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Pasta with Chicken and Roasted Peppers

Quick and easy weeknight meal!

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

In a sauté pan or skillet large enough to hold all of the pasta after it has been cooked, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the chicken and sauté, stirring, until it is cooked through. Lower the heat to medium and add the roasted red peppers, oregano, rosemary, and chicken broth.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauté pan with the chicken. Stir to combine. Add freshly ground pepper. Serve in large pasta bowls, with parmesan cheese on the side.


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Pepperoni Burgers

A nice compromise when one family member wants pizza and another wants burgers for dinner!

1-1/2 lb ground beef


Combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic, and oregano. Mix the ingredients well and form into six patties. Place the patties on a broiler and cook on both sides until almost done. Spoon the pizza sauce over the top of the cooked burgers and top with the grated mozzarella, Place the pepperoni slices on top of the cheese and broil until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Serve open-faced on a slice of toasted Italian bread!
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Hawaiian Fish Kabobs



Add the first seven ingredients to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake them well. Place the catfish in a shallow bowl and pour the marinade over the fish, tossing the fish to coat it thoroughly with the marinade. Cover the bowl and chill the fish for 30 minutes or longer. Reserving the marinade, remove the fish from the bowl. String the pineapple, vegetables, and fish on the skewers, starting and ending with pieces of bell pepper. Brush the skewers on all sides with the remaining marinade. Place the skewers on a hot grill, and cook the kebabs for 4 minutes on each side or until the fish is just cooked through.

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Hot Chicken Salad

Chicken salad doesn't have to just make sandwiches...it can also make a delicious casserole!

4 cup cold, chopped cooked chicken

Grease a 2-quart oval or rectangular baking dish; set aside. In a large bowl, toss together the chopped chicken, eggs, undiluted cream of chicken soup, chopped celery, mayonnaise or salad dressing, pimientos, lemon juice and onion. Spoon the chicken mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.

In a small bowl, stir together the crushed potato chips and slivered almonds. Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken salad. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour (or even overnight). Preheat the oven to 400°. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until heated through. Cover the top loosely with aluminum foil, if necessary, to prevent overbrowning.

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Chimichangas

Chimichangas are like really awesome fried burritos! (This is a big recipe, fyi.)

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, miced
2 cans (16 oz each) refried beans
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup taco sauce
16 flour tortillas (10-inch)
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Optional Toppings: salsa, shredded lettuce, sour cream, chopped ripe olices, chopped tomatoes, addtional cheese

In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, cheese and taco sauce. Cook and stir until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Spoon about 1/3 cup of beef and bean mixture off-center on each tortilla. Fold up edge nearest filling; fold in both sides and roll up. Secure with a toothpick. In a large skillet, fry tortilla, folded side down, in oil for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn; cook 2-3 minutes longer. Drain on paper towels. Serve with toppings!

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Adobo Shrimp Scampi

Hope you're not afraid of a little spice...

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, saute the tomatoes, peppers and garlic in oil for 2 minutes. reduce heat to medium; stir in the shrimp, broth, cilantro, lime juice, butter and salt. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove from the heat; sprinkle with cheese.
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Skillet Chicken and Veggies

Change out the veggies to suit your family's tastes!

1 package (7 oz) spaghetti
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 large zucchini, julienned
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the chicken, garlic and basil in oil for 2-3 minutes or until garlic is tender. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, onion and peppers. Cook and stir for 5-7 minutes until chicken juices run clear and veggies are crisp-tender.

Stir the mayonnaise and 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese into chicken mixture. Drain spaghetti; top with chicken mixture. Toss gently to combine. Serve sprinkled with remaining cheese.
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Pasta Veggie Stir Fry

Monday, Monday...let's go Meat Free! You won't miss it with all the garden goodness in this dish.

