Orzo Salad with Lemon, Feta and Pine Nuts
1/4 cup olive oil
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tps freshly ground pepper (plus more as needed)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup orzo pasta (un cooked)
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup golden raisins
3 TBSP finely chopped pitted oil-cured black olives
3 TBSP finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
2 oz feta cheese, drained and crumbled
Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
Cook the pasta, 8-10 minutes, drain and transfer to a medium bowl.
While the pasta is cooking, put pine nuts in a dry small skillet over medium-low heat. Shake constantly until evenly toasted on all sides, about 5 minutes. Be careful, they burn easily.
Add dressing to hot pasta and toss. Let the pasta cool to room temperature and add pine nuts, raisins, olives, onion and basil and stir. Add feta and toss lightly. Add salt and pepper as needed.
This is fairly easy to make, and is a great summer recipe. You can eat it cold or at room temperature too. It makes a good picnic salad because there is no mayo in it to go bad. I have a tendency to put too much garlic in it, and i leave out the olives because i don't like them.
Creamy chicken & tortillas
4 c. cooked chicken, diced
1 dozen corn tortillas, each cut into 6-8 triangles
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 8 oz. jar salsa
1 c. sour cream
1/2-1 c. cheddar cheese
Combine the soups, salsa, and sour cream in a bowl and blend well. Grease the crockpot and make 2-3 layers of chicken, tortillas, and sauce. Cook on low heat for 4-5 hours. Add the cheese 15 min. before eating. Serve with salad and warm tortillas. Enjoy!
Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
3c. elbow macaroni
2tbsp. all-purpose flour
8oz (2c) cheddar cheese, cubed (or American Cheese, not sure what that is)
Cook macaroni until tender; drain. In saucepan, melt butter, blend in flour, salt and a dash of pepper. Add milk; cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Add onion (optional) and cheese. Stir until melted. Mix cheese sauce with macaroni. Put in 1 1/2quart casserole dish. Sprinkle 1 sliced tomato with salt. Arrange on top. Bake at 350 degreese for 35-40mins; or until heated through. Makes 6 servings.
Nacho Dip (for slow cooker)
1lb. ground beef
2lbs cheddar cheese, cubed
1 16-oz jar of salsa (your preference for amt. of spice-mild, med, etc)
1tbsp. worcestershire sauce
Tostitos, or chips of your choice
Brown ground beef, crumble into small pieces and drain. Combine beef, cheese, salsa and worcestershire sauce in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on high 1hr; stirring occasionally until cheese is fully melted. Serve immediately, or turn on low for serving up to 6hrs later. Serve with your favourite dip chips...
BBQ Pork in the slow cooker
2-3lb boneless pork roast, cubed
2 onions, chopped (optional)
12oz. bottle of BBQ sauce
Place meat in the slow cooker. Add onions, BBQ sauce and honey. Cover, and cook on low for 6-8hrs. Use 2 forks to shred meat when done. Serve on buns with sauce on top.
Makes 6-8 servings.
One-Dish Chicken Supper (slow cooker)
One-Dish Chicken Supper
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 can of cream of chicken soup, OR cream of celery soup, OR cream of mushroom soup
1/3 c. milk
1pkg. Stove top stuffing dressing mix and seasoning package
1 2/3c. water
Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine soup and milk. Pour over chicken. Combine stuffing mix, seasoning packet and water. Spoon over chicken. Cover. Cook on low 6-8hrs.
BBQ Chicken for Buns (slow cooker)
BBQ Chicken for Buns
6c. diced, cooked chicken
2c. chopped celery (optional)
1c. chopped onions
1c. chopped green peppers
2tbsp. brown sugar
2tsp. dry mustard
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low 8hrs. Stir chicken until it shreds. Pile onto buns and serve.