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.

 

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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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

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.

 

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two

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This Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two recipe requires just a few ingredients and very little prep time. The maple syrup and mustard are a perfect combination of flavors. This recipe makes 4 thighs but if you are feeding more people just double the recipe.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs (skin and fat removed)
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients together except for the chicken.
  3. Pat chicken dry and place in a baking dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spoon 1 ½ tablespoons of the mustard mixture evenly over each thigh.
  4. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a crust has formed and is slightly hardened on the chicken and temperature is 185F.
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from Food Network

Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe

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What a great time of year for recipes that utilize the use of fresh produce. This Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe is delicious and is a great way to use some of that summer squash and eggplant. This is simple recipe that is easy to prepare and cooks fairly quickly so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. Enjoy

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Ratatouille with Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small eggplant (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium zucchini (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 medium summer squash (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Grated Parmesan for serving
Instructions
  1. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Using the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat cook chicken skin side down until well browned. Flip and continue cooking until other side is browned; remove chicken to a platter and set aside.
  2. Place onion in the now empty skillet, add a pinch of salt, and cook until onion starts to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the eggplant, and squash.
  3. Add the tomatoes and broth to the mixture and work the chicken into the sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, on simmer until chicken is done. (185F)
  4. Serve hot garnished with Parmesan cheese.
  5. (I served over spaghetti)