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Incredibly Cheesy Lasagna Rollups

Pioneer Woman Lasagna roll ups

The preparation was slightly messy, quick and easy. The lasagna rolls were very cheesy and delicious! Your whole family even your kids will love this dish!

Ingredients

20 lasagna noodles

1 Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 C. finely chopped mushrooms (about 3 ounces)

1 green bell pepper, diced (about 1 C.)

3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsps)

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

1 6-oz. can tomato paste

1 30-oz. container whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 3 1/3 C.)

1 lb. mozzarella, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)

1 C. grated parmesan cheese

2-3 large eggs

Directions

1. Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool and lay flat on a sheet of foil. Set aside.

2. Make the sauce: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic and saute for four to five minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften. Remove the veggie mixture from the pan, then add the ground beef to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s totally browned. Drain the excess fat, then add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and the veggie mixture. Let the mixture simmer over low heat, thirty minutes.

3. Make the cheese glue: Combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

5. Assemble the lasagna: Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan or five 6-inch disposable foil loaf pans. Spread two to three tablespoons of the ricotta filling on each lasagna noodle, then roll them up so that the cheese is on the inside of the roll.

6. Lay them sideways in the pan(s). (Four roll-ups will fit in each loaf pan, or you can fill a 9-by-13-inch pan.) Top with the remaining sauce and plenty of grated mozzarella and parmesan. If you’re making the roll-ups right away, place the pan(s) on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for twenty minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve with a salad or some other vegetable. Enjoy!

Court’s Cooking Notes

FREEZE IT! Cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty foil and freeze up to 4 months. To bake, preheaet the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the foil-covered pan 1 1/2 hours (if using loaf pans, place on a baking sheet before baking); remove the foil and bake 30 minutes more, until hot and bubbly.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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Cook, eat immediately or freeze, eat later

Excuse my absence from cooking for a long while My dearest grandfather (Big Daddy) passed away last month. He was a very special person. It has been very sad for everyone in my family but we’re thankful that he’s in a much better place now. One of my fond memories of him is that he enjoyed my cooking and I know that he would have loved the king ranch chicken that I prepared the other night. The preparation was very easy, quick and packed with delicious flavors that your whole family will love.

The Pioneer Woman King Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

Cooking spray

One 10.5-ounce can cream of chicken soup

One 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup

One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles, such as Rotel

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 C. chicken broth

16 corn tortillas, torn into pieces

1 roasted whole chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!), cooled and torn into chunks

1 large white or yellow onion, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced, optional

1 1/2 C. grated sharp Cheddar

1 1/2 C. grated Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large bowl, combine the soups and diced tomatoes and chiles. Add the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Line the bottom of the baking dish with half of the torn tortillas. Layer on half of the chicken.

2. Add half of the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sprinkle on half the cheese and pour on half the soup mixture. Then repeat the layers, beginning with the rest of the tortillas, and ending with the rest of the tomato mixture. Cover with foil and bake for forty five minutes, then uncover and bake until bubbling, another fifteen minutes.

Court’s Cooking Notes: To make ahead and freeze: Fold foil over the unbaked casserole and freeze until solid. Then, lift the foil-topped casserole out of the pan, wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and freeze until needed. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, put the foiled-topped casserole back into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and thaw. Bake at 350 degrees F following the baking instructions above.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Calling all buffalo chicken lovers

So as some of you know I am a huge fan of anything buffalo chicken. I understand that I have mentioned this before, but I can’t get over this stuff. I love it! I recently had an appetite for it, and my hunger for some buffalo sauce was driving me crazy. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and had to satisfy my craving.

I came across this Buffalo Chicken Bake. It’s quick, easy and delicious; it doesn’t get much better than this recipe. All you need are FOUR ingredients and about ten minutes to get your buffalo fix. I recommend making this for your dinner and all of the buffalo chicken lovers in your family.

Do you have some leftovers? Put some on your sandwich, in a salad, or whatever your heart desires.

