Bacon Cheddar Chicken Thighs With Potatoes

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If you are looking for a simple one dish recipe give this Bacon Cheddar Chicken Thighs and Potatoes recipe a try.

The chicken turns out nice and moist and the salad dressing and bacon used in the recipe gives it a good flavor.

 

Bacon Cheddar Chicken Thighs With Potatoes
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 large bone in chicken thighs (skin removed and excess fat trimmed off – I used 4 because of the number I was feeding)
  • ¼ cup Classic Ranch dressing
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 ½ pounds red potatoes (about 5 cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 medium onion (cut into ½ inch chunks)
  • 1 cup shredded Triple Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place chicken in a large shallow dish and pour the dressing over the top. Roll the chicken in the dressing to thoroughly coat. Refrigerate for 30 minute.
  3. In a large skillet while chicken is marinating cook bacon until crispy; set aside on paper toweling to drain. Reserve one tablespoon of the bacon fat in the skillet.
  4. In the now empty skillet with the bacon fat cook the onion and potato over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. ( I cooked the mixture long enough for the potatoes to start to brown)
  5. Crumble the bacon and gently mix it into the potato mixture. Spoon potato mixture into a lightly sprayed 13x9 casserole dish, remove the chicken from the marinade and arrange the thighs on top of the potato mixture. Bake for 55 min to an hour, or until chicken is done.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and let rest until cheese is melted – serve hot. (I placed the casserole back in the oven for a couple of minutes for the cheese to melt)

Adapted from Kraft Recipes

Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

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Wow – this Instant Pot Lasagna recipe is super-fast and really good. If you have an electric pressure cooker give this one a try.

Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning (crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 16 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles (break into 2 inch pieces)
  • 48 ounces Italian spaghetti sauce or traditional
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season the beef with the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Set Instant Pot to Sautee setting and cook burger, breaking it up, until no longer pink inside; press cancel and drain any excess fat if needed.
  2. Add the noodles, sauce, and water to the pot, lock the top, and set to pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  3. When done press cancel and use the fast release method to release the pressure. Stir in half of the mozzarella and one half of the ricotta cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with spoonful’s of the remaining ricotta cheese, and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top. Cover and let rest until cheese is melted. (2-5 minutes)
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Kraft Recipies

Triple Layer Peanut Butter Brownies

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These brownies were a big hit. They are rich, moist, and delicious – the trouble is it is hard to eat just one. This recipe uses a boxed brownie mix, but I am sure you could substitute your own brownie recipe in place of it.

It takes a little bit of time to put it all together but it is well worth the effort.

Triple Layer Peanut Butter Brownies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 package brownie mix (19 to 21 ounces)
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups cool whip (frozen)
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts (roughly chopped)
Instructions
  1. Prepare and bake brownies in a 13x9 inch pan according to package directions; set aside to cool.
  2. While brownies are cooling using an electric mixer with whisk attachment mix the milk and pudding together for 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter and sugar, and mix until well combined.
  3. After brownies are completely cooled spread the pudding mixture over the top of the brownies.
  4. Place the chocolate and cool whip in a medium size microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is melted and mixture is thoroughly combined. Spread chocolate mixture over the top and sprinkle with nuts.
  5. Refrigerate and cool for at least one hour before serving.

Adapted from Kraft Recipes

 

Boogaloo Wonderland Sandwiches

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These Boogaloo Wonderland Sandwiches are pretty much like glorified sloppy joes. They are simple and fast to prepare, and it is the type of recipe the kids are sure to love. The American cheese is a key ingredient for this recipe, so don’t substitute with a different variety of cheese.

Boogaloo Wonderland Sandwiches
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon dried mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Sandwiches
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (sliced thin)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 sub rolls (6 inch sliced lengthwise with one side intact)
  • 8 slices American cheese
Instructions
  1. Directions for Sauce
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook stirring constantly until slightly thickened; set aside.
  3. Directions for sandwiches
  4. Preheat oven to 350F – oven rack in middle position.
  5. Using the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat cook the onion and burger seasoned with the salt and pepper until liquid has evaporated and burger starts to sizzle (break burger up with a spoon as it’s cooking.) Add one cup of the prepared sauce, bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until slightly thickened about 1 minute.
  6. Place rolls on a baking sheet and divide the meat mixture evenly over the bottom of the rolls. Top each sandwich with 2 slices of cheese. Bake until cheese has melted and sandwiches are heated through (about 5 minutes). Spread any remaining sauce over the top of each sandwich, fold, and serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Tex-Mex Chicken Casserole Recipe

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This Tex-Mex casserole recipe is easy to put together and will serve 4-6. A lot of the seasoning comes from the chips used in the recipe. This recipe also has cooked chicken as one of the ingredients so I used a rotisserie chicken in the recipe.

