Posts Tagged ‘cheese’

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Taco Skillet

September 3, 2018

This a yummy and versatile dish. It is great on its own, and it would be equally tasty on top of nachos or in a tortilla. We made it with chicken, but if you want a vegetarian version, substitute mushrooms instead.

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You will need:

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 lb chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces (or 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, quarter for a vegetarian meal)
  • 2 packets low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn kernels, drained and rinsed (or use 4 ears of fresh corn cut off the cobs if in season)
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 c salsa
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, mix together half of the lime zest, half of the lime juice, the sour cream, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until ready to serve.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Saute the sweet potato until softened and starting to brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Saute the chicken for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the onion and saute until the chicken is cooked through, about another 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the remaining lime zest, lime juice and taco seasoning.
  9. Stir in the beans, corn, chiles, cherry tomatoes, scallions and salsa.
  10. Allow to heat through.
  11. Mix in the shredded cheese and heat until starting to melt.
  12. Remove from the heat.
  13. Serve with the lime cream.
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Taco Cornbread Casserole

March 26, 2018

This is certainly not a fancy meal, but it is delicious and warm and comforting. We’ve been testing out quick prep meals in advance of baby #2 arriving. This one will definitely be in our rotation. It takes less than 10 minutes to prep and then you can focus on life around you while the casserole bakes. (The leftovers reheat well too!).

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You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (or meatloaf mix)
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (recommend low sodium)
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) creamed corn
  • 1 can (14 oz) corn kernels, drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chiles, drained
  • 2 (8.5-ounce) boxes corn muffin mix, mixed according to box in a large mixing bowl
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1/4 t ground chili powder
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 2 c shredded Mexican cheese

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, brown the hamburger with the green pepper and onion.
  4. Mix in the taco seasoning packets, half of the creamed corn, half of the corn kernels, black beans, and green chiles.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix the remaining creamed corn and corn plus the cumin, chili powder and garlic powder into the corn muffin mixture.
  6. Spread half of the corn muffin mix in the prepared baking dish.
  7. Top with the beef-veggie mixture.
  8. Sprinkle with half of the cheese.
  9. Spread the other half of the corn muffin mix on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  10. Bake 35-40 minutes until the cornbread is cooked through and golden.
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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Turkey and Rice Stuffed Peppers

March 22, 2017

My mom made stuffed peppers for dinner when we were growing up. They are nice, since you can prep them in advance and then pop the pan in the oven after work. You could also leave them in a slow cooker while you are away…then dinner will be ready when you get home! Depending on the size of your bell peppers, you may end up with extra filling. Bake it about 15-20 minutes alongside the rest of the dish, and then use it for a quick breakfast or dinner by topping it with some fried eggs.

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You will need:

  • 6 bell peppers
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz tomato sauce (we used an arrabiata)
  • 1 t ground oregano
  • 1 t ground basil
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 c cooked long-grain/wild rice
  • 2 c shredded cheese (we used our favorite cheddar)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops of the bell peppers.Remove the stem and chop the tops. Set aside.
  3. De-seed the peppers and place the pepper cups in a 9×3 baking dish.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the turkey and start to brown and crumble, cooking about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped bell pepper, onion and garlic.
  7. Saute until the turkey is cooked through and starting to brown.
  8. Stir in the tomato sauce, oregano, basil, pepper, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, scallion and rice.
  9. Allow to simmer 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  10. Stir in half of the cheese.
  11. Spoon the filling into the bell pepper cups. Top with the extra cheese.
  12. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the baking dish. Cover the dish loosely with foil.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes.
  14. Remove the foil and bake another 20-25 minutes. The pepper shells should be slightly softened and the cheese melted and browned.

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Deconstructed Pierogi Lasagna

March 17, 2017

Pierogi are filled dumplings that often have some combination of potato, cheese and meat inside. Rather than making individual dumplings, we decided to try it in the style of a lasagna. This is a rich and hearty dinner, so consider a light salad alongside for freshness.

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You will need:

  • 1 package fresh lasagna noodles (or 9 boxed noodles, parboiled)
  • 12 oz thick cut bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 lb red skinned potato
  • 3 T butter
  • 8 oz reduced fat chive and onion cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread the bacon on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until starting to crisp up. Remove from the oven. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside. Crumble once cool.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  4. Cut the potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Put them in a large pan and cover with cold water. Add some salt.
  5. Bring the potatoes to a boil and allow to cook until able to be easily pierced with a fork, about 7-10 minutes.
  6. Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Add the butter and cream cheese, and mash the potatoes until mostly smooth.
  7. Mix in the scallions and half of the bacon.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Line the baking dish with 1/3 of the lasagna noodles.
  10. Spread 1/3 of the mashed potatoes and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese.
  11. Repeat two more times with the remaining noodles, potatoes and cheese.
  12. Sprinkle the top with the remaining bacon.
  13. Cover lightly with foil.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Remove the foil and continue baking until warmed through, bubbly and golden, another 15 minutes or so.

