nutty fruit balls and Mandarin Cashew Casserole recipe

Nutty Fruit Balls Recipe

3 cups pitted dried fruit
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 grated orange rind

Blend all ingredients in food processor. Shape into 1-inch balls and store in covered container.

Mandarin Cashew Casserole Recipe

1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup celery, cut diagonally
1/2 cup green onion, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon 5-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon minced ginger root
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 (16 ounce) can chop suey vegetables, drained
1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas
1 (3 ounce) can chow mein noodles
1 cup cashew halves

In a skillet cook beef, celery, green onion, green pepper and garlic; drain. Add the water and sesame oil; bring to a boil.

Combine cornstarch, sugar, 5-spice powder, ginger root, soy sauce and water. Add to beef mixture in skillet; cook until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the drained chop suey vegetables; add frozen peas. Turn into a 2-quart casserole. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours; uncover and bake 10 minutes more.

To serve, sprinkle individual servings with chow mein noodles, then scatter the cashew halves over the top.