Cake

Ingredients
1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1-3/4 cups cold root beer, divided
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 envelope whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)

Directions
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, 1-1/4 cups root beer, oil and eggs. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes or stir by hand for 3 minutes.

Pour into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, combine the whipped topping mix and remaining root beer. Beat until soft peaks form. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Recipe found here: Root Beer Float Cake

Hippie Juice

4 1/2 oz (135ml) Watermelon Vodka
+ 3 oz (90ml) Triple Sec
+ 3 oz (90ml) Coconut Rum
+ Pink Lemonade

Cheese Tortellini Primavera

Ingredients
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1 package (20 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
1 medium sweet orange or yellow pepper
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow summer squash
3 tablespoons butter
3 green onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine broccoli and 1/4 cup water; microwave, covered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly; drain. Repeat with asparagus and remaining water.

Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. In a small bowl, whisk flour and broth until smooth.

Cut orange pepper, zucchini and yellow squash into 1/4-in.-thick strips. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add vegetable strips; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Add green onions and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir broth mixture to combine; stir into vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1-2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.

Add broccoli, asparagus, tortellini, 1/2 cup cheese, pepper and salt; heat through, tossing gently to combine. If desired, serve with additional cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheese Tortellini Primavera

Triple Tomato Flatbread

Ingredients
1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
Cooking spray
3 plum tomatoes, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup soft sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil), julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
2 cups yellow and/or red cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions
Unroll and press dough into a 15×10-in. rectangle. Transfer dough to an 18×12-in. piece of heavy-duty foil coated with cooking spray; spritz dough with cooking spray. In a large bowl, toss plum tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes with oil and seasonings.

Carefully invert dough onto grill rack; remove foil. Grill, covered, over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until bottom is golden brown. Turn; grill 1-2 minutes longer or until second side begins to brown.

Remove from grill. Spoon plum tomato mixture over crust; top with cheese and cherry tomatoes. Return flatbread to grill. Grill, covered, 2-4 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 pieces.

Recipe found here: Triple Tomato Flatbread

Lime Chicken Tacos

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup chunky salsa
12 fat-free flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
Sour cream, pickled onions, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheddar or cotija cheese, optional

Directions
Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine lime juice and chili powder; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender, 5-6 hours.

Remove chicken. When cool enough to handle, shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Stir in corn and salsa. Cook, covered, on low until heated through, about 30 minutes. Place filling on tortillas; if desired, serve with sour cream, pickled onions, lettuce and cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Lime Chicken Tacos

Citrus Cheesecake

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

FILLING
5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

TOPPING
1-1/2 cups (about 12 ounces) sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine flour and lemon peel; gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Divide dough in half; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Remove sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Grease bottom. Between waxed paper, roll half the dough to fit bottom of pan. Peel off top paper; invert dough onto bottom of pan. Remove paper; trim dough to fit pan.

Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Attach sides of the pan and grease sides. Pat remaining dough 1-1/2 in. up sides of pan, pressing dough to bottom crust to seal.

For filling, in another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, peels and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs and yolks; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in cream just until combined. Pour into crust. Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325°; bake 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Combine topping ingredients; spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. Yield: 12-14 servings

Recipe found here: Citrus Cheesecake

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