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Beef and Veggie Soup

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained, optional
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips, optional

In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, beans if desired, vegetables and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Serve with cheese, sour cream and chips if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

Freeze Beefy Vegetable Soup in serving-size containers for quick, no fuss lunches.

Recipe found here: Beef and Veggie Soup

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Swedish Meatballs Alfredo

2 jars (15 ounces each) roasted garlic Alfredo sauce
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
3/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked Swedish meatballs, thawed
Hot cooked egg noodles

In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first seven ingredients. Stir in meatballs. Cook, covered, on low 2-3 hours or until meatballs are heated through.

Sprinkle with paprika. Serve with noodles. Yield: 10 servings

Recipe found here: Swedish Meatballs Alfredo

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Swedish Tea Ring

1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, patted dry
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons fat-free milk

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, oil, egg whites, salt and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Combine the walnuts, cherries, brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Punch dough down; roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Brush with butter; sprinkle with nut mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.

Place seam side down on a 14-in. pizza pan coated with cooking spray; pinch ends together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at scant 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.

Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over tea ring. Yield: 1 ring (24 slices).

Recipe found here: Swedish Tea Ring

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Pepperoni Penne Carbonara

3 cups uncooked penne pasta
2 cups chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
3 cups boiling water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup chopped pepperoni
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, soak tomatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes; drain well.
In a large skillet, saute tomatoes in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Stir in the pepperoni, cheese, cream, basil, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until heated through. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Pepperoni Penne Carbonara

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Indian Baked Chicken

1 pound small red potatoes, quartered
4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place the potatoes, carrots and onion in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; add chicken. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and pour over top.

Cover and bake at 400° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into chicken reads 180° and vegetables are tender. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Indian Baked Chicken

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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions

In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until soup is thickened.

Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in beer if desired. Cover and cook on low until heated through. Serve with desired toppings. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

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Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, divided
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups water
2 cups chicken stock
1-1/2 pounds fully cooked andouille sausage links, sliced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
Hot cooked rice
3 green onions, chopped

In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; rub over chicken. In a Dutch oven, brown chicken in 2 tablespoons oil in batches; remove chicken from pan.

Add remaining oil to the same pan; stir in flour until blended. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until browned (do not burn). Add onion, peppers and celery; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Gradually add water and stock. Stir in the sausage, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, chicken and the remaining Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until chicken is very tender.

Remove chicken from pan; cool slightly. Skim fat from gumbo and discard bay leaves. Shred chicken and return to gumbo; heat through. Discard bones. Serve gumbo over rice; top with green onions.

Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled gumbo freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary. Yield: 9 servings (3-1/4 quarts).

Recipe found here: Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

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