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SLOW COOKER JERK CHICKEN

Ingredients: 8 scallions, chopped coarse 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 habanero chilies, stemmed and seeded 1 (1-inch) fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick 2 tablespoons molasses 3 garlic cloves, peeled 1 tablespoon thyme 2 teaspoons allspice 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 1 teaspoon coarse salt 4 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (split breasts, thighs) lime wedges for serving Directions: Place scallion, oil, habaneros, ginger, molasses, garlic, thyme, all spice, cardamom, and salt in a food processor or blender and puree. Transfer 1/2 cup mixture to slow cooker; reserve remaining mixture.…

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AUTUMN KALE SALAD WITH SWEET POTATOES, BROCCOLI AND BROWN RICE

INGREDIENTS: SALAD INGREDIENTS: 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 2 cups roughly-chopped broccoli florets (about 1 small head of broccoli) 2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper 4 cups chopped kale leaves 2 cups cooked brown rice or farro 2/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries 2/3 cup chopped toasted pecans (optional: 1/2 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese) VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) pinch of salt and black pepper and garlic powder, to taste DIRECTIONS: TO MAKE THE SALAD:…

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CREAMY TORTELLINI AND SAUSAGE SOUP

INGREDIENTS: 1.25 pounds ground Italian sausage 1 small white onion, peeled and diced 2 large carrots, peeled and diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup white-whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour) 6 cups chicken stock 1 (10-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini 5 ounces greens of your choice (I used a mixture of spinach, collards and baby kale) 2 cups milk salt and pepper DIRECTIONS: Cook Italian sausage in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until browned, crumbling it as it cooks. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked sausage to…

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SLOW COOKER POTATO SOUP

INGREDIENTS: 6 slices cooked bacon*, diced 3-4 cups good-quality chicken or vegetable stock 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes**, peeled (if desired) and diced 1 medium white or yellow onion, peeled and diced 4 tablespoons bacon grease* (or butter) 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon,…

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Cheesy Taco Soup

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 large onion chopped 1 tsp chili pwdr, cumin, salt (1 tsp EACH ) 1/2 tsp dried oregano, smoked paprika (1/2 tsp EACH) 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 red bell pepper chopped 4 cloves garlic minced 1/4 cup flour 1 can kidney beans 15 oz. can, rinsed and drained 1 can black beans 15 oz. can, rinsed and drained 1 can mild green chilies 4 oz. can, drained 1 cup mild salsa 1 can mild enchilada sauce 10 oz. can 5…

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Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

INGREDIENTS 1 pound cellentani pasta may sub rigatoni, penne or macaroni 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups milk 1 can evaporated milk 12 oz. can 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated 6-8 slices provolone cheese * 1 cup sour cream 1 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated Panko Topping (optional) 3/4 cup…

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Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

INGREDIENTS 2 pounds chicken breasts 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup mild salsa medium if you like spicy 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar ** 1 can mild green chilies 4 oz. can 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz. can, drained 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper optional for more heat 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoons liquid smoke Hot sauce to taste INSTRUCTIONS Rub…

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Bacon, Chili and Cream Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients 2 slices bacon, chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 poblano chile, cored, seeded and diced 4 oz cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 oz) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz each) 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs Directions 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line large rimmed baking pan with cooking parchment paper. 2. In 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Using slotted spoon, transfer to medium…

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Cheesy Chicken and Bacon No-Boil Pasta Bake

Ingredients 1/2 lb uncooked spaghetti, broken in half 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 2 cups Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-oz carton) 8 oz cream cheese, cut in 1-inch pieces, softened 6 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz) 1/2 cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs 2 tablespoons butter, melted Directions 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Spread spaghetti evenly in dish; set aside. 2. Sprinkle salt…

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Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Soup

Ingredients 4 slices thick-sliced bacon, chopped (4 oz) 1 tablespoon Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon Montreal chicken seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 6) 2 cartons (32 oz each) Progresso™ chicken stock 1 cup uncooked wild rice 1 bunch sliced green onions, whites and greens separated (1/2 cup whites, 1/2 cup greens) 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced carrot 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (16 oz) 1 cup heavy whipping cream Directions 1. Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.…

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Smothered Chicken

Ingredients 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 8 oz sliced mushrooms 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium onion, halved and sliced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream Directions 1. Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. 2. Heat 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bacon; cook and stir until browned. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to slow cooker. Drain all but 2 tablespoons…

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Italian Shredded Beef Hoagies

Ingredients 4 bone-in pork chops, about 3/4 inch 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton) 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon cider vinegar Directions 1. Spray 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. 2. Pat pork chops dry with paper towels; season both sides with salt and pepper. 3. Heat 12-inch skillet over…

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