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Spiced Mediterranean Squash

In the Mediterranean, particularly Syria and Lebanon, stuffed squash is a very popular dish. Called koosa, it is a staple of family meals throughout the Mediterranean Middle East. It is usually served with hummus, pita, and a green salad. However, it is often difficult to find squash large enough to stuff. Other times you just don’t want to go through all the work of hollowing out and stuffing those squash  So I often make this simple alternative that contains all of the flavor with just a fraction of the work. You will need the following ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice

One 15 ounce can of tomato sauce

One 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes

Three yellow squash, sliced

One tablespoon of McCormick Greek seasoning

Two teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon each of black pepper, ground allspice, and tumeric

2 tablespoons of olive oil

In a large dutch oven heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is translucent. Stir often to prevent the garlic from burning. Add the ground beef and brown until the meat is cooked completely. Add the Greek seasoning while you are browning the meat. Once the meat is cooked through add the squash, salt, and pepper and mix until everything is fully incorporated. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve.



Enchiritos…From Your Kitchen

One of my favorite items on the Taco Bell menu was the enchirito, which was their take on a smothered burrito. Sadly they got rid of the enchirito and replaced it with a fairly generic and less tasty smothered burrito. So I had to learn to make my own. This recipe actually makes quite a bit so when you make it you might want to invite some friends over or freeze them for later use. You will need the following ingredients:

Two pounds of ground beef, cooked

Two 15 ounce cans of refried beans

One package of burrito seasoning

One medium onion, chopped and divided

One 8 ounce can of sliced olives

One 10 ounce can of enchilada sauce, red or green

One package of enchilada size flour tortillas (aprox. 10)

Shredded cheddar/jack cheese blend

Okay, so you start by sauteing half the onions in a hot skillet. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Add the ground beef and brown it until it is cooked all the way through. Add the burrito seasoning and the refried beans and warm through, making sure that everything is mixed together well. Spoon the meat and bean mixture into tortillas, roll them closed, and put them in a 13×9 baking pan. Over the top of the tortillas layer the enchilada sauce, cheese, the rest of the onions, and the olives; in that order. Cover the pan with foil and place it in the heated oven. Bake until the cheese is melted which will take roughly 20 minutes. Serve with Spanish rice, pinto beans, chips, and salsa for a fabulous fiesta feast.