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!!!

Baked Chimichangas

This is a Weight Watchers recipe so enjoy this mexican meal with no guilt! The chicken ones are our favorite but this is a nice change!

- Ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon chili seasoning
- 1 cup of salsa
- Flour tortillas
- Sour cream

- Brown meat and onion.
- Stir in garlic, salsa and chili seasoning
- Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes
- Spoon mixture into center of each tortilla
- Spray tops with butter flavored cooking spray
- Bake for 12-14 mintues or until golden brown
- Serve with salsa and sour cream - I also cheated and put cheese on mine!

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

When you're craving mexican you can't go wrong with these. They are delicious!

- 1 rotisserie chicken shredded or 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 can of chopped green chiles
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Flour tortillas
- Monteray Jack cheese
- 1 can red enchilada sauce

To make meat mixture: Heat oil in skillet on medium high heat. Add chicken, onion and green chiles and saute until browned, then add taco seasoning and prepare meat according to package instructions

To assemble: In each flour tortilla, spread sour cream, cheese and meat mixture. Roll tortillas and place in a lightly greased 9x13 casserole dish. Top with remaining meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

No Recipe Shephard's Pie

This is an easy meal in a pinch - nothing to brag about to company, but you will be full and satisfied when dinner is over!

- 1lb ground beef
- 1 small bag of frozen corn, or frozen mixed veggies
- Mashed Potatoes (Don't tell, I use the Four Cheese just add water kind!)
- Cheese
- Butter, salt, pepper, garlic salt

- Place browned ground beef in bottom of casserole dish
- Season with garlic salt, salt and pepper
- Top with veggies
- Top with prepared mashed potatoes
- Put pats of butter on and cover with cheese
- Bake at 400 for 25 minutes