Something Better

McKinney's Oven, Something Better, Something Better School


Remember that prayer is always the most important ingredient you can add to any recipe. Begin your cooking and time spent in the kitchen with a word of prayer. I hope that you will find these recipes simple yet tasty. May you enjoy these recipes with your family and friends. 

From our kitchen to yours, 


Marlene McKinney

Mckinney's Oven 



3ABN Let's Cook Together

Baked Peas & Rice



2-cups brown rice

½ medium onion, chopped

½ cup sweet pepper, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

2-tsp tomato paste

2 tbsp tomato sauce

1-tsp sea salt

2 tsp Chicken style season

2-tsp thyme leaves

4-cups water

¾-cup kidney beans or any peas

1-tbsp olive oil


 Directions: Pour rice in casserole dish along with peas, celery and onions. Put ½ cup of the water, tomato paste, tomato sauce, seasonings and oil in a bowl or large container and stir before adding to rice. Make sure the tomato paste is fully dissolved. Add remaining water. Cover and bake for 2 hours.  When it is finished, take out of the oven, fluff with fork and serve.  Delicious and perfect!

Veggie Meatballs





2 cup TVP beef granules

4 cups water

½ cup oil

1 cup oats

Dash of cayenne

1 Lemon, juiced

2 Tbsp flour

¼ c pecan meal

2 Tbsp. Braggs liquid aminos

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 1/2 tbsp Beef or Chicken Style Seasonings

1 ½ cup bread crumbs, seasoned preferrably

1\2 cup finely chopped onion

1\2 cup finely chopped sweet pepper


 Directions:  Place TVP, oil, oats, and garlic,  in the 4 cups of  water,  in a medium size pot. Allow it to re-hydrate properly before adding all other ingredients.  Mix well and roll meatballs. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about 70 meatballs.


Form patties, using the cover of the balls jar and place on a pre- sprayed baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes on one side and 10 minutes on the other. Makes 10-12 burgers.


Barbecue Sauce



1 ½ c  Fresh Tomato Sauce

2 T       Tomato Paste 

¼ c      Molasses

1 T       Honey

4 tsp.   Soy sauce

1/8 tsp.            Garlic powder

1/8 tsp.            Onion powder

2 tsp.   Lemon juice                                   

½ tsp.  Kitchen bouquet or browning

½ tsp.  Liquid smoke or Bakon Yeast


Measure out ingredients into a small pot and bring to a boil. Add to your favorite recipe.


Thumbprint Cookies



2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup pecan or almond flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup oil

3 teaspoon water

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp almond flavor

Strawberry jam or your choice


Measure all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Pour in oil, almond extract and water. Mix well. Shape in a ball, place on pre-sprayed sheet and using the thumb press down in the middle. Put a teaspoon of your favorite jam in the middle. Bake at 350 for about 15- 20 minutes or until brown. 

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