Tuesday, December 18, 2007

baked ziti

Easy and really good

1 lb. ground beef
1 can four cheese spaghetti sauce
1 can tomato paste
8 ounces ziti pasta
1 cup cheese

bake pasta according to package

brown ground beef. add spaghetti sauce and tomato paste. spray an 8X8 pan. layer 1/2 the sauce in the pan add half the noodles and 1/2 the cheese then repeat. i mixed my sauce and noodles and added cheese to the top.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Yesterday I was watching Oprah and she had Rachael Ray on showing some holiday tips. On there she showed Oprah how to make her 5 minute fudge. It looked so easy that I thought I should give it a try. She gave her recipe which you can see at http://www.oprah.com/foodhome/food/recipes/food_20051123_wreath.jhtml along with a few variations, but she also said you could pretty much throw anything in it that you wanted, so tonight for our ward Christmas party I made 2 different kinds, here are the changes I made:

1st one: Peanut Butter Fudge
Instead of butterscotch chips I used Peanut butter chips
didn't add any nuts or raisins or anything
topped it off with M & Ms

2nd one: Mint Fudge
Instead of butterscotch chips I used 1 cup of the Mint, candycane Hershey kisses (if you haven't tried them yet, go get a bag now!!!)
again, didn't add any nuts or anything
topped it off with M & Ms also

This one was my favorite!!!

This recipe is so easy and it turns out so well, anyone can do it! (Plus it looks so cute in the wreath shape for this time of year, but I'm sure you could decorate it with something else throughout the year to make it suitable.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Easy Stove Top Chicken Bake*

1 box Stove Top Stuffing for chicken
1 1/2 lb chicken, cooked and cubed
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup sour cream
1 16 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables

Preheat oven to 400 degrees:
Prepare stuffing according to the directions on the box. Mix chicken, soup, sour cream and veggies in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with prepared stuffing. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

This meal is nice because it's pretty much a whole meal all in one dish, you have the chicken, the side dish(stuffing), and the veggies.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Taco skillet/soup*

1 lb. ground beef
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 8 0z. can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1-2 cups shredded or cubed cheese of your choice (I usually use mild cheddar)

Brown beef and drain. Add remaining ingredients and simmer in skillet 20-30 minutes. I like to serve mine over Fritos and with a bit of sour cream on top.

Perfect thing on a cold night!