2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
2 medium carrots, julienned
1 medium leek, white portion only-julienned
2 small zucchini, julienned
1 each medium sweet red, yellow and green peppers, cut into thin strips
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-in pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or wok, stir-fry the carrots, leek, zucchini, peppers and green beans in hot olive oil for 3-4 minutes until crisp tender. Drain pasta; add to the vegetables mixture. Drizzle with sesame oil. Stir fry for 2 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, salt, chili powder and ginger. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat.
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Summer Sausage Packets

Firing up the gril this weekend? Easy foil packages, full of all your favorite things, cook up easily (and clean up is a breeze!).

1 pound summer sausage, cut into 1-in pieces
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-in cubes
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small yellow summer squash, sliced
1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-in pieces
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup butter, cut into eight cubes
1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Gently stir in the chicken and tomatoes. Divide mixture among eight double thicknesses of heavy duty foil (about 12-in square). Top each with a butter cube.

Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and veggies are tender. Carefully open foil to allow steam to escape; drizzle with dressing.
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Fajita Skillet

It's the fresh pineapple that'll knock your socks off!

2 flour tortillas (10-in), cut into 1/2-in strips
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/2 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp lime juice
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1 medium tomato, chopped

In a large skillet, fry tortilla strips in 2 tbsp oil on both sides for 1 minute or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. In the same skillet, cook the chicken beef, green pepper, onion, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin and pepper in remaining oil for 3-4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and lime juice until smooth; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in pineapple and tomato; heat through. Serve with tortilla strips.
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Greek Pizzas

Nice, fresh spin on classic pizza taste!


1 package (5 oz) fresh baby spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 can (15 oz) pizza sauce
2 prebaked mini pizza crusts
4 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 cup crumbled tomato and basil feta cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

In a large skillet, saute spinach in oil for 2-3 minutes or until wilted. Remove and set aside. In the same skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in pizza sauce; cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.

Place crusts on an ungreased baking sheet; spread with meat sauce to within 1/2-inch of edges. Layer with spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese and pine nuts. Bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Lemon Shrimp Stir-Fry

The sauce is mild but still full of velvety lemon flavor! Tiny recipe, though, only serves two so double up if you need to.

1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1/4 tsp grated lemon peel
Dash pepper
1/2 cup water
4-1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp canola oil
3/4 cup sliced celery
1/2 medium green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 cup fresh sugar snap peas
1 green onion, sliced
1 cup hot cooked long grain rice

In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in water and lemon juice until blended; set aside. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry shrimp in oil for 1-2 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove with slotted spoon and keep warm. In the same pan, stir-fry celery and peppers for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, peas and onion; stir-fry 3-4 minutes longer or until veggies are crisp-tender.

Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add shrimp; heat through. Serve with rice.

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Garden Primavera

Start the week off right with a nice Meat-Free Monday meal, chock full of healthy veggies.

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
1 medium carrot, sliced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup V8 juice
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute broccoli, red pepper, carrot, mushrooms, celery and garlic in oil for 3 minutes. Add the V8 juice and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Stir in the peas, salt and pepper; simmer 2 minutes longer or until peas are tender.

Drain fettuccine; add to veggie mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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Brown Sugar Salmon with Strawberries

So fresh, so light...your body will thank you!

1 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 salmon fillets (5 oz each)
Relish:
1 tbsp minced fresh mint
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/8 tsp sugar
1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
1 small cucumber, finely chopped

In a small bowl , mix the first five ingredients and rub over the flesh side of the salmon fillets. Refrigerate covered for 1 hour. For the relish, in another bowl, mix mint, oil, lemon juice, lemon peel and sugar. Add strawberries and cucumber; toss to coat.

Oil your grill lightly. Place salmon on grill rack, skin side down. Grill, covered, over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with relish.
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Apple Spiced Pork

Something about sweet and savory dishes, gets me everytime.

2 cups uncooked yolk-free noodles
1 pound pork tenderloin, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-in slices
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp canola oil
2 medium tart apples, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1 tbsp browm sugar
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4-1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 can (14-1/2 oz) reduced-sodium beef broth
2 tbsp chopped walnuts

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the pork with celery and onion in oil; drain. Add the apples, raisins, brown sugar, seasoned salt and cinnamon. Cook and stir over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until pork is no longer pink and veggies are tender.