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Puff Pastry Quiche with Spinach and Cheese

February 27, 2017

There are many great things about this recipe. First, you get to use puff pastry, which is flaky and buttery. Then you get to make quiche that is portable and easily customized, which makes this perfect for brunch or households where tastes vary. You can always mix up the egg base and set out a “filling bar” so hungry diners can choose-their-own meal adventure.

This recipe will give you a dozen muffin-sized quiches and a dozen mini quiches. You will likely have some extra filling mixture at the end too, which is perfect for making a quick egg scramble!

You will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c fat-free half and half
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed with the extra water squeezed out
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 c shredded cheese (I used a cheddar-jack blend)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed according to the directions

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Set a regular and a mini-sized muffin tin on the counter to the side. Lightly grease the tins.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together with the half and half, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes until light and airy.
  3. Stir in the spinach, onion and cheese (or whatever fillings you want…be creative!).
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and cut into 9 pieces (3×3). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular sized muffin tin well.
  6. Unfold the second piece of puff pastry. Cut one-third of it into 3 pieces; these should be roughly equal in size to what you just cut. Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular muffin tin well.
  7. At this point you should have a dozen regular-sized muffin tin wells lined with puff pastry. The next step will line a dozen mini-sized muffin tin wells.
  8. Cut the remaining puff pastry into 12 pieces (3×4). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press into the mini muffin tin wells.
  9. Pour a little water into any unused mini muffin tin wells to protect them while baking.
  10. Gently spoon the egg mixture into each lined muffin tin well. The egg will rise a little, so you do not need to fill it to the top of the well. I recommend filling to about 2/3 full.
  11. Bake until the egg center is not wet/jiggly in the middle and the puff pastry is golden. It will take about 12-17 minutes for the mini quiches and another 5 or so for the regular muffin-sized ones. Check frequently near the end.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing. Finish cooling on a wire rack until they are cool enough to eat.

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Slow Cooked Chicken Enchilada Casserole

September 20, 2016

As fall kicks off, who else is reminded of all the deliciousness you can make with your crockpot? I am starting my transition back to work full time after 5 glorious months of maternity leave, and my husband and I plan to put our slow cooker to good use. After all, what beats extra cuddle time earned by having dinner ready to go when you get home from work?

This is an enchilada-inspired casserole that is a hearty dinner option. It is chock full of chicken, black beans and mushrooms, but you could swap or add other veggies to suit your fancy.

You will need:

  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bunch scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14 oz) low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 32 oz enchilada sauce
  • 12-16 soft corn tortillas, cut into 4 strips each
  • 4 c shredded cheese (recommended: Mexican blend, cheddar, or Monterey Jack)
  • 2 c sour cream

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute the chicken breast  until cooked through and golden, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  4. Shred with two forks and season lightly with salt and pepper. Toss with the cumin.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the onion and mushrooms to the skillet. Saute until the mushrooms give off their liquids and start to turn golden.
  7. Stir in the scallions and black beans. Remove from heat.
  8. Pour enough enchilada sauce in the crockpot to lightly cover the bottom (~ 1/2 cup).
  9. Layer 1/4 of the tortilla strips, the remaining sauce, and the sour cream.
  10. Layer 1/3 of the veggie mixture and the chicken.
  11. Layer 1/4 of the shredded cheese.
  12. Repeat steps 9 through 11 two more times.
  13. Then repeat step 9 one final time to finish the casserole.
  14. Cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours.
  15. Serve by scooping down to get some of all the layers. Recommend having some extra sour cream and salsa on the side for those who want it!

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Pizza Bread

January 22, 2015

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This dish reminds me of monkey bread, since the small pieces of pizza bread can be easily pulled apart. We served this as part of a potluck dinner on New Year’s Eve.

You will need:

  • 1 can of refrigerated biscuits, each biscuit cut into quarters
  • 2 c shredded Italian cheese
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 jar (14 oz) pizza sauce

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cut biscuits with cheese, basil, oregano, garlic and olive oil.
  3. Spread the mixture in a 9×13 baking dish and dot with the pizza sauce.
  4. Bake 25-35 minutes or until the biscuits are cooked through and golden.

 

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