September 29, 2008
I am in love with Mexican food. I think it’s probably my favorite type of cuisine. It’s saucy, spicy, and most of the time cheesy. What could be better? Another thing is that it’s normally pretty quick and easy to make. This dish combines all the things I love about Mexican food. It’s spicy, saucy, cheesy and easy! The hubby loved it too so I’ll definitely be making this again. And another plus is that there is plenty leftover for lunches. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow.
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 an onion, diced
1/2 cup corn kernels (canned or frozen)
1 bag Mintute rice (I used brown)
1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own-see recipe below)
10 oz can diced tomatoes with chilies
14 oz can enchilada sauce (small can)
shredded mexican cheese
6- 8″ tortillas (I used flour but corn would work also)
Preheat oven to 375. Begin by sauteing the onion in a little olive oil until it begins to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add the ground turkey to the pan. While the turkey is browning, cook the rice according to the package directions and set aside. Once the turkey is browned, drain any fat or liquid from the pan. Add the corn kernels, taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water. Stir to combine. Add the rice and stir. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Add 1/2 the can of enchilada sauce to the bottom of the pan. Next, make a layer with two tortillas. They should overlap a little. Add a layer of the ground turkey mixture and then 1/2 the can of diced tomatoes with chilies. Add a thin layer of shredded cheese. Add two more tortillas and repeat the layers, ending with a layer of tortillas. Top with the additional enchilada sauce and cheese. Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and allow to cook an additional 5-10 minutes. Let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.
Here’s how to make your own taco seasoning.
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp cumin
salt and pepper (about 1/2 tsp each)
Combine all ingredients.
February 13, 2008
I’ve come to the realization we just don’t eat enough veggies. I personally could eat veggies all day every day. In fact if I didn’t like a good, juicy burger every now and some crunchy bacon from time to time, I could almost be a vegetarian. But my husband, well he’s another story. He would eat nothing but meat, bread, potatoes, and pasta if he didn’t have a loving wife that insisted he eat other things that are good for him. I don’t always bother making all the veggies I like because I would be the only one eating them. But I’ve become pretty creative at incorporating some veggies into our meals. He’s much more willing to eat vegetables if they’re in something rather than just piled on a plate screaming “I’m a veggie, I’m good for you!”. Ok, so they don’t really scream at you but they might as well as far as he’s concerned. So tonight for dinner I crammed as many vegetables into our dinner as possible. I made a really yummy veggie rice pilaf to go along with our spicy Cajun shrimp which I just sauteed in some olive oil and garlic, and sprinkled with Cajun spice mix. We also had some steamed yellow squash and broccoli (for me) and corn on the cob (for him). Such a great dinner!
Veggie Rice Pilaf
1/4 large red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 large green bell pepper,chopped
1/4 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 large clove garlic, pressed or minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup brown rice
salt and pepper
Begin by cooking the rice and set aside. Then finely chop all the vegetables. Heat a skillet over medium heat with about 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add chopped veggies to the pan and saute 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and let simmer another 3 minutes or so. Add the pressed garlic and stir. Last, stir in the cooked rice, remaining broth, salt, and pepper. Let cook another 3-5 minutes until some of the broth is absorbed. Serve warm.
October 30, 2007
You know how sometimes you just get a craving for something and you just have to have it? Well that’s what happened to me last week. I don’t know what triggered it. Maybe it was the chilly weather we’re having or this little cold I’ve been fighting off for a couple weeks now. Whatever it was, I was really craving chicken and rice soup. It’s funny because I don’t usually like chicken soup either. I started looking at recipes online and then just pretty much made up my own based on the things I wanted in my soup. It turned out to be a very good and filling soup. We had this tonight for dinner with the rolls in my previous post.
Chicken and Rice Soup
2 chicken breasts, trimmed
5 cups water
1 cup chicken stock (you could use broth instead)
1 tsp thyme
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/4 large onion, finely chopped
1/4-1/2 cup celery, finely chopped (I’m not a huge fan of celery so you could add more)
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
3/4 cup long grain white rice, uncooked
salt and pepper to taste
Begin by boiling the chicken breasts in a large pot with water and chicken stock. Once the chicken is done, remove from the pot and set aside. Place vegetables, thyme, and chicken bouillon in the pot and simmer for 15-20 until vegetables are tender. Shred the chicken with two forks and return it to the pot. Add the rice and let simmer about 20 min until the rice is done. Add more water as needed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
September 20, 2007
I don’t usually eat fish…of any kind. But I did as a kid and one of my favorite things that my mom used to make was salmon patties. I haven’t had them in years, but when I saw them on a food blog the other day it made me want to try them again. So I decided that’s what we would have for dinner tonight along with rice and steamed broccoli. I didn’t find out until I was starting dinner that my husband, who loves fish, doesn’t like salmon. Great. I told him if I could try them then he had to try them and if he didn’t like them he could eat a grilled cheese sandwich. : P They turned out good but I think I’ve decided I’m just really not a fish person. I have tried and tried to like it but in the end, it’s just not one of my favorite foods. It was different and the flavors were good so I guess if I was a fish lover, I’d call this a great meal.
1 can pink salmon, flaked, bones and skin removed
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Begin by sauteing the chopped onions in a pan with a little olive oil for about 5 min. Then combine the onions with the salmon, bread crumbs, egg, and seasonings in a bowl. Form into patties. In a skillet, heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Place salmon patties in the pan and cook on each side for 3-5 min. They should be golden brown. Drain the excess oil off the patties by placing them on a plate with paper towels.
For the rice I just sauteed 1/2 cup chopped onions and 1/2 a chopped green bell pepper in some olive oil. Then I added cooked brown rice to the pan, 1/2 cup chicken broth, and salt and pepper. Let it heat through for a couple minutes.
August 2, 2007
I ran across this recipe a week or so ago. I had a few shrimp left in the freezer that I needed to use up so I decided to give it a try tonight. It was good but REALLY spicy! I will admit I coughed and sneezed my head off trying to cook the ginger and red pepper flakes. Even my husband was coughing and he was in the other room. LOL! I made a couple alterations based on the recipe reviews and it was still very hot. So, if you like spicy, you’ll like this one. I served it over rice and with some steamed broccoli. It was an easy and fairly healthy dinner.
Honey Ginger Shrimp
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (I only use 1/2 a tsp and it was very spicy)
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 pound medium shrimp – peeled and deveined
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- Heat the olive oil and red pepper flakes in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, ginger and honey; cook and stir until fragrant. Add the shrimp, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring as needed, until shrimp are pink and opaque. Deglaze the pan with chicken broth. Serve immediately.
Original Source: Allrecipes
July 26, 2007
I was checking out some of my favorite foodie blogs a few weeks ago and came across this recipe on Mary Ellen’s Blog. I’ve had it on my “list to make” for a while now but hadn’t gotten around to making it. Well we finally had this for dinner last night and I thought it was fabulous; a very quick but delicious week night meal. My husband liked it too. Thanks Mary Ellen!
Pepper Steak over Rice
- 1 pound lean steak sliced into thin strips
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 red pepper cut into strips
- 1/2 green pepper cut into strips
- 1/2 yellow onion cut into strips
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 package dry gravy mix, mixed with 1 c cold water
- Marinate your steak in the soy sauce and Worcestershire for a few hours. If you don’t have time to marinate, just add these sauces when cooking.
- Add steak to a hot saute pan. Cook about halfway draining some of the excess fat.
- Add the garlic (pressed), red and green peppers, onions, and red pepper flakes. Cover and let cook for about 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the gravy, stir, cover, and let simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Serve over rice.
July 14, 2007
A few years ago when we were in New Orleans, Louisiana, we had the best shrimp tacos at this little restaurant in the French Quarter. It was spicy, blackened shrimp and rice inside a tortilla with salsa, lettuce and tomato. Well tonight I made my version of a spicy shrimp taco. I didn’t have any blackening seasoning so instead I “kicked it up a notch” with Emeril’s Bayou Blast .
It’s a quick meal that’s great for summer since you don’t have to heat up your whole kitchen by turning on your oven. They turned out really great!
Spicy Shrimp Tacos for 2
1/2 lb small frozen shrimp-defrosted and tails removed (you could also use fresh)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 white onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Emeril’s Bayou Blast
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 bag white or brown Minute Rice
1/4 cup chicken broth
Cook rice as directed on the package and set aside. Heat olive oil in a skillet over med/hi heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 min. Add shrimp and Bayou Blast seasoning, tossing with shrimp to coat. Cook 3-5 min or until shrimp are pink and heated through. Add chicken broth to deglaze the pan and also to add moisture so the rice doesn’t dry out. Add cooked rice to the pan. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine all ingredients.
June 2, 2007
I always end up with a few left over tortillas that I don’t know what to do with and usually end up tossing them after a while. Well I found a use for my two left over tortillas by making quesadillas. This was the first time I’ve made them and if I do say so they turned out great! I also made taco rice from a Cooking Light recipe for taco rice salad to go with them.
1 large chicken breast (pre-cooked, seasoned with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes) shredded-you could really use any left over baked chicken you have
1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup mexican blend shredded cheese-I just used the bagged kind
2 large flour tortillas
Spray a pan with non-stick spray and saute peppers and onions until tender, about 5-7 min. Remove from pan and set aside. Again, spray the pan with non-stick spray and place one tortilla in the pan. Add a 1/4 cup of cheese, a layer of shredded chicken, and 1/2 cup of the pepper/onion mixture to one half of the tortilla. Add 1/4 cup cheese on top of that. Fold the other half of the tortilla over. Flip tortilla over once to ensure the cheese melts all the way through. Remove from pan. Repeat with second tortilla. Cut into triangles and serve.
3 cups cooked yellow rice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook rice as directed on the package. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Use a fork to fluff rice and mix in seasonings.
Original recipe from Cooking Light-