KFC Mac and Cheese

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This is a great KFC knock off recipe.

This mac and cheese recipe is rich and creamy, and takes very little time to put together; you’ll love it.

KFC Mac and Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 as a side
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 ounces Velveeta cheese (cubed)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions for tender; drain.
  2. While the macaroni is cooking place the cheeses, milk, and salt into a small sauce pan. Cook mixture over low heat stirring constantly until cheese melts and becomes smooth.
  3. Mix the sauce mixture into the pan with the now drained macaroni. Serve hot.

Adapted from Blogchef.net

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

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These Apple Pumpkin Muffins are a perfect combination of fall flavors. These muffins didn’t take the most perfect picture, but don’t let that fool you they are delicious.

I diced the apples a little too thick but they were still really good.

Apple Pumpkin Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar (I used Splenda)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped tart apples (I used Paula reds for this recipe because that is what I had on hand.)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the first 7 ingredients until well combined.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk together eggs, pumpkin, and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened, and then fold in the apples.
  3. Using lightly sprayed muffin cups, or liners, fill them ⅔’s full with the batter.
  4. Bake at 350F for 30 – 35 minutes; cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

 

Creamy Parmesan Skillet Pork Chops Recipe

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This Creamy Parmesan Skillet Pork Chops Recipe creates tender and delicious pork chops and a creamy, cheesy gravy to serve over mashed potatoes.

This recipe is quick to put together and doesn’t take all that long to cook making it great for after school or work.

 

Creamy Parmesan Skillet Pork Chops Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork chops (trimmed of excess fat if needed)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 cup sweet onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ½ shredded parmesan cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
Instructions
  1. Rub both sides of pork chops with the salt and pepper.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet using 2 tablespoons of the butter brown pork chops on both sides; set aside on a plate and cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Add the remaining butter and the onion to the skillet and cook until onion starts to brown. Stir in the flour, continue stirring and cooking until mixture thickens and starts to brown, and then mix in the broth and half and half. Return pork chops and any juices on the plate to the skillet, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until pork is no longer pink inside. (145F)
  4. Off heat, remove pork chops to a serving platter, and stir the parmesan cheese into the sauce mixture in the skillet.
  5. Serve sauce over mashed potatoes and chops.

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Adapted from Betty Crocker

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops

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These Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops are tender and delicious and require very little prep time. I don’t usually use dried spaghetti sauce seasoning as one of my ingredients so I was pleasantly surprised that the sauce turned out really good.

If you want to free up some of your time give this Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops recipe a try; it’s really good!

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 6 pork loin chops ½ inch thick (original recipe called for boneless – (I used bone in because they were on sale)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium green pepper (diced)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • 1 can portabella mushrooms (4.5 ounces)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 package dry spaghetti sauce mix
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce or to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in the bottom of the slow cooker except for the oil and pork chops.
  2. Using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat brown the pork chops on both sides.
  3. Place the pork chops on top of the spaghetti sauce and cook on low for 5 ½ to 6 hours or until pork chops are tender.

 

Chicken Garden Medley

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With summer coming to an end I thought it was a good time to past an end of the summer garden recipe.

I thought this Chicken Garden Medley dish was really good and my wife absolutely loved it. Give this one dish recipe a try before the summer vegetables are history for the year.

Chicken Garden Medley
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ¼ cup butter (divided)
  • 1 small yellow squash (cut in half and then sliced)
  • 1 small zucchini (cut in half and then sliced)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (julienned)
  • 1 medium green pepper (julienned)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 8 ounces’ angel hair pasta (cooked according to package directions and rinsed)
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large skillet using 2 tablespoons of the butter cook chicken and garlic until chicken is no longer pink inside, add the vegetables and continue cooking until crisp tender; remove from skillet and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining butter to the now empty skillet and stir in the salt and flour to form a paste. Mix in the chicken broth and continue stirring until thickened and then stir in the cream.
  4. Place the pasta in a 13 x 9 casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the vegetable mixture and sauce, sprinkle with the cheese, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine

Baked Teriyaki Chicken

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This recipe looked so good and easy I had to give it a try. It requires a sauce that can be put together in just a few minutes, and there is a good chance you will have all the ingredients on hand.

The original recipe served the chicken and sauce over rice, but I decided to serve it with hash brown patties instead.

For a simple recipe it turned out super good – give this one a try.

Baked Teriyaki Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8-12 skinless chicken thighs (I did 8 and it came out about right but there is enough sauce to do 12)
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a sauce pan except for the chicken. Bring the mixture to a slow boil over low heat stirring frequently until mixture thickens – off heat and set aside.
  2. Place chicken in a 13 x 9 baking dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Using a brush coat chicken Preheat oven to 425F.
  3. on both sides with the sauce.
  4. Bake chicken for 30 minutes brushing with sauce every 10 minutes. Flip chicken and bake for about another 30 minutes continuing to brush with sauce every 10 minutes. Cook until juices run clear or to a temperature of 185F.
  5. Serve over rice.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Instant Pot Cajun Pork and Rice

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I used my Instant Pot for this recipe but I’m sure any good electric pressure cooker would work out just as well.

This is a simple one dish recipe and because it is cooked in the pressure cooker it doesn’t take all that long to prepare.

Instant Pot Cajun Pork and Rice
 
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Recipe type: Pressure Cooker
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (julienned)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ pound boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 can Petite diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 celery rib (chopped)
  • 1 small carrot (sliced)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups instant rice
Instructions
  1. Select sauté setting on Instant pot and adjust to high heat. Using the oil cook the green pepper until crisp tender – remove and set aside, and push cancel.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the cumin and chili powder. Rub 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture into the chops and place them in the pressure cooker.
  3. In another bowl mix together the tomatoes, garlic, onion, salt, hot sauce, and the remaining cumin and chili powder mixture. Pour the mixture over the chops and seal the lid making sure the vent is closed. Pressure cook at high pressure for 6 minutes.
  4. Let pressure normally release for 5 minutes – and then quick release the remaining pressure.
  5. Stir the broth into the Instant pot braking up the pork as it is mixed in. Set the instant pot to sauté – normal setting, bring mixture to a boil, stir in the rice and cook until rice is tender. (about 5 minutes stirring as needed)
  6. Serve topped with the green pepper.

Adapted from Taste of Home magazine

 

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

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken

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This Honey Barbecued Chicken is simple to put together and delicious. It only takes about 4 hours in the slow cooker with just a little prep time. There is a good chance you will have everything on hand to put this recipe together.

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecued Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 – 6 bone in chicken thighs (skin removed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. • In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, using the oil, cook chicken on both sides until nicely browned; arrange chicken on bottom of slow cooker. Arrange the sliced onion around the chicken thighs.
  2. • In a medium size bowl mix together the remaining ingredients.
  3. • Pour the barbecue mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook for 4 – 5 hours on low or until chicken is almost fall off bone tender.
  4. • Layer a boiler pan with aluminum foil. Place the chicken on the foil and spoon some additional barbecue over the top. Place chicken about 8 inches below the element and broil on high until chicken starts to brown.
  5. (Note: this recipe is very good even if you skip the broiler step)

 

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.