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and broth until smooth; gradually add to the pork mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with noodles. Sprinkle with walnuts.
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Wild Rice Salad with Almonds and Apples

You'll be surprised at how awesome a cold rice salad is!

1-1/2 cups uncooked wild rice
2 medium apples, chopped
2 tbsp plus 1/2 cup orange juice
4 tsp olive oil
4 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 cup almonds, chopped

Cook wild rice according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, toss apples with 2 tbsp orange juice. In another bowl, whisk the remaining orange juice, oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.

Add apples and celery to rice. Drizzle with dressing; toss to combine. Refrigerate covered until chilled. Sprinkle with almonds before serving.

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Curried Chicken with Apples

Fast weeknight dish that just explodes with flavor!

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
2 tbsp canola oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp minced fresh gingerroot
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp caynenne pepper
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
Hot cooked rice

In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken and onion in oil until onion is tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Stir in apples, water and seasonings.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Stir in the tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro; heat through; serve with rice.

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Easy Brisket

Oh, you'll thank me for this recipe. Leftovers (if you have any) make excellent sandwiches!

2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp (each) salt, onion powder, garlic powder
1 tbsp (each) ground mustard, smoked paprika, pepper
2 fresh beef briskets (3-1/2 lbs each)
1 bottle (10 oz) Heinz 57 steak sauce
1/2 cup liquid smoke
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

In a small bowl, combine spices and brown sugar. With a fork or sharp knife, prick holes in briskets. Rub meat with seasoning mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Place briskets, fat sides up, in a roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine the steak sauce, liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meat.

Cover tightly with foil; bake at 325 for 4 to 5 hours or until tender. Let stand in juices for 15 minutes. To serve, thinly slice across the grain. Spoon pan juices over servings.
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Merlot Filet Mignon

So simple and so good, add a loaded baked potato and a salad to complete the meal!  (Note this recipe only serves two.)

2 beef tenderloin steaks
3 tbsp butter, divided
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup merlot
2 tbsp heaving whipping cream
1/8 tsp salt

In a small skillet, cook steaks in 1 tbsp butter and oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness.  Remove and keep warm.

In the same skillet, add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.  Bring to a boil; cook until the liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup.  Add the cream, salt and remaining butter; bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened and butter is melted.  Serve with steaks.

 
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Beef Fajitas with wasabi

Wasabi is Japanese horseradish and it goes very well with beef!  It's powerful. (You've been warned!)

1 large sweet red pepper, julienned
12 green onions with tops, cut in half lengthwise
2 tbsp sesame oil, divided
1 pound beef stir-fry strips
2 tsp cornstarch
3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp prepared wasabi
2 tsp minced fresh gingerroot
1 tsp minced garlic
8 flour tortillas, warmed
1 cup coleslaw mix

In a large skillet, stir-fry pepper and onions in 1 tbsp oil for 3 minutes or until tender; remove and set aside.  In the same skillet, stir-fry beef in remaining oil for 5 minutes or until no longer pink.

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, wasabi, ginger and garlic until blended; pour over beef.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Return red pepper mixture to the pan and heat through.

Spoon 1/2 cup of the beef mixture down the center of each tortilla; top with 2 tbsp of the coleslaw mix.  Roll up tortillas and serve immediately.
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Ribeye Steaks with Chili Butter

There is something so decadent about these steaks, finished off with a spicy chili butter! 

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
Dash cayenne pepper
2 beef ribeye steaks (8 oz each)
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sugar

In a small bowl, beat the butter, chili powder, mustard and cayenne pepper until smooth.  Refrigerate until serving.

Rub the steaks with pepper and sugar.  Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness.

Spoon chili butter over steaks and serve!

 
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Steak and Bread Salad

Steak salads are SO satisfying.  And no lettuce is required for this one!

