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Crab Salad Wraps

Great for lunch or dinner, these wraps are super easy to put together--all you cook is the bacon!  Feel free to add veggies to the roll-up, like lettuce and tomato.

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
2 tbsp prepared mustard
1 package (8 oz) imitation crabmeat, flaked
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
6 flour tortillas (6 inches), room temp

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, onion, relish and mustard.  Stir in the crab, cheese and bacon.  Spoon about 1/2 cup down the center of each tortilla; roll up tightly.

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Gold Potato Soup

Fast, weeknight soup that tastes like it has been simmering all day!

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp canola oil
3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can (14-1/2 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup hot water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Crumbled bacon and sliced green onions for topping the soup

In a large saucepan, heat butter and oil until butter melts.  Add the potatoes, onions, garlic salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned.  Add minced garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute longer.

Stir in the broth, rosemary and thyme.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stir in water and bouillon.  Gradually stir in cream; heat through.  Add cheese, stirring until cheese is melted.  Serve with bacon and green onions.

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Tomato Basil Soup

Need to lighten up today? Here is a fresh, "Meat Free Monday" option for you!  (Recipe serves two--so double up if you need to.)

1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, shredded
1-1/2 tsp butter
4 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves
1 cup veggie broth (or chicken broth if you'd like)

In a small saucepan, saute onion and carrot in butter until tender.  Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Cool slightly.

Transfer to a blender; add basil.  Cover and process until smooth.  Return to the pan; stir in broth and heat through.

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Tuna Cresent Ring

Talk about easy, this dish is a no-brainer when you don't have a lot of time.

1 tube (8 oz) refrigerated cresent rolls
1 can (12 oz) white water-packed solid tuna
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Unroll cresent dough and separate into triangles.  Place on an ungreased 12-in pizza pan (if you have one or use a large baking sheet), forming a ring with the pointed ends facing the outer edge of the pan and with the wide ends overlapping.  Lightly press the wide ends together.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Spoon over the wide ends of ring.  Fold the points over filling and tuck under the wide ends (filling will be visible).

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and filling is hot.

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Chicken Salad, baked

Everyone loves this casserole!

4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 small green (or sweet red) pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts, halved
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup Miracle Whip (you can use Light Miracle Whip)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.  Combine Miracle Whip, garlic powder and pepper; stir into chicken mixture.  Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 20 minutes.

Toss bread crumbs with butter; sprinkle over chicken mixture.  Top with cheese.  Bake 7-10 minutes longer or until heated through and top is lightly browned.

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Enchilada Stuffed Shells

Fun twist on traditional stuffed shells!  Plus, with the ground turkey and fat-free beans, it is a nice, light choice.  Serve with a side salad to round out the meal.

15 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce
1/2 tsp dried minced onion
1/4 tsp each dried basil, dried oregano, ground cumin
1/2 cup fat-free refried beans
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.  In a nonstick skillet, cook turkey over meadium heat until no longer pink; drain.  Stir in enchilada sauce and seasonings; set aside.

Place a rounded teaspoonful of refried beans in each pasta shell, then fill with turkey mixture.  Place in a baking dish coating with cooking spray.  Cover and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  Uncover; sprinkle with cheese.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.

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Cheeseburger Pitas

Try this recipe if you love stuffed peppers but your kids don't.  They will love this compromise!

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
 1 cup cooked long grain rice (great use for leftover rice!)
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
4 pita breads (6 inches), halved

In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add the rice, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Stir in cheese; cover and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Spoon 1/2 cup into each pita half.

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Sesame Chicken Wings

A tasty take on your ol' standard chicken wing, these babies are oven-fried and are delicious hot or cold!

15 whole chicken wings (or sub chicken wing sections/wingettes if you'd like)
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs 
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup butter, melted

Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tip sections.  In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the bread crumbs, sesame seeds, paprika and salt.  Place cream in a shallow bowl.  Dip chicken wings in cream then place in the bag and shake evenly to coat evenly.

Pour butter into a 13x9 baking dish; add chicken, turning to coat.  Bake uncovered at 375 for 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear, turning every 10 minutes.

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Shrimp Skillet

Talk about a fast weeknight meal...this dish comes together in less than thirty minutes for sure!  Round it out with a fresh salad and rolls.

1 small onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
3 tbsp butter
3 cups frozen corn
1/2 tsp each of salt, dried basil and dried thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in butter for 2 minutes.  Stir in the corn, salt, basil, thyme and pepper.  Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 5-8 minutes or until corn is tender.

Add shrimp; cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
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White Chicken Chili

Enjoy a change of pace with this tasty play on chili!

1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, diced into cubes
2 cans (14 oz each) chicken broth
1 can (4 oz) green chilies
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
1-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3 cans (14-1/2 oz each) great northern beans, drained, divided
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onion in oil for 10 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.  Add the chicken, broth, green chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low.  With a potato masher or a fork, mash one can of beans until smooth.  Add to saucepan.  Add remaining beans to saucepan.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.  Top servings with cheese and jalapenos!

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