Sweet and Tangy Country-Style Pork Ribs

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I love doing barbecued pork ribs on the grill. I can safely say next to beef steak they are my favorite.

This Country-Style Pork Ribs recipe is very simple to prepare, and they are delicious.

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Sweet and Tangy Country-Style Pork Ribs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 pounds country style bone-in ribs
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce (plus extra for serving)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Rub the spice mixture into the ribs on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 – 24 hours.
  3. Prepare grill and preheat grill for 15 minutes or until grill is hot. Leave main burner on and shut off all other burners; trying to maintain a temperature of 350F. Grill ribs on hot side of grill until nicely browned, move ribs to cooler side of the grill, and coat with ¼ cup of the barbeque sauce. Cook for 6 minutes and flip ribs; coat with the remaining sauce.
  4. Grill to an internal temperature of 350F, remove to serving platter and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Note: if using a small grill you may need to leave both burners on low to maintain the temperature.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Chicken Leg Quarters for Two Recipe

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This is a super simple recipe that’s just the right amount to serve two people. There is very little prep time, and the barbequed like glaze is delicious.

If you need to serve more people just double the recipe.

Chicken Leg Quarters for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon stead sauce (I used A-1)
  • Dash of hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, steak sauce, and hot sauce until well combined.
  3. Using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides and arrange them on the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken.
  5. Bake uncovered for 50 – 60 minutes to an internal temperature of 180F.

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Adapted from Allrecipes Cook Book

Shepherd’s Pie for Two

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This Shepherd’s Pie for Two is a delicious one dish recipe, and just the right amount for two people. It does require a little time to put it all together but it is well worth the effort.

I used frozen peas and carrots in this recipe and cooked them from the frozen state and it worked out real well.

Shepherd’s Pie for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in a medium sauce pan covered with water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Cook until tender; drain. Add the half and half and 4 tablespoons of butter to the potatoes and mash until smooth. Cover and set aside.
  2. Using the remaining tablespoon of butter in a 10 inch skillet cook the onion, peas, and carrots, until softened. Add the ground beef, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and cook breaking burger up until burger is no longer pink inside.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, and thyme; cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) stir in the flour and cook for 1 more minute. Mix in the broth, wine, and soy sauce and cook until mixture is slightly thickened.
  4. Spoon dollops of mashed potatoes over the top and spread it out in a layer over the filling. Drag fork tines over the top to create the ridges.
  5. Place oven on broil and move skillet to the oven, about 5 inches from the element, broil until potato topping is golden brown.

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Adapted from Cooks Country

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

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

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

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs for Two

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This baked chicken thighs for two recipe only takes a few minutes to put together and has a really good flavor.

The sauce was really good served over rice.

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs (skin and any excess fat removed)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sauce
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I use Splenda instead of sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together all the sauce ingredients.
  3. Lightly spray a shallow baking dish with cooking spray. (I used a 1.75 quart baking dish)
  4. Pat chicken dry using paper toweling and arrange chicken on the bottom of the baking dish in a single layer – salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and bake uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until chicken is done. (185F.)
  6. Serve over rice or hash browns.