These old-time recipes were favorites some 20 years ago. They were delicious and easy to prepare then and are probably even easier today.
Wiki-Wiki Lasagna eliminates the need to precook the lasagna noodles. For even more efficiency, use about two bottles of ready-made pasta sauce.
The Aku or Ahi Miso Burger is simple and easy with miso as the sole flavoring. Super Easy Hoisin Chicken is just that, thanks to the availability of boneless, skinless chicken pieces at every grocery store. With simple recipes like these, you can whip up dinner in nothing flat.
2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 can (29 ounces) tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 envelope (1 ounce to 1-1/2 ounces) spaghetti sauce mix
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound lasagna noodles, uncooked
12 ounces ricotta cheese or small-curd cottage cheese
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cans (12 ounces each) tomato juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large saucepan, brown ground beef in vegetable oil. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti mix and sugar. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
In bottom of 9-by-13-inch baking pan, layer uncooked lasagna noodles, beef mixture, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheeses, starting with noodles and ending with ground beef mixture and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.
Pour tomato juice over lasagna until juice reaches the top of pan; sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.
Bake 1 hour. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 8.
Approximate nutritional information, per serving (not including Parmesan cheese to taste): 650 calories, 25 g fat, 12 g saturated fat, 115 mg cholesterol, greater than 1,200 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 44 g protein
AKU OR AHI MISO BURGER
1 pound boneless and skinless aku or ahi
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onions
1 stalk green onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup miso
Vegetable oil for frying
Chop or mash fish. Combine remaining ingredients with fish; mix well.
Form into 3-inch patties. Heat skillet to medium heat, add vegetable oil and brown patties on both sides until done. Serves 4.
Approximate nutritional information, per serving (assumes 1 tablespoon vegetable oil): 250 calories, 8 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 95 mg cholesterol, greater than 1,300 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 35 g protein
SUPER EASY HOISIN CHICKEN
3/4 cup shoyu
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 heaping tablespoon hoisin sauce
5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
Combine shoyu, sugar, water and hoisin sauce. Marinate chicken in sauce for 2 hours or overnight.
Grill or broil until done. Serves 10.
Approximate nutritional information, per serving (using thighs): 370 calories, 9 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 190 mg cholesterol, greater than 1,400 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 47 g protein
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