Easy Sausage Bake with Sauerkraut and Apples

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This is a dish your family will enjoy.  Serve with bread and a salad for a hearty meal.

Easy Sausage Bake with Sauerkraut and Apples
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, quartered and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons, olive oil
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 cups apple juice ( or apple cider)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar ( I use less)
  • 2 pounds sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 pounds sausage, such as chicken apple or kielbasa, sliced
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a large ovenproof pan or Dutch oven heat olive oil.
  3. Add onion and sliced sausages and cook until lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the apples and cook for about 8 minutes.
  5. Add apple juice, vinegar, brown sugar, sauerkraut, and pepper.
  6. Cover and and bake for 1 hour.

 

Spaghetti Beef Casserole

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This recipe makes 2 meals.  I always freeze the second one for another day when life gets too busy.  It freezes nicely and cooks up well.

Spaghetti Beef Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 16

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked spaghetti
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ⅔ cups chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounce each) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounce each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 3 cups ( 12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °.
  2. Grease two 13 x 9 in baking dishes.
  3. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  4. Meanwhile, in two large skillets, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
  5. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  6. Drain.
  7. Stir in the soups, water and mushrooms.
  8. Drain spaghetti.
  9. Add spaghetti, 1 cup cheese, salt and pepper to beef mixture and mix well.
  10. Transfer to two greased baking dishes.
  11. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  12. Bake uncovered for 20 – 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  13. Cover and freeze second casserole for up to 3 months.

Notes
To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Baked covered at 350 for 1 hour or until heated through.

 

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

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I was looking for a quick soup and came across this.  It is is quite good.  I served it with homemade bread and was well received.

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 2 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 large potato, diced
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil and saute celery and garlic.
  2. Combine broth, water, potatoes, carrots, undrained chopped tomatoes.
  3. Add to celery and garlic.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring to a broil and simmer for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

 

 

Easy Meat Lasagna

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My son requested this for his birthday.  It is one of his many favorite meals.

Easy Meat Lasagna
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sweet sausage, casing removed
  • 2 jars (26 ounce each) spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 containers (15 ounce each) ricotta cheese
  • 1 package ( 8 ounce) shredded mozzarella cheese ( 2 cups), divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 9 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • ¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Brown ground beef and sausage in a large skillet on medium heat.
  3. When cooked, drain and return meat mixture to skillet.
  4. Stir into meat mixture, 4 cups of spaghetti sauce.
  5. Beat eggs in large bowl.
  6. Add ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper; mix well.
  7. Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce onto the bottom of 13 x 9 baking dish.
  8. Top with 3 noodles.
  9. Spread half of the cheese mixture over the noodles.
  10. Repeat meat sauce, noodles and cheese layer once.
  11. Top with remaining noodles and meat sauce, making sure to cover noodles with sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  12. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  13. Remove foil and bake for 15 minutes longer or until noodles are tender.
  14. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
  15. Serve with reserved spaghetti sauce.

 

Chicken Artichoke Casserole

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This casserole is flavorful and easy to fix.

Chicken Artichoke Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 Boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 jar or can ( about 14 oz) marinated artichokes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °
  2. In a skillet, melt butter.
  3. Add chicken and lightly brown.
  4. Transfer chicken to a baking dish.
  5. Place drained artichoke hearts on top of chicken
  6. Add flour to the remaining butter and stir to blend.
  7. Add broth and cook until thickened; pour over chicken.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until done.

 

Skillet Sausage and Rice

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I made this today for the first time because I need something that was quick and easy.  It turned out great and the family really enjoyed it.  I made some cornbread to go with it.

Skillet Sausage and Rice
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz) package, smoked sausage ( I used sweet Italian)
  • 1 medium size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 (3.5-oz) bags quick cooking brown rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon peper

Instructions
  1. Cut sausage into ½ -inch slices.
  2. Saute in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Remove sausage slices, and drain on paper towels.
  5. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic to skillet, and saute over medium heat 4 minutes or until tender.
  6. Add chicken broth, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet, and bring to a broil.
  7. Remove rice from cooking bag; add rice, sausage, salt, and pepper to skillet.
  8. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 5 minutes or until rice tender.

 

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

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Who doesn’t love chicken pot pie?  This is great way to use left over chicken or even turkey.

Classic Chicken Pot Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper ( I used a little more)
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2-1/2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425°
  2. Make pie crust using a 9-inch glass pie pan.
  3. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended.
  5. Gradually stir in broth and milk, cooking and stirring until bubbly and thickened.
  6. Stir in chicken and mixed vegetables.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Spoon chicken mixture into crust lined pan.
  9. Top with second crust, seal edges and flute.
  10. Cut slits in several places in top crust..
  11. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  12. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

Glazed Ham Steaks

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My daughter loves anything ham and has fun helping me make these.

Glazed Ham Steaks
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 can (8-ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 2 boneless fully cooked ham steaks (about 2 pounds)
  • ¼ packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 maraschino cheeries

Instructions
  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 1 tablespoon juice.
  2. Cut each ham steak in half; place on an ungreased baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard, and reserved juice.
  4. Spread over ham.
  5. Top with pineapple and cherries.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

 

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

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This is a new favorite of my daughter.  It is tasty and flavorful.

 

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 6-8 medium potatoes, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 cubs baby carrots ( I cut my own)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
  • ¼ cup milk
  • parsley to sprinkle on top (optional)

Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Layer the potatoes and carrots on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Lay chicken breasts on the top.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the soup and dry ranch packcet with milk.
  5. Pour on the top of the chicken breasts.
  6. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  7. Use extra sauce as gravy over the top of the potatoes and chicken breasts and sprinkle with parsley if desired.

Notes
If you have potatoes and carrots left over, you can fry them in a pan for a side for another meal. They are great that way.

 

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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4/5

This is a quick way to enjoy a great meal.  It works great for any busy mom.

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 pound ground beef ( or sausage)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 (26-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (16-ounce) box uncooked ziti pasta
  • ¼ teaspoon chopped parsley

Instructions
  1. Coat a 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse uncooked pasta, drain and set aside,
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic 6 to 8 minutes, or until browned; drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg whites, ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, and oregano; mix well.
  5. In the slow cooker, layer 2 cups sauce, half the beef mixture, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, half the ziti and half the ricotta mixture; repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.
  6. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours.