Alfredo Shells & Ham

Alfredo Shells & Ham is a quick, easy dinner that uses left over ham but is so good, no one will believe they are eating "leftovers"! It's a perfect use for that leftover holiday ham!

The first time my husband tried this dinner, he asked for it to be on regular rotation on the menu planner. We both loved the taste, but I also loved the 15 minute dinner idea!

This recipe comes courtesy of my daughter in law. She shared this family recipe with me and we quickly fell in love with it.

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Alfredo Shells & Ham
Serves 4-6

2 Cups dried uncooked (6-8 oz. box. I used 1/2 of a 12.5 oz. box) Shells Pasta
1 (16 oz.) jar Alfredo Sauce
1 1/2- 2 Cups diced, cooked ham
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp. granulated garlic

In medium sauce pan, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and return to to sauce pan.
Add in Alfredo Sauce and diced ham, Parmesan Cheese and Garlic, stir to mix well.
Heat over medium low heat till warm and bubbly.
Serve warm.
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Apple Chips: Cinnamon or Fruity

It's the time of year when I am preserving apples in a variety of ways. One of my favorite's is to make dehydrated apple chips.I uses them mostly in my homemade oatmeal packets . It really helps me bump up the nutrition factor! They can be snacked on directly too! Or even tossed onto a nice green salad with some chopped nuts, for a lightly sweet twist!
Don't have a dehydrator? I'll give you oven directions too!
Lemon Juice or Fruit Fresh
Optional: Cinnamon, Jello powder (strawberry,orange, lime)

Dehydrator or baking sheets lined with parchment paper

Prepare a bowl with lemon juice or water mixed with fruit fresh. (according to package directions)
Peel and core Apples. (I left the peels on but feel free to peel them). I have a fancy peeler corer combo but was too lazy to pull it out.)
Slice apples as evenly as possible.
As you work, soak apple slices in bowl of lemon juice or fruit fresh:Remove apples from soak and blot dry on a towel.
Sprinkle with cinnamon or  for the fruity apple chips use any flavor Jello Powder if desired and place on drying rack.

Jan's Tip: The Strawberry, Orange or Lime jello works best and just looks the prettiest!

Dry apples 8-12 hours depending on dryer. If your dryer has a thermostat set it at about 130 °.
at about 4-6 hours flip the apples over. (not necessary so if you miss this step all is not lost!)
You are looking for dry enough to snap when you bend it.
Store in cool dry place.

Bake at 170 ° for 6-8 hours. Till dry and crispy. Turn oven off and leave apples in oven till it is completely cool. Remove from trays and store in cool, dry place.

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