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Turkey, Sausage and White Bean Soup

1 pound bulk pork sausage
4 cups cubed cooked turkey
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Crumble sausage into a large skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink. Drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Grilled Cheese Burgers

1 egg
1/2 cup quick oats
1/3 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup tbsp shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
4 hamburger buns
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 avocado, sliced

In a large bowl, beat the egg. Add the next six ingredients and blend well with your hands. Form four patties. Place them on a grill and cook for 6 minutes on each side or to your desired level of doneness.

Place the burgers on buns and top with tomato and avocado slices.

Chili Noodle Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can chili
1 (14.5 oz.) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 (15 oz.) can corn
1 (8 oz.) package egg noodles
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté the beef and onion for 5 to 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain fat. Add the celery, chili, tomatoes, taco sauce and corn. Heat thoroughly, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.

Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to package directions. When cooked, place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour the meat mixture over the noodles, stirring well. Top with the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.

Creamy Southwestern Chicken Casserole

6 cooked chicken breast halves, diced
12 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
10 3/4-oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
10 3/4-oz. condensed cream of chicken soup
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
2/3 C. chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, then pour in 1/3 C. chicken broth. Layer half tortilla pieces, then half the chicken, onion, green pepper, and each soup. Add a little garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and repeat layers. Add tomatoes over the top along with remaining broth. Cover with foil and bake for 45 or 55 minutes or until bubbly.

Summer Slaw

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 package (16 ounces) coleslaw mix
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, oil, water, salt,
pepper and pepper flakes if desired. Cook and stir over medium heat
until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 2 minutes longer or until sugar
is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, stirring several times.

In a large salad bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, tomatoes, onion,
peppers and pickle relish. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cover
and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 10-12
servings.

Hoppin’ John

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 small smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone
2 medium onions, divided
3 large cloves garlic, halved
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 can (10 to 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chile peppers, juices reserved
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, sliced

In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine the black-eyed peas, ham bone or ham hocks, and 6 cups water. Cut 1 of the onions in half and add it to the pot along with the garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender but not mushy, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ham bone or hocks, cut off the meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside. Remove and discard the onion pieces and garlic.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Mince the remaining onion then add to the rice along with the peas, tomatoes, and their juices, red and green bell pepper, celery, jalapeno pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sliced green onions and the reserved diced ham. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

Spinach Breakfast Casserole

1/2 cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
8 eggs
1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese, divided
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 plum tomato, sliced, optional

Combine onion, garlic and butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave about 1 minute (or saute in skillet on stovetop) until onion is tender.

In a bowl, lightly beat eggs with whisk. Stir in onion mixture, spinach, mozzarella, 3/4 cup blue cheese, and diced tomatoes.

Place in a greased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Garnish with remaining blue cheese and sliced tomato if desired.

Walking Tacos

1 lb Ground Beef
1 pkt. taco Seasoning Mix
Tomato, chopped
Lettuce, shredded
Onion, chopped
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Taco Sauce or Salsa
Individual Lunch-sized Bags of Doritos

Brown ground beef, drain.
Add Taco seasoning mix according to directions on packet.

TO ASSEMBLE: Using scissors, cut a slit in the side of a bag of Doritos. Squeeze the bag to crumble the Doritos inside.

Layer taco meat and other ingredients as desired on top of crushed Doritos in the bag. Add anything else you like on your “taco,” such as black olives or jalapeno peppers. Note: You might want to use a napkin to hold the bag, since the taco meat will probably be hot at first.

Grab a fork and eat right out of the bag!

Minestrone Soup

1 Onion
1 clove Garlic
1 Tbsp. Oil
3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
16 oz. can Tomatoes
1/2 tsp. dried Basil
1/2 tsp. dried Oregano
Pepper
3/4 cup raw Macaroni
1 can Kidney Beans
10 oz. pkg. frozen cut Green Beans, thawed

Chop onion, mince garlic. In a soup pot, heat oil on medium. Add onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, herbs and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Break up tomatoes with a spoon. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Cook macaroni in large pan of salted boiling water until tender, drain. Drain and rinse kidney beans and add to soup with green beans. Cook 5 minutes, add macaroni and heat through.

– From Nana’s Recipe Collection

Tomato Fennel Salad

1 1/2 pounds tomatoes
1 small fennel bulb
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Core the tomatoes and cut into wedges. Remove the top of the fennel (save some fronds for garnish) and slice the bulb very thinly crosswise with a knife or on a mandoline.

Toss the tomatoes and fennel in a bowl with the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Garnish with 2 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds, season to taste, and serve.