Spinach Ravioli Casserole

Need a delicious dish to serve for a vegetarian? I’m not one, but this Spinach Ravioli Casserole is one that I would make for my family whether vegetarian or not! It is delicious and easy to put together!

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Spinach Ravioli Casserole

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. Alfredo Sauce, divided
  • 18 oz. package spinach and cheese ravioli
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 fresh garlic close, minced (I used freeze dried garlic)
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. chili sauce (I used Heinz)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 t. chili flakes (optional - adds heat)

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease 9x13 pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cover the bottom of pan with 1/4 inch or more of Alfredo Sauce.
  4. Top with single layer of ravioli and 1/2 cup of mushrooms.
  5. Sprinkle with 1/2 of garlic and 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella.
  6. Add chili flakes, if desired.
  7. Repeat the layer.
  8. On the last layer pour the chili sauce over the top and spread it evenly.
  9. Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered.
  11. Uncover and bake and additional 15 minutes until top is light brown.
  12. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
  13. Serves 4-6
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Layer the ingredients in a lightly greased 9×13 pan. When making this casserole, make two! Freeze one for future use and use the second one for dinner.

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Now, you’ve got another meal to share or serve on a later date.

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It doesn’t take long to put this together for a yummy evening meal! It’s a good way to get kids to eat vegetables, too!

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Delicious!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Italian Pork with Balsamic Potatoes

This meal of Italian Pork with Balsamic Potatoes tastes delicious. It is low in calories, yet very filling. Now, doesn’t that sound appealing? When you’re looking for an easy dinner, try this recipe! A few basic ingredients and you have a complete meal in one dish! Use an aged Balsamic Vinegar which you can find at an Olive Oil store or check with Love That Olive.

 

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Italian Pork with Balsamic Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. (about 10) small new red potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into 1" pieces (use 1 1/4 lb. pork tenderloin)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 4 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2-3 T. chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan combine potatoes and enough water to cover. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat until fork tender (approx. 10-12 minutes) Drain
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick pan, heat oil, add pork, and Italian seasoning. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until pork is lightly browned )6-10 min.)
  3. Toss together potatoes, pork, tomatoes, basil, and vinegar.
  4. Season with salt & pepper
  5. Add additional balsamic vinegar, if desired.
  6. Serve with a green vegetable to add more color!
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If you can chop, you can make this!  Cut pork up into 1 ” pieces, chop and seed the tomatoes, and chop the basil into small pieces. Not hard, right?

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Add a green vegetable and you have a complete meal! I love flavorful and colorful food.  This recipe certainly fits that description. I, also, love easy!

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This recipe is also delicious with chicken or beef. Don’t just limit to pork!

Enjoy this tasty recipe! It’s great eating with quick preparation!

Phyllis

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Beef Breakfast Burrito

Switch up breakfast a bit with a Mexican menu. A lot of the fast-food restaurants now have breakfast burritos on the menu. You can do it even better with this tasty Beef Breakfast Burrito recipe. Your family will love it.

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Beef Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. ground beef
  • 1 med. red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 T. water
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. shredded Mexican or Cheddar cheese
  • 4 medium spinach or plain flour tortillas. (10 in.)
  • Salsa
  • Ingredients for Lime-Cilantro Cream
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef, onions, and red pepper. Add chili powder and cumin. Break into small crumbles.
  2. (At this point, you can freeze this for future burritos)
  3. Combine eggs, water and 1 tbsp. cilantro in med. bowl.
  4. Spray skillet with cooking spray.
  5. Pour eggs into skilled and scramble them, stirring occasionally. Season with salt.
  6. Add to beef mixture, add cheese and cook 1 minute to heat through.
  7. Spoon beef mixture across center of each tortilla, leaving a 1 inch border on right and left sides Fold right and left sides of tortilla over filling. Turn over and cut in half diagonally. Serve with Lime Cilantro Cream and salsa, as desired.
  8. Serves 4
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This Beef Breakfast Burrito recipe is so easy to freeze the meat mixture for future use or refrigerate the beef, onion, bell pepper for the next morning ready to add the eggs.

Then, all you need to do in the morning is warm the beef mixture up, scramble the eggs, and mix together. It makes breakfast quick and easy.

