Creamy Chicken with Pasta and Broccoli

Published July 23, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Creamy Chicken with Pasta and Broccoli

INGREDIENTS
1 pound uncooked spaghetti
1 pound broccoli florets
1 tablespoon margarine
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into strips
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup water
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, cubed and softened
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place spaghetti in the pot, and cook 4 minutes. Mix in the broccoli florets. Continue cooking 4 to 6 minutes, until spaghetti is al dente. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.
Melt the margarine in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken and onion 5 minutes, until chicken juices run clear and onions are tender.
In a bowl, whisk together the soup, milk, water, and cream cheese until smooth. Stir into the skillet with the chicken and onion, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Toss in the bowl with the spaghetti and broccoli to serve.

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Raspberry Peach Pie

Published July 23, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Raspberry Peach Pie

INGREDIENTS
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
1/4 cup cold water
4 medium peaches, peeled and sliced
1-1/3 cups sugar
5 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup water
3 cups fresh raspberries

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Roll out pastry to fit in a 9-in. pie plate.
Transfer to pie plate; trim and flute edges. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Fill with dried beans, uncooked rice or pie weights.
Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large saucepan, combine the peaches, sugar and juice. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into peach mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Fold in raspberries. Spoon into crust.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

NOTES
Let pie weights cool before storing. Beans and rice may be reused for pie weights, but not for cooking.

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Greek-Style Chicken w/ Pickled Onions, Tomatoes, and Tzatziki

Published July 22, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

INGREDIENTS
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast (1 ½ lbs), cut into 1 inch pieces
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
½ English cucumber, halved crosswise and thinly sliced
2/3 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes halved (2 cups)
Cooked long-grain white rice, for serving

DIRECTIONS
1. In a medium bowl, combine onion and vinegar; season with salt and pepper.
2. In another medium bowl, combine chicken, lemon zest, and oregano; season with salt and pepper.
3. In a third medium bowl, make tzatziki: combine cucumber, yogurt, parsley and lemon juice season with salt and pepper.
4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through (about 10 minutes).
5. Add tomatoes to pickled onions and serve with chicken, tzatziki, and rice.

NOTES (from Miranda)
I usually make the chicken first to let it marinate a little, then make the pickled onions and tzatziki. I let those refrigerate until I’m done cooking the chicken. I also use basmati rice instead. Other things – I use a regular cucumber since I can’t tell the difference once it’s all mixed up in everything. Enjoy!

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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Published July 19, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

INGREDIENTS
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup chopped onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 bay leaf
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve.

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Pizza Balls

Published July 19, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Pizza Balls

INGREDIENTS
3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 ct)
60 pepperoni slices (2 per biscuit)
Block of cheese (Colby/Monterey Jack or Chedder)
1 beaten egg
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
1 jar pizza sauce

DIRECTIONS
Slice cheese into approx. 28 squares.  Flatten each biscuit and stack pepperoni and cheese on top (Like in the picture).  Gather edges of biscuit and secure on top of the roll.  Line rolls in greased 9×13 pan.  Brush with beaten egg.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.  Bake at 425°F for 18 to 20 mins.  Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.  ENJOY!!

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Jalapeño Popper Dip

Published July 18, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

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INGREDIENTS
1 4oz can diced jalapeños, well drained OR 4-6 fresh jalapenos, roasted and diced (include seeds if you like it really spicy)
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup + 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon dried parsley

DIRECTIONS
In a mixer or by hand, combine cream cheese and sour cream.
Add cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, and diced jalapenos, mix well.
Spoon into 8×8 baking dish, spreading evenly.
Blend bread crumbs, melted butter, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, and dried parsley, using a fork or your fingers, until crumbly.
Sprinkle the buttery crumb topping evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until hot and breadcrumbs are golden brown. Do not overcook.
Serve with bread or crackers.

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Skillet Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Published July 18, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Skillet Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS
3-1/2 cups water, plus extra if needed
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
12 ounces (about 3 cups) elbow macaroni
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups)
6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups)
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks
Ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Bring 3 1/2 cups water, 1 cup of the evaporated milk, the macaroni, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook at a vigorous simmer, stirring often, until the macaroni is tender and the liquid has thickened, 9 to 12 minutes.
Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk, the cornstarch, mustard and hot sauce together in a small bowl, then stir into the skillet. Continue to simmer slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Off the heat, stir in the cheddar and Monterey Jack, one handful at a time, adding water as needed to adjust the consistency of the sauce (I didn’t need any additional water when I made it). Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

NOTES
Ham and Pea Variation: Follow the recipe, adding 4 ounces deli-style baked ham, diced medium, and 1/2 cup frozen peas to the skillet with the cornstarch mixture in step 2.

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