This week's Menu of the Week comes from our cookbook, Slow-Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets, a collection of family-favorite recipes cooked in these easy ways! Divided into three big sections, each includes recipes that take Just 5 Ingredients, Easy Family Meals and One-Dish Dinners...mealtime has never been easier!
With recipes focused on mains, sides, soups and sandwiches, it's sure to have something to tempt your tummy at any time of year. Below, you'll find a sampling of recipes from the book...follow us on Twitter and get a recipe EVERY DAY this week or click over to our Online Recipe Box for LOTS more from Slow-Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets!
John's Spinach & Red Pepper Chicken
From the 5-Ingredient recipe chapter of the Casseroles section, this recipe was originally shared by Michelle Johnson of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. She writes, "My brother-in-law's cousin John shared this recipe with me...it's a keeper! I like to prepare this casserole in the morning, pop it in the fridge and bake it when I come home from work."
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
8-oz. pkg. shredded Italian cheese blend
8-oz. bottle Italian salad dressing
cooked rice or pasta
Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax paper and pound to flatten. Lay chicken in a lightly greased 13"x9" baking pan. Arrange peppers on top of chicken; layer with spinach and cheese. Pour dressing over top. Cover and refrigerate for one to 8 hours. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve over cooked rice or pasta. Makes 6 servings
Mom's Mini Reubens
Cheryl Breeden of North Platte, Nebraska writes that this was always her mom's favorite recipe during football season. She continues, "It's so yummy, easy and fun for guests to fix their own mini sandwiches...even if our team lost, dinner was always a winner!" Thanks for sharing it, Cheryl...we love it any time of year!
2 16-oz. pkgs. shredded Swiss cheese
8-oz. bottle Thousand Island salad dressing
32-oz. pkg. refrigerated sauerkraut, drained and chopped
1/4 to 1/2 lb. deli corned beef, chopped
Optional: 1 t. caraway seed
1 to 2 loaves party rye
Garnish: dill pickle slices
Put all ingredients except party rye and pickles in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for about 4 hours, or until mixture is hot and cheese is melted. Stir to blend well. To serve, arrange party rye slices and pickles on separate plates around slow cooker. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Country Fried Pork Chops
Gladys Pilch of Sylva, North Carolina, writes about her recipe, "These pork chops are so easy to fix, no wonder they're a favorite of mine! I serve them over buttered egg noodles, followed by hot cinnamon applesauce and cookies for dessert." Sounds yummy to us...thanks for sharing, Gladys!
4 pork chops
4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 to 1 T. shortening
10-3/4 oz. can cream of celery soup
1/2 c. water
1/4 t. dried thyme
6 pearl onions
1 c. carrots, peeled and sliced
In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown pork chops and mushrooms in shortening. Drain; stir in soup, water and thyme. Add onions and carrots. Cover and cook over low heat for 45 minutes, or until tender. Stir occasionally. Serves 4.
Hearty Pierogie Casserole
This comforting casserole was shared with us by Sheryl Maksymowski of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She writes, "I have been making this casserole for nearly 25 years and my family's faces still light up every time I make it. It really sticks to your ribs and is so very easy!"
2 to 3 16.9-oz. pkgs. frozen favorite-flavor pierogies
1-1/2 to 2 lbs. smoked pork sausage, sliced into bite-size pieces
26-oz. can cream of mushroom soup
3-1/4 c. milk
2 to 3 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil; add pierogies and sausage. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until pierogies float; drain. Arrange mixture in a 13"x9" glass baking pan that has been sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. Blend soup and milk; pour over top. Top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until soup is bubbly and cheese is lightly golden. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Makes 8 servings.
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