Chips 'n Cheese
1 pound of lean ground beef
1 16 ounce can no-fat refried beans
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 package taco seasoning
Tortilla chips - unflavored
Shredded cheddar cheese
Optional condiments: sour cream, salsa and guacamole
Brown the ground beef and pour off the excess fat. Add the can of beans and tomato sauce. Sprinkle the packet of seasoning over the top. Stir to mix the ingredients together. Cook over medium heat while stirring, until it is heated through.
Spread a layer of tortilla chips on a microwaveable plate. Dot small spoonfuls of the meat mixture over the chips, then sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese over the meat and chips. Microwave until the cheese melts. Try a minute, if not melted, put it back in until it does, but watch it carefully, only adding an extra 15 to 30 seconds at a time. The recipe will create several plates of chips 'n cheese.
Serve with condiments - or without. Either way, it is a fun, quick food for parties or everyday eating.
3 cups finely shredded carrots
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 heaping cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 'generous' cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together carrots, sugar, eggs and oil. Measure dry ingredients into a sifter, then sift over the other ingredients, also add the vanilla and chopped nuts. Beat well.
Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until a finger does not make a dent. Cool, then frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 8 ounce package low-fat cream cheese
2 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar, beating until the frosting is fluffy. Spread on cake.