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Saving Dinner

Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table 
by Leanne Ely

Really Easy Mixed Bean Chili
Serves 6
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 jar salsa (your favorite)
1 10-ounce package frozen corn
1 sweet potato, cubed

Dump everything into a Crock-Pot, set on low, and cook for 6-8 hours. Mix well before serving.
Serving Suggestions: Serve with a big green salad and some corn muffins (homemade or store bought).

Baked Macaroni and Three Cheese
Serves 6

¾ pound ziti pasta, cooked
1 jar spaghetti sauce, your favorite
1 cup low-fat sour cream
6 ounces provolone cheese, thinly sliced
6 ounces low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ cup Romano cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13- inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, toss together the pasta, spaghetti sauce, and sour cream. Mix together the provolone, the mozzarella, and the Romano cheeses and set aside. Now layer half the pasta mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle half the cheese mixture on the pasta. Layer remaining pasta on top and then the rest of the cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Don’t let the cheese brown.
Serving Suggestions: Serve with a large salad and some baby carrots.

Crock-Pot Corn Chowder
Serves 6

5 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cans corn, undrained
2 tablespoons butter
1 can chicken broth
1 cup milk

In a Crock-Pot, add everything but the milk and cook on low for 8-9 hours. Add the milk and cook another 30 minutes, then serve it up.
Serving Suggestions: A big salad and some whole-grain rolls will work great.

Turkey Wraps
Serves 6

6 tablespoons low-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 low-fat cream cheese
6 flour tortillas
1½ cups cooked turkey breast, diced
1½ cups shredded napa cabbage

Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl; stir well. Spread 3 tablespoons cheese mixture over each tortilla. Top each with ¼ cup turkey, ¼ cup cabbage. Roll up and serve.
Serving Suggestions: Serve with leftover Succotash Soup (recipe available in book) and a bowl of baby carrots on the table. 

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