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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Super Fast and Easy But Delicious Chili

There's not really a recipe for this chili except for the can of Hunt's chili starter.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can just keep adding cans until you have as much as you need.  I like using both the dark and light red kidney beans just for color.  The Hunt's chili start has gotten harder to find but I think the last place I found it was at Target.  I usually keep a couple of cans in my pantry for one of those nights I need a quick dinner.
Saute a chopped onion.
Brown about a pound of ground beef.  Drain well.
For this recipe I used two cans of the chili starter.
I added one can of water.
Then 4 cans of kidney beans undrained.
You can add fewer cans of beans if you like but I like hearty soups.
I add a little more chili powder to the pot for a little kick.
Mix well.  Dinner is ready as soon as the ingredients get hot but I like to let it cook for a while so all the flavors blend well.  See that was quick and easy.
Add some shredded cheese and green onions if you have them and you have dinner.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Casserole

Today's lesson is to read the whole recipe before you start cooking.  I got lucky this time in that this recipe ended up being okay the way I made it but it wasn't so much a casserole as a pasta dish.  So I am going to share with you two ways you can make this recipe.
This recipe is very easy to throw together especially with the premade alfredo sauce.
The recipe called for some green onions and I didn't have any so I chopped a regular onion and just sauted it a little.
I cooked some bacon.  It was still frozen so it was very hard to pull off in whole pieces.
Cook some penne pasta according to directions and drain well.
I reused the pot that I cooked the pasta and added the jar of alfredo sauce to heat.
Drain and chop one can of artichoke hearts and two cooked chicken breast.
Add the cooked onions to the sauce.
Add the hearts and chicken to the sauce.
Add some fresh black pepper.
Crumble the bacon and add to the pot.
Add the pasta.
Stir well.
Right before serving add about a cup of mozzarella cheese to the mixture and stir well.
The cheese gets nice and gooey.
Serve.  I added a little bit more of cheese on top.

Now you can mix all the ingredients together and place in a sprayed casserole dish and bake in a 350 preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until bubbly.  Either way works well.

Chicken Bacon alfredo Casserole Recipe
8 oz penne or bowtie pasta, cooked and drained
1 16oz jar alfredo sauce
2 chicken breast cooked and chopped
8 strips of cooked bacon
1 14oz can of artichoke hearts
1/2 c chopped green onions
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese divided

Monday, January 28, 2013

Crock Pot Ham and Potato Casserole

Here's another crock pot meal for you here on Crock Pot Monday.  I hope you enjoy this meal.
This recipe is good to for that left over ham that you put in your freezer after the holidays.
Put one bag of hash browns in your crock pot that you have sprayed with non stick spray.
Add 2 cups grated cheese.
Add 8 oz of sour cream
Add one can of either cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup.
Add some chopped onions.
Add about 2 cups chopped ham.
Mix well and level out in the bottom of the crock pot.
Sprinkle an 8 oz pkg herb seasoned stuffing mix on top.
Melt 1/4 cup butter to drizzle on top of the stuffing mix.
It is ready to be covered and turned on.
Nice and golden brown on top.
The finished product.

Crock Pot Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe

1 30 oz pkg frozen hash brown potatoes
1 small onion chopped
1 8oz container sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup
2 cups grated cheese
2 cups cooke chopped ham
1/4 cup butter melted
1 6oz pkg herb seasoned stuffing mix


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Easy Mini King Cakes

We are officially in Mardi Gras season. I am sharing with you a very simple King Cake that you can make at home.  The only thing missing is the baby Jesus but if you have one you can add them to your.
I will tell you that it is hard to find purple sprinkles.  I thought they would be out for Mardi Gras but they weren't.
Start by separating the cinnamon rolls.
Unroll the cinnamon rolls.  Be careful and don't let all the cinnamon stuff come off.
Fold the roll in half.
Then twist the roll.
Make a circle on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
Do the same steps with the rest of the rolls.  Place in a preheated 350 oven. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
The baked rolls.
Get out the icing that comes with the rolls.
Ice the rolls.  They are hot so the icing will melt and ooze over the rolls.
Then add the three different colors of sprinkles.
I will admit the yellow sprinkles are not real brightly colored.
The finished King Cakes.  I think your family will enjoy celebrating Mardi Gras with these.  You could also make them heart shaped and use pink or red sprinkles for Valentine's Day as well.