Recipe – Dill Pickle Tuna Salad

Origin:  My kitchen/Internet

Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can tuna, packed in water, drained
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped dill pickles (usually one whole pickle)
  • 2 finely sliced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes (or 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves)
  • 1/4  tcup mayonnaise (start with 1/4 cup and add more if you want it creamier)

Preparations:

  1. Mix all ingredients, serve on bread, pita, wraps, etc.

Recipe – Tacos

Origin:  My kitchen

Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 T taco seasoning (see my bulk seasoning recipe)
  • Taco shells
  • Large flour tortillas
  • 1 bag shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • sour cream

Preparations:

  1. Cook ground beef, onion and taco seasoning in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink.
  2.  

    Serve with taco shells or tortillas and desired toppings.

 

Recipe: Chili Nachos

Origin:  My kitchen

Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • tortilla chips
  • leftover chili
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • pickled jalapeno slices
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • shredded lettuce

Preparations:

  1. Spread even layer of chips onto a plate.
  2. Spoon out chili on top of chips, amount varies on preference but you really want just enough to add flavor but not enough to make all of your chips soggy.
  3. Cover with cheese & jalapenos and microwave or bake until cheese is melted.
  4. Top with shredded lettuce, sour cream and guacamole.

Chefs notes:  One of the ways we use leftover chili.

Recipe: Tater Tot Casserole

Origin:  My kitchen & the Internet
Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 40-60 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cups frozen green beans, thawed
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cans cream of something soup (your preference)
  • 1 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 lb frozen shredded potato nuggets
  • House seasoning (to taste)

Preparations:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Brown ground beef w/ onion. Season with house seasoning, while browning. Drain.
  3. Add green beans & corn and cook until vegetables are warm over medium heat.
  4. Spread ground beef and vegetable mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Whisk together soup and sour cream. Spread over ground beef in an even layer.
  6. Sprinkle one cup of cheddar cheese over the soup layer.
  7. Top with tater tots.
  8. Bake 40 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  9. Bake another 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

 

Recipe Save: Fajitas

Origin:  My kitchen
Total Preparation Time: ## minutes
Actual Cooking Time: ## minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • Crockpot Liner
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lime
  • 3 T taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 yellow or vidalia onions
  • 1 lemon
  • salt
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded lettuce (I prefer iceberg or romaine)
  • guacamole
  • sour cream

Preparations:

  1. Put liner in crockpot.
  2. Add chicken.
  3. Pour 1 cup of chicken broth on top.
  4. Squeeze lime juice into chicken.
  5. Cover with taco seasoning and slow cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  6. When it is done the chicken will look burnt but this is just because of the seasoning.
  7. Before the chicken is finished cooking, slice onions.
  8. Melt butter in pan, add lemon juice, onions and salt to taste.  (Use less salt if your butter is salted)
  9. Shred chicken just prior to serving.
  10. Serve with tortillas, cheese, lettuce, guacamole and sour cream.
  11. Build them the way you like them.

 

Recipe Save: Crockpot Cabbage Rolls

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: ## minutes
Actual Cooking Time: ## minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, minced or pureed (so the kids can’t see it.  :-)
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice (I typically use brown rice)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 cabbage (whole head)
  • boiling water
  • 1 c beef broth (or stock)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup

Preparations:

  1. Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling water.
  2. Cover and let cook until tender and leaves and be pulled apart. 
  3. While cabage is cooking, stew chopped onion and garlic in butter in a large skillet for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add rice, meat, salt, and pepper.
  5. Stir just to mix well.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Remove softened outer leaves.
  8. Cut thick center stem from each leaf.
  9. Take one large cabbage leaf at a time, put 1 rounded tablespoonful of meat mixture in center of a leaf. Roll leaves.
  10. Put stuffed cabbage leaves with seam down close to each other in the crockpot.
  11. Combine beef broth and soup; Pour over cabbage rolls.
  12. Cook on low 6 hour or high 4 hours.  Cooking time may vary based upon your individual crockpot.

 

Recipe Save: Taco Seasononing – Bulk

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using microwave method: 5-10 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 C chili powder
  • 2 T t garlic powder
  • 2 T onion powder
  • 2 t red pepper flakes
  • 2 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 T oregano
  • 2 T paprika
  • .4 C cumin
  • 3 T salt (more to taste)
  • 6.5 T finely ground pepper

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, mix all ingredients and store in airtight container.

Cook’s Note:

I typically use 3 T in place of a store bought packet of seasoning.

Meme: Unconscious Mutterings

Haven’t done this in a while.  :-)

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Recipe Save: Roberts Taco Salad

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using microwave method: 5-10 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning mix
  • 1 head Lettuce
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 tomatoes
  • 3-4 green onions (chopped)
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • tortilla chips
  • Western dressing

Instructions

  1. Brown hamburger with taco seasoning.
  2. Set aside. Cut up lettuce and tomatoes.
  3. Drain beans.
  4. Combine all ingredients, except cheese and tortilla chips.
  5. Toss.
  6. Add cheese and tortilla chips to your own serving.
  7. Break up the tortilla chips into bite size pieces.
  8. Top with western dressing.

Cook’s Note:

The reason you don’t add the cheese and chips to the whole meal is just in case you have left overs, the cheese and chips get soggy.  That way you can add those items fresh when you have it the next day.

Recipe Save: Meatballs

Origin:  Modified internet recipe
Total Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using microwave method: 10-15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time using pot of sauce method: 3 hours
Number of Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preparation Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand.
  2. Use your bare hands for best results.
  3. Roll meatballs to about the size of a golf ball.

Microwave Cooking Instructions

  1. Place meatballs on a microwave safe plate, as close together without touching.
  2. Microwave from 5-10 minutes or until each meatball is done.  I typically stop the microwave after a few minutes and move them around and turn them over.
  3. Drop in sauce and serve.

Pot of Sauce Cooking Instructions

  1. Drop meatballs into large pot of sauce.
  2. Simmer or cook on low in a slow cooker for at least 3 hours or until meatballs are cooked all the way through

Cook’s Note:

I honestly prefer the microwave method equally to the pot of sauce method.  Whatever is most convenient for me is how I proceed.  I make my spaghetti sauce in a slow cooker during the day.  If I know I can be home to drop the meatballs into the sauce, I’ll do that.  If I have to work and it is more convenient to make them in the microwave I do that.  My family loves them either way.

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