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    ISO of menu/recipe ideas

    I'm hosting the VFW Aux and their spouses next month...

    I"m in need of easy, make ahead recipes.
    There will be about 20 of us. Tend to be a older crowd
    I'd prefer something that be assembled ahead of time and cooked or warmed up quickly
    I"m open to sandwiches, dips, pastas, etc or other.

    I'm tired of the same ole bland sandwiches.......

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    What about 2 or 3 soups made, in the crocks and awaiting.

    Serve with an assortment of breads and rolls, cheeses, and butter, along with a veggie tray.

    Simple. Filling. And always a hit!
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    Soups are great idea. An easy one is a can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling) and a can or box of chicken broth. It is a blank slate and you can add seasonings of your choice. I quite often use fresh grated ginger, salt and pepper. I am a big fan of Penzeys mixed seasonings.

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    This Beef Stroganoff recipie is made in a crock pot and is delicious. Once it is done cooking, add your cooked noodles and keep on warm. You can have bread and salad on the side.
    http://thecrockstar.blogspot.com/200...troganoff.html
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    Greek Spinach Pie Braid made with Crescent Rolls in the tube.

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    I make a one dish casserole from Beef Rice-A-Roni and ground chuck. 1 family package of Beef Rice-A-Roni and 2 lbs ground chuck (fixed in crumbles). Prepare ground chuck and drain. Prepare Rice-A-Roni as directed. Add ground chuck, 1 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce (I use honey BBQ), and 2 drained cans of whole kernel corn. When it comes time to serve, simmer for about 10 minutes or place it in a 9 x 12 baking pan and place in the oven until heated. Then add shredded cheddar cheese to the top, cover and let sit until cheese melts. My family loves it served with a salad.

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    How about Neptune salad?
    1- 2lb pkg Imitation crab meat(thawed and cut & separated) You can substitute Canned Chicken Breast meat for the Crab, just make sure you drain and blot dry.
    1- Bunch Celery (chopped on an angle to look pretty not bigger than 1/2 inch)
    2- Bunches green onions (chopped at an angle not bigger than 1/2 inch)
    1- 1lb Medium-Sharp cheddar cheese (cubed not more than 1/2 square)
    1-2- cans Sliced Black Olives (drained and rinsed once and allowed to dry a bit)
    1+ cups Sour Cream
    2+ TBSP. Heavy mayo (By Heavy I mean not a runny brand, you want it to be thick)
    1-2 TBSP. 12 meshCracked(very course) Black pepper

    Mix first 5 ingredients and add Mayo and Sour Cream. Consistency should be just a little dry as celery will weep a little overnight. Add Cracked Black Pepper.
    I do not add any seasoning salt to it because the Surimi (imitation crab meat) has plenty in it.
    You can serve right away or even wait a couple days in the fridge.
    You can also add about 1-2 TBSP of Prepared Mustard or Grey Poupon if your taste buds run that way.
    You can also chop ingredients smaller and add more mayo for a wonderful sandwich filler.
    Hope this is helpful..
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    How about slow cooker BBQ pork? Get a boston butt, add a 12 ounce bottle of Coke and cook on low for 8 hours. Drain most of liquid, shred meat with forks. Have buns, bbq sauce and some coleslaw so everyone can make their own sandwiches?

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    Here's a great side salad:

    Grape Salad
    4 lbs. seedless grapes, washed and dried
    Mix together: 8 Oz. cream cheese
    5 Oz. sour cream
    1 tsp. vanilla
    Mix with grapes and put in a casserole dish.
    Mix together: 1 ½ c. chopped pecans
    1 c. light brown sugar
    Put brown sugar and nut mixture on top and refrigerate at least 12 hours before serving.

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    Baked potatoes, and have chopped beef BBQ, sour cream, cheese, chives, and butter so each can stuff his/her own. A big salad and a dessert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahansen44 View Post
    Soups are great idea. An easy one is a can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling) and a can or box of chicken broth. It is a blank slate and you can add seasonings of your choice. I quite often use fresh grated ginger, salt and pepper. I am a big fan of Penzeys mixed seasonings.
    I LOVE Penzy's and their spices, mixes and soup bases .. My DD introduced me to them so whenever we go into visit them; we stop and I stock up. We have used some of their recipes from the catalogues.
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    How about shepards pie, or a chicken/tater-tot casserole, or Chicken Divan?

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    Sloppy Joes - 4 lbs. hamburger, 1 cup onion, chopped; 14 oz. bottle catsup, 1 cup water, 2 T. brown sugar; 1 T. worcestershire; 1 T. salt; 2 t. vinegar; 1 t. mustard. Brown hamburger and onions. Drain. Add rest of ingredients and simmer. Spoon onto buns. This freezes well before or if you have leftovers. Serves 20-24. You could keep it warm in a crock pot. Can either be served on buns or as a topping for baked potatoes.
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    How about chicken enchiladas?

    MOM’S VERY BEST CHICKEN ENCHILADAS:


    3 Chicken Breasts (halves)
    1 onion, diced
    1 Tbsp minced garlic
    1 Can Campbells Nacho Fiesta Cheese Soup
    1 Large can Old El Paso Mild Enchilada Sauce (about 28 oz)
    ½ cup sour cream
    2 Cans Chicken Broth (or bullion and boiling water to equal)
    1 Small Can Diced Green Chiles
    3 cups Mexican Shredded Cheese (or Colby Jack Shredded)
    2 tsp vegetable oil
    2 tsp chili powder
    2 tsp cumin
    1 tsp dried jalapeno flakes
    3 Tbsp. Taco seasoning
    12 flour tortillas
    1 Small can sliced black olives (optional)

    Place chicken breasts in chicken broth, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook until done. Allow breasts to cool and then shred with two forks. Save broth for other uses.

    Put oil in large deep skillet and sauté diced onion. Mix enchilada sauce and cheese soup and whisk until well combined. Place about 1 cup sauce into skillet with onions; add shredded chicken, diced green chilies and seasonings. Cook on med low heat about 15 min. stirring once in a while. Remove from heat and add sour cream. Spray a 9x13 pan with Pam and add about ½ cup enchilada sauce mixture in bottom and spread to cover bottom of pan. Take a few tortillas (about 4 at a time) and soften in microwave, remove and place about ¼ cup chicken mixture across top half of tortilla, add a good amount of the shredded cheese, sliced olives and roll up. Place seam side down in pan. Continue until all tortillas are filled, rolled and in pan. Pour the rest of the sauce over all the enchiladas, top with shredded cheese. Cover and place in 350 oven for 30 to 35 min. Serve with Mexican Rice, refried beans and of course, Flan for dessert.

    **Note this can be frozen before right after topping with cheese. When ready to serve, take out of freezer and allow to sit at room temp about 30 min. then bake in oven.
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    Taste of Home has my very fav scalloped potatoes with cheese.I make it as shown & add small dice ham.The recipe fills a large cake pan.7 layer salad is good to make ahead.Cheese & meat with crackers goes with soup.
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    Corn Casserole
    1 14 oz can whole kernel corn---1/2 drained
    1 14 oz can cream corn
    2 eggs beaten
    1 cup sour cream
    1 pkg corn muffin mix
    1/4 lb melted butter
    1/4 cup oil
    1 tsp sugar
    Beat eggs, add butter. oil, sugar, and sour cream
    Mix in muffin mix and corn.
    Pour in baking dish (I use a dish about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep--assures center is done)
    Bake 350
    45 min to 1 hour

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziegamomma View Post
    Baked potatoes, and have chopped beef BBQ, sour cream, cheese, chives, and butter so each can stuff his/her own. A big salad and a dessert.
    Love this idea!!!!

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    My friend just made this grape salad for a shower we hosted. It was wonderful. She was gong to give me the recipe but now I have it. I wanted t take it to our year end pt luck our guild has. It s easy, healthy and good.
    Sharon

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    soup always tastes better warmed up. I just went to a luncheon that was light but filling.. Salad greens with a scoop of tuna salad that had grapes in it, some crackers and fresh fruit on the side. Then cookies, brownies, etc for desert

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    This is the best soup ever! You and your friends will love it! I do not use wine, zucchini or grn peppers in my soup. Personal preference! Bon Appetite

    Tortellini and Sausage Soup

    Ingredients
    • 1 ground Italian sausage (I use mild.)
    • 1 cup chopped onions
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 5 cups beef stock
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 1/2 cup red wine (I don’t put wine in my soup)
    • 4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped (I use canned diced tomatoes)
    • 1 cup chopped carrots
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (I try to use fresh basil)
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 cup tomato sauce
    • 1 zucchini, chopped (I don’t put zucchini in my soup)
    • 8 ounces cheese tortellini
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (I don’t put peppers in my soup)
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping
    Directions
    1. Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.
    2. Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.
    3. Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.

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    Where's the recipe for the Greek Spinach? Sounds good to me!

    TIA

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    Go to pillsbury.com and look up crescent roll recipes to make braids. I use regular Greek spinach pie recipes for the filling. It contains chopped spinach, feta cheese, fresh dill, green onions, regular yellow onion, parmesan cheese, eggs and salt and pepper to taste.

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    My daughter served us for dinner last night and made the most awesome crockpot lasagna! I'll get the recipe and post it later. She also served salad and garlic bread....it was wonderful.

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