Food for Thought – January 7, 2015

I’ve been here in Findlay, OH since November 17, 2014. It has been cold and snowy, but the people are very friendly. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a very happy New Year..

If you are tired of turkey and ham, then this recipe is for you.

Monterey Beef Casserole

1 lb. ground beef

1/4 cup finely chopped onions

Seasoned salt

2 cans (8 oz. each) tomato sauce

4 cups  taco-flavored tortilla chips

2 cups shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese

1 can (6 oz.) sliced black olives, drained

Cook ground beef in skillet until lightly browned, stirring to break up meat. Drain off excess fat. Add onion and tomato sauce and simmer 5 minutes. Season to taste with seasoned salt. Place 3 cups tortilla chips  in 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with half of cheese. Pour meat sauce over cheese. Garnish with remaining chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Top with olives before serving.

Serves: 4 to 6.

You’ll love this tea from Patti Davis of Kiowa, OK.

Spicy Winter Tea Mix

1-1/4 cups orange drink mix

3/4 cup sweetened instant tea

1/2 tsp. grated cloves

1/2 tsp allspice

23 oz. pkg lemonade drink mix

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 oz. pkg. apricot gelatin

9 oz. pkg. red cinnamon candies

Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container. Use 1 rounded tsp. per cup hot water. Yum!

How about some munchies?

Honey-Nut Bars

3 cups honey-nut cereal, such as Honey Nut Cheerios

1/2 cup unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup salted, roasted peanuts

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

6 Tbsp. butter or margarine

Line 8-inch pan with foil. In large bowl combine first 4 ingredients; set aside. In small pot, heat peanut butter, honey and butter over medium-high heat; bring to boil. Pour over cereal mix; stir to coat thoroughly. Press firmly and evenly into pan. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut into 2-inch squares. Store in regrigerator.

Serves: 16 at 201 calories each.

Please send your recipes and recipe requests to: The Vista, 5413 Peavine Road, Crossville, TN 38571 or email to: [email protected]

Until next time,

Ellie