Episode #4: Tacos Recipe

2 Mar 2009 In: Entrees, Recipes, The Show

This taco recipe is plenty for a family of four. I have included the directions for the rice, but feel free to make it your own by adding diced tomatoes, green chilis, or leave it plain. Hope you have good luck with it.

Ingredients:
$1.66 – 1 lb. ground beef
$1.50 – 1 package of taco shells
$0.40 – Taco seasoning (I use Tones and follow the directions)
$2.00 – Taco toppings such as cheese and lettuce
$0.50 – 2 cups of white rice
$6.06 Total

Directions:
Prepare taco shells according to the directions on the package.

In a 10 inch skillet over medium heat, brown your ground beef. Make sure you break up the meat into small pieces so it will fit onto your taco shell. Once the meat is brown (about 4-6 minutes), turn the heat to low, and drain the grease from the meat. Add seasonings according to the package ( I did 1/4 cup of seasoning and 2/3 cup of water). Stir and simmer for about 3 minutes. Eat and enjoy!

Directions for Rice:
Prepare 2 cups of white rice according to the directions on the box. I used instant white rice. To the two cups of water, I added one chicken bullion cube. When the water was boiling and the rice was ready to be put in, I added 1/2 tsp. of chili powder and paprika to the top of the rice and give it a quick stir. When you are ready to serve, top with 2 tablespoons of butter.

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Dinner Menu For The Week Of 3/2/09

27 Feb 2009 In: Menus

Wow- March already. I wish the cold weather was over. I love being able to cook something warm and hearty, but I think I am ready to move onto something a little lighter. Here is what is cooking for the first week in March.

Monday: Seasoned chicken breasts with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed carrots
Tuesday: Smothered chicken with onions and mushrooms, noodles, and broccoli
Wednesday: Beef pepper steak with white rice
Thursday: Vegetable Cheese Soup and salad
Friday: Baked salmon, buttered noodles, and green beans

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Tips For Crock Pot Meals

26 Feb 2009 In: Let's Share

There is something gratifying about putting a whole bunch of ingredients into a crock pot, you turn it on, and a couple minutes later- done. Well, I haven’t been too successful. I want to love my crock pot- but I don’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I have made a pot roast or two- but I have been cooking for Doug and I for almost 4 years now, and I don’t think that I have done my crock pot justice. One time I tried this spicy Mexican chili chicken dish with vegetable and rice and YUCK! The chicken was dry, the vegetables were mush, and the rice was hard. I have never made it since.

We leave pretty early in the morning, so I need something that can be in the crock pot for a long time or something shorter that I can make on the weekend. I am not the only one who wishes she could use their crock pot, right? Maybe it is just me and registering for the crock pot for our wedding was well, a crock (sorry- had to do it).

Well, if there is anyone out there that can produce a super yummy crock pot meal, please share it! I would love to try it out!

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Pot Pie Ideas

25 Feb 2009 In: Tips & Ideas

I forgot how much I love pot pies. I used to have them all the time when I was growing up. There is something special about your own individual pie that you can eat any way you wish.

Doug was gone one weekend for business and I stopped by the grocery store after work and picked up a chicken pot pie. Yes, I know, I don’t always cook every night.

Anyway, as I was indulging on my pot pie, I thought to myself- I can do this at home- by myself- for less money. There are some many combinations of pot pies you could make. Each would have some of the basic ingredients like cream of chicken soup to act as a binder and to make it creamy and a pie crust or biscuits for the top. Here are a few pot pie ideas I thought of.

1. Chicken pot pie with cream of potato soup and mushrooms
2. Turkey pot pie with sweet potatoes, corn, and green beans
3. Shrimp pot pie with wild rice and mixed vegetables
4. Creamy garlic chicken pot pie with green beans, carrots, and peas
5. Beef pot pie with carrots, peas, and potatoes

So pick your favorite- experiment- and have fun creating your own pot pie recipes!

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This quesadilla recipe is a great one to have on hand. It is a little time consuming, so make sure you plan for it in your week. You can prep your veggies the night before and while the chicken is cooking, clear your counter so that you can make a nice assembly line when you are putting the quesadillas together.

What you need:
– 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
– 1/4 cup of water, vegetable oil, lemon juice, and taco seasoning
– 1 large onion
– 1 green pepper
– 12 ounces of mushrooms-sliced (optional)
– 10 flour tortillas
– 2 cups of cheese (monterey jack, cheddar, Mexican style)

Marinate 4 boneless skinless chicken breast overnight in a resealable bag using…
– 1/4 cup water
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 1/4 cup or 1 package or taco seasoning

Bake the chicken with marinade in an over safe dish for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare your vegetables. For this episode I used 3/4 of a large red onion, 1 green pepper, and 12 ounces of pre-sliced baby bella mushrooms. I sliced both the onion and green pepper into 1/2 in strips.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium to medium high heat. Add onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Add peppers and cook for an addition 1 minute. Finally, add mushrooms and another tablespoon of olive oil and cook for 1-2 minutes. Set vegetables aside.

Once chicken is finished baking, shred using two forks (or use a knife and cut). Assemble quesadillas using flour tortillas (NOT corn), chicken, vegetables, and cheese. Fold in half and place onto a baking sheet. Finish by browning the tortillas in the oven about 4 minutes per side. You may want to increase your heat in the oven to 400 if you want a more crispy tortilla.

Dipping sauce:
Equal parts of sour cream and salsa. Mix and enjoy!

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This Week’s Menu (09/21/09)


Monday: Teriyaki Chicken with noodles and green beans

Tuesday: BBQ with coleslaw and french fries

Wednesday: Beef Fried Rice

Thursday: Creamy chicken with mushrooms, noodles, and broccoli

Friday: Fish fry! (out to eat)


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