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Afsha Kasam

Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

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Ingredients:

► 1 tablespoon butter

► 1/2 cup chopped onion

► 1/2 cup chopped celery

► 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

► 1 (14.5 ounce) can vegetable broth

► 1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast

► 1 1/2 cups egg noodles

► 1 cup sliced carrots

► 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

► 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

► Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

► Melt butter over medium heat in a large pot. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes. Pour in chicken and vegetable broths. Stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.

 

Beer & Bacon Mac n Cheese

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Ingredients:

► 1 pound macaroni noodles

► 12 ounce bottle beer

► 8 ounces cream cheese

► 1 pound shredded cheddar

► 1 cup crumbled bacon

Directions:

► Boil a large pot of salted water. Once boiled, cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

► Pour the beer in a second large pot. Put the pot over high heat, add cream cheese. As the beer starts to simmer, break the cream cheese into crumbles with a whisk and whisk it into the beer. Add the shredded cheddar. Keep warm and whisk until completely smooth.

► Pour the cooked and drained macaroni into the cheese sauce. Reduce heat to low, then stir and cook another 3 minutes to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste.

► For serving, scoop the beer mac and cheese into bowls and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

 

Cheesy Beef Nachos

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Ingredients:

► 1 pound group beef

► 1 bag tortilla chips

► 1 packet taco seasoning

► 1 diced tomato

► 1/2 cup lettuce

► 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

► 1/4 cup black olives

► 1 chopped jalapeño

► 1 jar of salsa

► 1 container sour cream

► 1 container guacamole

Directions:

► Place chips on large plate.

► Brown ground beef in sautee pan and drain.

► Add taco seasoning packet to beef.

► Pour beef mixture over chips.

► Top with cheese and put in microwave or oven to melt cheese.

► Add lettuce, tomato, olives, jalapeño, then more cheese. Add sour cream, salsa and guacamole if desired.

 

Brownie in a Mug

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Ingredients:

► 1/4 cup (50g) of flour

► 1-2 drops of vanilla extract

► 1/4 cup (70g) sugar

► 2 tablespoons (13g) of natural and unsweetened cocoa

► Pinch of salt

► Small pinch of cinnamon

► 1/4 cup (60ml) water

► 2 tablespoons canola oil or vegetable oil

► A scoop of ice cream or 1-2 teaspoons of heavy whipping cream to serve

Directions:

► In a microwave-safe mug, pour the flour, sugar, cinnamon, cocoa and salt. Stir with a spoon to mix well.

-In the mug, add the water, oil and vanilla extract and stir until there are no clumps.

► Put the mug in the microwave and heat on high. If one does not know the power level of his or her microwave, he or she should start with 60 seconds and increase accordingly. For a 1,000-watt microwave, heat the mixture for a minute and 40 seconds. The brownie should be moist when cooked through, not dry.

► Allow the brownie to cool for a minute and serve it with some ice cream or whipping cream.

Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

Ingredients:

► 1 can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

► 1 apple

► 1 container of caramel

► Pan Spray

► Coffee mugs

 Directions:

► Preheat the oven to 350°F.

► Spray 3 coffee mugs with pan spray.

► Cut the cinnamon rolls into quarters and roll them into balls.

► Cut the apple into small pieces.

► In a mug, put one layer of cinnamon roll balls, then add the apples and drizzle the caramel.

► Repeat until the coffee mug is nearly full.

► Bake this creation for 25-30 minutes and if needed, add more caramel on top.

 

Nutella Croissants

Ingredients:

► A package of croissants from the store

► Nutella

Directions:

► Microwave a few croissants on a microwave safe plate for about a minute.

► Cut the croissants open and spread the Nutella inside.

 

Oreo Bars

Ingredients:

► A package of Oreos

► A package of large marshmallows

► 4 tablespoons of butter

Directions:

► Put Oreos into the Ziploc bag.

► Crush the Oreos into small pieces.

► In a microwaveable bowl, melt the butter and marshmallows (until they fluff up) for about 2 minutes.

► Add the Oreo pieces quickly and mix.

► In an 8×8 in. pan, flatten the mixture.

► Leave the bars to cool for 10 minutes.

► Cut into 9 bars.