My Go To Recipes

Do you have any recipes that you consider a go to recipe?  Something that you make when you have no idea what to make for dinner? 

I thought I would share a couple of my go to recipes with you today. They are so simple even the kids can make them.  With supervision of course.

The first one is a recipe from The Duggar Family:

Chicken Etti

1 package spaghetti noodles
3 cups diced, cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped green pepper 
1 cup chicken broth 
1 pound cheese (Velveeta)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can cream of chicken soup
Boil spaghetti noodles, and put them into a large bowl.
Add chicken, green pepper, and chicken broth.
In a smaller bowl, combine the cheese, diced tomatoes, and cream of chicken soup.
Stir, and melt mixture in the microwave. 
Pour the cheese mixture into the large bowl, and mix. 
Pour the mixture into a casserole dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

This is so easy and VERY GOOD. 

My next recipe is one that I have been making for years.  It was one of the first things I learned to cook on my own. 

Tater-Tot Casserole

1 pound ground hamburger
1 bag of tatertots
1 package taco seasoning
1 can of mushroom soup or 1 can of nacho cheese soup
shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Brown the humburger until no pink remains and then drain.
Add the taco seasoning and mushroom or cheese soup.
Mix together very well.
Pour into a casserole dish and pour tater tots over top. Use the whole bag.
Bake for 30-35 minutes in 350 degree oven.
After 30-35 minutes add shredded cheese to top and continue to bake for about 10 minutes.  Just long enough for the cheese to get melty.
Then serve and enjoy.

* Sometimes instead of using shredded cheese I will make a cheese sauce with velveeta. 
For that you need:
1 block of Velveeta cheese

Cut the cheese into cubes and put in a microwave safe bowl.
Pour in enough milk to cover the cubed cheese.
Melt in microwave in 1 minute intervals stirring after each cycle.
Continue until cheese is smooth.
Pour over top of casserole and bake until cheese is a little brown and bubbly.  About 10 minutes, but I usually go 15 minutes if I use the cheese sauce route.

Sometimes it takes a little longer this way, but it really is better.  The cheese leaks down between the tater tots and into the meat. 

It is so good.  Even Munchkin likes it.

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