While most folks like the occasional meal at a good restaurant, there’s nothing like home cookin’. Here are some of our favorite easy-to-follow recipes for dishes that are sure to please.
Gwen’s Killer Chili
A nice, big pot of chili. What could be better for a casual get-together with friends?
• 1 lb ground beef
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 green or red pepper, chopped
• 1 garlic clove, chopped or minced
• 1-2 tablespoons chili powder (depending on how you like your chili, you start with 1 tbsp., cook it for a while and add more if it’s not hot enough)
• 1 (29 oz) can diced tomatoes
• 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
• 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans
• salt and pepper to taste
In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine the ground beef, onion and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain excess fat.
Add the chili powder, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in the beans and heat through.
Serve with plain or garlic bread or biscuits or nothing else.
Kirsten’s Awesome Chicken Parm
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 4 – 6 oz each
• 1 jar vegetable pasta sauce (with tomato and basil, garlic and onion, mushroom)
• 1/2 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
• 1/2 cup grated regular or low fat mozzarella cheese
Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
In a deep saute pan over medium heat, brown the chicken on both sides in olive oil, avocado oil or cooking spray. Once the chicken is opaque, add the sauce and nestle the chicken into it.
Sprinkle one quarter of the cheeses on each piece.
Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid or foil.
Check in about 5 minutes – the sauce should be bubbling and the cheese melted.
Serve over pasta such as linguine, egg noodles or zoodles (zucchini noodles).
Crowd-Pleasing Apple Crisp
What’s for afters? This delicious apple crisp goes over well for dessert or anytime you have the munchies.
• 4 cups sliced apples (about 4 medium – use MacIntosh or a dedicated baking apple)
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup white flour (you can use half spelt flour/half white flour or half white/half whole wheat flour)
• 1/2 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Put sliced apples in a baking pan that is about 8 inches in diameter. A square pan would work as well as long as it is oven proof.
Combine remaining ingredients and spread over apples. Press down ever so slightly.
Bake about 30 minutes or until crunchy top part is golden brown. Served warm is best with whipping cream and/or ice cream. But refrigerated and served cold is also most excellent.
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