Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ham & Cheese Quiche

Have I mentioned I love to watch Food Network ? Soooooo many great ideas, sooooo many great recipes !!! I saw this recipe on Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee. It's a great recipe for breakfast, but its also good for dinner too ! The potatoes really make this recipe stand out from your standard quiche.....

Ham & Cheese Quiche -
you'll need :
2 red potatoes (cubed), 1 tbsp dried rosemary, 1 cup cubed ham, 1 -9 inch premade pie shell in foil pan, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning.

* Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place rosemary & potatoes in a microwave bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Then microwave for 2 minutes. Then cover bottom of pie crust with potatoes, ham & cheese. Place on a cookie sheet & set aside.
In a medium bowl - whisk together eggs, milk, & seasoning and pour into pie shell. Bake for 40 minutes or until eggs have set.

Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nacho Chicken

Well, its 11:10 at night- WAY past my bedtime- but i remebered it was Wednesday: time for my next post ! I try my very best to remember to do my posts on Sundays & Wednesdays. I've done pretty good so far to keep up ! But I know there will come a day when it won't be like that- call it " getting older". But tonite's post will be a quick & simple one (cause I'm tired & ready to go to bed - LOL)

Nacho Chicken-
you'll need : 2 tbsp mayonaise, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning, 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 3/4 cup crushed Doritoes tortilla chips, 1 tbsp. butter (melted).

Combine the first 3 ingredients & spread on both sides of chicken. Dredge chicken in crushed chips. Place chicken on a baking sheet. Drizzle with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is done throughout.
This recipe makes 2 servings- double it up if you need more.
Enjoy :-)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Meat Loaf With Cheese

When I was growing up , my mom used to make meat loaf. The traditional meat loaf- with ketchup. And it was always great! Did I mention my Mom was a GREAT cook? But then I found this meat loaf recipe a few years back- and it has NO ketchup! Wasn't sure what to think of that...but I tried it- and it was just as good. Instead it uses one of my most favorite ingredients- CHEESE. And a warning about this recipe- it makes ALOT. I cook just for me & my husband , so I "half" the recipe- works out good! FYI- this is a Venezuela dish- Enjoy!!

Meat Loaf with Cheese-
you'll need : 2 lbs. ground beef, 4 eggs, 1 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. garlic salt, 1 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs, 2 tbsp. "57" sauce, 1 tbsp. canola oil, 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 2 cups grated cheese.

Mix all ingredients. Put into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.

Side Dish Possibilities: serve with a tossed salad, or some mashed potatoes- and even some Asiago cheese bread (which you can now buy at Walmart!).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hearty sausage & hash browns

This recipe would be good any time of the day: breakfast , lunch , or dinner ! I just got this recipe a few weeks ago , but its so good - I've already fixed it twice! I tweeked it a bit and added a little chopped onion for extra flavor (don't tell my husband that!).

Hearty Sausage & Hash Browns- :
you'll need : 4 cups frozen cubed hash browns, 1/3 cup canola oil, 1/4 pound sliced smoked sausage (i used turkey sausage), 2 cups shredded cheese.

In a large skillet, cook potatoes in oil until potatoes are golden brown . Stir in sausage, heat through. Remove from heat; top with cheese. Cover & let stand for 5 min. or until cheese is melted.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Creamed Chicken & Biscuits

Dinner in 20 minutes- absolutely ! This recipe you can whip up in no time- and its not costly! And this beats take out after a busy day at work....

Creamed Chicken & Biscuits-
you'll need : 2 cups chopped cooked chicken ( i use Perdue Short Cuts), 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 can of cream of chicken soup(undiluted), 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen mixed vegetables, 1 bag of frozen biscuits ( i use Pillsbury)- only use 5 or 6 biscuits.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat 10 -15 minutes or until thoroughly heated- stir often.
Bake biscuits according to package directions.
Split hot biscuits in half ; spoon chicken mixture over hot biscuits and serve.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Taco Beef & Noodle Skillet

Anyone who knows me knows that I like my cooking simple & easy- no complicated ingredients, no long drawn -out dishes, and no "destroying the kitchen". Well, that last one happens most of the time when I'm cooking anyway- but you get my drift. Who's got time to be in the kitchen for 2 or 3 hours ? Nobody I know of! Get in- get out- get on with life :-)
This recipe is perfect for that ! One skillet is all you use- and its ready in 40 minutes !

Taco Beef & Noodle Skillet-
you'll need : 1 pound lean ground beef, 1 pkg taco seasoning mix, 2 cups water, 1 pkg. macaroni & cheese dinner, 1/3 cup sour cream, 1 large tomato (chopped), 1 cup shredded lettuce, 1 cup tortilla chips (broken up).

