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Steak and Bread Salad

Steak salads are SO satisfying. And no lettuce is required for this one!

2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 beef top sirloin (1-in thick and 1-1/4 lbs)
2 cups cubed multigrain bread
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup ranch salad dressing
2 tbsp finely grated horseradish
1 tbsp prepared mustard
3 large tomatoes, cut into 1-in pieces
1 medium cucumber, cut into 1-in pieces
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

Mix chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper; rub over steak. Let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toss bread cubes with oil. In a large skillet, toast bread over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, whisk salad dressing, horseradish and mustard.

Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-in from heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and toasted bread. Add 1/2 cup dressing mixture; toss to coat. Slice steak; serve with salad and remaing dressing.
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Pizza Pasta

The pizza flavor packs a punch in this pasta dish!

2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 oz sliced pepperoni
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 jar (14 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (4-1/2 oz) sliced mushrooms
1 can (4-1/4 oz) chopped ripe black olives, drained
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, sausage, green pepper and onion until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the pepperoni, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, mushrooms and olives; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Drain the pasta; stir into the meat mixture. Heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted.

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Chicken Carrot Pilaf

Love that this meal is prepared all in one skillet, less clean-up!!

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
5 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

In a large skillet, brown chicken in butter until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, add the rice carrots, onion, mushrooms and red pepper. Cook and stir until rice is browned and onion is tender.

Stir in broth. Place the chicken over the rice mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in parsley. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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Chicken Taco Fettuccine

The flavors come together so nicely in the easily prepared dish!

8 oz uncooked fettuccine
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 to 4 tsp taco seasoning
2 tbp shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the chicken in oil for 4-5 minutes over medium heat or until heated through (it should already be cooked). Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Whisk in cream and taco seasoning until blended. Cook and stir until heated through (do not boil). Stir in cheese. Drain fettuccine; toss with chicken mixture.
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Cajun Cabbage

It's a little spicy and a little cheesy too...not your average cabbage dish, that's for sure!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp each white, black and cayenne pepper
4 to 6 drops hot pepper sauce (more if you dare!)
1 small head cabbage, chopped
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Colby cheese

In a skillet, cook the beef, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice and seasonings.

Spread into an ungreased 13-in x 9-in baking dish. Top with the cabbage and cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 65-75 minutes or until the rice is tender.

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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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