Cheesy Bacon Chicken Pasta

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 So delicious!

 

Ingredients:
12 oz Penne
6 Thick Cut Slices Bacon
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 lbs Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Cup Flour
2 Cups Whole Milk
1 Cup Chicken Broth
2 Cups Shredded Cheese, divided (1 ½ cups poured into sauce and ½ cup on top)
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Salt water, add pasta and cook until al dente.  Drain and reserve.

While the pasta is cooking.  Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat.  Cut bacon into ½-1 inch pieces.  Cook until crisp and remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate.  Leave the bacon fat in the pan.

In the same skillet over medium/high heat, add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.  Add chicken, cooking until browned.

While the bacon and chicken is cooking, make the sauce by melting the butter in a medium size saucepan over medium/high heat.  Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.  Whisk in broth and milk.  Bring to a bubble, reduce and simmer until thickened.  Add 1 ½ cups shredded cheese, stirring to melt.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combine the pasta, chicken and sauce together in a 9×13 inch casserole dish.  Top with bacon then remaining cheese.  Bake until the cheese is melted and delicious, about 20 minutes.

 

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Bacon Pinto Beans

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These Bacon Pinto Beans are delicious on their own, in a burrito, in a quesadilla, and nachos.  I’m sure they will be delicious any way you want to eat them!

Ingredients:
1 lb Pinto Beans, cooked
1 Bay Leaf
6 Slices Bacon
1 Small Yellow Onion, diced
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
½ teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
¾-1 Cup Water
Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

Cook the beans with a bay leaf, drain.

In a large skillet over medium/high heat, cook the bacon until crisp.  Remove from pan and chop.  Leave the bacon fat in the pan.

Add the diced onion and cook until softened.  Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.

Add the bacon back to the pan along with the beans, cumin, chili powder, oregano, bay leaf, lime juice and water.  Add ½ cup water first, then add a ¼ at a time as needed.  You want some liquid in the pan so the beans don’t burn on the bottom.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Simmer over low for 5-10 minutes.

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