Quick Easy Beef Fajitas – No Marinade

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In keeping with your recipes needing to be quick and easy let’s eliminate the marinading the beef step and still have great tasting Quick Easy Beef Fajitas.

Put a large skillet on at a setting between medium high and high. Add enough olive oil to fully coat the bottom the skillet. Use thin sliced round beef steak or whole skirt steak or flank steak and cut it into about 1/2″ strips. The peppers in the pic are poblano peppers cut into strips. You might prefer red, green or orange bell peppers. We like the poblanos because they add a little bit of spiciness. Cut a medium sized onion into strips and chop up the garlic. Cut the lemon – or lime – in half.

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Put everything but the lemon in the skillet and toss it all together. Squeeze the lemon – or lime – juice all around on top of the mixture and toss in the rinds. Sprinkle the spices all over it and toss it all some more. Toss regularly as it cooks. When everything is starting to get a little crispy on the edges, it’s ready. About 10 – 15 minutes. About halfway through the grilling process drain off any liquid that has accumulated in the pan and add a little more olive oil.

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Heat up the tortillas in between pepper towels in the microwave and enjoy your Quick Easy Beef Fajitas. Spoon the meat and veggies on the tortillas and top it off with some salsa or sour cream or pico de gallo or “all of the above”.

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No knife and fork. Just pick it up and bite into it.

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It was good!!

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  1. Put a large skillet on at a setting between medium high and high. Add enough olive oil to fully coat the bottom the skillet. Use thin sliced round beef steak or whole skirt steak or flank steak and cut it into about 1/2" strips. The peppers in the pic are poblano peppers cut into strips. You might prefer red, green or orange bell peppers. We like the poblanos because they add a little bit of spiciness. Cut a medium sized onion into strips and chop up the garlic. Cut the lemon - or lime - in half.
  2. Put everything but the lemon in the skillet and toss it all together. Squeeze the lemon - or lime - juice all around on top of the mixture and toss in the rinds. Sprinkle the spices all over it and toss it all some more. Toss regularly as it cooks. When everything is starting to get a little crispy on the edges, it's ready. About 10 - 15 minutes. About halfway through the grilling process drain off any liquid that has accumulated in the pan and add a little more olive oil.
  3. Heat up the tortillas in between pepper towels in the microwave and enjoy your Quick Easy Beef Fajitas. Spoon the meat and veggies on the tortillas and top tit off with some salsa or sour cream or pico de gallo or "all of the above".
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Of course you could use chicken instead of beef.

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Meatballs Parmesan

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Meatballs Parmesan – You can buy ready made meatballs already cooked and frozen in the store if you  want to. Just thaw them out in the microwave per the instructions on the bag before you use them.  I like to make our own and keep them in the freezer. Here’s my mom’s recipe if you want to give it a go. You can buy Marinara Sauce in the store but if you want to make your own and keep some on hand here is our recipe for Marinara sauce. It will  last for 2-3 weeks in the fridge or 6 months to a year in the freezer.

Put 2 or 3 meatballs in individual casserole dishes or enough for everybody in a large casserole dish. Add some marinara and roll the meatballs around in it.

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Meatballs and Marinara sauce in an individual casserole dish

 

Cover with some mozzarella or provolone cheese.

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Slices of provolone cheese on meatballs and marinara

 

Spread just a few dabs of sauce all over the cheese. Lightly drizzle with extra virgin olive oil then lightly sprinkle dried oregano and grated parmesan cheese.

Bake until the sauce in the bottom of the dish is bubbling, about 8-10 minutes. Then serve up your Meatballs Parmesan topped with a little more grated parmesan cheese.

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Tonight’s homemade bread was two loaves of Bastone that we dipped in the sauce more than we did in the olive oil.

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And since we had some Marinara on hand we cooked up some fettuccine and topped it with some of the sauce.

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A good Italian Sangiovese or Barbera d’asti would be a perfect wine with your Meatballs Parmesan. 

 

 

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Meatballs covered with marinara sauce and cheese then baked in a casserole dish for a real nice and easy weeknight meal.
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Main Course Sunday Dinners
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  1. Put 2 or 3 meatballs in individual casserole dishes or enough for everybody in a large casserole dish. Add some marinara and roll the meatballs around in it. Cover with some mozzarella or provolone cheese.
  2. Spread just a few dabs of sauce all over the cheese. Lightly drizzle with extra virgin olive oil then lightly sprinkle dried oregano and grated parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake until the sauce in the bottom of the dish is bubbling. Then serve up your Meatballs Parmesan topped with a little more grated parmesan cheese.
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Oven Baked Italian Sausage with Mediterranean Veggies

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You can get this recipe for Oven Baked Italian Sausage in the oven in 6 or 7 minutes and be free to do “whatever” while it gets ready. Because it’s all in one pan and you just have to turn everything over once in the middle of the baking. 

