Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper

This is a great meal when you have had a busy day.  It is much healthier than the box mix that you can buy at the store, but doesn’t take any longer!

Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and brown the ground beef.
  2. As the beef is cooking, slice the mushrooms and add the mushroom slices to the partially cooked ground beef.
  3. Combine the seasonings as that finishes cooking.
  4. Add all other ingredients, except sour cream, to the cooked beef. Stir to combine and cover.
  5. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through. The time may vary depending on the type of noodles you use. Read the directions on the package. This gluten free Barilla fettuccine takes 13-14 minutes, but white spelt pasta takes 7 minutes!
  6. Add the sour cream and stir. If it is too watery, let sit for 5 more minutes. Serve immediately.
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New England Clam Chowder

Thick, hearty and flavorful.  You can substitute other kinds of seafood and make it into a seafood chowder if you prefer.  I added shrimp and lobster in place of some of the clams in the 2 photos of the chowder in the pan.

New England Clam Chowder
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6 servings
Servings
6 servings
New England Clam Chowder
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6 servings
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6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using at least a 4 qt. saucepan, add onion, fennel, carrots, parsley, butter and bacon to pan. (The photo is of a 4 quart pan with this recipe.) Cover pan and cook on medium heat until veggies are cooked down, for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, boil potatoes in a separate covered pan for about 10 minutes or until slightly tender. When potatoes are tender, drain and set aside.
  2. Add cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, salt and chicken base to the veggie mixture. Add heavy whipping cream, and milk, and allow to come to a boil.
  3. Drain clams and reserve 3/4 cup clam juice. Set clams aside. Combine reserved clam juice and cornstarch. Add to veggie mixture once it comes to a boil. Stir and cook over medium heat to thicken. Remove from heat and add clams and potatoes. Taste and add additional seasoning if needed. Serve.
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Baked Macaroni & Cheese

I have had this recipe for many years and have no idea where it came from, but it is fantastic!

Baked Macaroni & Cheese
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make a white sauce with butter, cornstarch and milk. Add 8 oz. cheese. Stir until melted. In 1 1/2 qt. casserole, combine macaroni and cheese sauce. Top with remaining 2 oz. cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Creamy goodness combined with the chewiness of wild rice and the tang of Asiago.

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place 2 cups of water on stove to begin boiling to cook rice. When it boils, add the rice and reduce heat. Simmer for 50 minutes. If there is any water remaining in the pan after it is cooked, drain it.
  2. Meanwhile, cook chicken in skillet. (You will probably want to add some oil to the pan.) While those are cooking, dice fennel (or celery) and onion. Remove chicken from pan when just done.
  3. Add butter to skillet and cook fennel (or celery) and onion just until tender-crisp. Combine water and cornstarch and add to fennel and onion mixture. Add soup base, salt, pepper, and milk. Stir often over medium to medium-high heat until it is thickened as you desire. Add rice and chicken to soup. Add Asiago cheese and stir in, or you can use as a garnish. Ladle into serving bowls and top with cilantro, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Each serving contains:  506 calories, 26 g fat, 141 mg cholesterol, 1046 mg sodium, 477 mg potassium, 35 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 34 g protein

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Cream of Potato Soup

Potato soup is definitely a comfort food.  Try this rich, thick, hearty cream of potato soup.

Cream of Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cream of Potato Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, melt butter and add onion and celery. Cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, so it does not burn,
  2. While that is cooking, dice the potatoes and begin boiling those in some water, about 2 cups, but no need to measure. When the potatoes begin boiling, turn the heat down and check occasionally to see if they are tender. When they are tender, drain and set aside.
  3. When onions and celery are tender, combine cornstarch with 1 cup water. Add to pan with chicken base and milk. Stir so there are no lumps. Add salt, pepper and parsley as it cooks. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it is thickened as desired. Add potatoes and stir in. Rewarm for a few minutes, if necessary, and serve.
  4. Suggested garnishes are fresh parsley or cilantro, shredded cheese of your choice, bacon (cooked and crumbled) or croutons (be careful of the croutons if gluten free or wheat free).
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Chicken Lombardy

Chicken tenderloins, dredged in flour and browned, topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms, then covered with a Marsala and chicken broth sauce, and a blend of mozzarella, Parmesan and Asiago cheeses melted on top.  What’s not to love about this?!

Chicken Lombardy
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Chicken Lombardy
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Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in large cast iron skillet (mine is 11 1/2"). Dredge chicken pieces in flour and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook chicken in batches over medium heat, about 4 minutes per side or until golden brown, adding additional butter as needed.
  2. Meanwhile, in another cast iron skillet (mine is 10"), melt 1/2 stick of butter. Cook onion until just starting to brown nicely, then add mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes more until just tender. Remove from pan; set aside.
  3. In the mushroom and onion pan, combine the Marsala, water, chicken base and cornstarch. Whisk to make sure there are no lumps. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. It should start to thicken.
  4. Put all cooked chicken in large cast iron skillet. Top with mushrooms and onions. Pour cooked Marsala sauce over top. Top with combination of cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until cheese melts.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper

This tastes better than the box of Hamburger Helper, but is nearly as easy!  No nasty chemicals or preservatives and it is easy to make it gluten free, wheat free, or soy free, since you are in control of the ingredients!

Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and brown the ground beef. As the beef is cooking, slice the mushrooms and add the mushroom slices to the partially cooked ground beef. Combine the seasonings while that finishes cooking. Add all other ingredients (except sour cream) to the cooked beef. Stir to combine and cover. Bring to boil, then lower heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through. (The time may vary depending on the type of noodles you use. Read the directions on the package.) Add the sour cream and let sit for 5 more minutes. Serve immediately.
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Gluten-Free Cheesy Potatoes

The best Cheesy Potatoes I have tried.  These are made without the use of commercial canned soups and are completely gluten free.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Potatoes
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This makes a ceramic lasagna pan full.  If you want to use a 1/2 size foil pan, make about 3/4 of the batch.
Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Gluten-Free Cheesy Potatoes
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This makes a ceramic lasagna pan full.  If you want to use a 1/2 size foil pan, make about 3/4 of the batch.
Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Grease a lasagna pan. Saute onion in butter in 4 qt. pan. Add salt and pepper as it is cooking. Add milk and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Combine heavy cream and cornstarch. Add to pan and stir until it is blended. It should begin thickening very quickly. Turn off heat and add sour cream and cheese. Spread potatoes in greased lasagna pan. Pour milk sauce over potatoes.
  2. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 2 hours or more. Let set for 15 minutes or so and stir before serving.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken broth, I use about 2 tsp. Better than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base and add water to make 1 cup.  This ensures that the recipe remains gluten-free and soy-free.

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