Recipes

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Chicken drumsticks are a kid favorite, and these breaded garlic chicken drumsticks are sure to please.

Swiss Hamburgers

Using frozen hamburger patties means there is virtually no prep to this easy recipe. Serve Swiss Hamburgers over rice and add a green vegetable for an easy meal.

Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti

Pimentos and green chilies combine with cheddar to give Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti casserole its unique flavor. The casserole freezes well so if you want to double up on the recipe, it’s a good dish to stock the freezer.

30 Minute Hash Brown Potato Soup

Hash Brown Potato Soup is so quick and easy that it is one of my “crisis meals”—meals that can be made in 20-30 minutes with shelf-stable (or freezer) ingredients that I keep on hand.

Black Beans and Rice

This quick stovetop Black Beans and Rice can be made in the time it takes to cook the rice. Adjust the spices to your taste by using salsa that is hot or mild, or add a chopped jalapeno to the pepper and onion.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche

We’ve used broccoli and cheddar in this delicious and easy quiche, but you can substitute different cheeses or vegetables to use what you have. Try it this way or with spinach and mozzarella cheese or mushrooms and Swiss.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Planned leftovers helps me to not only reduce waste but speed up prep time on meals using the leftovers. Because the Carne Guisada is already prepared, creating this dish is just a matter of assembling the layers and baking. We almost always have rice in the refrigerator, but if we don’t, it’s easy to cook some in the rice cooker (if you don’t have a rice cooker, you are missing out on the easiest way to make rice—no more burned rice because it cooked too long). The meat is already seasoned, so if you don’t like spicy food, consider using a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes instead of the tomatoes and green chilies.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is comfort food that I grew up with. My grandmother made this often for my grandfather because he loved it so much. Her version contains sliced hard boiled eggs in it, but my husband is not an egg fan so I leave them out. What I never leave out is the bottom crust, because I feel cheated if I cut into a pot pie and discover that there is only a top crust.

Carne Guisada for the Slow Cooker

Carne means meat (but often is used to refer to beef), and guisada means stew. This flavorful Mexican beef stew is perfect for serving over rice or with tortillas. Its wonderful aroma as it simmers in the slow cooker will have you anxiously awaiting dinnertime.

Carne Guisada for the Instant Pot

Carne means meat, but it is often used to refer to specifically to beef, and guisada means stew. This flavorful Mexican beef stew is perfect for serving over rice or with tortillas. Its wonderful aroma as it simmers in the slow cooker will have you anxiously awaiting dinnertime.

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