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Tip of the Week: Kitchen Must Haves for a Quick Healthy Meal

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Top 10 Kitchen Must Haves for Quick Healthy Meals1. Canned dried beans (black, pinto, kidney, etc.)

  1. taco soup, minestrone, chili, tacos, burritos, side dishes, and salads. 2. Dried pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, linguine, etc.)
  2. Spaghetti or other pasta dishes, pasta salad, macaroni and cheese, and soups. 3. Canned diced tomatoes
  3. chili, soup, enchiladas, salsa, and pasta sauces. 4. Canned or frozen corn
  4. taco soup, casseroles, and side dish. 5. Frozen broccoli or spinach
  5. casseroles, pasta salads, and soups 6. Frozen or canned cooked chicken or beef
  6. casseroles, soup, burritos, enchiladas, and pasta dishes. 7. Rice
  7. casseroles, soups, burritos, puddings and side dishes. 8. Tortillas
  8. tacos, burritos, corn chips, cinnamon chips, and casseroles. 9. Variety seasoning packets (taco, gravy, etc.) 10. Creamed soups (chicken, mushroom, celery)
  9. casseroles, sauces for meat and vegetables, and base for soup. Recipe Ideas
  10. Taco Soup. Heat drained kidney or black beans, tomatoes, corn, and taco seasoning. For a hearty dish add cooked or canned shredded beef or chicken.
  11. Creamy Pasta Florentine: Cook 8 ounce pasta according to package directions. Make a white sauce with milk, flour and margarine (you can find a recipe in any cookbook). Stir in 1/2 cup grated cheese and a 10 ounce package frozen spinach and heat through. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in drained cooked pasta.
  12. Black Bean and Rice Burritos: Drain 1 can diced tomatoes and 1 can black beans. Heat together and stir in 1 cup cooked rice. Warm tortillas. Spread bean mixture down center of tortilla and roll to form a burrito.
  13. Minestrone Soup: Heat together one 16 oz package frozen broccoli, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 3 cups chicken broth, 1 can great northern beans (drained and rinsed), 2 ounce uncooked pasta, 1 package spaghetti sauce seasoning. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until pasta and vegetables are tender.
  14. Chicken Broccoli Bake: Mix 2 cups cooked chicken with 4 cups cooked rice and 2 cups thawed frozen broccoli. Place in casserole. Stir 2 cans cream of chicken soup with 1 can milk. Pour soup mixture over rice mixture. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.
  15. Rice Pudding: Stir together 2/3 cup cooked rice, 2 beaten eggs, 4 cups milk, and 1/2 cup sugar. Simmer over low heat stirring until thick and creamy. About 5-8 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla and add 1/2 to 1 cup of raisins if desired. Dust with cinnamon or nutmeg.

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