Grilled Queso Burgers

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Winter here in Upper Michigan has been real nasty. I finally gave up on waiting for warmer weather and decided to fire up the grill in the subzero temperatures.

This Grilled Queso Burgers recipe is quick and simple to put together. I was looking for something a little different in a grilled burger and this seemed to fit pretty well. I used regular Rotel with green chilies but if you want to turn up the heat you can use the hot version.

Give these Grilled Queso Burgers a try they’re really good.

Grilled Queso Burgers
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: Makes 6
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds ground round
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese (cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies (10 ounces - undrained)
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 12 slices bacon (cooked crispy)
  • 1 large tomato cut into 6 slices
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until crispy and drain on paper toweling.
  2. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  3. Divide burger into 6 equal patties about ½ inch thick; grill burgers to desired doneness.
  4. While burgers are grilling, in a microwavable bowl mix together the cheese and Rotel tomatoes. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted, stirring half way through the cooking cycle.
  5. Put burgers together on the buns starting with the burgers, 2 tablespoons of the cheese sauce, 2 slices of bacon, and then a slice of tomato.
  6. Use the remaining sauce as a dip for chips or fries.
  7. Enjoy

Adapted from Walmart

Quick and Easy Pork Chops Recipe

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This Quick and Easy Pork Chops Recipe is exactly as it sounds; quick and easy. You can have this on the supper table in less than an hour. It requires very little prep time and cooks quickly. Just be sure to thinly slice the carrots so you don’t overcook the pork chops waiting for the carrots to get done.

This is a great recipe for after school or work.

Quick and Easy Pork Chops Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce (use your favorite sauce – this recipe is from Kraft recipes and their sauce was on sale so I used their sauce)
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon honey mustard
  • 4 pork chops (I used boneless because they were on sale)
  • 2 cups carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1½ cups instant white rice (uncooked)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish like a pie plate mix together the BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, and the mustard; remove 6 tablespoons of the sauce and set aside.
  2. Roll the chops in the remaining sauce, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and let marinade for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat, place chops in skillet and cook for 5 minutes on one side. Flip chops, add the carrots in around the chops, and spoon the remaining BBQ sauce mixture over the chops. Cover and cook 10 – 15 minutes or until chops are done. (145F)
  4. Cook rice according to package directions while chops are cooking.
  5. Serve chops and sauce over rice.

 

Adapted from Kraft Recipes

Simple Chicken Chop Suey Recipe

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We have prepared a recipe like, using burger, for years. This chicken version is pretty much the same with a few minor changes. I had some chicken strips on hand so I decided to give it a try. This is a simple and quick recipe so you can have supper on the table in about 30 minutes, making it a great dish for after work or school.

Simple Chicken Chop Suey Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips about ½-inch strips – I used pre-sliced stir fry strips)
  • 1 medium green pepper (sliced into strips)
  • 1 cup chopped celery or to taste
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 can Chinese vegetables (28 ounces drained)
  • 1-1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat using the oil brown the chicken strips on both sides. Add the onion, green pepper, celery, and mushrooms, cover and cook until vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes).
  2. Mix the cornstarch with ¼ cup water.
  3. Add the chicken broth and soy sauce. Salt and pepper to taste and then stir in the cornstarch mixture; continue cooking until mixture thickens stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve hot over rice.

Adapted from Teriskitchen.com

Smoked Sausage with Penne Recipe

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My wife picked up some smoked sausage on sale at our local market (was such a good price she couldn’t resist).  I was planning on some type of casserole dish for supper so I decided to give this Smoked Sausage with Penne Recipe a try.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. The end result is a cheesy and rich casserole dish. Give this one a try it’s really good!!

Smoked Sausage with Penne Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound smoked sausage (cut into ¼- ½ inch slices)
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup (10-3/4 ounces undiluted)
  • 1-1/2 cups french-fried onions (divided)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
Instructions
  1. While pasta is cooking preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet brown sausage over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the soup, milk, ½ cup French-fried onions, and ½ cup cheese until well combined and then fold the sausage and pasta into the mixture.
  5. Place the mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish, cover, and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly. Uncover and sprinkle the remaining cheese and onion over the top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Adapted from TasteofHome

Basic Instant Pot Stew Recipe

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I have seen many different versions of stew recipes created in an Instant Pot some a little more complicated than others. I decided to keep it simple. I started with the meat and just piled on the rest of the ingredients. Mixed everything up good, sealed the Instant pot, and pressed the stew button. Once the instant pot reached pressure the timer automatically set for 35 minutes – for me the end result was perfect, but I like my vegetables real tender. If you prefer your vegetables a little on the firm side you may want to reduce the time to 25-30 minutes.

Basic Instant Pot Stew Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound stew meat (cut into one inch cubes-I used round steak in this recipe)
  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 2 medium onions (cut into wedges)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 celery rib (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into Instant Pot; mix thoroughly.
  2. Seal pot and press the stew button.
  3. When Instant pot is done cooking let rest for 10 minutes and turn the valve to quick release. ( being carful so you don’t burn yourself)

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Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken with Bacon and Onions

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This Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken with Bacon and Onions is one of my favorites. It is cooked in the slow cooker so the chicken is fork tender and the sauce is rich and creamy; loader with bacon and cream cheese.

