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Main Dishes Recipes

Curry Chicken Salad

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Yesterday I was craving curry chicken salad.  It is a simple, easy recipe that comes together in a matter of minutes but tastes so rich and full of flavor. I had some left-over chicken that just worked perfectly.  Whenever I make this I practically lick the bowl.  Today, I’m sharing how you can make this too.  Enjoy!

Main Dishes Recipes

Barbacoa Beef Tacos and Nachos

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Barbacoa Beef is one of my all time favorite meats to put in tacos and serve on nachos.  It takes a bit of cooking in the slow cooker but the end results will provide your family of 4 with two dinners.  You might even try serving this on New Year’s or on game night creating a make your own taco/nacho bar.  It is great fun!

Main Dishes Recipes Soups

Minestrone Soup with a Twist

Minestrone Soup

All of a sudden Old Man Winter seems to have arrived on our doorstep.  It is cold, chilly, damp and windy.  Only the oak trees are left with their leaves.  They are stubborn, waiting until the snow to fall until they part with their leaves.  As the final warmer days of fall fleet away, I find myself making more soups and hearty meals.  The secret to my Minestrone soup is adding tortellini.  All the food groups are covered with this soup and usually the tortellini are the first things gobbled up by my little ones.

Ingredients:

4 cups chicken stock
1  28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 can white Cannellini beans
1 cup dried cheese tortellini
1 tbsp. dried basil
1 tbsp. dried parsley
2 medium zucchini cut into bite size pieces
1 cup diced carrots
2 stalk celery-cut into bite size pieces
1 medium diced onion
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 Parmesan cheese-the type in the can.
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup green beans


Preparation:

In a large soup pot, over medium heat, saute the garlic, onions, celery, carrots, basil and parsley in the olive oil.  Stir occasionally until the onions are translucent.

Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, salt, black pepper, zucchini and simmer  over low heat for 30 minutes.

Next add the beans, tortellini, green beans, Parmesan cheese and simmer for 20 more minutes on low.

Ladle into bowls while piping hot and serve with crusty french bread.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

Main Dishes Recipes

Mexican Stacked Lasagna

Sometimes, we are so cramped for time and often, if you are like me, you do not want a huge clean-up after dinner.  Cooler days are here and I don’t mind turning on the oven.  Another easy, family favorite is my Mexican stacked lasagna.  My kids think it is delicious and I am happy to provide them with a meal that has protein, starch, vegetables and dairy.

Main Dishes Recipes

Crock Pot Ratatouille

Yesterday, we decided to go apple picking.  Since we had a bunch of squash, eggplants and tomatoes, it seemed like an easy solution to dinner to make our crock pot ratatouille.  This is a very easy satisfying recipe.  When completely cooked it is like a vegetable stew.  We serve it over rice or pasta with crusty bread.  Last night, I fried up a few sausages per the kids request as a side.

Main Dishes Recipes

Mini-Muffin Tin Cheddar BBQ Meatloaves

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Today we went exploring.   So when we returned home in time for dinner, I decided to make something quick and easy with the ground beef that I had pulled out of the freezer early this morning.  One of my family’s favorite things is when I make mini meatloaves in a muffin pan.  They love it for the novelty and I love it because it cooks in half the time.  This one is especially easy with a yummy gooey cheesy surprise in the middle.