2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 beef top sirloin (1-in thick and 1-1/4 lbs)
2 cups cubed multigrain bread
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup ranch salad dressing
2 tbsp finely grated horseradish
1 tbsp prepared mustard
3 large tomatoes, cut into 1-in pieces
1 medium cucumber, cut into 1-in pieces
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

Mix chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper; rub over steak.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, toss bread cubes with oil.  In a large skillet, toast bread over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned, stirring frequently.  In a small bowl, whisk salad dressing, horseradish and mustard.

Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-in from heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness.  In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and toasted bread.  Add 1/2 cup dressing mixture; toss to coat.  Slice steak; serve with salad and remaing dressing.
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Pizza Pasta

The pizza flavor packs a punch in this pasta dish!

2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 oz sliced pepperoni
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 jar (14 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (4-1/2 oz) sliced mushrooms
1 can (4-1/4 oz) chopped ripe black olives, drained
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook th ebeef, sausage, green pepper and onion until the meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add the pepperoni, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, mushrooms and olives; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Drain the pasta; stir into the meat mixture.  Heat through.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Remove from heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted.

 
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Chicken Carrot Pilaf

Love that this meal is prepared all in one skillet, less clean-up!!

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
5 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter until no longer pink.  Remove and keep warm.  In the same skillet, add the rice carrots, onion, mushrooms and red pepper.  Cook and stir until rice is browned and onion is tender.

Stir in broth.  Place the chicken over the rice mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender.  Stir in parsley.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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Chicken Taco Fettuccine

The flavors come together so nicely in the easily prepared dish! 

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 to 4 tsp taco seasoning
2 tbp shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook fettuccine according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the chicken in oil for 4-5 minutes over medium heat or until heated through (it should already be cooked).  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Whisk in cream and taco seasoning until blended.  Cook and stir until heated through (do not boil).  Stir in cheese.  Drain fettuccine; toss with chicken mixture.
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Cajun Cabbage

It's a little spicy and a little cheesy too...not your average cabbage dish, that's for sure!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp each white, black and cayenne pepper
4 to 6 drops hot pepper sauce (more if you dare!)
1 small head cabbage, chopped
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Colby cheese

In a skillet, cook the beef, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice and seasonings.

Spread into an ungreased 13-in x 9-in baking dish.  Top with the cabbage and cheese.  Cover and bake at 350 for 65-75 minutes or until the rice is tender.

 
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Spinach Manicotti

Nice dish for a Meat-Free Monday! 

1 carton (15 oz) fat-free ricotta cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squezzed dry
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 cups tomato juice
1 cup chunky salsa
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
14 uncooked manicotti shells

In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, spinach, sour cream, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder.

Combine the tomato juice, salsa and crushed tomatoes; spread 1 cup sauce in an ungreased 13-in x 9-in baking dish.  Stuff the uncooked manicotti with spinach mixture; arrange over sauce.  Pour remaining sauce over manicotti.

Cover and bake at 350 for 55 minutes.  Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.  Bake 15 minutes longer or until noodles are tender.
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Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Instead of asking "why stuff a burger with bacon and cheddar?"...ask yourself WHY NOT?!?
     
1 lb ground beef chuck


In a large bowl combine ground beef, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce together. Form the meat into 8 equal portioned patties. Place patties on a plate and cover under refrigeration until ready to use.

In a small bowl, combine cheddar cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce and onion together.  To stuff burgers, place a small about of cheese and bacon mixture in the middle of four patties. Cover the filled patties with the plain patties, securing the burgers by crimpling the sides with your fingers.  Chill burgers until ready to cook.

Broil, grill or sauté burger until cheese has melted and the meat is cooked well. Place on toasted hamburger buns and top as desired.  The filling in these burgers will be VERY hot, be careful when eating.

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Halibut Salad

You could also use this as a sandwich filling too!



 
Lightly coat a medium skillet with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Sear halibut steak until browned, 3 - 5 minutes per side. Allow halibut to cool, then flake into large pieces and set aside.

Mix together mayonnaise, celery, scallions, and dill in a medium bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold in flaked fish and adjust seasonings. Use as a sandwich filling or serve as a salad.
 
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Sopa de Lima


Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips.

Spread the tortilla slivers on a nonstick baking sheet or on a piece of foil and bake in a 400°F oven or toaster oven until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Let cool on a plate.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, and chili slices and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, lime juice, chicken, and tomato. Gently simmer the soup until the chicken is cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste and extra lime juice if desired: The soup should be highly seasoned. Stir in the cilantro. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with toasted tortilla strips.

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Linguine with Garlic Shrimp

Never met a shrimp dish I didn't LOVE!  (But then again, my dad did own a restaurant named The Shrimp House!!)

12 oz fresh shrimp, deveined


For garlic paste, cut 1/2 inch off the pointed portions of garlic bulbs. Remove the outer papery layers of the garlic. Place both bulbs on a piece of foil. Bring edges of foil together to form a pouch. Seal. Bake garlic in a 375° oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until very soft. When cool enough to handle, use your fingers to press garlic pulp from each clove. Mash pulp with a spoon or fork to make a smooth paste (should have about 2 to 3 tablespoons). Set aside. 

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook mushrooms and sweet pepper in hot oil until pepper is tender.
In a small bowl stir together the garlic paste, water, basil, cornstarch, oregano, bouillon, granules, and black pepper. Add to mushroom mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add the shrimp to the mushroom mixture. Cover and simmer about 2 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Stir in tomatoes; heat through.
To serve, spoon shrimp over pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Toss to combine.

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Panfried Flank Steak

With garlic butter, too!  


      
Pat steak dry with paper towels, then season liberally on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. When pan begins to smoke, coat with oil, then add steak (be careful; oil will spatter) and sear, until almost black, for about 4 minutes on each side (for rare). Don't move meat until ready to turn or crust will break.  Transfer steak to a platter and top with garlic butter. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Allow steak to rest for 10 minutes, then cut across the grain into 1/4" slices. Spoon juices over steak and top with parsley. 

GARLIC BUTTER: Heat butter and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove and discard garlic. Keep butter warm. Makes enough to top 4 servings of steak.
              
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Bacon-wrapped Burgers

Don't let this be a steak-only trick...wrapping bacon around a burger is tasty too! (Fyi: large recipe here--feeds 10.)

1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 pounds ground beef
10 bacon strips
10 hamburger buns and various toppings

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.  Shape into ten patties.  Wrap each patty with a strip of bacon; secure with wooden toothpicks.

Grill patties, uncovered, over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 160.  Discard toothpicks!  Serve on buns with toppings.
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Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Two of my fav things in one dish!

4 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups finely chopped rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 celery rib, finely chopped
4 medium sweet red peppers
Crushed potato chips

Preheat oven to 350.  In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients.  Add chicken, cheese and celery; toss to coat.

Cut peppers lengthwise in half; remove seeds.  In a Dutch oven, cook peppers in boiling water 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.

Place peppers in a lightly greased baking dish.  Fill each pepper half with chicken mixture.  Sprinkle each with crushed potato chips.  Bake uncovered 15-20 minutes or until filling is heated through.
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Mediterranean Chicken

An easy weeknight meal, just add a side salad to round it out!

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can (14-1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes
1 can (14-1/2 oz) cut green beans, drained
1 cup water
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1-1/2 cups instant brown rice
12 pitted Greek olives, halved
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in oil on each side.  Stir in the tomatoes, green beans, water, oregano and garlic powder.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in rice.  Return to a boil.  Cover and simmer 8-10 minutes longer or until rice is tender.  Right before serving, stir in olives; sprinkle with cheese.
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Hot Tuna Sandwiches

Easy to double or triple this recipe if you're feeding a crowd!

1 can (12 oz) white water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
1/2 cup frozen mixed veggies, thawed and chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
1 tbsp ranch salad dressing mix
4 hamburger buns,split

Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.   Spoon tuna mixture onto bun bottoms; replace tops.  Place each sandwich on a piece of heavy-duty foil.  Fold foil around each sandwich and seal tightly; place packets on a baking sheet.  Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
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Garden Primavera

Change out the veggies to suit your family's tastes or what you have fresh on hand to use as well!

