Showing posts with label dinner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dinner. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What's For Dinner? {easy crockpot barbacoa}



A few weeks ago I shared this super easy, crowd pleasing recipe over at Blissful And Domestic. It's so unbelievably delicious, that I just had to share with y'all...........

Summertime means, laid back and easy peasy, and it also means using my crockpot as often as possible so I don't heat up the house with the oven. This is one of my favorite recipes for easy barbacoa. If you're wondering, what's barbacoa, let me tell you........ it's a way of cooking meat, pork or beef, that can be shredded and used to make the most delicious tacos ever. Top them off with a little fresh cilantro and chopped onion, oh my, deliciousness. This is a really great recipe for summer gatherings as it serves a crowd really well. Your friends and family will rave, I promise!


Ingredients:

3 lb. pork or beef roast
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
1 [4 ounce] can chopped green chiles
1 small white onion chopped
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 bay leaves
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. oregano
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 cup water



Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and stir gently to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.  Meat should be falling apart when done. Allow to cool slightly and using two forks, pull meat apart to shred or if you're like me, dive in with your hands and pull that meat apart! Toss meat with the juices and allow to soak for about ten minutes before serving. Serve with corn or flour tortillas, chopped onion, fresh chopped cilantro and sour cream. Delicious! Enjoy y'all!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

A Loaded Baked Potato {an easy peasy dinner inspiration}

How about loaded baked potatoes for dinner tonight? I've been craving salad and loaded baked potatoes lately. I had posted on this last year and I thought I'd share again since it's on our dinner table lots lately. 



What you'll need:
  1. As many baking potatoes as you'll need for dinner
  2. Bacon
  3. Scallions
  4. Sour cream
  5. Grated cheddar cheese
  6. Butter
  7. Salt and pepper
Instructions:
  1. First, pre-heat your oven to 350*, then wash and pat dry your baking potatoes.
  2. Now, prick each potato with a fork about 8-10 times. Then place some oil in a bowl and massage those taters.




3.  Now you're ready to place them in the oven. Place them directly on the oven rack. Bake for one hour or until you can pierce them with a fork and they feel all squishy inside. 




4. While those potatoes are  baking, prepare all the fresh toppings. Start by frying up some bacon nice and crispy. Do your darndest not to eat it all before the potatoes come out of the oven. Crumble the bacon, chop scallions and grate the cheddar cheese. 

5. Now the fun part! Slice each potato down the center and place a generous pat of butter inside. Sprinkle some a whole lot of grated cheese, a dollop of sour cream, the crumbled bacon and a generous amount of scallions. Salt and pepper to taste.

Then stand back and behold the beauty of your creation. Mmmmmm, deliciousness!


These potatoes are sooooo yummy, and super easy to put together. They'll be a big hit at your dinner table. Enjoy Y'all!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Sumptuous Cheese Tortellini Soup


This soup is truly sumptuous! Fall signals soup and stew weather at our house. This has been a chilly, rainy week and soup is the perfect dreary day meal. I look forward to soup weather because I love one pot meals, don't you? Easy to make, easy to clean! We ALL love easy, right?? This soup takes almost no time at all to prepare, which I REALLY love! I first saw this recipe a while back on one of my favorite blogs "Life In Grace". Follow this link over to Edie's blog for her original recipe post. I've followed her blog for years and if you don't regularly read her posts, get on over there and start reading y'all! She seriously knows her way around a kitchen which is why I regularly steal borrow her recipes.




Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Lg. Onion Chopped
2 Carrots Chopped
3 Celery Stalks Chopped
3 Cloves Of Garlic Diced
2 1/2 Boxes Chicken Stock {10 Cups}
1 Bag Fresh Spinach
1 Lg. Bag Or 2 Small Bags Of Fresh Cheese Tortellini {sold in dairy section} 
1 28 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1-2 Tbsp. Honey














  • Saute the onions, celery and carrots in olive oil for 5-7 min or until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the diced garlic and sauté another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, tortellini, tomatoes, spinach, vinegar and honey.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is tender.

  • Serve with warm Italian bread and top with fresh grated Parmesan  if desired! Enjoy!




    Try this fabulous recipe this weekend or 'pin it' for another day! You can thank me later! 


