Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brussels Sprouts Mini Pies

Another muffin tin recipe...to see the others, go to the recipe archive tab up above.

This is actually a Pillsbury recipe I got in an email last week....

I could have eaten about 10 of these....

Brussels Sprouts Mini Pies

1 box (10 oz) frozen Brussels sprouts in butter sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup baking mix...I used Jiffy
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 375

Heat Brussels sprouts according to package directions. Dump into a medium mixing bowl and let cool 5 minutes. Chop into smaller pieces. 

Stir in mushrooms, thyme and pepper. 

In another bowl, stir together baking mix, milk, and eggs. Mix into Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Add cheese. 

Spoon into 12 greased muffin cups. 

Bake 25 to 27 minutes, until browned and set. 

Cool 5 minutes and use a thin knife to loosen sides from muffin cups. 

Dig in!

Mac and Cheese Soup

This soup was FAN TAS TIC! Super-easy 20 minute dinner. Serve it with a salad and bread. 

Mac and Cheese Soup

2 - 12 oz boxes frozen macaroni and cheese (Stouffer's)
6 cups chicken broth (I used the Better Than Bouillion fake chicken kind)
1 can cream style corn
2 cups frozen broccoli florets 

Heat each container of macaroni and cheese for 4 minutes in microwave. 

Meanwhile, heat broth over medium in large soup pot, add broccoli. 

Add macaroni to broth and corn. Simmer for 10 minutes, until heated through. 

Dig in!

New Potatoes in Sour Cream Dill Sauce

Our family started the diet.....the diet. 

The diet seems so horrible....let's call it a lifestyle change. Now I sound like I work for Weight Watchers...

Just cutting back on the diary and eating more beans...not too bad, right? And less potatoes, that one isn't fun. I love potatoes. With cheese on them. And butter. Drool. 

The potatoes below aren't too unhealthy...if you do the low fat dairy stuff. But they sure are yummy!

Wish us luck!

New Potatoes in Sour Cream Dill Sauce

10 medium red potatoes, sliced or cubed
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoon grated Parmesan

Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and set aside.

In same pot potatoes were cooked in, combine sour cream, dill, salt, pepper and Parmesan. Stir to heat mixture. Add potatoes, stir to coat.

Dig in!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Chop Chop Chow Chow Tuna Casserole

This is another recipe brought to us by my Mother In Law. I tell ya....I was a little apprehensive about this one. I am not a big fan of hot tuna dishes, but I was SO SURPRISED! It's SO good.....I eat way too much of it and can't wait until she makes it again....

Chop Chop Chow Chow Tuna Casserole

4 small cans tuna, drained
2 (10 oz) cans cream of mushroom soup
1 - 2 tablespoons of water (enough to help mix soup smoothly into tuna)
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 1/2 cups ( about 8 - 9 ounces) cashews, chopped
4 cups chow mein noodles

Preheat oven to 350. 

Mix tuna, cream of mushroom and water until combined. Stir in celery, cashews and chow mein noodles. 

Pour into 13x9 casserole dish, top with more chow mein and cashews, if desired. 

Bake for 30 minutes. 

Let stand 5 minutes before serving. 

Dig in!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sour Cream 'Cold Slosh' Coleslaw

Cooper calls coleslaw, cold slosh....I find this amusing. I had to put it in the title.

Does watching shows like Clean House or Hoarders make you feel about your mess too? Ug....I don't get how they live with the boxes, and piles....and dead animals? It does make me feel better...as I sit here blogging, with my feet up, watching Clean House on Netflix....

Did that gross you out and not make you want to eat? Sorry....

This recipe is nice. Another coleslaw to add to my coleslaw recipe selection. To see the rest, click on the Recipe Archive link at the top of the page!

Sour Cream Coleslaw

1 bag (16 ounces) shredded coleslaw mix
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Combine vinegar, sour cream, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir into coleslaw mix. Cover and chill for one hour before serving.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Creamy Salsa Rice

We had a busy, busy weekend. The boys and I spent the day yesterday at my best friend's house with her and her boys and her sister and her boy. Got it...that seemed like a lot to follow...anyway. The kids played in the water, we had pizza, and caught up on gossip. All of the important things. 

Today, I got to sleep in a bit (yay!), did some Spring Cleaning and we ate out at a pizza place. Before you know it, it's 9PM and the day is done! But....I did save a little time to share a new recipe...

This was super-easy and REALLY yummy....


Creamy Salsa Rice

2 cups brown rice
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided
2 cups salsa
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups frozen corn

Cook rice according to package directions. 

Preheat oven to 350.

When rice is done, mix all ingredients, except 2 cup of cheese. 

Place in 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. 

Bake for 20 minutes. 

Dig in!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Simple Spiced Black Beans

I love black beans. When I lived in South Florida in my early twenties, I worked with several Latin Ladies and they introduced me to WONDERFUL Cuban food. I had a favorite restaurant I went to on a regular basis for fried steak (I am not sure of the Cuban name for it), black beans, rice and plantains. YUM. I really miss that place. You can't find full Cuban restaurants in our area, just sandwich shops. 

Now....the black beans below are actually more of a MEXICAN flavor. We had ours with fake bacon, tomato, and cheese bagels and rice. They are super-easy, they use canned black beans and just 3 spices!

Simple Spiced Black Beans

One 15 ounce can black beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons water

Combine all ingredients in saucepan over medium and heat!

Dig in!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

English Muffin Mexican Pizzas

We eat a lot of pizza in our house. We order it in almost every Friday from various chains and local places. We make frozen pizza. We eat pizza rolls....

I have a nice pizza stone I have yet to use. I've never actually made my own dough.....

I do like to make easy little pizzas on biscuits, slices of bread, or English Muffins!

I actually saw these made on Rachel Ray...by Bill Bellamy. BILL BELLAMY! Takes me back to my teen mtv days.

English Muffin Mexican Pizzas

English muffins, halved
Mexican blend shredded cheese
Sliced avocados

Toast English muffins. Top with 2 tablespoons of salsa and cheese. Place in oven at 350 for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Top with avocado slices. 

Dig in!