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White Chicken Chili

For a chili change of pace, try this version! (It's a large recipe--the leftovers will be awesome too)

1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cooked boneless skinless chicken breast halves, chopped
2 cans (14 oz each) chicken broth
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
1-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3 cans (14-1/2 oz each) great northern beans, divided
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onion in oil for 10 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the chicken, chicken broth, green chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher (or fork), mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Top each serving with Monterey Jack cheese.
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Brain Strain Tuesday 21

Surprisingly, in America, men now make up 51% of THESE.

Incorrect Guesses: stay at home parent, cook, teacher, the abused, nurse, single parent, house keepers, secretaries, singles, minorities, medical students, nannies

Correct Answer: grocery shoppers
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Vegetarian Tacos

Roasting the veggies upgrades the flavor on this Meat-Free Monday meal!

6 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into wedges
2 medium green peppers, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 medium onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 envelope taco seasoning
3 tbsp canola oil
1 can (16 oz) vegetarian refried beans, warmed
12 taco shells, warmed
1 cup taco sauce

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, green peppers, onion, taco seasoning and oil. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake uncovered at 475 for 20 minutes or until veggies are lightly browned, Spread beans over half of each taco shell. Fill with vegetable mixture; drizzle with taco sauce.
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Brain Strain Monday 20

The majority of THESE in the world have the color blue in them.

Correct Answer: flags
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Banana Split Icebox Dessert

Knock their socks off with this tasty treat! Best part? No cooking...you just put it all together.

1 carton (16 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
24 whole graham crackers
2 medium bananas, sliced
Toppings: chocolate syrup, fresh strawberries and addt'l banana slices

In a large bowl, mix the whipped topping, sour cream and pudding mix until blended; fold in pineapple. Cut a small hole in the corner of a plastic bag; fill with pudding mixture.

On a flat serving plate, arrange four crackers in a rectangle. Pipe about 1 cup pudding mixture over crackers; top with about 1/4 cup banana slices. Repeat layers five times (or four if you run out of pudding mixture too soon!). Cover and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, top with chocolate syrup, strawberries and banana slices. (Yes, it will be a gigantic, delicious mess!!!)
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Brain Strain Friday 17

When asked what they're holding onto from an old relationship, photos, ticket stubs, and greeting cards were the top 3. But 5% of people kept THIS

Incorrect Guesses: jewellery, pictures/ art work, flowers, piece ofclothing, shoes, candy, dog, memory, love letters, car, text messages, cd, phone numbers

Correct Answer: corks from wine bottles
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Sausage and Chicken Kabobs

Nice(ish) weather is just an excuse to fire up the grill!

1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp seasoned salt
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2-in. cubes
1 pound fully cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 3/4-in. slices
4 medium red potatoes, cut into 1-1/2-in. cubes
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first five ingredients; add chicken and sausage. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate 1 hour. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large microwave safe bow. Cover and microwave 6-8 minutes or until almost tender, stirring twice.

Drain and discard marinade. On metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread chicken, potatoes, sausage and pineapple. Grill covered over medium heat 10-15 minutes or until chicken juices run clear, turning frequently.
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Brain Strain Thursday 16

When it comes to embarrassing moments, 30% of people say their most embarrassing moment happened when they were HERE.

Incorrect Guesses: a meeting, in a classroom, at school, hospital, work, department store, church, restaurant, in bed, bathroom, picnic, on a date, in the car

Correct Answer: at a wedding
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Fajita Skillet

Adding pineapple to this recipe sent it over the moon! (Yes, you can put this mixture in extra tortillas but it is tasty enough to stand alone.)

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 thin 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 cornstarch and lime juice until smooth; add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in pineapple and tomato; heat through. Serve with tortilla strips.

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Brain Strain Wednesday 15

The average teenager has between 6 and 10 more of THESE than the average 50 year old.

Incorrect Guesses: pairs or jeans or pants, facebook friends, cds, best friends, tv shows that they watch, pairs of shoes, traffic violations, boyfriends

Correct Answer: teeth
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