Friday, August 13, 2010

Oh No! It's Friday the 13th! Really? Does anyone really believe that this is a bad day? Not me! It happens to be our anniversary~16 years with my wonderful hubby. There are no words to express the trials, joy, obsticles, and triumphs that we have endured so far. Each one helping us to grow as a couple. Wishing everyone a super weekend! Remember, those that matter most to you and spend time with them.

Worried about Friday the 13th? Only 13% of millionaires indicated luck as a major factor in explaining their success. - Thomas J. Stanley

Recipes, Recipes, & More Recipes:

FRUIT SMOOTHIE
8 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tbs oat fiber
1 tbs almond butter
Combine all ingredients in a blender, pulse until smooth, adding ice, if desired. Then pour into a glass and serve.
MAKES 1 SERVING OF FRUIT SMOOTHIE.

CITRUS HERB SALT
4 tsp each dried rosemary and thyme
1 cup coarse sea salt
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tbs peppercorns
Pulse together herbs, peppercorns and salt. Remove from grinder and stir in zest. Sprinkle on meats and fish, mix into salad dressings, soups or sauces, finishing touch to vegetables.
NOT SURE OF HOW MUCH THIS MAKES

STUFFED SHELLS
1 large egg
8 oz white button mushrooms, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 links hot or sweet sausage, casings removed
30 jumbo pasta shells
1 cup each part skim ricotta cheese and baby spinach leaves
1 tsp salt
28 oz jar garden style pasta sauce
1 3/4 cups shredded Italian blend cheeses
1 eggplant, diced
Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil, add pasta and stir. Bring back to a boil, cover and remove from heat, let stand 10 min. Drain and rinse pasta, set aside.
*In a skillet, cook sausage, onion and mushrooms, breaking up sausage until onion is tender, set aside.
*In a bowl, combine ricotta, egg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup cheese blend and spinach. Stir in cooked sausage mixture, set aside.
*In same skillet, cook eggplant, stirring until softened. Add pasta sauce and remaining salt and bring to a boil.
*Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spoon 2/3 of the eggplant sauce into bottom of a shallow casserole dish. Fill each shell with 2 tbs sausage mixture, arrange in dish and spoon remaining sauce over shells.
*Cover and bake until sauce is bubbling, 25 min. Remove from oven and sprinkle shells with 1 1/4 cups cheese blend, bake, uncovered until cheese has melted, then serve.
MAKES 10 SERVINGS OF STUFFED SHELLS.

COUNTRY MEDITERRANEAN BEEF
1/2 cup each low fat sour cream and pitted olives
2 tsp each chopped garlic and chopped rosemary
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1.2 oz pkg onion gravy mix
3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped
1 onion, peeled, chopped
2 tbs oil
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 small zucchini, sliced
1 1/2 cups long grain rice
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare rice according to package directions, substituting broth for water, set aside. In skillet, cook zucchini in 1 tbs oil until golden brown, remove from pan. In same skillet, cook peppers and onions in remaining oil 3 min.
*Add beef and garlic, cook until beef is browned. Add rosemary, tomatoes and onion gravy mix and 2 cups water. Increase heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat let simmer until thickened. Remove from heat.
*Stir in sour cream. Spoon 1/2 rice into greased casserole dish. Top with 1/2 each beef mixture, zucchini, cheese and olives. Repeat layering. Bake 15 min. or until heated through, then serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS OF COUNTRY MEDITERRANEAN BEEF.

JAMBALAYA
1 cup each converted rice and low sodium chicken broth
6 green onions, finely chopped
1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined
1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
2 bay leaves
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
28 oz can diced tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1/2 pound kielbasa sausage, cut into pieces
12 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces
1/2 pound cooked ham, cubed
2 tbs oil
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a pot or Dutch oven, heat 1 tbs oil. Add chicken and cook, turning 4 min. transfer to a plate. Add ham and sausage, cook until lightly browned. Transfer to plate with chicken. Add remaining oil to Dutch oven. Add onion, celery, garlic cook until softened. Stir in rice, tomatoes, broth, bell pepper, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves and meats and bring to a boil.
*Cover and bake until liquid is absorbed and rice is nearly tender, 35 min. Add shrimp, pushing into the mixture, then cover and bake until shrimp is opaque, 10 min. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with parsley and green onions, then serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS OF JAMBALAYA

BEEF AND VEGETABLE BAKE
1/4 cup each steak sauce and flour
1 cup each dry red wine and low sodium beef broth
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 1/4 cups biscuit mix
6 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
5 carrots, sliced
2 tbs oil
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into pieces
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper, toss with beef until coated. In a pot or Dutch oven, heat 1 tbs oil. Cook beef adding 1 tbs oil to second batch, turning, until browned. Transfer to a plate. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic to pot. Cook, stirring, until wilted. Stir in beef, mushrooms, wine, broth, steak sauce and Italian seasoning. Cover, bake 50 min. Remove from oven.
*20 min. before serving, stir together biscuit mix and milk until combined. Increase oven temp to 400 degrees. Drop biscuit batter in mounds over beef mixture. Bake uncovered until biscuits are lightly browned, 20 min. then serve.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS OF BEEF AND VEGETABLE BAKE.

"Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life."~Matthew 19:29 NLT

Tips, Tricks, & Ideas:

*Colander: Make ice cubes last longer at your next cocktail party: Put them in a colander set into a bowl. As they melt, the water will drain through the holes instead of sitting and turning the ice to slush.

*Baby Powder: Prevent sweat stains on white shirts: Sprinkle powder on the underarms and the collar, then iron. The powder acts as a barrier.


The secret to leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow. ~Godin

Have a wonderful weekend with your family. Take your family to church, they deserve it!
Tina

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