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Baked Pasta With Minced Beef and Cheese


 

What you need:

Minced beef – 500 g

Pasta – 2 cups

Tomato Puree- 1 can

Onion – 1

Garlic – 1 clove

Cheese – 30g

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoon Olive Oil

Tomato- 2, chopped

What to do:

1)      Preheat the oven. Peel the onion and chop it finely. Peel the garlic and also chop it finely or crush it.

2)      Heat the oil in a frying pan.

3)      Cook the onion and garlic over low heat. Then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree and stir well.

4)      Let the pasta sauce simmer well for about 10 minutes. Then season with salt and pepper.

5)      Boil some salted water in a saucepan. Add the pasta and cook for 12 minutes. Then drain in a colander.

6)      Fry the minced beef till slightly brown.

7)      Grate the cheese for the topping.

8)      Stir the cooked pasta and minced beef into the tomato paste, then spoon the mixture into a baking dish.

9)      Sprinkle the cheese over the pasta. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the topping is crisp.

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Words of Wisdom…


My two cents worth of wisdom:)

 

Fear devalue a person. Prolonged exposure to it eats the person inside out and destroys self-confidence. Love increase a person’s value…  it builds the person’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Valuation is performed by the words we speak. Life is too short to be bogged down by fear and self-limiting beliefs. Speak hope, faith, love, confidence, possibility to yourself and love ones today.  Start now…

 

Dear friends, I believe you also have your thoughts about what I shared today. I am open to hear your comments and even your life-experiences based on what I wrote…if you have people u know who will benefit from the words I shared, do pass it on…and hopefully it will be edifying to them:)

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Spinach and Cheese Bake


 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

350g pasta shapes

280g spinach ( chopped)

2 eggs

¼ cup olive oil

½ cup breadcrumbs

Dried herbs

Salt and pepper to taste

1 large jar of pasta sauce

240g shredded Cheddar Cheese

240g shredded Mozzarella cheese

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 180deg
  2. Boil pasta until al dente
  3. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  4. Bring the pot of pasta water to boil again and cook the spinach for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside
  5. Whisk the eggs and oil in a bowl.
  6. Place pasta into an empty pot and add the egg mixture, spinach, breadcrumbs, herbs, salt and pepper
  7. Stir the pasta sauce and pour one-third into a baking dish large enough to hold all the pasta. Pour half the pasta into the dish and layer again with another one-third of the pasta sauce.
  8. Sprinkle half the cheddar and mozzarella cheese over and top again with remaining pasta and sauce.
  9. Bake for 45 mins at 180 deg. For the last 15 mins, top the pasta with the remaining cheese and continue baking till done.

Useful fact— Olive oil contains monosaturated fats. Research shows that consuming about 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day may reduce the risk of heart disease.

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A Short Story on The Importance of Planning Ahead


This story is about three fish…have a good laugh at the end of it:)

Three  fish lived in a pond. One was named “Plan ahead”, another was “Think fast” and the third was called “Wait and see”. One day they heard a fisherman say he would be going to cast his net in their pond the next day.

“Plan ahead” said,” I am swimming down the river tonight”.

“Think fast” said, “I am sure I will come up with a plan”.

“Wait and See” lazily said,” I just can’t think about it now”.

When the fisherman cast his nets, “Plan ahead” was able to escape from his nets. But “Think fast” and “Wait and see” were caught by the fisherman.

“Think fast” quickly rolled his belly up and pretended to be dead. “Oh, this fish is no good!” said the fisherman and threw him safely back into the water. Howvever, “Wait and see” ended up in the fish market.

That is why people say, “In times of danger, when the net is cast, plan ahead or plan to think fast!” 

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Optimism


 You might find these quotes useful during the times when u feel gloomy… meditate on them and hopefully they will bring a feeling of hope to you and perk up your mood, giving you ample energy for the day:)

Optimism is making the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.

For myself I am an optimist- it does not seem to be much use being anything else- Winston Churchill

If you think you will lose, you are lost,

For out in the world we find

Success begins with a fellow’s will;

It’s all in the state of mind.

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man;

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can – Walter D. Wintle

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights  and see the possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there – Norman Vincent Peale

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind – William James

An optimist is the human personification of spring – Susan J. Bissonette

Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I am going to complete every pass – Ron Jaworski

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Sunshine Toast


 

You will need:

1 slice of bread

1 egg

2 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

What to do:

1)      Lay the slice of bread down flat and cut a hole in the middle of it using a cookie cutter. Break the egg into a small bowl.

2)      Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan. Fry the bread on one side.

3)      Turn the slice of bread over and then pour the egg into the hole in the middle of the bread.

4)      Fry the egg and bread until the egg white is set but the yolk is still runny, then lift it out of the pan onto a plate.

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Mini Pizza


 

What you need:

1)      Slice of bread

2)      Tomato sauce

3)      Cheese

4)      Chicken frankfurters / Tuna

5)      Sliced mushrooms

6)      Sliced tomatoes

7)      Olives

What to do:

1)      Put a spoonful of tomato sauce onto the bread and spread it evenly.

2)      Layer on the toppings you like best.

3)      Grill the pizzas for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Enjoy the process of making pizza that are so easy to make and which children will love to devour:)

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