You and your family will love this one.

Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken with Bacon and Onions
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 slices of bacon cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • ⅓ cup all- purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (skin and fat removed)
  • 4 cups egg noodles (uncooked)
  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon to a plate covered with toweling to drain; drain the skillet reserving about 2 tablespoons of fat in the skillet. Place the onions in the skillet and cook until onions are soft and start to brown. Whisk in the flour and pepper, mix in ½ the bacon and the broth and cook until mixture thickens.
  2. Arrange chicken thighs in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the onion mixture over the top. Cook on low for 4 – 5 hours or 3 – 4 on high.
  3. Mix together the cream cheese, garlic powder, and milk until well blended.
  4. Cook egg noodles according to package directions; drain and spread the noodles on a serving platter. Arrange chicken thighs on top of the noodles and lightly cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  5. Mix the cream cheese mixture into the onion mixture in the slow cooker, stir until well combined and heated through.
  6. Pour cream cheese sauce over the chicken and noodles and then sprinkle with the remaining bacon.

Adapted from Kraft.com

Ritz Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

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Football play-off season is here and these Parmesan Chicken Nuggets are perfect for the occasion. These chicken nuggets are simple to put together, and cook quickly. Just be sure to allow enough time for the marinade.

So if you want to wow your guests at your next super bowl party give this Ritz Crackers Parmesan Chicken Nuggets recipe a try; they’re delicious.

Ritz Crackers Parmesan Chicken Nuggets
 
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: Side
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders (cut into 1 ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs (I used a food processor to crush the crackers – if you don’t have one place them in a food grade plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. They don’t have to be real fine)
  • ⅓ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Oil for deep frying.
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the butter milk, garlic, paprika, and salt; toss the chicken in the butter milk mixture, cover with plastic, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  2. In a shallow dish like a pie plate whisk together the Ritz cracker crumbs, parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs.
  3. Preheat deep fryer to 350F.
  4. Roll the chicken pieces one piece at a time in the crumb mixture and deep fry in batches until golden brown and crispy. Place on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  5. Serve as a stand-alone snack or with your favorite dipping sauce.
  6. Enjoy

Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Macaroni and Cheese for Two

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This Macaroni and Cheese is just the right amount for two people. This recipe is really simple to put together, but don’t let that fool you, it’s creamy and delicious.

It you are looking for a simple and quick side dish give this one a try.

Macaroni and Cheese for Two
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni (Cooked and drained)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain
  3. In a large bowl mix together the milk, sour cream, and cheese, and then mix in the macaroni until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 1½ quart casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until heated through.

 

Chicken Marsala Pasta Recipe

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Marsala chicken is one of my favorite recipes so when I saw this Chicken Marsala Pasta Recipe, it looked really good, so I thought I would give it a try.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take all that much time to prepare. Most of the time involved is cooking the chicken, but if you pound it down it cooks quickly.

This would also be a great dish for a potluck or party.

To view the original recipe go to Blogchef.net.

Chicken Marsala Pasta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms (sliced) I used ports for this recipe
  • 1 medium sweet onion (diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¾ cups Marsala cooking wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper chicken on both sides. In a large skillet cook the chicken in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of butter until nicely browned and done (165F). Remove to a plate to cool. After cool enough to handle slice chicken into strips.
  2. Cook pasta according to pasta directions; drain, and stir in 3 tablespoons of butter, stirring until butter is melted, and then mix in ½ cup of parmesan cheese.
  3. In the now empty skillet using 1 tablespoon of butter cook the garlic, mushrooms and onion; until onion is tender. Stir in the Marsala wine, chicken broth, and cream. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook until sauce starts to thicken. Add the chicken strips to the skillet and continue cooking until chicken is heated through.
  4. Pour pasta into a large bowl and add in the chicken Marsala sauce mixture; salt and pepper to taste, and then toss until well combined.
  5. Serve hot with extra cheese if desired.

 

Sugar Free Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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This Dulce de Leche Cheesecake recipe uses granulated sweetener like Splenda, and low-fat cream cheese.  To me reducing the sugar alone is a big plus. This is a simple recipe but it does have to set a long time before serving.

If you want to cut back on the sugar and fat a little bit give this one a try it’s really good.

Sugar Free Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9 inch cake
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds low-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup granular sugar substitute
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup dulce de leche
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs with the butter until thoroughly combined and press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes; remove to cool. Reduce oven heat to 325F.
  3. Place the cream cheese in a large bowl; add the sugar substitute and flour. Using an electric mixer beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix until well blended and then beat in the eggs one egg at a time, and then add in the milk , mixing until well blended. Spoon mixture onto the crust in the spring form pan.
  4. Separate ½ cup of the cheese mixture into a small bowl, add the dulce de leche, and using a spoon mix until well blended. Place tablespoons of the mixture over the batter and gently swirl it in with the edge of a knife or spatula.
  5. Bake at 325 for 45 – 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edge to help keep the cheese cake from cracking.
  6. Cool for 20 minutes, cover, and chill for at least 6 hours before serving.