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My Favorite Food Network Star

I’m sharing with you today an incredibly tasty and knock your socks off easy recipe for Sloppy Joes from my cooking roll model The Pioneer Woman. I enjoy a lot of delicious recipes and watching her cooking show.

This would be an excellent recipe to share with your family and friends. They certainly will love it!

Pioneer Woman’s Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2-1/2 lbs Ground Beef or turkey

1/2 whole Large Onion, Diced

1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced

5 cloves Garlic, Minced

1-1/2 C Ketchup

1 C Water

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

2 tsp Chili Powder (more To Taste)

1 tsp Dry Mustard

1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce (more To Taste

2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

1-1/2 tsp Tabasco Sauce (optional; To Taste)

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Freshly GroundBlack Pepper

Kaiser Rolls

Directions

1. Add the oil to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the meat and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard. Add the onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.

2. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for fifteen minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

3. Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls, topping with a slice of cheese if it makes your skirt fly up. Serve hot with kettle cooked chips!

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Stuffed Peppers with a small twist

This dish is similar to stuffed peppers but without all of the fuss? Prepare this incredibly simple Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole, all the great flavors of the traditional dish, but it’s so very easy.

Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)

1/2 C onion, chopped

2 bell peppers, chopped

2 C cooked rice (any variety)

1 14 oz can diced tomato (any variety)

2 C shredded cheddar, divided

1 Tbsp oregano

1 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. In a large skillet sauté onion in olive oil, until translucent. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, approximately ten minutes. Drain any fat that is in pan.

2. Add the bell pepper to pan, turn heat to medium and cover, stirring occasionally. When pepper has softened, add spices, tomatoes and salt/pepper to taste. Continue cooking a couple additional minutes to blend flavors.

3. In large bowl combine: turkey & veggie mixture, rice and 1 1/2 cups cheese, mix thoroughly. Spoon into the previously prepared 9 x 13 casserole dish, covering with foil.

4. Cook for twenty five minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil carefully and add remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Place back into oven to broil two-three minutes to gently crisp cheese.

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Crazy Addicting Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Earlier this week I had a serious craving for Buffalo chicken with a little comfort food tied into it. As We all need a little cheat now and then, right?  And this one is completely (and I mean TOTALLY) worth the splurge.

Delicious, rich, addicting, cheesy, creamy and just the right amount of spicy…. Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta. In the crockpot. Almost every step is done in your slow Cooker. Isn’t that nice? You hardly have to do anything! Have I convinced you yet?

I usually don’t indulge in any pasta too often. So this recipe was indeed a real treat. But when I do indulge I always try to get a small serving size with a vegetable or a side salad. However, I confess that I didn’t do it this time. Haha! I stuffed my face with this tasty, cheesy, gooey pasta. And then I got extremely excited about the idea of sharing it with all of my readers.

Some of you know that I’m a big fan of anything buffalo chicken. I’ve stated that once or twice (or a billion times) that it’s only been a few years that I found the excellent spicy flavor and now I can’t seem to control myself.I hope you don’t mind. But I think I could eat it every day. Just kidding!

This pasta dish would make a great dinner for a busy weeknight or the weekend with a good movie with your family or friends.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

1 to 1½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 C chicken broth

½ C buffalo wing sauce (1/4 cup now, ¼ cup later) I love Frank’

1 Tbsp ranch dressing mix (dried packet kind)

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp celery salt

¼ tsp salt

⅛ tsp pepper

8 oz cream cheese

1 Tbsp shredded sharp cheddar

1 Tbsp corn starch + 1 tablespoon water

16 oz linguine noodles

Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Place chicken, broth, ¼ cup buffalo sauce, and seasonings in crockpot. Top with cream cheese and shredded cheese. Cover and cook on HIGH for four hours or LOW for eight.

2. When chicken is fully cooked remove to separate bowl and shred with two forks. Add remaining ¼ cup buffalo sauce to chicken and toss to coat

3. Set aside chicken. Whisk together corn starch and water and add to crockpot. Use a whisk and stir until cheese and cream cheese is all combined and smooth

4. Break noodles in half and place in crockpot. Top with chicken and cover

5. Turn crock on high for thirty-sixty minutes until noodles are fully cooked, stir three-four times during cooking. If noodles are not done you can add extra broth or water ¼ cup at a time. Garnish with cilantro if desired and serve immediately.

Source Slow Cooker Gourmet

Southern Weather Inspired Soup

I love eating soups. But when the fall and winter seasons roll around in Texas, it sometimes can be challenging to enjoy a nice warm and tasty soup because it’s usually hot and humid here. Actually to tell you the truth you never know what to expect from the Texas weather.

Anyway back to the recipe.

We were delighted to have our first cold front arrived yesterday. It was excellent! I was so thrilled that it inspired me to cook some soup. I prepared this incredibly simple and savory recipe for Zucchini Sausage Soup. It has excellent fresh flavors and fulfills that comfort food craving all at once.

