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Italian Pork and Cabbage

Italian Pork and CabbageWho says eating low-carb has to be boring? These delicious tender pork chops and hearty vegetables are brimming with taste tantalizing Italian flavor!

1/2 head cabbage, cut in wedges
1 medium onion, sliced
6 lean boneless pork chops
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
2 cups no-sugar added spaghetti sauce
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

1. Put the cabbage and onion in a 5-quart slow cooker; arrange the pork chops on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the chops; pour the spaghetti sauce over all.

2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low for 6 hours. Serve with the sauce spooned over the chops and vegetables. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Makes 6 servings each containing approximately 3 net carbs.



Hearty Chicken Stew

Hearty Chicken StewTender chunks of chicken and hearty vegetables in a rich savory sauce will make your family smile!

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size chunks
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup sliced carrots
2 cups peeled, cubed all-purpose potatoes
2 (14 ounces each) cans chicken broth
2 cups water
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon curry powder

In a Dutch oven, brown chicken in oil; transfer to dish and set aside. Add the onion and celery to drippings in Dutch oven and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Return chicken to Dutch oven; stir in the carrots and potatoes.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour into the Dutch oven. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until the chicken is done and the vegetables are tender. Makes 6 generous servings.

I like to serve this stew with a slice of hot corn bread or fluffy buttermilk biscuits.



Creamy Baked Haddock

creamy-baked-haddockWith only five ingredients, this creamy baked fish with a crunchy crumb topping is a breeze to make!

2 pounds haddock fillets*
1 (10-3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of shrimp soup, undiluted
1 teaspoon grated onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup crushed butter flavored crackers

1. Arrange the haddock fillets in a greased 13×9-inch baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the soup, onion and Worcestershire sauce; pour over the fillets.

2. Bake at 375 degrees F. uncovered for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the cracker crumbs and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

* Cod fillets may be substituted for the haddock, if desired.

Recipe and photo are from a Taste of Home magazine.



Savory Slow-Cooked Pork Chops

Savory Slow-Cooked Pork ChopsGinger adds a unique flavor to these savory, slow-cooked to perfection pork chops and tender vegetables.

6 boneless pork loin chops
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 cloves garlic, crushed
salt & pepper to taste

1. Place chops in a 3-quart slow cooker; top with the onion slices and bell pepper strips.

2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over the vegetables.

3. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours or until the chops and vegetables are tender.  Makes 6 servings.



Baked Potato Gratin

We love these cheesy potatoes with just about any main dish I serve whether it’s beef, chicken or pork.

Baked Potato Gratin

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
10 cups thinly sliced (1/8-inch thick) all-purpose potatoes
1-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1-1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; stir in the flour using a wire whisk until smooth. Gradually stir in the milk; heat to boiling. Reduce the heat to Low; cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Dijon mustard and salt.

3. Spread 1/2 the potato slices on bottom of baking dish; top with 1/2 of the sauce and 1/2 of each of the cheeses. Repeat the layers. Cover with aluminum foil.

4. Bake 50 minutes; remove the foil and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown. Makes 12 servings*.

* This recipe can easily be reduced by half if desired.



Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Frosted Pumpkin BarsWalnuts, raisins, cinnamon spice and creamy frosting make these delightful pumpkin bars the perfect dessert for any occasion!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (15 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the pumpkin, oil and eggs. Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Spread in a greased 10×15-inch baking pan.

3. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the edges pull from the sides of the pan. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla; beat at medium-high speed of mixer until smooth, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add the confectioner’s sugar, beating constantly until of spreading consistency. Spread over the baked layer. Chill, covered until ready to serve; cut into bars. Makes 24 servings.

Note: I like to freeze these bars in individual servings to enjoy whenever I am in the mood for something sweet. Simply wrap each bar in plastic wrap and put into a resealable plastic freezer bag. When ready to use, thaw them at room temperature or put them in the microwave for a few seconds.



Turkey & Stuffing Casserole

Turkey & Stuffing CasseroleThis is a great recipe for using up left-over turkey or chicken. It is simple and easy-to-make so your family can enjoy a delicious hot meal in a short amount of time.

1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 tablespoons butter
4 cups herb seasoned stuffing
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
2 cups cooked broccoli cuts
2 cups cubed cooked turkey or chicken
1 (10-3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
French fried onions (optional)*

1. In a small skillet over medium heat, sauté the celery and onion in the butter until tender, about 4 minutes; add to the stuffing. Stir in the chicken broth; spoon mixture into bottom of a 12x8x2-inch shallow baking dish. Arrange the broccoli and cubed turkey over the stuffing mixture.

2. In a small bowl, combine the soup, milk and 1/2 cup of the cheese; pour over the turkey mixture. Sprinkle top with the remaining cheese. Top with French fried onions, if using.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until hot. Makes 6 servings.

*I topped mine with French fried onions because my family enjoys the extra flavor and crunch they give. But this casserole is equally delicious without them.