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southwestern-casserole

Southwestern Casserole

Ingredients
2 cups (8 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

Directions
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef, until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in next eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain macaroni; stir into beef mixture.

Preheat oven to 375°. Transfer macaroni mixture to two greased 2-qt. baking dishes. Top with cheese and jalapenos. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until bubbly and heated through, about 10 minutes longer. Serve one casserole. Cool the second; cover and freeze up to 3 months.

To use frozen casserole: Thaw in refrigerator 8 hours. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°, 20-25 minutes. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).

Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe found here: Southwestern Casserole

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stir-fry-rice-bowl

Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium carrots, julienned
1 medium zucchini, julienned
1/2 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
4 large eggs
3 cups hot cooked brown rice
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions
In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, zucchini and mushrooms; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender. Add bean sprouts, spinach, water, soy sauce and chili sauce; cook and stir just until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Place 2-3 in. of water in a large skillet with high sides. Bring to a boil; adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Break cold eggs, one at a time, into a small bowl; holding bowl close to surface of water, slip egg into water.

Cook, uncovered, 3-5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Using a slotted spoon, lift eggs out of water.

Serve rice in bowls; top with vegetables. Drizzle with sesame oil. Top each serving with a poached egg. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Stir-Fry Rice Bowl

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basil-tomato-soup-with-orzo

Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

Ingredients
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Directions
In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until onion is tender. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, basil, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to package directions; drain. Add orzo and cream to soup; heat through (do not boil). Sprinkle servings with cheese. Yield: 16 servings (4-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

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sweet-sour-pork-wraps

Sweet & Sour Pork Wraps

Ingredients
1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup water
1 cup sweet-and-sour sauce
1/4 cup sherry or chicken broth
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
3 garlic cloves, minced
16 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
4 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Directions
Place roast and onion in a 6-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk water, sweet-and-sour sauce, sherry, soy sauce, soup mix, ginger and garlic until blended; pour over pork. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

When cool enough to handle, shred pork with two forks. To serve, spoon about 1/3 cup pork mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup cabbage; sprinkle with cilantro. Fold bottom of tortilla over filling; fold both sides to close. Yield: 8 servings (2 wraps each).

Recipe found here: Sweet & Sour Pork Wraps

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chicken-marsala-with-gorgonzola

Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup marsala wine
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, divided
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Remove and keep warm.

In same skillet, saute mushrooms in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute.

Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by a third. Stir in cream and remaining salt. Return to a boil; cook until slightly thickened.

Return chicken to pan; add 1/3 cup cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; garnish with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola

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smoked-salmon-bagel-sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

Ingredients
2 tablespoons prepared pesto
2 whole wheat bagels, split and toasted
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
4 to 5 ounces smoked salmon or lox
2 slices tomato
2 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves

Directions
Spread pesto over bagel bottoms; sprinkle with pepper. Layer with salmon, tomato and lettuce leaves. Replace tops. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwiches

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best-ever-potato-soup

Best-Ever Potato Soup

Ingredients
6 bacon strips, diced
3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups 2% milk
8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
2 green onions, thinly sliced, optional

Directions
In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally; drain drippings. Add vegetables, seasonings and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.

Mix flour and milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. If desired, serve with green onions. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Best-Ever Potato Soup

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