Saturday, March 29, 2008

Layered Tortilla Bake

So I just ran across this recipe, I haven't tried it yet but it looked good so I thought I would share. In my efforts to be healthy it is a weight watchers meal but don't worry you don't have to use all the low fat stuff and it will be way better.
Makes 8 Servings
1 pound VERY lean ground beef
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed1 can (28 oz) I will use black beans and corn
Italian Classics Kitchen Cut Roma Tomatoes with Basil(if you can't find this substitute with any other kind) I will probably use salsa or stewed tomatoes
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chile's (mild)
1 pkg (1.25 oz) McCormick's 30% less sodium Taco Seasoning
1 pkg (10 oz) corn tortillas (12, 6-inch tortillas) - Try Diane's Corn Tortilla's Thin (1 PT for 2)
1 cup (4 oz) shredded low fat cheddar cheese don't use fat free cheese yuck!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet;drain well. Mix in beans, tomatoes, chile's and taco seasoning mix. Reduce heat; simmer 5 min. Spray 9 x 13 " baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut tortillas in half; place half of them in bottom of baking dish, overlapping. Spoon half of beef mixture evenly over tortillas. Cover with remaining tortillas and then remaining beef mixture. Top with cheese. Cover; bake 25 min.
PER SERVING: 280 Calories, 9 g Fat, 6 g Dietary Fiber
Freezer Tip: Use two 8" x 8" baking pans. (cut tortillas into 4Th's So they fit better). Cover with foil and freeze. Place in 350 degree oven straight from freezer. Bake 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees

Thursday, March 27, 2008

turkey pepperoni

ok ladies. i need to first say that i am not one who really gets into the whole organic, eating super healthy trend that seems to be going around lately. i think it's great if you are but i guess i'm somewhat against it? that's another topic...
the other day i made one of our usuals for dinner: homemade pizza. but, i accidentally bought these turkey pepperoni's. when i went to put them on our pizza i realized the mistake and almost didn't even use them because i was afraid it would ruin my pizza! but, then i decided to give it a try and test travis to see if he could tell the difference. and, guess what? he couldn't even tell. and, to be honest, i really liked it. a lot. you don't get the normal grease that comes from normal pepperoni's plus they are 70% less fat than normal pepperoni. and i really do prefer the taste. here are a few other nutrional facts:
for 17 slices:
only 80 calories compared to a normal 283
4 g of fat compared to 24 g
and only 550 mg of sodium to the 1076 in normal pepperoni!
so when making your next pizza, go turkey!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Liz's Limeade Punch

perfect for an easter feast! (or anywhere you want a yummy drink!)

2 quarts of really hot water

4 1/2 cups sugar

1 12 0z limeade

Mix and put in double Ziploc bag and put in freezer

Thaw out and add 2 liter bottle of DIET sprite when ready to serve. Make approximately 30 cups per recipe.

**i wish i had thought to cut up the limes and then it would have looked really cool

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bacon and Egg Easter Casserole

Alright, so in my fam we call it "eggs-erroneous" ( a throw back reference to the old "Ernest" know, like "Ernest saves Christmas" or "Ernest goes to Camp"....does anyone remember those?) but I didn't want to use that title because it doesn't help you understand the deliciousness of this dish! Think all the goodness of a homemade breakfast: bacon, sausage, or ham, eggs, cheese....with the convenience of making it ahead of time! We had it almost every easter with fresh fruit on the side. Here you go:

Eggs Erroneous

7 slices white bread
1-2 cups crumbled bacon, cubed ham or sliced cooked link sausage
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
5 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Lightly butter bread. Cut off crusts, cut into large cubes, and place in buttered 9x13 cake pan. Cover with ham or sausage, then onions, then cheese. Whip together milk, eggs, salt and pepper. Pour over other ingredients. Cover with foil and chill overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

So Sunday I went all out and made the classic Sunday dinner, complete w/ roast, potatoes and gravy and homemade rolls....yum! But I'm the type that only likes to eat a meal, maybe, twice or three times max before I'm good and sick of it. So what do you do when Tuesday rolls around and you still have left over rolls and pot roast? BBQ Beef Sandwiches my friends! Easy, delicious, and good as new!

I started by grating up six or seven baby carrots and thin slicing a small yellow onion and half a red pepper. While those were cooking in a skillet w/ olive oil and a little crushed garlic (maybe a tbsp worth) I shredded up what was left of my pot roast. Once the onions got clear I sprinkled on 1/2 tsp of sugar plus some salt and pepper. Add about 3 tbsp tomato sauce (mine was some chunky tomato puree) and at least the same amount of BBQ sauce. I put in the shredded beef, mixed it all up and let the flavors combine while I toasted our left over rolls in the broiler. Once the rolls are done toasting, put the sandwiches together, add a salad on the side and viola: that's dinner!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Stuffed Peppers

This is my favorite and it makes great left overs.

Green peppers
Tomato sauce
White rice
cheese (optional)
season salt

Cook rice, while rice is cooking cook hamburger. (I usually use about 4 large green peppers and about 1/3 -1/2 pound of hamburger, I always end up with extra rice, you can just eyeball it). when the hamburger is done put in a mixing bowl and mix about 1 can tomato sauce and 1 egg and cheese if you want. stuff each pepper with this mixture. in another bowl mix tomato sauce and season salt. pour tomato mix on top of each pepper. then leave the rest of the sauce in case you want more when you eat them. put the stuffed pepper in a sauce pan and put enough water to about a little over half way on the peppers and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until the pepper is soft.

-if you have extra meat mix, i usually put it in a casserole dish or in the fridge and make Shepard's pie or something out of it the next day.