Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Papas con Carne (meat n potatoes)

1lb ground sirloin  
2 diced potatoes 
1 can of green beans 
4 oz tomato sauce  
1/4 small onion chopped 
1/4 bell pepper sliced
  2 cups water  
1 beef bullion cube
 1 tsp cumin 
1 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp paprika
 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 
1 tsp garlic powder
 1/4 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper  
 Brown beef over medium heat in Dutch 
oven drain add potatoes and stir it around 
a bit let them fry a little with the beef add 
all remaining seasoning with onions and 
bell pepper  then add tomato sauce
 ,green-beans and stir  , (make sure you 
break up the bullion cube up and stir it 
around as it dissolves with the heat) 
cover with water and simmer for 5 min
 then cover and simmer  for about 20 min until  
potatoes are tender and serve.     

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Crescent Roll Sausage squares

Crescent Sausage Squares


1 lb. hot sausage (pork or turkey)
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
2 packages crescent rolls
Dash salt & ground black pepper

In a pan, brown sausage; drain. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Blend in cream cheese until the cream cheese is melted.
Unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet. With your fingers, gently press the seams together to seal them. Spread the sausage mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch border along the edges.
Unroll the remaining package of crescent rolls and place on top of the sausage mixture. Press the edges together to seal. Gently press the seams together.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown.
Cut into small squares and serve. (A pizza cutter makes really quick and easy work of the cutting.)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Pico de Gallo

1 medium tomato chopped 
1/2 a chopped small red onion
1 chopped Serrano or Jalapeño pepper
1 small avocado chopped 
1/2 Lime 
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp sea salt 
1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 bunch cilantro chopped  (optional) 

Mix all ingredients squeeze lime to taste may need to add more salt so keep it on standby 
Serve with chips or tacos 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Avocado Salsa

1 lb. tomatillos 
1-2 jalapeno peppers
1/3 cilantro of a cilantro bunch 
1/4 small onion
1 garlic clove
1 avocado
1 tsp. salt

Peel and wash the tomatillos.  Cut them into quarters and put in the blender. Follow with the jalapeno, cilantro, onion, garlic, avocado & salt. Be sure to put the tomatillos in the bottom of the blender and not the avocado so it doesn't stick to the blade. If you want it thinner you can add more tomatillos . You might have to help it start by shaking or using a mixer at first. But, once it gets going the juice from the tomatillos will help move the other ingredients around.

Monday, June 24, 2013

South Texas Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

1 lb Ground Sirloin or Ground Turkey (to reduce fat)
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional )
1 tsp garlic powder 
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tbls minced onions 
1/2 tsp salt
Hawaiian rolls
condiments:Sweet pickle relish,  mustard, ketchup,mayo or dressing

Mix all ingredients together and form into small patties add a small amount of oil to pan and pan fry on medium heat till well done place in rolls with sweet pickle relish,  mustard,ketchup , mayo or favorite dressing and cheese 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Black Bean Turkey Burger

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1/2 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained, and lightly mashed
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Avocado Ranch Sauce

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, beans, tortilla chips, chile powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder. Use your hands to form the mixture into 8 equal sized patties. Cook the patties until no longer pink in the middle, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve on buns with avocado ranch sauce and some lettuce.

Multiple Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Chicken Pozole

Chicken Pozole
2-3 cups diced Chicken (2 breasts)
Sauté chicken in pot in a little olive oil and shred or dice
3 cups water
8oz diced tomatoes
2 tbls paprika
3 tbls chili powder
1 14oz can hominy (frained)
1 chili ancho washed seeds out (boiled puréed in blender )
2 cups chicken broth
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp cumin
1 garlic clove
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion

All-Clad Stainless Steel Stockpot, 8 qt. (Google Affiliate Ad)
Add all ingredients in stock pot that you cooked the chicken. In
Heat to a simmer
Simmer for about 1 hour
Serve with fresh  lime,chopped onions,chopped fresh pepper,chopped cilantro and warm corn tortillas

