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Tay’s TAYsty Pasta

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AMAZING Dish! With a SECRET Ingredient! Most know of the Italian Salad Recipe. This one has a few things that make it STAND OUT! Plus, Lower in Calories, than most. 

16 oz. Garden Delight Rotini Noodles
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4tsp Sea Salt

 SAUCE (Premix):
1 Bottle Regular or Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (We used Reg. -Essential)
1.5T BALSAMIC Vinegar (Use! Don’t skip!)
1.5T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1tsp White Sugar
1/2c jarred Roasted SWEET Red & Yellow Peppers in Marinade, chopped (Opt.)

1c Mild Cheddar or Colby Cheese Brick, cubed
1c Tomatoes, gutted and diced (We’ve used drained Basil/Oregano Tom. in pinch)
3/4c Signature Honey Ham Cubes
1 pkg. TURKEY Pepperoni Slices
1 can small/pitted Black Olives, drained well
UP TO 1/2c Red Onions, chopped or minced (Opt.)
1/3 Cucumber, peeled and cubed
1/3c Red Pepper, seeded and gutted, cubed (Opt.)

PREMIX Sauce Ingredients. Set aside. Cook Noodles in Boiling Water with Salt and Oil (Oil helps noodles from later sticking).  Drain well. Rinse with Cold Water, drain well, again. Be gentle.
Add all to bowl. CAREFULLY MIX all Ingredients. Add to fridge til use.
Please note, the longer it sits, the MORE the noodles will soak up flavor of sauce. Creating a less flavorful dish.

*** NOTES:
Salami (Diced) in place of Ham OR, Better Yet BOTH! MEAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE! We used Turkey Pepperoni to cut Cals. It was AWESOME! Also, for Cheese, you can choose to do: 1/2c Mild Cheddar (Cubed) with 1/2c Other Cheese of Choice (Cubed).

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Tay’s Hot Dago Casserole

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Just when you didn’t think there were any other ways to enjoy this…
Healthier than most dishes Similar to this, using Turkey Meat.

11.5 lb. Jennie-O Sweet Italian TURKEY Sausage, cut up
1/2c Turkey Pepperoni
1 pkg. Turkey Meatballs
1/2c SWEET Mini Peppers, chopped (Or Frozen Pepper/Onion Mix)
1 Onion (Or Frozen Pepper/Onion Mix)
 SAUCE:
1/2T Garlic, minced
1tsp McCormick’s Cajun Seasoning
1/41/2tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1can Tomato Paste
1 Jar Rinaldi’s Spaghetti Sauce (We use Garlic/Onion or Everything)

up to 1 pkg. Cream Cheese, warmed slightly
1/2-1pkg. Garlic and Butter TEXAS Toast Croutons
1/2 pkg. Shredd. Italian 6 Cheese
Sprinkle Shredd. Mild Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven 400. Mix Sauce Ingredients. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Baking Dish. Spread Warmed Cream Cheese on Bottom. Top with Meats. Top with Vegis, then, Sauce. Top with Croutons. Top with Shredd. Cheeses. I Sprinkled Top with Oregano, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Pepper. Bake about 400 for about 45minutes- 1hour.

Optional: Sneak in some Kale or Spinach! Olives, Mushroom and others are also to your taste! Also, we have used this version of Sauce, as well: Sicilian Spaghetti

Easy Pizza Pasta

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1 Onion
TURKEY Pepperoni Slices (A lil less than 1/2pkg., or to taste), halved
1 jar Ragu Creamy Mozzarella Sauce
1tsp Dried Parsley
1/4tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
1T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
Shake of Pepper
Noodles (Boiled in Water + Pinch Sea Salt + 1/2-1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil), drained well

In pan, sautee Pepperoni and Onions. Add in Sauce and Seasons. Boil Noodles, drain well. Add to Sauce, til consistency desired. Easy Breezy.
Amp it up with other Pizza Toppings: 1/4c Mushroom, few Tablespoons Black Olives, etc.
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Ultimate Cheesy Melt served on Garlic Texas French Toast

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Add onto Wraps, Bread (Buns/Toast/Hoagies/Garlic Bread/etc.), Lettuce Wrap, OR Our Texas Toast Options Below (Garlic Parmesan Texas French Toast OR Garlic Texas Toast)! Who says French Toast can only be eaten one way?!

