Easy Tuna Casserole

During the busy holiday season, an easy recipe is just the answer to that age old question, “What’s for dinner?”  

Recipe by LMCDEVIT for All Recipes.com

Yield: 8 Servings

Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by A. Jones

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tuna, drained
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups French’s Fried Onions®

 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine macaroni, tuna and soup then place in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Top with cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.  Sprinkle with fried onions and bake for another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.
Easy Tuna Casserole without french fried onions

If onions are not a favorite in the household, feel free to omit them from the Easy Tuna Casserole. (Photo by A. Jones)

 

Low-Carb Cheesy Taco Skillet

Recipe by Lindsay Funston for Delish

Yield: 4 Servings

Delish Cheesy Taco Skillet

Photo by Chelsea Lupkin for Delish

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 c. sliced green onions, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • kosher salt
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. black beans
  • 1 tbsp. Hot sauce
  • 1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar

 

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add bell pepper and green onions and cook until tender, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add chili powder and cumin and stir until combined, then season with salt.
  2. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, 5 minutes more.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and black beans and stir until combined. Stir in hot sauce, Monterey jack, and cheddar. Cover with a lid and let melt, 2 minutes, then garnish with green onions and serve.

Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Photo by Taste of Home™

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, halved
  • 2 cups fresh baby carrots
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 medium potatoes (2-1/3 pounds), peeled and cubed
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  2. About 30 minutes before serving, place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan; add the sour cream, butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mash until smooth.
  3. Set aside 12 peas for garnish. Add remaining peas to the slow cooker. Increase heat to high. In a bowl, whisk the flour, water and remaining salt until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Divide stew among six bowls. Place mashed potatoes in large resealable plastic bag; cut a 2-in. hole in one corner. Pipe ghost potatoes onto stew; garnish with reserved peas.
Originally published as Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes in Halloween Party Favorites 2009

 

One-Pot Chicken Alfredo Penne

Recipe from Pillsbury™.com (see website for Nutrition facts)
 
One-Pot Chicken Alfredo Penne

Photo by Pillsbury™

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 lb uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen sweet peas
  • 2 cups shredded or pulled deli rotisserie chicken
  • 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: 

  1. In nonstick 5-quart Dutch oven, heat evaporated milk, 4 cups hot water and the pasta to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Meanwhile, microwave peas as directed on box; drain.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in chicken and Alfredo sauce. Cook 3 minutes longer, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in peas and cheese.

Additional Tips: 
Tired of chicken?

  • Substitute chopped ham or cooked shrimp for a delicious twist.
  • A 5-oz bag of baby spinach makes a nice substitution for the peas. Just stir it in with the cheese. Keep stirring until the heat from the pasta wilts the greens.