Mexican Lasagna

This is probably one of my top 5 favorite dinners.
So yummy...
So easy...
It will become a family favorite!
1 lb. ground beef
1 tiny can tomato paste
1 can green enchilada sauce
1 packet enchilada seasoning
1 can mexi corn
1 can black olives
1 can black beans
1/2 cup grated cheese (I like to use mozz. or colby jack)
4 flour torillas
brown ground beef, drain fat, place in large bowl
drain black beans can place in the large bowl
dice 1/2 can of olives and place in large bowl
drain corn and place in the bowl
pour 3/4 can of green sauce and add to mixture

Get a sauce pan and put tomato paste with one can water
and enchilada packet and simmer.
Pour remaining green sauce on bottom of 13x9 dish
fold large tortillas in half and place covering the bottom of the dish
spread mixture from bowl out on top of tortillas
Place the remaining torillas the same way on top of the mixture
Place the enchilada sauce from pan ontop and spread out.
Place cheese and remaining olives on top
Bake at 375 for 20 mins or until cheese in melted and bubbly.
I like to put a little sour cream on my helping. :)
A mexican salad is a nice addition to this meal.
Feeds approx: 8 hearty servings



Shore Lunch Soup Mixes

Ok, I totally admit that I was OBSESSED with these this winter!
I made probably one packet a week at least.
They taste homemade and are SO YUMMY.
I loved to put them in bread bowls from Harmons.
They are around $4 each, but most stores will have them on sale.
Each pack feeds about 5 to 6, depending on how hungry you are. :)


Chinese Boxed Dinner

Usually I only do boxed dinner's if I have NOTHING to prepare for dinner. But I LOVE these Wanchai Boxed dinners! I just add fresh cooked brocolli or green beans and wa-lah! These are under $5 at the grocery store and feed about 4. Enjoy these, we sure do!

1. Pour Rice from pouch into 2-quart saucepan; add 1 1/2 cups water. Heat just to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer about 20 minutes, without stirring, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, continue with step 2.
2. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces; pat dry if necessary. Empty Seasoned Cornstarch into medium bowl.* Add chicken; stir until completely coated. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 10-inch nonstick** skillet over medium-high heat; rotate skillet until oil covers bottom.
3. Carefully add chicken to hot oil; cook about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown on all sides and no longer pink in center.
4. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in Spicy Garlic Sauce and 1/3 cup water. Drain Bamboo Shoots & Water Chestnuts; stir into chicken mixture. Simmer uncovered about 2 minutes or until hot. Serve with rice. Refrigerate leftovers.
Tips: *You can also use a food-storage plastic bag to coat chicken.**If using skillet without nonstick finish, increase oil to 1/4 cup.



Bread Sticks

1 1/2 c. warm (105-115 degrees) water
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3-4 1/2 c. flour
In a large bowl (the bowl of your mixer,if you have one), combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly. Add salt and stir. Add 1 1/2 c. flour and mix well. Gradually add more flour (usually between 3-4 cups, depending on your elevation and your humidity) until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and it barely sticks to your finger.Spray a glass or metal bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl.Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Remove from bowl and place on a lightly-floured surface. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll into a rectangle and cut into 12 strips with a pizza cutter.Roll out each piece of dough into a snake and then drape over your forefinger and twist the dough. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining 11 pieces of dough. Try to space them evenly, but it's okay if they're close.Cover pan and allow dough to rise for another 30 minutes.

When there's about 15 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 425. When done rising, bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Rub some butter on top of the breadsticks (just put a ziploc bag on your hand, grab some softened butter, and have at it) and sprinkle with powdery Parmesan cheese in a can and garlic salt. Or you could sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar. I did that once. It was awesome.
They are super easy, just a little time consuming, so make them when your home cleaning or something. :)(ps... I doubled it this time, so I have twice as many as you would with the recipe.)