Chili Spaghetti Casserole

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This one dish Chili Spaghetti recipe is simple to put together and has a great combination of flavors. It is quick to put together so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. This is a great after school or work recipe.

Give it a try; enjoy.

Chili Spaghetti Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can spicy vegetable chili (18.8 ounces – you can also use any good brand of vegetarian chili)
  • 1 can Italian stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
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  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain and rinse. Place cooked spaghetti in a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. While pasta is cooking cook the burger and onion in a large skilled until burger is no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Stir in the chili powder, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste; cook until heated through.
  5. Mix the chili mixture into the spaghetti and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.
  6. Serve hot.

 

Chicken and Rice For Two

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chicken and rice for 2 recipe

Sometimes just cooking for two can be a challenge. This chicken and rice for two recipe is simple and delicious, and fairly quick to prepare.

Put this on the menu for supper; you’ll love it.

Chicken and Rice For Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together ¾ cup chicken broth, rice, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cove and microwave for 7-8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
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  4. Salt and pepper the chicken. In a medium size sauce pan using the oil over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; set chicken aside on a plate.
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  6. Reserve one tablespoon of the oil in the sauce pan, add the onion, ¼ teaspoon salt, and cook until onion is soft and starts to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add wine while scrapping any dripping off the bottom of the pan and then add the remaining ½ cup chicken broth.
  7. Mix in the rice and place chicken in the pan skin side up. Cove and bake until rice is tender and chicken is done.
  8. Remove chicken to a plate and lightly cover with aluminum foil. Mix the parsley into the rice and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve chicken and rice together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Basic Dog Treats Recipe

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basic dog cookie recipe

Puppy dog was running out of treats so I had to get busy and do some baking. This dog treats recipe is simple and quick to put together – and your favorite canine will love them.

Do your best friend a favor and give them a try.

Basic Dog Treats Recipe
 
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Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoon molasses
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. And line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients stirring until dough forms. (add a little extra water if necessary)
  4. Using a spoon – spoon out dough, and roll into balls, like making meatballs. Placing them about an inch apart on the baking sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork like making peanut butter cookies.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until dough hardens.
  6. Cool and refrigerate; use as needed.

 

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with Winter Squash

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Parmesan crusred pork chops with glazed winter squash recipe

This Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with Winter Squash recipe is a little bit of work, but well worth the effort. You are basically baking the 2 together to form a roast pork chop and winter squash supper. Bake some potatoes in the microwave and supper is ready.

The next time you’re in the mood for pork chops give this Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with Winter Squash recipe a try; it’s really good.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with Winter Squash
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 center cut boneless chops (¾ to 1 inch thick)
  • 1 acorn squash (about 1 ½ pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • pinch cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. (I used a broiler pan and it worked out fine)
  3. In a shallow microwavable dish whisk together the panko bread crumbs and olive oil; salt and pepper to taste. Microwave the crumbs, stirring constantly, until breadcrumbs are nicely browned. (watch this closely because microwave heats seem to very a lot). After crumbs have cooled mix in the Parmesan cheese.
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  5. Place the flour in another shallow dish. In a medium size bowl whisk together the eggs, thyme, and Dijon mustard.
  6. Pat chops dry with paper toweling and generously salt and pepper them. Roll in flour, and then dip them into the egg mixture, and then in the bread crumbs pressing firmly to secure the breading onto the chops.
  7. Place the chops on one side of the baking sheet.
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  9. Cut squash length wise into quarters and remove the seeds. Place on a microwavable plate and brush with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Microwave squash for 8-10 minutes or until softened. Place squash on the other half of the baking sheet. Mix the brown sugar with the remaining butter, mix in the cayenne pepper, and brush it over the squash.
  10. Bake until chops are 145F and squash is golden brown and tender. (about 25 min depending on thickness)
  11. Serve hot

Adapted from Cooks Country

Rabbit Cacciatore

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rabbit-cacciatore recipe

This Rabbit Cacciatore is perfect for wild or domestic rabbit meat. This recipe has a delicious combination of flavors and tastes exceptionally good on a cold night.

If you have rabbit meat available give this one a try you wont be disappointed, it is delicious.

Rabbit Cacciatore
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit cut into 6 – 8 pieces (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine (I used homemade cherry wine)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced) or more to taste
  • 3/ cups fresh mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)
  • 2 red bell peppers (seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 1 can sliced black olives (4 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt, ½ tablespoon thyme, and pepper into a food grade disposable bag and work with your hands to combine.
  2. Shake rabbit pieces in flour mixture one piece at a time. In a large skillet over high heat using the olive oil cook rabbit until nicely browned on both sides; set aside on a platter.
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  4. Reduce heat to medium, add the onion and cook for about 1 minute. Add the garlic, mushrooms and pepper pieces and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes. Stir in the other ½ tablespoon of thyme and the rosemary. Add the wine to the skillet and using a spoon scrap any dripping from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about in half. (about 1 minute)
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  7. Reduce heat to low - place the rabbit pieces back into the pan and pour the diced tomatoes over the top. Add the bay leaf, cover, and cook until rabbit is tender. (domestic rabbit meat 35 minutes – wild may take longer depending on the rabbit)
  8. remove rabbit to a serving platter, add the olives, and continue cooking sauce until sauce starts to thicken. (about in half)
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  10. Serve rabbit and sauce over spaghetti.