2 Chicken (Boil in Water + 1 Chicken Broth Cube, crushed), shred*
6 slices Turkey Bacon, cooked/crumbled
1c Turkey Pepperoni Slices
Vegis: Green Pepper, 1/2 Onion, 1/4c Black Olives, chop (Optional)

Sauce:
1/2T Margarine
1T Fresh Green Onions
3/4c Milk (Cream or canned un-sweet Evap. Milk works)
3/4c Shredded Italian 6 Cheese
1/4c Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1/8tsp Nutmeg

UP TO 1c Shredded Swiss Cheese
Toppings: Fresh sliced Tomatoes (Optional, I skip)

In sauce pan on Low Heat, melt Margarine (Don’t Burn). Add in Green Onions. Stir in Milk. Add Cheeses, then Nutmeg. Bring to Boil for about 1 minute, then Simmer til nicely Melted. Stirring FREQUENTLY.
Optional to Saute (Helps with excess juices when baking): Cook Bacon. Crumble up. Add all Vegis to Skillet. Cook some. Add in Meats. Cook til Vegis are somewhat soft, juices cooked down. Follow below instructions.
If no Saute: Crisp Bacon. Then:
– Butter Flavor Cooking Spray baking dish. Add in Vegis and Meats. Top with 1c Swiss Cheese. Pour Sauce over top. Fresh Crack some Black Pepper on top. Bake, uncovered, at 425 for 25-30 minutes. Add to Texas Toast (Recipes below). Bun/Hoagie/Toast/Garlic Bread or Wraps/Gyros, work.
* “About” 1.5 lb Chicken. Also, Leftover Carved Turkey can be used!


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*** Texas Toast Option (2 Options) *** :
1.) French Toast Style:
4-5 Eggs
1/4c Milk
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
Few Cracks of Pepper
1tsp Dried Parsley
1tsp Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1/8tsp Sea Salt (Optional- I SKIP!!!)

Whisk/Blend above. Heat Skillet with Butter Flavor Cooking Spray in it (Or rub w/ Butter). Quick dip both sides of Texas Bread into Egg Mix. Brown both sides. Serve with Cheesy Meat Mixture. (Extra Crispy: Also, Bake in Oven, I skip, tho.)

2.) Grilled Garlic Butter Style:
1tsp Fresh Garlic, minced
2T Butter
1/4tsp Garlic Powder

(I use Microwave) Melt Butter, while still hot, add in minced Garlic. Wait a minute, add in Garlic Powder.  Stir. Allow to set some. Remelt, if needed (Don’t Overheat, Garlic will burn). Brush each side of Texas Bread with Garlic Butter Mix. Heat skillet with Butter Flavor Cooking Spray (Optional). Brown each side of Bread. Serve with Cheesy Meat Mix.
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Tay’s Hot Dago Casserole

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1 lb. Jennie-O Italian Turkey Sausage (Remove from casings)
1c Turkey Pepperoni Slices
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Onion
1c canned sm./med. Black Olives, drained
1T Fresh Garlic, minced

3T Parmesan Cheese (Store Shelf Grated Kind)
1tsp McCormick’s Cajun Seasoning
1/4tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
1/4-1/2tsp Red Pepper Flakes (I used 1/4)
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1 jar Rinaldi’s Tomato/Garlic/Onion Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 small can Tomato Paste

2.5c Uncooked Mostacccioli Rigati Noodles
 – For Noodles: 5-6c Water, 3 Beef Broth Cubes, crushed, 1/2tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1c Shredded Italian 6 Cheese

Cook Italian Sausage most way (I like to cook it into bigger chunks-Photo Below). Add in Pepperonis and the rest of Vegis. Cook til most juices are gone. Add in Parmesan Cheese and Seasons, cook few minutes. Then, stir in Sauce and Paste. Simmer for about 15minutes, or so, stirring frequently.
Cook Noodles– Bring to Boil: Water, crushed Cubes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add in Noodles. Cook a lil longer than Al Dente*. Drain well.
Butter Flavor Cooking Spray a Baking Dish. Add in Sauce Mix. Add in Cooked/Drained Noodles, TIL DESIRED CONSISTENCY (I actually took out a few noodles)! Mix. Top with Shredded Italian Cheese. Covering with Foil is optional, I didn’t. Bake 25 minutes, in oven preheated to 400.
(Photo of Prepping)
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*(Al Dente means Cooked yet firm)

Try Our Hot Dago Egg Rollo Recipe Here: Click Here
Healthier Options: Zucchini Noodles in place of Noodles. Or Rice Noodles. Moderation with Sauce and Cheese.

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Chipperonis (Pepperoni Chips)

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Turkey Pepperoni Slices (20 slices)
1/2c Mozzarella Cheese
Oregano

Preheat oven to 375. Blender the slices and cheese. Press onto parchment paper that’s set in pan. Flatten as flat as you can. Slightly push the edges in. Season with Oregano. Bake 350-375 for about 8minutes. Place under broiler til nice and browned (Browned means crispy! Allow to cool and harden. Cut or rip into smaller pieces. Enjoy, maybe with some sauce.
Many options: Add ground up dried tomatoes. You can do just cheese, any cheese, skipping pepperonis. Cheese with Season (Ranch, BBQ seasoning powder, Taco seasoning). Or you can sprinkle a little cheese onto pepperonis and skip blending. Or just slice brick cheese into sandwich cheese thickness pieces, etc. Many options.