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Project 52.4 – Sloppy Joaquins

January 30, 2017

Week 4 comes to us courtesy of Rachael Ray’s The Book of Burger.  I LOVE a good burger, and could probably eat burgers at least once a week.  The same can be said for Mr. Twice Around, so this book is a match made in heaven.  I actually let him take the wheel for the selection of week 4’s recipe, and was not surprised in the least when he grabbed Book of Burger off the shelf with a manly Tim Allen style grunt.

According to Rachael, the “Sloppy Joaquin is the Spanish cousin to Sloppy Joe.”

According to us, it’s just damn delicious.  I took my mixture and put it over top of some quinoa, thus dubbing mine the “Sloppy Joaquinoa”.  Mr. Twice Around kept it traditional, and the tiny one, well, he just went face first into a bowl of it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 24 medium size cap mushrooms, crimini or white – your choice, chopped
  • Coarse salt and lots of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 4 crusty rolls, ciabatta or Portuguese rolls if available, or Kaiser rolls, split
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • A wedge of Manchego cheese, for shaving
  • Chimichurri sauce- Recipe found here

Preparation

Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO. Add beef and deeply brown, 6-7 minutes. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are dark and onion is tender, 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the sherry and deglaze the pan, then reduce 1 minute. Add Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes more.

Pre-heat the broiler.
Spread rolls with softened butter and sprinkle heavily with parsley. Toast rolls until charred at edges. Top roll bottoms with sloppy mixture and shaved Manchego cheese.  Spoon the chimichurri over the sloppies,  then set roll tops in place. Olé!

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

52:2 – Baked Chicken Taquitos

January 17, 2017

I’m a little late on week 2 of my Project 52 Cook Book Quest, so you’ll have to forgive me for that.  Week 2 took me into a newer cookbook on the shelf- The I Heart Naptime Cookbook from Jamielyn Nye.  It’s a super cute premise: easy and tasty recipes that you can make in less than an hour (aka… nap time!)   I want to note that this book is adorable and also has some cute DIY’s in there for us mommies of young ones.  I also want to note that I have loved several of the recipes that I’ve made, especially the baked goods-  Apple Snickerdoodle Muffins, anyone?

But this recipe, just wasn’t a winner for me.  Ya’ll, I wanted to love this recipe.  I REALLY wanted to love it because I felt like it would be really great to take as leftovers…. but, I just didn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, it was alright- but for me, personally, I felt it was just a little one note.  HOWEVER, The tiny human???  He thought they were the bomb-diggety, so that counts for something, right?

I think I might try it again and sub in ranch dressing for the sour cream portion to see if that adds any dimension to the dish.

Baked Chicken Taquitos
Serves 6

PREP 20 min
COOK 13-15 min
TOTAL 33-35 min

“Weekends were made for taquitos. They are the perfect appetizer or dinner, and are always devoured very quickly. Sour cream, salsa, chicken, and fresh cilantro come together in these amazing homemade taquitos. You’ll never resort to store-bought ones again. Serve these up as a main dish or cut them in half for party appetizers. We top ours with Favorite Homemade Salsa or The Best Guacamole.” ~Jamielyn Nye

Ingredients

½ (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup Favorite Homemade Salsa or salsa of your choice (recipe below)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2½  cups shredded cooked chicken (I like to use a rotisserie chicken)
Salt and black pepper
12 (6-inch) flour tortillas Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
The Best Guacamole (recipe below)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, garlic powder, and cumin. Stir in the shredded cheese, cilantro, and chicken. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Place about 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture in the center of a tortilla and roll up the tortilla. Place the tortilla seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the tortillas are filled. Lightly brush the tortillas with olive oil and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve while hot.

FREEZER TIP Place unbaked taquitos flat in a zip-top bag and freeze. When ready to eat, thaw, brush with olive oil, and bake according to the directions in the recipe.

Ease of Preparation: 4 out of 5
Taste: 3 out of 5
Visual: 4 out of 5
Final Verdict: Tweak it and try again

Stuffed Summer Squash

August 5, 2016

 

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Wow.  It’s been a little while, hasn’t it?  Life over here has been BUSY busy, and we’ve all been enjoying our summer days.  There’s a certain relaxed feel to the day when you truly have nothing to DO and nowhere to be.  The little guy and I have been soaking up some sun, and lately, cruising around to some local farmers’ markets. (Since I kill everything I plant. It’s really sad.)

Last week, we picked up some summer squash and zucchini to turn into a delicious summer supper.  This recipe doubled as a “2 for 1” meal because it made so much filling that I was able to repurpose it later in the week for a pasta dish!  Husband and toddler approved, healthy but delicious, and on the table in 30- Now that’s MY kind of summer supper!

Stuffed Summer Squash Boats

4 zucchini or yellow summer squash, cut lengthwise
1 cup tri-colored bell peppers, diced fine
1 cup baby Bella mushrooms, diced
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 cup chopped frozen spinach
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup panko
1/2 cup grated manchego cheese
1 tbsp adobo seasoning

In a medium skillet, saute peppers and mushrooms for approximately 5 minutes until adding spinach.  Saute an additional 3 minutes and add garlic along with Dijon mustard.  Stir and saute over low for an additional 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, in a large, high-sided skillet, sprinkle ground turkey with adobo seasoning, and brown the meat.  Drain and mix with vegetable mixture.