Buffalo Chicken Bake

Ingredients

3-4 Chicken Breasts

6-8 Tbsp Frank’s Red hot Buffalo Sauce

3 Bell Peppers – a combination of red, orange and yellow

1 C. cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese, shredded

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grab and grease a 9×13 baking dish and place the chicken flat. Pour a few tablespoons of buffalo sauce over each chicken breast.

2. Layer thinly sliced bell peppers on the chicken. Spread cheese evenly over the top. Bake at 350 for thirty-forty five minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.

Source The pinning mama

Here are some of my other favorite Buffalo flavored recipes?

Buffalo chicken Dip (Great for parties)

A twist on buffalo wings (one of my all-time favorites)

Zesty Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Crazy Addicting Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Sweet Garlic Pork loin with veggies

All you need are a few ingredients and less than an hour are all that separates you from this awesome meal with caramelized Brown Sugar Garlic Pork and roasted vegetables.

Brown Sugar Garlic Pork with carrots & potatoes

INGREDIENTS

2 lb pork loin trimmed of excess fat

4 garlic cloves minced

4 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 lb peeled and sliced

2 lbs potatoes scrubbed and cut into 1 inch chunks

1/4 C. canola oil for vegetables

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl mix the 1/4 cup canola oil, salt and pepper with sliced carrots and potatoes. In a small bowl one tablespoon of canola oil, brown sugar, garlic and rub all over pork loin. On one large cookie sheet, put down some foil and add the carrots and potatoes.

3. Spread apart the vegetables to make an opening in the pan for the pork. Add the pork to the pan. Roast the pork and vegetables for forty – sixty minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers at 150 degrees in the center of the roast.

Source Dinner then dessert

Creamy spinach chicken casserole

Spinach Chicken Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella

Ingredients:

2-5 lαrge boneless skinless chicken breαsts, cut horizontαlly

8 oz. creαm cheese, softened

2 C. spinαch, rinsed

1 Tbsp. olive oil

4 oz. Mozzαrellα cheese, shredded

The mαrinαde:

3 cloves gαrlic, minced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. red pepper flαkes, optionαl

1/2 tsp. Itαliαn seαsoning, optionαl

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

Directions

1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Position α rαck in the center of the oven αnd preheαt the oven to 400ºF (200°C).

2. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, gαrlic, Itαliαn seαsoning, αnd red pepper flαkes. Stir well. Next grab a basting brush and spread the marinade all over each chicken breast and place them in a plastic container. Seal the container with a lid and place in the refrigerator for ten – fifteen minutes while you prep the remαining ingredients.

2. Quickly wilt the spinαch in α skillet with one tαblespoon of olive oil, set αside.

3. Arrange the chicken breαsts drαined from the mαrinαde in α bαking dish. Spreαd the creαm cheese mixture over the chicken αnd lαy spinαch on top of the creαm cheese. Finαlly, sprinkle mozzαrellα over the top.

4. Bαke for twenty-thirty five minutes. Chicken is done when cooked through to αn internαl temperαture of 165˚F (75°C). Serve wαrm with α side of cαuliflower rice, or bαked veggies. Enjoy!

Source Dimar’s Kitchen

Court’s cooking notes

You can also leave the chicken in the fridge for eight hours to overnight.

A vacation of a lifetime

I believe that I have mentioned this before, but as some of you know, I am a big fan of the Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman also known as Ree Drummond. I love to watch her show and try her recipes.

For my birthday gift at the end of the month my mom, grandparents and I are going to go see her store and restaurant that’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I am so very excited about this trip! I will take some pictures and post them after I get back home.

In honor of my all time favorite celebrity chef I want to share with you this delicious bow tie lasagna recipe! You totally should make this recipe. Seriously, make this now.  Even if you’ve never cooked before in your life, you can make this pasta.

PIONEER WOMAN BOWTIE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb bowtie pasta

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb ground chuck beef

1/2 C. onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 C. shredded mozzarella

1 C. sour cream

Directions

1. Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, drain.  In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground chuck until fully cooked, drain fat and return to the skillet.

