Are you a busy cook who feels you are going in circles most of the time? Yet you want to feed your family healthy meals at home? This article offers recipes to help you with your quest! These recipes are quick, easy, and family-friendly! This macaroni casserole goes into the oven quickly. While it bakes, steam a veggie or make a green salad. Waa-laa, dinner is served!


  1 lb lean ground beef (or chicken, if desired)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 jar (16-oz) favorite spaghetti sauce
1 can (4-oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
6 oz macaroni, cooked according to package directions; drained
1 cup sour cream
4 oz sliced provolone cheese, sliced
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cook beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to break up. When browned, drain well. Return to the skillet and add the onion; cook for a couple of minutes to soften onion. Stir the spaghetti sauce and mushrooms into the meat and onion; simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray an oblong baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half the macaroni over the bottom of the pan. Top with half the sauce mixture topped with half the sour cream. Layer the provolone cheese over the sour cream. Repeat the process ending with the mozzarella cheese. Spray the underside of a piece of foil lightly with nonstick cooking spray and cover the dish loosely.

Bake at 350 degress for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 5 minutes.

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Yield: 6 servings  

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TURKEY SLIDERS - SOUTHWESTERN STYLE   1 lb lean ground turkey
1 jar (16-oz) your favorite salsa
1 can (4-oz) diced green chiles
1 large egg
1 pkg (1.25 oz) taco seasoning mix
16 slider buns or Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, warmed
4 slices American, each cut into quarters

Preheat grill to a medium-high heat. Light brush with vegetable oil.

In a large mixing bowl combine the following: turkey, 1/2 cup of the salsa, chiles, egg, and taco seasoning mix; mix gently but thoroughly. Divide into 16 equal portions and make portions into patties about 2-inches wide.

Place sliders on the hot grill and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked thoroughly.

Top each with a slice of the cheese and serve on the warmed buns or rolls.