By Diane Ruyack of Winners Drink Milk
Who doesn’t like to eat! If you read Danielle’s blog about March being National Nutrition Month, you know the theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. Most of us choose taste over nutrition, so let’s look at our plates this year and find ways to enhance both nutrition and taste. Try new food combinations, different spices, and different cooking methods to enjoy the taste of eating right!
Meatza pizza is one of our family’s favorite original recipes. Our son has a gluten sensitivity so eating a regular dough-based pizza is out for him unless we choose a gluten-free pizza or recipe that does not use wheat flour in the dough. This recipe combines the flavor of pizza without the crust and makes a perfect main dish for the whole family to enjoy.
1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
1 t. garlic powder
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 can chopped mushrooms (optional)
¼ oregano and other Italian herbs
1 cup tomato sauce/or use prepared pizza sauce
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese
Mix beef, garlic powder, milk and mushrooms and pat into 8 or 9 inch pie pan. Spread sauce and sprinkle cheeses on top. Bake 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until completely cooked. Cut into 4 wedges.
Another original recipe from our family cookbook is Castle Burgers. While is college, during the summers I worked in the kitchen at a Church camp, Stronghold Castle, overlooking the Rock River in Illinois. The recipe can be formed into burgers and cooked or spread on hamburger buns and baked for open-faced sandwiches.
2 pounds lean ground beef
½ cup grated cheese
1 onion, grated
1 cup ketchup
½ cup pickle relish
2 T. prepared mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients and form into patties or spread on hamburger buns. Grill or bake patties. For open-faced sandwiches, bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until completely cooked. Makes 8 to 12 servings.