When God doled out the “good cook gene” He thought about me, shrugged, and said, “Nahhh.” He moved on to some other more fortunate person and said, “You…yes you. I’ll give you the cooking gene along with Sharon’s portion. You’ll make scrumptious meals that delight the palate while she eats everything in sight and watches her bum spread wider and wider.”
I wasn’t there at the creation of the universe, but I’m certain that some variation of this account must have happened. Why, you ask. Because cooking is one of my least favorite things to do and, frankly, I’m just not good at it. My sisters-in-law, on the other hand, are both wonderful cooks. In fact, one of my sisters-in-law is a gourmet cook. She makes the kind of dishes that you see in pretty magazines with garnishes and fancy names you can hardly pronounce.
Because of my unwillingness to invest the time needed to become a good cook, I tend to stick with quick and easy—no muss no fuss—recipes. Since today is Wednesday favorites, I’ll share one of the latest quick recipes that I found on the AJC (Atlanta Journal Constitution) website.
Easy Baked Ziti
Total time: 30 minutes Serves: 8
1 pound ground beef
3 cups ziti, or your favorite pasta, cooked and drained (about 6 cups)
1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
¾ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large skillet, brown meat and drain. Stir in ziti, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese and ½ cup parmesan cheese. Spoon into 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Top with remaining ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Cover and bake 20 minutes.
Per serving: 556 calories (percent of calories from fat, 49), 26 grams protein, 45 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 30 grams fat, 81 milligrams of cholesterol, 792 milligrams sodium.
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