Sometimes we just need a warm and healthy meal for dinner that is easy to make, for ourselves or our family. Or perhaps you need some nourishing recipe ideas to make a delicious creation for a potluck! At any rate, here are three of my favorites to hopefully inspire you.
Easy Squash Casserole
This is a great way to use some of that squash from your garden. Make ahead and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake!
6 cups of squash, yellow or zucchini, chopped
1 cup of chopped, sweet Vidalia onion
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of shredded carrots
½ cup of unsalted butter, softened
4 cups of dry stuffing mix
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil. Add squash and onions and boil for about 5 minutes. Drain.
In a large bowl, combine the soup and the sour cream, mixing well. Stir in the carrots. Gently fold in the squash and onions.
In another bowl, mix the butter with the stuffing mix until crumbly. Spread half of the stuffing in a 12x7x2 inch baking dish. On top of this, spread the squash mixture from edge to edge and cover with the remaining stuffing.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Delicious Pumpkin Chili
2 pounds ground beef
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. sugar
2 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice (or beef broth)
2 (28 ounce) cans diced or stewed tomatoes with juice
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
In a large pot over medium heat, brown the beef; drain.
Add the bell pepper and onion and bell pepper. Cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the remaning ingredients and stir.
Simmer 1 hour.
Classic Green Bean Casserole
1 can green beans
1/2 can (or 5 oz) cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup French fried onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl, mix all ingredients. Pour into a casserole dish. Bake for 25 minutes.
If you’d like, you can top with more french fried onions and bake for another 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.