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HAM AND BEAN PASTA SALAD

Ham and Bean Pasta Salad - TSLC

This Ham and Bean Pasta Salad recipe is one of my very favorites and will quickly become one of yours, too.  This salad is great for picnics, family gatherings and just anytime you want a great salad.  It keeps well in the refrigerator and I love having it for lunch.  It is a meal by itself!

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni, cooked and drained according to package directions (could use shells or rotini, too)

1 cup ham, cooked and chopped

1 (15.5 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup carrots, scraped and chopped

1 cup frozen peas (could use fresh or canned)

1/2 cup purple onion, chopped (could use regular onion or green onions)

1/2 green pepper, chopped

1/2 cup mayonnaise (could use Miracle Whip)

3 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped (could use 1 teaspoon dried)

3 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped (could use 1 teaspoon dried)

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain.  In a large bowl combine macaroni, ham, kidney beans,  carrots, peas, onion and green pepper.  Mix together the mayonnaise, basil, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, black pepper and salt in a smaller bowl with a spoon.  Combine the dressing with the pasta.  Fold in the shredded cheese.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  Makes 8 to 9 cups of salad.  Enjoy!

Ham and Bean Pasta Salad TSLC

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Ham Salad.

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OLD-FASHIONED ICE BOX COLESLAW

Old-Fashioned Ice Box Coleslaw-TSLC

This recipe for Old-Fashioned Ice Box Coleslaw has been around a long time.  It is a tangy slaw that keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week and goes great with just about any meal as a side dish. I love making this to go with baked beans on the 4th of July but it is good for any holiday.   Just the fact that it keeps up to a week is good because you have it on hand to go with sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers anytime.  Each time I make this slaw I have forgotten how much we enjoy it and I hope you do, too.

1/2 of a large head of cabbage or 1 small head chopped or grated (I just chop mine)

1 small purple onion, chopped (can use regular onion)

1 green pepper, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/3 cup oil (I use Canola)

1 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine cabbage, onion, green pepper, carrot, celery seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Set aside.  Combine sugar, vinegar, oil and dry mustard in a saucepan and bring to a boil on top of the stove. Remove and let cool.  Toss dressing with slaw mixture.  Refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Makes 7 to 8 cups coleslaw. Keeps up to a week refrigerated.  Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Regular Coleslaw.

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CHEESY BACON YELLOW SQUASH CASSEROLE

Cheesy Bacon Yellow Squash Casserole - TSLC

This Cheesy Bacon Yellow Squash Casserole is my favorite thing to do with yellow squash besides frying it, of course.  This makes a great side dish for any meal, great for pot lucks and great reheated or leftover.  I make a meal of this for lunch if I have it left from dinner.

4 or 5 small to medium yellow squash, unpeeled and sliced in round pieces

4 slices bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled (save drippings)

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chopped basil

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons white granulated sugar

1 tablespoon bacon drippings

1/4 cup chopped onion (I use purple onion but can use regular or green onions)

1 cup White Cheddar Cheese-It Cracker crumbs (could use Ritz or Cheddar Cheese-It Crackers)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (Can use cheese of your choice)

Slice squash and set aside.  Cook bacon, drain and set aside saving drippings. In a bowl combine and whisk together the olive oil, black pepper, salt, basil, parsley, garlic, sugar,  bacon drippings and chopped onion. Pour over squash and toss to cover all the squash.  Spread a layer of the squash in a 2 to 3 quart baking dish, sprinkle on half the cheese cracker crumbs, half the crumbled bacon and half the shredded cheese.  Top with another layer of squash, cracker crumbs, bacon and cheese.  Bake covered with foil in a preheated 350 oven for 50 to 55 minutes until squash is done.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.  Enjoy!

Cheesy Bacon Yellow Squash Casserole TSLC

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Zucchini and Tomato Casserole.  

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QUICK AND EASY SOUTHERN LADY COOKS MEAL WITH GROCERY LIST

This is a really quick and easy meal from our site. You can throw this together quickly and not be in the kitchen all night. If you have missed any of our other meals, please check them out here.

 

Smoke Sausage and Roasted Vegetables  

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Grocery List:

  • 4 or 5 potatoes
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 or 4 carrots
  • 1 (1 pound) package Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage or Smoked Turkey
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • dried basil

 

Mexican Cornbread

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Grocery List:

  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (11 ounce) can white shoepeg corn, drained (can use yellow corn)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers, drained (can use 2 hot peppers of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Mexican style cheese, shredded
  • 4 tablespoon oil (I used two tablespoons of bacon grease and two of Canola oil)
 

Fresh Apple, Peach, and Blueberry Cobbler 

Fresh Apple Peach and Blueberry Cobbler - TSLC

Grocery List:

  • 2 to 3 large apples
  • 3 to 4 fresh large peaches
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, Optional
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 stick butter or margarine or 2 tablespoons

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine or 2 tablespoons
  • About 1/2 cup milk, more or less

 

 

This is the perfect quick recipe! We hope you and your family enjoy it.

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