Category Archives: Entrees

Pasta and Meatballs with Broccoli

The broccoli makes this a nutritionally balanced meal.  Kids can be put to work separating it into small florets, and also rolling tablespoonfulls of the meat mixture into balls. Pasta and Meatballs with Broccoli Ingredients: 1 pound ground sirloin ¼ cup minced fresh onion 2 Tbsp dry breadcrumbs ¼ tsp garlic salt ¼ pepper 1 …

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Chili and Cornbread Jars

These perfectly portioned and portable little meals are sure to bring a smile. Chili and Cornbread Jars Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans 1 cup water 1 T chili powder salt and pepper to taste …

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Mini Corn Dog Muffins

These satisfying and slightly sweet morsels are sure to conjure up images of a summertime county fair.  But with a sneaky serving of squash and apples, they’re lighter and more nutritious. Ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup cornmeal 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup unsweetened …

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Summer Stuffed Peppers

Paired with soup and a salad, this is a perfect way to enjoy summer garden produce. Serves 4 Ingredients:   2 small bell peppers (5 to 6 ounces each), halved lengthwise through stem, seeds and ribs removed 1 heaping cup small tomatoes, such as Sungold or Cherry (about 6 ounces) 1 1/2 ounces feta cheese …

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Roasted Shrimp and Tomatoes with Feta

High quality, medium-to-large shrimp, paired with perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes make this a stand-out dish. Ingredients:   5  large tomatoes, cut into eighths 1  tablespoon olive oil 2  tablespoons  minced garlic Salt and pepper 1 1/2  pounds  medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2  cup  chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or basil 2  tablespoons  lemon …

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Mountain Bike Salmon

So-named because a family friend won a cooking contest with this scrumptious recipe. Serves 4 Ingredients:   1 pound salmon fillet 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced Salt and pepper 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup soy sauce Lemon wedges for serving Directions:   Line a baking dish with foil and spray with cooking …

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Creamy Basil Roasted Chicken

Seemingly rich and indulgent, this dish is actually very light. It makes a comforting meal served with wild rice and a salad. Serves 4 Ingredients:   1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken parts 1 cup plain low or nonfat yogurt 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tsp. dried) 1 1/2 …

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Creamy Broccoli Soup

Fresh or frozen broccoli work equally well in this rich, satisfying soup. Serves 4 Ingredients:   6 cups small broccoli florets 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 Tbsp. powdered ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup milk 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt Directions:   Combine broccoli, broth, and …

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Cheddar Spinach Casserole

This makes a great brunch.  Or, paired with a salad and fresh bread, it makes a satisfying dinner.   If you use pre-shredded cheeses and prepared bacon crumbles, the hands-on time is only about 10 minutes. Ingredients:   1 tablespoon butter, melted Cooking spray 2 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach 1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (optional) 1 …

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Tamales Prontos

Tamales are a favorite comfort food in Mexico.  This recipe comes together quickly with a simple dough made with masa harina (a fine corn meal flour) and a filling of cheese, salsa, and beans.  Wrapping them in cornhusks can be a challenge at first, but even the less-than-perfect ones end up tasting great. Use a …

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