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[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”10 min” serves=”8″ details=”” ] Ranch Pasta Salad This simple pasta salad can be served as the

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Ranch Pasta Salad

This simple pasta salad can be served as the main meal or a side. Perfect complements include hamburgers, hot dogs, and Sloppy Joes.

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  • 3 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, broccoli, cucumber, and tomato. Drizzle with salad dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.[/step-item]

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Salsa Sloppy Joes

A twist on an old favorite, this recipe’s sweet brown sugar and tangy salsa are a surprisingly wonderful combination.

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (11 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8 hamburger buns, split

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain. Stir in the salsa, soup, and brown sugar. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun.[/step-item]

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Veggie Ham Medley

This sophisticated take on macaroni and cheese feels both modern and nostalgic.

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  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup diced fully cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ham, basil, and garlic powder in butter for 5 minutes.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Add vegetables; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain macaroni; add to the skillet. Stir in sour cream and 1/4 cup cheese. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; cover and let stand until cheese is melted.[/step-item]

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Turkey Florentine

This quick dish is both tasty and healthy. Complement the turkey with pasta to represent all four food groups.

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  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 8 slices uncooked turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese, cut in half
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3 cups meatless spaghetti sauce

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Place the bread crumbs in a large resealable plastic bag; add the turkey in batches and shake to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown turkey in oil. Remove from the skillet.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Place half of a cheese slice and 2 tablespoons of spinach down the center of each turkey slice. Fold turkey over filling; secure with toothpicks. Place in a greased 9-inch. square baking dish. Top with spaghetti sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until heated through. Discard toothpicks.[/step-item]

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Chili Bean Nacho Skillet

Stimulate your taste buds with this hearty Mexican dish. Serve with a salad to create a quick and complete meal.

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips (optional)

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]1.In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce, corn, sugar, chili powder, and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Sprinkle with cheese; remove from the heat. Cover; let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.[/step-item]

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Shrimp ‘N’ Veggie Alfredo

This simple but impressive entrée will look like you spent hours in the kitchen. The shrimp and vegetables effortlessly dress up the otherwise ordinary pasta.

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  • 1 package (16 ounces) fettuccine
  • 1/2 pound fresh or frozen sugar snap peas, thawed
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 2 medium carrots, julienned
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Alfredo sauce, warmed

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté the peas, red pepper, carrots, and garlic in 2 tablespoons oil until crisp-tender; remove and keep warm. Add remaining oil to skillet. Sauté shrimp in oil until shrimp turn pink. Return vegetables to pan; mix well. Drain pasta. Place pasta on six dinner plates. Drizzle with Alfredo sauce and top with shrimp mixture.[/step-item]

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