Tortilla Chip Salad

12 Apr

The recipe sits on the line between a Taco Salad and Nachos. It is really easy to make and tastes great!

Tortilla Chip Salad
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 bag tortilla chips
1 potato, peeled and grated
2 TB taco seasoning
1 can diced chilis
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
1. Heat skillet over high heat. Add ground beef and cook. Add potato, diced chilies, taco seasoning. Cover and cook on low until potatoes are cooked.
2. Arrange chips on a plate. Sprinkle meat on top, then cheese, tomatoes. Top with sour cream.

Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad

12 Apr

Spring is here! Time to start making salads and homemade dressing.

Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups spring mix salad
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
3 TB red wine vinegar
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB honey
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts pepper
1 shallot, minced

Directions:
1. Combine spring mix, walnuts, dried cranberries and feta, and tomato in large bowl.
2. Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients and stir well with a whisk.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

Mint and Olive Chicken over Couscous

12 Apr

I really never thought I would combine mint and Kalamata olives, but that day has arrived. I can’t really explain the taste other than using the word refreshing. It is as though the mint smooths out the slight tartness of the olives. They just both work really well together. And, to top it off, couscous is not only super easy to make, but it is delicious and good for you. Lots of great things to say about this recipe.

Cumin Mint Chicken over Couscous
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 TB olive oil

4 chicken breasts
2 TB cumin
2 TB tumeric
1 TB ground coriander
salt
pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
3 cups couscous
1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions:
1. Combine olive oil, cumin, tumeric, ground coriander, salt and pepper and garlic. Rub seasoning over chicken breasts.
2. Heat large deep skillet over high heat. Add chicken and brown both sides, 5 minutes each side.
2. Add 2 cups of chicken stock to pan. Bring stock to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low; cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add mint and chopped olives to pan. Cook another 10 minutes.
4. Remove cover from pan and cook on high for 5 minutes.
5. Heat 2 cups chicken stock until it starts to boil. Add couscous and tomatoes, turn off heat, cover and let sit 5 minutes.
6. To serve, cover plate with couscous and top with chicken. Top chicken with mint/olive sauce.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese

12 Apr

I think I have to vote for this one as the week’s favorite. I love comfort food and I love mac and cheese. I grew up on Kraft boxed mac and cheese. This is a bit more complicated, but a lot more tasty. If you are feeling a bit of a gourmet itch and have a bit more time in the kitchen for dinner prep, take a shot at this recipe. So worth it!

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes for Bechamel Sauce, 10 minutes for pasta and 30 minutes of baking

Ingredients:
1 pound macaroni pasta
4 TB butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 ts thyme
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
2 cups shredded smoked fontina cheese
salt
black pepper
1 ts paprika

Bechamel Sauce:
4 TB unsalted butter
1 shallot, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
6 TB all purpose flour
4 cups milk
1 ts dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts nutmeg
black pepper

Directions:
1. Make your bechamel sauce: Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add shallot, carrot, and celery to pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and bring it all to a boil. Add thyme and bay leaf. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes in order to thicken the sauce.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When it starts to boil add your pasta. Cook according to the packaging.

3. While your pasta cooks heat a medium sauce pan and melt butter with garlic cloves. Add the bread crumbs and thyme and mix.

4. When pasta is cooked, drain and toss with cheeses. Fold in the bechamel sauce, salt, pepper and paprika.

5. Transfer macaroni mixture to a greased baking dish. Cover top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Collard Green with Tomatoes and Garlic Cheese Bread

12 Apr

Collard greens are one of my favorite vegetables. The only trouble is that I have a hard time finding a way to make them other than cooking them all day with some vinegar. Here is what I have come up with.

Collard Green with Tomatoes and Garlic Cheese Bread
*Vegetarian Recipe*
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 TB olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 16 oz. bag frozen collard greens
4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
Juice of one lemon
1 ts garlic powder
1/2 ts mustard powder
1 TB apple cider vinegar
1/2 ts hot sauce

Garlic Cheese Bread
4 slices bread
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB olive oil

Directions:
Start with the bread:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Combine garlic and oil. Brush equally on to the bread.
3. Top with shredded cheese.
4. Bake in oven for 5-10 minutes.

Greens with Tomatoes:
1. Place collard greens in microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3 minutes.
2. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. When oil is hot, add onions. Cook for 3 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes and collard greens to skillet and stir. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 7-10 more minutes or until the liquid evaporates.

5 Recipes for $38

5 Apr

I have no idea how I managed to get my total to $38 this week! I love saving money while not skimping on flavor. This week is full of delicious vegetable combinations, one skillet meals and a bit of a gourmet edge. You may want to slip some of these ones into your pocket for your next dinner party.

