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Meatballs & Sauce
1 lb. ground beef
1 c. soft bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
3 T. fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1. T. garlic powder
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
2 to 4 T. olive oil
2 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes
dried basil to taste
cooked spaghetti or hard rolls
In a large bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, Parmesan cheese and seasonings. Form into 2-inch balls. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, fry meatballs in oil, browning on all sides. Place meatballs in a large pot; add tomatoes. Simmer over low heat for at least an hour, stirring frequently. Add basil as desired. Serve meatballs and sauce over cooked spaghetti, or spoon into hard rolls to serve as sandwiches.
Fix a double batch! Cook meatballs according to the recipe, freeze individually on baking sheets, then store in a freezer-safe container until ready to use.
Chicken Florentine Quesadillas
Serves 8 to 10
4 10-inch flour tortillas
8-oz. pkg. frozen spinach-artichoke
2 6-oz. pkgs. grilled chicken breast strips
1 c. shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 c. black olives, sliced
2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
Optional: sour cream, shredded lettuce
Warm tortillas on a griddle. Spread 2 tortillas with dip. Top with chicken strips, cheese and sliced vegetables. Add remaining tortillas; place on a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted, using a spatula to carefully turn over. Quesadillas may also be placed on a baking sheet and baked at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. Using a pizza cutter, cut each quesadilla into 4 to 8 wedges. Garnish with sour cream and shredded lettuce, if desired.
Looking for an easy dessert idea? Fruit kabobs are a sweet ending to any meal. Arrange chunks of pineapple and banana, plump strawberries and orange wedges on skewers. For a creamy dipping sauce, blend together 1/2 cup each of cream cheese and marshmallow creme.
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