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      Szechuan Pork with Orzo

      Prep Time:20 min

      Start to Finish:20 min

      Makes:4 servings

      3/4 cup uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta (5 oz)

      1 tablespoon light sesame or vegetable oil

      1 lb coarsely ground pork (chow mein meat)

      1 bag (1 lb 5 oz) Green Giant Create A Meal frozen Szechuan stir fry

      meal starter

      Peanuts, if desired

      Chopped green onion, if desired

      1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.

      2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add

      pork; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until brown.

      3. Stir in meal starter vegetables and sauce. Cook 5 to 6 minutes,

      stirring frequently, until vegetables are crisp-tender and sauce

      block is melted. Stir in pasta. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring

      frequently, until well mixed and hot. Garnish with peanuts and onion.

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      Chicken and Biscuits

      Prep Time:30 min

      Start to Finish:30 min

      Makes:6 servings

      2 1/4 cups Original Bisquick mix

      2/3 cup milk

      1 tablespoon vegetable oil

      4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb), cut into 1-inch

      pieces

      1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

      1/4 teaspoon pepper

      1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

      1 bag (1 lb) Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables

      1 container (10 oz) refrigerated Alfredo pasta sauce

      1. Heat oven to 450°F. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix and milk

      until soft dough forms. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by 6

      spoonfuls. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.

      2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high

      heat. Cook chicken, thyme and pepper in oil, stirring occasionally,

      until chicken is no longer pink in center.

      3. Stir in remaining ingredients; reduce heat to medium. Cover; cook

      6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot. Split biscuits;

      serve chicken mixture over biscuits.

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      Tomato-Basil Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

      Prep Time:20 min

      Start to Finish:40 min

      Makes:4 servings (1 1/2 cups each)

      1 tablespoon olive oil

      1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

      4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

      1 can (28 oz) Muir Glen organic whole peeled tomatoes, undrained, cut

      up

      1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

      3 cups uncooked rigatoni, penne or ziti pasta (8 oz)

      8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

      1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

      1. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and

      garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is

      crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes. Heat to boiling.

      Reduce heat; simmer

      20 to 25 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in

      basil.

      2. Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on box.

      3. Stir pasta into sauce. Cook until thoroughly heated.

      Into large

      serving bowl, pour pasta and sauce. Gently stir in cheese and pine

      nuts.

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      Beef and Peppers with Cheese Biscuits

      Prep Time:20 min

      Start to Finish:30 min

      Makes:6 servings

      1 3/4 cups Original Bisquick mix

      1/2 cup milk

      1/2 cup shredded Swiss or provolone cheese (2 oz)

      1 can (10 oz) condensed French onion soup

      10 oz deli sliced cooked beef, cut into thin strips

      2 small bell peppers, sliced

      1/2 teaspoon garlic-pepper blend

      1 1/3 cups water

      1/3 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour

      1. Heat oven to 450°F. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk and

      cheese with fork until soft dough forms; beat 20 strokes. Place dough

      on surface generously dusted with Bisquick mix; gently roll in

      Bisquick mix to coat. Shape into a ball; knead 10 times. Roll 1/4

      inch thick. Cut into 6 biscuits with 3-inch round cookie cutter.

      2. Place biscuits on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or

      until golden brown.

      3. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix soup, beef, bell peppers,

      garlic-pepper blend and 1 cup of the water. Heat to boiling over

      medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. In small bowl, stir

      remaining 1/3 cup water and the flour until mixed; stir into beef

      mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently, until thickened.

      4. Split biscuits. Serve beef mixture over biscuits.

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      Festive Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies (Cookie Mix)

      Prep Time:1 hr

      Start to Finish:1 hr

      Makes:3 dozen cookies

      1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie mix

      1 tablespoon water

      3 tablespoons vegetable oil

      1 egg

      Sugar

      36 Hershey’s Kisses® milk chocolates, unwrapped

      Betty Crocker white decorating gel

      Assorted holiday candy sprinkles

      Betty Crocker red decorating icing

      1. Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, water, oil

      and egg until dough forms.

      2. Shape dough into thirty-six 1-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2

      inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

      3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately

      press 1 chocolate in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie

      sheets. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired using

      remaining ingredients.

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      Holiday Cookie Ornaments

      Prep Time:1 hr 15 min

      Start to Finish:2 hr 15 min

      Makes:About 3 dozen cookies

      1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix

      1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

      2 tablespoons Gold Medal all-purpose flour

      1 egg

      36 small candy canes

      2 containers (1 lb each) Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy creamy white or

      vanilla frosting

      1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment

      paper. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, flour and egg until

      soft dough forms.

      2. On floured surface, roll dough until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut

      with 3- to 3 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on

      cookie sheets.

      3. Bake 5 minutes. Meanwhile, break off top of each candy cane to

      create loop for hanging cookies.

      4. Remove cookies from oven; press 1 candy piece on top of each

      cookie to make a loop. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or until edges are

      set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets to

      cooling rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

      5. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place 1 container of

      frosting at a time in 2-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave uncovered

      on High 45 to 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.

      Dip each cookie in frosting, allowing excess to drip off. Place

      cookies on parchment paper. Decorate as desired. Let stand until

      frosting is set, about 1 hour.

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