Friday, March 30, 2012

Food Friday: Steak Burritos

I don't have pictures of this one. I'm sorry, I was scared it wouldn't work out so I was neglectful and weary. Sorry. But this one is GOO-OOOD.

When I was in the great 'ol cheese state last week for work, I was lucky enough to stay with my aunt Larinda. She is maybe the awesomest (no, not a word... but it gets my point across) most amazing aunt ever. She does this thing where she cooks without a recipe (who does that remind you of??) and on Monday night, she made steak burritos. So when I got home (because they were so AH-MAZING) I had to make them for Tyler.

Here is what you'll need:

  • One pound of steak. I think mine was $5/lb. Maybe next time I will go with a more tender option, but I wasn't willing to spend my life savings until I knew it was great.
  • One bottle of Allegro marinade (all I use... it is the most delicious. Ever.)
  • One package of fresh mushrooms
  • One large sweet onion (diced)
  • Large burrito shells
  • Nonstick spray
  • 1 Bag of baby spinach (fresh)
  • Provolone cheese

Heat oven to 350*

Cube the steak into 1"pieces

Shake the marinade and pour into a large saute pan over medium heat.

Place the steak, mushrooms, and onions into the marinate and simmer until meat is cooked and onions soften.

On the soft burrito shell, place (in the center) two slices of provolone. top with some steak, mushrooms, and onions, then finally place a handful of the fresh baby spinach on top.

Take any juice left over and set aside (some people use it as a dipping sauce)

Spray your baking dish.

Fold up (like a burrito... who woulda' thought??) and place in a 9x13 glass baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown.

Serve and enjoy!

Your spinach steams and softens while baking and that with the melted cheese is just fantastic!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Food Friday: Best Chicken Quesadilla

My husband is gone... He is off enjoying the weekend with his boyfriends, shooting targets and fishing. I made him some tuna salad last night and scotcharoos this morning to bring and (ideally) share with everyone.

I also sent his friend a text this morning saying: have fun this weekend and make sure my husband doesn't do anything stupid. And tell John that 2, 1:30 calls to sober people on a Thursday night are unacceptable.

Yes, they were excited about the weekend and celebrated a tad early, making sure to include Tyler in on the fun. While we were sleeping. So we called them at 7. Eat that silly boys!!

Moving on...

This, is one of my favorites.

My mom, sister, and I used to make these all the time. They are quick, simple, and oh-so-tasty.

Chicken Quesadillas.

You will need:

3 large chicken breasts partially thawed
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup of water
2 cups of marble jack shredded cheese
1 package of Flat Out wraps (or tortilla shell of your choice)

The reason I say partially thawed chicken, is because it is SO much easier to cut when it is closer to frozen. It also cooks faster if cut pre-cooking.

Cube the chicken (1/2" cubes should be sufficient) and toss in a pan. Heat to medium and cook chicken through. While cooking the chicken, mix together the water and seasoning. This makes your life easier when you mix it into the chicken.

When the chicken is cooked, add water and taco seasoning mixture.

 In a separate skillet, place one Flat Out wrap. Place a healthy pinch of shredded cheese, a scoop of chicken (spread out), and a tad more cheese to help it all stick. Place an additional wrap on top. When the bottom starts to turn golden, flip. You may need a giant spatula to help flip. I will warn you, this can be messy.

Cook this side until golden and serve!

I like to leave it whole and use a fork. Tyler likes to cut it like a pizza with a pizza cutter. You pick!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Food Friday: Lemon Poppyseed CAKE!

I love food. I love to make it and I love to eat it (but mostly make it). Every Friday I intend to post a new recipe for you to try. I won't post it unless I have tried to make it because I want to know it is good.

Today? Lemon Poppy-seed Cake.

I tried this one because Scott (our very close family friend and best man) said that while he was on a snowmobiling trip, his friend's wife made something that was made of lemon poppy-seed muffins and yellow cake! So what did I do?

I made it.

Now I will warn you: this is borderline INSANE as far as the level of easiness. Seriously, you could do this in your sleep. Mainly because it comes out of a box or a bag.

