Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Baked Ziti

  Baked Ziti

1 16 ounce pkg of ziti pasta
1 lb of ground beef (optional)
1 chopped onion
2 28 ounce jars of spaghetti sauce
6oz sliced provolone cheese
6 oz sliced mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Cook ziti per box directions.
Brown beef  in large skillet, add onions: saute until tender.  Drain fat and add spaghetti sauce; simmer.
In 9x13 casserole, place 1/2 of ziti ; top with a layer of provolone and mozzarella cheese slices.  Spread half of the spaghetti sauce mixture and all of sour cream.
Cover with remaining pasta, cheese and sauce; sprinkle with layer of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F or until dish is bubbly.

Review:  Easy and tasty.  I did not use the ground beef but it would be good either way.  I did not have fresh basil but mixed dried Italian herbs into the spaghetti sauce and this added some extra flavor.  Still looking for the BEST, easy baked ziti recipe.  This was very good but nothing special.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Turkey Sausage, Sauted Cabbage, Boiled Potatoes and Carrots

Turkey Sausage, Sauted Cabbage, Boiled Potatoes and Carrots

Hillshire Farm Turkey Sausage
head of cabbage, shredded

Pan fry sliced Hillshire Farm Turkey Sausage in a pan sprayed with oil

In a separate pan, fry 3 strips of bacon.
Remove the bacon and saute the onion in the bacon grease.
Put shredded cabbage in pan and cook to desired crispness.
Salt and pepper to taste.  Crushed red pepper is also a nice addition.
Crumble the bacon on top of cabbage.

In a pan of water, boil carrots and potatoes until fork tender.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Review:  This is such an easy and inexpensive meal to prepare and offers a lot of flavor.  It is great served with corn muffins.  The Turkey Sausage makes this a healthier recipe than if you use other sausages, but any would be delicious.  There is something about sauteing cabbage in a small amount of bacon grease that makes it fantastic!  Try this if you are not a huge fan of cabbage.  Traditionally this meal is cooked in one pot which is great for cleanup.  However, when you separate the ingredients the meat has a better texture, the cabbage is crisper and the potatoes don't get mushy because they take the least time to cook.  It is worth dirtying the extra pans.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mexican Chicken and Rice

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

2-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
2 TBS Oil
1 Cup Converted Rice
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Salsa
1 Package of Taco Seasoning
1 Cup of Frozen Corn

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet.  Add chicken and brown on both sides.  Salt and Pepper to taste.

In a 9x13 Casserole dish, mix remaining ingredients.  Place the browned chicken breast on top of the rice mixture and cover dish with aluminum foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for one hour or when rice has absorbed all of the liquid and the chicken is done.

Review:  This dish went together very quickly and offerd a tremendous amount of flavor for very little effort.  If you would like to extend the chicken to feed a crowd, shred or cut up the chicken after it is cooked and mix it in with the rice mixture.  Add some cheese to the top and melt in the oven.  Very easy to prepare and delicious!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lawry's Marinade

In case you are not aware of this product, it is delicious.  Every flavor of marinade has been great whether for chicken, beef or pork.  It is a 30 minute marinade that packs a lot of flavor.  It is often on sale so don't pay full price unless you are in a pinch.