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Stressbuster Tips - One Pan Easy Meals

From "The Overworked Mom's Stress Free HomeKeeping" by Laura Dellutri

Yes, You Can Stay Cool in the Kitchen

Kitchen-related tasks typically take most of our household time. While the number of things that can go wrong, and the number of chores related to food preparation and cleanup can sometimes seem endless, I canít think of anything more satisfying than gathering the family around for a mealÖunless itís gathering friends around, too.

However, although most people like the idea of having company for dinner, a special event, or a holiday gathering, many of them are reluctant to do it. They fear that entertaining will be expensive, time-consuming and exhausting.
But itís one of lifeís great joys to share good food, good conversation, and warm companionship. So all the following tips are offered in the hope and belief that they can make your cooking and entertaining free of stress and full of joy.

ONE PAN EASY MEALS
 
Ragu Chili

  • 1 lb. of beef or turkey - brown in pan - drain
  • Add 1 sauted onion
  • Add 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 cans red Kidney chili beans
  • Add 1 26 oz jar Ragu for each pound of meat or Fresh and Simple Ragu Pouch
  • Pour over Uncle Benís rice or pasta

Condiments: Salsa, cheese, tomatoes, jalepenos.

Sloppy Joe

  • 2 lb. ground beef or turkey browned in a pan - drain
  • Add 1 sauted onion
  • Add 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Add 1/2 cup sweet relish
  • Add 1 26 oz jar Ragu for each pound of meat or Fresh and Simple Ragu Pouch

Taco Salad

  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey browned in a pan - drain
  • 1 bag frozen peppers, onions, corn or black beans
  • 1 Fresh and Simple Ragu Pouch
  • Spice optional: 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili

Quick Burrito

  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey browned in a pan - drain
  • 1 bag frozen peppers, yellow squash, zuchini and onions
  • 4 tsp chili powder and some corn
  • Serve with tortilla shells
  • 1 Fresh and Simple Ragu Pouch

Condiments: Salsa, cheese, tomatoes, jalepenos.

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