Recipe For A Simple Life

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Root Beer Pork

My aunt, Tammy, made this for our family shortly after my father passed away.  It’s SO good.  And SO easy.

 

One can of root beer.

Pork roast/loin.  I don’t think it really matters the weight of it, as the juice just gets drained.

Put unseasoned/unmarinated pork roast or loin in your crock pot.  Pour can of root beer over it.  Cook on low for 5-6 hours.  Once it reaches 165*, it’s thoroughly cooked.

Slice it up and serve it, or pull it apart with a fork to serve as sandwiches.  You may want to drain some of the juice before serving it as sandwiches.

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Tator Tot Pizza Casserole

My friend, Dana, posted this recipe that she tried the other week.  I’m so going to try this with my family.  If you are vegetarian, just leave out the meat and I think you’ll still have a great meal.  Dana is a former co-worker of Carrie’s and a fellow Harley lover 😀

1lb. lean ground beef
1/4cup chopped onion
1(10 3/4-oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1(8-oz.) can pizza sauce
2oz. sliced pepperoni
1/2cup chopped green bell pepper
4oz. (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
1(16-oz.) pkg. frozen potato nuggets (about 3 1/2 cups)
Optional – I think any ingredient you would put on pizza would be a fantastic addition to this recipe – italian sausage, mushrooms, olives, chopped chicken, red peppers, jalapenos, etc.
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
Reduce heat to medium; stir in soup. Cook until mixture comes to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Spoon beef mixture into sprayed baking dish. Spoon pizza sauce evenly over top. Arrange pepperoni and bell pepper over sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange potato nuggets over cheese. Cover with foil.
Bake at 375°F. for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Plus, once you know that your family loves this recipe, the next time you make it, double the batch and put half of it in the freezer for a quick and easy meal when you’re running late in the future 😀  The dollar store has big aluminum disposable pans just for this.  Or if you don’t have a family to feed, use the original recipe amounts and split it into single/double servings and freeze the remainder.  Just remember to change the amount of time you cook it so you don’t burn it 😀
Go HERE to see the original recipe at Pillsbury.com
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Pizza Pasta

This is a favorite at our house!  It’s super easy and so versatile, you can accommadate any taste and customize it to your family’s tastebuds!

16oz Cooked Pasta – we love to use Rotini pasta, but anything will work, but I’d skip the spaghetti noodles

1 jar spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce

Toppings – Whatever you’d put on your pizza, put on this pasta!  Pepperoni, browned ground beef or sausage, ham and pineapple, green peppers, black olives, onions, etc.

Sprinkle with cheese.  I didn’t have mozzarella, so I used colby jack.

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