We all need recipes we can put together when we don't have much time or just want to get out of the kitchen.  Whether for an easy family meal or for casual entertaining, these recipes will work in those situations.  Taco Sloppy Joes make excellent easy sandwiches and individuals can choose their own garnishes. Focaccia Roast Beef Sandwiches are easy and you can set out the ingredients so individuals can make their own, if you wish.  Add some crunchy spice to your table with a bowl of Chili Spiced Pecan Nut Mix.

TACO SLOPPY JOES 
1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14.5-oz) tomatoes
2 tbsp catsup
2 tsp taco seasoning mix
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
4 to 6 hamburger buns
1 cup shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
shredded lettuce for garnish
diced tomatoes for garnish
black olives for garnish
taco sauce, if desired

In a large skillet saute the ground beef, onion, and garlic together until the beef is browned and crumbled.  Drain off excess fat.

Add the tomatoes, catsup, taco seasoning, salt, and Dijon mustard.  Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until mixture is dry.  Spoon the mixture onto the buns and top with the lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olive, and taco sauce if desired.


FOCACCIA ROAST BEEF SANDWICHES 
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp dill weed
1 tsp onion powder
1 round (8-inch) focaccia bread
fresh lettuce leaves
tomato slices
3/4 lb deli sliced roast beef

Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, and onion powder together in a small bowl.

Cut the focaccia bread into 4 pieces; split for sandwiches.  Spread the dressing on the cut pieces of  focaccia.  Add lettuce leaves and tomato slices.  Top with the roast beef and add the top slice of the bread to make a sandwich.

Yield: 4 sandwiches

NOTE:  Don't like focaccia bread?  Use Kaiser rolls or onion rolls instead.

CHILI SPICED PECAN PEANUT MIX 
2 cups pecan halves or large pieces
2 cups roasted peanuts
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In an ungreased 9 x 13-inch baking pan, combine the peanuts and pecans.  In a small bowl combine the egg white with the butter, chili powder, red pepper, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and the hot sauce, stirring to combine well.  Pour the butter mixture over the nuts in the pan, stirring to coat all the nuts well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the nuts are toasted.  Remove from oven and set pan on a wire rack.  Cool nuts completely in the pan.  Store in an airtight container.