slow cooker chili mac

December 8, 2019

prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 6 hours      total time: 6 hours 15 minutes       servings: 6chili-mac_exps_tohdj20_13394_e08_07_3b-696x696

ingredients
1 lb. lean ground beef, cooked and drained
1 (16 oz.) can beans, undrained
2 large green bell peppers, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce (could also substitute with diced tomatoes and some spaghetti sauce)
1 (16 oz.) can of corn
2 T chili seasoning mix
2 garlic cloves, minced
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1 pkg. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheese, sliced jalapeno pepper, sour cream, and salsa (optional)

directions

  1. in a slow cooker, combine the first 8 ingredients (above dotted line).
  2. cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until heated through.
  3. stir in macaroni.
  4. season with salt and pepper.
  5. if desired, top servings with cheese, jalapeno, sour cream, and salsa.

source – taste of home, december/january 2020

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cajun shrimp and rice

June 30, 2019

prep time: 30 minutes       cook time: 40 minutes       total time: 1 hour 10 minutes        serves 4cajun-shrimp-and-rice-50529501-0619_horiz

ingredients
3 T extra virgin olive oil
12 oz. andouille sausage, thinly sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt and ground pepper
2 large tomatoes, cored and sliced (or 1 15 oz. canned tomatoes)
1 c long-grain white rice (cooked in rice cooker)
1 c chicken broth
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
parsley
1/4 c thinly sliced scallions, to top (optional)

directions

  1. season shrimp with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. heat 2 T oil in a large skillet over medium-high. add sausage; cook, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. add remaining oil, onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and 1/2 tsp salt. cook, stirring until vegetables are soft and golden, about 7 minutes. season with salt and pepper.
  4. add tomatoes and rice; cook over high heat, stirring, 1 minute. stir in broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  5. add shrimp and cook just to get hot. add parsley.
  6. sprinkle with scallions before serving. (optional)

sourcemartha stewart living, july/august 2019

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serves 8      prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 1 hour      total time: 1 hour and 20 e6ae8ff1-9916-4f91-a1f1-f864c62ab50fminutes

ingredients
1 lb italian sausage
1/2 c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper
2 c spinach
1/2-3/4 jar (26 oz.) red pasta sauce of choice
1 bag (25 oz.) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
2.5 c shredded 5-cheese italian cheese blend (10 oz.)

directions

  1. heat oven to 350 degrees. in a skillet, cook sausage, onion, garlic, and bell pepper over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. stir in pasta sauce and spinach. add salt and pepper, as desired.
  2. in ungreased 13×9 inch (3-qt.) baking dish, spread 1 cup of sausage mixture. arrange half of the ravioli on top; sprinkle with 1 cup of the italian cheese. top with remaining ravioli, sausage mixture and remaining 1.5 c cheese.
  3. cover with foil; bake 45 to 50 minutes or until thoroughly heated. remove foil; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  4. to freeze baked casserole: cover baked casserole with foil, then in double layer of plastic wrap; freeze up to 3 months. to thaw and bake, thaw in refrigerator overnight or until completely thawed. remove plastic wrap; leave foil cover on. bake 50 to 65 minutes at 350 degrees until center is hot (165 degrees).

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yields 4 servings        prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes       total time: 35 minutesteriyaki_grilled_chicken_veggie_rice_bowls3

ingredients
teriyaki sauce
1/2 c low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 c water
3 T packed light-brown sugar
3 T honey
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 T)
1 T minced ginger
1 T rice vinegar
1.5 T cornstarch

chicken, veggies, and rice
3.5 T olive oil
1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
ground black pepper
1 medium zucchini, diced into half moons (1.5 c)
1.5 c matchstick carrots
2.5 c diced broccoli florets
2 c rice
sesame seeds, optional

directions

  1. in a small saucepan, whisk together soy sauce, 1/4 c + 2 T of water, brown sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar. bring mixture to a light boil over medium-high heat. whisk together cornstarch with remaining 2 T water, then add to sauce mixture in saucepan. reduce heat slightly and allow to boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. remove from heat, set aside.
  2. brush both sides of chicken with 1.5 T olive oil and season with pepper. preheat a grill over medium-high heat (about 425-450 degrees). brush grill grates lightly with oil then grill chicken until center registers 160-165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side. remove and let rest 5 minutes then dice into cubes.
  3. heat remaining 2 T olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. add zucchini, broccoli, and carrots and saute 4-5 minutes until crisp tender.
  4. layer rice into 4 bowls, then top each with 1/4 of the chicken and 1/4 of the veggies. drizzle desired amount of teriyaki sauce over tops. sprinkle with sesame seeds. serve warm.

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makes 6 servings       prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 7-8 hours

ingredients
1 zucchini, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
1/3 c chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 package spicy andouille sausage, cut into half coins (could be regular smoked sausage instead)
3 roma tomatos, chopped (could use 1 can of diced tomatoes instead)
1/3 c tomato sauce
1/4 c tomato paste
1 3/4 c beef (or chicken) broth
1 1/4 c water 3.5 c water
1/3 c dry red wine
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp oregano
2 T parsley
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)
1 (9 oz.) package cheese tortellini

directions

  1. in this order, add zucchini, green pepper, carrot, onion, garlic, sausage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.
  2. add all the liquids next: broth, water, red wine.
  3. next, add the seasonings: BOP (basil, oregano, & parsley), salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. cook in slow cooker on LOW for 7-8 hours until vegetables are soft.
  5. about 20 minutes before eating, boil the tortellini until al dente.
  6. drain pasta and serve.
  7. scoop soup into bowls and then add the tortellini separately to each bowl. tip: store soup and tortellini separately, so tortellini doesn’t get soggy.

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