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Hot and Cheesy Corn Dip

June 15, 2017

This is a fun twist on gooey, cheesy dips that reminds me of summer with all the sweet corn inside. It goes wonderfully with crispy tortilla chips (we had a mix of blue corn and sweet potato chips on hand). If you have fresh summer corn at home, feel free to cut the kernels off a cob or two and mix it in before baking for extra crunch and the deliciousness of long sunny days.

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You will need:

 

  • 16 oz (2 sticks) low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T hot sauce
  • 2 limes, zested and juices
  • 2 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • ~30 oz canned corn, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4.5 oz chopped green chiles (mild to spicy, depending on your taste)
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 3 T red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Use a food processor to mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, hot sauce, lime juice, and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese mixture with 1 cup of the cheddar, lime zest, corn, feta, green chiles with their liquid, red onion, scallion and cilantro.
  4. Pour mixture into a prepared pie plate.
  5. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and delicious.
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Chicken Enchilada Skillet Casserole

April 11, 2017

I love dinners that can be prepared in one pot or skillet. It makes clean up simple, plus all the flavors get to come together as you cook (rather than when you plate!).

You will need:

  • 12 corn tortillas, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 3 T flour
  • 2 c low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t oregano
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 can (4oz) chopped green chiles
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 can (15 oz) reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 2 c shredded cheese (recommend a cheddar-jack blend)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in flour and allow to cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in chicken broth, pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt.
  5. Continue whisking until smooth and thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the green chiles with any liquid from the can.
  7. Add the chicken and bring to a simmer.
  8. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  9. Meanwhile, spread the corn tortillas on the baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 7 minutes and stir/toss. Bake another 3 minutes or until starting to crisp up.
  11. Remove tortillas from the oven and set aside.
  12. Transfer the chicken to a plate and shred, leaving the heat on low.
  13. Return the chicken to the pan.
  14. Stir in the black beans and sour cream into the sauce.
  15. Stir in the tortilla pieces until combined.
  16. Sprinkle the top with the shredded cheese and cook until the cheese is melted.
  17. Serve warm and bubbly!
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Bacon & Ranch Chicken Pizza Roll

April 3, 2017

This is a very simple meal or snack, and we loved that you could pick it up with your hands! We loved the gooey cheese, the savory chicken and, of course, all the bacon.

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You will need:

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 4 oz light chive and onion cream cheese, softened until spreadable
  • 3 c cooked and shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 c shredded chicken
  • 1 packet dried Ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 lb thick cut bacon, cooked until crispy and roughly chopped
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • ¼ t garlic powder

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly roll the pizza dough into a 12×16 rectangle.
  3. Spread the cream cheese on the dough.
  4. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese on top of the cream cheese.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine the chicken with the Ranch seasoning.
  6. Sprinkle the chicken on top of the shredded cheese and top with the chopped bacon.
  7. Reserve a handful of the cheddar cheese for on top of the pizza roll.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of the bacon.
  9. Roll up the pizza dough so it is a long roll.
  10. Place seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  11. Gently tuck the ends under to loosely seal the roll.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven.
  14. Combine the butter and garlic powder.
  15. Brush the top with the garlic butter and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  16. Bake another 5 or so minutes until cooked through and golden.
  17. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting.
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Baked Sausage and Beans

March 28, 2017

This is a play on hot dogs and beans, but we dressed it up with yummy sausage. It comes together very quickly and makes excellent leftovers.

You will need:

  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 T sherry vinegar
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • ½ t ground pepper
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage (or your favorite sausage), each sausage cut into two pieces
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) low sodium great northern beans, drained and rinsed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large ovenproof Dutch oven, mix together the cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, pepper and salt. (You can also use a 9×13 baking dish).
  3. Mix in the sausage.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, until the sausages are roasted and cooked through. Stir once in the middle of the baking time.
  5. Stir in the beans.
  6. Return to oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the beans are warmed through.
  7. Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad!

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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

January 30, 2017

I made these for a new year’s brunch; they were quick to bake the day prior and tasted great. I love the pumpkin and warming spices. I am also a huge fan of tart cranberries. I had some leftover fresh cranberries from Thanksgiving that I’d frozen. You could use them whole, but I decided to chop them up slightly in the food processor.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T + 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 c old-fashioned oats

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin tray with paper liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of melted butter with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  3. Stir in the eggs and pumpkin puree, whisking until smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, the nutmeg, the ginger, the cloves, and the baking soda.
  5. Mix in the flour until just combined.
  6. Fold in the cranberries.
  7. Spoon batter into the muffin cups until each one is about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the 5 tablespoons room temperature butter with the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, the tablespoon of cinnamon, and the oats.
  9. Crumble the topping on each of the muffins. Gently press into the top.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and a tester in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan and then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Parmesan Carrots

November 30, 2016

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This is an incredibly simple side dish that is perfect for kids and grownups alike. The Parmesan coating makes it crispy and more like a french fry.

You will need:

  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 T water
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese, grated

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each carrot so it is half as long, and then cut each piece in half lengthwise so you have 16 pieces.
  3. Cut each piece into 3 long slices.
  4. Whisk together the egg, water, garlic, paprika and pepper on a plate.
  5. Put the Parmesan on a second plate.
  6. Dredge a carrot in the egg wash and allow the excess to drip off.
  7. Roll in the Parmesan and place on the lined baking sheet.
  8. Repeat with the other carrot pieces.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
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Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

November 23, 2016

I love mushrooms. They are an ingredient we almost always have in our vegetable drawer at home. This is a very simple side dish with everyday ingredients, perfect for last minute dinner parties.

You will need:

  • 1 lb crimini mushrooms, cleaned and de-stemmed
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c breadcrumbs (I used panko)
  • 1/4 c Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 t paprika

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the mushrooms in a pie plate.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the butter and garlic. Spoon over the mushrooms.
  4. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and paprika.
  7. Remove the mushrooms from the oven and sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
  8. Bake another 10-15 minutes, or until the topping starts to turn golden and crispy.
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