During the summer around our area, many people head north to a the lake for the weekend. What an easy and yummy breakfast for family and guests at the cabin.

Step 1  Browning the beef, onion, and bell pepper mixture.

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Step 2

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Step 3

Combine scrambled eggs with beef mixture and add cheese.

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Step 4

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Step 5

Fold it like a burrito or roll it long like a taco!  Either way, it’s a wonderful start to the day. Use ground turkey in place of beef for fewer calories!

Step 6

Serve and eat! Serve with salsa and sour cream.

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I’m all for doing things the night before to make mornings easy. This recipe is perfect to do ahead. You don’t need to get up early to fix this hearty breakfast!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe

You may think of this Canadian Bacon Quiche Recipe as a breakfast entree, but this is delicious as a brunch or lunch, too. In fact, a breakfast quiche works for a light dinner! Anytime is good for this quiche. This recipe is served at A Spot for Tea in Oklahoma City, OK, where it is a favorite.

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You may have noticed that I’m on a “Gouda Cheese kick” as I have included it in a few of the last recipes posted. It has a wonderful flavor and it’s a nice change from cheddar. In my grocery store, it is included with the regular cheeses and you can buy it already shredded. If you can’t find it there, look in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store. 

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Canadian Bacon Quiche

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup diced Canadian Bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 9" unbaked pie crust

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, half n' half, chopped tomatoes,diced Canadian Bacon, Gouda cheese, garlic salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  2. Mix well and pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  4. Knife inserted should come out clean when done.
  5. Let quiche rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Cut and serve with fruit.
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The Canadian Bacon Quiche is ready for the oven.

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Done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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What makes this Canadian Bacon Quiche so easy is there is no frying of bacon ahead of time and all the ingredients go together quickly. Canadian bacon is a nice change from bacon and the Gouda cheese is delicious in this quiche!

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Try it and I know you’ll like it!

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

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Add a bit of Italian flavor to your morning with this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake Recipe.  This is a very different type of egg bake from the soggy bread recipes. The eggs are scrambled with green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and bacon with an Alfredo sauce added. The delicious combination is topped with dollops of an Italian flavored crust. Keep this recipe on hand as it is a delicious one. By eliminating the crust, it becomes gluten-free and still is wonderful!

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Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Bisquick baking mix
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 13 eggs, divided
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
  • 3/4 cup Alfredo pasta sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees
  2. Grease 8x8 baking dish
  3. In a small bowl, add Bisquick, 4 Tbsp butter and Italian seasoning. Blend with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add 1 egg and stir in gently. Set aside.
  4. In a skillet, over med. heat, saute' onions, peppers, and mushrooms in 2 tbsp. butter, until veggies are tender, but crisp.
  5. Mix 12 eggs together in a bowl.
  6. Add eggs to skillet with the veggies.
  7. Stir occasionally until eggs are set.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and Alfredo sauce
  9. Spread egg mixture in the prepared 8x8 baking dish.
  10. Plop small dollops of Bisquick mixture over eggs.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes until the topping is light brown.
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Scrambled Egg Mixture in Baking Dish……

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Dollop the Bisquick mixture on top of the eggs.

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Remove when topping is lightly browned.

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If desired, offer remaining warmed Alfredo sauce on the side. Serve with fresh fruit for an outstanding breakfast or brunch.

To shorten the prep time for the morning, cut the veggies and prepare the bacon the evening before. Cover and place in refrigerator. Now, it is so quick and easy to put together in the morning.

This recipe makes a nice option for a holiday brunch. Also, if you like breakfast for dinner, make it in the evening. Anytime is good for this Scrambled Eggs Alfredo Bake.

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Without a doubt, I know you’ll enjoy this “out of the ordinary” egg bake.

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Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce

Chicken Spirals look absolutely amazing ! This recipe certainly has that “wow” factor of a beautiful and delicious company dish. Your guests will think you spent hours preparing this , but it’s actually easy to put together. 

When you’re looking for something special to serve, consider Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce. Your guests will be delighted!