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
1 medium carrot, sliced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup V8 juice
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook fettuccine according to package directions.  In a large nonstick skillet, saute broccoli, red pepper, carrot , mushrooms, celery and garlic in oil for 3 minutes.  Add the V8 juice and basil; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 3 minutes.  Stir in peas, salt and pepper; simmer 2 minutes longer or until peas are tender.

Drain fettuccine; add to veggie mixture and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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Potato Salad

It's a small recipe so plan on doubling (or tripling!) up for a bigger gathering.

3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, about 1-1/2 pounds, peeled and cubed
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 samll onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook uncovered 10-15 minutes or until tender.  Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl.  Add the eggs, celery, onion and green pepper.

In a small bowl, mix the remaqining ingredients; add to potato mixture.  Toss gently to coat.  Serve warm.  Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
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Blue Cheese Slaw

Another great picnic side for your celebrations on Independence Day!

4 cups shredded green cabbage
4 cups shredded red cabbage
4 large carrots, shredded
Dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp stone-ground mustard
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

In a large bowl, combine cabbages and carrots.  In a small bowl, combine the mayo, mustards, vinegar, celery salt, salt and pepper.  Pour over cabbage mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cheese and parsley.  Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving to let the flavors set up.

 
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Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Great for picnics!!!

1 package tricolor spiral pasta
1 cup sliced green onions
1 jar (7 oz) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and thinly sliced
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.  In a large bow, combine pasta, onions, red peppers and cheese.

In a small bowl, whisk the salad dressing mix, broth and vinegar.  Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
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Watermelon Salad

Featuring awesome picnic dishes this week to help you celebrate Independence Day!

8 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about 1 medium watermelon)
1 small red onion, cut into rings
1 cup toasteds slivered almonds
1 cup fresh arugula (or baby spinach)
1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
3 tbsp canola oil
1 cup (4 oz) crumbled blue cheese
Watermelon slices, optional

In a large bowl, combine watermelon and onion; cover and refrigerate until cold (about 30 minutes).  Just before serving. add almonds and arugula.  In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette and oil; drizzle over salad and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with cheese.  If desired, serve over additional slices of watermelon.

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Chicken Vegetable Kabobs

Stick everything on a skewer and grill away!

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. cubes
1 cup Italian salad dressing, divided
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-in.slices
1 yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-in. slices
2 medium onions, quartered
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1-in. pieces
2 cups cherry tomatoes

In a small resealable plastic bag, combine chicken and 1/2 cup salad dressing.  Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a large resealable plastic bag, combine the oil, garlic salt and rosemary; add vegetables.  Seal bag and toss to coat veggies.

Drain and discard marinades. On eight metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread chicken and vegetables.  Grill kabobs, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 12-15 minutes or until juices run clear, turning and basting occasionally with remaining salad dressing.

 
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Grilled Steaks with Cilantro Sauce

Fire up the grill and get ready to be stunned at how good this cilantro sauce is!

2 cups fresh parsley leaves
2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1-3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp plus 3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper, divided
2 cups olive oil
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 lbs beef flat iron steaks or top sirloin steak (1 in. thick)

Place herbs, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a food processor; pulse until herbs are chopped.  Gradually add oil, vinegar, lemon juice and pepper flakes, processing just until blended.

Sprinkle steaks with remaining salt and pepper.  Grill covered over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness.  Cut steaks into 1/4-in. slices; serve with sauce.

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Tangy Sweet Shrimp

Served over rice, this dish has just the right amount of kick!  (But feel free to add more red pepper flakes if you like it HOT.)

1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/2 lbs uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp minced fresh gingerroot
1 tbsp canola oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
Hot cooked rice

In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside.  In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry shrimp and ginger in oil until shrimp turn pink.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Add the ketchup mixture; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.  Sprinkle with onions and sesame seeds.  Serve with rice.

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Quesadillas with ground beef

You finish these off in the oven, giving you more time to get your toppings together!