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    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Carissa's Creamy Spaghetti Recipe


    Today y'all, I've got a special treat! Visiting today is Carissa over from her blog All In All, and she's sharing this easy and delicious meal to add to your meal planners for the month. Not only is it easy but it's kid-tested and approved! Score! This is also a great pack-able meal, perfect for sharing with a friend in need or taking to a pot-luck dinner.  ENJOY!


    Creamy-Spaghetti

    I love to cook! It's really a passion of mine. I create recipes, I look forward to the huge holiday meals that I plan for weeks, and I get super excited about cooking something awesome for a potluck... but I still don't want to cook dinner some nights! It's like 6PM hits, I haven't thawed any meat, I'm hungry and  totally exhausted. You probably know the feeling well.

    My answer to the I-don't-want-to-cook evenings is Creamy Spaghetti! I've been making this for years and it is my husbands favorite pasta dish. Now with a picky little one in the family I'm so happy to have ONE meal we all love!

    I actually use angel hair pasta instead of spaghetti. No specific reason other than that we prefer the thin pasta. You can use whatever you like best. For the pasta sauce I like to use the Aldi brand basic sauce or Prego traditional. Again, use what you like the best.

    One of the best things about this meal is that it takes 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish!
    Ingredients:
    1 pound of angel hair pasta
    2 jars of pasta sauce
    8 oz block of cream cheese
    1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (from the can, not fresh)

    Directions:
    Cook the pasta in boiling water just until al dente. Drain in a colander and set aside. In the same pot that you cooked the pasta in, melt the cream cheese into the pasta sauce. This takes a few minutes and a lot of stirring. Once the cream cheese begins to break down, use a whisk to stir the cream cheese in very well. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese. Pour the pasta into the pot and coat well in the sauce.
    Serves 6 (but it is really yummy, so maybe more like 4!)

    I serve our creamy spaghetti with green beans and garlic toast. Yum!

    Creamy-Spaghetti

    Creamy-Spaghetti 
    

    Enjoy!


    Thank you Carissa and y'all be sure to stop by her blog for MANY more yummy inspirations! 

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

    Coctel De Camarones




    As promised, here is my second recipe to help use up your summer bounty veggies. This recipe is the Mexican version of our shrimp cocktail, but it's packed full of delicious fresh veggies giving it the weight of a meal. It is a crisp finish to a hot summer day. This recipe may take you out of your comfort zone of preparing traditional meals, but you simply must give it a try. It's cool and refreshing, two adjectives we need more of in the heat of summer! It's best served with fresh lime wedges, your favorite hot sauce for spritzing and LOTS of saltine crackers to crumble!



    Coctel de Camerones

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds medium shrimp cooked
    • Salt
    • 1 cup chopped  onion
    • 2 cups of freshly chopped tomatoes with their juices
    • 1/2 cup ketchup
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    • Juice of a lime, about 2 Tbsp
    • Hot sauce (like Crystal or Tabasco) to taste (about 1 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of Crystal)
    • 3 avocado, cut into chunks
    • Enough V8 or Clamato juice to make it soupy

    Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Add enough V8 or clamato juice until the mixture thins and becomes more of a soupy mixture. Makes 6 generous servings. Enjoy!



    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Zucchini Overload



    We have a few all-stars in our garden this year and one of those is zucchini. It's coming out of our ears people! No matter what cabinet or door I open in the kitchen, zucchini! It's everywhere! Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the bounty, but come on y'all, you can only stand so much squash! So being the creative little soul I am, I had to come up with some new ways to serve up this bad boy. I've pinned quite a few of my findings on my Pinterest boards and today I thought I would try this one for lunch. With kids, you've got to get creative and be a little sneaky. I knew that if I was to get any more zucchini into them, I'd have to hide it! This recipe has a cute little name and LOTS of cheese involved, so I figured it would pass the kid test. It did! Score! My seven year old said, "can I have some more?", yep, success! Here's the link back to the original recipe and here was my take on it today:






    Zucchini Pizza Bites

    Ingredients

    Zucchini {1 per person approx.}
    Marinara Sauce
    Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese
    Olive Oil
    Salt and Pepper
    Favorite toppings

    Pre-heat oven to 450*. Slice zucchini in 1/2 in. widths. Place in large bowl and coat with olive oil and salt and pepper. Then arrange them on a foil lined baking sheet {for easy breezy clean up}. Spread the marinara sauce on tops of all slices and then generously sprinkle with grated cheese. I had cheddar on hand, so that's what I used. I didn't put any other toppings but you could add anything else that suits your fancy! Bake for 5-7 minutes, then turn oven to broil for another 5 minutes so that the cheese gets a little brown and bubbly. Enjoy!

