March 15, 2010

Baked Ziti

1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta
24 ounces ricotta cheese
1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse.
In a medium bowl, mix ziti, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg and 1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce

To Freeze: Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish and spoon in ziti mixture.  Include spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese (freeze separetely in freezer bag).
To Cook: Thaw. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes; let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken

1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1 env. GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
5 or 6 boneless skinless chicken {you can half breast if you want}

Freezing: Mix and pour over chicken in a gallon size Freezer bag. Freeze.
Cook: Thaw, place in dish, 400 for 20-25 min.

Polenta Lasagna

1 polenta log (sliced into 1/4 inch discs) found at Trader Joes or Fresh n Easy 1 package sliced mozzarella
1-2 cups grated mozzarella
1/4 fresh grated parmeasan cheese
1/4 cup ricotta cheese(optional-I left it out)
1 jar Puntenesca sauce, or your favorite marinara

Place 1/4 cup sauce in the bottom of a 9X9 baking dish. Place 9 polenta disks down and cover with 4 slices mozzerella and 1/4 cup parm followed by 1 cup sauce. Place 9 more polenta disks down and layer remaining sauce and top with grated mozz.
Freeze - or
Bake at 400 for 35-40 min

March 12, 2010

Sloppy Joes

1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 small onion chopped (or 1 Tbsp dry onion)
1 can tomato soup
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp mustard
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp chili powder

Brown hamburger with onion (drain grease).
Add other ingredients - Simmer 10 min.
Serve on Buns or freeze.
Freezing - let cool, put in Freezer bag, then defrost and simmer for 15-20 min. or until hot
*you could also put it in a crockpot for 3-5 hours on low, but crockpots retain moisture so the meat mixture will be more runny.