Easy Strawberry Cheesecake

2 (8 oz pkgs) light cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie shell – unless you make your own
1/2 cup light sour cream
3 cups strawberries, sliced and sprinkled with a little sugar – otherwise buy a large can of strawberry pie filling.
2 tbsp. sugar-free strawberry jam, slightly melted

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, with mixer, mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, mix well. Pour into crust. Cook 40 minutes or until almost set in the middle.

Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Add strawberry mixture to top of cheesecake and then refrigerate for 3 hours.

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Garlic Parmasean Chicken Bake

Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 30 Min
Ready In:45 Min
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic–  minced
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, blend the olive oil and garlic.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and pepper.
  4. Dip each chicken breast in the oil mixture, then in the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish, and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.
  6. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Serve with steamed green beans, a rice mixture and a green salad.

Simple and Quick Shrimp Scampi

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of medium to large size shrimp w/ tails
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • black pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 box of angel hair pasta

Directions:

  1. place shrimp on large bowl under cold running water
  2. remove tails and butterfly shrimp by slightly cutting along vein
  3. set aside shrimp in strainer to drip dry
  4. chop up all garlic as fine as possible
  5. add olive oil, butter and garlic to frying pan – heat at medium until simmering
  6. bring pot of water to a boil for noodles
  7. add noodles to water and boil for 8 minutes
  8. add shrimp to frying pan while noodles are cooking
  9. saute shrimp in butter and garlic for 5-6 minutes.
  10. remove frying pan from heat – allow shrimp to slightly cool in butter sauce
  11. strain noodles – when complete cooking
  12. pour cooked noodles into large bowl, add entire shrimp mixture from frying pan
  13. toss in bowl to mix well – add 3 tablespoons of fresh Parmesan cheese, toss more and serve

** great with fresh steamed asparagus or green beans with almond shavings.

Chicken and Artichoke Pizza

 

Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 17 Min
Ready In: 27 Min
Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (11 ounce) package Grilled and Ready Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips
  • 1 (10 ounce) pre-baked pizza crust
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar artichoke hearts, marinated, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place pizza crust on baking sheet.
  2. Top pizza crust evenly with tomato slices. Sprinkle with garlic. Top with artichokes and chicken. Sprinkle with basil. Top with cheese.
  3. Bake pizza 12 to 17 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.

 

 

Simple Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 20 Min
Ready In: 30 Min
Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 (5 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

 

 Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine Mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl.
  3. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

 

Flavorful Lasagna

Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 40 Min
Ready In: 1 Hr
Serves: 8

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 pinch basil
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 (14 ounce) jars marinara sauce
  • 1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef and Italian sausage in a large skillet. Drain excess grease. Stir in the water and black olives, and season with basil, garlic powder, oregano, sage, pepper and minced garlic. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in the marinara sauce, and remove from the heat.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Place a layer of the meat and sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover with a layer of dry noodles. Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese over the noodles, and sprinkle with a little mozzarella cheese. Cover with another layer of sauce, and repeat layering ending with the meat and sauce on top. Reserve about 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese for later.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, but check after 30 minutes depending on how thick the lasagna is. Lasagna is cooked when you can easily stick a knife into it. Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top, and return to the oven for about 10 minutes for a nice melted cheese topping.

**Excellent with a glass of Pinot Noir!