Sriracha Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

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My husband and I will soon be entering a transition period in which our “home roles” reverse. I will be launching a career and he will be staying home with our kids more frequently to accommodate my work schedule. This means that I will be letting him take the reigns in the kitchen a little more often. This is a beautiful thing and is one of the reasons why I started this blog. I wanted a place where all of our favorite recipes could live and be accessed from anywhere by anyone. I will admit that I am a little concerned about this transition as my dearest husband has trouble making mac-n-cheese from a box with clearly listed instructions… That said, I took on the hunt for this recipe as a challenge to find a dish similar to the meals my husband makes when he has to cook. There are a few things he can whip up for dinner really well and his go-to dish is ground beef tacos. This recipe is as easy as ground beef tacos, takes about the same amount of time, and the flavor is phenomenal. I am confident that my husband can pull this recipe off. This recipe was adapted from a fabulous recipe blog called Budget Bytes. I highly recommend Budget Bytes to everyone as the dishes look delicious and the author, Beth, breaks everything down financially for people like me who like to eat under budget.

Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1bsp canola oil (or whatever unflavored oil you like to use to brown/cook your meat)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 small head of green cabbage, sliced into strips
  • 1 lb bag of carrots, peeled and sliced with a potato peeler
  • 1 bunch of green onions, rinsed and sliced
  • 5 oz can of water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • extra sriracha to top the dish (optional)
  • Rice noodles to top the dish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha and brown sugar. Mix until combined and set aside.
  2. Heat canola oil over a medium flame and add the ground beef. Once the beef is mostly cooked add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook until fragrant.
  3. Add in the reserved sauce you made in the first step along with the sliced cabbage and carrots. Toss this mixture together and cook until the cabbage is tender crisp.
  4. Add the green onions and water chestnuts. Cook until the water chestnuts are just heated through. You don’t want to cook it too long or the green onions and water chestnuts will begin to loose their crunch.
  5. Plate the stir fry and add your optional toppings. We used crunchy rice noodles and a drizzling of extra sriracha.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

 

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Baked Jalapeño Popper Rolled Tacos

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I snagged this recipe from the Land o Lakes website. That’s right people I actually found a decent recipe off of a commercial brand’s website. I am willing to try my hand at anything inspired by jalapeño poppers. How could a recipe involving creamy, cheesy, spicy goodness go wrong?

These rolled tacos are amazing. There is really no other way to describe them. Their crispy baked shell add the perfect texture to a creamy filling. I went crazy with the jalapeños because we like spicy food so if you are not a big fan of heat I suggest using half of what this recipe calls for. These tacos are perfect for weeknights when time is tight as it doesn’t take very long to make. We finished with quite a few left overs, but keep in mind that only two of us were eating these. That said, if you have a larger family with older children you may want to double the recipe and stock your freezer with left overs. These are large rolled tacos, not your small 6 inch rolled street tacos. One of these with a side dish is more than enough to fill you up for dinner.

Makes: 10 rolled tacos     Calories: 295 per rolled taco    Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of milk, I used 2%
  • 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
  • 1 (12oz) jar jalapeños, drained and chopped finely
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 10 flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a large pan. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add cooked chicken, milk, cream cheese and jalapeños. Mix together until the cream cheese is soft and all ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Turn off heat and stir in cheddar cheese.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the chicken mixture over one half of each tortilla and roll it up tightly. Place each rolled taco on a baking sheet with the seam side down.
  5. Melt the remaining 2 tbsp of butter and brush a little over each taco.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven to flip the tacos. Bake for an additional 7 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute or two before serving.
  8. Serve with your favorite side dish and enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

*Recipe adapted from http://www.landolakes.com

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Baked Beef Taquitos

ImagePerry always has strong cravings for Mexican food, but I don’t necessarily like how heavy Mexican food can feel in your stomach. I attribute that heavy feeling to how much deep frying is involved in the cooking process. When I do attempt to satisfy my husband’s cravings I make sure it’s a “make over” recipe that calls for baking rather then frying. This taquito recipe is a what I like to call a jackpot dinner. They are delicious, filling, easy to make, and not completely bad for you. I used a spicy chipotle salsa to kick up the heat and a creamy homemade guacamole to cool it down

    Serves: 5+       Calories: 236 / Taquito       Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa, plus more salsa, for dipping (we used chipotle and it had great flavor/heat)
  • 2.5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 (7 1/4 inch) flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese or 3/4 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • Optional: sour cream, guacamole, and salsa for dipping

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400°.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook them for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the beef and use a wooden spoon or a spatula to break it up while it cooks, until it is no longer red, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup of the salsa, the chili powder, and the salt and pepper. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  5. Place the tortillas on a plate and cover them with damp paper towels. Microwave them until warm and pliable, about 45 seconds.
  6. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the beef mixture, spreading it to an inch from the edges. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the beef.
  7. Tightly roll the tortillas and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet with the seam sides down.
  8. Spritz the taquitos lightly with cooking spray, then bake them until the filling is heated through and the tortillas are lightly browned, about 8 to 12 minutes.
  9. Serve them hot with sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole
  10. Enjoy!

