Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

My ears perked up when I heard someone mention a fried rice dish that involved ham and pineapple.  Any recipe that involves cubed ham gets my attention right now, since I have so much in the freezer.

My family likes the ham/pineapple combo in recipes, but I admit that this sounded a little strange.  But I was wrong.  The fried rice was full of flavor and we licked the platter clean.  No leftovers to fight over.

I based the recipe on Vietnam Fried Rice, but I used pineapple juice in addition to the soy sauce to season and flavor the dish.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

I’m always amazed at the infinite possibilities for chicken, potatoes and carrots to be combined in a recipe.  This variation is worthy of being repeated often.

If you have cooked chicken stashed away in your freezer, you’re only minutes away from having this dish oven-ready.  (See this post for tips on cooking and freezing chicken.)  Using left-over or instant mashed potatoes speeds things up even more.

My boys loved this recipe and feasted on several helpings each.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it for your family: [Read more…]

Chicken Casserole with Corn and Peas

This is a good weeknight supper.  There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s good comfort food.  I adapted the recipe from one I found in 365 Ways to Make Chicken.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

So, I made up a new soup recipe.  I wanted a beef vegetable soup that I could just throw the ingredients in the crockpot and let it all cook together.  Most of the beef vegetable soups I’ve seen involve cooking the beef first and then adding it to the soup.  I was feeling too lazy for that.  Here’s what I came up with.  Substitute as needed. [Read more…]

Creamy Tortellini with Red Bell Peppers and Peas

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I know I’ve declared my love for pasta many times, but let me say it once more – I really love pasta!  I bought the totellini with the intention of re-creating a pasta dish at Fazoli’s.  I’ve never eaten that dish, but the picture in the ad looked good and involved artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.  Yum.  For some reason, I could not find artichoke hearts in Walmart the other day and I forgot to buy sun-dried tomatoes.  I did have red peppers and peas though, so I created this instead.  A very good combination of flavors in a creamy, cheesy dish.

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