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Chicken Fajitas

I never thought I like fajitas until I tried this recipe for Chicken Fajitas:Allrecipe.com.  I started making this years ago and will continue forever to use this recipe.  No gross packets of seasoning and everything is in the pantry.

The key to these fajitas are to slice the chicken thinly, marinade the meat, and cook over a high heat.  This makes for the most tender flavorful chicken.  Wrap it all up with a corn tortilla (one day I will try making my own) and some peppers and onions.  This is a great meal on its own or add some spanish or mexican rice.

This is great the way the recipe is written.  Something that stops me from making fajitas so often is that the kids and Mr.Picky usually pick out most of the peppers (which make me crazy).  I made a recipe for drunken peppers instead and cooked just the chicken as written below.  Then you could just eat a chicken fajita or load it up with peppers and onions.  This did take a bit of the flavor away from the chicken but the drunken peppers made up for every bit of it.

Chicken Fajitas:Chicken Fajitas

  • 1 Tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1½ lb. (about 2 large breasts) chicken, sliced thinly in strips
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Combine chicken and first 6 ing. and refrigerate overnight.

Heat oil over high heat. Add chicken for 5 minutes.

Then add onion and pepper for 3 minutes  more.

Remove from heat and add lemon juice.

Serve with warm corn or flour tortillas and top with a dab of sour cream.
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Broccoli Quinoa Bake

Broccoli Quinoa BakeI made broccoli quinoa bake as a meatless meal last night.  We loved it, in fact I am already thinking of endless quinoa bake ideas.  Mr.Picky was not around to try it but I think he would tolerate it.  We ate it as a main dish because quinoa is full of protein and we had plenty of broccoli in it.  It would also make a great side dish accompanying any meat really.

Think of it as an easy risotto.  Don’t let the broccoli and quinoa fool you.  We combined both healthy ingredients with some cheese to come up with a family edible solution.

I had inspiration from many recipes I found but I ended up revamping the recipe to my taste.  I made a white sauce by scratch with pulled the whole thing together.  The fat content in other recipes seemed extremely high to me and I reduced that and all turned out well.  Give it a try, it is a great dish to test quinoa out on the family.  I just told them it was rice.

Broccoli Quinoa Bake:

  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 1 tsp Morton Nature’s Seasoning
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded blended cheese (Colby,cheddar, or mozzarella)
  • 1 green onions,chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli, steamed until tender and chopped
  • 2 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs parmesan cheese, to sprinkle on top

Bring quinoa, water, and dash of salt to a boil.  Cover and reduce the heat to low.  Continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa looks like it has white tails.  Fluffy with a fork and set aside to cool slightly. (You can skip this step and use leftover cooked quinoa about 1 1/2-2 cups worth).

While the quinoa is cooking steam up the broccoli or use frozen and thaw.  Either way coarsely chop the broccoli.

In a saucepan you are going to make a white sauce or base soup to pull the whole dish together.  Combine 1 cup cold milk and 1 Tbs cornstarch.  Whisk until smooth and continue to heat over medium heat.  At this point you can add the chicken bouillon, salt, 1/4 tsp pepper to taste, dash of nutmeg and to season I added Morton Nature’s Seasoning (see link to create your own).  Continue until starting to thicken, make sure and taste your seasoned sauce.

Cream of whatever or white soup.

Cream of whatever or white soup.

(In substitute to the white sauce you could use a can of cream of mushroom, cream or chicken, or cream of celery soup.  You can also add in mushrooms to the white sauce or any other vegetable you desire)

Now to put it all together in a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cooked broccoli, the white sauce, 1 green onion chopped, shredded cheese, and mayonnaise.  Stir until well combined.

Broccoli Quinoa Bake

Pour into a lightly greased 1 1/2 or 2 quart baking dish.  Spread evenly and sprinkle with 2 Tbs parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until bubbly and cheese is starting to brown.

Broccoli Quinoa Bake

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Tuna Green Bean Casserole

My neighbor mentioned tuna noodle casserole and it occurred to me I hadn’t made that in forever.  My heart was torn because I had just purchased a giant bag of French’s Fried Onions and a bag of petite fresh green beans.  I really wanted to make green bean casserole.  So I combined the two and came up with a simple and tasty dinner.

