After one of the longest, most brutal winters I can remember, I’m so glad it’s officially Spring. It’s time to shake off the winter doldrums and liven things up a bit with a few fun spring recipes!
Whether you’ll be enjoying brunches, potlucks or backyard get-togethers, you’ll find all the ingredients you need at Family Dollar with their newly expanded food selection. Everything I used in these spring recipes was purchased at their everyday low prices.
Let’s start with one of my favorite spring salad recipes:
Pasta Salad with Chicken and Dried Berries
|1 16oz box rotelli pasta||1/2 tsp dill weed|
|1/2 cup sweet relish||1 tsp celery seed|
|1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos||1/2 tsp salt|
|1/2 cup chopped black olives||1/2 tsp black pepper|
|4 oz bag berry blend dried fruit||1 1/4 cup Hellmann’s Mayo|
|1 can 12.5 oz premium white chicken|
1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse and drain. Place in large bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix together until everything is well blended. Keep refrigerated until serving.
*After refrigeration, if salad seems a bit dry, add more mayo as needed.
So many of us enjoy making a delicious ham dinner for Easter, but what do you do with all the leftover ham? How about using the leftovers to make a delicious casserole. If you don’t have leftover ham, no worries. Family Dollar has very affordable cans of chunk ham (which is what I used).
Ham and Potato Puffs Casserole
|2 cups milk||1 15oz can green peas, drained|
|1 can cream of celery soup||32oz pkg frozen potato puffs, thawed|
|2 cups cooked ham, chopped or 2 5-oz cans chunk ham||1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided|
|1 cup uncooked instant rice||Optional: salt and pepper to taste|
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large saucepan combine milk and cream of celery soup. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring regularly so that milk won’t scald. Remove from heat.
3. Lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Add the chicken, rice, peas and 1/2 cup of the Mexican cheese; mix.
4. Stir in the milk/soup mixture.
5. Mix in potato puffs. You may not need the whole bag depending on your casserole dish size.
5. Bake at 350 degrees, covered, for about 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese and bake, uncovered, an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
And finally to satisfy your sweet tooth, here’s a spring dessert recipe that combines the chocolate marshmallow-y goodness of s’mores with the cool, creamy smoothness of pudding.
Chocolate Marshmallow Pudding Pie
|1 3/4 cups whole milk||2 Tbsp flour||1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips|
|2 eggs||1 Tbsp butter||1 cup small marshmallows|
|1/2 cup sugar||1 tsp vanilla||1 graham cracker pie shell|
1. Blend milk, eggs, sugar and flour in blender thoroughly.
2. Add blended ingredients and the butter to a saucepan and cook over medium heat on stove, stirring constantly until thickened (usually at the boiling point). Remove from heat.
3. Stir in vanilla. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows; stir until smooth.
4. Pour into pie shell and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Garnish whole pie or individual slices with whipped cream before serving.
Happy Spring everyone!
By Liz Mays