March 7, 2008

Good recipes

Today at work we had a staff lunch to raise money for our Relay for Life team. Two of the dishes served were mine and went over really well so I thought I'd share them.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

2 & 1/2 C coarsely crushed pretzels
3 Tbs sugar
2 3oz pkgs Strawberry Jello
1 container Cool Whip
1 24oz container frozen strawberries
1/3 C butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 C sugar
2 C boiling water

Melt butter, mix in 3 Tbsp sugar, let cool a bit while crushing pretzels. Mix together, spread on bottom of 9x13 pan. Bake 10 mins at 350. Cool completely.

Dissolve the Jello in boiling water; add frozen strawberries, breaking up with fork as you stir. Chill until slightly thickened.

Cream together cream cheese and 1 C sugar. Add Cool Whip, mixing well. Spread over cooled pretzels - taking all the way to the sides. Pour jello mix over cool whip layer; chill until set. Can add more cool whip and sliced strawberries to top.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

3 chicken breasts
Olive oil, a couple of glugs
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 bag frozen corn
1 medium onion, chopped
Lemon juice, few glugs
1 jar good chunky salsa
1 can rinsed black beans
2 cans chicken broth
Cumin to taste
Chili powder to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste

1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag tortilla chips

Cook the chicken breasts.
Chop or shred into small pieces. (If you boil them it will be easy to shred them and you can then use that water instead of buying broth.)

Add all ingredients to crock pot except cheese and chips.

When thoroughly warm, serve with cheese sprinkled on top and chip in the side of bowl or crumbled on top.

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