 

Zucchini Sausage Soup

Ingredients

1 16-oz roll pork sausage

1/2 C diced onion

2 carrots, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

2 cups diced zucchini

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

2 C beef broth

1/2 tsp ground sage

1/2 tsp thyme

Parmesan cheese, for topping

Directions

 

1. Cook the sausage & onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir to crumble sausage. Drain if necessary.

2. Add in remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and simmer for forty five minutes, until vegetables are soft. Serve topped with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Court’s Cooking Notes: If you’re in a rush, you can microwave the carrots and celery in a small covered bowl with 1/4 cup water for four minutes. Add the zucchini and microwave another two minutes. Then add everything to the soup. You can increase the heat to medium low and cook for approximately ten-fifteen minutes and it will be done.

 

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Weekly Review for October 2nd 7th

On Monday I cooked a real simple and tasty stuffed pepper recipe. One of the best things about this dish is that you can prepare it ahead of time and put it in the fridge to leave overnight. Then you can cook it after you get home from school or work.

The side dish was balsamic vinegar with roasted veggies. They were delish!

On Wednesday I made these Spinach Lasagna Roll ups. It’s a healthy and incredibly yummy recipe. It too is a little messy but that’s the fun thing about cooking.

On Saturday I made Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Dinner and gravy. It’s a savory chicken dinner that’s slowly cooked with green beans, potatoes and mushrooms. Yum!!

Coming up this week on cooking with Court

Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole

HONEY BALSAMIC GARLIC MUSHROOMS

Slow Cooker Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Zucchini Sausage Soup

Stuffed Bell Peppers

When it comes to healthy eating, stuffed bell peppers are my latest favorite thing to make and consume. One of the reasons why I enjoy them so much is because you can stuff them with a variety of different foods such as ground meat and veggies. Then you can season them with your favorite seasonings. This recipe is no different as it has a few ingredients that give you inspiration for your creation of stuffed peppers.

This stuffed peppers dish would also be great to make ahead of time! You can prepare it in the morning or even a day before and when you are ready to cook just place them in the oven for forty minutes before dinner rolls around.

**Court’s Cooking Notes: If you plan on making this dish in the morning or a day before be sure to place your peppers in the fridge immediately after you fix the peppers.**

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

4 Red Bell Peppers, stems removed and halved

1 lb ground beef or turkey

1 small onion, finely diced

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt + 1 Tbsp (divided)

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tsp Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning

1 egg

1/3 C quick cooking oats

1 Tbsp Worcestershire

15 oz can Goya tomato sauce (divided)

shredded cheese of your choice (we like a combo of Sharp Cheddar and Mozzarella)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking dish by lining it with foil and greasing it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Fill a large pot with water. Place it on the stove and add a tablespoon of salt. Turn your stove on medium/high heat. While waiting for the water to get to a full boil, slice bell peppers in half from stem to end.

2. Then once the water is boiling, place the peppers into the large pot. Let them sit in the boiling salted water for five minutes. Drain. In a skillet, brown the hamburger with the onion, drain. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat and onion mixture, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, creole seasoning, oats, Worcestershire. In a separate bowl mix half the tomato sauce with the egg to temper it. Then add the egg and tomato sauce mixture to the meat mixture. Mix thoroughly.

3. Place the bell pepper halves side by side in a casserole dish. Spoon the meat mixture inside. Top with the remaining tomato sauce and bake for thirty minutes. Top with cheese and bake for five minutes more.

Source Aunt Bees Recipes

Long Time No Writing

My apologies for not blogging last week. I was visiting with my Grandma. While I was there I cooked for her Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup. We both loved it! I will be sharing the recipe with you shortly. We had a great time talking and laughing about so many things. But, I am thrilled to be back at home with my family and sharing my love for cooking with you.

Wow! I can’t believe it’s already the season of fall. It seems like yesterday that it was the first day of summer. It’s amazing and crazy how time flies by so quickly. I can’t tell you how excited I am to try out new recipes this fall and share them with you. Do you have any of your favorite dishes you would like to share?

Now back to the recipe.

To kick off the beginning of fall I want to share with you today this incredibly simple Sheet Pan Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples. It only takes five minutes to prep and is perfect for a healthy fall dinner.

Sheet Pan Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

INGREDIENTS

2 C chopped sweet potatoes

2 C chopped apples

1 red pepper, chopped

1.5 pounds pork chops

Salt and pepper

1 Tbsp fresh ginger

1 Tbsp oil

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

1. Put pork chops on a large, foil-lined baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Place chopped vegetables and apples in a large mixing bowl.

3. In a small bowl, combine ginger, oil, paprika, cinnamon, garlic and brown sugar and mix well. Spoon mixture over sweet potato mixture and stir to coat.

4. Arrange mixture on baking sheet around the pork chops. Bake for twenty-fifty minutes or until pork chops reaches the desired temperature.

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