Over a Cup of Coffee: Minimal effort: A bachelor’s recipe

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This week’s column begins with a request.

I’m looking for two types of recipes that are too often overlooked in the column.

The first is for easy recipes that are quick-to-do with not a lot of ingredients or cooking utensils. These are intended for bachelors and other people who live alone.

The need for the first type of recipe came to my attention from Craig Daily Press Editor Josh Roberts. (Thanks, Josh.)

Josh said he has Styrofoam dishes, one pan and a microwave. I asked if the pan was a skillet, and he said he didn’t know, but it has a handle. This gives readers an idea of the need for this first type of recipe.

The other request is for recipes that don’t call for a lot of sugar or those that use sugar substitutes, especially those recipes that taste good.

If you have any of these recipes, please call me at 824-8809 or write to me at Box 415, Craig 81626.

So, this week I came up with two easy-to-make recipes that require just one pan to make.

For the first one, “Pork N’ Beans Sloppy Joes,” you’ll need: one pound of ground beef, a small can of pork ‘n beans, a 4-ounce can of tomato sauce, and salt and pepper (to taste).

Crumble up the ground beef in a skillet (or other pan). Cook over medium heat (so it won’t burn) until the meat is no longer pink. Stir occasionally. Pour off any grease. Then add the pork ‘n beans and stir.

Next add the tomato sauce. Mix, salt and pepper, and heat through.

Serve over hamburger buns. You will probably have to eat it with a fork because the mixture will be a little sloppy. To get some veggies, fix a lettuce salad with dressing.

Note: The neat thing about cooking is that you can make the recipes your own by changing ingredients slightly.

For example, for these Sloppy Joes, you might choose to use half of the tomato sauce for a less-tomato taste. You could even use watered-down ketchup in place of the sauce.

To make a “Macaroni and Cheese Dinner In One Pan,” you’ll need: a boxed macaroni and cheese dinner to cook on top of the stove or a microwave macaroni and cheese dinner; ingredients called for on the package; and other ingredients that make the dish more “hearty.” (Read on concerning these last ingredients.)

Prepare the dinner as directed on the package. On-top-of-the-stove preparation involves boiling the macaroni until it’s tender (stir so it won’t stick), draining off the water, and adding milk, margarine, and the sauce mix.

All of this can be done in just one pan. If you wish, add cubed ham, chicken, Spam, or other meats and some kind of canned vegetable, like peas. Heat through.

If you microwave the macaroni and cheese, follow the directions on the package (I never microwave it) and then add ingredients as described above. Experiment! Enjoy!

This column didn’t appear in last week’s column. I apologize. My computer updated, put the column in a folder and then forgot where.

At least that’s the way it was explained to me.

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