3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup refried beans
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies, drained
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
4 flour tortillas
2 tbsp butter, melted
1-1/3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
Paprika

In a large skillet, cook the beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the beans, chilies, oregano, cumin and salt.  Cook over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Brush one side of each tortilla with butter.  Spoon 1/2 cup of the meat mixture over half of unbuttered side.  Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese; fold in half.

Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle each with a bit of paprika.  Bake at 475 for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.  Cut into wedges and serve with your fav toppings (like sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce and jalapenos!).

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Lemon Chicken Primavera

It's amazing how just a little grated lemon peel can make such a big impact on a dish!

1 cup uncooked spiral pasta
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-in. strips
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups 2% milk
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Cook pasta according to package directions.  In a large skillet, saute the chicken, red pepper and garlic in oil until chicken juices run clear.  Combine the flour and milk until smooth; gradually sitr into chicken mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes or untl thickened.

Drain pasta.  Add the pasta, peas, salt, lemon peel, dill and pepper to pan.  Cook and stir until heated through.  Sprinkle with cheese and parsley.

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Salsa Pork Chops

Very fast weeknight meal for your family, serve the dish with rice on the side!

6 boneless pork loin chops (6 oz each)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups fresh whole kernel corn
1-1/2 cups chunky salsa
2 tbsp water
1 tsp ground cumin

Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper.  Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat.  Brown chops on both sides in batches.

Add all chops and remaining ingredients to skillet; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 6-8 minutes or until thermometer reads 145.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Pizza Meatloaf Cups

Kids love these pizza cups...and so do adults!!  Add a crusty loaf of bread and a salad to finish this meal.

1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Additional pizza sauce, warmed

In a large bowl, combine the egg, pizza sauce, bread crumbs and Italian seasoning.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.  Divide among 12 greased muffin cups; press onto bottom and up the sides.  Fill center with cheese.

Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.  Serve immediately with additional pizza sauce.
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Four Cheese Spaghetti

NIce meal for a Meat-Free Monday, just add a side salad to round it out.

8 oz uncooked spaghetti
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
4 oz fontina cheese, shredded
1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter.  Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth.  Gradually stir in cream.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from the heat; stir in cheeses until melted.

Drain spaghetti; toss with cheese sauce and parsley.

 
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Breakfast skillet

Love having breakfast for dinner! 

1 pound bulk Italian sausage
5 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
1/2 cup each chopped onion and green bell pepper
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink.  Add the potatoes, onion, green pepper and salt.  Cook over medium high heat for 18-20 minutes or until the potatoes are browned.

Stir in mushrooms.  Pour eggs over mixture.  Arrange tomato slices on top.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until eggs are completely set (do not stir).

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Fish Tacos

The sauce has just the right amount of "cool vs. hot" to make these tacos terrific!

3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves
1 tbsp lime juice
4 tilapia fillets
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg white, beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp each salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika
8 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
1 large tomato, chopped

Place the sour cream, chilies, cilantro and lime juice in a food processor; cover and blend.  Set aside.

Cut each tilapia fillet lengthwise into two portions.  Place the flour, egg white and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls.  Dip tilapia in flour then egg white then crumbs.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook tilapia in oil in batches for 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over fish.

Place a portion of fish on each tortilla; top with about 2 tbsp of sour cream mixture.  Sprinkle with tomato and serve.

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Mozzarella Beef Wraps

Ridiculously easy and kids LOVE 'em!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 can/jar (8 oz) pizza sauce
28 slices of pepperoni
1/2 tsp dried oregano
6 flour tortillas, warmed
6 pieces (1 oz each) string cheese

In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the pizza sauce, pepperoni and oregano.

Spoon about 1/2 cup beef mixture off center on each tortilla; top with a piece of string cheese.  Fold one side of torilla over filling and roll up from the opposite side.

Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.


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Cabbage-Tomato Pasta Toss

Crazy ingredients but they come together nicely.  Nice side dish for a steak!

2 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
8 oz uncooked bow tie pasta
2 cups shredded cabbage
1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup butter

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, vinegar, basil and parsley; set aside.  Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the cabbage during the last 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute the bread crumbs, almonds and garlic in oil and butter for 6 minutes or until golden brown.  Drain the pasta and cabbage; place in a large bowl.  Add tomato and crumb mixture; toss.

