Pasta salad

This is our all time fave pasta salad. Easy, simple and fast. We do add bacon bits when we have some on hand.

1 box pasta
2 carrots, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup light ranch dressing
1/2 cup mayo
salt & pepper to taste

Cook pasta as directed on box.
When pasta is cooked, mix in all other ingredients and you're done! Make a few hours ahead or even night before so the flavors can mingle :)

Roasted potatoes
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1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
2 pounds red potatoes, halved
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 packet ranch dressing mix- can ya tell we love ranch dressing? ;)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

In a large plastic bag, combine the soup mix, red potatoes and olive oil. Close bag, and shake until potatoes are fully covered.

Pour potatoes into a medium baking dish; bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally.

Recipe found here.

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes(without cheese)
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4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 onion, sliced into rings
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1 quart casserole dish.
Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.

Recipe found here.

Mac & Cheese Muffins

1 box mac & cheese
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese
Shredded cheese or cheese singles
Bacon bits (optional)
Ranch dressing (optional but gives it great flavor)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin tins.

Make mac & cheese as directed on box.
Add bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, shredded cheese, ranch dressing & bacon bits to the mac & cheese mix.
Add mac & cheese to muffin tins.
Add some cheese ontop.
Bake until cheese is melted and edges are cripsy.

Smashed Potatoes

I *love* smashed potatoes. The are so crispy and yummy. Super simple to make.

1 1/2 pounds small potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse Salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In large pot, bring potatoes to a boil in salted water; reduce heat to simmer until just tender, about 15 minutes.
Drain and transfer to a baking sheet. Let cool 5 minutes, then lightly crush each potato with heel of your hand.
Drizzle generously with olive oil and season with coarse salt. 
Roast until golden brown and crips, about 35 minutes, turning once. 

Delish Mixed Veggies

6 brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
1-2 carrots, chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
Bacon bits
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
Add butter, garlic, salt, pepper and veggies to small pot. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add chicken broth & bacon bits.
Cover and cook until veggies are tender.
Sesame Orzo Salad

I doubled the recipe and thank goodness I did because it is all gone!
1 cup dried orzo, prepared according to package directions
3 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup sugar snap peas, sliced thin
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (used white vinegar)
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger (left this out)
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
 In a large bowl, stir together the orzo, carrots, and sugar snap peas. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl, combine the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ground ginger. Whisk until well mixed.
Pour the dressing over the orzo mixture and stir. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and stir again.
Chill until ready to serve ... this is best if chilled at least 30 minutes, letting the flavors really blend together.
Recipe found here.
Whipped Mashed Potatoes
5 potatoes, peeled and quartered (I don't peel my potatoes)
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
Sour cream (optional)
Bacon bits (optional)

  1. Fill a medium size saucepan half full of water, and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes to pot; the water should cover the potatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are easily pierced by a fork. Drain.
  2. Transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Add butter, sour cream, bacon bits and milk, and mash with a potato masher. When well mashed, whip for a minute or two with an electric mixer set on medium speed.

1 1/2 cups cornmeal

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix in the cornmeal mixture, eggs and oil until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.
Recipe found here.
Copy Cat Recipe – Green Giant Niblets Corn in Butter Sauce


16 ounces – frozen corn (I used canned corn)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup water
3/4 teaspoon cornstarch

In a large sauce pan add all the ingredients except the water and cornstarch.
Heat until butter is melted – make sure to stir every now and then.
Combine water and cornstarch in a bowl and slowly add mixture to corn
Simmer for 10 minutes

Recipe found here.




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