Monday, April 7, 2014

Chili Mac Casserole

I found this recipe online and adapted it to my family's preference. The nice thing about this is you can change several ingredients for variety.




Chili Mac Casserole Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. Ground beef
1 can Green Chilies
1 can Black Beans
1/2 medium Onion
1 can diced Tomatoes
1 can Tomato paste 
1 package Elbow macaroni
1/2 t. Pepper
1/2 t. Garlic Salt
1 t. Cumin
2 cups Mexican cheese blend (or any cheese you prefer)

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chilies and seasonings. Drain macaroni; add beef mixture.

2. Transfer to a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-7 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. 

Serves 10
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce

I have always loved my mom's spaghetti sauce recipe. There is something familiar and comforting about it that I love. My husband also adores this recipe and asked that I get the exact recipe from my mom. Enjoy!

Mom's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. hamburger
1 medium onion, diced
1 (26 oz) can Hunt's spaghetti sauce
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 envelope spaghetti sauce mix
1 t. sugar
2 T. dried parsley flakes
1 T. Italian herbs
1/2 t. garlic powder
2 (8 oz) cans mushrooms
Salt and Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Brown the hamburger meat with olive oil and onions on a skillet. Drain any extra grease once the meat is fully cooked. Add meat and all other ingredients into a large pot and simmer for about 30 minutes. While the sauce is simmering you can start boiling the spaghetti noodles according to the package instructions. Drain the spaghetti noodles and combine with sauce. Serve and enjoy!
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Skillet Lasagna

This recipe is great to have on hand for a quick and easy dinner with pretty basic ingredients. We also had left overs for lunch the next day!


Skillet Lasagna Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground beef
1 box (12 oz.) bow tie pasta
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 c. mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. sour cream

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook bow tie pasta according to package directions and drain. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

2. Meanwhile, brown and crumble ground beef. Drain, if necessary.

3. Mix spaghetti sauce into the pasta. Then add ground beef, seasonings, cheese, and sour cream. 

4. Heat over low for 5 minutes until cheese melts.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Healthy Applesauce Muffins

I am so glad I found this recipe! It is quick and easy AND HEALTHY. My little toddler loves these muffins and I can still feel good about what I am feeding him. Next time I make these I am going to double the recipe and freeze half of the batch.


Healthy Applesauce Muffins Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled old fashioned oats
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla
4 t. coconut oil
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
cinnamon and sugar mixture


DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease muffin tin and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oatmeal, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, coconut oil, and sugar.

Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined to avoid dryness. 

Place batter evenly in the muffin tin and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Don't overbake or the muffins will be dry.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Zucchini Muffins


Zucchini Muffins Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 lightly beaten egg
1/2 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
1/4 cup milk
1 t. lemon juice
1 t. vanilla
1 cup finely shredded zucchini

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin pan or use paper liners. 
In a large mixing bowl, stir dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, lightly beat egg, and add oil, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and combine thoroughly. Fold in shredded zucchini. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.
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Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry


Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. chicken broth
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
2-3 cups veggies such as broccoli, peppers, carrots
1 T. freshly minced ginger
1 medium onion, minced
2 T. minced garlic
2 T. soy sauce
Salt and Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Cut the chicken into bite sized chunks and set aside.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken when skillet is hot and sprinkle salt and pepper. Add garlic, onion, ginger, and chicken broth and continue to cook the chicken. Add vegetables to the skillet and cook until tender. Add soy sauce and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Serve over rice.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oven Roasted Corn

Here is just a quick and EASY way to roast frozen corn in the oven. It is a fast way to create a tasty vegetable side dish. Enjoy!


Oven Roasted Corn Recipe

Spread one bag of frozen (not thawed) corn evenly on a greased cookie sheet. 
Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Broil for 5 minutes.


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