I will try to make it from scratch in the future with hopefully the same result, but this time (for money's sake... and because I had no idea what I was doing...) I went the easy/cheap route!

My hubby took pictures because he actually did the making while I made supper. I got out the supplies and he went to town. Whattaguy!

You will need:

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 pouch of lemon poppy-seed muffin mix

See, no lie. I used a box/pouch. Shame on me.

Follow the instructions on each package in two separate bowls. Like you are making cake independent from muffins.

Then combine and whisk well before pouring into your (sprayed with non-stick spray) bundt cake pan.

Now baking was tricky. Each has a different temp and time. So I made it up. Turn your oven on to 350* and bake for 60 minutes (aka 1 hour) or until a toothpick comes out completely clean.
Just starting to turn to golden and crack. This = done!
Turn onto a plate and...
Love this pan. We got it for our wedding from Tyler's cousin!

You can put a glaze on top if you'd like, but it was great without the extra sugar. Yum.

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Food Friday: White Chicken Chili

I love food. I love to make it and I love to eat it (but mostly make it). Every Friday I intend to post a new recipe for you to try. I won't post it unless I have tried to make it because I want to know it is good.

White Chicken Chili is something my sweet husband requested by name. I had never heard of it, tasted it, nothin'. That meant that I got to call his wonderful aunt Shannon to get the recipe. 

You've probably never met Shannon, so let me describe her... She has spiky hair, loves riding motorcycle, she is so stinkin' funny, goes to every Raymond Rockets baseball game (Tyler's team), her family is her everything, and she is planning a wedding! Her daughter Beth got engaged just recently so Shannon is on top of it! 

I have to tell ya, she is one awesome lady.

Here is what she gave me for White Chicken Chili:

  • 4 cans of Northern Beans
  • 2 tbsp Chicken Soup Base
  • 8oz Brick of Pepper Jack Cheese (MUST be Crystal Farms cheese or it will not melt all the way...)
  • 12oz Sour Cream
  • Water
  • Saltines

Now, I think her recipe was for stove top, but I was busy. So to the Crockpot I went!

  • Drain all of the beans and place in Crockpot
  • Fill with water about 1" above beans
  • Add chicken soup base and turn the Crockpot on high until the base dissolves
  • After the soup base is dissolved, cube the cheese (about 1/2" cubes) and toss in (now) hot water
  • Once cheese is melted, add sour cream

Turn the Crockpot to low for about 4 hours and serve!

I think I failed Shannon when I made this because it really turns into more of a soup than a chili. But with some saltines, it is DE-LISH!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Food Friday - Walking Tacos

I love food. I love to make it and I love to eat it (but mostly make it). Every Friday I intend to post a new recipe for you to try. I won't post it unless I have tried to make it because I want to know it is good.

This recipe might sound like a way for me to get out of writing for Food Friday but you should know, it is not. This is something I have been craving lately! Probably because I am craving summertime.

Our family is big into sports. Not only playing (baseball, softball, basketball, and volleyball), but watching! We try to get to as many family events as possible which has been tough lately due to our CRAZY schedules!

One of my favorite game-time treats/meals is a Walking Taco, Taco in a Bag, whatever you want to call it. Oh. My. Yumness. And so easy when entertaining for a group before or after a ball game, for a child's birthday party, or just a summer meal with friends! 

This is a very accurate representation of what it looks like when WE serve Walking Tacos. Found here
You will need:
  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa (I prefer mild)
  • sour cream
  • snack sized bag of Doritos
Cook up the taco meat per the instructions on the back of the taco mix. Open your bag of chips (to get the air out) and pinch the chips at the bottom of the bag so they are bite-sized.

This is the order I do it, but mix it up as you please!

On top of the chips (in the bag), place a generous spoonful of taco meat followed by: cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and salsa. Be sure to mix well (either by shaking or with a fork) so you get a taste of everything on every bite. 

This will probably be a meal sometime soon. You should try it too!
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