Monday, March 26, 2012

Crispy Baked Breakfast Taquitos with Chili Lime Sauce

I was looking around for something easy for dinner tonight and these caught my eye while I was browsing this weeks reveals on Secret Recipe Club website. This recipe has been adapted from Prevention RD. I will definitely be making these again and look forward to experimenting with the filling flavours.

6 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup red/yellow peppers
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp hot sauce
6 10" flour tortillas

Chili Lime Sauce
3/4 cup sour cream
juice 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil and coat with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir to combine.

Heat a pan over medium heat. Melt a little butter and cook the onions and peppers for 5 min. Place in a bowl and set aside. Add a little more butter in the pan and add the egg mixture, using a rubber spatula scrap the bottom of the pan and flip over to cook the eggs. Once almost cooked pour into the bowl with the pepper and onions. Add cheese and hot sauce and stir to combine.

Place 1/3 cup of the mixture on each tortilla along one side and roll up tight. Place on the baking sheet seam side down. Spray tops with a little cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes.

While Taquitos are baking make the dip. Combine sour cream, lime juice, chili powder and salt and stir to combine.

After 15 min take the taquitos out of the oven and cut in half. Serve with the dip and some fruit on the side.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

No Bake Marshmallow Cookie Bars

These are delicious and really hard to keep around long there is also endless varieties you can make. these are made the same way as rice crispy squares, just with cookies.

16 oz pkg of choc chips cookies (or oreos or any other cookie you enjoy) broken into pieces but not crumbs.
5 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 cup butter/margarine

In a large bowl melt butter in microwave for 30 seconds. Add marshmallows and microwave for 1 1/2 min. Stir to combine.

Add cookies and stir.

Pour into greased baking dish and smooth out top. Let set and Enjoy!!

Avocado Tomatillo Chilaquiles

I LOVE Mexican food! So when I come across new recipes I always like to try them out. This one is a keeper. Thanks to Donna and Anne over at Apron Strings for this delicious and really easy recipe. 

I am always looking for new breakfast ideas as I have mentioned in the past many times. The others in the house were a little skeptical of this dish so they chose to have eggs and toast instead.

1 jar salsa verde
1 large avocado
8 cups broken tortilla chips (I used a mix of regular tortilla chips and Charras Chipotle Tostadas)
2 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 large eggs poached or however you like them (I prefer 2 eggs each so I doubled this part)

In a blender combine 1/2 salsa and the avocado and blend until smooth.  

Pour into a frying pan and add the remaining salsa. Heat over medium high heat. You want the sauce to have the consistency of a white sauce so you may need to add a little water to thin it out.

Add the tortillas ad stir to coat. Divide between 4 plates and top with cheese and eggs. Add a little diced tomato and cilantro if you like.

Key Lime Pie

I like key lime pie... alot... but only like to make it when I can actually get key lime, it's just not the same with regular limes. So when I found some at the grocery store this week I was happy. 

This pie is really good and it was gone faster than I could make whipped cream and cut a slice for a nice photo. 

3/4 cup graham crumbs
3 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 key lime juice 
3 egg yolks

Combine graham crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Spread into pie plate, press down and up the sides of the dish.

Bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove and let cool

Combine sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice and stir until smooth. Pour into cooled pie crust. and bake 350 degrees for 25 min until filling is set.

Serve with whipped cream.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Easy Fudge

I remember every Christmas getting my grandma's package in the mail. There was always a tin of her homemade fudge. It was always one of my favorite things I tried to get to it before my mom did.

I never tried to make fudge as I heard it was finicky; this was until my boyfriend's mom shared her recipe with me. It just as good and very little work :)

1 can sweetened condensed milk
10 squared chocolate or 1 2/3 cups chocolate chips.
1/2 cup nuts your choice I like pecans (optional)

Combine sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium power for 3 minutes.

Stir to combine until smooth. Stir in nuts.

Pour into foil lined pan and let cool

Cut into squares and enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Flour Tortillas

So we were out of bread, all of it including; sandwich bread, buns, tortillas, english muffins and bagels. It was late and I really didn't want to drive to the grocery store to pick up bread for breakfast and lunch in the morning. So I thought I would try my hand at tortillas. 

They were surprisingly easy. I found I did not roll them quite thin enough, but they came out great anyways. and everyone was happy. 

2 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup shortening
2/3 cup warm water

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in shortening until it resembles course meal. Stir in water with fork until shaggy dough forms.

Turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth and soft (3-4 min). Portion into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Place on a baking sheet and cover. Let rest for 30 min.