Tex-Mex Chicken Casserole Recipe
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 10 ounce bag of nacho cheese corn chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (10.75 ounces)
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (10.75 ounces)
  • 1 can chopped green chilies (4.5 ounces)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 ½ cups cooked chicken (chopped or shredded)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Pour chips into a 13x9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Crush chips over the bottom. (I used the bottom of a glass jar to do this and it worked real well)
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat and cook onion until tender.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the soups, green chilies, milk, sour cream, chili powder, and cumin. Add the chicken and onion and mix until well combined. Spread the mixture evenly over the chips and top with the cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted; let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Kraft Recipes

Glazed Meatloaf with Mushrooms for Two

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Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy are a favorite my house. When I saw this version with the mushrooms added into the ingredients I had to give it a try.

This recipe Is probably a little much for two people, but leftover meatloaf is always good.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and is fairly quick to put together.

Give this Glazed Meatloaf with Mushrooms for Two recipe a try; it’s really good.

Glazed Meatloaf with Mushrooms for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for glaze
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Ingredients for meatloaf
  • 10 saltine crackers
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound 90 percent lean ground beef
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix all the glaze ingredient together; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F with rack in middle position.
  3. Process crackers in a food processor until finely ground and place them in the bottom of a large bowl; stir in milk and set aside.
  4. Place the onion and mushrooms in the now empty food processor and process until finely chopped.
  5. Add the garlic and thyme to the onion and mushroom mixture. Using the oil in a 10 inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat cook the mixture until moisture is evaporated and mixture starts to brown; set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
  6. Whisk the egg, mustard, mushroom mixture, salt and pepper into the cracker mixture and then work in the meat using your hands. Form into 2 equally sized meatloaves and place them in the now empty skillet; bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove meatloaf from the oven, spread the glaze over the tops, and continue baking until meatloaves are done. (160F)
  8. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Creamy Burger Casserole Recipe

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This is a great one dish recipe for after work or school. It requires just a few ingredients and cooks quickly. This is the type of recipe I’m sure the kids would love.

Creamy Burger Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds of ground beef
  • 1 jar home style Alfredo sauce (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 medium tomato (chopped – about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package refrigerated biscuit dough (7.5 ounces 10 biscuits)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and lightly spray a 1 ½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook burger until no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Stir in the Alfredo sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and continue cooking for 5 minutes; pour meat mixture into casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and arrange the biscuits on top of the cheese.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until biscuits are nicely browned.
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from Kraft recipes

Simple Baked Cake Donuts Recipe

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This cake donuts recipe is simple and quick to put together and they are delicious.

Donuts are one of my favorite treats. I was getting a little tired of Hostess and decided to get to work and make my own. The next time you are in the mood for donuts give this one a try. (This recipe does require a donut pan).

Simple Baked Cake Donuts Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the eggs, butter, vanilla and milk; by hand or using an electric mixer beat until well combined.
  3. Fill each donut cup about ¾’s full. Bake for 8-10 minutes until donuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.
  4. Simple glaze recipe
  5. Place confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Mix in the hot water and almond extract until well combined. To make chocolate glaze melt ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and add it to the glaze mixture – dip donuts in glaze.

 

Adapted from allrecipes.com

 

Slow Cooker Country Captain Chicken

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This Slow Cooker Country Captain Chicken is has pretty much the vegetable ingredients as chicken cacciatore, but uses much different spicing. The sauce is a little on the sweet side, has a little bit of heat incorporated into the spicing associated with chutney.

If you looking for a good dish that is a little different, give this one a try. This is a recipe that is simple to put together and because it is cooked in the slow cooker it will free up some your time while it is cooking.

Slow Cooker Country Captain Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 jar chutney (8 ounces)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper chicken. Using the oil in a skillet over medium high heat cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned; set aside on a plate.
  2. In the same skillet reserving about 1 tablespoon of the fat cook the onion and green pepper seasoned with ½ teaspoon salt until softened. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, and tomato paste; simmer until mixture is thickened and smooth. Off heat and mix in the chutney, garlic, curry powder, paprika, thyme, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Remove the skin from the chicken and arrange the chicken over the bottom of the slow cooker; pour the sauce over the top.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours – serve over cooked rice or noodles. (chicken should be at least 185F)

 

Adapted from cookscountry

Pork Chops with Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

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This is a one dish meal you and your family will love. These cheesy and Creamy scalloped potatoes are delicious, and the pork turns out nice and tender. The original recipe called for boneless chops but I decided to use bone in to add to the flavor.

Pork Chops with Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 4 bone in pork chops (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 6 medium potatoes (divided) (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F, and grease a 9x13 baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter.
  2. Salt and pepper chops to taste.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook chops until nicely browned on both sides; set chops aside on a plate.
  4. While chops are browning in a medium size sauce pan over medium high heat melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Mix in the thyme and mustard and then add the salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in the flour to form a smooth thick paste and then gradually stir in the half and half and broth. Cook stirring constantly until sauce starts to thicken; remove from heat.
  5. Spread half of the potatoes over the bottom of the baking dish and ½ of the diced onion and then top with ½ of the cheese. Arrange pork chops over the cheese, top with the remaining onion and potato slices and pour the sauce over the top.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until chops are done and potatoes are tender. (about 1 hour)
  7. Remove aluminum foil and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Switch oven to broil and continue baking until cheese is nicely browned.
  8. Serve hot.

Adapted from Allrecipes