    The only downside I found to this recipe is that they take too long to cool! I may or may not have burned my tongue seeing as how I have NO patience at all! They were delicious and such a simple and healthy lunch. Don't forget to pin to your boards so you'll have the recipe filed away! And soon, I'll be sharing another great recipe to help use up your garden bounty. Thanks for coming by today y'all and have a great week!  


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    Friday, July 18, 2014

    A Fried Green Tomato Kind Of Day



    Today is a fun kind of day! It's Friday, which always puts a little spring in my step, and I'm sharing a yummy southern favorite recipe AND a favorite movie of mine. See, told you it was a fun kind of day! The recipe and the movie go hand in hand- I just couldn't talk about one without the other. 



    On Friday nights, my husband and I usually watch a movie in bed together. It's just become a little tradition of ours and a special time for us to catch up on the goings on of the week and just enjoy one another's company. We don't have t.v., but we'll snuggle around the laptop in bed and watch something on Netflix or rent from Amazon occasionally. MANY years ago we watched "Fried Green Tomatoes". No, it's not just a side-dish, it's a movie too! If you haven't seen it before, this is your weekend my dear. And, whilst watching the movie, show your hubby how super talented you are and fry up some real fried green tomatoes! Perfect companion to the movie! Did you know that the movie was filmed right here in Georgia? Yep, it was. It was filmed in a tiny town in middle Georgia named Juliette. Click over to this link to learn more about the town, the cafe and the movie. Many of the scenes were filmed at The Whistle Stop Cafe, aptly named for the fact that it sits right next to a train depot. There's not much left from the set, but The Whistle Stop Cafe is still there and just in case you're wondering, they do still sell those mouth-watering fried green tomatoes. If you are ever heading southward through Georgia, take a little pit stop and let them serve you their specialty. It is worth the few moments drive off the highway let me just say from personal experience. The movie is pure southern goodness and I give it two thumbs up. Now, on to the recipe.......



    Fried Green Tomatoes

    1.   Slice your green tomatoes into thin slices no more than 1/2 thick.

    2.  Whisk about 3 eggs and 1/2 cup milk together in a bowl {this will be enough to coat about 5 tomatoes}.

    3.  In a separate bowl, place about 2 cups flour. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

    4. Pour about 1 inch deep of your regular cooking oil in a skillet and heat to a medium temperature.

    5.  Dip your tomato slice into your egg, then into the flour.

    6.  Place the slice into your pre-heated skillet. You should be able to get about 3 or 4 slices into your skillet depending upon it's size. Tomato slices should be in a single layer and not touching.

    7.  Once first side has browned, flip until both sides are golden. Remove onto a paper towel lined plate to drain and cool slightly.

    8.  Serve immediately.





    Now, I only have to say that I may or may not have eaten most of these while writing this post. They're just that doggone good y'all! One of those occupational hazards I suppose! Enjoy the movie, the side dish AND the weekend!


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    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    A Frugal Dinner {#1}


    Do you notice that sometimes we get into a cooking rut? I sure do. We need something different for dinner, but still quick, healthy, and frugal. After all of last weeks posts on "Surviving And Thriving On One Income", I thought I would try to post more of our simple and frugal meals. This is dinner at our house tonight. This recipe meets our whole foods requirements, but you feel free to substitute any of your usual ingredients. This recipe didn't receive a single thumbs down at our house. Enjoy Everyone!




    Turkey and Rice Casserole

    1. 1 lb. ground turkey
    2. 2  {14.5 ounce cans} of organic diced tomatoes
    3. 1/2 cup chopped onion
    4. Brown Rice Cooked {I cook 2 1/2 cups for this recipe}
    5. Salt and pepper to taste
    6. 1 cup grated cheese
    7. Fresh parsley {from our garden!} to garnish
    Brown ground turkey and onion in skillet.  Then add diced tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add  salt and pepper, and cooked rice to browned turkey/onion/tomato mixture. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients. Place in greased 13x9 casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with 1 cup grated cheese. Return to oven uncovered for 7-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!