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Grilled Chicken with Peaches

Fire up the grill for this sweet dish!

1 cup spreadable peach fruit
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp ground mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp each pepper and cayenne pepper
8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
8 medium ripe peaches, halved and pitted

In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; set aside.  Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.

Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170, basting occasionally with some of the reserved glaze.  Transfer to a serving platter; keep warm.

Grill peaches, cut side down, for 8-10 minutes or until tender, turning and basting every 2 minutes with remaining glaze.  Serve with the grilled chicken!

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Barbecue Chicken Burritos

Flavors explode when you bite into these bad boys!

1/2 pound boneless skinlees chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 -in cubes
1-1/2 cups julienned green peppers
1 cup chopped onion
4 tbsp canola oil, divided
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded Mexican cheese blend
4 flour tortillas (10-in), warmed
Serve with lime wedges, sour cream, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes

In a large skillet, cook the chicken, green peppers and onion in 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.  Stir in barbecue sauce.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

Sprinkle cheese down the center of each tortilla; top with chicken mixture.  Fold sides and ends over filling and roll up.

In a large skillet, brown burritos in remaining oil on all sides over medium heat.  Serve with lime wedges, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes if desired.

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Garlic Roast Beef Sandwiches

Not your average roast beef sammie for sure!

1 loaf (10 oz) frozen garlic bread
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
2/3 cup sliced onion
4 tsp butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 pound shaved deli roast beef
6 slices Colby cheese

Bake garlic bread according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until tender.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.  Stir in Worcestershire sauce.

Layer each of half of garlic bread with roast beef, mushroom mixture and cheese.  Return to oven; bake 1-2 minutes longer on until cheese is melted.  Slice and serve immediately.

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Caesar Chicken Burgers

Be prepared for a new family favorite after you serve these spectacular sandwiches!

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
4 slices red onion
2 tbsp butter, softened
4 buns, split
2 cups torn romain lettuce
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing, divided

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper.  Grill on an indoor grill coated with cooking spray for 4-5 minutes or until juices run clear.  Grill onion slices for 4-5 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, spread butter over cut side of buns.  Place buttered side up on an ungreased baking sheet.  Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 1 minute or until golden brown.

Toss romaine with cheese and 1/4 cup dressing; spoon onto bun bottoms.  Top with onions, chicken and remaining dressing.  Replace bun tops and serve!

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Greek Chicken Penne

So much flavor in this dish!  Broiling it at the end really sets it off.

2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14-1/2 oz) reduced sodium chicken broth
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 jar (7-1/2 oz) marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/3 cup sliced pitted Greek olives
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Cook penne according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large ovenproof skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.  Add onion; cook and stir until tender.  Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Stir inthe chicken, artichoke hearts, cheese, tomatoes and olives.

Drain penne; stir into the pan.  Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.  Sprinkle with parsley.

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Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Easy recipe that saves on calories by not breading the chicken first...still delicious!

1 tablespoon olive oil
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 1/2 cups Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces)

 

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned on both sides.

Stir the sauce and 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese in the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve on a bed of cooked spaghetti noodles.

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Caprese Sandwich

Light sandwich for a quick weeknight meal!

1 lb crusty baguette
1 whole garlic clove, cut in half
2 whole ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
24 whole fresh basil leaves
4 oz fresh mozzarella, drained and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 to 3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp drained capers
1 pinch kosher salt
1 pinch black pepper

Lay the baguette on a cutting board. Make a lengthwise cut down the middle, starting on the top of the loaf and cutting to but not through the bottom. (A serrated knife works best for cutting.) Gently pry open the loaf to make a V-shaped cavity.

Rub the sides of the cavity with the cut garlic. Arrange tomato slices down each side of the cavity, followed by the basil leaves.

Gently mix the cheese, olive oil, capers, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Spoon this mixture into the loaf, between the rows of tomato and basil. Cut the sandwich crosswise into 6-inch lengths and serve.
 
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