Turn the oven on at 400°F/200°C. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil to make the cleanup lots easier. The sausage and the potato are going to take longer to cook than the rest of the veggies so lets give them a head start. Cut up the sausage links into 3 pieces each and spread them out in the pan.

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Put the pan in the oven while you cut up the potato into chunks.

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Add the potato chunks to the pan and put it back in the oven while you cut up the rest of the veggies. Try to get the chunks about the same size as the potatoes. Add them to the pan and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Add the spices and gently toss it all a little with a large cooks spoon to get  everything covered with the oil and the spices.

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Put the pan back in the oven and at about 10-12 minutes gently turn everything over and give it about another 10-12 minutes.

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Take one of the pieces of sausage out and cut it in half. If the center has no pink color to it, it is done. Poke a piece of potato with a fork and make sure you are happy with how done it is. If it’a all the way you like it, serve up your Oven Baked Italian Sausage with Mediterranean Veggies!

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Now, wasn’t that an easy, but still, real good dinner? Chianti. It’s gotta be Chianti with this. Well, that’s what we like, but, you have whatever YOU like with your, easy, one pan Oven Baked Italian Sausage with Mediterranean Veggies. AND, since the oven is at 400 you could have some of Poppop’s homemade bread to dip in the juices.

 

 

 

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  1. Turn the oven on at 400°F/200°C. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil to make the cleanup lots easier. The sausage and the potato are going to take longer to cook than the rest of the veggies so lets give them a head start. Cut up the sausage links into 3 pieces each and spread them out in the pan.
  2. Put the pan in the oven while you cut up the potato into chunks. Add the potato chunks to the pan and put it back in the oven while you cut up the rest of the veggies. Try to get the chunks about the same size as the potatoes. Add them to the pan and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Add the spices and gently toss it all a little with a large cooks spoon to get everything covered with the oil and the spices.
  3. Put the pan back in the oven and at about 10-12 minutes gently turn everything over and give it about another 10-12 minutes.
  4. Take one of the pieces of sausage out and cut it in half. If the center has no pink color to it, it is done. Poke a piece of potato with a fork and make sure you are happy with how done it is. If it'a all the way you like it, serve up your Oven Baked Italian Sausage with Mediterranean Veggies!
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Pineapple Meatloaf is real good and real easy.

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This Pineapple Meatloaf recipe is for our friend Mai.

This is Gammy’s (that’s what our grandkids have named her) family recipe for Pineapple Meatloaf. When we lived in Mexico, in a real nice little town called Chapala, Gammy and I were members of the local American Legion chapter and they had varied cooking contests. Chili cookoffs, etc. Well there came along a Meatloaf Contest and Judy Kelly, aka Gammy, won it with her grandma’s Pineapple Meatloaf and here is the recipe for you.

Pre heat the oven to 350°F/176°C. In a mixing bowl big enough to handle all of the ingredients, plus some room for mixing, whisk the egg. Add the oats, onion, bell pepper, and salt. Mix  it all together.

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Then add the beef and the pineapple and thoroughly mix everything together. Spray oil a 9″x 5″ loaf pan, add the mixture and pat it down.

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Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. It should be 155-160°F/71°C on a meat thermometer. Slice it up and top with the gravy or sauce of your choice. We went with our our Marinara Sauce tonight, but, you can use any topping you want. Gammy says that her grandma would use BBQ sauce or sometimes a can of Cambells’s cream of mushroom soup, not diluted, just right out of the can and heated up.

Enjoy your Pineapple Meatloaf!

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  1. Pre heat the oven to 350°F/176°C. In a mixing bowl big enough to handle all of the ingredients, plus some room for mixing, whisk the egg. Add the oats, onion, bell pepper, and salt. Mix it all together.
  2. Then add the beef and the pineapple and thoroughly mix everything together. Spray oil a 9"x 5" loaf pan, add the mixture and pat it down.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. It should be 155-160°F/71°C on a meat thermometer. Slice it up and top with the gravy or sauce of your choice. We went with our our Marinara Sauce tonight, but, you can use any topping you want. Gammy says that her grandma would use BBQ sauce or sometimes a can of Cambells's cream of mushroom soup, not diluted, just right out of the can and heated up.
  4. Enjoy your Pineapple Meatloaf!
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