Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cheesy Grits




From:  This recipe was passed onto me from a business associate of mine.  Yummmm!

Ingredients

3/4 - 1 cup of grits
16 oz box of JalapeƱo Mexican Velveeta Cheese
3/4 stick of margarine
3-4 eggs
7 oz diced green chilis
garlic (optional)
garlic powder (optional)
diced onion (optional)

How to

Cook 3/4 to one cup of grits according to package instructions.
Stir in one 16-oz box Jalapeno Mexican Velveeta and 3/4 stick of margarine.
Meanwhile, beat 3 or 4 eggs with 7 oz of diced green chilis.
Optionally, add finely diced garlic, garlic powder, and/or diced onion to taste.
Add this mixture to the grits and cheese.
Mix well and pour into a well-greased 4-qt caserole.
Bake at 350° for 45 minutes covered, then another 30(+) minutes uncovered.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shishkabobs



Came from:  This one is my husband's creation.  They are delicious!

Ingredients: 

chicken
onion
mango
pineapple
red pepper
oregano - 2 pinches
cumin - 2 pinches
garlic - 2 pinches
salt - 1 pinch
pepper - 1 pinch
(Actually, he doesn't measure... he had to wrack his brain when I asked him how much of each spice, so feel free to be creative.)

How to:

Cut chicken, onion, mango, pineapple, and red pepper into bite-size pieces. Stab them with the shishkabob stick and slide 'em down in the most colorful of patterns... Then fire up the grill.

In the mean time, put the spices into 1/4 cup of oil (olive oil sounds good, but the truth is, we're cheap when it comes to groceries, so we used vegetable oil).

Then slap 'em on the grill and while they cook, brush on the oil and spices mix.

When they look like this...


...eat 'em! Oh, yummm!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Baked Oatmeal


Came from:  My friend, Catherine shared this recipe with me.  She found it on www.myrecipes.com, although when I tried to find it I couldn't.  :(

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup raisins
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten

and... Cooking spray

How to: 

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Side notes: 

Catherine only uses 2 tablespoon of brown sugar because otherwise she finds it too sweet.  I also made it without nuts and thought it was good.  Try baked oatmeal for a unexpected morning treat. It's a mix between an oatmeal bar and traditional creamy breakfast oatmeal.  I understand they can be made in a slow cooker, but I haven't figured out how yet.  If you figure it out, email me and let me know. These portions yield: 5 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)

***UPDATED FEB 26, 2011***

This morning we woke up late and I had a craving for baked oatmeal but no time to bake it.  So I cut the portions in half (except the egg, which you can't really cut in half), tossed it all in a pot and brought it to a boil.  Once boiling I simmered until the it took on an "oatmeal" texture and this is what I got.


I'm munching as I type.  Mmmmmm-mmmm-GOOD!!  Plus, it made just enough for myself and my toddler son (exactly what you seen in the picture), and it only took me 10 minutes to cook!  I'm not sure if the baking powder is necessary this way.  Next time I'll remove it and see how it comes out.  I'll keep you posted!

-------------------------- END UPDATED PORTION -------------------------- 

Nutritional Information of original recipe:
(according to the print-out that Catherine gave me)
Calories:281 (24% from fat)
Fat:7.6g (sat 2.8g,mono 1.5g,poly 0.9g)
Protein:7g
Carbohydrate:48.8g
Fiber:3.4g
Cholesterol:47mg
Iron:0.8mg
Sodium:171mg
Calcium:148mg

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Enchiladas


Came from:  My friend Annie shared it with me and now I'm sharing it with you!

Ingredients:

1 lb of boneless skinless chicken
1 box of cream cheese
¼ cup diced green peppers canned with juice and all
6-8 tortillas
Shredded cheddar cheese
1 can of green chile enchilada sauce

How to: 

In a skillet cook the chicken with any spices you like. I usually shake salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and garlic salt over mine. Shred the chicken right in the pan if you have cheap pans like we do or do it on a cutting board and throw the chicken right back into the pan. Add cream cheese and diced green peppers. Cook until the ingredients are all melted and fully mixed together. Remove from heat.

In an 11x9 baking dish, pour in a small amount of the enchilada sauce, to cover the bottom of the dish. Pampered chef stoneware is the best for this, but any old baking dish will do.  Then spoon into each tortilla the chicken mix and a small handful of cheddar cheese. Fold and close/roll the tortillas. Lay them face down in the pan so they won’t roll open. Pour on top of the enchiladas the rest of the enchilada sauce. Top with more cheddar cheese.

Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until the cheese melts. Serve.

Side Notes:  This meal is mildly spicy.  I wouldn't hesitate to serve to any adults, but we held off from serving it to our son till he's got a little more tolerance for spice.