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Upside Down Pizza

1 lb. hamburger
1 can pizza sauce
1/4 C. sour cream
1 C. mozzarella cheese
1 tube crescent rolls

Cook hamburger; drain. Combine hamburger, sauce, sour cream and cheese in a 9×9″ baking dish. Top with unrolled (uncooked) crescent rolls. Bake 30 minutes at 350º.

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Famous Spanish Rice

One day when the Lenz children were staying at Aunt Jeanette’s, they experienced this wonderful dish! To this day all of the Lenz children (Dan, Cara, Liza and Ryan) will not forgive Aunt Jeanette for feeding them this recipe. I believe it was also on this day that they learned what the long fingernail on the little finger is good for! Maybe this was why the recipe did not turn out I wonder? (This is not the recipe Aunt Jeanette used, so I am sure it will be much better.)

1 C. regular rice, uncooked
1 qt. canned tomatoes
1 1/2 C. milk
1 large onion, chopped
1/3 C. sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. raw ground beef

Place all ingredients in a roaster pan. Bake uncovered for 1 1/2 hours at 350º, stirring occasionally.

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1/3 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed, for each calzone
Pizza sauce
Pizza toppings
Mozzarella cheese

Roll bread dough out into approximately 9″ circle. Top half of dough with pizza sauce, toppings and cheese. Fold other half over toppings and pinch edges to close. Bake on cookie sheet at 350º for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Texas Beans and Beef

2 lbs. ground beef
2 pkgs. taco seasoning
1/2 C. water
2 cans pinto beans
1 small bottle taco sauce, hot or mild based on your preference
4 tsp. margarine, melted
1 1/2 C. chopped, canned tomatoes, or 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 C. onion, chopped
16 green olives, or to taste
1 – 8 oz. pkg. Cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine beef, seasoning and water. Cook until thick. Spread into a 9×13″ pan. Mix beans, 3 tablespoons taco sauce and margarine, and spread on tomatoes and onions. Add olives. Pour remaining taco sauce over olive layer. Cover with cheese. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Use tortilla chips to dip or serve over lettuce with crushed tortilla chips.

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Taco Crescent Pie

This is a recipe I got from Jefferson neighbor: Sandy Eaton. She swears it’s great. I can’t remember ever making it, but it does sound good.

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 C. water
1 – 8 oz. tube crescent dinner rolls
1 C. sour cream
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1/3 C. sliced stuffed green olives
2 C. corn chips, crushed
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
Lettuce, shredded
Tomato, chopped
Taco sauce

Brown and drain beef. Stir in seasoning mix, water and olives. Simmer 5 minutes. In 9″ or 10″ pie plate, form crust with rolls. Sprinkle 1 cup corn chips over bottom of crust. Spoon meat mixture over chips. Spread sour cream over meat and top with cheese. Sprinkle on remaining corn chips. Bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve in triangles, top as tacos.

Makes 6 servings.

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Super Beefy Enchiladas

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
8 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 can tomato soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can green chile enchilada sauce, or mild if you prefer
1 pkg. flour tortillas, any size

Brown ground beef. Add 1/2 cup cheese and onion. Set aside. Combine soups and enchilada sauce. To fill tortillas, place 3 tablespoons beef and 1 teaspoon soup mixture in the middle and roll. Lay the filled tortillas in a 9×13″ baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over rolled tortillas. Place remaining cheese over top. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.

VARIATION: Before adding beef to tortilla, spread thin layer of refried beans.

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Light and Lazy Lasagna

12 lasagna noodles
2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

1 – 15 oz. carton non-fat ricotta cheese
1 C. non-fat cottage cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped, or 2 tsp. dried

8 oz. 95% lean ground beef
2 – 1 lb. cans unsalted tomato sauce
1 – 1 lb. can unsalted tomatoes, crushed
2 T. tomato paste
2 C. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. crushed fresh garlic
2 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

To make the sauce, place the ground meat in a 4-quart pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring to crumble, until the meat is no longer pink. Drain fat. Add all of the remaining sauce ingredients to the browned meat, increase the heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Set aside.

To make the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix well. Set aside.

To assemble the lasagna, coat a 9×13″ pan with cooking spray. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of the pan. Lay 4 of the uncooked noodles over the bottom of the pan, arranging 3 of the noodles lengthwise and 1 of the noodles crosswise. Allow a little space between the noodles for expansion. Top the noodles with half of the filling mixture, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and 1 1/2 cups of the sauce. Repeat the noodles, filling, mozzarella cheese and sauce layers.

Finally, top with the remaining noodles, sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until the edges are bubbly and the top is browned. Remove the dish from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Yields 10 servings.

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Spanish Rice

Nice one-dish meal.

2 lbs. ground meat
1 medium onion
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 qt. tomato juice
2 C. rice
4 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
Cayenne pepper

Brown meat. Cook with onion and pepper until tender. Add all ingredients. Boil. Simmer until liquid is absorbed or rice is tender

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Hot Sub Sandwiches

This is a variety for cold meat sandwiches. Mom always fixed these before card club on Saturday nights.

Bologna, salami, ham, or any mixture of lunchmeat you prefer
American cheese
Swiss cheese
Miracle Whip
French bread

Slice French bread, spread with Miracle Whip, layer lunch meat and cheese. Wrap in foil and bake at 350° until cheese is melted. It takes longer than you think.

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Chicken Enchiladas

This is one of Cody’s (my pickiest eaters) favorite recipes.

2 cans chicken (like tuna cans), or your own chicken
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 – 8 oz. carton sour cream
Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Flour tortillas

Mix together soup and sour cream in bowl. Divide chicken and roll up equal portions in the tortillas. Place in a greased 9×13″ pan. Pour soup mixture over tortillas. Cover with cheese. Shake on some paprika (just to give it some color). Bake at 350º until cheese is bubbly.