Quick Dinner Recipe: Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

Everyone likes pizza, especially kids.  Try this delicious homemade pizza recipe this week when you are in a crunch for a quick dinner.  The family is sure to love this special East Coast pizza:

Ingredients:

1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon beef bouillon granules
½ pound thinly sliced deli roast beef
1 Tablespoon prepared Italian salad dressing
1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Unroll crescent roll dough into one long rectangle, seal perforations.

3. Press dough onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 13x9x2 baking dish.

4. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

5. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté the green pepper and onion in oil and bouillon until vegetables are tender, set aside.

6. Arrange beef over crust. Brush with salad dressing, top with pepper mixture and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

7. Bake 4 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

8. Cut into squares. Makes 6 servings.

This recipe was found at the attached site.

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

Respect the Farmers Tan

It is fairly common practice, especially for the younger generation, to make fun of those who sport a “farmer’s tan.”  The jokes are quickly approaching as the weather is heating up with each day.  Unlike most of the public we would like to take a moment to salute those who have a famer’s tan.  You may wonder why we would do such a thing, and it is a pretty simple explanation.  Those who have tan lines represent a strong class of people.  Athletes, outdoor workers and yes, farmers, are some of the hardest working people on this great earth.  We don’t see funny tan lines on these people; we see dedication, hard work and a personal drive.  These people have the guts to work a job, play a sport or provide much needed services to their community with their shirt on!  To all of you out there with a farmer’s tan, we thank you.  The hard work you put forth in the field, on the job or with your team does not go unnoticed. 

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.      

Work Snacks 101

Work Snacks 101

We all know that time of the day when our stomachs start grumbling.  Lunch is hours behind us, fatigue starts to set in and we need some sustenance to get us through the rest of the day.  Unfortunately, we often turn to unhealthy choices: chips, pop, candy and other fatty or sugary snacks.  These food items, although tasty, can bring on more hunger, less energy and even extra weight.  Stay healthy this week and try a few of these simple alternatives:

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich– A pretty obvious choice.  The key with this snack is to buy healthy peanut butter.  It may cost a few dollars extra, but the numerous health benefits outweigh the price difference.
  • Almonds-These wonderful nuts are packed with protein, or energy, and are a healthy alternative to a majority of vending machine snacks.
  • Apple or Orange-The natural sugars in fruit can help propel you through the end of the day.
  • Protein shake-Protein shakes do not have to cost you an arm and a leg.  There are a multitude of affordable options at your local grocery store.  Most of these powders can be mixed easily with water and they come in a variety of flavors.
  • Simple sandwich– What is a simple sandwich?  It is meat, a slice of healthy cheese and bread.  Stay away from mayonnaise, mustard and other condiments.  A small sandwich should give you enough energy to type a few more emails before the final bell rings.

Happy snacking!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

Quick Dinner Recipe: Skillet Sausage ‘n’ Rice

Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice Recipe

Have a busy weekend coming up?  Most of us do with the weather finally turning for the better.  Multiple activities can make it difficult to whip up a delicious meal so we found a great recipe that will kick any fast food option out of the picture:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-oz.) package smoked sausage

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  • 1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped

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  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 (3.5-oz.) bags quick-cooking brown rice

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  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Garnish: chopped fresh parsley

 

Directions:

  1. 1. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch slices. Sauté in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove sausage slices, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet.
  2. 2. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic to skillet, and sauté over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until tender. Add chicken broth, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet, and bring to a boil. Remove rice from cooking bag; add rice, sausage, salt, and pepper to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Garnish, if desired

This recipe was found at the following site.

Bon Appetite!

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.  

Receptionist for a Day

The receptionist at our dealership has been sick for the last couple of days, so I volunteered to work from her station and take over her duties while she recuperates from a nasty cold.  After just one day, my respect for her position, work ethic and attitude has shifted dramatically.  Wow, what a tough job!  We often forget how important jobs, such has reception or secretary, truly are.  For example, the phone never stops ringing.  Never.  Most of us have the luxury of letting phone calls go to voicemail when we are “busy”, but not the receptionist as they are the face of the company, literally.  They are the first voice/face a customer sees when they call or walk in the door and it is imperative they have a good attitude, the whole day.  This leads to my second point.  The receptionist has to be upbeat and positive all day, every day.  I am not lying when I say that this is next to impossible.  A “bad day” can not be in a receptionist’s vocabulary as they are just as important in the sales process as the salesman or the sales manager.  They set the tone for the entire sale/discussion.  Lastly, the receptionist is one of the hardest working positions in a business.  Not only do they assist everyone, but they may also serve as public notary, title clerk, administrative assistant, safety officer and much more.  I used to think my job was difficult…no more!  I salute and thank all receptionists.  Thank you for removing stress from everyone’s day, doing more than your share and performing each task with a smile on your face.

 

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

 

Helpful Household Tips: 5 quick uses for Masking Tape

Masking tape is great and luckily almost everyone has a roll or two lying around the house.  There are quite a few uses for masking tape that most people do not know about.  Here are a few that we were able to hunt down:

1.) Wood Cutter Aid– The next time you have to cut some wood around you home use masking tape as a ruler.  Wrap some tape around the location you want to cut on the wood.  Cut directly through the tape and you will have less splinters and a straight line.

2.) Homemade Lint Roller– If you are running out the door for an important event and can’t find the lint roller then grab a roll of masking tape.  It performs the same function as your lint roller. 

3.) Kid Coloring– 2 quick uses.  Put some tape around your child’s crayons to ensure they don’t break as easily.  You can also tape down any coloring sheet to the table with masking tape.  Not only will it help keep the sheet in place, but if they scribble a little off the page, the masking tape will ensure your table is not damaged.

4.) Glass Transportation– If you have to remove glass for remodeling or other purposes then take masking tape and make an “X” across the glass.  It will strengthen the glass for transportation.

5.) Signs and Labels– Masking tape is great for labeling things around the house.  It is cheap and easy to remove.

This information was gathered from the following site.

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.

Recipe of the Week: Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

It is quite tempting to pick up canned sauce and pre-made meatballs when making spaghetti, but fight the urge this week and try making the entire meal from scratch.  We know the word “scratch” often scares people as it can mean hours of prep time for one meal.  Breathe easy tonight as we found the perfect 30 minute recipe for you!

Ingredients:

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti

Directions:

  1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil. In a bowl, combine Parmesan, parsley, garlic, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add beef and breadcrumbs; mix gently. Form into 16 balls.
  2. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium. Add meatballs, and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cover partially, and cook, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente. Drain, and return to pot; add meatballs and sauce, and toss gently. Serve with Parmesan.

Enjoy!

This recipe was found at the attached site.

At Ryan Motors, vehicles may be our profession, but people are our passion.