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“Homemade” Helper

Makes 2 Servings.

1 cup Elbow Macaroni

1 cup frozen vegetarian ground beef

1 cup mild salsa

1 tablespoon taco seasoning

1/2 cup frozen corn

1/4 cup chopped fresh onion

2 teaspoons olive oil


Cook pasta according to manufacturer’s directions. Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, cook onions with the olive oil until onions are tender (temperature a little less than medium heat). After onions are cooked, add (in the same sauce pan) the salsa, seasoning, beef, and corn. Stir frequently and cook on medium heat until bubbly and ingredients are thawed and hot. Remove from heat.

Thoroughly drain the pasta and add the pasta to the saucepan of ingredients. Combine the pasta and the ingredients and return to medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until desired temperature is reached.

You can serve with a dollop of sour cream, or shredded cheddar cheese.


Apple Panini

Great for Breakfast, Lunch or Anytime in Between. Prep time is less than 5 minutes and cook time takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Cook over medium heat in a cast iron pan or panini maker


2 slices of oatmeal bread or cinnamon raisin bread

1 apple thinly sliced

2 Tablespoons of Granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

2 teaspoons honey

Light butter


Cut up apple in thin small slices and set aside. Combine the cinnamon and sugar. Feel free to add more cinnamon and sugar if you so desire. Lightly butter one side of bread and sprinkle some of the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the buttered bread. Lay slices of bread (with butter side facing down) side by side.Build the sandwich by first sprinkling more of the cinnamon mixture on the un-buttered sides of the bread, then add the apple slices. Drizzle the honey over the apple slices. Place the remaining piece of bread on top of the apple slices and honey.

Cook in cast iron pan or panini maker until bread is toasted and apple slices are tender. Remove from pan and let cool for 1-2 minutes. If desired, serve with a dollop of FAGE brand Greek strained yogurt.

Muy Bien Mexican Pizza

Makes enough for 2, cooks in about 20 minutes.

Oven: 500 Degrees

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 Tablespoon honey

1/4 cup water

The “Sauce”

2 cans of pinto beans

1/2 cup chopped onion

Store brand taco seasoning (I use the reduced sodium)


1/4 cup black olives

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Raise one oven rack until it is approximately 4 to 5 inches from the top. Preheat oven. Combine flour, baking powder, honey and water. Knead on floured surface and spread on a 13 X 9 inch pan. Place crust in preheated oven and bake for 6 minutes or until the crust starts to become golden brown.

Heat beans in their own liquid until they boil. Remove from heat and drain approximately a quarter of the liquid. Coarsely mash the beans( it’s okay if some of the beans remain whole). Stir in taco seasoning. Set aside.

Spread the beans over the crust. Sprinkle the raw onion and olives over the beans. Place back in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until the onions are tender. Remove from oven and sprinkle the cheese.

If desired, after adding the cheese, you can also add salsa, sour cream, lettuce, and fresh chopped tomato. Yields approximately 2 servings.

Pizza Panilla (pa-nee-ah)

Inspired by pizza, a panini and a casadilla

Equipment: Panini grill or cast iron pan

Temperature: Medium heat, 10 to 12 minutes

2 flour tortillas or 2 slices of Pita bread

Fresh Feta, Mozzarella or Parmesan Cheese slices

Fresh tomato slices

Fresh onion slices

1 small clove of roasted garlic

1 small green pepper (chopped)

Olive Oil

Kalamata olives

Dried or fresh basil

Dried oregano


Roast garlic with olive oil in a cast iron pan. Set aside. Assemble the panilla as though you are making a sandwich. Spread a thin layer of olive oil on one side of the bread or tortilla. Sprinkle dried oregano and add slices of tomato, pepper, onion, and olives on one piece of bread.Add the fresh basil pieces and cheese on top. Place the remaining piece of bread on top.

In a panini maker: simply place the assembly into the machine and follow manufacturer’s instructions

In a cast iron pan: Add more olive oil to the outsides of the bread or tortilla. Cook on medium heat until cheese is melted and vegetables are tender.

Remove from heat. Cut into quarters using a pizza cutter. If desired, serve with pizza sauce.

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