Broccoli and Rice

Marilyn Lawler, Jackson County


1 c. Minute Rice

1 c. boiling water

2 tbsp. onion, chopped

8 oz. jar Cheez-Whiz

1 can cream of celery soup

16 oz. bag broccoli, steamed

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook rice in boiling water; set aside. Brown onion; set aside. Combine Cheez-Whiz, celery soup, rice and onion; mix until well combined. Steam bag of broccoli. Drain. Stir broccoli into cheese-rice mixture. Pour into baking dish; bake 45 minutes. 

Coconut Curry Ramen


1 c. frozen mixed vegetables

1-1/2 c. water

1 (3 oz.) pkg. instant ramen

1/2 c. full fat coconut milk

1 tsp. curry powder

Instructions: Add frozen vegetables and water to a small saucepan. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat to high and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, add the ramen noodles (without seasoning). Continue to boil for 2 to 3 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Shake the coconut can well to combine the solid fat and liquid before measuring. Add the coconut milk to the saucepan, and stir to combine. Finally, add the seasoning packet from the instant ramen and the curry powder. Stir to combine. Serve hot. *Note: Use canned coconut milk, not the type in a carton meant to be used as a dairy milk substitute. 

Chewy Bars

Sarah Martin, Johnson County


1 box yellow cake mix

2 tbsp. butter

1/2 c. chocolate chips

2 tbsp. flour

2 tbsp. water

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsp. corn syrup

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients. Place in a greased and floured 9x13-inch pan. This dough is very thick and takes a little patience to get into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 

Kielbasa Casserole

Pat McElhaney, Black Hawk County


1 Kielbasa (cut into bite-size circles)

3 to 4 medium potatoes (peeled and cut into bite-size pieces)

4 to 5 carrots (peeled and cut into bite-size pieces)

1 onion (sliced into rings)

Salt and pepper

3 tbsp. olive oil

Garlic pepper

Italian seasoning

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put Kielbasa, potatoes, carrots and onion in a large bowl. Pour the olive oil over the top, followed by the seasonings. Mix thoroughly. Pour into greased 9x13-inch casserole, and cover. Bake for 1 hour, uncover and stir.  Cook for another 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.

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