Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bubble Up Enchiladas

1 pound ground turkey
1 10 ounce can enchilada sauce
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 can reduced fat refrigerator biscuits
1 1/4 cups shredded low fat mexican cheese..                                  
Optional:  1 can red beans and 1 can corn (drain both)
1. Preheat oven to 350. Brown turkey and drain fat.

 2. Cut biscuits into fourths and mix in with meat and all other ingredients.

3. Then you just dump it all in a greased casserole and bake for 25 minutes. Take out of oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. YUMMY!!!!!

 In my opinion: I really liked this casserole. My family did, too. We will have it again.

Pumpkin Chex

9 cups rice chex cereal
1 bag of pumpkin Hershey Kisses                                                                              
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

1. First, prep your powdered sugar and cereal.
2. Second, using a double broiler method, melt your Hershey Kisses, stirring constantly. The kisses will reach a nice creamy consistency.

3. Pour your melted kisses over your cereal in a bowl and mix and stir.
4. Once you feel your chex are covered, dump into a bag with your powdered sugar and shake. I just stirred.

In my opinion: These were good, but would have been better with more kisses or less Chex.

Crock Pot Red Beans & Rice

*   1 pound dried red beans
  • 3/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced $
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • Hot cooked long-grain rice $
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Garnish: finely chopped green onions, finely chopped red onion

  • Preparation

    1. 1. Combine first 8 ingredients and 7 cups water in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender.
    2. 2. Serve red bean mixture with hot cooked rice, and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired.

    In my opinion: Yummy, it was a hit in our house.

    Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken

    The wonderful taste of King Ranch Chicken that cooks while you get other stuff done.
     4 cups chopped cooked chicken
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 large green bell pepper, chopped *we didn't use
    1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
    1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
    1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained a little
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 teaspoon chili powder  *we didn't use
    12 (6-inch) fajita-size corn tortillas
    2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

    1. Stir together first 8 ingredients. Tear tortillas into 1-inch pieces;
    layer one-third of tortilla pieces in a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker.

    2. Top with one-third of chicken mixture and 2/3 cup cheese.

    3. Repeat layers twice.
    4. Cover and cook on LOW 3 1/2 hours or until bubbly and edges are golden brown. Uncover and cook on LOW 30 minutes.

    This was really good and comparable to the oven version.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    King Ranch Chicken

    This recipe is pretty easy. I make it even easier because from time-to-time I pre-cook and chop tons of chicken and freeze it by the pound. It definitely cuts about 15 minutes off my prep time. I wonder if this would be good made ahead and frozen.

    4 chicken breasts, cooked & chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped
    10-12 6" corn tortillas, quartered
    2 c shredded cheddar

    1 can cream mushroom soup
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
    1 cup chicken broth
    *mix all ingredients in a bowl

    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Add chicken and onions to the sauce
    3. Layer 3 times:  tortillas, sauce, cheese.
    4. Bake 35-40 minutes.

    In my opinion: Many years ago, a co-worker brought this to work. I asked him for the recipe and so this is what he gave me off the top of his head. It has become one of my favorite recipes.

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Don't throw out those pumpkin seeds! They make a great and memorable snack!

    All you need is your pumpkin seeds, oil, and some seasonings.

    1. Preheat oven to 300.
    2. Clean seeds as much as possible, it's okay to have a little bit of string.
    3. Line baking pan with foil. Toss seeds on and coat in butter or oil.
    4. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings. My mom only used salt, but be creative, try garlic powder, cayenne, Cajun seasoning, etc....
    5. Bake for about 45 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

    Caramel Apple Dipping Bar

    melted caramel (I buy a bag of caramels, unwrap, and place in a slow cooker with a little water on low. Stir every 10 minutes until melted)
    other items such as chopped nuts, crushed Oreos, etc....
    sticks for apples

    1. Dip apples in caramel
    2. Roll in sprinkles
    3. Eat!

    Ghost, Frankenstein, and Jack O Lantern Pudding

    Well, this didn't go as planned, but they turned out cute anyway. I've been dying to make some Frankenstein pudding cups and I had this great idea that I'd divide the pudding into three bowls and make ghosts and Jack O Lanterns. Well, one BIG box of Jello only made 4 small cups. Another lesson I learned was: DO NOT pour the pudding into the cups until it is cooled!!! The cups will start to change shape.

    1. Buy several big boxes of vanilla pudding (pistachio for green if your guests don't have nut allergies).
    2. Follow package directions.
    3. Let cool and then pour into cups you've decorated with a black Sharpie.

    Mummy Face Pizzas

    We had our 3rd annual Halloween get-together with The Duhons last night. I LOVE planning for this special night. I have such fond memories of Halloween as a kid. We had the best neighborhood ever. All the girls were the same age and our brothers were the same age, too. Our parents dressed up and the teenage kids put together little haunted houses for us. Good times!
    Anyway, I want my kids to have extra special memories, too. I have tons of fun food recipes that I really enjoy preparing for our annual fun night. Here's how easy it is:

    All you need is:
    bagels or a can of biscuits
    pizza sauce
    favorite toppings
    string cheese
    You can use bagels if your kids can bite through them. We have some younger kids so I rolled out biscuits in advance. Then just spread some pizza sauce on. Let the kids add their toppings before putting on some string cheese that has been peeled. Then bake according to biscuit directions!

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Pumpkin Pie French Toast

     •14 slices whole wheat sandwich bread ($1.50)
     •3 eggs ($.30)
     •1/2 cup milk ($.05)
     •3/4 cup canned pumpkin ($.75ish)
     •1 tsp homemade pumpkin pie spice ($.05)
     •Butter and syrup for serving ($.50)

    1•Set out the bread for dipping.
    2•In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin and pie spice until smooth.
    3•Dip each side of the bread and cook on a hot, greased griddle or skillet. Flip after 1 – 2 minutes.
    4•Once all are cooked, serve with butter and maple. And a side of fresh fruit.
    5•If freezing, let cool completely to reduce freezer burn.

    In my opinion: This was a great fall breakfast. I think there was really only a hint of pumpkin flavor,  next time I'll add more pumpkin pie spice. Also, the mixture soaked into 10 pieces of bread for me, not 14 as stated in the recipe.