3. Pour the cooked pasta on top of meat, then drizzle on olive oil.  Pour the jar of sauce, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.  Stir.  Add cheese and sour cream.  Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.  Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary.  Serve with parmesan or additional mozzarella, if desired.

Source Katie Cooks Dinner

Chops, Taters, and gravy

If you love pork chops, potatoes in gravy then you are going to enjoy this savory dish! Oh and you only need a salad to complete this meal.”

Creamy Pork Chops and Potatoes

Ingredients

6-8 pork loin chops (boneless or bone-in)

6 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced

2 10 oz. cans condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

3/4 C. water

1 package Lipton onion soup base

1/4 tsp.pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

French’s fried onions, optional

Directions

1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place sliced potatoes in the bottom and set the pork chops evenly spaced on top of them.

2. In a large bowl combine together the soup, milk, water, onion soup, and salt and pepper. Pour over the pork chops and potatoes. Sprinkle a few handfuls of the French’s Fried Onions over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325 for 2- 2 1/2 hours. ***, REMOVE foil the last 1/2 hour to allow browning.

Source Joy in the kitchen

Court’s Cooking Notes

If your oven cooks low, increase your temperature by 25 degrees…  you can purchase an oven thermometer at most stores to check to see if your oven heat is measuring correctly.)

Two ingredients. Cook. Eat. Enjoy.

Crispy Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken

INGREDIENTS

8-10 chicken thighs and/or drumsticks (bone-in, skin on)

2 C. of your favorite barbecue sauce

2 Tbsp olive oil salt, and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

1. Coat the chicken on all sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for twenty minutes. Remove chicken from oven and turn the temperature of the oven up to 425 degrees.

2. Coat the top of the chicken with barbecue sauce using a basting brush. Use a spatula to flip the chicken over, being careful not to tear the skin. Baste the other side of the chicken, and place back in the oven for seven minutes.

3. Remove from the oven, baste top with barbecue sauce, and place back in oven for another seven more minutes.

4. Remove from the oven again and baste again, and place back in oven for seven more minutes or until chicken is crispy, parts are blackened, and it’s fully cooked.

Source Bowl of Delicious

Incredibly Juicy Italian Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

3.5 to 4 lb Rump Roast

1 Pkg Zesty Italian Dressing Mix

Salt & Pepper to Taste

1 can Beef Broth (14.5 oz)

3/4 jar Peperoncinis, sliced (12 ounce jar)

8 to 10 slices provolone cheese

1 jar Giardiniera – Italian Sandwich Mix

Hoagie or steak Rolls

Directions

1. Season the rump roast on all sides with salt & pepper. Place the roast into the crock pot. Sprinkle packet of Zesty Italian dressing mix on top of the roast. Pour beef broth around roast in bottom of crock pot. Spoon Peperoncinis on top of roast and pour some of the juice in if desired. Set Crock Pot to low for eight hours.

2. Remove beef and shred by pulling with two forks. Pour some of the Juice through a strainer for Au Jus. Place shredded beef on a hoagie or french roll. Top with sliced provolone cheese and broil for two to four minutes. Top with some of the cooked Peperoncinis and Giardinieria Mix. Spoon on some au jus or dip.

Source Soul Fully Made

Savory & Delicious Chicken broccoli casserole

Broccoli Chicken Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella

Ingredients

5 C. shredded cooked chicken breast

2 broccoli heads, cut into small florets

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

3/4 C. chicken stock

8 oz (230g) softened cream cheese

1 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese

Fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Fresh chopped parsley, or garnish

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC) Lightly grease a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Spread the shredded chicken in the previously prepared baking dish. Then add the minced garlic, red pepper flakes, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir well. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl or a large cup, combine softened cream cheese and chicken stock, until smooth. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the chicken in the baking dish.

3. Top with broccoli florets and shredded mozzarella. Bake the chicken casserole in the oven for twenty minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. You can broil for a couple of minutes to crisp up the casserole. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Source Eat Well 101

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