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I enjoy new recipes...especially those that are easy. I always look for two things in the ingredients - a short(er) list and ones that I normally have on hand anyway. So if you are looking for something new to serve...look here!

I can't promise that the recipes will all be easy or healthy, but I do promise to try to add a new one every now and then that I have already tried myself.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Spaghetti Bread Packets

This recipe comes from inspiration from a neighbor who pinned a Braided Spaghetti Bread recipe on Pinterest.  You can find all of that HERE.  So I decided to try it and although it didn't turn out well enough to be braided, it was still yummy.  Here was my version.

Here's what you need:
  • 6 oz of spaghetti
  • Lean hamburger (or sausage or ground turkey)
  • Chopped onion
  • Mushrooms
  • 1-2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parley flakes
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • One egg
  • Frozen bread dough - I used Kroger brand; recipe is inspired by Rhodes, but couldn't find it 
The first thing you need to do is plan to allow enough time for the dough to thaw.  I thawed mine in the refrigerator all day.

I actually did most of my prep the night before.  I prepared the pasta, cooked the beef with some chopped onions and Italian seasoning and mixed it all up with the spaghetti sauce.  I also sauteed some mushrooms, but kept them separate.  I put all of that in the refrigerator until the next evening.

The first step in putting it all together is to roll out the dough.  This is where it went all wrong for me.  I could not get it to roll out into a large rectangle as instructed.  I apparently was not patient enough! 

So instead, I ended up dividing the dough into 4 sections and creating "packets".  On top of each dough circle I put some of the spaghetti mixture and then added some mozzarella cheese.  Due to this, there was a lot of leftover spaghetti mixture.

Inside two of them I also added the mushrooms and put a couple on top to note the difference.

I spread some egg whites over each one and sprinkled some garlic powder and Parmesan cheese on top.

Then they were baked on 350 for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

They were a bit more doughy than expected since I didn't follow the "braiding" instructions.  However, I just served some more of the pasta mixture on the side (thanks to the leftovers) and everyone enjoyed!

Yes, it's basically spaghetti and bread so why put it all together?  We eat a lot of pasta at our house.  So this changed it up for us a bit and the kids thought it was funny to have spaghetti inside their bread.  Will I do it every week?  Nope.  But it was fun to add some variety to the menu.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Roasted Butternut Squash

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cube the squash.
Melt some butter in a bowl and add some brown sugar.
Cream together until well mixed.
Toss squash in the bowl to coat with yumminess.

Dump squash into greased dish and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Once tender, enjoy!