Vegetarian Zucchini Frittata
Vegetarian Sweet Potato Ravioli in Garlic Cream Sauce
Vegetarian Pesto Pasta with Green Beans
Vegetarian Vegetable Hashbrowns
Chicken in Leek Lime Sauce with Carrot Quinoa </a
***This weeks favorite***

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Have a great week!
Happy eating, cooking, and saving!

Zucchini Frittata

5 Apr

This recipe is the best because you only need one skillet to make it!

Zucchini Frittata

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large zucchini, chopped
2 TB olive oil
1 TB flour
6 eggs
2 TB oregano
1 ts salt
1/2 ts black pepper
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/4 grated cheese

Directions:

1. Heat oven safe skillet over high heat. When pan is hot, add olive oil. When oil is hot, add onions and cook 3 minutes.
2. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add zucchini and flour and mix thoroughly. Continue cooking and stirring occassionally until zucchini is golden brown.
3. Beat eggs, salt and pepper in mixing bowl. Add ricotta, yogurt and parmesan. Mix well.
4. Add egg mixture to hot skillet and mix everything together.
5. Place your oven safe skillet into a preheated 350 degree F oven. Cook 30 minutes.

Sweet Potato Ravioli in Garlic Cream Sauce

5 Apr

Make this recipe when you are throwing a dinner party or want to feel like you are eating at a gourmet restaurant. I tend to avoid ravioli because it is time consuming, but I LOVE the taste so this week I gave it a shot. You can always make your ravioli the night before and store it in your fridge over night. Then you cut your dinner cooking time to only 20 minutes or so!

Sweet Potato Ravioli in Garlic Cream Sauce

Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 lb orange sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
5 oz. ricotta cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB Parmesan cheese
1 9 oz. package won ton wrappers
2 oz. butter
1 bunch green onions, chopped
8 oz. heavy cream

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 40 minutes.
2. Transfer sweet potato to a mixing bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Mix and mash until smooth.
3. To make the ravioli: Place one TB of sweet potato mash in the center of one won ton wrapper. Brush edges of wrapper with water. Place another won ton wrapper on top and press all four edges together. Place on baking sheet with wax paper, cover with damp towel. Repeat this until your filling is gone.
4. Melt butter in skillet. Add green onion and garlic. Cover and cook 1 minute. Add cream and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes until cream sauce is thickened.
5. Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Cook ravioli in batches 3 minutes each. Drain and place on serving plates. Cover ravioli with hot cream sauce and serve.

Pesto Pasta with Geen Beans

5 Apr

Pesto tends to be expensive both to buy or make. I used walnuts instead of pinenuts for this recipe and saved a little bit of cash without changing the flavor too much. This recipe can be eaten warm for dinner or cold for a picnic or lunch!

Pesto Pasta with Geen Beans

Prep. Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
8 oz. pasta of your choice
8 oz. fresh or frozen green beans

Pesto:
1/2 cup walnuts
3 bunches basil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
3 garlic cloves
salt
black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil

Directions:
Pesto
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread walnut on baking sheet and bake 8 minutes. Let cool.
2. Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor. Turn processor on and slowly drizzle oil into mixture as it mixes and smooths.
Pasta:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 TB salt and pasta. Cook according to package directions. If using fresh beans, add them after letting pasta cook for two minutes. If using frozen green beans, either cook in the microwave or add to pasta when 5 minutes remain for your pasta to cook.
2. Drain pasta and green beans. Mix with pesto and serve.

Vegetable Hashbrowns

5 Apr

This is sort of a breakfast for dinner recipe. A bit of a twist on your regular potato hashbrowns, this recipe is a great recipe to get your daily fill of vegetables in one sitting. I think the zucchini gives the hashbrowns a unique texture and flavor. Perhaps in the near future I will experiment with using different vegetable combinations.

Vegetable Hashbrowns

Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 potatoes
2 carrots
2 zucchini
1 leek
salt
pepper
3 TB all purpose flour
2 eggs
4 TB olive oil

Directions:

1. Grate potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. Thinly slice white part of leek.
2. Place grated veggies in strainer and squeeze out as much water as possible.
3. Move to mixing bowl and add leek and flour; mix well.
4. Beat eggs in separate dish, then add to mixing bowl.
5. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions.
6. Heat up oil in skillet. Grab 1 veggie portion, squeeze out excess water, form into patty and carefully add to hot oil.
7. Cook over high to medium heat about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel.
8. Repeat and serve.
*** You can keep your cooked patties warm on a baking sheet in the oven while your cook the remaining patties.