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For this recipe, I am using the thin-sliced ham, but you can use Pastrami, any Kosher deli meat, or the expensive prosciutto. I also used 3 large,whole breasts instead of the 6 half-breasts. This made 3 larger rolls and I just cut them into 6 slices instead of 3.

Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Adapted recipe from the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN
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Serves: 6 servings
A spiral of chicken that is stuffed with ham, cheese, and spinach. This is a special main dish that has a “wow” factor!
Ingredients
  • 6 large skinless and boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 10 oz. packages of frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 12 thin slices ham
  • Colby Jack cheese, Gouda, Monterrey Jack. Pepper Jack or any cheese
  • Cut into six 2 x 1/2 inch sticks
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • Creamed Spinach Sauce:
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted.
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • Use 1/2 pkg of chopped spinach from ingredients above
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream or half and half
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Stuffed Chicken Directions:
  2. Place a chicken breast with boned side up between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet. Start in the center and work to the edges. Pound to 1/8 inch thickness. Remove top of wrap and sprinkle with pepper. Continue with each chicken breast.
  3. squeeze spinach until well-drained and almost dry. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 of the Squeeze spinach until very dry. Use 1 1/2 pkg and mix with the lighty beaten eggs. Save 1/2 box of the spinach for the cream sauce.
  4. For each chicken roll, spoon about 2-3 tbsp. spinach mixture over each flattened chicken breast
  5. Top with a slices of ham or other choice of thin-sliced meat. Place a stick of cheese at the edge.
  6. Start from the edge with the cheese and roll into a spiral, pressing edges in to seal. Secure spirals with wooden toothpicks
  7. Place rolls,seam sides down, in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish. Drizzle the rolls with melted butter.
  8. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until chicken reaches 170 degrees.
  9. Cover with foil and let rest a couple of minutes.
  10. Remove toothpicks and slice each chicken roll. Top with cream sauce.
  11. Creamed Spinach Sauce:
  12. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan
  13. Add 2 tbsp. flour and stir constantly until bubbly
  14. Slowly add 3/4 cup chicken broth to the flour mixture stirring constantly
  15. Add remaining spinach, stir and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  16. Add 1/2 cup whipping cream or half and half. Heat until warm. If too thick, add more cream.
  17. This should be a gravy-like consistency.
  18. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  19. When chicken is done…
  20. Remove toothpicks from chicken
  21. Cut chicken into spiraled slices
  22. Ladle hot creamed spinach sauce over the spirals.
  23. Serve with wild or white rice

While I’m not paid for this recommendation, it is a lot easier to work with pounding the chicken when using Glad Press and Seal. Lay one piece on top and one on the bottom of the chicken breast. It stays together while pounding and it makes it easier to roll the chicken up, too. Just take the bottom piece and roll the chicken in a spiral.

Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce

Layer the spinach mixture, ham, and roll with cheese. Secure with toothpicks. Don’t worry if your chicken roll resembles a porcupine, just secure it as the toothpicks come out after cooking.

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It’s nice to prepare and roll the chicken spirals on the evening before your dinner. Wrap and place the chicken rolls in the refrigerator ready for the oven.  This way, you don’t have the preparation and clean up to do before your dinner. When ready, just pop the chicken in the oven to bake. I made the creamed spinach sauce ahead as well. It thickened as it cooled, but just thin with extra chicken broth, if needed.

When baked, remove toothpicks, slice chicken, layer 3-4  spiral chicken slices on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. Serve with wild rice, white rice, or a combination. Offer additional creamed spinach sauce in a gravy- boat for guests. 

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I know you’ll enjoy this special recipe for Chicken Spirals with Creamed Spinach Sauce! Next time I’m going to try it with Gouda cheese. You can change the cheese and the meat for a different flavor combination.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich

Try this new version of a Reuben. I call it a “Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich”! This sandwich is so delicious with the new combination of flavors that it may become your favorite. My mouth just waters when I think of it. My family loved it!

