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Ham and Potato Bake

I love meals that are all in one bowl, like my Shredded Pork over Mashed Potatoes. This one of those types of meals, it’s got ham, potatoes, and broccoli all together in a creamy, cheesy sauce. Between the broccoli and the onions, you’ll get just about a serving of veggies. I would have added more broccoli, but I’m not sure how much The Man would have liked that.

Ingredients
4 cups diced potatoes
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 cup diced onions
3 cups diced ham
12 oz steamed broccoli, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cup milk
3 oz cream cheese
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9″ x 13″ pan with foil.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook the potatoes, onion, and garlic together until the potatoes are tender enough to stick a fork in them. Add the ham and cook for three more minutes. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with the broccoli.
In the same skillet over medium heat, add the cream cheese, milk, garlic and onion powders. After the cream cheese is melted, add 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens and can coat a spoon. Stir it constantly so it doesn’t burn.
Evenly pour the sauce over the pan and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese.
Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese begins to lightly brown.
Let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 334.5
Total Fat: 11.1 g
Cholesterol: 58.1 mg
Sodium: 1,206.3 mg
Total Carbs: 32.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
Protein: 26.0 g

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Quick Chicken Soup

The Man wasn’t feeling so well the other day, so my first instinct was to make him chicken soup. My version takes an extra pan because I was trying to make it quickly. Cooking the chicken, onions and celery are quicker in a pan than boiling them, but I can never seem to get carrots cooked in a pan quite the way I’d like them. That’s why I get a jump start on softening them up by boiling them while I’m cooking the chicken. Otherwise you could just toss everything in a big pot and let it boil until the chicken is cooked and the veggies were tender.

Ingredients
6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup carrot strips or grated
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced bell peppers
1/4 cup minced garlic
8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon thyme

Directions
Put the chicken broth, water and carrots in a large pot, let it start boiling.
At the same, in a large pan add the rest of the ingredients. Cook until the chicken isn’t pink and the veggies are tender.
Add the chicken mixture to the chicken broth. Let it simmer for at least ten minutes, longer if possible.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 70.3
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 13.7 mg
Sodium: 520.3 mg
Total Carbs: 7.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 9.0 g

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Cheesy Italian Pasta

My Cheesy Salsa Pasta was such a huge hit around our house that I wanted to try making something that was similar to it, but with different flavors. This time I decided to try it with an Italian spin on it, replacing salsa with regular tomatoes and adding some Italian seasoning. I left out the cream cheese and used a little cornstarch in white wine to thicken it up. All in all, it went over really well here.

Ingredients
6 oz uncooked pasta
3/4 pound extra lean ground turkey
1 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup minced garlic
2 cans diced, no salt added tomatoes, drained
2 cups low sodium beef broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

Directions
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Cook the turkey, onions and garlic together in a large skillet until cooked thoroughly. Add the beef broth, Italian seasoning, and tomatoes. Whisk the cornstrach into the wine, then pour into the skillet. Let it come to a boil. Add the pasta and cheese to the skillet. Simmer until the sauce becomes thick.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 415.4
Total Fat: 7.0 g
Cholesterol: 48.8 mg
Sodium: 461.6 mg
Total Carbs: 49.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.9 g
Protein: 35.3 g

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Cheeseburger Empanadas

On one of my Pampered Chef chat boards, someone was looking for a recipe for cheeseburger empanadas. I didn’t find the recipe they were looking for, so I decided to try coming up with a recipe on my own. Besides, I love grab and go meals. The last time I made empanadas I could freeze them and they reheated really well. I don’t see why this ones would be any different.

Ingredients
3/4 pound extra lean ground beef
6 strips bacon, diced
1 cup diced onions
1/4 cup garlic, minced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup diced tomatoes (I like using cherry tomatoes)
1/4 cup barbecue dry rub seasoning
20 empananda wraps

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large pan, cook the beef, onions, garlic, and bacon until meat is done. In a bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, cheese, dry rub, and meat mix.
Place a heaping tablespoon of the filling in the center of one of the empananda wraps. Fold it in half and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 182.6
Total Fat: 7.4 g
Cholesterol: 14.2 mg
Sodium: 275.3 mg
Total Carbs: 23.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 7.9 g

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French Onion Soup

There’s nothing quite like a big bowl of French Onion soup, with big croutons and melted provolone on top. Mine is slow cooked, so more of the flavor is able to develop. Now, you could just throw the uncooked onions in the slow cooker, but it doesn’t taste quite right that way. Cooking them gives the onions a smoother taste. You could also use store bought croutons if you’d like, premade are easie but homemade are better for you. Either way, it’s delicious!

