No matter how you slice it, there will be more people in the house in the next couple of weeks. Given that, recipe researcher Sheila Kern sought out meals that are good for the whole family. Plus, lots of the items are on sale. Read on:
Roma tomatoes at Raley's.
Chicken at Safeway and Raley's
Broccoli and Bacon at Safeway
Eggs at Save Mart and Safeway
Fuji apples at Save Mart
Lettuce - in the package or by the head - everywhere.
Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Show: Paula's Home Cooking Episode: Sports Party
Yield: 12 to 15 appetizer servings
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 (1-pound) package sliced bacon
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a wooden pick. Stir together brown sugar and chili powder. Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wrap on rack in broiler pan. Bake 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
Fuji Apple, Walnut and Herb Salad with Roasted Chicken
Recipe created by Cat Cora
Oprah.com | Published on March 11, 2009
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tsp. prepared mustard (such as Dijon)
1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup cored and chopped apple
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning spice blend or dried dill
1 cup shredded cooked/roasted chicken (use leftovers)
To make dressing: In a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest, yogurt, oil, mustard, vinegar, lemon, salt and pepper, and mix well.
To make salad: In another bowl medium bowl, combine the walnuts, apples chunks, dill and cooked chicken, and set aside. Pour the dressing onto the apple mixture right before serving, and stir until blended. Arrange on serving plates and serve chilled.
Bacon & Egg Casserole
1 lb bacon
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
6 slices bread
Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish and set aside.
Fry the bacon, drain on paper toweling, cut into 1 inch pieces.
Cube the bread into 3/4 inch pieces and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs.
Add the milk, mustard powder, salt, and blend well.
Stir in the bacon, cheese, and bread cubes.
Stir well to combine.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for one hour.
1 lb. bulk pork sausage
8 oz. pkg. refrigerator crescent rolls
1 c. frozen, loose pack hash brown potatoes,
thawed or shredded potatoes
1 c. shredded sharp cheese, Swiss or Monterey Jack
2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Brown sausage and drain. Separate rolls into 8 triangles. Place on ungreased 12 inch pizza pan with points toward center. Press over bottom and up sides to form crust. Sprinkle with potatoes and sausage. Top with cheese. In bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt, pepper and sauce. Pour over potatoes and sausage. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake in 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Fresh Broccoli Salad
2 heads fresh broccoli
1 red onion
1/2 pound bacon
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Place bacon in a deep skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Cool and crumble.
Cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces and cut the onion into thin bite-size slices. Combine with the bacon, raisins, your favorite nuts and mix well.
To prepare the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad, let chill and serve.
Pastor Ryan's Roasted Ricotta Roma Tomatoes
8 whole Roma Tomatoes, Halved
1 bunch Fresh Italian Parsley
1 bunch Fresh Basil
2 cloves To 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1- 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
Ritz Crackers Or Bread Crumbs
Kosher Salt To Taste
Start out by washing and halving your Roma tomatoes. After halving them, gut out the insides (seeds, etc.) with a spoon. Sprinkle a bit of kosher salt inside each tomato. Discard guts and lay the halved, gutted tomatoes face down on a clean towel.
Chop up your herbs and garlic and mix with the Ricotta cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Next, fill each tomato half with a nice heap of the Ricotta mixture.
In a food processor (or if you don't have a food processor, you can mash in a plastic baggy with a rolling pin) crumble about 15-20 Ritz crackers. Or you can use dried bread crumbs from your favorite kind of bread if you want.
Press each ricotta filled tomato half face down into the crackers/crumbs and then place face up on a baking sheet. Drizzle each tomato with a bit of olive oil.
Place in 400º oven for 25-30 minutes.