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich
Recipe Type: Lunch or Dinner Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
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Serves: 4
A new combination of flavors make this Roast Beef Rueben Sandwich absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • 8 slices of bread- Sourdough
  • Sliced Roast Beef – don’t skimp!
  • 8 slices Gouda cheese
  • Jar of Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (found ready-made in vegetable aisle) or homemade
  • Coarse Ground Dijon Mustard – optional
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat skillet
  2. Drain Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
  3. Arrange 8 slices of bread
  4. Place a slice of Gouda Cheese on 4 slices of bread
  5. Layer Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on top of cheese
  6. Add Roast Beef on top of Cabbage
  7. Top with remaining slice of Gouda Cheese
  8. Spread remaining 4 slices lightly with coarse ground Dijon mustard (optional or serve on the side)
  9. Place those 4 slices with mustard side towards the four cheese-topped sandwiches.
  10. Spread with butter and place buttered side down in pre-heated skillet.
  11. Butter the top of the sandwich while in the skillet
  12. Grill until browned on each side.
  13. While grilling cover with a lid to warm the inside of the sandwich and melt the Gouda cheese

The combination of Roast Beef, Gouda Cheese, along with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage is fantastic! My husband was skeptical and then after tasting it declared it to be his favorite!! You just have to try it to believe how good it is.

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Serve with Coarse Ground Dijon or regular mustard on the side. Not a mustard fan? You’ll still love it without it.

Wish you could taste it right now. YUM!

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Even if you don’t particularly like a corned beef  with sauerkraut Reuben sandwich, I know you’ll enjoy this one! Try it! 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Stromboli – Baked Italian Sandwich

Stromboli – a baked Italian Sandwich, is a favorite at our house. It is so easy to make that even kids can do this recipe! The frozen bread dough makes it simple and ready to do when you get home from work. Just follow the directions on the frozen bread dough package to thaw and use for this sandwich.

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Vary the ingredients to what you like. If you like onions, but another person doesn’t want them, just do 1/2 the sandwich with them and 1/2 without. Mark with a toothpick. 

I’ve used this for an informal party and had my guests make their own.  Each couple makes their sandwich to suit their tastes.  (You need double ovens to bake four sandwiches, however.) At the end of the evening, send home the left-overs with them.

 

Stromboli – Baked Italian Sandwich
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Easy Italian sandwich using frozen bread dough, various meats, and cheese. Baked and served with warmed spaghetti sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 loaves of frozen bread dough
  • 2 egg yolks (save whites)
  • 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 lb mozzarella cheese – shredded
  • Various meats, cheese, tomatoes, veggies, olives, etc.
  • (see suggested amounts below for two loaves)
Instructions
  1. Make a paste of egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, oil, and parsley flakes. Spread down half down the center of dough on each baking sheet. (This is like a pesto.)
  2. Layer ingredients of your choice. Approximate amounts for the two loaves are: ham (approx. 1/2 lb sliced), turkey (1/2 lb.), salami (1/4 lb.), green or red peppers, onion, tomato, olives ( black or green)
  3. Cover with mozzarella cheese or cheese of your choice. Add all ingredients to the middle 1/3 of the dough.
  4. Fold both sides over to the center. Moisten the edges with water and press to seal. Be sure to seal it well!
  5. Make air-vents by making cuts along the top sides.
  6. Brush on slightly beaten egg whites over the entire top.
  7. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

This is the first step of the Stromboli.

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Kids love to do this, too!

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Spread the pesto down the middle of the dough….. and follow the next steps.

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I did this with grandchildren and the kids made the entire Stromboli by themselves. I sealed it up for them as that’s the hardest part. Because they put what they wanted in it, they loved it!

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After baking for 30 minutes, slice, and serve with hot spaghetti sauce for dipping! 

This is also a great idea for those football game days! 

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I’ll bet this becomes a family favorite!

Enjoy!

Phyllis 

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

These are the best Homemade Chicken Nuggets by far! Your kids will never want any other chicken nuggets other than these, but don’t limit them just to kids! Adults like them, too!

They are so quick and easy to make. Besides that, they freeze well. It’s a quick dinner from the freezer to the oven. Heat in the oven at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes and they are ready. 

Need a quick appetizer?  Add some dipping sauces of mustard, BBQ sauce, or honey and you’ve got a wonderful appetizer that adults will love. Great idea for those football game days!


