Dr. Oz’s 7-Layer Fat-Fighting Dip

Ingredients:
4 cups shredded lettuce
3 medium ripe avocados mashed and mixed with 2 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 1 package low-sodium taco seasoning mix
1 can black beans
3 medium diced tomatoes
2 cans sliced olives
8 oz 2% cheddar cheese

Directions:
Starting with the lettuce on the bottom of a bowl, add each layer on top of the next, ending with sprinkling the cheese on top. Alternate one celery stick with each whole grain chip to cut your calories in half.

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

6 cups prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 cup milk
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°.
2. Mix first six ingredients in mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
3. Spoon into a greased 9x13-inch pan or casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese and bacon.
4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

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What You Don't Know About Green Peppers Could Kill You

Not really but did you know:

The male and female green peppers cook differently. To check the gender just flip them over. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking.

Cheesecake Popsicles

Cheesecake Popsicles

Ingredients
(8) 5-ounce Dixie Cups
popsicle sticks
8 sheets graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 (small) packages cheesecake instant pudding mix
4 cups milk
sliced strawberries and blueberries

Instructions
Crush your graham crackers into small pieces, using a food processor, blender, rolling pin--whatever you've got!

Stir in melted butter to combine.

Combine pudding mix and milk, whisking together until smooth.

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Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Apple Cinnamon Loaf

1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 apple, peeled and chopped

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Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients
5 eggs
¼ cup milk
16 oz refrigerated breakfast biscuits (I used the Pillsbury flakey kind) ** DO NOT PRE-BAKE
4 scallions (green onions, spring onions, whatever you prefer to call them)
1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
If you’re into the meats – cooked center cut bacon or cooked sausage

Directions
11×17 pan, sprayed with cooking spray (Note: I think a 9×13 works better, but might need to bake a little longer)

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CHEESY SMOKED SAUSAGE & POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE

Ingredients:
3 Cups Potatoes, peeled, boiled and cubed (approx. 1 lb)
1 lb Skinless Smoked Sausage
4 tbsp Butter
4 tbsp Flour
2 cups Milk
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Paprika
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, diced
1/2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Directions:
Cut skinless smoked sausage in half, lengthwise, and then chop into 1/2" pieces. Cook in a frying pan for about 15 minutes, turning frequently to slightly brown.

Preheat oven to 350°F

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Farmer's Casserole

3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
1/4 cup chopped green onions
4 eggs
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place potatoes in an 8-in. square baking dish.

Sprinkle with the cheese, ham and onions.

Whisk the eggs, milk, pepper and salt; pour over all. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

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