Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Favorite "Go To" Recipes of our Members!

The following recipes are some of our member's favorite "go to" recipes for the short notice entertaining we have all come up against. These recipes will help you pull together something quick and yummy, just in time!

Recipe #1

Chicken Dip:
1 can chicken breast
ranch dressing (as much as desired)

mash together with a fork, and serve with crackers. (ok, it may sound too easy, but this stuff is very good, and very addicting!!)


Recipe #2

Vegetable Dip
There is a "Vegetable Dip" Knorr package that you can buy in the store that has a great spinach dip recipe on the back. I've made it many times, and it is ALWAYS a huge hit!!

Recipe #4

Pasta Casserole
Ground beef (or ground turkey)
2 cans of cream of mushroom
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 jar or less of Prego or some marinara sauce
1 box of penne, ziti or other pasta
Fresh tomatoes if you have them, sliced and diced (but not necessary)
spinach (frozen)

Brown the meat
Cook the pasta
Put it all in a casserole dish and cook for 30 minutes covered. Uncover and add cheese. Cook at 350 for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Lately I've been putting it all in a skillet instead of the oven so as not to heat the house. Or you could even put it in bowls and stick in microwave if you want to make a small meal while putting the rest in the fridge or freezer. Easy meal. I bring this one when friends have babies etc. They always love it.


Recipe #4

Fruit Pizza
You need sugar cookie mix, cool whip, and any kind of fruit.
Roll the dough out on a cookie sheet and bake as directed. Let cool, top with cool whip and then add the fruit.

It's sooooooo easy and it only takes 20 min or so. People actually get upset when I don't make it.
(Variation -- instead of cool whip use 1 pkg. of cream cheese, and add 1/2 cup sugar. Dee-lish!)


Recipe #5

Grilled baked potatoes
peel a potato slice it thick but not all the way through stuff the slices with small onion slices
smother in your favorite salad dressing-we used creamy Italian. Wrap in foil grill for about an hour


Recipe #6

Pasta Salad
Cook Rotini, Penne or your fave pasta
Let it chill.
Add sliced green onions, cherry tomatoes (or sliced), feta cheese, desired amount of olive oil and salt to taste.
It's an easy recipe and great for Summer Picnics!!!


Do you have a favorite picnic recipe? Please add it to the comments below or email Thanks!


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