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Great 5 Layer Dip
This dip is surely a "must have" for holiday parties! It's also so easy that once your friends or family taste it they will be fighting over who will bring it to the next party!

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Spread both cans of refried beans evenly around the platter leaving approximately 1 - 2 inches around the edge for garnishing.
  2. Spread approximately 1/2 of the container of sour cream over the layer of beans.
  3. Spread the salsa on top of that layer.
  4. Then, layer the shredded lettuce.
  5. Finally, cover the entire top with the shredded cheese.
  6. Garnish around the rim and center with the green chiles and diced tomato (you can also add black olives).
  7. Sprinkle with cilantro and heat in a 350 degree oven until cheese is melted and dish is heated through (can also be served cold).
  8. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

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Easy Beef Stew with Vegetables

This great dish can be prepared with fresh, canned or frozen veggies or any combination of them! We love it served over white rice, but you could also serve it alone or over egg noodles.

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. First, in a large pot, combine the vegetables, broth, spice and sauces and heat over medium while browning the meat and making the roux.
  2. In a skillet, brown the meat in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil and set aside.
  3. Using the same skillet, add the remainder of oil and flour to make a bubbly paste over medium heat. Let brown for 2 minutes and add chopped seasonings.
  4. Continue cooking over medium heat until onions are opaque.
  5. Add roux to pot with remainder of ingredients and bring to a boil. Stir well and lower heat to med-low setting. (you may have to add water to 1 inch above everything if too much liquid has been absorbed)
  6. Continue cooking about 31/2 hours or until meat is tender and gravy is thickened. Serve over rice, pasta or by itself. Enjoy!

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Grilled Chicken and Walnut Salad

This wonderful lunch treat is great on toasted rye or served on a lush bed of lettuce!

Ingredients

Steps:

  1. First, chop and shred the chicken breasts leaving some chunky pieces (you could also use 2 5 oz. cans of breast of chicken).
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, mayo, dijon mustard and mix until chicken is fully coated and consistency is even.
  3. Add spice, celery, walnuts and grapes and stir in evenly.
  4. Serve on a sandwich or bed of lettuce and enjoy! Variations: you could also add 2 chopped slices of bacon or chopped red pepper for extra flavor!

Stewed Red Cabbage With a German Flavor

This recipe was passed down from a friend who spent some time in Germany on an Army base and brought this wonderfully easy and delicious dish home! Even for non-cabbage lovers (like myself), this dish is great!

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. first, heat the oil in a large covered saucepan or pot.
  2. Fry the bacon until done (not crispy)
  3. Add the cabbage, cover and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the dressing and other spices, cover and continue cooking until cabbage is "cooked down" (about 10 minutes)
  5. Serve as a side dish or add sausage or ham cubes and enjoy as your main course!

Chicken and Broccoli Bowtie Pasta With An Asian Flair

This is a great "quick and easy" meal that can be prepared in a flash!

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. First, boil the noodles as per package directions and set aside.
  2. Mix the soy sauce, chicken broth, teriaki and cornstarch in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large wok or deep skillet, cook the chicken in the cooking oil until no longer pink.
  4. Add the frozen broccoli and liquid mixture and continue cooking on med/high heat for about 6 - 8 more minutes or until broccoli and sauce are heated through.
  5. finally, add the cooked noodles and sesame seeds and mix well.
  6. Remove from heat and enjoy a great easy meal!

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Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. First, drain juice from canned yams and place yams in mixing bowl.
  2. Add pecan pieces, sugar, butter and 1/2 of the marshmallows (also, reserve some of the pecans for garnish).
  3. Using a large fork or "masher", mix all of the ingredients until combined well.
  4. Place mixture in a baking dish, cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.
  5. Add the remaining marshmallows and pecans to the top to garnish and return to the oven uncovered until top is browned.
  6. Serve as a side dish and enjoy! You could also use fresh sweet potatoes, just bake them first at 450 degrees for about an hour (or until soft) and use 1/3 cup of milk when mixing all ingredients. These are great with baked ham!

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Butter Beans and Rice

INGREDIENTS:

STEPS:

  1. Place beans in a large pot spray cooking spray and simmer chopped seasonings and chopped ham over med/high heat until onions are opaque.
  2. Add all of the other seasonings (except arrowroot or corn starch) and simmer for about another minute.
  3. Now, place the beans in pot and add water until it covers beans by about 2 1/2 inches. (you could also use a ham hock for added flavor, but make sure to remove before serving!)
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce to med/low heat.
  5. Continue cooking on low heat for approximately 2 hours or until beans are soft.
  6. To thicken gravy, add arrowroot or cornstarch to 1/3 cup water and stir, then mix into beans. You can also remove some cooked beans and "mash" them and return them to the pot.
  7. Serve over white rice with cornbread and enjoy!!

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