Mealtime Mama: The perfect Autumn line-up

bigstockphoto_calligraphy__recipes__283740.jpgThanks to Christine Ahern of Fayetteville for the following recipes that are just right for a nice Fall meal!

Chicken Chili:

1 lb or more of cooked chicken and sausage depending on how meaty you like it (can use just chicken if you’d rather)

Two cans of chicken broth

1 cup of salsa (or more)

2 cans of white northern beans, drained

1 1/2 cup of colby/monterey shredded cheese (can use cheddar)

Add salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in big pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for an hour or more to flavor.

onion1.jpgVidalia Onion Cornbread:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 large Vidalia or other sweet onion, chopped
1 (8-ounce) package cornbread/muffin mix
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup sour cream
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion until tender, but not browned, for about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the muffin mix, egg, milk, sour cream, 1/2 cup of the cheese, the salt, and dill weed. Stir to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until set and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into 16 squares.

Note: Christine got this cornbread recipe from a Paula Deen cookbook.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins:

2 cups sugar

2 cups canned pumpkin

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup fat free vanilla pudding (I use yogurt sometimes)

4 large egg whites, lightly beaten

3 cups all purpose flour (I use the whole wheat flour)

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour measure to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon batter in muffin pans (the actual recipe makes 2 loaves of bread but I converted it into muffins). For muffins, cook for 20-22 min. For loaves, back for 1 hr and 15 min.

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