Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rav'n Ravioli

Adapted from Pampered Chef and found on Supper Swappers.

1 medium green bell pepper
1/2 C onion, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jar (26-28 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 1/4 C water
12 French bread baguette slices
1/4 C butter, melted
1 C mozzarella cheese
1/4 C fresh grated Parmesan cheese
18 ounces refrigerated ravioli (* I used frozen)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop bell pepper and onion. Heat olive oil
over medium-high heat; add pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in spaghetti sauce, ravioli and water. Bring to a boil.
Spoon half of the ravioli mixture into 9 inch pie plate or similar sized baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese and remaining ravioli mixture.

Thaw ravioli mixture.
Bake 20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt butter and add bread slices, tossing to coat evenly.
After 20 minutes of baking, arrange bread slices around edge of baking dish, pressed slightly into ravioli mixture. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over bread and ravioli mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes or until ravioli is heated through and bread is crisp and deep golden brown.

Serves: 6

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mexican Style Shredded Pork

I found an AMAZING deal on pork, and bought a 10 lb roast that had to be dealt with. This recipe was a good one. The chipotle flavor was excellent. I've had success with freezing rice before, but this rice came out mushy. Next time I'll just freeze the pork and cook the rice up the day of.

NOTE: I don't care for the lime juice in the rice. Also, if you have a hard time finding the chipotle sauce - look in the BBQ sauce section. :)

1 (3 pound) boneless pork loin roast, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (4 ounce) cans diced green chile peppers
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup chipotle sauce
3 1/4 cups water, divided
1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Place the roast in a slow cooker, and season with salt. Place chile peppers and garlic on top of roast. Pour in the chipotle sauce and 1/2 cup water.
Cover, and cook 7 hours on Low.

In a pot, bring remaining 2 3/4 cups water and rice to a boil. Mix in the lime juice and cilantro. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.

Remove roast from the slow cooker, and use two forks to shred. Return pork to the slow cooker, and allow to sit 15 minutes to absorb some of the liquid. Serve over the cooked rice.

Serves: 6

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April OAMC Plan

I started running out of meal selection, so whipped together a few more recipes for the freezer. As we try the new recipes, I'll post links to the good ones for ya.

Here's what we made:

* 2 Rav'n Ravioli *new*
* 2 Crockpot Jambalaya
* 2 Quick Chicken Curry
* 1 Impossibly Easy Italian Chicken Pie *new*
* 2 Mexican Style Shredded Pork *new*

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Apple-Raisin Oven Pancake

I got a couple free recipe books in the mail, and tried out this oven pancake recipe for breakfast. It was very yummy! Doug thought it would be even better with a cream sauce of some kind. Maybe I'll try this one from Paula Deen? :)

1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced
1/3 c. raisins
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs
2/3 c. milk
2/3 c. flour
2 tbsp butter, melted
Powered sugar

1. Combine apples, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon. Put into a greased 9 inch pie plate.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Increase oven temp to 450 degrees.

3. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, milk, flour and butter. Pour over apple mixture. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Pancake will puff up and fall slightly when removed from oven.

4. Sprinkle with powered sugar and slice into wedges. Serve warm.

Servings: 6