String Pie

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This one dish recipe is simple and quick making it a great recipe for after school or work. This string pie is basically baked spaghetti with a little different twist consisting of eggs and cottage cheese. There is plenty of room for extras like adding mushrooms and maybe some red pepper flakes to add a little heat; just use your imagination.

Give this one a try; Enjoy

String Pie
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces spaghetti (cooked and drained according to package directions)
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook spaghetti.
  3. While spaghetti is cooking in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the burger, pepper, and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain excess fat if needed. Mix in the spaghetti sauce.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the spaghetti, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter.
  5. Place the spaghetti mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spread the cottage cheese over the top and then top with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Mozzarella cheese and bake until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted; about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve hot

 

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

Skillet Lasagna for Two

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This Skillet Lasagna for Two recipe is simple and quick compared to the oven version of this recipe, and it is just the right amount to serve two people.

Because this one dish recipe cooks in the skillet there is no need to precook the noodles.

Give this one a try; it’s really good.

Skillet Lasagna for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 5 curly edge lasagna noodles (broken into 2 – 3 inch pieces)
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat using the oil cook onion and ¼ teaspoon salt until onion is softened and starts to brown. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and continue cooking until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the burger and continue cooking until burger is no longer pink inside. Breaking up the burger as it cooks.
  2. Spread the lasagna noodles over the top of the burger and pour the crushed tomatoes over the top. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a high simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until noodles are tender (stirring frequently).
  3. Remove from heat and mix in 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, and then salt and pepper to taste. Arrange heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese on top and then top with the remaining mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and let set until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe

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This Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe is quick to put together and doesn’t require many ingredients. There are many versions of this recipe on the internet. This one came from my son’s blog at blogchef.net; he said it was really good so I thought I would give it a try.

The gravy is delicious so I decided to serve the recipe with garlic mashed potatoes; you can find the recipe Here.

This is a recipe the family will love; it cooks quickly – making this a great recipe for after work or school.

Hamburger Steak with Gravy Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8 patties
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Ingredients for Gravy
  • 2 onions (cut in half and then sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, dry mustard, 1 teaspoon beef bouillon, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Divide burger into 8 patties of equal size.
  2. In a large skillet with high sides cook the burger over medium high heat using the oil until nicely browned; set aside on a platter.
  3. In the same skillet cook the onion for several minutes until soft, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the flour and cook until flour starts to brown (stirring constantly). Mix in the beef broth, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon beef bouillon, and 1 tablespoon of ketchup. Continue cooking until mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Work the patties into the gravy, cover, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until burgers are done (165F). Add additional beef broth if mixture gets to thick.

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Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe

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If a Chinese buffet is just a little out of reach for you make your own Chinese Honey Chicken at home.

I live about an hour away from the closest Chinese restaurant so when I saw this Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe on my sons cooking blog I decided to give it a try. This is a simple recipe that is quick to put together and it’s delicious.

The next time you’re in the mood for Chinese food give this one a try; enjoy.

To view the original recipe go to Blogchef.net.

Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Oil (for deep frying)
  • Batter Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg white
  • Ingredients for Sauce
  • 1½ tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 3 tablespoons garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix all the batter ingredients together until smooth; cover and let batter rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat deep fryer to 350F.
  3. Add the chicken to the batter tossing to coat.
  4. Deep fry chicken in batches until golden brown and batter becomes firm. Place on paper toweling to drain.
  5. For the sauce heat 1½ tablespoon of oil in a medium size sauce pan. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Mix in the water, salt, honey, and vinegar until well to combine. Mix together 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 teaspoon of water until cornstarch is dissolved. Add the mixture to the sauce and cook for two minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  6. Coat chicken with the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

 

Cajun Rice Pilaf Recipe

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I am always looking for a good rice side dish to go with salmon. This Cajun Rice Pilaf recipe looked pretty good so I decided to give it a try. This is an easy recipe that requires very little prep time and compliments baked or broiled salmon very well.

The next time you’re need a good side dish give this Cajun Rice Pilaf recipe a try; it’s really good.

Cajun Rice Pilaf Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6 as side
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion chopped about 1 cup
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1½ cups long grain white rice (uncooked)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, add the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the rice and continue cooking until rice is lightly browned. Add the seasonings and mix in the chicken broth, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and most of the broth is absorbed.
  2. Fluff with a fork and serve hot.

Adapted from Deep South Dish

Blueberry Crumbles for Two

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I love the fresh berry season and blueberries are one of my favorites. This Blueberry Crumbles for Two recipe is just right for two people. This recipe requires very little prep time and bakes in less than a half an hour. Serve it warm with ice cream and it is a delicious desert.

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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old fashion rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces and chilled)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl gently mix together the blueberries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Divide blueberries between 2 - 12 ounce ramekins.
  3. In another medium size bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until dime size clumps form; sprinkle the mixture over the top of the blueberries.
  4. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake until bubbly around the edges and topping is a deep golden brown.
  5. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage

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This is a great one dish recipe if you want to free up some time. There is very little prep time and once it’s in the slow cooker it will take care of itself until supper time.

This recipe uses salsa as one of the ingredients, I used mild, but if you want to turn up the heat a little bit use medium or hot.

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package smoked turkey sausage (12-16 ounces cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can great northern beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are done and sausage is cooked through.
  2. Serve hot.

Adapted from tasteofhome Slow Cooker cookbook

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two

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Here is another simple one dish recipe that is just the right amount for serving 2 people. It uses store bought ravioli witch reduces the prep time considerably and cooks fairly quickly.

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 package cheese ravioli (fresh or frozen-frozen will take a little longer to cook)
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the onion and mushrooms until onions start to brown; stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the sausage to the meat mixture and cook while breaking up the sausage. Cook until sausage is no longer pink inside. Stir in ⅛ teaspoon pepper and the dried basil, continue cooking until mixture is slightly thicken.
  3. Add the water and ravioli to the mixture and cook at a high simmer until ravioli is done. (if cooking from frozen you might have to add some extra water if the sauce gets to thick)
  4. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two

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This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two has very little prep time and doesn’t require many ingredients.

You can have the pork in the slow cooker , ready to cook, in a matter of minutes.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless county style ribs
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour the broth into the slow cooker and add the bacon.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture into the ribs and arrange them into the broth in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook until pork is tender. 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
  5. Remove pork from the slow cooker, let cool slightly, and pull apart into bite size pieces using a fork.
  6. Pour broth into a fat separator and reserve ½ cup of the broth. Mix together the broth and the BBQ sauce. Place the pork back into the slow cooker and gradually mix in the BBQ sauce mixture to desired consistency. (I used all the sauce with a little over a pound of pork)

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook.