Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tater Soup

I had a big bag of potatoes sitting in my kitchen. I can't remember why I bought them but I think I had intentions of making mashed potatoes. Well, it was a cold night and none of us were feeling very well so I decided to concoct some type of potato soup. Here is what I used:
*First cut up about 10 potatoes and 1 whole onion and put them in a big pot

*Then cover the potatoes and onions in skim milk and brought it to a boil.
*Then add 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup and 1 container of sour cream. Mix well.
*Add some chopped up, already cooked bacon and about 2 cups shredded cheese.
*Heat until cheese is melted and soup is hot.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Homemade Spanish Rice

When I can and have time, I like to make things from scratch. It tastes better, is better for you, and I just enjoy cooking for my family. This Spanish rice is SO good and it is not loaded with salt like the stuff that comes out of a box or bag (which is really tasty, too...believe me!). It is super easy to make although it does take a little time. But isn't anything good worth waiting for? I could make myself sick eating this stuff. Enjoy! Here is what you will need:
*In a big skillet heat about 2 tbsp of oil
*Once it is warm, add in 1 chopped onion and 1/2 chopped green pepper. If you like your rice chunky, then leave the pieces bigger. If you like your rice smoother, then cut the piece smaller. We like chunky!
*Saute the veggies for a minute or so and then add 1c of rice
*Saute the rice/veggie mixture until the rice is brown and the veggies are tender
*Add in 2c water, 1 can Rotel (drained), 2tbsp chili powder, and 1 tsp salt
*Stir well

*Reduce heat to medium, cover, and let rice simmer for about 25 minutes
*Stir occasionally
*You could eat this alone but we had ours tonight with cheese enchiladas and re fried beans!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Easiest Quesadillas Ever

I think it was my aunt and uncle who first made these and brought them to a family game night. Since then, the "recipe" has been passed around the family. I like them because they taste good, are super simple to make, and are easy to make your own. The ones I made tonight are chicken ones, but we have also done ones with just cheese (those are the kid's favorite!). We have also added black beans and corn before to make them a little different. Since I have a ton of homework to do tonight, I needed something quick and good and this is one of our go-to quick and easy meals! Here is what you will need:
*Pre heat your over to 350
*Melt some butter in a large skillet
*Cut up your chicken into bite size pieces and cook until no longer pink
*While the chicken is cooking, put your tortillas on a baking pan and put in the over for about 3 minutes to crisp it up
*Once chicken is cooked through, add a well drained can of rotel and mix well

*Pull your tortillas out of the oven and top with some of the chicken mixture
*Top with as much cheese as you want
*Top with another tortilla
*Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until top tortilla gets a little crispy
*Let cool and cut with a pizza cutter
*Serve with salsa or sour cream