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.
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.
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.
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.
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.