Spring Blossoms

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cheesy Squash Casserole

lbs. yellow squash, sliced
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp. reduced-calorie margarine
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup fat free milk
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Cooking spray
1/2 cup soft breadcrumbs, toasted

Cook squash and onion in a small amount of boiling water 10 to 12 minutes or
until vegetables are tender. Drain; set aside.

Melt margarine in a medium-size, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour;
cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add milk; cook, stirring
constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; add
cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring until cheese melts. Add squash mixture; stir

Spoon squash mixture into a shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish coated with cooking
spray. Sprinkle squash mixture evenly with breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for
20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.
8 servings.

Green Bean Casserole

11/4 cup onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 packages frozen French style green beans, thawed and drained (8oz)
1-1/2 cups herb seasoned stuffing mix
2 teaspoons margarine, melted
1 egg white, lightly beaten

Coat medium saucepan with cooking spray. Place over medium heat until hot. Add onion. Saute 5 minutes. Add flour. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add the milk, stirring until blended. Stir in the cheese, sour cream, sugar and salt. Cook 5 minutes until thick and bubbly. Place green beans in an 8 inch square baking dish. Pour sauce over. Combine stuffing mix, margarine and egg white. Sprinkle over green beans. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes

Asparagus Casserole

2 c Asparagus, fresh, 2" lengths
1 cn Cream of mushroom soup
4 oz Mushrooms, sliced
2 c Cheddar cheese, grated
1 cn French fried onion ring,

Butter a casserole dish. Put a layer of asparagus on bottom then add soup. Next add mushrooms and half the cheese. Add second layer of asparagus and end with a layer of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle onion rings on top and return to oven for 5 minutes more.

Mexican Stuffed Pizza

1 (15-ounce) can chili with beans
1 (4-ounce) can ORTEGA® Diced Green Chiles
2 (8-ounce) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced ripe olives, and shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Combine chili with beans and chiles in medium bowl. Slightly overlap crescent dough triangles around edge of 10 to 12-inch-round pizza pan, positioning top half of each triangle so that it is hanging over the edge of the pan.
Spoon chili mixture in center of each crescent roll triangle; bring top half of each triangle over chili and tuck under pointed end. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Fill center of pizza pan with toppings.

Chicken Salad Chalapa

Vegetable cooking spray
4 flour tortillas (8-inch)
16 ounces chicken breast, cooked, shredded or cubed
1 can (15 ounces) pinto or red kidney beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged pinto or red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dry-packaged black beans, rinsed, drained
1 cup cubed mango
1 medium zucchini, cut in half, sliced
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions and tops
Honey-Cumin Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
6 cups torn salad greens
Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges; spray tops with cooking spray. Bake on cookie sheet at 375° F. until browned and crisp, 5 to 8 minutes; reserve.
Combine chicken, beans, mango, zucchini, bell pepper and green onions in bowl; pour Honey-Cumin Vinaigrette over and toss.
Arrange salad greens on serving plates and spoon chicken salad over; garnish with reserved tortilla wedges.
Makes 6 servings (about 1 cup each).

Honey-Cumin Vinaigrette

1/2 cup orange juice
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 to 3 teaspoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Mix all ingredients.
Makes about 2/3 cup

TIP: Tortilla wedges can be made 3 to 4 days in advance; store at room temperature in airtight container

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