Hollow out your centers of your zucchini or squash and spoon turkey mixture into the boats.
Combine the panko with grated manchego cheese and enough olive oil to make the texture of wet sand.   Sprinkle atop squash boats and roast for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

Happy Eating!
J

**BONUS PASTA**
In a high-sided pan, melt 3 tbsp butter and mix in 3 tbsp flour, stirring and cooking down for 2-3 minutes until slightly golden brown.  add in 1/2 cup milk and 2/3 cup grated cheese until a creamy sauce forms.  (if it seems runny, add cheese…too thick, add milk.)  Add in your left over turkey mixture and stir.  Toss with pasta!

Pizza Pot Pie

September 14, 2015

  What could possibly be better than a pizza after a long day?
What could possibly be more comforting than an individual pot pie, just for you?

How about… the combination of the two- Pizza Pot Pies.

When I originally mentioned these to Mr. Twice Around, he didn’t seem thrilled, and I’ll admit, he TURNED UP HIS NOSE at the idea. I told him to just wait… that this was a brilliant idea… and he would see! I wasn’t 100% convinced myself, but I figured… It seemed like an okay idea, and we always have plan b in the fridge if all else fails.

Little did I know… that from that moment on…I’d be asked to make these 3 times a week, every week. It has been a few years, and still I know that once the crispness of fall air hits, it’s game on! I can no longer ask the question “What do you want to eat this week?” without hearing “PIZZA POT PIES!” Luckily, they are JUST that good, and really easy. As a bonus, this one is super fun for the family-  you can put in whatever toppings you usually like on your pizza and get creative every time!

 Here’s our go-to favorite. It makes 4- we eat 2 the next day for lunch…if they last that long!

You’ll need:

1 pillsbury pizza crust- we prefer thin crust

1 can of tomato sauce

1 pack of sliced pepperoni – you won’t use all of it!

1 cup of precooked sausage crumbles (Jimmy Dean- we use turkey sausage)

1 small can of sliced black olives

1 green pepper, sliced/ diced

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 red onion- sliced

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Take your pizza dough out of it’s canister roll, and unroll your dough on a flat cutting board and cut out circles around your ramekins to top .  

Divide your sauce among 4 ramekins. Divide the pepperoni, sausage, olives, green pepper, and onion among the 4 ramekins, and mix with a spoon. Top with 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella. 

Top with a crust round.

Poke a few holes in the crust dough with a fork, and pop those babies into the oven for about 13 – 15 minutes. 

I usually put them on a baking tray just so its easier to take them all in and out of the oven. Take them out and really poke a decent “vent” in it and give them a few minutes so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth- believe me, it’s been done, and it’s not fun to eat with a blister on the roof of your mouth.  It’s hard, but you should definitely wait! 

Then, when you can’t wait any longer, dive in to rustic pizza goodness.  Each saucy, cheesy topping filled bite leaves us coming back for more all fall and winter long, and with endless combinations, it never gets boring! 

Rocky Road Brownies- Bonus!

July 4, 2014

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Who doesn’t love a brownie?  I have such amazing memories of my sweet Gramma Buffy’s brownies being at every holiday growing up, and while I can never fully replicate her delicious bites of gold, I’ve taken a stab at a new favorite for our get togethers.  Best of all- it starts with a box!  Brownies, marshmallows, chocolate chunks, and peanuts… in about 30 minutes.  Kids, dessert doesn’t get easier than this…

1. Start off with your favorite boxed brownie mix, and prepare as directed.
2.  Bake as directed, minus 3 to 5 minutes of cook time. (set timer.)
3.  Top mostly cooked brownies with mini marshmallows, chocolate chunks, and peanuts.
4. Return to oven for the remaining 3-5 minutes.
5. Enjoy gooey, delicious, sweet, and salty Rocky Road Brownies.

Homestyle Mac N’ Cheese

March 9, 2014


Not much brings me comfort quite like my mummy’s mac n’ cheese.  Whenever I’d be feeling a little down, or the day had been too rough, it was always there- a warm hug on a plate, letting me know that everything would be just fine. 

These days, I only eat mummy’s mac when I need the big guns- those times when I need to feel her hug, even though she’s passed on.  I’m a firm believer that a good part of her lives on through her food, and there are times, when only that creamy mac n’ cheese will fix what ails me.

BUT, when it’s a Tuesday, and I need some mac for next to no reason at all, I turn to my mac n’ cheese makeover.  Half the calories, a quarter of the fat and four times the fiber.  NONE of the guilt. ALL of the satisfaction. 

Homestyle Mac N Cheese
6 tbsp unsalted butter (go ahead, use the butter)
6 tbsp flour
1/2 lb whole grain elbow macaroni
3 cups fat free milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
2 1/2 cups low fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter or spray a 2 quart baking dish.
Boil pasta- about 7 to 10 minutes

Melt butter in a 3 qt saucepan over medium heat.  Stir occassionally.  Slowly add flour and stir continuously, being sure not to brown.  Cook for 3 minutes.  Add salt, pepper, and paprika.  Slowly stir in 3 cups of milk and continue to cook for 3 to 5 more minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in 2 and 1/2 cups of shredded cheese.  Add pasta, stir, and pour into prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs and a bit of extra cheddar cheese.  Bake @ 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.  Let sit for 5 minutes before serving. 

**Tip- if your baking dish seems full, place it on a cookie sheet prior to placing into the oven.  This will catch any sauce that may bubble over. **

Nutrition Comparison

Mum’s and most others per serving: 570 calories, 32g fat, 67 g carbs, 1.8g fiber

Mine per serving: 235 calories, 8 g fat, 28 g carbs, 8 g fiber