Archive | August, 2012

Nacho Bake

14 Aug

Now this is a recipe I have been making for years.  Is a crowd pleaser and is just plain yummy.  Healthy…..um no, but yummy yes!  And easy of course.  It combines some of my favorite foods into one.  What could be better?

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 box Velveeta Shells Dinner
  • favorite salsa-Joe T.’s is great
  • tortilla chips
  • shredded cheese
  • Taco Bell taco seasoning (this is not usually in with the seasoning packets, but usually on the Mexican isle)
  • 3/4 cup water to mix with seasoning
  • sour cream-to top with if you want

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Brown meat and beginning cooking shells.  Add seasoning and water to meat when browned and let simmer.
  3. Drain pasta and add cheese packet.  
  4. You will layer the meat and shells in small casserole dish.  Spoon on salsa and top with some shredded cheese.  Crunch up some tortilla chips and sprinkle on top.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes or until chips start to brown.
  6. Serve with sour cream if you want.  (I usually don’t use this)

Source:  Adapted from-http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/velveeta-nacho-bake-90606.aspx

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Easy Banana Bread

14 Aug

OK, when it says easy.  I mean EASY!  I love banana bread, but have found soo many that I do not love at all!  They are too nutty, too dry, don’t even taste like banana, and the list goes on.  I came across this recipe on Pinterest and decided it was easy enough to try out, even if it wasn’t very good.  To say the least, my hopes were not very high.  But to my surprise it was sooo good!  When I mixed it in the bowl it smelled sooo good I almost ate it then, but then remembered there were raw eggs in it and that I was pregnant.  I would have to wait.  Boo.  But then it came out and I tried the first warm, crumbly piece and was thrilled!  I had found a yummy, cheap, easy banana bread recipe!!!  Everyone that loved it tried it.  Even the dog who got to benefit from the crumbliness.  Hope you enjoy it like I did!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix-preferably a moist one
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 very ripe bananas (buy too many bananas and now they are all brown?  PERFECT!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and sprinkle flour on all sides.
  2. Mash up bananas in bowl.  Add cake mix and 2 eggs.  Mix together.
  3. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and top is fully cooked.  (My toothpick came out clean in places, but then noticed some doughy spots where bread splits on top).  

**Check regularly because I am a big believer on not just setting it and forgetting it.  All ovens are different and some cook slower/faster than others.  My bread was complete about 40 minutes and was sooo moist.  You do not want dry bread!!

Source:  Adapted from-http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2011/11/easy-banana-bread.html

Sour Cream Enchiladas

8 Aug

This was seriously yummy and while I was making it, I got kinda excited!  It was also a big hit with my friends.  It had enough leftovers for another night, they were okay, but not near as good as the first time.

Sorry the picture is kinda blurry.  I had to hurry and take it and get out of the way before it was devoured.

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro or 1/2-1 tbsp. of dried
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken breasts (I used 3 medium chicken breasts)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 7-8 tortillas
  • Monterrey Jack and Colby cheese blend
  • 1 can diced green chilies

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, mix sour cream, soup, and cilantro.  Watch and stir closely.  Do not turn up heat more than 2-3 or it might bubble out or burn.
  2. Combine chicken, Rotel, and green chilies in saute pan and heat for a few minutes.
  3. Warm tortillas until flexible.
  4. Spray 8×11 dish with cooking spray.
  5. Fill each tortilla with about 2 tbsp. or so of chicken mixture and top with a little bit of cheese and place seam side down in dish.
  6. Spread sour cream mixture on top.  Sprinkle cheese on top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Source:  Adapted from-http://skinnymom.com/2012/05/11/skinny-sour-cream-enchiladas/

Easy Ice Cream Cake

8 Aug

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  This was so awesome and sooo easy!!  It was a big hit and everyone I had over loved it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 6 ice cream sandwiches (or enough for 2 layers, depending on pan)
  • candy bar, chocolate chips, other topping

Directions:

  1. Line 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 in METAL loaf pan with wax paper to make for easy removal.
  2. In a large bowl (needs to be large to allow enough air to come in to thicken, otherwise you will be beating all day), beat cream and sugar until stiff peaks form.  I like a whisk and I find it works best.  Hold bowl at angle and beat for maybe 5-10 minutes.
  3. In the bottom of the pan, arrange sandwiches in one layer, cutting as needed.  Spread half of whipped cream on top and repeat another layer of sandwiches.
  4. On top, sprinkle with your choice of topping.  My favorite is snickers.
  5. Freeze for at least a few hours or a day before serving.  Gently pull up on wax paper sides to place on plate to serve.

Source:  Adapted from-http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/easy-ice-cream-cake-10000001817861/index.html

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