Grandma’s Pink Fluff

My grandma was a big fan of Jell-o. It seems like there was a Jell-o dessert at every family gathering when I was young. Grandma would prepare Jell-o in several ways, but the recipe that we ate the most often was one we simply called “Pink Stuff”. I’m sure there’s a more appealing name for this recipe. Perhaps fluff, dessert, whip, or many other descriptive words could be used. In fact, your family may have a name by which you call this recipe that involves fruit or flavors. We called it pink stuff. Maybe that’s because we were little kids and pink was the color of the dessert. Maybe it’s because we misunderstood the adults said “fluff” and we heard “stuff”. At any rate, this is the family tradition we call Pink Stuff. Grandma’s Pink Stuff Recipe Ingredients: 3 oz Strawberry Jell-o powder 8 oz Whipped Topping 24 oz Cottage Cheese 15 oz Fruit Cocktail Recipe Directions: Drain the fruit cocktail. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours. You can mix and serve in the same bowl. Approximate Nutrition Information: Servings Per Recipe: 8, Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423, Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 617g, Total Carbs: 77g, … Continue reading →

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Spinach Mushroom Quesadilla

Easy meals can be fabulous. Easy does not equal boring or bland. This spinach and mushroom quesadilla recipe proves that. This is such a simple meal, it takes one pan, two utensils and four ingredients to prepare. Sounds like something you can make on a weeknight, huh?! The four ingredients are tortillas, spinach, mushrooms and cheese. I’ll bet you have at least two of those in your refrigerator. Three of those ingredients are staples in my kitchen. The pan you’ll need is a skillet. And for utensils, a spatula and a pizza cutter are what I used. If you don’t have a pizza cutter, a knife will do. The pizza cutter makes cutting quesadillas quick and simple. Just roll the cutter over the quesadilla at right angles to cut the tortilla into quarters.  Spinach Mushroom Quesadilla Recipe Ingredients: 4 soft Tortillla 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese 1 cup Spinach 1 cup Mushrooms Directions: Heat a skillet over medium on the stove top. Spray the skillet with non stick spray. Place a tortilla in the skillet and spread a ¼ cup of shredded cheese on it. Add a layer of spinach and then one of mushrooms. Use a ¼ of the cheese … Continue reading →

Creamy Pasta Salad

Winter hardly seems the time for pasta salads, but if you’ve worked up a sweat shoveling snow, then a cool side dish hits the spot. This simple recipe makes up in quick order and the ingredients can be found in almost every store that sells groceries. If I’m fixing lunch for just a couple people, I follow this recipe and have a reasonable amount of salad. However, if I’m inviting company for lunch, I double or triple the recipe. I’ve never ended up with too many leftovers. I like using the mixed vegetables because they’re colorful. The different shapes add some interest to the dish too. However, if you have a picky eater in the family, who only likes green beans, simply replace the mixed vegetables with the favorite green beans. When you’re purchasing ingredients, you have the ability to control the fat and sodium content of this recipe by the selection you make in the dressing. It seems every brand of salad dressing is available in many dietary varieties. Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe Ingredients: 8 oz. Spiral Pasta Twists 8 oz. frozen Mixed Vegetables 8 oz. Ranch Salad Dressing 1 c. shredded Cheddar Cheese Directions: Prepare pasta in boiling … Continue reading →