Saturday, March 31, 2007

Enchilda Casserole

1 can tomatoes (do not drain)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb ground beef or turkey, browned in a pan
12 white corn tortillas
8 oz shredded cheese (I use half Monterrey jack and half cheddar)
8 oz sour cream
1 pkg or about 2 tbls Taco Seasoning

Place first 3 ingredients in blender and puree. Pour mixture into sauce pan and add tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil and simmer about 5 minutes. Place 1/3 of the tortillas in bottom of slow cooker, followed by 1/3 of the meat, 1/3 of the sauce and 1/3 of the shredded cheese, continue all layers. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.

For topping, stir taco seasoning into sour cream.

Makes about 6 servings.

This was such a hit with the kids and it's fairly nutritious!! You can serve this on a bed of lettuce to make it into a salad. Also, it's not good to look at, but it sure is tasty!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Sour Cream Pork Chops

6 pork chops
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1/2 cup flour
1 large onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 cubes chicken bouillon
2 cups boiling water
2 tbls flour
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream

Season pork with salt, pepper, adn garlic powder, and then dredge in 1/2 cup flour. In a skillet, brown chops in oil.

Place chops in slow cooker and top with onion slices. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and pour over chops. Cover, and cook on LOW 7-8 hours.

After chops have cooked, remove meat only and put in warm over to keep warm. Be careful, they will fall apart.

In a bowl, blend 2 tbls flour with the sour cream. Mix into meat juices. Cook in slow cooker on HIGH for 15-30 minutes or until suace in thickened slightly. Serve sauce over chops and noodles or rice (our favorite is egg noodles).

Lemon Chicken

1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 soup can of milk
2 tbls butter
1/2 pkt lemon herb seasoning (about 1 - 1 1/2 tbls)
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients (except chicken) in a bowl. Mix well.

Brown chicken. Place chicken in slow cooker and cover with sauce. Cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or on LOW 4-5 hours.


Whip in Blender:
6 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
½ tsp salt

Melt 1 cube of butter in a 9x13 pan while oven is heating.
Pour batter over melted butter and bake 15-20 minutes at 425.

Serve with powdered sugar, syrup, and/or fruit.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Emily's Shephards Pie

1 lb ground beef, Turkey, mutton, whatever...

1 onion

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 can peas

3 carrots, diced and cooked

mashed potatoes (I use about 3 potatoes)


cheddar cheese, grated

pie crust (1 cup flour, 1/2 shortening, 1/2 tsp salt, 2-3 Tbls cold water)

Using a deep dish pie plate, roll out pie crust and line plate (if you prefer, you can buy a pre-made pie crust - non-dessert).

Cook meat with onions and favorite seasonings (I like Johnny's seasonings or Jane's salt). Mix in can of soup. Pour mixture into pie crust.

Next layer is peas and carrots. Season with salt and pepper.

Top with mashed potatoes. I also put some garlic powder or minced garlic in with the potatoes.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake an additional 10 minutes.

I like to make this in advance and put it in the refrigerator. If you do this, change first bake time to 45 minutes.

Makes 12 servings (7 points)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Sweet-Hot Jalapeno Ribs

2 (16 oz) cans pinto beans, drained
3 lbs country-style pork ribs, trimmed
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (10.5 oz) jar red jalapeno jelly
1 (5 oz) bottle steak sauce
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped (optional)

Place pinto beans in slow cooker.

Cut ribs apart if necessary, sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Broil ribs in over for 18-20 minutes or until well browned, turning once. Place ribs in slow cooker and top with onions.

Combine jelly, steak sauce and chopped pepper in a saucepan; cook over low heat until jelly melts. Pour over ribs and stir gently.

Cook on High 5-6 hours or cook on High 1 hour and reduce to Low for 8-9 hours. Remove ribs and skim off fat. Cook sauce with beans uncovered on High for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add ribs just before serving to reheat.

**this recipe came with my Corningware Slow Cooker. It's become a family favorite. It's not spicy if you don't put in the jalapenos. For just a little kick, add only one. If you like it spicy, add both peppers.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Cinnamon Apples

6-7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut

1 tbls lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbls flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

6 tbls melted butter

Vanilla ice cream

Oatmeal, Ginger snap, or Vanilla wafer cookies

Place apples in slow cooker and drizzle with lemon juice.

In a bowl, mix sugars, flour, and spices. Sprinkle mixture over apples and stir gently to coat apples. Drizzle with butter.

Cook on low for 3 hours or on high for 2 hours.

Serve over ice cream and top with crumbled cookies.

I like to use my cookies as a scoop, so I leave them whole.... enjoy!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Pumpkin Roll

¾ cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin pie puree
3 eggs
1 tsp lemon juice

Grease 9x13 jelly roll pan then place wax paper and grease again. Pour batter. Bake 375 for 15-18 minutes.

Lay out a linen and slightly dampen with wet fingers and dust with 2 tbls powdered sugar. Flip cake onto linen while hot (right out of the oven). Roll lengthwise (1 time) Place on cooling rack for 20 minutes. Unroll partway and fill with filling.

1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
¼ cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Re-roll and wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate.

Slice and garnish with powdered sugar.

