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Quick And Easy Recipes From My Home to Yours

Updated on May 7, 2009


For those of you who like beans, I thought I'd share this recipe that's been in my family for quite some time. It can be made for a small group, or, you can double it for a larger crowd.


1 can (16 oz.) refried beans

1 container sour cream (8-12 oz)

1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Mix

1 jar of your favorite salsa (12 oz.)

Sargento shredded 4-Blend cheese (1 package)


Empty refried beans into a casserole dish, mash, spreading evenly to cover the bottom.

In a separate bowl, mix the Ranch dip with the sour cream

Once blended, layer the Ranch dip and sour cream mixture evenly over the beans

Pour the salsa over the Ranch dip and sour cream and again, spread evenly.

Finally, sprinkle the 4-blend cheese over the top.

Refrigerate for about an hour, then serve with tortilla chips or your favorite dipping chips and enjoy.

chicken stir fry
chicken stir fry

Main Dish

This recipe is my daughter's creation. It's quick, easy, healthy and extremely tasty. Serve with a nice vegetable or a lovely mixed green salad.


1 whole green pepper

1/2 white onion

1 package (approx. 1 lb.) thin sliced chicken breast

2 tbsps. butter

Pinch of Adobo

A shake or two of garlic powder

Morton's Lite salt to taste

Sprinkle or two of Mrs. Dash (original recipe)

White rice


Melt butter in large frying pan or, if you prefer, spray pan with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

Cut up chicken into bite-size pieces

Add chicken to the pan and saute for a few minutes

Add all other ingredients and stir occasionally until chicken is done.

Prepare your favorite brand of white rice.

Once done, dish out on a plate and put the chicken mixture on top, or, you can mix it all together.

If you want a larger quantity, simply double the recipe. Enjoy.


As you can see in this picture, if you don't care for green peppers, you can pretty much add vegetables of your choice. I'd suggest you try this version first before making that decision :)

chicken and rice


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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi Info Help,

      You won't regret it :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Info Help 8 years ago from Chicago

      Hello Trish1048,

      I am going to try both of these recipes. I am always looking on ways to expand my dishes :) Thanks so much for the great hub!

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi coolmon,

      I hope you do! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Coolmon2009 8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Sounds delicous i will have to give these recipes a try

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Hi Mick,

      Adobo is just an all-purpose seasoning.made from a blend of spices, such as garlic, salt, pepper, and adds a kick to the meal.  It is a great flavor and can be used in most anything.  The flavor is strong enough that you can notice it, but does not leave your mouth on fire, as it is not as spicy as heartier spices such as chili powder.

      I hope you try these.  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Mick Reade 8 years ago

      Those recipes look great, I'm curious as to what Adobo is though...

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Wow, Blondepoet, thank you so much!  You've just made my head swell to 10x its normal size LOL.

      Interesting, your choice of words.  I think you might be on to something there, my recipes do take the cake, because I don't often bake cakes :)

      I'm very flattered, and thanks again so much for stopping in and commenting.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Hi Marisue,

      I just got home from a 3 day mini vacation at Sherri's, so sorry for the late reply.

      You're too funny.  I now have a vision in my head of a Mrs.Dash bottle climbing the shelves in your refrigerator and inserting herself into all your food :)

      Lucy was the best, and I could watch every single episode daily for the rest of my life and never tire of it.  That show was priceless.

      Good luck with the bean dip, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      I love your recipes not only are you a brilliant writer your recipes always take the cake too :)

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      I love Adobo, some of it seems to sneak into many meals around here. I tend to find a favorite spice and it's the one I grab...and I am a forever fan of I Love Lucy!! I'm doin' that bean dip tomorrow!! Just cooked some beans today!!

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      santoion 8 years ago

      Very good hub.Thank You !

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      The chicken stir fry sounds delicious, and healthy, too. I haven't kept Adobo in the house for quite some time now, so your recipe was a good reminder to get some!

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Oh dear, that's too bad. Perhaps you could experiment with what you have available to you and come up with your own yummy recipe. Then you could put it in a hub for me to drool over :)

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      We do get some American stuff here Trish, but it's never anything that needs to go into an interesting recipe! :P

      Never mind, I'll continue to drool!

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Hi Feline,

      Oh my,,I'm sorry to hear that.  Perhaps you have friends or family in the US who could send it to you, but I don't know how costly or feasible that would be.  That kind of surprises me though, as we have stores here that sell products from India.  I guess there are no stores there that sell American fare?

      These are very tasty recipes, so I do hope somehow you could get to try them.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      These...and so many other recipes on HP...sound divine...but since often a lot of the ingredients aren't available in India, I have to content myself with merely drooling over them!