Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Guest Blog- Addicting Texas Bean Dip!

Megan the "guest blogger" here to post a recipe that a dear friend of mine gave to me to try.  Shelbi suggested I share with y'all!  (I'm not from Texas.  Just easily influenced by Miss Shelbi!)  
I love this recipe because it is so easy and the perfect dip/appetizer to take to a party!  (especially on game day!)  My husband loved it!  I had my 3 month old, Sarah, help me in the kitchen.  She was a big help!
Sarah... the cutest Sous-Chef ever!

Addicting Texas Bean Dip

1 Can Black Beans (washed)
1 Can Sweet Corn
1 Can Shoepeg Corn 
(I had never heard of this corn.  But it's findable!  Green Giant makes it)
6 Green Onions (chopped)
4 oz. Small tub of Feta Cheese

1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Extra Light Olive Oil 
(not to be confused with Extra Virgin Olive Oil- this is less greasy)
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Garlic Salt (to taste)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Serve with Tortilla Chips  

Sarah's got the recipe ready!

 Wash the Black Beans

Cut up the Green Onion

 Mix together the beans and the corn

 Add the green onion

 Poor in the Feta Cheese.

Daddy Break.

The Dressing Ingredients (plus the garlic salt and S&P)

 Pour Dressing over Bean Mix and serve with chips!

I added a little protein to the dip last time!  It was really good.  We had it for dinner! 

And Voila!

 Sarah says... "Good job!  Wish I could try it!  Give me a few months to get some teeth!"

Thanks Shelbi for letting me "guest blog"!  I am always inspired by you and your recipes!  You make cooking fun for me.  And, as a result... I am always left with a very happy (and full) husband!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Deep Dish Ravioli

I have the next two days off! It is supposed to be warm and sunny! I am really hoping to get to the beach! My bestie, Katie Wheeler, is getting married in 2 weeks and I would love to have a little tan in my bridesmaid dress. It is a beautiful dress in a gorgeous pink! No, I am not just saying that because Katie reads my blog...haha! She did an awesome job picking out the least in my opinion. Can't wait to get out of town and be back in Texas for a little bit. 

Yes this tastes just as good as it looks! It is an easier way of making lasagna.

Deep Dish Ravioli

1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 onion
1 garlic clove
1/2 jar marinara sauce
2 large balls of fresh marinara
fresh grated parmesan
8 frozen raviolis
1/4 cup fresh basil
Cook diced onion and ground turkey in skillet.
Once turkey is cooked through, add minced garlic and cook for one more min.
Add marinara sauce and heat through.
NOT Pictured....Boil water and add raviolis. Cook for about 3 minutes or until they begin to float. Drain and set aside.
Chop basil. 
Add basil to sauce and remove from heat.
Grease a glass loaf pan. Add 1/3 of meat sauce to bottom.
Top with 3 raviolis.
Slice mozzarella into thin slices.
Top raviolis with mozzarella and about 2 Tbsp parmesan.
Layer with another 3rd of the meat sauce. Top with 5 Raviolis.
Layer the last 3rd of meat sauce.
Top with sliced mozzarella and about 1/4 cup of Parmesan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 18 mins. Then move to broiler and brown the top for about 3-5 mins.
Sooo Cheesy!
A little difficult to serve, but very tasty!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chili Cheese Hashbrown Bake

Happy Sunday! It is raining again, I think it was raining during last Sunday's post, yuck! At least we have had a few days of sun in between the rains this week. My menu from this last 2 weeks is about to run out, so I am working on the next menu today. I got 3 food magazines in the mail this past week, so fun! 

This is not a meal I would normally make. I found it in my Southern Living Magazine last month and decided to try it out. I used to love sloppy joe's as a child so, why not? I was not expecting J to like them because he is so weird about "heavier," casserole type, dishes. (What is it with men and casseroles???) He loved it and actually ate 2 for dinner then the left over one for lunch the next day.

Chili Cheese Hashbrown Bake
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 can sloppy joe sauce
1/2 can chili with beans
Frozen Shredded hash browns (2 cups)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 425. Cook turkey in a skillet, breaking it apart as it cooks.

Sitr in sloppy joe sauce and chili.
Cook until heated through.
Evenly divide meat sauce among 4 (greased) oven-proof ramekins .
Top with about 1/2 cup of hash browns. I put them in frozen and it took them so long to brown that the meat sauce started to burn. I recommend microwaving them to defrost them before adding to the bowls.
Cover with foil and bake in oven covered for 30 mins. Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes (hashbrowns should be golden).
Add 1/4 cup of cheese to each bowl then return to oven for about 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
Remove and cool for a fe minutes before serving.
These were yummy even though the bottom was slightly burned. I want to make them again with the defrosted hash browns.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Stuffed Quesadillas

I don't have much to say the food!

Every time I order Quesadillas on a menu I dip them in the sour cream and guacamole goodness that is brought to the table. I decided to try making Quesadillas that already have the goodies inside! They are soooo tasty!

Stuffed Quesadillas

Whole Wheat Tortillas
Fat Free Refried Beans
Sour Cream
Fancy Cheese Blend
Shredded Chicken
 Spread bottoms of the tortillas with refried beans.
 Spread guacamole on top of beans 
 Spread sour cream on top of guacamole. Top with chicken. I didn't put chicken in mine, but of course Protein Boy needs some chicken!
 Sprinkle cheese on top.
 Top with another tortilla.
 Cook on a grill pan. Be very careful when flipping. 

 Let cool for a few minutes before cutting into quarters.