The whole family enjoyed this meal.  Who doesn’t love a comforting casserole?  Mr.Picky heated it up even the next morning for breakfast.  Next time I will update the recipe by removing the canned mushroom soup and making it from scratch.  This is because Mr.Picky dried a ton of wild mushrooms and for health reasons.  It was late and I was hungry so I reached for the extra cans in the cupboard.  I really enjoyed the green beans and would probably double the amount next time.  This depends on if your family likes green beans of course.

Tuna Green Bean Casserole

Tuna Green Bean Casserole:

  • 2 cup dry egg noodles, cooked until al dente according to package
  • 2 (10 3/4 oz.) cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 2 (7 oz. or smaller) cans tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup fresh petite green beans, cut to bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fried onions, divided

Tuna Green Bean Casserole

While cooking noodles, throw the green beans into the water the last-minute or two of boiling to start the cooking process.

Meanwhile in a large bowl combine mushroom soup, milk, pepper, onion,tuna, 1/2 cup fried onions, and shredded cheese.

Drain noodles and beans and add to the bowl.

Combine the mixture and pour into a lightly grease 9×13″ glass baking dish.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly.  The last 5 minutes of cooking sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup fried onions and cook until golden brown.
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Cheesy Crab Bread

Cheesy Crab BreadThis might sound gross to some of you.  To be honest cheesy crab bread is the last thing that appeals to me, this would be because shellfish is one of the few things that I don’t like.  That might be why I like this.  I make it with imitation crab meat, this is the only thing I ever buy it for and it is rare that this bread is made.  My sister growing up used to make it all the time for dinner.  It is a fatty comfort food and sometimes it just sounds good.

Mr.Picky likes anything on bread and with cheese so he also enjoys it.  It is verily rich so a piece or two is usually good for the year.  I try to serve a decent amount of vegetables with this because it is full of fat.  Did I mention it is worth the fat?

Usually cheesy bread is a side to some sort of main dish.  But Cheesy crab bread should be thought of more as an opened face sandwich.  You can easily reheat any leftovers in the over for the same cook time.

Cheesy Crab Bread:

  • 8 oz. imitation crab meat, flaked or shredded
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or cheese blend
  • 1/3-1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs Johnny’s garlic seasoning
  • 1/4 cup red or green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs butter, softened
  • 1 loaf french bread, sliced lengthwise

Combine all ingredients but the bread and mix until evenly combined.

Spread the mixture evenly over the halves of french bread.

Cheesy Crab Bread

Place bread on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.

Slice and Serve hot!

 

Baked Southwest Chicken Flautas

I enjoy making and eating Spinach Chicken Flautas but was feeling creative the other night when I started to prepare them.  This is how I came up with Southwest Chicken Flautas.  I combined the other recipe with what was on hand in the fridge and these turned out even better.

These flautas are not as dry so you can eat them without dip.  The sweet corn plays nicely with the spice of the pepper and spices.  Mr.Picky said these ones are way better and took many to work with him the next day.

Baked Southwest Chicken Flautas:

These have been cut in half to cool for the kids!

These have been cut in half to cool for the kids!

  • 6-8 8″ tortillas
  • olive oil spray or cooking spray
  • 4 cups cooked chicken (thighs or breast), shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 jalapeno or 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 1-2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mexican cheese blend (or half Colby jack and half cheddar)

Prepare a cookie sheet by lining with foil and lightly spraying with olive oil or cooking spray.

In a small saute pan combine jalapeno, corn, minced garlic, baby spinach, and 1 tbs olive oil.  Saute until corn starts to brown and the spinach wilts.  Set aside.

In a large bowl combine all of the remaining ingredients and the vegetables that have slightly cooled.  Mix until evenly combined.

Using the tortillas cut them in half.  Spoon about 2-3 Tablespoons of filling on the straight side of the tortilla.