Hot Artichoke Dip

1 8oz can artichoke hearts, chopped slightly and drained
4 oz grated Swiss cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tbls Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Place in shallow baking dish. Bake at 325 for 15-20 min (until slightly brown). Serve with crackers or French bread.

Cherry Pie

*Use a deep dish pie plate for this. This is so yummy everyone will be screaming for more, I guarantee!!!

6 cups (3 cans) cherries (drained) ***
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp lemon juice

Jane’s Pie Crust

1 cup shortening
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
4-6 tlbs cold water

Bake 425 for 30-40 minutes.

This crust recipe is doubled (half for the bottom, other half for lattice top). I also use Jane’s recipe for a meat pie - To use it for a single crust ½ it.

***Important, you MUST use "Oregon" brand pie cherries. They can be difficult to find. I found them at my local Wal-Mart. They were with the canned fruit, not the pie filling. So try looking in both places in your store.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Bread Bears or Cinnamon Rolls

(makes 2 bears or 20 rolls)

Mix: Use mixer with dough hook.
2 cups warm water
2 tbls yeast
½ cup sugar
¼ cup oil

Let stand 5 min or until foamy.

4 cups flour
2 tsp salt


1 egg
2-3 cups of flour (1/2 cup at a time)

Mix until satiny. About 10 minutes.
Let rise in greased bowl for 1-2 hours (until sticky)

For into shape (bears or rolls).

Cinnamon Rolls:
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tbls cinnamon
4 cups powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
2 tbls butter
¼ cup milk

Bears: Cut dough in ½. Divide into thirds 1/3 = belly, 1/3 = head and nose (smallest third), 1/3 = 6 balls (ears, hands and feet). Use peanut M & M’s for eyes, nose, ears and belly button.

Let rise another hour. Bake at 375 for 10 min.

Chinese Chicken Salad

Toss Together…….
3 cooked chicken breasts—shredded or cut up
1 small head green cabbage
1 small head purple cabbage
4 green onions—sliced
Halved purple grapes

Bake in oven at 350 on foil for 5-10 minutes…..
2 pkgs top ramen broken up(noodles only)
4 tbl sesame seeds
3 oz almonds or peanuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Dressing…. Mix together….
1/2 cup salad oil
1/2 cup sesame oil
9 tbl rice vinegar
4 tbl sugar
1/2 tea pepper
2 seasoning packets from top ramen (any flavor)

Friday, March 9, 2007

Cranberry Pudding

2 cubes butter or margarine
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups sugar
2 cups evaporated milk
4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
4 cups raw cranberries

Beat together all ingredients (except stir in cranberries after other ingredients or beaten), bake at 350 for 40 min or until light brown.

2 cubes butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla (add last while sauce is cooling)

Mix everything but vanilla in saucepan. Bring to boil. Stir occasionally. Simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Cut into pieces and spoon sauce over cake.

Serve warm.

This is RICH and a very good holiday dessert that is NON-chocolate.

Red and White Chili

6 cups cubed chicken (cooked)
2 cans navy or great northern beans (drained)
1 cup chicken broth
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon chili powder

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker or crockpot. Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours until hot and sauce thickens.

This is SOOOOO YUMMY and easy. It’s also very healthy. Don’t let the peppers fool you; it’s really not that spicy. My 3 yr-old downed it like it was Spaghettio’s!!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
½ cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 tsp soda
½ tsp salt
1/2 bag milk chocolate chips (or M&Ms)

Mix butter, vanilla, eggs and sugars. Then the rest. Bake 350 for 10 minutes.

I created this recipe... It took many tries to get it just right. I also suggest making your cookies BIG. I used the largest cookie scoop (3 tbls) and cook on a stone, they come out PERFECT.

Teriyaki Marinade

1 cup beef broth (or chicken if marinating chicken or fish)
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbls lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 oz scallions with tops, chopped
1 tbls brown sugar

Combine and marinate for broil, bbq, or jerky.

Lowfat Bundt Cake

1 cake mix (Devils’ Food works best, but I’ve used others)
1 sugar free cherry pie filling
½ cup egg beaters

Mix and pour into Bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 35 min.

Spice cake with apple pie filling (with the apple pie filling, the cake falls apart, so I chop up the apples into small pieces and that solved the problem).

Yellow cake mix with Peach filling (1 tsp almond extract).

Yellow cake mix with Cherry filling (1tsp almond extract).

White Cake mix with Blueberry filling.

Chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling.

Serve with fat free Cool whip.

Makes 16 servings (2 points per slice)

Feta Chicken

2 halves boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 oz. or 1/4 cup Feta Cheese
2 Tbl Fresh Parsley (or 1/2 dry)
1 tsp Fresh Oregano (or 1/4 dry)
1 Tbl Olive Oil
1 14 1/2 oz can chopped tomatoes (any kind)

Mush together everything but chicken and tomatoes.
Slice chicken in middle and stuff with mixture.
Place in baking pan (9x9) and pour tomatoes over top.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 min (until chicken is tender and the juices run clear)
Serve over favorite pasta. Linguini works the best! I also like Penne or Rigatoni.
Serves 2 (double or triple for more)