Friday, February 26, 2010

Burrito Bake

As promised the recipe:

For the crust-
1 Can of Refried Beans
1/4 cup of Water
1 cup of bisquick

Combine thoroughly to form the crust and press into a greased pie tin or glass Pyrex baking dish. I use an 8x8 glass baking dish.

1 lb ground beef* 2 options see below
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese ( I like the Mexican blend but cheddar is fine)
1 can of salsa (your choice) optional


Now there are two options for the filling. You can brown the ground beef and season with salt/pepper. Or if you have left over meat from taco night you can use it. Its just the beef seasoned with a Lowry's taco seasoning pouch. Combine the beef with the chopped onions. If you go with option one, add the beef mixture to the crust and pour 1 can of salsa over it then top with the shredded cheese. Otherwise pour the taco meat mixture (and onions) into the crust and top with the cheese.

Bake in the oven for 30minutes at 375 degrees. You can top the bake with sour cream, diced tomatoes, or even green onions.

This is what is on the dinner menu for tonight. Pictures to follow!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pasta Alfredo

So a great way to use leftover rotisserie chicken is to toss it into pasta. I found this pouch at the store for Alfredo. It cooks in 8 minutes and you just add water, milk, and butter. The noodles are already included. So my plan tonight is to make this pasta and then toss in the leftover pieces of chicken and serve it up with some green beans. I would toss broccoli in it but Gwendolyn doesn't respond well to it.

Tomorrow I am going to make a burrito bake using the leftover taco meat from last night. So check back for pictures and the recipe.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Frozen Bananas

Do you ever purchase a bunch of bananas at the store and find difficulty in eating them before they overly ripen (brown)? I find this to be an issue in my house. See I love bananas and usually will eat one with breakfast. I am not one for eating bananas at any other time of day, nor do I eat more than one in a day. Robert likes bananas too but is less inclined to eat one unless suggested. So the problem comes when I get a bunch of say 6-7 bananas. My thought is that we will eat them when in reality we is just me. Now I do try to buy smaller bunches and ones that are green if possible but this is not always the case.
What do you do with the bananas once they begin to ripen? I feel awful tossing them out as there is nothing wrong with them. They just happen to be sweeter and more tender than I care to eat. So I put them in my freezer. Yes, you read correctly, I place the starting to brown bananas in the freezer. Why do I do this? Because then I can use them at a later date to make muffins and bread.

Just take them out the night before you intend to bake and thaw them in a ziploc bad or dish in your fridge. You do not want to use a plate. The reason for this is that as the fruit thaws it will release the liquid that was previously stored in the fruit itself and the peel. If you use a plate you are going to end up with liquid all over your fridge if you are not careful.
I like to use Emeril Lagasse's recipe for banana bread.

Completed Slow Cooker Chicken

Little Miss Gwendolyn and I just sampled our Slow Cooker Chicken recipe. Although it is not a colorful dish it is rather flavorful. I would say the "sauce" is more of a broth and in the future would take steps to thicken it. I also find that the plate needs some color! So perhaps some frozen peas and carrots would brighten it up--next time.
I like the texture of the rice as a base. The onions and apples are very velvety in texture, melt in your mouth and pair nicely with the chicken and rice. The potatoes have a firmer texture and balance out the dish.
I forgot to mention that I stuffed the cavity of the chicken with one lemon quartered. I saw the Barefoot Contessa do it in a chicken recipe and thought it would be fun. I cannot tell if it affected the flavor profile of the dish.

So try it if your feeling adventurous and let me know how you liked the dish.

Here is the dish in the crockpot



Here is the dish served up over a bed of white rice



And here is little Gwendolyn during the cooking process. She was a great help! :)

Slower Cooker Chicken with Rosemary, Apples and Onions

While browsing the Foodnetwork for recipes I came across one for a slow cooker chicken. I decided to try it even though Robert has a strong disdain for onions. The only changes to the recipe I made was that I added two potatoes peeled and chopped, and I used a whole chicken. I cooked it for 6 hours on low, removed the chicken and broke it down into sections (legs, thigh, breast, wings, etc) and returned the chicken to the crock pot then cooked it for another hour. I intend to serve it over rice.

I think that this recipe would work better with pork and served over mashed potatoes or something. I do have an awesome recipe for pork loin that I will make this week and share with you all.

Here is the link to the recipe: slower cooker chicken

I will post pictures of the completed meal after we eat it tonight. Here's hoping it tastes as good as it smells!