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Spaghetti- Ten Minute Meal

Spaghetti   (Tenth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

Spaghetti Seasoning:  (This can be made ahead and kept in small bags or foil to make an even faster meal.)

  •    2 tbsp. instant minced onion
  •    2 tsp. salt
  •    1/4 tsp. pepper
  •    1 tsp. oregano
  •    1 tsp. basil
  •    1 tbsp. sugar or honey
  •    1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  •    ½  tsp. garlic powder
  •    ½  tsp. thyme

Cook pasta.

While the pasta is cooking brown ½  lb. of ground meat.

Then add 1 small can of tomato paste, 1 small can of tomato sauce, 3 cans of water, a little lemon juice, and spaghetti seasoning.

Simmer about 8 min. Add 2-3 Tbs. grated parmesan.

Serve over pasta.

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Stir-Fry- Ten Minute Meal

Stir-Fry  (Ninth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

Cook rice, linguine, or angel hair pasta with salt, while the stir-fry is cooking.  When it is cooked drain and add a little olive oil.

Stir-Fry

  • Cut 1 or 2 chicken breasts or thighs into medium-size pieces. (Can use pork, or beef.)
  • Start browning chicken in olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add about  ½  of an onion, chopped and cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 1-2 min.
  • Add 2 or 3 thinly sliced carrots, cover and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Then add broccoli,  sliced zucchini and/or any other veggies, cover and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add seasoning to taste.
  • After about 2 minutes add 1 cup of cold chicken broth or water mixed with 2 T. of corn starch and 1 T. soy sauce.  Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens.  (1 or 2 minutes) If it doesn’t thicken add a little more corn starch mixed with a little cold water.
  • Serve on drained pasta or rice and dinner is ready.

Note:  It is also good served without pasta or rice.

Milk Sauce/Gravy/Soup- Ten Minute Meal

Creamy Milk Sauce/Gravy/Soup/Rue (Seventh of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

 

If you learn to make a Rue it can save you money and time.  Use it anytime you would use a can of creamed soup.  It is better for your health, saves you money, and tastes great.   It will make you holiday meals the best.  Be brave.  Don’t worry if you have a few lumps the first time, it will still taste great.

If you use it in a recipe instead of a can of creamed soup, use only half of the liquid.

 

  • Melt 2 Tbs. butter or other fat in frying pan.
  • Add 2-3 Tbs. flour and brown for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add 2 cups of a mixture of milk, water and/or broth.
  • Season with salt/pepper and spices to taste.
  • Stir until thick.
  • Turn the heat off and add 2-4 Tbs. of grated parmesan cheese.

Hamburger Gravy

Add cooked ground beef to the gravy and serve over toast, noodles, rice, or potatoes.

Veggie Gravy

  • Add steamed asparagus or other cooked vegetables and serve over toast.
  • Add some cooking water to the sauce to make the right thickness.

Creamed Soup

  •  Cook any vegetables like carrots, potatoes, broccoli, onions, etc.
  •  Drain and save the water to use to thin the soup.
  • Add the creamed sauce.
  • Add the reserved water to make the soup the right thickness.

I use it to make chicken pot pie, potato soup, stroganoff and so much more.  Let us know how you use a rue to make your meals great.

Enjoy!

Gingerbread People

DSC_7425Gingerbread Men or People

Fun, easy, delicious recipe to do with children. A holiday favorite.

Mix with a mixer:

  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. molasses

Sift or mix together:

  • 5 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. cloves

Mix wet and dry ingredients together.

Chill for about an hour.

Cut with people cookie cutters. Decorate with raisins, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, licorice, and/or tiny candies.

Bake in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Granola

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Granola

 

Heat the oven to 300 F with the rack in the middle.

Place in a large bowl and mix:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or regular flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Place in a pan and warm to melt:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Put 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or 1 teaspoon vanilla in the honey/oil mixture. 

Then pour over the oats mixture and mix.

Spread the mixture on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 15 minutes then stir.  Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes until lightly brown around the edges.

Place on a rack to cool.

Add about 1/2 cup of dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, dates) and about 1/2 cup of nuts or seeds (I prefer pecans.)   I also add about a 1/2 cup of ribbon coconut.

Stir every 15 minutes as it cools to break up the clumps.

Store in airtight container.

Enjoy!   We like it with Cashew Milk.  

 

Make and Bake Cupcakes

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(Black Bottom Cupcakes)

These are simple to make with the filling inside.  No need to frost these.  Fun to make with children.  Fun to make when learning to read long vowel A words.

1. Mix:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. small chocolate chips
  • Set aside.

2. Mix:

  • 1 ½ c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1. c. water
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 1 T. vinegar
  • 1 t. vanilla

3. Fill lined muffin cups ½ full with batter.

4. Place a heaping spoonful of cream cheese mixture in the middle of each cup of batter.

5. Bake at a preheated oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

6. Cool and Enjoy! (Makes 24 muffins)

NO Bake — Awesome Bars

IMG_2502      Awesome Bars

1. Mash: 16 graham crackers (in plastic bag)

2. Mix:

  • graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 can sweetened canned milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups crispy rice

3. Butter paper plates or a 9×13 pan.

4. Pat mixture into pan or individual plates.

5. Sit 10 or more minutes.

6. Enjoy!

This is easy and fun to make with children because there is no baking or cooking.   Fun to do when teaching the AW as in SAW sound.

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