** Brown meat in a large skillet on medium heat until no longer pink ; drain. Add seasoning mix, water & macaroni ; mix lightly. Reduce heat to med-low and cover. Simmer for about 7 minutes. Stir in sour cream and cheese sauce mix until well blended. Top with tomatoes, lettuce & tortilla chips. Enjoy !

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Three bean taco chili / Mexican cheese cornbread

It is perfect chili weather ! With it freezing outside, nothing like something warm & hearty to do the trick! This recipe makes a huge amount- any leftovers can be frozen for up to three months. I made this last night for my scrapbooking buddies - and every bit of it was eat! And it is very inexpensive to make. And the mexican cheese cornbread is the perfect side!

Three Bean Taco Chili-
you'll need : 2 lbs ground beef, 2 cups water, 1 (16oz) can refried beans (i used fat free ones in mine) , 1 (16 oz. ) can kidney beans (rinsed & drained) , 1 (15 1/2 oz) can chili beans (undrained) , 1 (15 1/4 oz) can whole kernel corn (drained) , 1 (14 1/2 oz) can stewed tomatoes (mexican variety if you can find it) , 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce , 1 cup chunky salsa, 1 envelope of taco seasoning, 1 (2 1/4 oz) can sliced black olived (drained), 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese .

** In a dutch oven, cook beef until no longer pink & drain. Stir in all other ingredients (except cheese). Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer -uncovered - for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese & serve. Makes 9 servings.

Mexican Cheese Cornbread-
you'll need: 1 pkg. of Jiffy cornbread mix, 1 tsp. dried minced onion, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup milk, 2 tbsp. butter (melted & divided) , 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (divided).

** In a small bowl, combine Jiffy mix, onion & cumin. In another bowl, whisk eggs , milk, and 1 tbsp of the butter- then stir it in with the dry mixture. Stir until moistened. Add 1/2 cup of the cheese to the mixture. Transfer into a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Brush with remaining butter & sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 4 minutes longer - or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve warm.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vinaigrette Pasta Salad

Ok, I will admit it- i am a pasta-a-holic ! Pasta is my favorite food group. It is a food group right ? The recipe I'm sharing today is an old favorite. Sometimes I will double the recipe, take it to work & eat off it all week....good stuff. Especially good with some crackers & a Diet Coke :-)

Vinagrette Pasta Salad:
You'll need : 8 oz. bowtie pasta, 1 cucumber (thinly sliced), 1 cup sliced mushrooms, 1/4 cup sliced green onions, 1 tomato (chopped), 1 small can sliced black olives.
For the dressing you'll need : 3 tbsp. vegetable oil, 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/8 tsp. hot sauce.

** Combine all of the Dressing ingredients in a small bowl & whisk until well blended. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water & place pasta in a large bowl. Add cucumber, mushrooms,onions, tomato, and olives to pasta & toss lightly. Pour dressing over pasta mixture, toss lightly. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.
** Add some parmesan cheese when serving for extra flavor !

Enjoy :-)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year !!!

Happy New Year everyone! Did everyone have some black eyed peas & collard/turnip greens on New Years Day ? I wanted some black eyed peas, but not really a greens fan. Maybe a substitute of some boiled cabbage.... Either way, I didn't fix any of that. I always heard when I was growing up that you were supposed to eat both on New Years day: the greens represented money & the black eyed peas represented change. And that if you did eat these things, you'd have plenty of both. Maybe this is why I have no money :-)

Today I want to tell you about a different lasagna- an onion lasagna. I had to "tweek" the original recipe, because I didn't want it to be overwhelming onion. My husband is not an onion fan , so I had to make it a little different. I will give you the original recipe, and put in parenthesis what I did different....

Onion Lasagna-

You'll need: 1 pound ground beef ( i use lean ground beef), 1 jar roasted garlic parmesan spaghetti sauce (i used regular four cheese sauce), 1 egg, 1 cup 4 % cottage cheese, 1 cup French onion dip, 1 jar Italian Sausage & garlic spaghetti sauce , 12 no-cook lasagna noodles (Barilla makes these), 3 cups mozzarella cheese (I used half mozzarella/ half cheddar). I added some mushrooms to it also for an extra "something".

**In a Dutch oven , cook beef until no longer pink ; drain. Stir in the roasted garlic parmesan spaghetti sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese & onion dip.
Spread 1 cup of the Italian sausage & garlic sauce into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with four noodles. Layer with half of cottage cheese mixture, half of beef mixture, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, sauce, & cheese.
Cover & bake at 375 degrees for 50 min. Then uncover & bake for 5-10 min. longer or until cheese has melted. Let stand for 15 min. before cutting. This recipe makes 12 servings. Excellent with some garlic bread :-)