- Hot dogs
- Bacon (not thick sliced)
- String cheese (or similar stick cheese)
Slice cheese lengthwise into four pieces. Cut a slit in each hot dog, from one end to the other, without cutting through the bottom. Insert one piece of cheese into the slit of each hot dog. Wrap in bacon; secure with toothpicks. (I didn’t because I grilled them in my grill pan in the house.) If grilling outside, you will want to use the toothpicks.
Grill until bacon is cooked through.
“Living for God begins with resting in Him.”
My grandkids are addicted to Subway, so my daughter started making these for them. After one bite, they said they will never go back to Subway again.
- French bread or Hoagie rolls, buttered
- Lettuce, shredded
- Hard salami slices
- Tomatoes slices
- Swiss cheese slices
- Boiled ham slices
- Provolone cheese slices
- 4 tablespoons wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Assemble sandwiches and drizzle sub sauce over the top.
These are sooooo good!
“Light up your world with an act of kindness.”
Smoked Salmon Spread
Serve this as an appetizer with bagel chips, or just make a bagel sandwich.
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 lb. (4 oz.) smoked salmon, minced
Cream the cheese in an electric mixer until just smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients except smoked salmon and mix. Then add the smoked salmon and mix well. Chill and serve.
“The God who created a way for our salvation can certainly see us through our daily trials.”
This makes a large batch, but I like to freeze it so I have it for a quick meal.
- 3 lbs. ground beef, browned and drained
- 1 (28-oz.) can tomato puree
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper, opt.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Brown and drain grease off beef. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer, cover and cook for about an hour.
Makes enough sauce for about 20 hot dogs.
* When I brown my ground beef, I use a fork to break it up. A fork makes it very fine and you don’t have clumps of beef.
“One day God will put everything right.”
Ham ‘n’ Turkey Roll-ups
Wraps are my new sandwich of choice right now. Very quick and easy lunch. They would also be good with a bowl of soup.
- 1 (8-oz.) container onion and chive cream cheese spread
- 1/2 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers
- 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
- 3 cups firmly packed baby spinach leaves
- 12 oz. sliced lean deli ham
- 12 oz. sliced deli turkey breast
Stir together cream cheese and peppers in a small bowl until smooth.
Spread about 1/4 cup cream cheese mixture evenly over 6 tortillas. Place 1/2 cup spinach on each tortilla. Top evenly with ham and turkey slices. Roll up jelly-roll fashion, and cut in half. Secure each half with a wooden pick.
“Often the best comfort is just being there.”
BBQ Sloppy Joes
Super simple to make. Different and delicious. We ate these with a fork.
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 1/4 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 8 hamburger buns
Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return cooked beef to skillet.
Stir in tomatoes and next 3 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes or until thickened. Serve mixture on buns (toasted or not).
Makes 8 servings.
“Embrace the good news; Jesus is a non-exclusive Savior.”
Olive-Pimiento Cheese Spread
This is my take on Pimiento Cheese Spread. I made it today for lunch and everyone just loved it. Make sandwiches with it or serve it as an appetizer. I guarantee it’s addictive.
- 4 cups (16 oz.) shredded sharp or extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 (4 oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons green olive juice
- 12 pimiento-stuffed green olives, diced
Put everything except green olives in the food processor and process until well blended. Remove to a bowl and stir in diced olives. Chill.
Serve as an appetizer with crackers, make sandwiches with or without the crusts, or put on top of a hamburger (I haven’t tried this, but sure does sound good).
Makes 4 cups.
“No one who follows Christ will ever stray from God.”
Grilled Turkey Burgers
Deliciously healthy burger. Add some light mayo, tomato and lettuce. Sooo good!
- 1 1/4 lbs. 93% lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
- 4 whole-wheat deli flats or hamburger buns
Break the ground turkey into small pieces in a bowl and add the ricotta, Worcestershire, mustard, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix until combined.
Divide the meat into 4 equal portions, then form each into a loose ball and gently flatten into a 1-inch-thick patty.
Heat oil in a large heavy skillet (preferably cast iron or stainless steel with an aluminum core) (I used a large grill pan) over medium heat. Grill the burgers for 7 to 9 minutes on each side. Insert instant-read thermometer into the side of the burger until it registers 160 degrees. (Mine took exactly 7 minutes on each side.)
Remove from grill and serve immediately.
Makes 4 large burgers.
“I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
Sloppy Joe Calzones
My 8-year old grandson, Caleb, had so much fun making these with me. I know it is much easier to just make the sloppy joes and put them on buns, but this was something different and fun. And delicious also, I might add.
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 onion, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, optional
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 can Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
- 1/2 to 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and salt and cook until onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until just pink, about 3 minutes. Don’t overcook.
Add pepper, if using, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot sauce. Simmer until sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Press each biscuit into 6-inch rounds. Spoon 1/3 cup mixture onto center of round, add a tablespoon of cheese. Fold dough in half over filling and press to seal. Place on cookie sheet and bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 8 calzones or (4 sloppy joes on buns)
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I believe this BLT is better than the original that is made on toast. So simple, easy and delicious. Microwaving the bacon is an easy cooking method. You may want to make a double recipe as you probably can’t eat just one.
- 12 thick-cut slices of bacon
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 romaine lettuce hearts, leaves trimmed to 8 inches long
- 1/2 to 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (I used grape tomatoes)
- 4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
Place half the bacon on a double paper towel-lined plate. Top with another layer of paper towels and place the other half of the bacon on top and then put another layer of paper towels on that. Microwave until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes.
Put mayonnaise in a large bowl and add tomatoes and lettuce and toss to coat evenly.
Lay tortillas on counter and divide lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon among tortillas. Roll tightly and serve.
“If you sense your faith is unraveling, go back to where you dropped the thread of obedience.”