Taco Macaroni Salad

  • 2 ½ cups dried macaroni
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 ½ cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • Taco sauce, to taste
  • Dried cilantro, to taste

Cook pasta; drain; and cool. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and taco seasoning. Add all remaining ingredients to a lg. mixing bowl, and then add in sauce. Refrigerate for at least an hr. before serving.

Mini Tuna & Corn Quiches

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 can tuna, drained and flaked
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 2/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Shredded cheddar, to taste

Preheat oven to 350º. Mix together all but the last ingredient. Grease 8 cups of a muffin tin, and spoon the mixture evenly into each. Top each cup w/ cheese. Bake about 30 min. or until set, and cheese is golden.

Pressure Cooker Pasta w/ Sauce

  • 15-17 oz. pasta (something unlike spaghetti noodles)
  • 2 jars pasta sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Italian seasonings, to taste
  • Shredded cheese, for serving

Add the sauce to the pressure cooker, and then follow it w/ the noodles. Cover pasta w/ water, and add spices. Put pressure cooker on the Rice/Risotto setting for 6 min. After releasing steam, stir. Serve in bowls w/ shredded cheese.

Corn Tortillas

  1. 1 egg
  2. 1 ½ cups water
  3. ½ cup cornmeal
  4. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  5. 1 tsp. salt

Whisk together all ingredients. Using a big, shallow spoon, drop a scoop of the mixture at a time in a sm. frying pan. Tilt the pan to thin out the tortilla as much as possible, while frying on Med. high. When bubbles form, flip the tortilla. Continue to cook until golden on both sides, and then move to the next until batter is all used up.

The Blank Pages of a Broken Man

You know how I realized you were dead inside?

When you treated me like every other meaningless affair…

When your words stopped cold,

Making way for self-loathing and mindless ideations.

You tore apart before me, so many years ago.

I watched your eyes dim then,

After our adventures and dreams lit them on fire and taught them to sparkle.

I broke away to save you from everything that I was becoming

Because I knew that your soul deserved so much more

Than the train wreck that I had to offer.

But, I never forgot the way that I closed the pages on our story.

I wanted to read it again,

The familiar tale of something so great that it had scared me away.

But, years later, I waded through the ashes to find those verses,

Burned away by my own carelessness.

You lend your heart out now,

like the blank sheets of paper that it has become.

For, you’ve forgotten the meaning of filling the pages.

And, I shattered the pen.