Meatball parm and rice

I am a sucker for a good dump and bake meal. It’s quick and easy and well I have a one year old that gets into pretty much everything so I have to keep a close eye on her. In a previous post I showed you how I made my famous meatballs and how I came to this recipe. Well, I am going to use them in another recipe. What you’ll need: Meatballs Quick rice. (I use the boil in bag rice. I find that it cooks very nice in these type of recipes) 2 jars marinara sauce 1 packet Italian seasoning 1/2 cup or more parmesan cheese 1/2 cup or more mozeralla cheese Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F I used 2 bags of that rice and put it into a baking dish. Add Italian seasoning Add one jar of marinara sauce. And your meatballs then the remainder of the sauce. Top with cheese and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. It’ll be worth the wait.

Meatballs…to die for

So when I was in the 10th grade we studied all of the genocides that have occured. It was a heartbreaking, eye opening segment in our English class. However, we were each assigned one genocide. I had the Bosnian genocide. For our final project we had a potluck where we all make one dish from that country. I have used this recipe for my meatballs for years. And somehow my mother always knows when I’m making them so shes over for dinner. What you need: 1 lb ground beef 1 package of sausage 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1 egg Salt/pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients into a bowl. Mix them together but you dint want to mix too much or you’ll turn your meatballs into rubbery balls. And Thats gross to eat. Roll the mixture into balls. Place in a baking dish. Bake until done. The meatballs can be used in any meal and can be frozen to used later. But we usually never have any left over I cannot stess enough how important it is to wash your hands before and after dealing with food or raw meat. You touch so many things that can contain germs and you dont really want to transfer germs to the food you’re going to eat or feed others. You also don’t want to have raw meat on your hands and touch your eye or something. Sorry for the gross tidbit

Mexican Pie

Now I’m not sure why it is called Mexican pie. It is more like a taco pie. This is something that my mom made for us all the time growing up. It was amazing. Now that I’m married and have kids of my own, I still enjoy my moms recipe. My mother enjoys that I cook it too because that means that we don’t have to do it.

What we need:

2 lbs of ground beef (I used 2 pounds because I cook for a lot of people and 2 pounds makes 4 pies)

4 Pillsbury frozen pie crust (Comes in a pack of 2 so just 2 packs)

2 cups of cheeses (I use the Fiesta style blend)

Re-fried beans. (The big can)

Taco seasoning

Salsa

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

First you need to cook the hamburger. Completely.  I cannot stress the importance of cooking ground beef completely. Once it has finished cooking, you need to drain the meat. Then you will need to put the meat back into the pan with the packet of taco seasoning. Add water according to the packet.  Let this sit for a few minutes. Then add the Salsa. I let this cook for a few minutes.

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While the meat mixture is cooking, open the big can of re-fried beans, put them into a bowl and heat it up. I found that warm beans are easier to spread.  Once the beans are warm spread the beans in the pies and up the sides. According to my mothers recipe, add cheese on top of the beans.

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This one had too much cheese, I removed some

After spreading the beans and cheese, you will need to add the taco meat mixture on top and add more cheese.

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The you just put it in the oven until the cheese is nice and bubbly. I added sour cream to my bowl and it was delicious.  My picky eater actually ate two bowls. Enjoy!

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