Cheesy Chili with Pasta

cheesy chili with pasta

Ingredients:

  • My Chili Recipe
  • Spaghetti Noodles (or any noodle you have on hand)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

Try this sometime. It’s so easy and really makes such a nice meal. Use my chili recipe or chili from a can. Make spaghetti noodles. Put them on a plate, Put chili on top of noodles and add shredded cheese. This is also a great way to serve any leftover chili in a different way for a later night. Chili is also great to freeze the extras and then just thaw them out whenever you need an easy dinner!

Home Made Chili

home made chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lg can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Lg can Diced Tomatoes – if you prefre no chunks of tomato then use 2 cans of tomato
  • sauce and omit the diced tomatoes
  • 4 Sm cans Chili Beans – found with all the other beans the can will say “chili beans” you can buy hot or mild which ever you prefer
  • 1 Med Onion chopped
  • 1 Pound Hamburger browned and drained
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper (this is for heat, you can omit it if you don’t like it hot”

Directions:

Brown and drain the hamburger. Add the onion and brown. Pour these into a soup pan and add all remaining ingredients. Stir all together. Let this simmer on low for a few hours on Med-Low ,stirring occasionally. It’s even better if after that you let it cool and refrigerate over night. This lets the spices meld together better. If you can stand to wait that long!
Prep time – 15 minutes. Cook time – 1-3 hours
Serves – 10 bowls approx

 

Additional ways to serve chili:

cheesy chili with pasta

Sweet Potato Patties

sweet potato patties

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

Bake or boil a sweet potato until soft. I actually like using the leftover ones from going out to dinner. Add cinnamon and sugar, mix. Pat into small sized pancakes. Fry in light olive oil or coconut oil, in a non-stick frying pan, until brown.

Potatoes and Onions on the Grill

griled potatoes in foil

Ingredients:

  • 1 Potato per person
  • Butter
  • 1 Onion – Sliced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Aluminum Foil

Directions:

IMG_20140427_104300Clean potatoes. Slice them up, but keep them separated from other sliced potatoes. Microwave 2 at a time for 4 minutes. They will be hot when they come out so be careful. Tear off a piece of foil big enough to wrap around 1 potato and big enough to roll up and seal. Place potato on foil Put a chunk of onion between each slice. Put a pat of butter on top and salt and pepper to taste. Roll up foil down the center of the potato and roll up the ends of the foil. Grill on high for 1/2 and hour or until they feel soft when you squeeze them with a pair of tongues. Turn the potatoes after 15 minutes.
You don’t need to microwave, that just makes them cook faster on the grill. You can even put these into a campfire. Just throw them in.

How To Make An Omelet

how to make omelet

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I like using a square frying pan. They can be done in a round one, but it makes it a little harder.
Take 2 eggs and whip them together. I used onion, peppers, and sausage that I browned beforehand. Have your frying pan on medium-high. Add 1 Tbsp butter spread it around. Pour egg mixture onto the frying pan. Roll the pan around so the mixture reaches all the edges. Take the pepper, onion and sausage mixture and lay it down the middle of the egg mixture. You are going to fold the eggs into thirds. Take one side and flip it over the middle. Take the other side and flip it over the middle too. Now take the entire thing and flip it over. If this is too intimidating, cut it in half. Once it’s all flipped take cheese slices and put on top. Add 3 drops of water and cover with a lid. This will create steam to melt the cheese. Be careful you don’t use too much water or it will make it slimy.

Ham and 15 Bean Soup

Ham and 15 Bean Soup

ham soupIn the grocery store section that has the bags of dried beans and split peas they also carry bags that are ready to make into soup. I bought the 15 Bean Soup bag. The directions are on the back and make it so easy to follow. I love making soup on the weekends when I’m home and can watch it and stir on occasion. Serve with some whole grain buttered bread or make drop biscuits.

Red Beet Pickled Eggs

red beet pickeled eggs

pickled eggs1 Jar Sliced Pickled Beets
6 Eggs

Place cold eggs in saucepan, cover with cold water. Bring to boil then time 11 minutes of boiling. Cool with cold water and peel the eggs.
Meanwhile heat the beets and the beet juice. In a plastic storage container place the eggs and cover with the beets and juice.
Refrigerate for 24 hours.

12 Ideas For Puffball Fillings

11 ideas for puff ball fillings

pudding puff balls

1. Pudding

use dark chocolate pudding to fill puffballs then sprinkle confectioners sugar on top.

strawberry puff balls

2. Whipped Cream and Berries

cut up any kind of berries you like and mix into whipped cream. You can add a tiny amount of sugar if you like.

broccoli puff balls

3. Broccoli Cheese Spread

Cut the florets off of the stem and put in food processor. Or you can use a knife. You want them chopped very small. 1 – 12 ounce of cream cheese and 3 Tbsp ranch dressing. Mix it up together. This is a great filling for puffballs and also a spread for crackers.

chicken cheese spread puff balls

4. Chicken Cheese Spread

see recipe here

  1.  Ham Salad – Take leftover ham and use meat grinder or food processor. Add Mayonnaise, salt, pepper and sweet pickles chopped up.
  2.  Chicken Salad – I use the canned chicken – in the tuna isle – or use chicken breasts chopped up. Add Mayonnaise, salt, pepper and I like a little dill pickle chopped up.
  3. Egg Salad – Take hard boiled eggs and chop them up. Add mayonnaise,salt, pepper and either dry or wet mustard.
  4. Cream Cheese and Olive – Slice up some green olives and mix into cream cheese. This is an old Jewish delicatessen favorite.
  5. Whipped Cream and Chocolate – Fill with whipped cream. Melt chocolate. Cover with chocolate.
  6.  Crab meat – Use real or imitation. Mix with the whipped cream cheese. Add a little salt and pepper. If you like a little lemon.
  7. Tuna salad – Mix tuna with mayonnaise and add chopped celery, or chopped dill pickle, or chopped sweet pickles. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bacon and Chive – See Recipe

Fried Cheesy Cauliflower Patties

Fried Cauliflower patties

Fried Cauliflower with cheese Fried Cauliflower with chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Mashed Cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Onion

Directions:

Cut the florets off of the stem of the cauliflower. Put in a pan and cover with water. Boil for about half an hour until they are soft. Drain and mash like mashed potatoes. Do not use a food processor use a potato masher. Let mixture cool off a little. Add the remaining ingredients.
Fry in butter or oil. I like coconut oil, it has no cholesterol and is VERY good for you. It has no flavor because it’s made from the shell of the coconut. Drop by spoonful into non-stick frying pan.
Fry until golden brown, actually the darker the better. I found a bit above medium is a good temp, you can get them brown without burning on a higher flame.
My head of cauliflower had 3 cups of mashed. So I put the remaining in the freezer for a future dinner.
1/2 hour prep to cook the raw cauliflower
15 min to fry them
Serves 4 – makes about 8 pancakes