February 05, 2009

Pasta E Fagioli - Just Like Olive Garden

Another awesome recipe! The made an absolute ton! It takes a little longer than most recipes that I make but it was so worth it. If you don't have time during the week, make time on Sunday for this recipe.


Also, her blog has a ton of great stuff on it!

Pioneer Woman Recipes that I LOVE!!!

I cannot talk about these recipes near as well as The Pioneer Woman can.

1. The Best Lasagna - I've tried a ton of recipes and have never found one that I loved. This one is perfect, and I don't even like cottage cheese!


2. Ranch Chicken - YUMMY!! We ate these as a sandwich. A good twist on a classic!



Au Gratin Taco Bake

This is so good and so EASY!! It is a good twist on farmiliar flavors.

- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 package au gratin potatoes
- 1 can whole kernal corn, undrained
- 1 can stewed tomatoes, undrained
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- shredded cheddar cheese to top

- Cook beef until brown, drain fat.
- Stir in the potatoes, contents of sauce mix, corn, tomatoes, milk, water, and taco seasoning.
- Transfer to a baking dish
- Cover and bake at 350 for 60 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cheese and bake another 5 minutes until melted.


October 22, 2008

Southwest Taco Stroganoff

This was great! Ben requested it be added to our "once every two weeks rotation". I didn't know he realized I did that! :)

- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped (I left this out and didn't even notice the need for it)
- 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
- 1 small can corn with diced peppers (Mexi-corn)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 8-oz tub of cream cheese with chive and onion
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 12 oz. egg noodles, cooked and drained

Cook onions and ground beef in large saute pan until beef is no longer pink. Drain beef. Add taco seasoning, water & corn to beef in pan and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add cream cheese & shredded cheddar and cook until heated through and cheese melts. Toss with cooked noodles.

This makes a ton!

October 05, 2008

Bourbon Chicken

This is another good one! On a message board I go to, it is commonly known as "crack chicken"!

- Chicken cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed chili pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons apple juice
- 8 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- 8 teaspoon soy sauce

- Mix everything but the chicken.
- Heat oil in large skillet and add chicken. Cook until lightly browned
- Remove chicken
- Heat the sauce in the pan over medium heat
- Add chicken and bring to a hard boil
- Reduce heat and simmer fro 15-20 minutes.

This is good over rice, but we usually just serve with sides like mashed potatoes (to soak up the rest of the sauce). This has a good kick to it!

West of the Pecos Pasta

I got this recipe from a family friend and dumbed it down for an easier dinner...a lot. If you ever want the more complex recipe, let me know! It reminds Ben of his mom's goulash. I've never had goulash, so I don't know, but either way we both love this!

- Butter for skillet
- 1lb ground beef
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 bell pepper
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 can cream style corn
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 pkg of noodles
- Cheddar cheese

- Melt butter, add meat, onion, pepper, chili powder, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook until brown
- Add soup, corn, tomatoes and simmer (it says to simmer 30 minutes. I simmer as long as I can before I get bored!)
- Cook pasta
- Combine pasta and mixture in a casserole dish an top with cheese
- Bake at 350 for 2o minutes

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

This is one of Ben's favorites. He requests this often when he's craving a buffalo chicken sandwich from hooters!

- Chicken breasts (up to a pound or however many sandwiches you want to make!)
- 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 1/2 cup "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a small saucepan over low heat, mix together everything but the chicken. Let this mixture simmer, stirring occasionally. Pour over chicken (cut into stripes) and bake at 375 for 20 mintues or until cooked through.

Serve on buns with ranch dressing, bacon and cheese! YUM!!!