Ingredients
2 rolls, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large onions, thinly sliced
6 cups low sodium beef broth
6 slices provolone cheese

Directions
Brush the bread cubes with the oil olive and dust with any herbs you’d like. Cook in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes or until completely dry. Stir often to avoid burning.
In a large skillet, cook the onions over medium heat until they brown and carmelize. Transfer them to a pot and add the beef broth. Cook on low for about an hour or until the flavors have mixed.
To serve, top a cup of soup with a few of the dried bread cubes and a slice of cheese. Broil for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starts to brown.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 224.9
Total Fat: 10.8 g
Cholesterol: 19.6 mg
Sodium: 804.5 mg
Total Carbs: 18.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
Protein: 13.2 g

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Taco Bake

I bought a huge pork loin a while ago. I cut into managable chunks and froze it. Well, I figured I better start using some of it. I’ve been crazy Tex Mex food lately, so I thought I’d try making something new. Admittedly, the last part of this does take a little bit of work, but it’s worth it. You can adjust the spice factor a little by using hot or mild salsa. You can also put a little sour cream or greek yogurt on top.

Ingredients
1 pound pork roast
2 cans no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can reduced sodium black beans, undrained
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayanne pepper
14 small corn tortillas
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Put the tomatoes and black beans in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add in the spices and stir. Put the roast on top and cook on low for about seven hours. Shred the pork and put it back in the slow cooker. Let it cook for another hour. (The time can be shortened depending on your slow cooker. Just make sure that the pork it fully cooked when you shred it)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a deep baking pan, place two tortillas. Using a slotted spoon to drain the liquid, fill the tortillas and fold in half. Layer the next two tortillas, fill them and fold them in half. Continue until all of the tortillas have been used. Pour the remaining filling in the slow cooker over the tortillas. Top with the salsa and cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 398.6
Total Fat: 18.5 g
Cholesterol: 63.3 mg
Sodium: 570.6 mg
Total Carbs: 37.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 8.1 g
Protein: 23.2 g

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Beer and Brats Chowder

I tried to make this a few weeks ago, but it didn’t quite work out the way I was hoping it would. This time it turned out just the way I was hoping. If you like, you can add some saltines and a little extra cheddar cheese. This would be great to take in a thermos for an outdoor outing. And don’t worry about the alcohol from the beer, it’ll cook off before you eat it.

Ingredients
12 oz turkey brats or smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 large potatoes, diced
1 large onion, diced
1/4 cup garlic, minced
1 12 oz can light beer
2 cups low sodium beef broth
4 cups milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cheddar cheese

Directions
In a large pot, cook the brats, potatoes, onion, and garlic until the potatoes are almost tender. Add in the beer, broth, and 3 cups of the milk. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining cup of milk. Mix into the rest of the chowder. Let it come to a boil, then turn the heat to low. Cook for at least an hour (longer if you’d like), stirring every 20-30 minutes to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Stir in the cheese before serving.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 248.3
Total Fat: 9.1 g
Cholesterol: 48.3 mg
Sodium: 747.6 mg
Total Carbs: 22.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
Protein: 17.0 g

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Cowboy Pot Pie

I happen to like pot pie or shepards pie, but The Man isn’t much of a fan.  I thought maybe I could put a Tex-Mex spin on it, he would like it.  Turns out he really liked it!  I made our version of it with extra liquid because The Man like to have extra juice to soak up with the bread. If you prefer it that way, just don’t drain the cans. He also wanted to add some cheese to it, so I had him just add it to his bowl. Then I don’t have to have the extra calories. If you aren’t a big chicken fan you could trade the chicken for steak, just make sure the steak is tender.

Ingredients
For the filling:
8-10 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
1 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup garlic, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) no salt added diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) enchilada sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) chili beans in sauce

For the topping:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 jalapenos, diced (without seeds for less heat)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup milk

Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
In a large, oven safe skillet, cook the chicken, onions, and garlic together until the chicken starts to brown. Add the red pepper, drained tomatoes, can of sauce and chili beans, undrained. Let it heat all the way through, then set aside.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, jalapenos, and cheese. Cut in the butter until the dough looks like flour but will stick together if squeezed. Add the milk and mix well.
Spread the topping over the skillet. Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the center of the topping is cooked all the way through.

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Veggie Ranch Cups

Sometimes it can get a little old putting out the same veggie tray at every party. But at the same time, you want to have some sort of healthy option for your guests (and sometimes yourself). Well, fillo cups to the rescue again. Although these have most of the same ingredients you would find in a regular veggie tray, these are a little easier to handle in a party setting. Instead of using bottled ranch dip, the seasonings in the ingredient list makes a ranch dressing without the extra sodium or fat.

Ingredients
15 mini fillo shells
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 diced tomatoes
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions
Arrange the fillo shells on a plate or cookie sheet.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and spoon into the fillo shells.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 30.4
Total Fat: 0.7 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 19.8 mg
Total Carbs: 5.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 1.6 g

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Baked Fried Pickles

Lately, whenever The Man and I go out to eat somewhere they have fried pickles on the menu. We both love them, but they’re not so great for you. Then I found a recipe on Pinterest for Baked Fried Pickles. The recipe comes from Full Flavored Food and it’s pretty amazing.

I thought I would try to add some dry ranch mix into the breadcrumbs. Yeah, don’t do that. It was way too salty, but if you just follow her recipe they turn out perfectly!

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