Monday, July 21, 2008

Baked Beans

1 28 oz. can baked beans
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium red pepper, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
4 links spicy pork sausage
2 tbl. chili powder
3 tbl. Worcestershire sauce
4 tbl. vinegar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. ketchup
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)

Brown the sausage links in a large skillet. Cut into bite size pieces. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2-3.

Chicken and Mushrooms

2 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 medium red sweet pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c. beef broth
2 tbl. couscous
2 tbl. balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Hot cooked pasta

Combine mushrooms, undrained tomatoes, red sweet pepper, onion, beef broth, couscous, balsamic vinegar and garlic in a crock pot. Place the chicken breasts on top. Sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika on top of the chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours, or on high for 4-4 1/2 hours.

Serve in shallow bowls with cooked pasta.

Spicy Orange Chicken

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tbl. olive oil
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large red pepper, cut into thin strips
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. finely shredded orange peel
1 c. orange juice
1/2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. hot salsa
1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
chopped avocado (optional)

In a large skillet, cook the chicken in the olive oil for about 15 minutes. Turning to brown evenly. Remove all chicken from the pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside. Add onion, sweet pepper and garlic to the pan. Cook until the onion and pepper are just tender. Return the chicken to the pan. Add the orange peel, orange juice, chicken broth and salsa. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Add beans to the mixture and heat through. Serve with chopped avocado.