Heat a large skillet over medium until hot. Roll out dough balls one at a time to 9 inch circle.
peel off counter and lay on dry hot skillet until bubbles start to form (45-60 sec). Turn over and cook another 45-60 sec until it is no longer translucent. 

Transfer to a clean dish towel and keep covered until ready to serve. 

Repeat for remaining dough.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Edamame Corn Salad

I saw this recipe on the Secret Recipe Club facebook page and wanted to try it posted by Cook book of trial and error. This salad is soo good. I wanted to eat all of it in one sitting but used some restraint ans saved half for tomorrow.

This recipe has been adapted from her recipe.

1 cup edamame, shelled
1 cup corn, frozen
2 tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup onion
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (or your favourite herb) I used Cilantro
1 tsp olive or vegetable oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar (I used the juice and zest of a lime)
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine corn and edamame in a medium sauce pan and add water. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Let cool

Combine with the remaining ingredients and chill.

Birthday Cake Rice Crispy Squares

So this is the only picture I have of these and there was almost none. A friend on facebook posted a photo of these delicious treats she made. So I decided to look for recipe ideas. I ended up using my regular Rice crispy recipe and added cake mix.

1/4 cup butter or margarine
4 cups mini marshmallows
2/3 cup confetti cake mix (or yellow would work)
2 tsp vanilla
6 cups Rice Crispies.

In a large microwave bowl, place butter and melt for 30-60 seconds. Add marshmallows and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth, add vanilla and cake mix, stir to combine. Add Rice Crispies and stir intil combined. 

Pour mix into a greased 9x13 baking dish and pack down with wet hand. Sprinkle sprinkles on top.

Birthday Cake Pancakes

A friend on my facebook posted a picture of Birthday cake Rice Crispy Squares, so when i went to find a recipe for them, I came across this recipe as well and had to make them. Thanks to Jessica at How Sweet It Is for posting this recipe! It was a hit!

1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup yellow cake mix
1 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups milk

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine flour, cake mix, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

In a small bowl combine eggs, vanilla and milk.

Pour liquid mixture into flour and stir to combine. Stir in sprinkles if desired.

Preheat pan on medium heat. Pour batter into pan to the desired size you like. Cook until bubbles start to form in the middle of the pancake and then flip, cook 1 min more.

Serve with glaze and top with sprinkles. Enjoy!!!! 

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

These are my favourite potatoes!! I love rosemary and I have a weakness for potatoes. 

2 lbs mini potatoes
1 tbsp rosemary, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Add salt. Put potatoes in and cook for 8 minutes. Drain. Place potatoes on a cookie sheet. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and rosemary. Roll around to coat. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Shake pan occasionally.

Tamale Pie

I love recipe book! I have a book shelf just for my recipe books. So while browsing the book section at Winner's a few weeks ago I found this one 100 Ground Beef Recipes100 ground beef dishes for $5.

So browsing through I found this recipe for Tamale Pie, which caught my interest because I love Tamales. This recipe is delicious and there was no leftovers :) 

2 tbsp corn oil ( I didn't have any so I used vegetable oil)
1 onion finely chopped
350g ground beef
2 tsp chili powder
7oz canned diced tomato
5oz corn (canned or frozen)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
3 tbsp milk
1 cup hot chicken stock
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in large pan. Add onion and cook over low heat stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add ground beef and increase heat to medium. Cook for 8-10 minutes stirring and breaking it up with the spoon, until there is no pink left. Stir in chili powder, tomatoes, corn and sour cream, then season to taste with salt. Transfer mix into casserole dish.

In a food processor, combine cornmeal, baking powder, butter and milk until combined. With the processor running add enough stock to make a thick, smooth texture.

Pour cornmeal mixture over the ground beef and smooth surface. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is beginning to brown. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake for an additional 15 minutes. 


4 Layer Pizza Dip

When I found the Parmesan Bread Sticks on The Slow Roasted Italian Blog, I saw in the photo a delicious looking dip. Well it was a 4 Layer Pizza Dip and I just had to try it with the Bread Sticks.

8 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup sour cream
8 oz cheddar cheese or an Italian blend
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp Italian seasoning 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper
12 slices of pepperoni (cut into quarters)

Additional Options;
bacon - cooked and chopped
the options are endless, add whatever you would like.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a blender combine tomato, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Spread in the bottom of a small casserole dish .

Pour pizza sauce over evenly.

Top with cheese and then add toppings of choice.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly. Serve with Parmesan Herb Bread Sticks! Enjoy!!!!