Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stuffed Eggs with Crabmeat

Need something to do with all of those Easter eggs this year? Try this.

Stuffed Eggs with Crabmeat

12 hard cooked eggs
1 can (8 oz.) cooked crabmeat, flaked and well drained
¼ cup finely chopped celery
2 Tbl. Finely chopped green peppers
2 Tbl. Finely chopped green onion tops
1/3 cup sour cream

Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and mash. Combine yolks, crabmeat, celery, green pepper, onions and sour cream. Blend well. Refill egg whites with mix. Chill until serving time. Makes 24 stuffed eggs.

Changes – Use mayonnaise instead of sour cream or half mayo and half sour cream. Use tuna instead of crabmeat. Just get creative with this one.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Chicken Patties

1 cup shredded chicken, cooked
1 pkg (6 oz.) stuffing mix for chicken
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup water
2 green onions, sliced
1/3 cup Mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients. Shape into patties. Refrigerate about 10-15 minutes to set. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray, add patties in batches. Spray top of patties with non-stick spray before turning over. Cook about 3 -4 minutes on each side turning carefully once.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pineapple Crisp

2 cans (15 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
¼ tsp. vanilla
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup coconut

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place fruit in a 1 qt. shallow baking dish. Combine flour, sugar, oats, nutmeg and coconut. Mix in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Changes – serve hot with ice cream. Change fruit to apples and add cinnamon or apple pie spice. Add ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese to flour mixture.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Taco Pasta Salad

2 cups rotini pasta, uncooked
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup water
1 pkg (1.5 oz.) taco seasoning mix
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup crumbled Tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil pasta according to package. In a medium size frying pan, brown ground beef. Drain. Add water, taco seasoning, green peppers and onions. Simmer until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Fold in sour cream and pasta. Pour into a 2 qt. casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Top with cheese and crumbled tortillas. Bake about 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Serves 6.

Last weekend I met 2 ladies who would be new neighbors in my condo building. They moved in this weekend and even though I bought my condo 6 years ago, I still remember how hard and tiring moving can be. So I decided to make dinner for them and hopefully add them to my "food tester" group and invite them to my Sunday morning coffee group. This dish took about 30 minutes to make, I added a salad and a pitcher of tea and ended up with a really great meal.

Changes - when serving top with a little extra sour cream and maybe some salsa. You can also make this with ground turkey or chicken. I used mild taco seasoning but you can heat it up with hot. You might even want to try adding a can of chili beans. This is a really simple yet tasty dish.