Frozen Meal Workshops – Beef Enchilada Stew

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.

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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.

OPTIONS:

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

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Quick & Easy Apple Crisp

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

INGREDIENTS:

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)

INSTRUCTIONS:

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.

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PEANUT BUTTER ESPRESSO SMOOTHIE

Love smoothies in the morning especially if coffee is involved.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen banana (if banana not frozen, add ice)
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup almond milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
  3. On the weekend for a late breakfast, sometimes I put in a little Irish Creme Liquor for flavor…..

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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.

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST:

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a mixing bowl in the order listed. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour mixture into buttered baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Put marshmallows on the top then cook for another 5 – 8 minutes to melt them.
  8. Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving.

 

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Chicken Kabobs on the grill

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

Italian Dressing

Teriyaki Marinade

Wooden Skews (soak in water for 20 minutes prior to using)

Salt & Pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

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!!!

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Storing Foods: Spices

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Storing Spices

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.

Most people store their spices in a drawer, cabinet or on a spice rack.  Spices lose their delicate aroma quickly. Properly storing your spices is just as important as which spices you choose to cook with.

Step 1: Purchase whole spices, not ground

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.Spice-Jars

Perfect BBQ Ribs on a Charcoal Grill Recipe

This Memorial Day weekend, I want to take a moment to say thank you for our freedom and to remember all who have served and are serving in the military so we may have that freedom!

Made this last night and it was awesome!

Perfect BBQ Ribs on a Charcoal Grill Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 rack Pork Back Ribs
  • 2 lbs boneless Country Ribs
  • 1 Bottle of Sweet Baby Ray BBQ Sauce
  • 1 jar Rodeo Rub (or your favorite rub)
  • Heavy Duty Foil or a foil pan can be used

Instructions:

  • Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel
  • Cut the rack in half
  • Use the rub to coat all the ribs well on both sides
  • Using TWO pieces of foil or the pan spray the area the ribs will be on with non-stick cooking spray
  • Place rubbed ribs in the doubled foil or the pan (top pan with foil) and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour
  • Once the charcoal is ready, place the rib packets on the grill, close the lid and let cook for 50 minutesribs on grill

  • After 50 minutes remove from foil and place top-side down on the grill
  • Brush BBQ sauce all over the bottom of the ribs, close the lid, and let cook for 5 minutes

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  • Flip the ribs, brush the top side with the BBQ sauce, close the lid, and cook for 5 minutes
  • You can use the juice left in the foil/pan as an a-jus sauce for dipping the ribs or to pour over them when served
  • Serve and Enjoy!
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