Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Cleaning Recipes! {Recipe}

We are getting ready to move across the country (again), and I am trying to clean out my pantry, freezer, and refrigerator so we don't have to lug so much across the country or fill our garbage can with completely edible food!  I figured this would work for most of you because everyone has SPRING CLEANING on the brain, and maybe you are looking to clear out some things as well :) I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these recipes in the months to come.

This first recipe I found when searching for something to do with that huge bag of frozen meatballs sitting in the refrigerator.  And really, I am not even going to call this a recipe (I hate calling something a recipe when all you do is throw in a few pre-packaged items :)  We'll just call this a meal idea!

Meatball Ravioli Bake

1 package (24 oz each) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
1 can (26 oz each) Hunt's Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Sauce
8 ounces frozen cooked meatballs, thawed
PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 cup = 4 oz)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Cook ravioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat spaghetti sauce and meatballs in medium saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes, or until hot.

Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Drain ravioli; place in even layer in prepared dish. Ladle meatball sauce over top; sprinkle with cheese. Cover with foil.

Bake 15-20 minutes, or until cheese melts. Remove foil; garnish with basil.

Next up, an idea to use the half bag of frozen chicken tenders that have been sitting in the back of your freezer for a while now...

I bought this Knorr rice a while back when it was on sale, and wasn't really sure what I would serve with it...but it said Buffalo chicken on it, so I had to!  I turned the package over and the recipe on the back actually sounded good, so we gave it a try.  My hubby and I both thought it tasted great.  It also helped me get rid of that half-gone bag of chicken tenders in the back of my fridge!  Enjoy :)

Buffalo Chicken Tacos
1 package Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Buffalo Chicken Flavor
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 medium red or green bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp. lime or lemon juice (optional)
1 package (12 oz.) chicken tenders or nuggets, prepared according to package directions
2 to 3 Tbsp. cayenne pepper sauce
8 (6-in.) corn or flour tortillas, heated

Prepare Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Buffalo Chicken according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook peppers with onion, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in lime juice and cook 1 minute.

Toss hot chicken with cayenne pepper sauce. Evenly divide rice, vegetables and chicken onto tortillas and fold taco-style. Serve, if desired, with your favorite taco toppings (my hubby liked a little drizzle of blue cheese dressing).

Recipe Source:Knorr

And lastly today, an idea to help you get rid of those tater tots, ground beef, and a few cans from the pantry...

This is such an easy meal.  It's one of those that the leftovers almost taste better than it does right out of the oven.  We found the recipe on the back of the Ore-Ida tator tot bag.

Taco Tot Casserole

1 lb. lean ground beef 
1 package (1.25 oz.) reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix 
1 can (11 oz.) corn with peppers, drained
1 can (11 oz.) condensed nacho cheese soup, undiluted
4 cups Ore-Ida® Tater Tots®, Onion Tater Tots® or Hot Tots® 
salsa and sour cream (optional)

Heat oven to 375°. Cook ground beef with taco seasoning mix according to package directions. Spoon meat mixture into an ungreased 11 X 17-inch baking dish or 2-quart casserole. Spoon corn over meat mixture; spread soup over corn. Arrange frozen Tater Tots® in a single layer over soup. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and mixture is bubbly. Serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired.
Recipe Source:  Ore Ida

Happy Spring cleaning out your pantry/freezer/refrigerator!


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1 comment:

Jane said...

After reading this post spring cleaning doesn’t seem like a hard chore after all.  I see you had quite a bit of fun when you were spring cleaning your fridge. I think I too have some chicken fingers and tater tots in my freezer, so I guess I will borrow one of your recipes. ;)