I absolutely love this Paula Dean stock pot . I bought one for me and one for my daughter 

Friday, March 1, 2013

3 ingredient Crockpot Dr. Pepper Roast

1can(12oz) Dr. Pepper
1pkg brown gravy mix
1pkg onion soup mix
Add these 3 ingredients to your 3-5 lb roast (shoulder,chuck or rump ) cook on low for 7 hours . If you want vegetables add them about 2 hrs before serving and raise temp to high

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Crock Pot Southern style Pork Picnic

1 3-5 lb bone in pork picnic
1cup brown sugar
1 16oz can chunk pineapple with juice
1/2 tsp powdered cloves

Place pork picnic in crock pot pour can of pineapple over the top and pack the brown sugar on top. Sprinkle with cloves .Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Topos Sun Medium Square Serving Dish by Dansk® (Google Affiliate Ad)

Crock Pot roasted  glazed Pork Picnic

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Crock Pot Pork Chops and Brown Rice


1 cup Brown Rice

1 tsp worchestershire sauce
1 Package Onion Soup Mix 
1 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
1 tbls butter 
1/2 cup of water 
4 Pork Chops, bone in (brown in the skillet with a little olive oil sprinkled with pepper)


Spray bottom of Crock Pot with non stick spray , place brown rice on bottom of pot
add the ingredients in order except Pork chops and half of the onion soup mix  and stir.
Then place the pork chops down on top of rice and the other half of onion soup mix.
 Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours.

(Now if you want a lower sodium dish substitute water for 1/2 the chicken broth or only use 1/2 packet of onion soup mix )
(I personally like the rice cooked this way if you do not want your rice to be mushy just sprinkle ingredients on to the pork chops add the rice 3 hours before the end of cooking time along with the chicken broth   ) 


Friday, February 1, 2013

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

3-4 potatoes med size peeled and cubed
2 c water
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 chicken bullion cube
1 medium onion chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Blanc Soup Bowl with Handle (Google Affiliate Ad)

Place all ingredients into crock pot except for heavy cream, slow cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 4-5. Stir in heavy cream 20 min before serving also add a small pat of butter (optional)

(In a hurry: zap potatoes in microwave till tender and cook for less time on conventional stove top)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

French Onion Soup


3 pounds yellow onions, cut into 1/8-inch pieces
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon table salt, plus more as needed
1 pinch sugar
8 cups water , plus more as needed
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 baguette , crusty
8 ounces Gruyère cheese-I sliced it thick and placed it over the top of the crock…..the cheese melted mostly into the soup and a little off to the sides, but it created a thick, even layer this way.
Melt butter in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat.
Add the onions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and sugar. Toss to evenly coat.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Take the cover off, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are lightly browned. I cooked mine for a little less than 90 minutes.
At this point, stir every 5 minutes and add water (a tablespoon at a time to loosen up the dark brown stuff that forms on the bottom of the pan).
Continue to cook until the onions are an even dark brown color, an additional 30 minutes longer or so.
Add the flour and stir for two minutes.
Add 8 cups water and thyme to the onions and bring to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add white wine and simmer 10 minutes longer.
Add salt to taste.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 325 degrees and adjust a rack to the upper middle position.
Cut the baguette into 3/4 inch slices and arrange on a single layer on a cookie sheet.
Bake until the bread is dry, about 10 minutes. Remove bread slices and set aside.
Heat broiler and place 6 heatproof bowls in a baking sheet. Fill each bowl with about 2 cups soup. Top each with two baguette slices and evenly distribute cheese slices over the bread. Broil until well browned and bubbly, about ten minutes. Cool for five minutes before serving. Barely adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. (I’m on a roll…….)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Granny's Golden Cream of Mushroom Soup

2 tbls butter
1 c diced white onions
1/4 c white wine
1 lb mushrooms, washed chopped or sliced
1 tbls paprika
1 1/2 tsp dill
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 tsp soy sauce
1 c vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
1 tbls butter
2 tbls flour
2 c milk
2 tbls lemon juice
salt, to taste