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Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
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Best Chicken Nuggets!
Ingredients
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Oil of choice or butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Like it spicier? Add some Kickin Chicken spice!
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Beat eggs
  3. Have 4 shallow bowls and place flour, eggs, and Panko bread crumbs in each separate bowl.
  4. Roll cubes in flour to coat
  5. Dip in beaten eggs
  6. Roll in Panko bread crumbs – usually found in the baking aisle
  7. Fry in oil or butter of choice
  8. Season to taste
  9. When browned, remove and drain on a paper towel
  10. If freezing, place on baking sheet to freeze individually. When frozen, bag and seal. This way, you can use the amount that you need.

 

Don’t substitute regular bread crumbs for Panko. It’s Panko bread crumbs that make them so crispy and good. You’ll find a couple different brands of them in the baking aisle.

If freezing for later, place on a flat cookie sheet to freeze individually. When frozen, bag in smaller amounts. I like to make a big batch and have them in the freezer all ready to use. 

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YUM! Tender and juicy! They are the best! 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Taco Pie

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Here’s a different way to serve tacos for lunch or dinner. Taco Pie has the great taste of a taco, but is served as a pie. Just like a taco, compliment it with sour cream and salsa. Add a side of fruit and tortilla chips for a complete meal. You’ll love the easy crust using crescent rolls. This recipe is quick enough for a family meal and fancy enough for company. The recipe serves 8, but if you only need 4 servings, freeze one pie for later.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey or hamburger

1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 can (8oz) refrig. crescent rolls

6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

2 cans (8oz) tomato sauce

 

Directions:

Brown turkey or hamburger. Stir in tomato sauce and taco seasonings. Simmer 5 min.

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Unroll crescent roll dough and press onto bottom and sides of ungreased 12 inch pizza pan ( or two          8 inch pie tins) Prick bottom and sides of pan with a fork. (I find that making it in two pie tins is easier to serve.)

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Bake crust at 375 degrees for 10-12 min. until golden brown. Remove from oven. Cover crust with meat mixture.

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If you only want four servings, freeze the crust with the meat for another meal later.

Top with cheese and return to oven until cheese begins to melt.

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Remove from oven and top with 1 cup shredded lettuce and 1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes.

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Serve Taco Pie with sour cream and salsa.  Optional items include black olives, jalapenos, avocado, and beans.

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Makes 8 servings.

Enjoy!

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Bruschetta Chicken

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If you like Bruschetta as an appetizer, you’ll like the flavor of Bruschetta Chicken. It has all the same ingredients of Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, garlic, basil and bread crumbs combined with a tender chicken breast. It is quick cooking and ready in about 30 minutes. Serve with pasta or rice, add a vegetable, and you have an easy dinner for family or friends. Be sure to use only boneless chicken breasts as adding bone-in thighs or drumsticks changes the cooking times.

Ingredients:

Servings 6

1⁄2 cup flour
3 eggs, slightly beaten
6 boneless ,skinless chicken breasts
1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoon butter, melted
4 large tomatoes, chopped & seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons minced fresh basil, set aside a few whole leaves as garnish
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Combine chopped tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil, salt and pepper in a  bowl and set aside.

Place flour and lightly beaten eggs in separate containers that are large enough for the chicken breasts.
Dip chicken in flour, then in egg, and place in greased 9×13 pan.
Combine the cheese, breadcrumbs, & butter, and sprinkle over chicken.
Loosely cover dish with foil & bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Uncover the chicken and bake an additional 5-10 minutes longer until top is browned.
Spoon tomato mixture over chicken, return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until tomato topping is just heated through.

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 Serve Bruschetta Chicken with rice or pasta.

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 Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Eggs Santa Fe

Don’t like soggy bread? Then, this recipe is just right for you. Eggs Santa Fe is another non-bread  brunch recipe that is awesome. This one uses cottage cheese in the recipe! It results in making Eggs Santa Fe light and fluffy.

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Ingredients:

10 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

2 cups cottage cheese (16 oz.)

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/4 cup butter melted

2 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chilies (your choice on how “hot” you want)

 

Directions:

Grease a 9×13 pan.

Beat eggs, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and stir in eggs. Add cheese, butter and chilies. Pour into greased  pan and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve with salsa.

