Thursday, February 26

Stupid school and Recipes

Now I could sit here and write about how frustrated I am with my kids' schools, but I feel like I got all that out when I sent an email to the principal! I'm just annoyed with lack of communication from the teachers at the middle school and the lack of discipline at the high school...argh!

I will, instead, pass on some quick and easy recipes that I used this week!

Week Night Lasagna Bake
1 pound Penne pasta
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large jar Prego with Mushrooms
16 oz. lite cottage cheese
1 - 2 cups shredded mozzarella

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Cook pasta according to box directions.
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain. Return beef to pan, add Prego and cottage cheese.
  • Heat through.
  • Add pasta and mix thoroughly.
  • Spray 9 x 13 in. casserole dish with nonstick spray. Pour in pasta and sauce mix.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella. (I use 2 cups, but that might be too much for some!)
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.
And that's it! I serve with garlic bread and frozen corn niblets. So Yummy! I "created" this dish about a month ago and Big Daddy LOVES it. He has requested it many times!

Momma's Meatloaf
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 medium white onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 sleeve saltines, crushed
1 egg, beaten
16 oz tomato sauce

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Saute onions and garlic in butter until translucent. (do not clean out pan)
  • Add onions, garlic, crackers and egg to beef. Mix with hands and form into a loaf.
  • Fry meatloaf in same pan you used before. Brown on top and bottom.
  • Dump half of tomato sauce in a small casserole dish. Place meatloaf in dish and top with remaining sauce.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour.
I like to serve mine with mashed potatoes. We always had cornbread with meatloaf when we were kids, so I like to make corn muffins sometimes.

Diet Soda Cake
1 boxed cake mix, any flavor
2 egg whites
10 oz. diet soda, any flavor

  • Preheat oven according to box.
  • Mix cake mix, egg whites and diet soda.
  • Pour into greased baking dish.
  • Bake according to box.
I had been hearing about this for a few years but just recently tried it. It really is good, especially if you are trying to watch you calories. Yesterday I used a white cake mix and Diet Cherry 7-Up. It has a very light cherry flavor! The first time I made a Diet Soda Cake, I used a devils food cake mix and Diet Pepsi. The girls love these cake without any topping, but I prefer it with some Lite Cool Whip!

I hope you guys find some time to try one of these recipes. Like I said, they are quick and easy. I like them when I'm craving an old fashioned home cooked meal and don't want to spend all day in the kitchen!


Michelle said...

what's up with the middle school? The cake thing sounds good!!

Mama Kat said...

My sister is going through the SAME thing with her kids' schools. It's so frustrating to watch...makes me SO eager for my kids to jump into the school system!! :(

Jacinda said...

Heather swears by the diet soda thing too. But I haven't tried it yet. Hmmm. I'll have to find a reason to make it. The week night lasagna sounds tasty and pretty healthy too.