Saturday, January 23, 2010

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN NOODLE CASSEROLE

1 can (10 3/4-oz) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables or California blend
2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
2 cups curly egg noodles, cooked and drained
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish, stir together the mushroom soup, milk, pepper, Parmesan cheese, mixed vegetables, chicken, and noodles. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top.
Yield: 4 servings

Monday, January 18, 2010

BAKED BEEF AND POTATO LOAF

2 cans sliced potatoes, drained
1 tbsp dried onion flakes, divided
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup quick cook oats
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp catsup
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a glass loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Layer the drained potatoes, sprinkled with 1 teaspoon of the dried onion flakes and the black pepper, in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan.

In a small mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, oats, milk, catsup, salt, garlic powder, and the remaining dried onion flakes. Spread this mixture over the potatoes. Place in the preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the beef mixture is done. Sprinkle with the grated cheddar cheese, if desired.

Monday, January 11, 2010

BUTTERED PARMESAN RICE

3 cups water
1/4 tsp salt, optional
1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley

In a large saucepan that has a lid, bring the water and salt (if using) to a boil; stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. While the rice cooks, in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter and cook until browned but not burned.

Place the hot rice in a serving dish and top with the grated Parmesan cheese. Pour the browned butter overall cover with foil or a plate and let stand for about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the fresh parsley over the top before serving.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

HOMEMADE BLENDER SALAD DRESSING

1 large egg
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp paprika
dash of cayenne pepper

1 cup canola oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

Put the egg, vinegar, salt, dry mustard, paprika, and cayenne pepper in blender container; blend until well mixed. With the blender running slowly, gradually pour half of the canola oil into the blender container. Stop blender and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula when needed.

Add the lemon juice to mixture in the blender container and slowly pour remainder of the canola oil into the mixture with the blender running slowly.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yield: Approximately 1 1/4 cup