Jalapeno Mac & Cheese with Franks casserole, Recipe

Jalapeno Mac & Cheese with Franks casserole, Recipe

I have been making spaghetti sauce for days trying to finish up with this round of tomatoes so when I was trying to decide what I wanted for dinner tonight, I knew it wasn’t going to be spaghetti again, lol. I don’t want us to get tired of it this early in the year. I also knew that it was going to have to be an easy to cook meal because I just about can’t stand this aching back at the moment (from standing). That left… my fail proof Jalapeno Mac & Cheese with Franks casserole. I love it as one of our go between meals when I’m tired and want something easy but delicious for supper. It’s enough for supper and lunch the next day. Unless the grands are here.

I was playing around in the kitchen one day, trying to figure out something new to make with pasta and that’s how this recipe was invented. I had a box of macaroni & cheese but I didn’t have any cheddar cheese. When I make the kids Mac & Cheese, they like the cheese sauce packages that come in the boxed Mac & Cheese (so I save the packets for them). They weren’t here and I was in a creative mood. What I did have was pepper jack cheese and that’s what I used. Who knew it would turn out to be such a fave?

It’s so easy to prepare (and quick, let’s not forget quick). Ingredients are as follows:

1 box of Mac & Cheese, cooked half of the regular time and drained.

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4 oz (half a block of 8 oz) pepper jack cheese

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1 regular size can of Mushroom soup

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I don’t eat mayo so I sneak in sour cream and no one can tell the difference. Except me. 4 oz (half a tub of 8 oz) of sour cream

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1/3 cup of whole or low fat milk.

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.

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4 Jalapeno franks (I freeze mine so they are easier to cut).

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4 slices of bread, toasted.

Now stir stir stir and preheat your oven to 350. Add a lid to your casserole dish and place in oven. ALSO put about 4 slices of bread in the oven for your topping.

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2 tablespoons room temperature butter.

Cook both the casserole and the bread (toast) for 20 to 30 minutes. Take both out of oven. Crumble the bread (toast) and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Pop in microwave about 30 second, then top the casserole with it. Cook at 350 an additional 15 minutes.

This recipe makes enough for a small family (4 to 6 servings) and is simply delicious. Jalapenos are the spice of life. I really like hot and spicy foods but this recipe is NOT that hot if you want to fix it for the kids too.

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If you have a quick and easy pasta dish you like prepare, please post the recipe on your blog and let me know the URL so I can check it out. It may just be my next favorite recipe.

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

I love to cook so I spend the majority of my days in my kitchen baking, creating recipes, and just enjoying the family.  I believe every kitchen is the heart of the home.   While I love to cook daily, there are times when it’s not convenient to cook.  Like Sundays.  Every Saturday it seems like I’m banging my head against the wall trying to figure out what I can prepare ahead of time for Sunday. We go to church and when the grands are here, they don’t want to wait to eat. They are hungry little bears, 24/7.  I make crock pot meals a lot of the time but we get bored and tired of the same old food.  So, it can be challenging to find something that can be prepared and refrigerated over night.

A few moons ago, I was looking through my old magazines to find something that I could make for Sunday dinner at my moms because I was spending the week with her, and I found a recipe for Ravioli Lasagna.  It looked easy enough so I got out all of our ingredients to see what we had and what I needed to make a run to the store to get.   Most of the ingredients we had on hand, except the ravioli. I’m sure if you wanted to make your own ravioli it would be delicious too but it wouldn’t be as easy to make as the recipe I’m posting (I’ve never made ravioli but I hope to sometime in the future, it’s one of those dishes I’ve been wanting to make but haven’t gotten around to it yet).

I made a dash to the store to buy the ravioli and back I came to get started. If you need something new and exciting to cook this weekend, I suggest this ravioli lasagna recipe.  It’s delicious and even my finicky grand kids asked for more. That in itself is a miracle.

The recipe calls for the following ingredients:

2 cans of ravioli
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 cup of frozen spinach
1 cup of Italian cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Gather all of the ingredients together and if you are going to cook this at the same time you mix it up, go ahead and preheat your oven to 375 F. Spray your dish with cooking spray and set it aside.

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Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Place your frozen spinach in a microwave safe dish, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. I buy spinach that I can place in the microwave straight from the box.  I don’t have a large pantry to store a lot of canned food in.  Canned spinach would work as well though, if that’s what you have on hand. I used our kitchen shears to slit a hole in the top and I then placed it on a microwave safe plate to heat.

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

While the spinach is cooling, open the can of diced tomatoes and let drain.

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Combine the 2 cans of ravioli, the drained diced tomatoes and the Italian seasoning in a microwave safe bowl. Stir well but don’t break the ravioli. Cover in plastic wrap and heat on high for 3 minutes and 30 seconds or 3 to 4 minutes.

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

While that is in the microwave, squeeze any moisture out of the spinach and place in a bowl. Add cottage cheese and black pepper. Mix well.

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Place half of the ravioli mixture in a baking dish, then half of the spinach mixture. Use half of the cheese (1/2 cup), then repeat layers.

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Bake 15 minutes or place in fridge to cook the next day. When you are ready to cook it, preheat oven to 375 and cook for 30 to 45 minutes. It took about 40 minutes for mine to heat the entire mixture and melt the cheese after sitting in the fridge all night.

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

Ravioli Lasagna Recipe

This truly was the easiest and the best tasting lasagna I think I’ve ever made.  I was afraid the grands wouldn’t like it because of the spinach but they loved it and there wasn’t a morsel left in the dish.  I will be fixing this more often, especially on Saturdays to enjoy after church on Sundays. Ravioli Lasagna, salad, garlic bread, blackberry cobbler and sweet iced tea. I have a feeling it will be one of your favorite Sunday meals.