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No need to keep this in the refrigerator overnight. It is very quick to put together in the morning. Make it as spicy as you like by using mild or hot green chilies.

Leftovers freeze well. Microwave individually for a quick breakfast.

Keep this recipe for Eggs Santa Fe in your file under “great egg bakes”!

Other great egg bakes are Amish Egg Bake and Eggs Ortega

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Crispy Baked Fish

Crispy Baked Fish – the easy way to cook fish without the fishy smell!

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Anyone been fishing? There’s nothing like a fresh catch of fish! However, frying fish really smells up the house. Here’s a better way to fix fish (say that 10 times real fast) without the fishy smell. The fillets  still have a crunchy outside like frying, but this is much easier to do and there’s no smell! The Crispy Baked Fish recipe method is one you’ll use again and again.

 

Ingredients:

 Fish Fillets

Regular Ritz  crackers (other crackers don’t taste the same in this recipe)

Butter

Eggs or Milk

 

Directions:

Crush Ritz crackers really fine

Dip fish fillets in either milk or beaten eggs.

Roll and pat fillets in crushed Ritz cracker crumbs.

Place on a non-stick cookie sheet or coat sheet lightly with a cooking spray.

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Drizzle fillets generously with melted butter

Bake at 400 degrees for approx 15 minutes until lightly browned and fish flakes. (time depends on thickness of fillets)

Sprinkle with a few parsley flakes for color. Serve with lemon.

 

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I learned this method from some friends in Florida and I’ve used it ever since.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Crock Pot Southwestern Chicken

This is one of my favorite recipes because it is so easy and looks so colorful and delicious! I always have the ingredients on hand for Southwestern Chicken when I want an easy dinner. My daughter-in-law shared this recipe with me. I’ve altered it a bit because I like more sauce. There are 3 ingredients plus chicken and simple, super easy directions.

Ready?

 

Crock Pot Southwestern Chicken

 

2 – 15 1/4 oz.  cans corn ( I usually use one)

1- jar chunky salsa (24 oz)  (Recipe called for 16 oz. )  Your choice on mild, medium or hot!

1 -15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 cup low-fat or regular shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

 

Directions:

 

Combine corn, beans, and 2/3 cup salsa in slow cooker.

Top with chicken.

Crock Pot Southwestern Chicken

 

Pour remaining salsa over chicken.

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Cover and cook on High 3 hrs. or Low 7 hrs.

Serve over rice. With slotted spoon, ladle the corn and black beans over the chicken. Top with cheese. Serve extra sauce on the side along with sour cream.

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Enjoy!

 

Phyllis (Oma)

 

 

 

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Eggs Ortega – Breakfast Casserole!

I love this easy “no-bread” breakfast casserole!!

I have a refrigerator that does not have a lot of space! UGH! When entertaining, (especially holidays) I often don’t have room to have overnight egg bakes taking up room in the frig  (especially if I need two breakfast casseroles). Well, this is a quick breakfast casserole easily put together in the morning! Also, it doesn’t have all that bread! When you put it together, you wonder how it possibly can turn out! Not only is it so-o-o good, but it is lower on carbs and calories than most breakfast casseroles. If you happen to have leftovers, it freezes well, too! Just pop a piece in the microwave for a quick breakfast. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

 

Eggs Ortega

Ingredients

8 oz. evaporated milk  (I’ve used skim evap. milk,too)

12 eggs beaten with 1/2 tsp. salt

2 small 4 oz. cans chopped green chiles (mild or hot – your preference)

1 lb. shredded Jack Cheese ( I’ve used low-fat Jack Cheese, too)

1/4 cup flour

Directions:

In separate bowl, beat evaporated milk with 12 eggs and salt

In greased 9 x 13 pan, Alternate and layer 1/2 of  flour (1/8 cup), cheese, chiles

and repeat with second layer just the same.


Pour on egg mixture

Now bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until set.

Let sit for 5 -10 minutes (It will deflate a little)

Cut into squares and serve with salsa.

Every time I have served this recipe, my guests have always asked for the recipe!

You can make this as spicy as you like by using the “hot” green chiles along with “hot” salsa.

Remember to freeze the left-overs, if there are any!

Enjoy!

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