I recently attended a frozen meal workshop which I loved. Although the up front cost is a lot, you do get 10 meals so if you do the math, it is very much worth it. I selected the One Stop Crock-Pot plan and so far have loved every meal I prepared.
One of the best recipes I prepared was the Beef Enchilada Stew so I wanted to share this recipe with you.
1½ pounds beef stew meat
1 yellow onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 cups frozen cubed butternut squash,
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce, no salt added
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, no salt added
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Enchilada sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Spicy Carne Asada Seasoning
Shredded cheddar cheese (for topping) – optional
Sour cream (for topping) – optional
Garnish with Cilantro and avocado slices – optional
Place all ingredients except optional items in crock-pot and cook on medium for 6 – 8 hours or until meat is cook through and vegetables are soft. Serve warm with toppings and crackers if desired.
You can also add a bag of frozen corn or black beans
Tortilla chips and japalenos for a garnish
Or you can substitute shredded chicken for the beef
One of the best recipes I have for apples is one of the easiest. With Fall upon us, I thought I would share it. Hope you enjoy……
Quick Apple Crisp
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 – 9 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix
2 tbsp. sugar
1 – 2 tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced apples in greased and floured pan. combine remaining ingredients. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples. Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until apples are tender. Can add Vanilla ice cream or thawed whipped topping when serving. Great served cold or warm. For a change, use any fruit like peaches, strawberries, etc.; quick and easy recipe.
One of my favorite sweet potato recipes is a Sweet Potato Casserole. Ruth’s Chris Restaurant has one of the best but my Mothers is just as good. So I am sharing my Mother’s recipe with you today.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup melted butter
SWEET POTATO MIXTURE:
- 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (I use canned to save time but make sure you drain them)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs (well beaten)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 bag mini-marshmallows
- Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a mixing bowl in the order listed. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour mixture into buttered baking dish.
- Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Put marshmallows on the top then cook for another 5 – 8 minutes to melt them.
- Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving.
I recently visited my parents in Kentucky and we made the most fabulous chicken kabob. It was a hit and I will make it again.
Chicken Kabob on the grill
2 – 3 lbs cubed chicken breasts
1 Yellow Pepper (cubed)
1 Red Pepper (cubed)
1 Green Pepper (cubed)
1 Medium Onion (cubed)
1 package large Mushrooms (cleaned and dried)
1 package Cherry Tomatoes
Wooden Skews (soak in water for 20 minutes prior to using)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Place 1/2 the chicken in freezer bag with Italian Dressing and the other 1/2 in a freezer bag with Teriyaki Marinade and let marinade for 24 hours. Once grill is ready, put meat and vegetables on skews alternating until all is used except the cherry tomatoes. Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Put cherry tomatoes on skew and grill for the last 5 minutes of the chicken cooking. Season all with salt and pepper to taste. We served with Texas Toast and a side of Sangria. You can use any vegetable you like that taste well with chicken.
Great recipe and very filling!!!
Did you know that more than 200 million pounds of spices are consumed annually? Spices are what makes food more piquant and appetizing. Storing spices properly will help you bring out the best flavor in each spice to ensure a delicious, aromatic dish.
The most important thing you can do to maximize the flavor of your spices is to purchase them whole, not ground. Ground spices tend to deteriorate after about three months, especially if stored improperly. Crushing spices as you need smaller amounts is the best way to ensure better flavor and freshness.
Step 2: Dry and dark is best
Spices are best preserved if stored in a dry, dark space. Light, air, moisture and heat are spices’ biggest enemies. These four factors keep spices from performing at their highest potential. Avoid clear bottles for storage, especially if using a spice rack hanging on your kitchen wall, as the spices will be exposed to too much light. Steel tins and canisters work best to ensure light-proof storage. Always keep your spices away from areas that will expose them to heat and affect the flavor.
Step 3: Know when to throw them out
Even though storing spices properly helps maintain freshness and flavor, everything does expire eventually and it’s important to know when to throw old spices out. A good rule of thumb is once a year; an easy way to remember when you need fresh spices is to throw them out every year during spring cleaning; or write the purchase date on top of each spice so you can track it. If the spice begins smelling musky or has no odor, or changes color, replace it, it has expired.Hope you enjoyed and learned from this blog; flavor is very important for all recipes.
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Storing Foods: Garlic, Onions, and Shallots
The correct way is to store these items is in a paper bag with holes punched in the bag.
What you would need:
- Brown paper bags, lunch bag size
- Hole punch
- Paper clips
- Make sure the onions, garlic, and/or shallots are firm and blemish free.
- Punch holes in the bags.
- Fill each bag half full and fold over the top; do not mix the vegetables in the bags.
- Label the bag with the description of the contents then paper clip it to hold the top down.
This punched paper bag method should extend the life of onions, garlic, and shallots in most situations. However, their specific life may vary depending on the temperature, humidity, and light conditions where the bags are stored. Do not store potatoes in the same area as they give off gases that will accelerate spoilage of each other.
These will last the longest in a dark, cool (but not cold), dry storage area. I’ve successfully kept them in my 65-70ish degree kitchen drawer for up to 3 months. A cool, dark basement is a good choice or a cellar, if you happen to have one. Onions should not be stored for an extended time in the refrigerator because the cold temperature will soften their texture; plus, onions will impart their flavor on surrounding produce.
No plastic bags: Don’t ever store onions in plastic bags. That will accelerate sprouting and spoilage because of the lack of air circulation.