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Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Ingredients
1 package (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix
2-1/3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecan halves, toasted
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
4 medium acorn squash (about 22 ounces each)
3/4 cup water

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine the rice with contents of seasoning mix, broth, sage and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 23-25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute celery and onion in oil until tender. Stir in cranberries, pecans and parsley. Remove from the heat. Stir in rice mixture.

Cut squash in half widthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each half so squash sits flat. Fill squash halves with about 1/2 cup rice mixture. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Pour water into pan.

Coat one side of a large piece of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray. Cover pan tightly with foil, coated side down. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until squash is tender. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

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Roasted Squash, Carrots & Walnuts

Ingredients
2 pounds carrots (about 12 medium), peeled
1 medium butternut squash (3 pounds), peeled and cubed
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°. Cut carrots in half lengthwise, then in half crosswise.

In a large bowl, toss squash and carrots with brown sugar, oil, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Transfer to two greased foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Roast 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle walnuts over vegetables. Roast 5-10 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Roasted Squash, Carrots & Walnuts

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Creamy Cranberry Salad

Ingredients
3 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, chopped
1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 medium apple, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
In a large bowl, mix first six ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

To serve, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture. Yield: 16 servings (1/2 cup each).

Test Kitchen Tips
Make it easy on yourself. Pulse cranberries in a food processor to chop them.
To really bring the walnuts to life, toast them for a few minutes in a dry skillet. Stir occasionally and watch closely so they don’t burn, Remove from the heat when fragrant.

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Loaded Tater Tot Bake

Ingredients
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 ounces Canadian bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips
4 cups frozen Tater Tots, thawed
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add Canadian bacon; cook 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Line bottom of a greased 11×7-in. baking dish with Tater Tots; top with Canadian bacon mixture. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream, cream and seasonings until blended. Stir in cheese; pour over top. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Loaded Tater Tot Bake

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Italian Mac N’ Cheese

Ingredients
8 oz. Galbani® Ricotta Cheese
4 oz. Galbani® Mozzarella Cheese, hand shredded
4 oz. Galbani® Provolone Cheese, hand shredded
1 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. butter
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup hot capicola, diced
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, crushed
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
Salt and white pepper, to taste
1 lb. spiral pasta, cook as directed
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup Romano cheese, grated

Directions
In a sauce pan on the stove, whisk butter and flour over medium heat.

As it gets thicker, add heavy cream and bring to a slow boil.

Continue to whisk, add cheeses and blend until creamy.

Add peas and capicola and reduce heat to simmer.

Add red pepper flakes, Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper.

Turn off heat. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to the directions on the package.

Drain water and add pasta to the sauce.

In a separate saute pan add bread crumbs. Stir over a medium heat to toast.

Transfer mac n? cheese to a large bowl and finish with grated cheese and toasted bread crumbs. Yield: 8 servings

Recipe found here: Italian Mac N’ Cheese

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Black Bean-Mango Salad

Ingredients
2 medium mangoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash salt

Directions
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 4 servings.

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

Recipe found here: Black Bean-Mango Salad

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Sweet Macaroni Salad

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
4 medium carrots, shredded
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cups mayonnaise
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain well.

In a large bowl, combine macaroni and vegetables. Whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth and sugar is dissolved; stir into macaroni mixture. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. Yield: 16 servings

Recipe found here: Sweet Macaroni Salad

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