Heat butter in a large pot and add the onions. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the onions are soft and just beginning to brown; about 7-8 minutes.
Add whit wine to pot. Add the mushrooms and spices. Slightly lower the heat, cover, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the soy sauce and stock. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.
In a separate small pan, mix the 1 tbsp butte and flour to form a thick paste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until steamy and slightly thickened.
Add the milk mixture to the soup; add the lemon juice to the soup. Stir well; serve.
Serves 4

30 min 10 min prep

Easy Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

2lbs of beef cut for stew
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
8 oz mushrooms washed and slice
1/4 c white wine
1tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 chopped onion
1 beef bullion cube
8 oz cream cheese
16 oz cooked egg noodles

Mix all the ingredients except for meat , cream cheese and noodles in crockpot stir well then add beef . Cook for 8 hours on low heat or 5 on high . Cut up cream cheese into small squares and add to mixture about 30 min. before serving stir and serve over cooked noodles.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Conchitas con Carne (Mexican Hamburger and Shells)

1lb ground sirloin

2 cups uncooked shells
4 oz tomato sauce
1/4 small onion chopped
1/4 bell pepper sliced
4-5 cups water
1 beef bullion cube
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Oneida Infuse 6-Pc. Place Spoon Set (Google Affiliate Ad)

Brown beef over medium heat in Dutch oven drain add shells and stir it around a bit let them fry a little with the beef add all remaining seasoning with onions and bell pepper  then add tomato sauce and stir  , (make sure you break up the bullion cube up and stir it around as it dissolves with the heat) cover with water and simmer for 5 min then cover and simmer  for about 10 min until shells are tender and serve.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Spinach ,Kale and Pineapple Smoothie

Blend together
1-2 cups of spinach
1 cup kale
4-5 chunks of frozen pineapple
1/2 of a small apple
1/2 cup frozen carrots or 1 carrot
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk

When blending Kale you might have to blend a little longer because the kale is a little tougher than spinach, after blending and tasting if you would like it sweeter add more pineapple

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nutrient-Rich Smoothie


1 cup low-fat yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries,
1 cup carrot juice
1 cup fresh  spinach 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spinach Banana Smoothie

2 cups spinach
1/2 sliced frozen banana
1/2 cup   cantaloupe
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 small apple chopped
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 cup almond milk

Mix all ingredients in blender or magic bullet, till smooth and creamy enjoy

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Caldo de Res (Mex Beef Soup)

1lb beef shank (or a cut of beef that you would like I sometimes use  beef short ribs ) any type of beef that has bones it is up to you
3 garlic cloves
1 onion quartered
1 tomato diced
2 corn on the cob chopped in three pieces each
1 small head of cabbage quartered
3 potatoes cut in half
1 bunch of cilantro chopped
3 carrots chopped in 3 pieces each or sliced
2 beef bullion cubes or 2 cups  beef broth
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
Three limes

Farberware Classic Series 8-Qt. Stockpot (Google Affiliate Ad)

In a large pot combine Beef ,onion and garlic ..with 2tbls oil brown until onions are tender  pour in water to cover bones over about 1/2 an inch ..simmer for 1 hour then add  , tomato ,corn,cabbage , carrots , potatoes ,3/4 cilantro,cumin ,beef bullion, salt,pepper add abiut 2 cups if water or beef broth ..stir well simmer for 1 1/2 hours on low heat covered then uncover pot and simmer for one more 1/2 with lid off.
Squeeze lime to taste add remaining cilantro
Season with lime,salt and pepper to taste in bowl

Healthy Spinach -Blueberry smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
2 cups ready to eat washed spinach
1/2 cup low carb yogurt (or your favorite )
3/4 cup almond milk
Whipped topping garnish
Mix all ingredients in magic bullet or blender and enjoy I added low fat whipped topping.
You don't even taste the spinach believe me I don't like spinach

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