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Simple Recipes with a little Kick and Peach Crisp

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It is an absolutely gorgeous Tennessee day here today!  I love the cool weather and the beautiful blue sky after the 2 days of rain!  It gives one the feelings of a new beginning or a fresh start or something…… Anyhow, here are a few recipes to try just for something different:

Beef Pasta Salad

Beef Pasta Salad with Thai Dressing

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • THAI SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • SALAD:
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pound deli roast beef, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons chopped salted peanuts, optional

Directions

  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients.
  • Drain spaghetti and rinse in cold water; toss with 1/2 cup dressing. Place in a large serving dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine the salad greens, red pepper and onions. Drizzle with remaining dressing; toss to coat. Arrange lettuce mixture over spaghetti. Top with roast beef; sprinkle with peanuts if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Meaty Pasta Casserole

Pasta and Meat Casserole

Ingredients

1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta

1 pound ground beef
pastedGraphic.pdf1 pound bulk Italian pork sausage

1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes

1 jar (23-1/2 ounces) Italian sausage and garlic spaghetti sauce

1 jar (16 ounces) chunky mild salsa

1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni, chopped

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided

4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

1-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

1 jar (24 ounces) three-cheese spaghetti sauce

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook the beef, sausage, mushrooms, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Drain pasta; add to the meat mixture. Stir in the tomatoes, sausage and garlic spaghetti sauce, salsa and pepperoni.
  • Divide half of pasta mixture between two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Spread 3/4 cup of three-cheese spaghetti sauce over each. Top with remaining pasta mixture and three-cheese spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
  • Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake remaining casserole at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Peach Crisp

Peach Crisp

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) sliced peaches
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cubed

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Pat into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, drain the peaches and reserve juice in a small saucepan. Stir in the sugar and cornstarch until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in peaches.
  • Pour into crust. For topping, combine the oats, brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Have and incredible day!!!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

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Janet Scott is an author, speaker and certified life coach. Janet loves to encourage women in their daily walk with the Lord.

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