Beef Spaghetti with Zucchini ‘Noodles’

ground beef
marinara or canned tomatoes
1/2 an onion
Italian seasonings such as basil and oregano
zucchini cut in strips lengthwise
salt and pepper

Cook ground beef and 1/2 onion then drain.
Add your favorite marinara or canned tomatoes and Italian spices. Let simmer.
In a separate pan, lightly saute the zucchini.

Serve the meat/marinara mixture over the cooked zucchini ‘noodles’. Salt and pepper to taste. beef-over-zucchini

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Salad & pan seared okra

Salads can be simple or complicated. I choose SIMPLE!
-Grab your lettuce, arugula, spinach, or any other greens you like.
-Top it with cooked meat like ground beef, chicken, steak, or even ground breakfast sausage. In this photo, I mixed ground beef and breakfast sausage because it was leftover from other meals. Ha!
-Add an apple, pear, or grapes if you like a little sweetness.
-And in this recipe, I even added pan seared okra and onions. YUM!
-Choose a salad dressing (or not) and there you go. Enjoy!
The way to keep it simple is to use what you already have. Mix it up and you’ll create yummy salads! salad-with-okra

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Tuscany Porkchops

2-4 pork chops
3 tbs oil (olive, coconut, butter, ghee)
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 cups fresh tomatoes chopped or 1 can of tomatoes
1 onion
2 tsp orgegano
1 tsp sage
1 tsp basil

Heat oil in a large pan. Brown pork chops on each side. Reduce heat to medium and add onions. Stir onions and flip pork chops after 2-3 minutes on each side. Add tomatoes, garlic, oregano, sage, and basil. Simmer until tomatoes are soft and sauce has set up. Serve on a bed of pasta or zucchini noodles.
(cooking times vary depending on thickness of chops)

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Coconut Milk Baked Chicken

6 tbs canned coconut milk
2 tbs fresh lime juice
2 tbs brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3-4 pound whole bone-in chicken (skin on), cut up

Preheat oven to 425.
Whisk together all ingredients, except chicken. Toss chicken in mixture until coated. Arrange in oven proof skillet or dutch oven. Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until chicken is done.

The recipe is from the website www.shewearsmanyhats.com.

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Meatballs ‘with a twist’

1 pound ground beef
1 pound mild pork sausage
2 eggs
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup flour or almond meal (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. These meatballs can be fried on the stovetop or baked in the oven at 350.
We like to add the meatballs to a sweet & sour sauce made with grape jelly, chili sauce, and a splash of lemon juice. Add sauce and cooked meatballs to crockpot for an easy make and take.

Or if you prefer a more southern style meatball and gravy, here’s a gravy recipe: Remove fried meatballs, add 1-2 tbs flour to your pan drippings and mix while on medium heat. Add 1 cup cold milk and continue stirring until desired consistency. The gravy will thicken as it warms.

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Eggplant Salad

1 medium size Eggplant cut into small chunks
1 cup Grape Tomatoes halved or 2 medium size tomatoes chopped
1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves chopped
2 cups Chickpeas drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Feta crumbled or mozzarella
2 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef, cooked (optional)

Preheat oven to 475
Mix all ingredients and bake for 30 minutes. Serve as is or over rice for hungry teens!

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Eggplant Parmigiana

1 lb ground beef
1 lb eggplant, wash, and cut lengthwise
NOTE (if using Black Beauty eggplant, you’ll want to peel it also. We do not peel Ichaban Eggplant.)
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour
2 TBS oil
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cup cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

Dip sliced eggplant into egg, then flour. Fry eggplant in hot oil until golden brown. Add additional oil if needed. Place fried eggplant slices in a baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Add a layer of sauce and meat. Continue alternating layers and end with cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and it’s heated through. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Country Style Cubed Steak

1 lb cube steak
1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper
3 tbs oil
1 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup water
2 tbs worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbs vinegar

Coat meat with mixture of flour, salt, and pepper. Brown meat in oil with the onion and green pepper strips. Stir in brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, water, vinegar, and worcestershire sauce. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until steak is tender.

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