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One Dish Meals = Time Saved

Mashed Potato & Sausage Casserole

1 pound bulk pork sausage

1 bag (1 pound) frozen mixed vegetables

1 cup onion-seasoned beef broth (from 14-ounce can)

3 tablespoons flour

1/2 package (7.2 ounce size) roasted garlic mashed potato mix (1 pouch) water, milk, margarine or butter called for on potato mix package.

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray square baking dish, 8 by 8 by 2 inches with cooking spray. Cook sausage in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain. Mix sausage and frozen vegetables in baking dish. Mix broth and flour in small bowl. Pour over sausage mixture; gently stir. Cover and bake 35 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot, bubbly and slightly thickened. Make potatoes as directed on package for 4 servings, using 1 pouch potatoes and seasoning, water, milk and margarine or butter. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon onto sausage mixture. Bake uncovered 8 to 12 minutes or until potatoes start to brown.

Cheese Bread

1/2 cup milk

1 egg beaten

1 1/2 cups biscuit mix

1 tablespoon minced onion

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1/4 cup margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine the milk and egg. Add the biscuit mix, onion, 1/2 cup cheese, and parsley. Pour into a greased 8 or 9 inch round pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the batter. Pour the melted margarine over the top. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Berry Warm-Up

3 tablespoons Lipton instant tea powder

1/2 cup 100 percent pure lemon juice

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

4 cups water

2 cups cranberry juice cocktail

In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients and heat through. Garnish, if desired, with lemon or orange slices.

Russian Tea Cakes

2 sticks oleo, melted

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Mix and roll in 1 inch balls. Press on a pecan nut before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. While still warm, roll in confectioner’s sugar.

Our thought for the week:

“Congress has figured out the right system. When its members encounter a problem they can’t solve, they subsidize it.”