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Homemade Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup

Are you allergic to gluten or just simply trying to eat healthier by cutting out gluten entirely? But you still would like to enjoy the same delicious foods without feeling uncomfortable or ruining your diet. Well then don’t I have the perfect solution to your dilemma.

I recommend that you add this condensed cheddar cheese soup to any recipe that calls for the soup rather than using the ones that you find at your local grocery store. I recommend you adding this soup to Slow Cooker Beefy Nacho Soup.

Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup Substitute

Ingredients

3 Tbsp butter

3 Tbsp flour

1 C milk

1 1/2 C cheese, freshly shredded

Directions

1. Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan. Combine the flour and whisk together until smooth. Slowly add the milk and continue whisking while bringing mixture to a gentle boil.

3. Once it thickens slightly, add cheese and stir until melted. Let the mixture cool down thoroughly. Pour it into an airtight container and it in the fridge.

Source Beths Favorite Recipes

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Sugar & Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I found a bunch of chopped up sweet potatoes in my fridge from Thanksgiving that I knew I had to cook before they went bad. So I looked up on my go-to website Pinterest to look for an easy and tasty sweet potato recipe.

Not surprisingly it didn’t take me long to find one. I spotted this Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potato recipe. They are roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a little cayenne pepper for a kick. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for supper or Christmas gatherings. Easy to throw together and delicious!

Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

2 Tbsp light brown sugar packed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper into the butter.

3. Spread the potatoes on the lined baking sheet.  Toss with the butter mixture until the potatoes are completely coated.  Bake for twenty -twenty-five minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

Source Wine and Glue

All year around veggie casserole

I understand that this Tomato and Zucchini Casserole is not much of a fall recipe. But what inspired me to cook this dish is that it’s not only a healthy casserole, but it also has the Christmas colors red and green.

So overall I am going to have to say that this veggie casserole is packed full of fresh flavors of not just summer but also for any season of the year. It’s an excellent way to use up extra garden veggies. Topped with a crispy Parmesan and bread crumb topping, this side dish is a welcome addition to any meal.

Tomato and Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 lb medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 7 cups)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

1 C grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 C chopped fresh basil leaves

1 C shredded Italian cheese blend (4 oz)

1/2 C Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs

1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese

Additional chopped fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, salt and pepper; cook seven to ten minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp tender. Stir in garlic; cook thirty to sixty seconds or until fragrant. Remove from heat.

3. Add tomatoes and 1/4 cup basil to zucchini mixture, stirring to combine; transfer to baking dish. Top with Italian cheese blend. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and remaining one tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle on top of shredded cheese layer in baking dish. Bake thirty to thirty five minutes or until cheese is melted and vegetables are tender. Top with additional chopped fresh basil.

Source Pillsbury

Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops

I intended on making Bacon Swiss Pork Chops, but I soon discovered that I didn’t have everything that I needed, so I decided to cook Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops with Rosemary recipe. Get this: the prep time is just five minutes.

These pork chops couldn’t get any simpler; they’re so delicious and juicy, they simply melt in your mouth! Yum!

Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops with Rosemary

Ingredients

4-6 pork chops

1/4 C olive oil

2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

1/4 C balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp dry or fresh rosemary coarsely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Combine all of the ingredients (minus pork chops) into a medium bowl and whisk until the mixture begins to emulsify. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and place them into an airtight plastic container. Pour the marinade over the chops.

2. Make sure they are entirely covered in the sauce. Cover with a lid. Be sure that it’s closed tightly. Place the container in the fridge with the chops inside. You can keep them in the refrigerator for eight hours to overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking with cooking spray. Set aside. Grab your pork chops from the fridge and place them into the previously prepared baking dish. Then bake them for about 45-60 minutes or until done.

Court’s Cooking Notes: The cooking time depends on the thickness of your pork chops. You could prepare these the night before and bake them when you come home from work or school.

Source Jo Cooks

No stovetop required green beans

Give yourself and your stovetop a day off by making these easy and delicious green beans on the counter top in your slow cooker! This is an excellent dish to prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Crockpot Green Beans

Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 lbs fresh green beans or frozen, washed and trimmed if using fresh

1 (14.5 oz) chicken broth canned

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat saute the onions and garlic in the butter. Saute onions and garlic in butter until the onions turn translucent. About seven to ten minutes.

2. In the bottom of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, add the green beans, sauteed onions and garlic and the chicken broth. Cover and cook on LOW for four to five hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Source Crockpot Ladies

Crispy Onion Chicken Dinner

This delicious crispy onion chicken recipe called for two and a half cups of French’s fried onions but I discovered that I didn’t have enough. So I decided to use breadcrumbs to make up the difference. It wasn’t as crispy, but the breadcrumbs did not take the yummy flavors away from the chicken. I also didn’t have enough honey mustard, so I made another change by combining regular mustard and honey. It surprisingly worked out great!

I am very proud of myself. I am getting more and more confident with substituting ingredients and working through the difficulties of cooking. This is one of the several reasons why I enjoy cooking so much. It involves a lot of learning and discovering new things. I hope that cooking is just as beneficial for you as it is for me.

This chicken dish is 100% crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside onion chicken. The flavor is amazing!

Crispy Onion Chicken

INGREDIENTS

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 C honey mustard

1 1/2 C French’s fried onions, crushed

Directions

Preheat oven 375° F. Grease a baking sheet with non-stick spray or cover with foil (and spray foil w/ non-stick spray) for easy clean-up.

1. Place honey mustard in a medium shallow bowl. Place crushed fried onions in a separate medium bowl.

2. Coat each chicken breast in honey mustard then coat in crushed fried onions. Carefully lay coated chicken on baking sheet. Sprinkle tops of the chicken with a little more of the crushed fried onions.

4. Bake for thirty-fifty minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Source Life in the lofthouse

Sautéed Mushrooms & Galore

Sautéed Mushrooms, Squash and Zucchini

INGREDIENTS

1 zucchini, diced

1 squash, diced

½ C mushrooms, sliced or diced

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp black pepper

2½ tsp McCormick Southwest Seasoning

Directions

1. In a large size mixing bowl combine together the olive oil, pepper and McCormick Southwest Seasoning until well blended. Add veggies and toss until all veggies are coated.

2. Heat medium size non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add veggies and sauteed five-seven minutes; be sure to stir often,

3. Once veggies are tender crisp turn heat off. Let sit for two-three minutes.

4. Serve and enjoy!

Source Stock Pilling Moms

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