August 22, 2019 at 9:24 a.m.

Try one of these mini recipes

Try one of these mini recipes
Try one of these mini recipes

If you are cooking for one, two or three people, you may wonder how much to prepare for a meal to serve four or more. Many recipes are easy to double or triple the ingredients. Cooking for two can mean trying new recipes, down-sizing the amount of ingredients used or increasing the amount for a larger amount of people you serve. But you know that already don't you!

Cooking for two can mean trying recipes that you've not made before, It's a challenge to make a meal that can be served to anyone, even if you're a “fussy eater.” Lets see if you might like to try one or more of todays recipes.

CHILI MACARONI
1/3 c. uncooked elbow macaroni
1/3 pound lean ground beef
¼ c. diced onion
1 c. canned, diced tomatoes (you can use petite diced tomatoes)
¾ c. tomato juice
¾ c. canned kidney beans or chili beans, undrained
1 small garlic clove, minced
3/4 t. chili powder
1/8 t. each, crushed oregano leaves and pepper
2 t. sweet pickle relish
Cook macaroni according to pkg. directions. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Add tomatoes, tomato juice, beans, garlic, chili powder, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; stirring, uncovered for 10 minutes. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture. Stir in pickle relish; heat just to a boil. Remove from heat. Makes 2 servings.

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CREAMY PASTA SALAD
1 c. cooked spiral pasta
1/3 c. grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. shredded cheese
3 T. each, diced onion, cucumber and green pepper
2 T. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 T. sliced pepperoncinis
2 radishes, sliced
1/8 t. pepper
1/4 c. ranch dressing

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except dressing. Drizzle with dressing. Combine gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before servings. Makes 2 servings. Note: Pepperoncinis are pickled peppers that come whole or sliced in jars. You can substitute pickled pepper rings, if you wish,

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TASTY VEGGIE 
PATTIES
3/4 c. shredded yellow squash or zucchini
1/2 c. peeled, shredded potato
1/4 c shredded carrot
3 T. flour
2 T. yellow cornmeal
2 T. beaten egg
1 T. finely diced onion
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1 t. canola oil

In a medium bowl, combine first 10 ingredients, mixing well. Shape into 4 patties. In a large skillet, cook patties in oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings. Note: Serve with a creamy pasta salad and a platter of fresh veggies and dip.

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MINI APPLE CRISP
2 medium apples, peeled and sliced (about 1/4-inch thick), Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Haralson,
2 T. flour
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 T. butter or margarine
1/4 c. quick cooking oats
1/4 t. cinnamon

Topping:
Whipped cream, whipped topping, or a scoop of ice cream, optional

Put apple slices in a 1-1/2 qt. greased baking dish. In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add oats and cinnamon; sprinkle over apple slices. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until tender. Cool to room temperature and serve with a topping, if you wish, Makes 2 servings.

Thought for the Day: Signs of age: you have too much room in the house, (unless you live in a mobile home), and not enough room in the medicine cabinet.

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