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  • Dixie Ryan: Quick casserole for busy days

  • This past week has been totally busy. I guess I am getting back into the groove again as I have been gone almost every day and have not cooked at all. Well, I guess I should say almost no cooking at all. I think I cooked a total of three meals and my meals are sometimes a bit “short and sweet.”

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  • This past week has been totally busy. I guess I am getting back into the groove again as I have been gone almost every day and have not cooked at all. Well, I guess I should say almost no cooking at all. I think I cooked a total of three meals and my meals are sometimes a bit “short and sweet.”
    I had a taste for sloppy joes and felt that would be easy so I tried an old recipe I remembered that the “Bear” loved. I have so many sloppy joe recipes that I had to hunt for this old one but it was worth the search.
    After browning 1 pound of hamburger (lean), I added a can of vegetable soup. After warming it, I put some of the mixture on a bun and it was great. I am trying to lose weight and be healthier so I did not have any chips with the sandwich. I had, instead, some celery and carrots, a glass of water and applesauce. I have found that a small helping of applesauce keeps me from always wanting sweets. Yogurts work the same with me.
    Monday I had to visit a friend who lost her husband a few weeks ago and we went out to eat at the local “Sloppy Joe’s Greasy Spoon.” It was pretty good, and we all need a little bit of grease once in a while.
    I ate out Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and soon it will be Sunday and we will go out again.
    Saturday I tried another recipe that we had when the children were young. I just called it hamburger casserole.
    Hamburger Casserole
    1 pound lean ground beef
    1 (26 ounces) can of canned spaghetti
    1 medium onion chopped
    1 medium green pepper, chopped
    Saute onions and green pepper in 2 tablespoons margarine until nearly done, remove from pan and drain grease. Add spaghetti from can. Slightly chop while mixing. Add peppers and onion. Mix well. Pour into 1 1⁄2 quart casserole. Bake 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
    Optional additions: Mushrooms sliced, black or green olives, slices, 1 can green beans.
    Serve with parmesan cheese, garlic bread and tossed salad.
    When the children were young they did not like onions or green peppers so they would scoop all that out of their spaghetti and give it to “Grouchy Bear.” He loved it, so he ate all his spaghetti and all of their veggies. It was a family tradition.
    See you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.
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