Saturday, October 3, 2009

Stuffed Zucchini

My whole family loves this quick and easy entree.

1 zucchini per person
spanish rice
cheese - your choice, I like velveeta
1/2 pound loose fried and drained hamburger
ketchup or tomato paste

Slice the zucchini length wise and scoop out inside to make a shell.  Boil in lightly salted water till tender and drain.  Take the fried hamburger and mix with Spanish Rice.  As to the Spanish rice it's up to you which type you like - there are canned brands, quick cook brands, and more.  Just use whatever fits your taste buds and life style.  If the mixture is too dry add a little ketchup or tomato paste. Fill the zucchini shells with meat mixture and put in a casserole dish.  Put cheese over the top and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. 

Another variation is to use large crescent roll canned dough and roll the stuffed zucchini up inside the crescent dough before baking.  This makes a great self contained entree!  You could also use prepared puff pastry. 

Simple Delicious Fall Vegetable Soup You won't believe how easy it is

Okay my Mother would fall out if she ever read this recipe.  Her soup took hours to prepare and was great but these days time is limited and I needed a way to get that great hearty soup flavor with a lot less mess and fuss. 
It doesn't sound like it will work but I am telling you this is good stuff.  It's even better after it sits in the refrigerator for a day and gives all the flavors time to meld together.  It makes a lot of soup - you can freeze some in baggies,  send some to work / school for lunch time treat. 

Can opener - it will be very busy use an electric if you have it
Large soup pot
1 - 1/2 pounds hamburger
4 tablespoons minced garlic
2 onions but up in moderate size chunks
1 green bell pepper
1 jalepeno pepper
1 red pepper

Take the hamburger, garlic, onions and peppers.  Fry them all together until hamburger is done.  Drain and set aside. 

Open and put the following canned vegetables in the pot.  You can use more or less of anything you like or don't like.  You can add things or take away things.  Whatever vegetables you like. Drain the juice out of each can before adding.  (My husband swears you should leave the juice, that it adds to the different flavors)

2 16 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2 cans of whole potatoes - cut up in medium size chunks
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can lima beans
1 can dark kidney beans
1 ca light kidney beans
1 can great northern beans
1 can black beans
1 can carrots
1 can peas
1 can green beans

Add enough water to make it "soup" begin heating over medium high heat.  Add in the hamburger mixture. 

Now start adding whatever spices you like.  I use
celery salt
dash or two of hot sauce

As soon as everything is hot it's done and ready to eat.  Enjoy! We always do.

Hushpuppies mmmm mmmmmm good

Okay the big secret to hushpuppies is simple - House of Autry Hushpuppy Mix with Onions.  That's it, that all you need.  Follow the directions on the package and you will make super yummy hot hushpuppies every time. 

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