Main Dish Recipes

Teriyaki Chicken

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This is a family favorite!

Teriyaki Chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 lb frozen crinkle cut carrots
  • 1 lb frozen peas
  • 2 cups teriyaki sauce (recipe below)
  • 4 cups cooked rice

Cook the chicken in a large skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Drain the greese. Return chicken to the skillet and add the frozen vegetables and teriyaki sauce. Cook over medium-high heat until carrots are mostly warmed. Stir in the rice and continue cooking until warmed and ready to serve.

Adapted from Wine & Glue

Teriyaki Sauce (recipe makes about 2 cups)

  • 1/4 c + 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • heaping 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 3 Tbs honey
  • 3 Tbs corn starch or arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 c + 2 Tbs cold water

Mix all but the cornstarch and cold water in a sauce pan and begin heating over medium-high heat. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and cold water until dissolved. (The mixture in the sauce pan should be warm by now, but not bubbling yet.) Stir the cornstarch mixture to the heated sauce. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens to desired thickness (this will take several minutes).

Adapted from Food.com

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Three-Bean Sloppy Joes

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Saute the chopped onion and celery in a skillet with oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat until warmed to serve. Serve over bread.

adapted from A Couple Cooks

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Tomato Basil Casserole

  • 20 oz. rotini (or pasta of choice)
  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 14 oz. chopped spinach (I chop fresh spinach in the processor)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C Parmesan cheese
  • tomato and basil sauce (below)
  • 16 oz. shredded cheese (I use sharp cheddar)

Cook pasta according to package directions.  (Chill in cold water for use later.)

Shred cheese in processor.

Meanwhile, heat the following ingredients in a separate pan, bringing the sauce to a boil and then gently cooking.

tomato and basil sauce:

  • 30 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 29 oz. tomato puree
  • 4 t dried basil (4 T fresh)
  • 1 t garlic salt
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1/2 t onion powder

Also start cooking ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, stirring occasionally.  Drain grease.  Add spinach, onion and garlic; continue cooking 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.  Add salt, pepper and nutmeg and blend well.  Stir in egg and Parmesan cheese.

Pour 1 C of sauce into bottom of a large roasting pan (with lid).  Layer half the pasta, half the meat mixture, half the sauce, and half of the cheese. Repeat with the other half.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Tortellini Salad with Pesto

  • 8 C tortellini, cooked and chilled (4 C dry)
  • 1 C pesto (on this site)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 C Marilyn’s French Dressing (on this site)
  • 14 C romaine (or other green leaf)
  • 2 C cooked chicken, diced – optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients (except cheese) in a mixing bowl.  Stir to blend all ingredients.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

from Sensational Summer Salads (www.urbanhomemaker.com)

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Tortilla Soup

This was a big hit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs cooked diced chicken (about 4 cups)
  • 1 (10 oz) can Ro-tel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 (16 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Top with: chopped fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, and grated Cheddar cheese

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a large soup pot. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle cilantro, tortilla chips, and cheese over each serving.

Or, place all ingredients in a slow cooker on low for the afternoon.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

  • 9 oz. tortellini pasta, filled with cheese
  • 2 (5 oz.) cans tuna, drained
  • 4 boiled eggs, chopped
  • small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 C relish
  • 1/2 C celery, chopped
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and cool.  Add all other ingredients to pasta.  Chill and serve.  (May substitute chicken for tuna.)

(from cooks.com)

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Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Tuscan Vegetable Soup

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t dried thyme
  • 1 t dried rosemary
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes

Place all ingredients in roaster at 200 degrees for 4 to 5 hours.

  • 1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed, and mashed with a spoon or in the processor
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 C spinach leaves, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)

Add beans and spinach leaves to roaster. Cook at 300 degrees for 45 minutes.  Top with Parmesan.

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

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Tuscan-Style Chicken

  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 C white wine
  • 9 oz. bag fresh spinach
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning

Heavily salt and lightly pepper both sides of chicken.  Preheat large saute pan on medium 2-3 minutes.    Place oil in pan; swirl to coat.  Arrange chicken in pan; cook on one side until lightly browned.  Turn chicken and add wine, spinach and tomatoes to pan; sprinkle with Italian seasoning.  Cover and cook several minutes, till done.   Serve alongside Italian Sauteed Beans and brown rice.

(slightly adapted from Publix Super Markets, Inc.)

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Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwiches

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Here is a quick, healthy, delicious, and easily adaptable vegetarian lunch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp each of mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, and mustard (or some combination to make a 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp each of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder (or whatever spices you’d like!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped celery

Directions:

In a small bowl, mash the chickpeas with a fork until partly pasty.

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Blend in the liquids (whatever combination you want).

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Add the rest of the ingredients. Adjust the seasonings to taste. I garnish with extra chili powder.

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Excellent on pita chips or in pitas (or gluten free creacker) with lettuce or avocado, but any bread will do! You can be creative with this recipe, but I love this combination! 🙂

From Blog of Joy

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Veggie Beef Soup

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 large onion, chopped
  • 32 oz. beef broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 oz. frozen mixed vegetables

Brown ground beef in a little olive oil, adding onion half way through; rinse.  Put beef, broth, tomatoes, beans and seasonings in a pan.  Bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes.  Add frozen vegetables and simmer till done, about 10 more minutes.  (Or add fresh vegetables and simmer for less time.)  Serves 6.

Recipe by Mom Hudson, January, 2009

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