Pot Pie with Cornbread

beef-pie-cornbread-topIngredients:
2 Boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
2 Eggs
⅔ Cup Milk
¾ lb Ground Beef
3 Stalks Celery, chopped
1 lb Green Beans, stems removed and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Flour
2 Cups Beef Broth
1 Cups Peas
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Whisk together cornbread mix, eggs, and milk together in a large bowl.  Set aside.

Brown beef in a large oven-proof skillet over medium/high heat.  Add celery and green beans.  Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Move the veggies and meat to the sides of the pan and melt the butter in the middle.  Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in broth, bring to a bubble and let thicken.  Stir in peas and season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the cornbread batter onto the top of the meat and veggie mixture.  Bake until browned, about 20 minutes.

Yield: 6 Servings

Buffalo Chicken Rolls

buffalo-chicken-rollsIngredients:
12 Egg Roll Wrappers
1 ½ Cup Shredded Cooked Chicken
¾ Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
4 oz Crumbled Blue Cheese
1 Cup Shredded Broccoli and Carrots

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Stir together chicken and hot sauce in a bowl.  Place 1 Tablespoon broccoli/carrots, 2 Tablespoons chicken mixture and 1 Tablespoon blue cheese on an egg roll wrapper on a diagonal.

Fold the bottom corner, the sides, then the top.  Wet the top corner to seal.

Place all the egg rolls on a baking sheet seam-side down.  Spray them with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake until light golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.

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Yield: 12 Egg Rolls
-Recipe from Can You Stay For Dinner-

Chicken Tamale Casserole

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I put Owen’s plate in front of him and he didn’t throw a fit like he usually does at dinnertime.  He tried it (actually tried it!) and said “I like this”.  It was an amazing moment at my dinner table.  Simply amazing.  He ate a few bites, which is more than he normally eats at dinner.  I guess that classifies this meal as “kid friendly”.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
8.5 oz Package Cornbread Mix (Jiffy brand)
14.75oz Can Cream-Style Corn
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
½ Cup Milk
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
½ teaspoon Cumin
8 oz Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
10 oz Enchilada Sauce
3 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
1 Cup Sour Cream

Preheat oven 400°F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together cornbread mix, corn, eggs, milk, chili powder, cumin and 1 cup of the cheese.  Spread into the casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and poke the cornbread with a knife all over the top (about 12 pokes).  Pour the enchilada sauce over the cornbread.  Top with chicken and remaining cheese.  Bake for another 20 minutes.

Let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting.  Serve with sour cream.

Yield: 6-8 Servings
-Recipe adapted from Family Circle Magazine-

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Ingredients:
1/4 cup Black Bean Garlic sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons Sriracha, or more, to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground chicken
½ lb mushrooms, diced
1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 head butter lettuce
Rice Sticks, for serving (fried)

In a small bowl stir together black bean garlic sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, Shiracha and garlic.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium/high heat.  Cook chicken until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes.

Add the sauce and mushrooms, cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add water chestnuts and green onions, cooking another 1-2 minutes.

Serve with butter lettuce leaves and rice sticks.

Yield: 4 Servings

Chicken and Black Bean Soup

chk-bean-soupIngredients:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
½ lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut in 1 inch cubes)
4 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Frozen Corn
15 oz Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
10 oz Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
3 teaspoons Chili Powder
½ teaspoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
Tortilla Chips, for topping
Shredded Colby Jack Cheese for topping

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

Pour about 2 Tablespoons of chicken broth into a small bowl and reserve.  Pour remaining broth into the pot with the chicken.  Add corn, beans, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, chili powder and cumin.  Bring to a bubble, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 15 minutes.

Add cornstarch to the small bowl with reserved chicken broth.  Whisk with a fork to combine, then stir into the soup.  Boil for about 2 minutes to thicken the soup.

Top the soup with tortilla chips and cheese.

Yield: 6 servings
-Recipe from Taste of Home magazine-

Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

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I added a couple cups of leftover Slow Cooked Spicy Pulled Pork to this pasta to make it extra delicious.

Ingredients:
12 oz Fettuccine
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Medium Onion, finely diced
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 (15oz) Cans Tomato Sauce
Salt and Pepper
1 Cup Heavy Cream
½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Chopped Fresh Basil

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt and cook the pasta.  Reserve a little cooking liquid before draining.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, butter, onion and garlic.  Cook until onion is softened.  Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper, and heavy cream.  Stir together.  Once hot, stir in the parmesan cheese then toss in the pasta.  Add in a little of the reserved cooking liquid if the sauce is too thick.

Just before serving, add the basil and toss to combine.

Yield: 6-8 Servings

-Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook-