Monday, June 28, 2010

menu monday.

Monday: Chicken Souvlaki with tzatziki
Tuesday: BBQ chicken in the slowcooker
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday: ???

Monday, June 21, 2010

another busy busy week!

monday: southwesteren eggrolls with salsa
tuesday: mexican pie
wednesday: italian chicken and rice casserole
thursday: pulled suiza sammies

Friday, June 18, 2010

busy busy

Cooking hasn't really been on my priority list lately. With working 50 hours a week, getting my life license and summer school, I'm lucky if I get 7 hours of sleep at night. Anyways....

So I work at a gas station called QT that sells taquitos buy the boat load, literally; we are close to the lake. So to put it mildly, I won't touch a taquito from there with a 10 foot pole. That's mildly. However, when I saw this recipe, I knew I was making it.

Baked Chicken Taquitos
adapted from: The Girl Who Ate Everything.
serves: 3
prep time: 15 minutes

Here's what you need:
-3oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
-1/4 cup tomatillo salsa
-juice of 1 lime
-1/2 tsp cumin
-1 tsp chili powder
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-3 tbsp chopped cilantro
-2 chopped green onions
-2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
-1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
-6 tortillas - fajita size
-cooking spray

Here's what you do:
1. Mix the first 10 ingredients together, thoroughly so there are no lumps.

2. Throw some mixture into that tortilla and stop, drop and roll.
3. Place all 6 taquitos on a baking sheet and spray the tops with oil.
4. Cook at 350 for 10-13 minutes, until toasty. Put in your mouth.

Monday, June 14, 2010

menu monday.

Tuesday: Salsa Chicken
Fruday: Garlicky BBQ Chicken Dinner in the Crockpot

Dinner's ready, kids(:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

avocado sour cream

Remember this post here? Yup, delish, making it in the crockpot right now. Gotta love sunday funday's. Aaaaanyways, i was sittin' around thinking, what can make this better. Hmmm. And suddenly it came to me. Duh, people. Duh.

Avocado Sour Cream
from: about 7 different recipes and then me mixing them together
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6

Here's what you need:

-1 almost overly ripe avocado
-zest of one lime
-1 clove garlic
-2 tbsp cilantro
-1/2 cup sour cream

Here's what you do:
1. Mash avocado in a bowl. Add sour cream.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well.
3. Add into your soup or on your tortilla chips to mix it up a bit.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

i'm a genius!

We all know about my love of avocados expressed here. Seriously LOVE THEM. This is my favorite snack.

Best. Snack. Ever.
from: me
Serves: 1
Prep time: 2.6 minutes...literally.

Here's what you need:

-1 slice of bread. Any kind.
-1 perfectly ripe avocado
-Sprinkle of sea salt

Here's what you do:
1. Toast the bread to a golden perfection.
2. Slice avocados.
3. Put avocados on bread. Sprinkle with salt.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Do you like spending copious amounts of time in your kitchen? Then this recipe isn't for you.
Do you like running around your grocery store looking for wicked weird ingredients? Then this recipe isn't for you.
Do you like feeling lost and like crying while cooking? Then this recipe isn't you.

Do you actually have a life? This recipe is for you.
Do you like easy things? This recipe is for you.
Do you like Italian food? This recipe is for you.

Yes my friends, I have found it. The easiest recipe. Ever. Literally it took me five minutes.

Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole
adapted from: Eat at Home
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4-6

Here's what you need:
-3 large, cooked, shredded chicken breasts
-1 cup uncooked rice, not the minute kind
-1 bell pepper, diced
-16oz chicken broth
-1 can cream of celery soup
-1/2tsp basil
-1/2tsp Italian seasoning
-1tsp cayenne pepper
-black pepper to taste
-2 cups mozzarella cheese

Here's what you do.
1. Spread the cooked chicken on the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking dish
2. Sprinkle the rice and bell pepper over the chicken.
3. Mix together the next 6 ingredients in a bowl. Pour over the chicken mixture.
4. Sprinkle the top with cheese.
5. Bake for 1 hour. Put in your mouth.

Look at that golden, cheesy goodness! good!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

i failed kindergarten...

Ahhhhh...Summer time. Can't get enough of it or melding. It really is quite great. Or ranch. Anything smothered in ranch is truly ideal. Right? Right! Ranch is unhealthy you say? Well the veggies I'm eating it with aren't, so hush your face. Also, can we just talk about how I can't follow the directions very well?! Ya, I suck at it, elementary school was the worst, I would always get in trouble for not following directions because um, hellooo, my way is better!!! Anyways, f you look at the original recipe, you'll see why.

Summer Tortellini Ravioli Salad
from: My Sister's Cafe
Served: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes

-1 package of frozen ravioli/tortellini {I used the lobster stuffed kind, soooooo goood!!}
-1 carrot
-1 stalk of celery
-1 medium zucchini
-1 bell pepper
-1 roma tomato
-1 clove garlic
-4 tsp of dried parsley
-1/2 cup ranch dressing
-1 large shredded, cooked chicken breast

1. Cook frozen pasta according to directions.
2. Chop up all veggies.
3. Combine everything together. Stir well.
4. Let meld for 3-4 hours. Put in your mouth.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

boys can be right sometimes too.

Please don't run away, just stay for a second and listen. Especially if you have kids. This recipe may sound weird and I was leery at first too. And when I say leery, I mean I clicked that little "delete history" button because I never wanted to see it again. However, Drew saw it just before I deleted it and said, "you can make homemade corn dogs?!" With a definite hint of childlike joy in his voice. So alas... here we are, me proven wrong again and Drew a happy camper. But that's not really a bad thing is it?

CornDog Casserole
adapted from: Taste and Tell
Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Here's what you need:

-2 cup celery, chopped
-1 1/2 lbs hot dogs {i used 11 ball park franks, ha!}
-3 green onions, more if you like onions
-1 1/2 cups milk
-2 eggs
-1 tsp sage
-1/3 tsp black pepper
-18oz cornbread mix
-2 cups cheese

Here's what you do:
1. Sauté the celery and onion in a tiny bit of oil until tender, put into a big bowl.
2. Sauté the hotdogs until lightly brown and warm, add to celery mixture, stir. Set one cup of mixture aside.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, and 2 spices, fold into hotdog mixture.
4. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese, stir well. Place mixture into a greased 3 qt baking dish.
5. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and reserved hotdog mixture on top.
6. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, until the center is done.
I don't even like hotdogs, but this was so freakin' good! The children husband and roommate loved it too! Success!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

sometimes i swear i'm a genius.

Remember my plea for a reverse crockpot?! Well, I found one... Sort of. Let me introduce to you; The Refrigerator. Yes, that's right, that big thing right in the middle of the kitchen that is cold! No, I am not joking. Of course, you may be wondering how such a thing works. Let me introduce to you salads that must "meld" before being eaten. It is awesomeness. And solves all the problems in the world.

Cilantro Pesto Pasta
by: Summer Recipes
Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Meld Time: 4+ hours

Here's what you need:

-1 lb small pasta - I used penne
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1 cuo cilantro
-2 cloves garlic
-1 tsp oregano [i used italian seasoning]
-1/4 cup pine nuts [i omitted]
-1/2 cup black olives, roughly chopped
-salt and pepper
optional items that I threw in
-1/2 lb chicken breast, cooked
-a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese

Here's what you do:
1. In a food processor/blender, puree the olive oil, cilantro, garlic and oregano.
2. Cook pasta according to box.
3. Mix 1 and 2 thoroughly.
4. Add the pine nuts, olives, chicken, cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
5. Let MELD in the fridge for 4+ hours. Stir again, put in your mouth.

Here's the thing about this; that one cup of cilantro made about 3 tablespoons of pesto, if that. You are going to want to possibly double that part of the recipe, especially if you add some chicken.