Spinach Cheese Tortellini – Main Course – Crock Pot

This is such a simple dish but it is rich and full of flavor, perfect for a cold night or when you need some comfort food.  This is one of those dishes that you can change the broth and add a met and completely change the flavor.  You can use any vegetable you like or have on hand.  But for those of you who need a precise recipe, here is one blew, I prose you this is EASY and AMAZING!

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Simply get a crock pot

Add 1/2 pound fresh spinach, washed

8 oz of fresh mushrooms sliced

1 package of Cream Cheese (cut it into cubes it will melt easier

One package (bags in freezer section of grocery of the Tortellini of your choice (Cheese, meat etc)

One can of Italian Style Diced Canned tomatoes

1 Can of Chicken Broth ( You can actually use any flavor broth you prefer)

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Place in crock pot on low for 6 hours

When you are ready to serve stir ir up to mix up the cream cheese evenly and serve.

Best served with a nice crunchy bread to absorb the extra sauce.

PS this is a perfect one to take to the office for a pot luck or to a family members for a holiday.  So much you can do with this.

Dessert – Rum Chata Cup Cakes

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Rum Chata Cupcakes
YIELD: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
½ cup butter (1 stick, at room temperature)
1½ cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup RumChata
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
4 egg whites

RumChata Cream Cheese Frosting

12 ounces of cream cheese (1½ packages, at room temperature)
½ cup of butter (1 stick, at room temperature)
½ tsp of vanilla
5 tbsp of RumChata
1 package of confectioners’ sugar (2 lb. bag)

Directions

•Preheat oven to 350* •Combine sugar and butter and beat until fluffy
•Mix together flour, baking powder, salt,&cinnamon, set aside
•Mix the RumChata&vanilla together, set aside
•Alternating, add in the flour mixture and RumChata mixture in to the butter and sugar. Start and end with the flour mixture.
•In a clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form (this will be easiest in an electric mixer)
•Fold egg whites in to the batter – do not do this in an electric mixer, use a spatula
•Fill cupcake liners •Bake for 20 minutes

Frosting Directions:

•Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth
•Add vanilla
•Slowly add confectioners’ sugar
•Mix in RumChata (use more or less based on the thickness of the frosting. use 4 to 5 tbsp)
•Frost the cupcakes

Main Course or Appetizer – Spaghetti Squash Cup Cake HEALTHY

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This is really a pretty healthy dish, served with a side salad it is a meal, perfect for dieting on the go and weight watchers
Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 1lb Ground Beef, or to continue to keep it light use 1/2 Turkey/ 1/2 beef
  • 1 (14oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3 egg whites, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • shredded cheese Mozzarella, Provel or Parmesan
Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, use a spoon to remove the seeds and excess threads.
Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Make sure not to overcook!!

Add your ground beef/turkey to a large bowl and add ½ tablespoon of parsley, basil, and thyme and a bit of salt and pepper. Combine.
(See tip below on Fennel and Sage)
******TIP FENNEL can add a whole new flavor to your meat so try using just turkey meat with Fennel and Sage you will be AMAZED at how much flavor the meat has.
  • Make your ground beef into small bite-sized meatballs.
  • Now place a large skillet under medium heat, add a little olive oil then small meatballs.
  • Then add your can of tomato sauce, extra herbs, and salt and pepper.
  • After meatballs have cooked for about 3-4 minutes, flip them and let them simmer in the sauce.
  • While the meatballs are cooking through, remove your spaghetti squash from oven and use a fork to de-thread the squash. (Scrape it and it will shred and look like spaghetti)
  • Turn oven down to 350 degrees.
  • Spray your muffin pan then add your spaghetti squash threads  pressing down in the middle of the cup for the meatball to sit.
  • Once the meatballs are done cooking, remove them from the sauce, and place each one in a muffin pan
  • Sprinkle a little Parmesan or provel or mozzarella cheese as your taste requires
  • Now pour just a little bit of beaten egg white on top of each muffin, spaghetti squash and the meatball.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until egg is completely cooked through.
  • Extra Sauce can be served in a side dish or added to the top before baking

Main Course or Appetizer – Lasagna Cup Cakes

lasagna cupsIngredients:
2 cups of marinara sauce
1 lb of ground beef
24 wonton wrappers
3 cups of shredded mozzarella
1 cup of shredded Parmesan
4 oz of ricotta
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
Brown beef and season with salt and pepper.
Cut wonton wrappers into circle shapes using a biscuit cutter (I just used my kitchen cooking scissors)
Start layering your lasagna cupcakes. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin.
Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese, Ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
Top with a little meat and marinara sauce.
Then layer with another wonton wrapper and repeat the layers.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. To remove use a knife to loosen the edges then pop each lasagna out.
Then enjoy!

Appetizer – Crab Rangoon Dip

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Crab Rangoon Dip

Ingredients:

-2 cups crab meat
… -16 oz. cream cheese (2 blocks)
-1/2 cup sour cream
-4 green onions, chopped
-1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
-2 Tbsp powdered sugar
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1/2 tsp lemon juice

First, soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about a minute.
Chop your green onions. Add them and your two cups of crab meat .
Add the sour cream, Wosterschire sauce, powdered sugar, garlic powder and lemon juice.
Mix all the ingredients and bake for 30 mins at 350 degrees. Serve hot with chips or fried wontons or pork rinds.

Appetizer – Buffalo Chicken Cups

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Buffalo Chicken Cups

Ingredients

12 oz of chicken (diced or shredded)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce (Frank’s is the brand I like)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
24 wonton wrappers
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray brownie pan very lightly with kitchen spritzer.

2. In a medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese, Ranch dressing, wing sauce and 3/4 cheddar cheese (save remaining 1/4 cup for topping). You can soften the mixture slightly in the microwave if needed to make it come together. Stir in shredded chicken.

3. Start layering your cups. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin. Spoon about a tablespoon of the chicken mixture. Top with another wonton wrapper and add another tablespoon of chicken mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and a little blue cheese.

4. Bake for 18 minutes or until edges are brown. Check cups after 10 minutes into cooking and if edges are browned cover the cupcakes with foil for the remaining cooking time.

5. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. To remove, use a knife to loosen the edges then pop each cup out.