Italian Sausage & Orzo Stuffed Peppers

In my garden the green peppers are going gangbusters. I’m still waiting for the yellow and red to finish ripening but, my goodness I have to start doing something with all the green peppers! I’m also kind of drowning in zucchini so I’m adding some to this recipe. Since I don’t like rice that’s incorporated into a dish (think chicken and rice casseroles) I decided to go Italian and use orzo instead of rice. Here’s my Italian Sausage & Orzo Stuffed Peppers!

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Southwest Cheeseburger Casserole

 

Summer barbecues are one of my favorite things and we pretty much all love a good cheeseburger. But the weather here has been extremely hot and the humidity is, in a word, ridiculous. The idea of standing over a flaming grill isn’t really appealing right now. So, to get the flavors without the heat I made Southwest Cheeseburger Casserole. It’s full of good old American flavors that we all enjoy, without all that standing outside in the 97° heat.

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Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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The zucchini plants are starting to produce in my garden. I’m being drowned in zucchini! Each year I swear I won’t plant as many zucchini as the year before but I do anyway. We’ve already had fried breaded zucchini and I’ve shredded zucchini for bread. I’m dehydrating it so I can add it to soups in the winter and I’ve thought about canning some pickled zucchini. And of course some will go to the food bank. Tonight I’m making Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats for dinner. I love the combination of zucchini and Italian sausage. The dish is a little spicy, a little sweet, and altogether delicious!

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More Really Inexpensive Meals

As always, I’ve been on the lookout for really inexpensive meals but I don’t want the same old things over and over. Fortunately I’ve found a few more really inexpensive meals that won’t feel like we’re not dining well. The recipes here will keep both your tummy and your wallet full!

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Bam’s Creamy Mushroom Chicken Bake

I use chicken thighs for this recipe but you could definitely substitute breasts. If you choose to use skinless, boneless chicken skip browning the chicken and increase the cooking time. Because the soups are salty I don’t add any additional salt.
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Money Saving Recipes — Mennonite Sour Cream Chicken

I thought it only fair to warn you. I find myself suddenly in a cooking/baking mood and so we’re going to be a bit recipe-heavy for a few days. Many of the recipes I’ll post this week will be old favorites I’ve collected from some of the finest ladies I ever met.
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