1 lb (500 g) elbow macaroni
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 tsp salt
4 cups whole milk
1 tbsp sriracha
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 butternut squash, roasted and flesh mashed
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Rinse under cold water to cool and set aside.
2. In a large pot melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and salt and whisk to combine. Let cook, 1 minute. Add milk, mashed butternut squash, sriracha and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Let mixture simmer until thickened, about 4 min. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Add in pasta and stir to combine.
3. Serve with a green salad or bake in the oven in a 9 x 13” casserole dish and top with more cheese and bread crumbs for a crispy topping.
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup ranch dressing
½ cup hot sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Crackers, to serve
Sliced vegetables, to serve (cucumber, peppers, carrots, broccoli)
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, cream cheese, ranch dressing, hot sauce and cheddar cheese. Mix well to combine. Scrape mixture into a 9” glass pie dish or equal sized oven-proof container.
3. Place in oven for 20 mins or until bubbling and golden. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips or sliced vegetables.
by Sarah S.’s book, Milwaukee, WI
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large cans of fat-free chicken broth
2 jalepeno peppers, chopped or mashed
4 tsp. chili power
2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes (canned OK)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (or add to taste)
1 T. ground cumin
Salt to taste
4 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup Mexican cheese — (grated)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Heat a soup pot or Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add cubed chicken and saute 5 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove chicken from pot.
Add onion to pan, cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; saute 15 – 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, jalepena peppers, and chili powder. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Stir in tomato and next 3 ingredients; add chicken. Cover and simmer another 20 minutes.
While soup simmers, cut tortillas into 1/4 X 2-inch strips. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, and coat lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle servings evenly with grated cheese, cilantro and tortilla strips.
Submitted by: Sarah S
from Diane B.’s book, Corvallis, OR
2 lge red bell peppers
2 lge unpeeled garlic cloves
1 8 oz Neufchatel cheese
2 t. balsamic vinegar
1/4 t. salt
1/8- 1/4 t. crushd red pepper
To shorten preparation of this recipe, you can buy the bottled roasted red peppers. If not, then, cut peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place peppers, skin sides up, on a foil lined baking sheet. Flatten with hand. Add garlic to sheet and broil 4 minutes. Turn garlic over; broil 4 min or until blackened. remove garlic from sheet, set aside. Broil peppers an additional 2 min or until blackened. Place peppers in a zip loc bag and seal. Let stand for 15 min. Peel peppers and garlic. Discard skins.
Place roasted peppers and garlic in food processor and process until smooth. Add cheese and process until smooth. Spoon mixture into bowl and blend in balsamic vinegar, salt and red pepper. Serve immediately or cover and chill. Serve with raw veggies and crackers.
Submitted by: Diane B
by Mandy D.’s book, Colton, SD
1 lb Ground beef
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1Tbsp. worchester sauce
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup finely chopped spinach (optional)
2Tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 diced tomato
2 tsp. oregano
Hoagie Rolls or French Bread Loaf
Mix the ground beef with the garlic, worchester sauce, and oregano. Add dashes of salt and pepper. Add the spinach. Divide mixture into 1-2 inch pieces and roll into balls. Place large skillet on the stove and add olive oil, turn to medium heat and add meatballs. Cook until no longer pink. Add tomato sauce, tomato, salt, pepper and oregano. Heat through.
Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. On a cookie sheet cut the hogie rolls or french bread and dig a small trench in the bread. Put meatballs into the trench of the bread and add sauce. Place strips of mozzerella cheese over the meatballs and sauce and put in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Add fries and a salad on the side.
Submitted by: Mandy D