Rice Pudding

This is just slightly sweet if you use the 1/2 cup of sugar called for the recipe, which is the way we like it.  If you like it sweeter, use 2/3 of a cup.  Our grandson said it tasted like candy that way!

You don’t want to overcook it, or it won’t be as creamy when it is chilled.  I find that 30 minutes of simmering is just right.  If serving it warm, you might want to let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up first.

Rice Pudding
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Rice Pudding
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan , except butter. You will want at least a 4 qt. saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the rice is soft and creamy. Stir occasionally to make sure that the mixture doesn't stick to the pan.
  3. When the rice is tender, add the butter and stir to melt. Remove from heat.
  4. You can serve this warm or chill it first. I like it just like this. My husband puts cinnamon and sugar on his.
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Roasted Garlic Paste

Did you know that you can buy large bags of peeled, ready to use garlic from Sam’s and store the garlic in the freezer?  Then just remove whatever your recipe calls for and use it like you would fresh garlic, except without the hassle of peeling it!  This recipe is a wonderful way to use those bags of garlic.  I roast a pound or so at a time, then mash them and store them in a jar in the refrigerator.  Then, when I get ready to make something with garlic, I just take a spoonful out and add it to whatever I am making.  It is so easy and very convenient!!!

Roasted Garlic Paste
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1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Roasted Garlic Paste
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Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1/2 cup paste 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: cup paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Dump some garlic cloves onto a piece of foil.
  2. Coat with oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap up in foil and place in oven for about 45 minutes, until mostly done.
  3. Unwrap the foil so the top is open and continue to bake another 15 minutes or until the cloves begin to brown slightly.
  4. Remove from oven and mash with fork or potato masher. Cool and store in a sealed jar in refrigerator.
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Beef Stew

This beef stew is thick with a deliciously flavored broth and lots of meat and veggies.  If you plan ahead, it can be cooked in the crockpot after the meat and veggies are browned in pan.  If you need to avoid gluten, wheat or soy, substitute a flour that is safe for you and make sure to use Better Than Bouillon organic beef base.

Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put flour, salt & pepper in large Ziploc bag. Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Place meat in bag with the flour mixture and shake until well coated.
  2. Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned.
  3. Add onion to the remaining flour in the bag. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, to slightly cook the vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, water and Better than Bouillon organic beef base.
  4. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
  5. Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
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Chorizo Chili

This is our favorite recipe for chili.  If I don’t have any chorizo, I just use 2 lb. of ground beef and increase the paprika and cumin to 2 T. each.  Some of you might think it odd to add the cocoa powder or chocolate chips.  However, this adds a richer taste and color to the finished product.

Chorizo Chili
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Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Chorizo Chili
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Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
Black Beans
  1. Rinse black beans. Put in pot and cover well with water. Bring to a boil. When the water boils, turn the pot off and let set for 1 hour. Drain beans, cover with fresh water and continue cooking until tender. Add to chili when the beans are tender.
Chili
  1. While beans are soaking, brown beef and chorizo with onions, sweet pepper, garlic, and oil in a Dutch oven.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except black beans) and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire. Add black beans when they have finished cooking. This is even better if made the day before and reheated.
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Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

This is just as easy as the traditional Rice Krispie treats, but uses caramel in place of marshmallows and tastes much richer!!  You can buy the caramel in 5 lb. blocks.  I get mine at a Mennonite store, but it is also sold on Amazon.

Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut caramel into slabs for easier melting and place into deep sided pan with butter and milk or half & half. Melt over medium low heat. Stir in cereal. Spread into greased 9" square pan and let cool.
  2. If you would like, you can melt the chocolate chips over low heat and drizzle over the top. Refrigerate to set.
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Alana’s Alfredo Sauce

This is the recipe my daughter-in-law gave me.  She says that she tweaks the ingredients, such as salt, pepper and garlic. Also, she prefers more parmesan, but our son (her husband) prefers it this way, so it is a personal preference.

Alana's Alfredo Sauce
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Alana's Alfredo Sauce
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Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and sautee garlic until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring, until cheese is melted and ingredients are blended.
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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This is my new favorite breakfast and snack!  I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit!  And it is very healthy and simple to make!  In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients.  You can make it however you like.  Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!

I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container.  Here is the recipe:

Easy Homemade Healthy Granola

If you choose to buy your granola instead, watch for any food allergens you may have.  Most of them contain gluten.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a glass
  2. Use whatever fruits you like! Use whatever proportions you prefer.
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Chicken & Homemade Noodles

Start with boneless chicken pieces and make a rich, scrumptious, thickened broth to go with it.  Then make some homemade noodles (or buy some fresh or frozen noodles) and cook them right in the broth.  Fantastic!!

For making your own homemade noodles for this recipe, use 3 eggs, 1 T. water, 2 3/4 cups light spelt flour (or all-purpose if no wheat allergy)

Egg Noodles


Chicken & Homemade Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Chicken & Homemade Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat large (13") cast iron skillet over high heat. Add oil and chicken. Season chicken with pepper. Cook quickly, stirring often, until done. Remove from pan and place in crock pot.
  2. Melt butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic, and saute until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add flour and blend evenly.
  4. Quickly whisk in cream, water, and chicken base until smooth. Add to crock pot and turn onto low until ready to continue.
  5. Before adding noodles, turn crock pot to high heat. We positioned the Kitchen Aid in such a position so the noodles go directly into the crock pot.
  6. Add noodles and stir to separate. Cook until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Recipe Notes

I reduced the amount of flour for thickening because I was using homemade noodles.  For making your own homemade noodles for this recipe, use 3 eggs, 1 T. water, and 2 3/4 cups flour.  If you are not using fresh homemade noodles, you may need more thickener.

Although spelt is an ancient form of wheat, most people with wheat allergies can eat it with no problem.  However, it still contains gluten, so avoid spelt if you have a reason to avoid gluten.

Better than Bouillon organic beef and chicken bases are my favorite to use in broths because they are gluten free and soy free.

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Crockpot Creamed Corn

Very, very easy and tasty!  I replaced my other creamed corn recipe with this one!

Crockpot Creamed Corn
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Crockpot Creamed Corn
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

This is a very popular breakfast casserole at our family get-togethers.  Obviously, you can make substitutions.  If you don’t like sausage, you can substitute ham, Italian sausage, bacon or whatever.  If you don’t want cream of mushroom soup, use cream of celery, cream of onion, or whatever cream soup you like.  I make my own soup for this because of my food allergies.  However, if you would like to use canned soup, use 1 can of soup and 1 can of milk.

Cream of Mushroom Soup


Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
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Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
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Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
1 9x13" dish
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: 9x13" dish
Instructions
  1. Place sausage in large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly browned. Drain, crumble, set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13" baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together eggs and soup. Stir in sausage; pour into prepared pan. Add tater tots, distributing evenly on top of egg mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle on cheese, bake an additional 10 minutes.
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