Greek Baked Ziti Recipe

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Greek Baked Ziti

I was looking for a casserole recipe that was a little different and I came across this Greek Baked Ziti Recipe. There is a little bit of prep time involved but it is well worth the effort. The recipe is layered with a creamy cheese sauce mixed into the Ziti at the bottom of the dish which gives this casserole a unique texture. The addition of the cinnamon make me a little nervous because I thought that seasoning may dominate the dish – but there is just enough so you just get a light hint of the cinnamon.

If you’re looking for a one dish meal that’s a little different give this one a try, it’s really good; my wife loved it! This is a large recipe and would be great for a pot luck, or graduation party dish.

Greek Baked Ziti Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cans tomato sauce (15 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces – 2 cups)
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for firm; drain. (I like to sprinkle and mix in a little olive oil to keep the pasta from taking on a dry look while it’s sitting)
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook onion until tender. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the burger to the onion mixture and cook burger until no longer pink inside – stirring and breaking up the burger as you cook; drain any excess fat. Stir in the tomato sauce and lemon juice and then season with oregano, sugar, cinnamon, and one teaspoon of salt; cook until heated through. (About 2 minutes)
  4. In a large saucepan over low heat melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk – bring the mixture to a high simmer and cook until mixture has thickened and is bubbly. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Mix the cheese sauce into the Ziti and place the mixture over bottom of the casserole dish. Layer the meat mixture over the top of the Ziti and top with the mozzarella cheese, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is hot and bubbly.
  6. Let casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Adapted from MyRecipes

Ham Steak with Red-Eye Gravy

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ham steak with red-eye gravy recipe

My son has cooked this dish a number of times when he has been home for the Holidays and has the recipe posted on his Blog (blogchef.net). It is really good so I decided to put it on the supper menu for last night’s supper. This is a simple recipe that requires very little prep, and cooking time. The end result is a delicious ham steak dinner.

The next time you are looking for a quick and easy recipe give this one a try.

Ham Steak with Red-Eye Gravy
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bone-in ham steak (1 ¼ pounds)
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 3 pieces and chilled)
  • 2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until crisp; reserve bacon for another use or just eat it.
  2. Cook the ham steaks in the bacon grease until nicely browned on both sides; place ham on a dish and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until onion starts to brown. Whisk in the flour and continue cooking for about 15 seconds, and then mix in the chicken broth and maple syrup, stirring to remove any drippings from the bottom of the pan. Bring heat to simmer and cook until mixture is reduced to about ¾ of a cup and starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and espresso powder; salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cut steak into 4 pieces and serve with gravy spooned over the top.

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Simple Grilled Pineapple Chicken Tenders Recipe

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pineapple chicken tenders recipe

If you’re in the mood to fire up the grill and are looking for a simple recipe these Pineapple Chicken Tenders are really good. The recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is quick to put together. This is a mildly seasoned recipe so feel free to add to it as you see fit – I prepared the recipe as written.

Simple Grilled Pineapple Chicken Tenders Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins or strips (chicken tenders save some time, but it is a lot cheaper to make your own chicken strips out of boneless skinless chicken breasts)
  • Skewers
Instructions
  1. If using wood soak skewers soap them in water for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better.
  2. in a small sauce pan mix together the pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Cook mixture over medium heat just short of a boil; remove from heat and allow mixture to cool enough to handle. Place chicken tenders in a 1 gallon food, grade disposable bag, and pour the sauce mixture over the chicken in the bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat and prepare grill for medium high heat, and lightly oil cooking grates.
  4. Thread the chicken lengthwise through the sewers and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

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Adapted from All Recipes

Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic

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fried cabbage recipe

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I you like fried cabbage this is a must try recipe. The combination of the bacon, onion, and garlic is a delicious combination with the cabbage. You can serve this Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic as a side dish, or standalone meal. I served this dish, as a side dish, with grilled burgers.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon (cut crosswise into ¼ - ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large head cabbage (cored and sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
Instructions
  1. in a large skillet or sauté pan cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking until onion starts to brown. Mix in the cabbage and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in the seasonings, cover, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking for 20 minutes or until cabbage reaches desired doneness. Add additional salt to taste if desired.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Smothered Chicken Casserole

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chicken casserole recipe

Here’s another simple and good one dish recipe. I thought this recipe was pretty good for being a one dish recipe; but my wife thought it was great. Because I was cooking for just the 2 of us we had left overs, which reheated very well making for a nice lunch the following day.

If you’re looking for a simple and good one dish casserole recipe, give this one a try – it doesn’t take that long to prepare, and it’s really good.

Smothered Chicken Casserole
 
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Serves: 3 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (10¾ ounces)
  • 1¼ cups half-and-half
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh broccoli florets (cut into smaller pieces)
  • 3 slices cooked bacon (crispy) if you want to save some time purchase the precooked.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Season chicken with pepper and garlic salt. In a large skillet over medium high using the oil cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned and juices run clear; set aside on a plate.
  3. While chicken is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the soup, half-and-half, smoked paprika until thoroughly combined; reserve ¾ cup of the sauce and then fold in the spaghetti and broccoli.
  5. Lightly spray a 2 ½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray and layer the spaghetti mixture over the bottom. Arrange the chicken thighs on top and spoon the reserved sauce over the chicken; sprinkle the bacon over the top.
  6. Bake covered for 20 minutes, uncover and continue cooking until mixture is bubbly about 10 – 15 minutes longer.
  7. Serve Hot
  8. Adapted from Betty Crocker

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe

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It has been awhile since I have done any baking and this Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe sounded really good so I thought I would give it a try. The end result was moist on delicious muffins – especially good warm with melted butter over the top. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require much prep time and you can save the left overs for a couple of days, or freeze them. I prepared the recipe as written, but if I make them again I will add 1 cup chopped nuts into the ingredients.