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Sweeten Up Your Nutrisystem Diet Plan with Great Savings and a Chocolate Cake

Nutrisystem diet meal delivery is one of the many weight loss programs available to you today. Nutrisystem stands out for its well-designed, nutritionally balanced, portion-controlled meals. The plan includes Breakfasts (i.e Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal), Lunches (i.e Cheese Tortellini), Dinners (i.e Chef’s Table™ Butternut Squash Ravioli), Shakes and Desserts (i.e Chocolate Cake).

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If you are looking to shed the extra pounds, you might not be able to achieve the desired results without changing your eating habits and adding some physical activity to your daily routine. Nutrisystem provides the resources and tools you require to meet your weight loss goals. Whether or not you succeed is a different thing. The thing to keep in mind is that you can make Nutrisystem affordable for you through deals and offers available online.

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Once you are done with the Nutrisystem program, you will start eating regular food again. There are many recipes available that follow the low-fat, low Glycemic Index philosophy of the Nutrisystem food. Here is how you can make Chocolate Cake as a substitute for that Nutrisystem food item.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup non-fat Dry Milk Powder
  • 5 beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free Cream Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons non-fat Milk
  • 0.5 cup unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 dash Salt
  • 1 cup Oat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup Splenda
  • 0.5 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325oF.
  • Coat your baking pan with cooking spray (non-stick).
  • Take a large bowl. Combine dry milk powder, cinnamon, cocoa, salt, baking soda, oat flour and baking powder.
  • Take a smaller bowl and put in the egg whites, vanilla extract and Splenda. Whisk until the ingredients are finely mixed.
  • Pour the contents of the smaller bowl into the large bowl. Mix slightly but not too much.
  • Extract the mixture into the baking pan. Put the pan in the oven and bake for around 30 minutes. To check if the cake is ready, poke a toothpick into the cake. If the toothpick is clean when you take it out, the cake is ready to eat.
  • Take the pan out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Now you need to prepare the frosting. Take a medium-sized bowl and use a mixer to blend together vanilla, cocoa, cheese and powdered sugar.
  • Add the milk into the mixture and beat using a whisk or fork until it smoothens out.
  • Pour the frosting over the cake. Your chocolate cake is ready.
  • You can read the original recipe here.

Most people assume that sweet treats are out of bounds when following a diet plan. Well, if you follow the recipe outlined here, you can eat Chocolate Cake without compromising your Nutrisystem dietary restrictions.

So, sweeten up your Nutrisystem diet plan with great savings and chocolate cake!

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Article written by Chris Manual

Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Sour Cream Desert Bars Recipe #92 @GoodCookCom #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato

Sour Cream

Desert Bars

 

Thanksgiving came and went so fast. I spent longer trying to decide what all to cook than it took for everyone to devour their meal. Today I’ve been trying to decide what to do with all of the products I overbought. Canned pumpkin, sour cream, half a box of sweet potatoes…

Then, I had a light bulb moment. Why not combine the three and make some type of desert bars?!? So I did. Just like that.

I had fun thinking, inventing, and trying to come up with a new recipe. It’s my favorite thing in the world to do, in case you didn’t know that. I’ve made some real messes in my time but I’ve also got a little cookbook I made to pass down to the kids, of my tried and true recipes.

But never mind that, lets get these desert bars started:

Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Sour Cream Desert Bars Recipe
Preheat oven to 350. These desert bars take 50 to and hour and 10 minutes, or so… to cook, depending on how many sweet potatoes you use.

I peeled and diced 4 small sweet potatoes and cooked them on top of the stove, in water, until tender. Drained them in a colander, mashed them and added one can of Libby’s pumpkin mix in the bowl.

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*don’t you just love my handy dandy Good Cook bowl?

I then added, 3 eggs and mixed them in the pumpkin & sweet potato mixture.

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Added a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg (you know I never measure).

pumpkin and sweet potato Sour Cream desert bars

I then added a can of evaporated milk. Stir stir…

pumpkin and sweet potato Sour Cream desert bars

8 oz of sour cream.

pumpkin and sweet potato Sour Cream desert bars

3 Tablespoons of sugar. Just because. And then about 1/4 cup of maple syrup.

pumpkin and sweet potato Sour Cream desert bars

I used a Nonstick Covered Cake Pan (13″ x 9″) from Good Cook to bake my bars. I’ve had it for sometime now and it’s still going strong although looking a little shabby here and there. I guess I just need to break down and buy a new one. I don’t even remember if I bought this pan or reviewed it for Good Cook. I’m one of the super duper lucky Good Cook Kitchen Experts bloggers, so I get to try a lot of free goodies from them. Anyhow, the pan, I know. I checked this morning to see if they still have any and I was tickled to see that they are currently on sale. I just bought a bunch of new items so I added a new nonstick pan to my cart for my next purchase. It’s perfect for storing cakes, brownies and all sorts of deserts in.

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After cooking the Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Sour Cream Desert Bars, let them cool off then top with coconut pecan frosting or a sprinkle of powered sugar. I used as many low fat or fat free products that I could so I wouldn’t feel guilty about the frosting. And I don’t. NOT ONE LITTLE BIT. I did half of the bars in powdered sugar and the other half with a spoon of frosting. The kids seem to prefer the coconut pecan topping.

pumpkin and sweet potato Sour Cream desert bars

And because there’s always one that wants to be different, a dollop of cool whip hits the spot.

If you are looking for more leftover ideas and recipes, please see the below recipes from all of the Good Cook Kitchen Experts.