*Original recipe belongs to http://www.food.com

*Photo is an original belonging to me

Toasted Meatball Subs

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I love that pinterest gives me the inspiration to be creative and make delicious dinners. This time I had a light bulb moment after seeing a meatball appetizer and an open face sandwich recipe next to one another. I crafted this little gem with a little help from allrecipes.com. I loved the crunchy whole wheat bread with cheesy chicken meatballs. I topped mine with buffalo sauce and Perry took jalapeños on his. This recipe is a must try and I encourage trying different toppings.

Serves: 5       Calories: 260 (this varies depending on your bread/roll)     Time: 45 minutes  

Ingredients:      

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs or panko crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, one diced and one sliced if you want to use it as topping
  • 1- 8 oz block of sharp cheddar, divided half shredded and half sliced
  • Whole wheat bread or rolls

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spray a large baking dish or rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine  the ground chicken with salt, pepper, egg, bread crumbs, garlic cloves, chopped jalapeño and the grated cheddar. Mix thoroughly to combine. Roll into small/med meatballs. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Slice your rolls lengthwise.  Place 3-4 meatballs in each roll, then cover with sliced cheddar.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes
  6. OPTIONAL: Broil to brown the cheese. I wouldn’t do this because I personally don’t like to eat burnt bread….
  7. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

*Recipe is adopted from allrecipes.com

Mediterranean Pizza

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This was an “on the fly” recipe because we found ourselves at the grocery store short a dinner recipe. That is what is so cool about having this blog because I was able to look it up on my phone and throw something quick and delicious together. I used my “go to crust recipe” and decided I would switch up the toppings. We went Mediterranean because as of late I’ve developed an obsession with feta. The added bonus of this recipe is that we were able to get two big pizzas out of the toppings we used. Since this was a “throw together” I do not have exact measurements for the toppings but will do my best to describe what we used.

Serves: 4       Calories: 338

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp dry active yeast (I used the one specifically for pizza crust but the original kind works great too)
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup of warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive or canola oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup + a pinch of cornmeal
  • Tall jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, sliced (also keep the oil to drizzle over crust before putting on toppings)
  • Medium jar of black olives, drained washed and sliced
  • Tall jar of banana peppers also known as pepperoncini
  • 5 oz. container of feta cheese, you can get the herbed kind if you like
  • Any herbs/spices you might like or have on hand (we used garlic, oregano and dill)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees
  2. In mixing bowl combine 3/4 cup of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Stir in the water and olive oil. Beat about 2 minutes and stir in 1/3 cup of cornmeal and the remaining 3/4 cup of flour to make the dough ball.
  3. Sprinkle a little flour on the surface you want to knead the dough on. Knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl and let it rise for 10 minutes.
  4. Spray a cookie/baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with additional cornmeal. Press dough into a rectangular shape, and pinch with fork. Bake for 8-10 minutes (until edges start to brown)
  5. NOTE: If you want to make two pizzas only use half of the toppings per pizza. If you only want to make one pizza than go topping-crazy 🙂
  6. Drizzle olive oil from sun-dried tomatoes over crust. Don’t drizzle too much because it will come out super greasy and I am assuming it may make your crust a little soggy for left overs. A little does it 😉 Layer your tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, feta and any spices/herbs you desire on top of the crust and pop back into the oven for an additional 5-6 minutes until toppings heat through and cheese softens.
  7. Slice and enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

**Recipe belongs to me but you have my permission to take it and change it and publish it on your own blog. If you post it I just ask for a little mention/credit. Sharing is caring right?

Balsamic Green Beans

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I love any and all green vegetables especially with a balsamic drizzle. This dish has both of those things along with shallots and bacon. It’s a very easy dish to make with great flavor to please any crowd. The original recipe calls for almonds and I completely forgot to add them yesterday so I am going to post the recipe with almonds in the ingredients so next time I make it I will add almonds. Original recipe found at myrecipes.com

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

– 2 lbs of fresh green beans

– 6 large shallots

– Cooking oil (I used canola the recipe calls for vegetable.)

– 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

– 1 tbsp light brown sugar

– 3 tbsp butter

– salt and pepper to taste

– 1/2 cup almonds chopped and lightly salted

– 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (about 5 slices)

Directions:

1.) Cook the green beans in a boiling pot of salted water for 3-4 minutes (until crisp-tender) Drain and plunge beans into ice water to stop the cooking process.

2.) Cut shallots crosswise into thin slices. Separate rings. Pour oil to 1-in depth and heat over medium-high heat. Fry shallots for 1-2 minutes or until crisp. (Do this in batches not all at once. Safety first!) Remove from oil and drain shallots on paper towels. 

3.) Cook vinegar and sugar in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes. Stir often.

4.)Stir in butter until blended. Add the beans and saute for 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. 

5.) Top with shallots, almonds, and bacon

6.) Serve immediately

*Original recipe found at myrecipes.com

**Photo original taken by me