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious muffin recipe give this Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe a try; it’s really good.

This recipe makes 12 regular or 6 jumbos.

Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 bananas (mashed)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • Ingredients for the Crumb Topping
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter (cut into small pieces)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. For the muffin batter in a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. in another large bowl mix together the bananas, sugars, egg, vanilla, and oil. Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened; spoon equally into muffin tins lightly sprayed with cooking spray, or use liners.
  4. For the topping in a small bowl combine all the ingredients together, using a fork press the butter into the ingredients until a crumbly mixture forms. Sprinkle the mixture equally over the top of the muffins.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes for regular muffins, or 25 to 30 minutes for jumbos, or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Set on wire rack to cool

banana crumb muffins recipe

Adapted from My Baking Addiction

Rotisserie Chicken Hash Brown Casserole

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hash brown chicken casserole recipe

This is a one dish meal that can be prepared using frozen hash browns and frozen vegetables. If you are using Rotisserie Chicken there is not a lot of prep time involved – the dish bakes for about an hour and the hash browns are perfectly done.

If you have left over chicken on hand give this Rotisserie Chicken Hash Brown Casserole recipe a try; its simple and good.

Rotisserie Chicken Hash Brown Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds frozen shredded hash browns
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ cup summer sweet corn
  • 2 cups sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 3 cups cooked roasted chicken (shredded)
  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Place frozen hash browns is a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, peas and carrots, corn, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, milk and cooked shredded chicken; spoon mixture in a layer over the frozen hash browns.
  4. Heat butter in a small sauce pan until just melted – stir in corn flakes until well combined. Sprinkle corn flakes mixture over the casserole.
  5. Bake for 1 hour-until hash browns are done and corn flakes are a golden brown.
  6. Serve Hot

Adapted from Blogchef.net

Slow Cooker Chili with Chocolate Recipe

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chili recipe

I needed some time to get some spring clean-up done, so to save some time, I decided on this Slow Cooker Chili with Chocolate Recipe. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep time, and the slow cooking blends the flavors really well. I think this is the second chili dish I have had that has used chocolate as one of the ingredients, which doesn’t sound good in chili to me, but it’s very good. Give it a try; and enjoy.

Slow Cooker Chili with Chocolate Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used ground chuck)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate (shaved)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes undrained (28 ounces)
  • 1 can chili beans (15 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce or to taste
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat cook onion, 1 clove of garlic, and burger until burger is no longer pink inside.
  2. While burger is cooking place the tomatoes, the rest of the garlic, chocolate, hot sauce, and chili beans into the slow cooker and add in the seasonings; salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Drain the burger if needed and add the meat mixture into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

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Adapted from 100 Best Hamburger Recipes Cookbook

 

Grilled Ranchero Onion Burgers

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Grilled Ranchero Onion Burgers recipe

I was in the mood to fire up the grill and these Ranchero Onion Burgers looked pretty good. This is a simple recipe that mixes salsa and shredded cheese into the burger before it is formed into patties resulting in a good juicy burger. I didn’t toast the buns for this recipe but I think that would be a nice added touch.

If you’re looking for a grilled burger recipe that’s a little different give this one a try; they’re really good.

Grilled Ranchero Onion Burgers
 
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Recipe type: Grilling
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground round
  • ½ cup chunky salsa
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1⅓ cups French fried onions
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
Instructions
  1. Preheat and prepare grill for medium high heat
  2. In a large bowl using your hand mix together burger, ⅔ cups French fried onions, garlic powder, salsa, cheese, and pepper; divide into 4 patties.
  3. Grill patties over oiled grate until slightly charred and no longer pink inside.
  4. Serve on buns topped with the remaining French fried onions.

Adapted from 100 best Hamburger recipes Cookbook

Chinatown Chicken Recipe

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chinatown chicken recipe

This Chinatown Chicken Recipe is simple, quick, and really good. If you’re pinched for time and are in the mood for Chinese food give this one a try. You can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

Chinatown Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1½lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch chunks)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Green onions for garnish green parts only (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat deep fryer to 375F.
  2. In a small sauce pan mix together the garlic, ginger, white pepper, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar and honey.
  3. Pour the cornstarch into a 1 gallon food grade disposable bag, add the chicken and shake to coat.
  4. Deep fry the chicken until golden brown and done (165F. I did not find there was any need to check the temperature they were done at the golden brown) set aside on paper towels to drain.
  5. While chicken is deep frying bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until mixture starts to thicken.
  6. Place the chicken in a large bowl, add the sauce, and mix until chicken is well coated; serve hot over rice garnished with green onion slices.

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Adapted from Blogchef.net http://blogchef.net/chinatown-chicken-recipe/

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