Chili , for me, is a perfect meal. one of my favorites for sure. Easy, plus as an extra bonus you really don’t use that many dishes making it. This particular recipe was very good, I usually make the standard ground beef recipe, this one switched it up a bit, using ground chicken instead. Actually the original recipe called for ground turkey, but while at the store ground chicken was quite a bit cheaper so I decided to go with that. Really you could use any kind of ground meat in this recipe which makes it perfect for a last-minute meal. Ground beef, or pork, or of course the turkey, they would all be good. Chili, so tasty, so versatile, gotta love it!
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro ( I did not use this, as my family does not like it)
1. Heat oil in large pot. cook onion for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add garlic cook 1 more minute. Add meat of your choice, chili powder and cumin. Stir and cook until meat has cooked through. Stir in tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients.
2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover cooking for 30 minutes.
It seems every time I make pancakes from scratch, I inevitably end up proclaiming them the best pancakes ever. So light, so fluffy. Am I an expert pancake maker, no, in fact I really have to stand by that pan and pay attention or we will be eating pancakes resembling black hockey pucks, both in looks and flavor. I think the thing is, homemade pancakes are just so much better than a boxed mix. I mean let’s be honest I will probably forever have that boxed mix in my pantry because the convenience of throwing some water into some pre made batter is just to convenient when you want to light up your kids hearts with an easy and delicious breakfast, however when I really take the time to whip up a homemade batch, that us a breakfast I would most happily eat as well.
My kids have fallen in love with a meal. All the kids really liked these. They were even shot gunning the leftovers, and when I told them dad gets them in his lunch , three sad faces did I see. I found this recipe over at Meal Planning 101 and have been wanting to make it for a while. I very barely changed the recipe to accommodate what we had on hand. The kids are already talking about having it again, so we can definitely say we have a hit on our hands! Thanks Kindra!
1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup cream cheese
2 Tbsp Taco seasonings
5 Tbsp green onions
1/4 cup salsa
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 cup grated mozzarella
10 small flour tortillas
Oil or cooking spray
sour cream /salsa to dip
1. Brown ground beef in medium-sized skillet. Drain fat. Add taco seasonings, cream cheese, green onions, salsa and lime juice. Stir until cream cheese has melted. Stir in mozzarella.
2. Divide evenly between tortilla shells. Roll up.
3. Place on a greased baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray or brush with oil. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
Shopping at Costco is great, you get to try samples while walking down the aisles, and I find they have neat stuff not usually found at other grocery stores. I guess that can be said of most grocery stores actually, everybody stocks a few things hard to find elsewhere. After a Costco shop you have the inevitable “what should I do with all these leftover ingredients”. Sometimes buying in bulk just leaves you in a quandary. Case in point when I bought a three pack of cream cheese, we usually use about 1 every couple of months, not one of my kitchen staples that’s for sure. I used up two making my hubby some cherry cheese tarts. One left , what to do. I was looking through one of my favorite cookbooks The Great American Brand Name Cookbook and found an alfredo recipes that uses up one block of cream cheese. Plus, I could use some of the huge bag of Costco sized broccoli as a side dish , perfect!
1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup margarine ( I used butter)
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces fetttucini, cooked, drained (I used linguini)
1. Cut cream cheese into cubes. Place in medium-sized saucepan along with parm cheese, margarine and milk. Stir over medium low heat until all cheese and butter has melted and you have a creamy sauce. (all the chunks should be gone).