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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.

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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.

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Food Network Frenzy

Late last summer I decided to treat myself by getting a subscription to the food network magazine. I enjoy it! I like the magazine because it features a few of my favorite cooks that have their own shows, recipes and it has helpful information on cooking. I recently received in the mail October’s issue while I was looking through it I spotted this Mushroom Stroganoff Tortellini that I knew I had to try because it looked really yummy and it has mushrooms. My goal for me is try to every mushroom recipe that I can find,

This dish was incredibly tasty and was a breeze to prepare. I do realize that it’s not 100% healthy. But one of the things that makes cooking so great is that you have the ability to make changes to your desired preferences for the recipe(s) you’re cooking for you and your family.

Mushroom Stroganoff Tortellini

Ingredients

Salt

1 lb Buitoni meat-filled tortellini

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

12 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 medium shallots, sliced

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp fresh or dried thyme

pepper

1 Tbsp tomato paste

1 C. low-sodium beef broth

1/2 C Heavy cream

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta.

2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, four to five five minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the mushrooms start browning, one to two minutes. Season with the paprika, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

3. Push the mushrooms to the edge of the skillet and add the tomato paste to the center; cook, stirring until slightly darkened, approximately one minute. Stir the tomato paste into the mushrooms, then stir in the beef broth and heavy cream. Simmer until slightly thickened, about two minutes.

4. Add the tortellini to the sauce and toss, adding the reserved cooking water as needed to loosen. Garnish with parsley.

Source Food Network October 2017

Cooking lunch while being frugal

I decided to treat myself today by cooking these herb crusted pork chops for lunch. Let me just tell you they are so very good! They are moist and tender in the middle and crunchy and tasty on the outside. This is such a simple and delicious supper that it has instantly become one of my favorites and an excellent go-to dinner idea for the family.

For the side dish, I prepared Cucumber Salad

Herb-crusted Pork Chops

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops, fat trimmed

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

½ C. whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped

1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

¼ tsp. salt

⅛ tsp. ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

1. Place your chops onto a clean surface and use a knife or a spatula to spread the mustard evenly over the pork chops. Combine Panko, thyme, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and dip and cover the pork chops in Panko mixture.

2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to a pan and swirl to coat. Add pork chops, sear for two-five minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Place skillet in oven for ten-twenty minutes or until internal temperature on a meat thermometer reads 150 degrees. Serve with a green vegetable or a salad.

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Balsamic, Sausage & Roasted Veggies

I’m real happy to be on my normal cooking and blogging schedule. I’ll start making my videos next week.

I’m sharing with you today one of my favorite things that I haven’t made in a long time. They, as a whole, are called One pan or pot recipes. They are basically like two dishes in one. To prepare, all you really have to do is pick out a few veggies and your meat, then place everything onto your pan or pot and start cooking. In a few short minutes dinner will be ready.

I have a few links to my favorite one pan suppers towards the end of this article.

This one pan balsamic sausage & veggies recipe is my latest favorite. The original recipe called for turkey sausage and I had planned on using it but I didn’t have any! So I decided to substitute it with pork sausage instead. However, you can use turkey or chicken to make it more healthier.

This recipe is real simple to prepare, delicious and can be made into a healthy meal for you and your family.

ONE PAN BALSAMIC SAUSAGE &

VEGGIES

INGREDIENTS:

4 Potatoes, chunked (and peeled if preferred)

1 Sweet Potato, peeled and chunked

4 carrots, peeled and cut bite-sized*

1 onion, chunked

¾ C. chicken broth

3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. oil

1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning

¼ tsp. black pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

(6 links) of sausage, pork, chicken and turkey

Directions:

Line a baking dish 9 x 13 with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

1. Place potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions into the dish.

2.  In a medium bowl combine chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, oil, Italian seasonings, black pepper and garlic.  Drizzle over veggies and stir lightly to combine. Cut the sausage links in half and arrange over top of veggies.

3. Bake at 400° for thirty minutes.  Remove from oven; use a pair of tongs to place sausages onto a plate and stir veggies. Place sausge back on top of veggies. Place dish back into the oven and bake for additional thirty minutes or until veggies are tender.

Source Thrifty Frugal Mom

My favorite one pan suppers

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

One-pan dinners are truly 2 dishes in 1

Citrus Salmon & Asparagus

Kid Friendly, Mom approved Casserole

This week was a little more special because it was my Birthday on Wednesday. So I chose not to cook dinner lol. But as for the beginning and rest of the week I picked out a few other delicious recipes that I planned on cooking.

Here’s what I had planned 😊

The dish I will sharing with you today is this really yummy Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake. Then tomorrow I’ll be showing you these two Crockpot Buffalo Ranch chicken wings and the Side Dish Cucumber Salad. It’s going to be delicious!

Anyway, let’s get back to the recipe

Do you have some picky eaters in your family? Well then how about you outsmart the picky “noodles only” eaters at the table with this macaroni and cheese casserole. It’s loaded with lean sirloin, shredded veggies, and lots of calcium–each serving has 200 milligrams.

Here are some other perks

1. less than three hundred calories

2. low in carbs

3. Healthy

4. Yummoelicious

5. Kid Friendly

Need I say more?

I’m certain that your whole family (even the picky eaters) will enjoy this dish!

Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) package small elbow macaroni

Cooking spray

1 C pre-chopped onion

1C pre-shredded celery

1 C pre-shredded carrot

2 tsp minced garlic

1 lb lean ground sirloin

1 C tomato sauce

1 tsp kosher salt, divided

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 C fat-free milk

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 C (6 ounces) 2% reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese (your choice), divided

Directions

Line a baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350°.

1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt; drain. Lightly coat pasta with cooking spray.Heat a Large pot over medium-high heat. Grease your pot with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot, and sauté four minutes.

2. Add garlic; sauté for one minute. Add the ground beef; cook for five minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook for two minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Add pasta to beef mixture in pan, stirring to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into the previous prepared baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. Place milk, flour, nutmeg, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan; stir with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat two minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add 1 cup cheese, stirring until smooth. Pour cheese mixture over pasta mixture; stir. Top evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake in your oven for twenty minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a green veggie or side salad.

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