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Noodly Surprise - One Dish Dinner Recipe

This is one of my recipes that is easy to make after work, while camping, in advance of camping and then warmed up, etc. I named it "Noodly Surprise" when one of the Scouts in our Troop was trying to put it on a meal plan for a campout. The "surprise" part is that you can substitute some of the ingredients and make it with whatever you have handy. What you end up with is a big dish of pasta that has some protein and a lot of vegetables. Add a glass of milk, or some cheese, and you have all of your food groups in a yummy dinner that makes lots of leftovers for lunches. The leftovers are even good hot or cold. Ingredients 1 package of pasta (any noodles or spaghetti that you have) 1 jar of pasta sauce (any kind, or make your own) 1 lb of ground meat (hamburger, chicken Italian sausage, bison, lamb) 1 chopped onion (I like yellow sweet onions, but anything is fine) 1 lb of frozen peas and carrots, or 2 chopped zucchini (or canned peas and carrots if you are

Dutch Oven Hoisin or Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Recipe

Let's just start with my standard disclaimer that this is not an authentic recipe from the old country, especially since I (a Kansan) just made it up by combining two other recipes, in a dutch oven from France. My wife had the original recipe for Hoisin Chicken and it is simple and good. I added the dutch oven and rice parts by stealing the idea from another recipe . What you end up with are baked, chicken legs over rice. This got a "you are making this again" from my teenager and a "yummy food" from my five-year-old and his cousin. P.S. I recently added peas and carrots to make this into another one-pot dinner. They didn't have hoisin sauce at my neighborhood grocery store, so I substituted teriyaki sauce and it was also great. We even tried an "Orange Sauce, Asian Glaze and Stir Fry" sauce and that was great, too, and it was gluten-free. If you use gluten-free flour and soy sauce then the whole thing becomes gluten-free. Ingredients 10

Speedy Chili Recipe

When my Mom made chili she would let it simmer literally all day. That's great, but it always made me think that is how one makes good chili, and I just don't have that kind of time. My wife came up with this recipe that is pretty fast, and frankly, tastes just as good. My contribution is the optional bison and beer. Ingredients  1 chopped onion 1 chopped green pepper 2 lb. ground beef or bison 2 15 oz. cans Tomato sauce 2 cans diced tomatoes, do not drain 2 1-lb cans Kidney beans, drained & rinsed 2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed 1 tsp. salt 3 tsp Chili powder 1 beer Preparation In at least a 5 Qt Pot, cook onion, pepper, and the meat until the meat is lightly browned. Drain. Add tomato sauce & diced tomatoes; cook on low heat 5 min.  Add kidney & black beans & salt. Heat.  Stir in chili powder; taste. Add a little more if you like.  Add beer. Simmer on medium for 15min and stir to avoid burning.

Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken Thighs with Acorn Squash Recipe

This started as a recipe from America's Test Kitchen . My mother-in-law left an Acorn Squash at our house and we didn't know what to do with it. It's fair to say that their recipe probably looks better on the plate, but I wanted all of the ingredients in the slow-cooker for the whole time because I have the idea that it will improve the flavor. I don't know if that is true, but that's my thinking. Also, half way through the water was almost all gone, so I had to double it. Finally, my kids were not crazy about the squash, so we sprinkled them with brown sugar. I also left out the cayenne from the original recipe so I didn't kill the family. Here then, is our version of this recipe. Ingredients  1 acorn squash, quartered pole to pole and seeded 2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoon olive oil 8 (6-ounce) bone-in chicken thighs 1 cup water Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon lime juice ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves brown sugar Preparatio

Baked Ziti Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese Recipe

I'm not sure where we found the original recipe, but I do know that we have changed it quite a bit. Baked Ziti is a family favorite in our house, and it makes plenty of leftovers for lunches. Ingredients 1-pound package uncooked ziti or penne (short tube-shaped pasta) 1 pound chicken Italian sausage 1 chopped onion 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 little can of tomato paste 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 2 chopped zucchini Cooking spray 8 ounces shredded fresh mozzarella cheese 8 ounces shredded fresh Parmesan cheese Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside. Cook sausage, onion, basil, zucchini, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat

Dutch Oven Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

This recipe started as a recipe for chicken and salad that was described as being easy to make, even on a busy weeknight. The recipe described buying all kinds of vegetables and chopping them in a food processor, etc. In my mind, I am envisioning having to clean all of that which seems silly when you can buy a bag of salad at the store and let your family use the salad dressing that they prefer. The recipe also called for baking the chicken on a rack on a cookie sheet and spraying the chicken with cooking spray. No. Just no. I am sure that it is fine, but it grosses me out to even think about it. My recipe below is what is left after I ripped out the parts that I didn't like, and changed the way the chicken is cooked. Ingredients 8 chicken thighs 1 cup all-purpose flour kosher salt 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs) 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil Preparation Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Put 2 Tbs of olive oil in a 5