Chili Casserole with Cornbread

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Chili and cornbread always seem to go good together. Put them both in the same dish and you create an amazing one dish meal.

I was a little worried about how well the cornbread would bake with the chili added to it, but to my surprise it was almost perfect. The recipe calls for an 8 x 12 – 2 quart dish which I did not have on hand – so I substituted an 8 x 8 an as a result the chili mix pretty much covered the cornbread; but the end result was still very good.

If you’re looking for a good one dish meal give this one a try it’s really good.

Chili Casserole with Cornbread
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 jar chunky salsa (16 ounces)
  • 2 cups dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 package 6.5 ounce Betty Crocker cornbread and muffin mix
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onion
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high break up burger while cooking until burger is brown and no longer pink inside; drain if needed. Add the salsa, kidney beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; mix until thoroughly combined. Cook for about 5 minutes or until heated through.
  3. While burger is cooking prepare muffin mix according to package directions using milk. Spoon batter around the edges of a ungreased 8 x 12 baking dish and spoon the chili mixture into the center.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes – sprinkle cheese over the top and continue baking until cheese is melted and cornbread is golden brown.
  5. Serve hot garnished with the green onion.

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Old – Fashioned Beef Pot Pie

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This would be a great recipe for after school. It is simple to put together and requires very little prep time. You can have dinner on the table in less than an hour and the kids will love it!

Old – Fashioned Beef Pot Pie
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can condensed beef with vegetables and barley soup (11 ounces)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots (thawed and drained)
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1⅓ cups French fried onions (divided)
  • 1 package refrigerated biscuits (7.5. ounces)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. While oven is heating in a large skillet cook ground beef until no longer pink inside breaking into large chunks while cooking; drain if needed.
  3. Mix in the soup, water, vegetables and seasoning, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a high simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Off heat and mix in ½ cup of cheese and ⅔ cup onion rings.
  4. Spray a 12 x 8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray and spoon in the meat mixture. Cut the biscuits in half and place them cut side down around the edge of the casserole. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown and done. Top with the remaining cheese and French fried onions. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown and cheese is melted.

Adapted from 100 Best Hamburger Recipes

Smoked Sausage Baked Beans Recipe

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I wanted baked beans, for a side dish, for a fish fry, but did not want to spend all day cooking them.

I found this recipe on my sons blog “blogchef.net”. The combinations of flavors looked really good and the recipe could be completed in about and hour.

I was just feeding a couple of people so we froze the leftovers for future fish fries. If you are looking for a good side dish give this one a try; it’s really good.

Smoked Sausage Baked Beans Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ pound smoked sausage (sliced)
  • 3 cans pork and beans (15 ounces each)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • Dash of hot sauce or to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat cook onion until tender. Add the garlic and sausage and continue cooking until sausage is browned. Mix in the beans, ketchup, molasses, sugar, vinegar, mustard and hot sauce.
  3. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish and bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and thick.
  4. Serve Hot

 

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

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

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

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I needed a quick and simple recipe for supper so I decided to give this Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole recipe a try. Looking at the recipe I felt there was some room for improvement, but I decided to keep it simple and prepared the dish as written.

This would be a great one dish supper to put together for the kids after school – it’s the type of recipe I’m sure they would love.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon (cooked crispy and crumbled)
  • 4 cups tater tots
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy; drain and cool on paper towels; crumble and set aside reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until onion starts to brown. While cooking scrap any dripping off the bottom of the pan. Add the burger and continue cooking breaking up burger, and cooking until no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Add the ketchup and mustard and mix until combined. Spoon the meat mixture into a 9x9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the burger and ½ of the cheese. Arrange the tater tots over the top and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until tater tots are nicely browned.
  5. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted – serve hot.

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Adapted from Kraft Recipies

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two

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If you’re cooking for two, and in the mood for chili, but you want to get away from the red meat give this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two recipe a try.

By slow cooking the turkey on low the turkey burger stays nice and moist and the flavors blend perfectly.  If you are cooking for more people just double the recipe.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey (not ground turkey breast)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the turkey, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the turkey into chunks as it cooks; cook until no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered 4 hours on low. (cooking on low keeps the turkey moist)
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two

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Sirloin steak makes an almost perfect stew meat. This Sirloin Steak Tip Stew is a delicious combination of flavors and is very simple to put together. There is very little prep time so you can have it in the slow cooker quickly, and go about your business for the day.

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 ounces small red potatoes (skin on cut into about 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 carrots (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon instant tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound sirloin steak tips (cut into 1 ½ inch pieces)
  • ⅔ cup frozen peas (I forgot to put the peas in the dish when I prepared it, and it was still super good, so I will list the peas as optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the oil, tomato paste, garlic, and thyme. Microwave for about 1 minute stirring occasionally; pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Mix in the beef broth, potatoes, carrots, tapioca, soy sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Mix the meat into the mixture, cover, and cook on low for 6 – 7 hours or until meat is tender. (4 – 5 hours on high)
  5. Using a large spoon scoop any excess fat off the top. Add the peas and let sit for about 5 minutes for peas to get heated through.
  6. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two

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This Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two is simple to put together and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients This is just a basic recipe and is easy to fancy up a little bit by adding additional ingredients like mushrooms and bell peppers; however it is good just the way it is written.

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces) drain and reserve ¼ cup of the juice
  • 16 ounces boneless country style ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary (minced)
  • ½ cup dry red wine (I used cherry in this recipe)
  • 2 cups Ziti pasta (uncooked)
  • Grated Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor until coarsely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil brown the ribs on all sides; set aside on a plate. In the same skillet cook the shallots seasoned with ¼ teaspoon salt until softened. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the wine, scrapping any dripping from off the bottom of the skillet. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about half.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes with the reserved juice and work the pork ribs into the mixture, cover, and cook on simmer for about 1 ½ hours until pork can easily be separated with a fork. Remove pork to a plate and let cool slightly and then using a 2 forks separate into bite size pieces; stir the pork back into the sauce in the skillet; salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  4. About 15 minutes before the pork is done cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  5. Mix the pasta and sauce together adjusting the consistency if needed with the reserved pasta water. Serve garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

 

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two

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If you’re cooking for two this is a great recipe to free up some time by using the slow cooker. There is only about 15 minutes of prep time and 4 – 5 hours of cooking time. It’s a great way to free up an afternoon, and because it’s a one dish recipe supper will be ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cooks cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker on bottom and sides with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring a couple of times while cooking; place in slow cooker.
  3. Add the rice and mix in ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add the thighs into the slow cooker mixture.
  4. Slow cook for 4 – 5 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185F. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and using 2 forks separate chicken into bite size pieces. Stir the chicken and green onions into the rice mixture, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. Enjoy

 

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook