Sausage & Green Chile Breakfast Casserole

Sausage & Green Chile Breakfast Casserole

A delicious breakfast casserole for those who like a little spice in their life.

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Corned Beef Reuben Casserole with Creamy Russian Dressing

Corned Beef Reuben Casserole

Want to try something a little different for St. Patrick’s Day this year? This low carb casserole has all of the flavors of a classic Reuben sandwich, in a hot delicious main dish casserole.

Layers of cooked cabbage, corned beef, sliced dill pickles, and sauerkraut are covered in melted Swiss cheese, then topped with a creamy Russian dressing. (The pickles are optional, but I love the extra tangy-ness and crunch.)

Bake in a large casserole dish or 9×13” pan for a delicious low carb meal.

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Serve hot and drizzle with homemade creamy Russian dressing to serve. I like to kick up the spiciness of the dressing by adding extra Sriracha.

Corned Beef Reuben Casserole with Russian Dressing

I cook my corned beef in an Instant Pot (70 minutes on high pressure), until tender enough to shred. You can also use leftover cooked corned beef and reduced amounts of the other ingredients to make a smaller sized casserole.

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Sugar Free French Silk Berry Pie

SF French Silk Berry Pie

Happy π Day! Here is a sugar free version of a French silk chocolate pie. The addition of fresh berries make it less rich, but you will still want to eat it in small serving sizes.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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This dessert combines two favorites: cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. The crust is made from chocolate chip cookie dough. The filling is a vanilla cheesecake. The top of the cheesecake is then dotted with chunks of cookie dough and baked.

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If you want a more chocolatey cheesecake, you can stir additional chocolate chips into the cheesecake batter.

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Instant Pot Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Making mashed potatoes in an Instant Pot is a perfect way to quickly cook the potatoes, and free up a burner on the stove. Then you can mash and stir all of the good stuff directly into the potatoes in the Instant Pot. After preparing, you can leave them in the Instant Pot on the warm setting for several hours before serving. This is very helpful when preparing a big meal with lots of last minute cooking details.

Yukon gold are my preferred type of potatoes for making mashed potatoes. Russet potatoes are great for baking, but can make for mealy mashed potatoes.

I flavor my mashed potatoes with butter, milk, cream, sour cream, and garlic. You can use regular minced garlic in these potatoes (or leave out the garlic all together), but using roasted garlic makes them a million times better! Sometimes I add a little bit of fresh grated Parmesan cheese as well.

To keep your potatoes nice and hot, be sure to heat the butter, milk, and cream before mixing them into the mashed potatoes. I like my potatoes slightly whipped with a mixer to remove most of the lumps, but don’t overwhip them or they will become gummy.

Here is a tutorial for roasting large quantities of garlic:

I roast about 3 pounds of garlic at a time (on a day I can leave the windows open), then freeze it in several 1 cup containers. I always have one container in the refrigerator to use whenever a recipe calls for garlic.

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Red Beans & Rice with Smoked Sausage

Red Beans & Rice with Smoked Sausage

This is an easy-to-make, family friendly recipe. (Unless you are the one of my five children who won’t touch anything that looks like a hot dog or sausage. She just picks around those and eats the rice and beans.) I usually have all of these ingredients on hand, so when I end up at the end of the day and don’t know what to cook, it is easy to pull some smoked sausage out of the freezer and put this together.

You can start with uncooked rice, or use leftover cooked rice to prepare it even faster.

The amounts of spice in the recipe will make a mildly spicy dish. Adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning and tabasco sauce to your family’s spice tolerance.

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