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

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Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe

This is pretty much a basic recipe leaving a lot of room to add additional spices, but I wanted to keep this recipe as quick and simple as possible. The recipe was prepared as written – I thought the end result was pretty good.

Sweet Potato Pancakes Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the sweet potatoes and eggs.
  2. Using a large spoon mix the flour and baking powder into the sweet potato mixture and then mix in the butter and milk. The mixture will be thick and lumpy. (If you want a thinner batter add extra milk a little at a time. (Be careful the batter thins quickly)
  3. Cook pancakes in a skillet, or over a griddle on medium high heat. Cooking until golden brown and bubbles form on top and edges start to firm up, flip and finish cooking.
  4. Serve hot with butter and syrup.

Adapted from Food.com

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

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Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

Baking Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

For a simple biscuit recipe – this has to be about the best.

I was planning on having stew for supper and thought hot biscuits would be great to have along with it. This Drop Biscuits Recipe looked like it was simple to put together, and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a try. It was just my wife and I for supper, and between the 2 of us there wasn’t a crumb left over.

The next time you need a quick biscuit recipe give this on a try.

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter (cut into ¼ inch pieces – I threw them in the freezer for a few minutes to get them good and cold.)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cups whole mild ( I used some cream I had left over from the holidays and mixed it with 2% milk.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. Fold the butter pieces in and using your fingers or a pastry blender work the butter into the dry ingredients to form a pea like texture.(a food processors makes quick work for this)
  3. Add the milk and stir until just moist.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or lightly spray with cooking spray. Using ¼ cup measuring cup place dough on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until biscuits are golden brown, about 20 minutes, let cool a little bit and serve warm.

Adapted from Serious Eats

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie

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Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie

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Chocolate, cream cheese, whipped topping, and cherries forming a rich and delicious combination of flavors to create this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie.

Wow your Holiday guests – this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie is quick and simple to put together.

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 package cream cheese, (8 ounces softened)
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips (melted and cooled)
  • 1 carton frozen whipped topping ( 8 ounces thawed)
  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Add the chocolate and continue mixing until well combined and then mix in the whipped topping until just combined.
  2. Using a spoon, spoon the mixture into a 9 inch graham cracker crust.
  3. Top with the cherry pie filling and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted from Taste of Home

Peanut butter and Banana Dog Treats Recipe

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Hunter

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My puppy dog’s cupboard was bare so I either had to go to the store and buy dog treats or fire up the oven and make my own so I decided on these Peanut butter and Banana Dog Treats.

Even though these are dog treats my wife and I always try the finished product and I thought these were pretty good – my wife thought they were the best yet, so “Hunter”, our English setter, may have some competition for these. LOL

Peanut butter and Banana Dog Treats Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Homemade Dog Treats
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats (old fashion or quick oats)
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter (preferably all natural)
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the egg, peanut butter, bananas, sugar, and oil.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the flour and rolled oats.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a spoon until dough forms. Using your hands knead the dough until it comes together; place on a lightly floured work surface and roll out to ¼ inch thickness.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut biscuits with a cookie cutter to desired shape and place on cookie sheet. Bake until treats start to brown and are kind of hard. (20 - 25 minutes)
  6. Cool before serving.
  7. Makes 36 depending on size.

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Mashed Potato Topped Mini Meatloaves

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Little meatloaves topped with creamy mashed potatoes; this is a simple and quick recipe making it ideal for a quick after school or work supper.

Mashed Potato Topped Mini Meatloaves
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 1 pond lean ground beef
  • 1 package stove top stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
  • 4 ounces of low fat cream cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 3 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup brown gravy mix or you favorite brand (cooked according to package directions)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl using you hands mix together the meat, stuffing mix, water, and steak sauce until just combined.
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  5. Press the meat into the muffin cups. (the recipe says it makes 12 – but I filled the cups and wound up with 10. So if this is an issue divide the meat up so it comes our even – I would guess about ¾'s full)
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes to an internal temperature of 160F.
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  8. While the meatloaves are baking mix the cream cheese into the potatoes until cheese is melted and then stir in the parsley.
  9. Serve the potatoes over the meatloaves topped with the gravy.
  10. Note: If you are using fresh potatoes cut the potatoes small and cook them while the meatloaves are in the oven. The potatoes should be done and ready to mash about the same time the meatloaves are done.
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Adapted from Kraft Recipes