    Fresh Parsley From The Garden

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    On Kicking Fear To The Curb

    " The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? "
    Psalm 27:1


    Our fear shows up in different places at different times and in different ways. But it shows up and always it's root is the same. Satan wants us to doubt. He wants us to doubt our belief in God's promise to us. We all have fear for different reasons and in different circumstances. Here's what mine looks like right now. We are renters. And with renting, by it's very nature, there can be some fear of the future involved. You live in a home that you don't control the when's or if's. The owner may want to sell and it's not in your control. Even in the best of circumstances, in the very back of your mind somewhere, you know that someone could choose to sell "your" house. That can eat you up if you let it. There are two kinds of renters. Some that are just in a very temporary frame of mind and they just live in a state of limbo not investing any time or money into their space. Others consider their home "their" home and they pour their heart and sole into that home. I've always been the latter. This is our second rental home in our twenty three years together, and it's always the same. I love on our home, no matter who's name is on the deed. Most often I know in my heart that we are in this home of ours because God placed us here. But every now and then, fear rears it's ugly head in my heart. An immobilizing fear that sucks the breath right out of me. I don't just consider fear an emotion. I consider it an all out attack by Satan himself. God promised us " though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear". That's how I know that Satan is trying to come between me and God's promise to me. 




    Since beginning this blog and preparing to open an Etsy shop soon, I've fallen even more in love with this house of ours, this gift from God. Journaling our life in photographs has caused me to slow down long enough to see what a beautiful life we have here, Satan despises my joy and causes fear and doubt to creep in. "What are you doing? Why are you investing so much of yourself in this house? It's not even YOURS! Not even yours!". That's what fear sounds like in my heart. At church last Wednesday evening, as the pastor began his discussion on prophecy, my heart heard something altogether different. God showed up and spoke right into my fearful heart. God desires all of us to "fear not", but to flourish exactly where he has planted us. Even if that's in someone else's house. God's light and the darkness that is fear, just don't go together. So that's my fear and this is what I do about it. I remind myself that God promised to provide for my needs TODAY. I walk outside and look around at this amazing house God provided us with, and then I log onto my Fabric.com account and order yards and yards of oilcloth to make table runners and weather proof banner's for my soon-to-be Etsy shop............



    .......and while I'm doing all this I snub my nose at Satan and smile reeeeal big! And that's how I kick my fear to the curb!

    And, on a lighter note, our oldest son came by on Mother's Day and grilled a huge party worthy lunch. Oh my it was fabulous! 



    I hope your weekend was joy filled. Happy Tuesday everyone, go forth and have a FEARLESS week!

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    A Loaded Baked Potato {an easy peasy dinner}

    How, 'bout loaded baked potatoes? I've been craving salad and loaded baked potatoes lately. Salad just means spring is near and the potato, it's just good in so many ways. I had posted on this last year and I thought I'd share again since it's on our dinner table lots lately. 



    Ingredients:

    1. As many baking potatoes as you'll need for dinner
    2. Bacon
    3. Scallions
    4. Sour cream
    5. Grated cheddar cheese
    6. Butter
    7. Salt and pepper
    Instructions:

    1. First, pre-heat your oven to 350*, then wash and pat dry your baking potatoes.
    2. Now, prick each potato with a fork about 8-10 times. Then place some oil in a bowl and massage those taters.







    3.  Now you're ready to place them in the oven. Place them directly on the oven rack. Bake for one hour or until you can pierce them with a fork and they feel all squishy inside. 




    4. While they're baking, prepare all the fresh toppings. Start by frying up some bacon nice and crispy. Do your darndest not to eat it all before the potatoes come out of the oven. Crumble the bacon, chop scallions and grate the cheddar cheese. 

    5. Now the fun part! Slice each potato down the center and place a generous pat of butter inside. Sprinkle some a whole lot of grated cheese, a dollop of sour cream, the crumbled bacon and a generous amount of scallions.

    Then stand back and behold the beauty of your creation. Mmmmmm, deliciousness!






    These potatoes were sooooo delicious. They were super easy to put together and a big hit with the grown-ups and kids alike. Enjoy Y'all!

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