80 Healthy Casseroles

Healthy Casseroles

Casseroles have always been a favorite of mine. Long before there were slow cookers, there were casseroles, these wonderful one dish meals you could put together ahead of time, freeze & serve hot from the oven any night of the week. The beauty of casseroles is the limitless possibilities & the incredible way they use up all your leftovers! There is no right or wrong with casseroles. They are a hearty one-dish meal that’s perfect for a cold winter night. Simply add salad & dessert! Instant meal!

To get your creative casserole juices flowing, Cooking Light offers a HUGE selection of 80 healthy casseroles! They may be healthy but they are full of flavor & all your favorites! This should keep you busy for awhile!

Healthy Casseroles

25 Healthy, Easy, Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes

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We all know kids that eat breakfast do better in school. All of us, but especially kids, need that morning fuel to help us start the day right & keep going strong throughout the day. Unfortunately, good intentions aren’t enough. Busy mornings often lead to little or no breakfast. Not good! To help you stay on track, Woman’s Day offers these 25 easy recipes to help give the entire family the fuel it needs to get through the day!

Easy Breakfast

Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

I teach a Bible Study for women every Tuesday evening. We meet for dessert first so we can visit before we begin our class. I usually bake cookies for the group every week. Well, not just cookies but cake mix cookies! I have found great joy discovering new ways to create yummy cookies for my family, friends & people at church.

Last week, I noticed a recipe for Snickerdoodles on the box of Duncan Hines yellow cake mix. Snickerdoodles are one of my very, very favorite cookies but I never baked them. With this recipe, I will be baking them all the time. I am sharing the recipe below Use the Duncan Hines cake mix to make your Snickerdoodles. Other mixes then to make cookies that have a cake-like consistency. These look & taste like regular cookies. So easy. I like to impress people with my smarts as well as my talent in the kitchen. Nothing is smarter than finding a simpler way to do something!

Snickerdoodles

snickerdoodle-ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 package Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cinnamon & Sugar

Cinnamon & Sugar

Combine cinnamon & sugar in small bowl.

Batter Bowl from Sur la Table

Batter Bowl from Sur la Table

Mix oil, eggs & a splash of vanilla together. The recipe didn’t call for vanilla but it can’t hurt!)

Scrap sides well. Mix by hand.

Scrap sides well. Mix by hand.

Add cake mix & blend well. The mix becomes a bit lumpy. Just keep working it with a spatula until it is smooth.

Use a shallow wide container to coat cookies

Use a shallow wide container to coat cookies

Shape dough in 1″ balls & roll in sugar mixture.

LOVE parchment paper!

LOVE parchment paper!

The recipe says you should grease your cookie sheets. I always use parchment paper. It is fabulous! It allows me to make all my sheets of cookies while only having 2 actual cookie sheets! I was able to get 9 cookies on each sheet. You can flatten the cookies with the bottom of a glass. I didn’t. I like them looking rugged!

Bakery fresh & just as good!

Bakery fresh & just as good!

Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Store in air tight container. Great with spiced tea, hot apple cider or cold apple juice!

Basic Muffins

I love a basic muffin recipe. Even a basic muffin mix. This allows me to make any kind of muffin. I am now making fresh muffins on Saturday for our continental breakfast at church (FPCO) on Sunday. Today, I used a basic mix someone found for me. I haven’t been able fond a basic mix in a few years. Fortunately, I have a recipe from my grandmother, the Infamous Lena B. I can use to make a variety of muffins. Having to mix the muffins from scratch is messy & time consuming. Really like the mix better. If you know where I can find basic (plain) muffin mix, PLEASE let me know!

When making from scratch, I prefer to make enough for at least 2 weeks. Thus, I only have the mess for one week. Messy but worth it. I LOVE the people at my church so my baking is a labor of love!

Here is my recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine liquids. Add liquids to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are just wet but not smooth. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin pan (or pan lined with muffin liners) 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins. You can mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time & store in plastic bags. Only put one batch per bag. Saves on the confusion!

This is a basic recipe. To it, I add a variety of fruit, flavors & nuts. Today, I added fresh strawberries & fresh blueberries. I also use dried fruit. I like cherry/almond muffins, blueberry/pecan muffins, apricot/pecan muffins. I plan to make orange/pineapple & oatmeal/cranberry muffins.

I also make an incredibly easy pumpkin muffin but…. I plan to share that another day!

Mix up a batch for a week-end morning. Serve with juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee for an wonderfully relaxing morning! I like them on my front porch!

Ah, I LOVE  my Simple Joy Life!

31 Quick-Fixes with Ground Beef

31 Quick-Fixes with Ground Beef

I keep 5-6 packages of ground beef in my freezer at all times. There are so many things I can make with ground beef & Mr. D loves each dish. I must admit, though, I sometimes get bored with the same old thing. So I was ecstatic when I saw this  article in Southern Living. A different ground beef dish every night of the month!!!!! WOW! Which should I try first?

31 Quick-Fixes with Ground Beef

Meatless Chili

Yummy family (or potluck) dish!

Yummy family (or potluck) dish!

It is a cool & cloudy day here in SoCal. Glancing over the posts of friends on FB, it appears to be a cold & snowy day in other parts of the country. Today is the perfect day for my vegetarian chili recipe!

I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians.However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili.It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful.

  • 1 large can chili beans
  • 1 large can pinto beans
  • 1 large can kidney beans
  • 1 large can black beans
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions
  • 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 box vegetable broth
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper

Pour chili beans into large crock pot. Drain and rinse other beans. Add to crock pot.

Mix.Add onions and green peppers. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.Season to taste. Top pot with broth, making chili stirrable but not “soupy.”Simmer on low 4-6 hours adding broth as needed.