Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Smashed Cauliflower

This is a unique and yummy side dish.

mashed Cauliflower


1 head fresh cauliflower
1/2 C cilantro avocado yogurt dressing
2 T sun-dried tomato spread
2 T lemon herb finishing butter (we used garlic herb)
1 t. fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped

Trim cauliflower from stem; cut into small florets. Place in microwave-safe bowl and cover; microwave on HIGH for 5 min. Remove 1/2 C of florets; set aside. Stir in dressing and tomato spread; microwave on HIGH for 5-6 min or until tender.

Add butter; mash cauliflower with potato masher until blended. Place in microwave-safe serving dish; arrange reserved florets on top. Microwave on HIGH for 1 min. Chop cilantro; sprinkle over cauliflower. Serve.

Servings: 4
Recipe Given By: Publix

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Broccoli Rice Casserole

This is a simple side dish with an interesting twist - spinach artichoke dip.  A little dip leftover is one of the best parts!

Broccoli Rice Casserole


1 (12 oz) bag frozen broccoli florets
1 (8.5 oz) pouch precooked basmati rice
1 C Deli spinach artichoke dip
1 C chicken broth (or stock)
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
Aluminum foil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients and place in a 2-quart baking dish. Cover dish with foil; bake 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove foil and stir to fluff rice; bake 5 more minutes. Serve.

Servings: 6
Recipe Given by: Publix

Monday, August 15, 2016

Taco Dip

We don't do a lot of warm dips around our house, but we are always scrounging for snacks while watching the Olympics or football or soccer.

I had this planned for Sunday night, but we had a filling mid-day dinner so I made it for lunch today, while friends were over. Food is always better when you can share with friends.

Taco Dip


1/2 lb. ground beef
1 can refried beans (I used one with jalapeños)
1 packet of taco seasoning
8 oz. sour cream
2 C shredded cheddar cheese (Katie used 4 cups!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet brown the ground beef over medium heat, drain. Mix beans, cooked ground beef and taco seasoning. Spread bean mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. (I used an 8x11 glass dish.) Spread the sour cream on top of the beans and then top with cheese.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Serve with Frito Scoops.

Recipe Given By: unknown

Thursday, August 4, 2016

L - Lasagna Soup

We love this yummy soup!  It is SO EASY to make.

Lasagna Soup 


 1 lb. ground beef
½ C chopped onion
1 pkg (7 ¾ oz) lasagna dinner mix (Hamburger Helper)
5 C water
1 can (14 ½ oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (7 oz) whole kernel corn, undrained
2 T grated parmesan cheese
1 small zucchini, chopped

In a dutch oven or soup kettle, cook beef and onion over med heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add contents of lasagna dinner sauce mix, water, tomatoes, corn and parmesan cheese; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 min, stirring occasionally. Add the lasagna noodles and zucchini. Cover and simmer for 10 min or until noodles are tender. Serve immediately.

Recipe Given By: Quick Cooking S/O 1999 p. 13

You can add a little parmesan on top of each serving, if you'd like. It makes great leftovers!