Roll the tortilla tightly from the straight edge to the round edge.  Place on the prepared cookie sheet seem side down.  Lightly spray the tops of flautas with cooking spray or olive oil spray.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, flip and cook 5 minutes more until golden brown.  Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

We served our flautus with refried beans and guacamole.

They reheated great in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes for a quick lunch the next day.

Reheated Flautas for lunch

Reheated Flautas for lunch

Baked Ham & Swiss Sliders

The first time I had Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders w/ Poppyseed Sauce – Saving Money Living Life my sister had made them at a birthday party.  Mr.Picky miss the party a few years ago and I knew he needed to try these sandwiches.  I have since made the recipe at least 3 times for dinner.  Whenever I buy a spiral ham and have extra to use up.

After the holiday season you can find spiral sliced ham incredible cheap, sometimes .99 cents a pound.  This is a great time to throw a few in the freezer for throughout the year, either whole or divided up.  If you don’t want to spend the money on a ham I am sure sliced deli ham would be tasty.

This is the best tasting ham sandwich I have ever had.  The kids love them, Mr.Picky loved them, and recently I had company who loved them.  They will please any crowd and can be made ahead without taking too long to bake.

Usually I use a sweet or plain dinner roll for these sliders.  After wanting to purchase these delicious pretzel rolls I had sampled I figured they would be tasty on them as well.  I prefer a sweet roll to the pretzel roll but I still ate two and leftovers for lunch, so no complaints here.  I felt the need for 1/2 cup butter in the original was unnecessary so I cut it in half with no problem.

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders:

The rolls needed really depend on size.  I fill a 9 x 13″ glass baking dish with sandwiches smashing them in together, so however many it takes you will work.

  • 12 rolls
  • 24 pieces of ham (preferably leftover spiral sliced)
  • 12 small pieces of Swiss cheese
  • 1/3-1/2 cup mayonnaise

Topping:

  • 1 Tbs poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tbs yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup butter,melted
  • 1 Tbs onion,finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Prepare sandwiches by spreading a bit of mayo on each side of roll.  Add two pieces of ham and one slice of swiss cheese followed by the top bun.

Place all sandwiches tightly together in a baking dish.

Whisk together all the ingredients for the toppings.  Evenly pour and spoon the topping on to the sandwiches.

Allow sandwiches to set for at least 10 minutes to soak up topping before baking.

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, uncover and bake for 2 minutes more until golden.

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

Sweet and Sour Roasted Root Vegetables

I came across this recipe in Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2004 cookbook it sounded great.  I love beets and to make it a meal I added sausage brats similar to lazy day casserole.  I also added some potatoes and onions.  Either way you can serve it as a side dish or as a meal.  I think it would be particularly wonderful with a roast.

My son ate it along with the two helpings I had, my daughter thought it was sour and just ate sausage.  Mr.Picky was preparing his own dinner that night.

I thought these wonderful root vegetable had a bright herb flavor.  In no way did I think they were sweet or sour tasting.  The only thing I would do different is to cut my beets up a bit smaller.  With the leftovers I created a big pot of borscht.

Sweet and Sour Root Vegetables

Sweet and Sour Roasted Root Vegetables:

  • 1 lb. small beets, trimmed, peeled, and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 lb. parsnips, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 lb. potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon or 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  • 6-10 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Sweet and Sour Root Vegetables

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare a 9 x 13″ baking dish with a bit of cooking spray.

Steam the first three ingredients covered in a pan for about 5 minutes.

Place vegetables in the baking dish.

Combine maple syrup and vinegar in a dish and set aside.

In a dish squeeze juice from lemon, add spent lemon halves to the beet mixture.

To the dish of lemon juice add oil, coriander, and tarragon.

Pour over beet mixture and toss well.  Add thyme sprigs and season with salt and pepper.

Sweet and Sour Root Vegetables

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Pour syrup mixture over the vegetables and toss to coat, return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes.

Discard lemon halves and serve hot.

*If you are wanting to add sausage like I did just brown brats in a pan during the first 30 minutes of cooking.  No need to cook them through.  Slice each sausage in half and place on top of the vegetables for the last 30 minutes in the oven.

 

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