Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tex Mex beef & potatoes

Does anyone love casseroles as much as I do ? Whats not to love- its a meal all in one dish ! This awesome dish is courtesy of Kraft- I LOVE their Food & Family Magazine ! Food that is good , simple & the whole family will enjoy. It used to be a free magazine that would come in the mail, but now they are charging for it. It's a bummer, but still worth the money! Check out their website at

Tex Mex beef & potatoes -
You'll need:  1 pound ground beef , 1 onion (chopped) ,  1 package of taco seasoning mix, 1/2 cup water,  4 cups frozen cubed hash browns,  1 (10 oz)  frozen corn,  8 oz. Velveeta (cubed).

*Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat & onions in a skillet, then drain. Return to skillet. Stir in taco mix and water.  Add potatoes, corn & Velveeta; mix well.  Spoon into a 13x9 baking dish & cover.  Bake for 20 min. Stir. Uncover. Bake for 15 more minutes.

Enjoy :-)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tuna Caesar Wraps

Last week I blogged about Caesar burgers- how about this week we keep the Caesar theme going with Tuna Caesar Wraps !  This recipe is a fuss- free one, but it will cost you about 2 hours of wait time- so be prepared ! It's worth the wait :-)

Tuna Caesar Wraps-
  you'll need : 1 (6 oz) can tuna in water (drained & flaked),  1 small red onion (sliced thin & separated), 1/2 cup shredded carrot,  1/2 green bell pepper (cut into strips), 1/4 cup Caesar dressing,  4 (8 inch) flour tortillas, 8 Romaine lettuce leaves (torn),  small can of black olives, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Here's what you do :  Mix together first 5 ingredients ;  cover & chill for 2 hours. Drain.  Top your tortillas evenly with lettuce, tuna mixture, olives & cheese.  Roll up & serve.

Whats good with it ? :  Potato chips !

Its Okay to Omit : I personally leave out the onions & bell peppers on mine (hubby hates onions, i hate peppers!) - but it is REALLY good like that! Just depends on your preferences....

Enjoy !!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Its Grillin' Time !

One thing I love about it getting warmer outside- being able to grill out! My husband LOVES to grill- so its a no brainer for me: he cooks outside & I don't destroy the kitchen ! And there is nothing better than a good burger or some grilled corn-on-the-cob for that matter :-)

Caesar Burgers-
you'll need : 1 pound ground beef, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (divided) , 2 cloves garlic (minced), 4 Mozzarella cheese slices , 2 cups torn Romaine lettuce, 6 tbsp Caesar dressing (divided), 4 hamburger buns( split).

* Preheat the grill to medium heat. Mix meat , 3 tbsp of the Parmesan cheese, and the garlic. Shape into 4 patties. Grill for 6 min. on each side, or until burgers are cooked throughout (160 degrees F) . Top with cheese slices. Continue grilling for 1 min. or until cheese is melted. Toss lettuce with 2 tbsp dressing and reminder of Parmesan cheese. Spoon evenly onto the bottom bun halves, top with patties and remaining 4 tbsp. dressing. Cover with bun tops.

Grilled corn on the cob-
This recipe has no exact science to it! Just something I came up with to make the corn more interesting !
* Prepare the corn - pulling off husk & silks. Lay corn on a piece of aluminum foil. Spread butter evenly over corn. Then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese , garlic salt, & pepper. Roll corn up in aluminum foil & grill for around 30 minutes or so.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Stew

This recipe I'm sharing with you today is courtesy of Betty Crocker. To get some really good recipes delivered straight to your email inbox - go to and sign up ! Easy right ?
We actually tried this recipe today- highly recommend it!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Stew-

You'll need :
1 medium onion (chopped), 1 clove garlic (finely chopped) , 1 pound beef tips (1/2 inch pieces), 4 cans (10 oz) cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup water, 2 1/2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles (4 oz), 1 cup sour cream, 2 tbsp parsley (if desired).

Line your slow cooker with one of the Reynolds Wrap Slow Cooker Liners - less cleanup !
Layer onion, garlic & beef tips in slow cooker. Then pour the soup & water over the beef. Cover; cook on low for 7 hours. Then stir in noodles into the mixture . Increase the heat setting to high . Cover & cook 30 minutes more. Then stir in sour cream. Garnish with parsley if desired.

* To save time, I use minced garlic in a jar , and I buy the beef stew tips already cut up in the grocery store.
* To save some fat & calories- I used fat free sour cream and low-fat cream of mushroom soup.

Serve with hot rolls & enjoy !!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tortellini Primavera with Pesto Sauce

You might notice that alot of my recipes are pasta recipes- i love pasta! It's my weekness ! Maybe I have a little Italian in me :-)

Tortellini Primavera with Pesto sauce-

you'll need :
1 (9 oz) package cheese tortellini, 1 (16 oz) package frozen broccoli stir fry vegetables, 1 (8 oz) container sour cream, 2 tbsp. pesto sauce ( i use Classico Traditional Pesto- you can find it on your grocers' pasta sauce aisle) , 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/8 tsp. pepper.

* Cook tortellini & vegetables in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Drain & return to pan. Combine sour cream, pesto, salt - stir well. Stir sour cream mixture into pasta mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese & pepper. Serve immediently.
Excellent with breadsticks :-)