Recipes – Red Hot Apples (four ingredients)

This versatile recipe makes a great dessert, a delicious topping for ice cream, or a colorful condiment when served with pork. The choice is yours.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup red hot candies
1/4 cup hot water
5-6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup sugar

Directions:

Pour candy and water into slow cooker and stir. Add apple slices and sugar; stir well. Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours.

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Recipes – Easy Chili con Queso (four ingredients)

This simple recipe is great for gatherings of family and friends. The nice thing is that you can serve it right from the crock of your slow cooker.

Ingredients:

1 pound Velveeta cheese or similar product, cubed
1 can chili, no beans
3-4 green onions, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can green chiles, drained and diced

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Recipes – Cauliflower Almondine (four ingredients)

This is a great recipe for a simple lunch dish or for a vegetable casserole side dish.

Ingredients:

32 ounce package of frozen cauliflower florets
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup toasted almond slices

Directions:

Steam your cauliflower until tender; drain. Mix cauliflower, sour cream, and half of cheese in a large bowl. Pour into a greased casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Toss toasted almond slices evenly on top of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Season to taste.

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Recipe – Greatest time crunch mashed potatoes ever (four ingredients)

If you had told me a year ago that I would be posting recipes that include a convenience food in the list of ingredients, I would have laughed. You see, for 99.9% of my life I have been a scratch cook. I’m one of those people that own cooking software and actually use it. However, the game of life has its curve balls and now time is always on my mind. I have made this recipe many, many times and people always comment on the wonderful flavor of these potatoes. Try it, I think you’ll agree.

Ingredients:

2 packages Idahoan “Baby Reds” instant mashed potatoes
4 1/2 cups water
2-3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 package cream cheese

Directions:

Heat water and bouillon cubes on stove top or in microwave oven. When water comes to a boil, remove from heat source and stir in Baby Reds until texture is consistent. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Add cream cheese and stir until blended. Makes 8 servings.

Note: The package direction call for 2 cups water per package. I have found that 2 1/4 cups works better. You can cut this recipe in half or multiply it without any effect on flavor. You can also dress it up by sprinkling it with grated cheese.

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