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Caesar Roasted Potatoes

1 bag fresh baby potatoes (24-28 oz), halved
1/2 cup Caesar dressing
1/4 cup fresh pre-sliced green onions
1/2 cup shredded Italian-blend cheese
1/2 cup French-fried onions

1.Preheat oven to 400°F. Halve potatoes, place potatoes in microwave-safe dish, and cover; microwave on HIGH 8-10 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
2.Transfer potatoes to 13- x 9-inch baking dish; bake 15 minutes.
3.Remove potatoes from oven; toss with dressing and green onions. Top with cheese and French-fried onions. Bake 2-3 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve.

Total Time - 30 minutes (Makes 6 servings)

Bacon-wrapped Green Bean Bundles

cooking spray
1 (8-oz) package fresh French green beans
1-2 shallots, finely chopped
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 slices pre-cooked bacon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1.Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet with spray. Microwave green beans following package instructions.
2.Chop shallots (2 tablespoons) and combine with soy sauce, brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in medium saucepan on medium-low; simmer and stir 2-3 minutes or until the consistency of syrup. Remove from heat; whisk in butter until blended.
3.Gather 10-12 beans into a bundle; wrap 1 bacon slice around center and place seam side down on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining beans. Coat top of beans with spray; season with salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake 4-5 minutes or until bacon is lightly crisped.
4.Glaze beans with one-half of the soy mixture; bake 2 more minutes. Remove beans from oven; brush with remaining half of the glaze and serve.

Total Time - 25 minutes (Makes 4 servings)

Cheesy Cauliflower Puff

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 (12-oz) bag fresh cauliflower florets
8 oz white Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup biscuit mix
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
3 large eggs, beaten (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup fresh pre-sliced green onions
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
cooking spray

1.Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut cream cheese into cubes; place in medium bowl to soften.
2.Microwave cauliflower following package instructions. Let cauliflower stand 3-4 minutes to cool, then chop coarsely.
3.Shred Cheddar cheese and combine with cream cheese. Stir in biscuit mix and ricotta cheese until blended and smooth.
4.Stir in cauliflower, eggs, milk, onions, and salt until well blended. Coat 2-quart baking dish with spray; transfer mixture into dish. Bake 25-30 minutes or until center is set. Serve.

Total Time - 45 minutes (Makes 6 servings)


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