Simple and Delicious Ricotta Meatballs Recipe

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These Ricotta Meatballs are moist and delicious. This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is very simple to put together. The Ricotta cheese make the meatballs nice and moist so you can get away with using very lean ground beef; I used ground round for this recipe.

Simple and Delicious Ricotta Meatballs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 cup whole milk Ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper or to taste
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (24 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet using 2 tablespoons of the oil cook onion until translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant; place onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix in the ground beef, Ricotta cheese, parsley, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper until just combined. Add the bread crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined. (Hands work great for this.)
  2. Measure out about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each meatball; form and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet using the remaining olive oil brown meatballs over medium heat on all sides; and then drain any excess fat if needed. Add the sauce and water to the meatballs, bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a high simmer. Cook until meatballs are no longer pink inside – stirring occasionally while cooking. (about 30 minutes)
  4. Serve over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce

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Quick and delicious; This Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce recipe requires very little prep time and cooks quickly in the pressure cooker. If you need to put a quick supper together give this one a try.

(I used an Instant Pot for this recipe but I’m sure any other brand of electric pressure cooker would work well)

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can baby portabella mushrooms (4 ounces)
  • 4 -6 bone-in chicken thighs (depending on number you are serving – skin removed) I served 4 and it was just right for 2 adults.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoons pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3 green onions (thinly sliced)
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish whisk together the flour, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  2. Preheat Instant Pot by pressing the sauté button and setting for normal heat. Roll chicken in the flour mixture until well coated; shaking off any excess flour. Add the butter to Instant Pot and cook chicken until nicely browned on both sides. (if cooking six do 3 at a time) Remove from Instant Pot and set aside.
  3. Add the wine and broth stirring to scrape any dripping off the bottom. Let mixture boil for about 3 minutes. (raise the temperature if needed) Press cancel – place the chicken back in the pot and add the mushrooms and green onions. Lock the lid and close the vent, pressure cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes and then carefully quick release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Serve chicken with sauce – I served this over hash brown patties – it was delicious.

 

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs

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This recipe is super simple with amazing taste. 10 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes on the grill, and your hot dogs are ready to serve.

Grilled Pepper and Onion Hot Dogs
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (cut into strips)
  • 1 small sweet onion (sliced)
  • ¼ cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 package of hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
Instructions
  1. Prepare and preheat grill to medium heat
  2. Place peppers and onion on a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and drizzle the dressing over the top. Fold the foil over the vegetables to form a packet.
  3. Grill vegetables for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  4. After 6 minutes start grilling the hot dogs, grilling them until heated through. (Turn packet and hot dogs occasionally while grilling) this is also a good time to toast the buns if you wish to do so.
  5. Remove the foil packet from the grill and cut a few slits in the top to release the steam, and then open carefully. Serve the hot dogs topped with the vegetable mixture

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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

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

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

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.

 

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