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Friends over for dinner tomorrow...need ideas

babywings76

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So we are having a couple and their kids over for dinner tomorrow. I'm trying to decide what to make. The husband doesn't like onions, mushrooms, or chunks/pieces of tomatoes. Everything I think of has onions or tomatoes as a crucial ingredient. Any ideas? I want something impressive, but not terribly time consuming.
 

kam

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Skillet Lasagna (no tomato chunks depending on the sauce you use) & garlic bites.
Asian Pork & Noodle Skillet (use chicken)

How about doing something with Power Cooking? Instead of making one recipe and getting 2 ready to freeze...perhaps make all 3 to serve. That way you could offer a variety. Just a thought.


Here's a non-PC one that is easy and everyone seems to love - esp. the kids:
PIZZA CASSEROLE

1 pound BOB EVANS® Italian Roll Sausage (the green packaged roll)
12 ounces wide noodles, cooked according to package directions
2 (14-ounce) jars pizza sauce
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
6 ounces sliced pepperoni

Preheat oven to 350°F. Crumble and cook sausage in medium skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain on paper towels.
Layer half of noodles in lightly greased 13x9-inch casserole dish. Top with half of sausage, half of pizza sauce, half of cheeses and half of pepperoni.
Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, reserving several pepperoni slices for garnish on top of casserole. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers.
 
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babywings76

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Thanks Kathleen! That sounds yummy.

Any other ideas out there? :D
 

AnnieBee

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I was going to say Mexican Chicken Lasagne, and then I realised that it has onions...

But on the other hand, maybe you should just make it anyway, I don't think the onions are particularly noticable, and maybe he should learn to eat what's cooked for him... :D.
 

babywings76

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I was going to say Mexican Chicken Lasagne, and then I realised that it has onions...

But on the other hand, maybe you should just make it anyway, I don't think the onions are particularly noticable, and maybe he should learn to eat what's cooked for him... :D.

LOL I know! That's how I feel! :D I keep thinking if I dice them up super duper fine if he wouldn't notice. Then I wonder if I should ask my friend if she thinks her husband would be bothered by that. Is it a texture or taste thing? Then I thought I could make my Chicken Diapers (shredded chicken/cream cheese/milk/green onions/S&P..bundled in crescent roll dough and dipped in butter and bread crumbs.) But then I think maybe the green onions would be bad.

So this is why I'm looking for other ideas. :D
 

ChefMary412

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I agree the asian chicken noodle skillet is great... my 3 and 14 year olds both love it, as do the adults!!
 

kam

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The Asian skillet is great with chicken ... just omit the green onions!

I can't eat onions - so I always omit them. I don't think I have ever added the onions to the Asian Noodle Skillet and it is still delish!
 

LeslieSGI

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PIZZA CASSEROLE

1 pound BOB EVANS® Italian Roll Sausage (the green packaged roll)
12 ounces wide noodles, cooked according to package directions
2 (14-ounce) jars pizza sauce
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
6 ounces sliced pepperoni

Preheat oven to 350°F. Crumble and cook sausage in medium skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain on paper towels.
Layer half of noodles in lightly greased 13x9-inch casserole dish. Top with half of sausage, half of pizza sauce, half of cheeses and half of pepperoni.
Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, reserving several pepperoni slices for garnish on top of casserole. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers.
I am sooo making this for my nieces and nephews when they come to visit. Thanks for sharing.
 

babywings76

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Okay, so I decided to make my Bowtie Chicken Alfredo with Garlic Biscuit Bites.

Here's how I make it:

Bowtie Chicken Alfredo

In the 12 in. skillet, saute green onions and garlic (I'm going to omit the green onions this time :( )
Add diced chicken breast (about 3 or 4 breasts, depending on how much chicken you want really) and saute till chicken is done.
Add one jar of Alfredo sauce and cook on low till it's all heated through.
Meanwhile, cook a box of bowtie pasta and then drain.
Add pasta to the sauce and stir to coat.
Serve in dots pasta bowls and have the microplane adj. grater handy w/ a block of fresh parmesan for everyone to use to top their dish.

Other options:
--Cook broccoli and stir in at the same time you add the pasta to the sauce.
--Cook bacon and crumble and add it to the sauce
--Saute proscuitto w/ the chicken

And since someone asked, here's the recipe for the Chicken Diapers...

Chicken Diapers (Bundles) (recipe serves 4, can double or triple just fine)

1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (use salad choppers or food choppers)
4 oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped green onions (cut off root and then start at white end working up to getting some green)

2 Tbsp. butter
dry unseasoned bread crumbs

Blend cream cheese and butter first, then add milk, S&P, and green onions. Stir in cooked chicken. Open up crescent dough. Keep 2 triangles together making a rectangle, (you'll make 4 rectangles). Seal perforations. Measure 1/2 cup of mixture and place in center of one rectangle. Bring up the 4 corners to cover the mixture and seal the dough together to completely enclose it. Repeat for other 3 rectangles.

Melt an additional 2 Tbsp of butter. Use silicone basting brush and brush bundles. Then pick up and place in bowl of unseasoned bread crumbs, roll all around coating everywhere. Place either on flat rectangle stone or metal sheet pan. Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes (until golden brown)

Serve with rice and vegetables or a salad.
 
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