I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pizza Casserole

This is an quick and inexpensive way to make a dinner the kids are sure to love. I love ways that you can sneak vegetables into a picky eaters life. Very versatile, put in whatever you like on a pizza.

(serves 6)

*2 cups uncooked egg noodles
*1/2 pound ground beef
*1 onion, chopped
*3 cloves garlic, minced
*1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
*1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)
*1/2 cup black olives (optional)
*1 cup pepperoni, sliced
*6 cups pizza sauce
*1 tablespoon italian seasoning
*4 tablespoons milk
*2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

~Cook noodles as directed on package.
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~In a medium skillet, over medium heat, brown ground beef, with green pepper, onion, garlic, mushrooms, & olives.
~Cook until beef is no longer pink.
~Stir in noodles, pepperoni, pizza sauce and milk, mix well.
~Pour half of pizza mixture into a greased 2-quart casserole dish.
~Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
~Pour remaining half of pizza casserole evenly over mozzarella cheese.
~Bake for 20 minutes.
~Remove from oven and top with remaining cheese.
~Bake for 10 more minutes.

Helpful Hint:
If your kids are picky about the vegetables, grind them up in a food processor and mix in pizza sauce. They won't even know what hit them.

Cucumber-Tomato-Feta Salad

I love this salad, especially when the veggies are in season.  It is so good.  You can add black olives if you like.  I like them, but my family does not.

(serves 6)

1/4 cup olive oil
*3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
*3/4 teaspoon dried basil
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon onion powder
*1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
*1/3 cup red wine vinegar
*1 (16 ounce) container of cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
 (when tomatoes are in season I use about 2-3 tomatoes, chopped)
*2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
*1 small red onion, chopped
*1 cup feta cheese
*1/4 cup black olives, sliced (optional)

~In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, pepper, salt, onion powder, mustard and red wine.
~Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
~In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.
~Mix dressing over veggies.
~Sprinkle feta cheese over top and serve.