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Spinach Manicotti

Nice dish for a Meat-Free Monday!

1 carton (15 oz) fat-free ricotta cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squezzed dry
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 cups tomato juice
1 cup chunky salsa
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
14 uncooked manicotti shells

In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, spinach, sour cream, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder.

Combine the tomato juice, salsa and crushed tomatoes; spread 1 cup sauce in an ungreased 13-in x 9-in baking dish. Stuff the uncooked manicotti with spinach mixture; arrange over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti.

Cover and bake at 350 for 55 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 15 minutes longer or until noodles are tender.
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Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Instead of asking "why stuff a burger with bacon and cheddar?"...ask yourself WHY NOT?!?

1 lb ground beef chuck


In a large bowl combine ground beef, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce together. Form the meat into 8 equal portioned patties. Place patties on a plate and cover under refrigeration until ready to use.

In a small bowl, combine cheddar cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce and onion together. To stuff burgers, place a small about of cheese and bacon mixture in the middle of four patties. Cover the filled patties with the plain patties, securing the burgers by crimpling the sides with your fingers. Chill burgers until ready to cook.

Broil, grill or sauté burger until cheese has melted and the meat is cooked well. Place on toasted hamburger buns and top as desired. The filling in these burgers will be VERY hot, be careful when eating.
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Linguine with Garlic Shrimp

Never met a shrimp dish I didn't LOVE! (But then again, my dad did own a restaurant named The Shrimp House!!)

12 oz fresh shrimp, deveined


For garlic paste, cut 1/2 inch off the pointed portions of garlic bulbs. Remove the outer papery layers of the garlic. Place both bulbs on a piece of foil. Bring edges of foil together to form a pouch. Seal. Bake garlic in a 375° oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until very soft. When cool enough to handle, use your fingers to press garlic pulp from each clove. Mash pulp with a spoon or fork to make a smooth paste (should have about 2 to 3 tablespoons). Set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook mushrooms and sweet pepper in hot oil until pepper is tender.
In a small bowl stir together the garlic paste, water, basil, cornstarch, oregano, bouillon, granules, and black pepper. Add to mushroom mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add the shrimp to the mushroom mixture. Cover and simmer about 2 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Stir in tomatoes; heat through.
To serve, spoon shrimp over pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Toss to combine.
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Bacon-wrapped Burgers

Don't let this be a steak-only trick...wrapping bacon around a burger is tasty too! (Fyi: large recipe here--feeds 10.)

1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 pounds ground beef
10 bacon strips
10 hamburger buns and various toppings

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into ten patties. Wrap each patty with a strip of bacon; secure with wooden toothpicks.

Grill patties, uncovered, over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 160. Discard toothpicks! Serve on buns with toppings.


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Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Two of my fav things in one dish!

4 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups finely chopped rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 celery rib, finely chopped
4 medium sweet red peppers
Crushed potato chips

Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Add chicken, cheese and celery; toss to coat.

Cut peppers lengthwise in half; remove seeds. In a Dutch oven, cook peppers in boiling water 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.

Place peppers in a lightly greased baking dish. Fill each pepper half with chicken mixture. Sprinkle each with crushed potato chips. Bake uncovered 15-20 minutes or until filling is heated through.
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Mediterranean Chicken

An easy weeknight meal, just add a side salad to round it out!

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can (14-1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes
1 can (14-1/2 oz) cut green beans, drained
1 cup water
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1-1/2 cups instant brown rice
12 pitted Greek olives, halved
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in oil on each side. Stir in the tomatoes, green beans, water, oregano and garlic powder. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in rice. Return to a boil. Cover and simmer 8-10 minutes longer or until rice is tender. Right before serving, stir in olives; sprinkle with cheese.
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Hot Tuna Sandwiches

Easy to double or triple this recipe if you're feeding a crowd!

1 can (12 oz) white water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
1/2 cup frozen mixed veggies, thawed and chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
1 tbsp ranch salad dressing mix
4 hamburger buns,split

Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon tuna mixture onto bun bottoms; replace tops. Place each sandwich on a piece of heavy-duty foil. Fold foil around each sandwich and seal tightly; place packets on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
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Garden Primavera

Change out the veggies to suit your family's tastes or what you have fresh on hand to use as well!

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
1 medium carrot, sliced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup V8 juice
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. In a large nonstick skillet, saute broccoli, red pepper, carrot , mushrooms, celery and garlic in oil for 3 minutes. Add the V8 juice and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 3 minutes. Stir in peas, salt and pepper; simmer 2 minutes longer or until peas are tender.

Drain fettuccine; add to veggie mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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Potato Salad

It's a small recipe so plan on doubling (or tripling!) up for a bigger gathering.

3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, about 1-1/2 pounds, peeled and cubed
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 samll onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook uncovered 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add the eggs, celery, onion and green pepper.

In a small bowl, mix the remaqining ingredients; add to potato mixture. Toss gently to coat. Serve warm. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
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Blue Cheese Slaw

Another great picnic side for your celebrations on Independence Day!

4 cups shredded green cabbage
4 cups shredded red cabbage
4 large carrots, shredded
Dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp stone-ground mustard
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups (6 oz) crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

In a large bowl, combine cabbages and carrots. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, mustards, vinegar, celery salt, salt and pepper. Pour over cabbage mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cheese and parsley. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving to let the flavors set up.

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