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Crunchy Chicken Tenders

Your family will love these yummy, crunchy, baked chicken tenders and dip. You will love how easy they are to make!

Chicken:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons onion flakes
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
14 ounces chicken tenders, patted dry

Dip:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet. Combine the mayonnaise, onion flakes and dry mustard in a shallow bowl; mix well.

2. Combine the cracker crumbs and sesame seeds in another shallow bowl; mix well.

3. Dip the chicken tenders in the mayonnaise mixture, then coat with the cracker crumb mixture.

4. Arrange the chicken tenders on the prepared baking sheet. Bake, turning once Halfway through baking, until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when pierced with a knife, 12-15 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, combine the dip ingredients in a small bowl; mix well. Serve with the chicken tenders. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Emily

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Black Bean Enchiladas

These easy-to-make great tasting enchiladas are sure to become a favorite of family and guests alike.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
3/4 cup medium salsa
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
10 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
Chopped avocado, black olives, sour cream and cilantro, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 11×7-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cumin; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in corn, salsa, beans and 1 cup of the cheese. Remove from the heat.

2. Stack tortillas on a microwaveable plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on High for 1 minute to soften. Place 1/4 cup of the bean mixture along center of each tortilla. Roll up tightly; place seam sides down in baking dish. Spoon remaining bean mixture on top. Pour enchilada sauce over all, spreading to cover all tortillas. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup cheese.

3. Bake covered for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly around the edges. Garnish with the remaining ingredients, if desired. Makes 10 enchiladas.

Emily

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Chops with Fruit Stuffing

I found this wonderful recipe a couple of years ago in a Taste of Home magazine. It is not only super easy-to-make but tastes fabulous!

6 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 (6 ounce) package herb stuffing mix
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
1 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup butter, melted

1. In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil on both sides. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Place half of the stuffing mixture in a 3-quart slow cooker. Top with pork and remaining stuffing mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Makes 6 servings.

Emily

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Gumbo Casserole

Enjoy the unique flavor of the South with this delightful, easy-to-make Gumbo casserole!

2 (10-3/4 ounces each) cans condensed chicken gumbo soup
1 soup can water
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup frozen okra, thawed
3/4 cup uncooked instant white rice
1-1/2 cups cooked ham, diced
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

1. In a 2-quart casserole, stir together all of the ingredients.

2. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until hot; stir before serving in individual bowls. Makes 4 servings.

Emily

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Brownie Pie

Enjoy a decadent chocolate dessert without the guilt with this easy-to-make, low-calorie, low-fat recipe from Weight Watcher’s!

3 egg whites
2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
18 (2-1/2″) chocolate graham cracker squares, made into crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint vanilla non-fat frozen yogurt, slightly softened

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with electric mixer at medium-high speed 3 to 4 minutes or until soft peaks form; gradually add the sugar and continue beating at medium-high speed 2 to 3 minutes longer or until stiff peaks form.

3. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the cracker crumbs, nuts and vanilla just until blended. Scrape mixture into the pie plate. Bake 25 minutes or until firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.

4. Spread frozen yogurt over the pie; freeze, covered, for 2 to 3 hours or until the yogurt is very firm. Makes 8 servings.

Top with sugar free chocolate syrup and fresh strawberries, if desired.

Per Serving: 113 Calories, 4 grams Total Fat, 0 grams Saturated Fat, 0 milligrams Cholesterol, 124 milligrams Sodium, 17 grams Total Carbohydrate, 1 gram Dietary Fiber, 3 grams Protein, 7 milligrams Calcium. Points per serving: 2.

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Oven-Fried Drumsticks

Crispy-skinned chicken legs with a spicy kick–and they are super easy-to-make!

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose baking mix
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
10 chicken drumsticks

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pour the vegetable oil evenly over the bottom of a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients except the chicken drumsticks; mix well and pour into a paper or resealable plastic bag.

3. Add the chicken drumsticks to the bag a few at a time; shake to coat well. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking pan.

4. Bake, turning once, 30 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with the tip of a knife. Transfer to a serving dish. Makes 4 to 5 servings.

Emily

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Blackberry Cobbler

Serve this delicious easy-to-makeĀ  blackberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream; the perfect dessert for any meal!

2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blackberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the blackberries and sugar. Let stand until fruit syrup forms, about 20 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and milk. Stir in the melted butter until blended. Spread batter in an ungreased 8×8-inch baking dish; spoon blackberry mixture over the batter.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes or until dough rises and is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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Apple Cider Beef Stew

Adding apple cider and cinnamon gives a unique flavor to this economical and easy-to-make beef stew.

4 cups frozen vegetables for stew, thawed
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
1 (4-1/2 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 envelopes brown gravy mix
2 tablespoons onion soup mix
2 teaspoons steak seasoning
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 (14-1/2 ounce) can beef broth
1-1/4 cups apple cider*
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water

1. Place the vegetables, water chestnuts, mushrooms and onion in a 5-quart slow cooker. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the gravy mix, soup mix, steak seasoning and cinnamon; add the beef, a few pieces at a time and shake to coat. Add to the slow cooker.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the broth, cider and tomato sauce; pour over the beef. Add the bay leaf; cover and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours or until the beef is tender.

3. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into the stew. Cover and cook on High for 15 minutes or until thickened. Discard the bay leaf before serving. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

* You may substitute unsweetened apple juice for the apple cider if desired.

Emily

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