We are one of those families that buys chicken and ground beef in bulk. My task each week is to find a chicken recipe a beef recipe and maybe a veggie recipe as an extra meal. I’ve found myself bogged down with meatloaf and meatball recipes on Pinterest. That’s all that seems to catch my eye as I am looking for recipes. When I came across this one I knew I had to give it a try. Man, am I glad I did! This recipe is fresh, flavorful and easy. I felt safe trying this burger recipe as it has all my favorite Mediterranean elements. How does one go wrong with sundried tomatoes, black olives, feta, and Tzatziki?! You just don’t… I will admit that I ended up cooking these patties on the stove because my grill was out of propane. That said, I will be cooking these on the stovetop moving forward because I think that they do have the potential to crumble over the grates of a grill. I would also suggest using sandwich thins instead of traditional burger buns because these patties have such bold flavor that I felt the traditional bun muted more subtle flavors (i.e. tzatziki). In all, this recipe is a new family favorite and it will be a regular in my weekly recipe rotation.
*Photo is an original belonging to me
**Recipe adapted from https://www.savorytooth.com/greek-burgers/
Chinese takeout is one of my favorite kitchen cheats, but with recipes like this, I can prepare the salty deliciousness myself. Yes, friends, this is another fakeout-takeout recipe. I will admit that Panda Express got me through my long Tuesdays on campus at Cal State Long Beach. I would arrive at 9am and my last class would end at 10pm. Truly, I owe my degree to Panda for fueling me through my last semester. Upon graduation, I needed to find a way to satisfy my Tuesday cravings. That is where the adventure for this recipe began. Before I knew it I was whipping it up myself! This recipe is fairly easy and features that super savory pepper sauce. If you don’t feel like fussing with fresh ginger, you can substitute it with ground ginger powder. However, I will advise that it’s very much worth fussing over the fresh stuff.
*Photo is an original belonging to me
**Recipe adapted from https://sweetcsdesigns.com/panda-express-black-pepper-chicken-copycat-recipe/
Friends, we have made it through the blistering summer. As we approach cooler nights I am inspired to cook a big pot of soup. If you’ve been following this recipe blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve not done a great job of posting consistently. This means I have about a year’s worth of goodies stashed away to get up on this site. The recipe you find here is one that has become a family favorite during my absence. It satisfies the craving for Chinese take-out while also packing in veggies. The added bonus for my family is that Perry, my husband, gets to take a few servings for lunch to warm and fuel him up after a long morning of diving in the chilly Pacific. This soup features the flavor you’d find in traditional eggrolls with a nice crunch from wonton toppers. Cut the sodium by using vegetable broth or low sodium chicken broth and you’ve got yourself a hearty and healthy dinner option. Also, add any additional vegetables that appeal to you. Some ideas include mushrooms, bean sprouts, and even diced water chestnuts. Truly, you can tailor this soup to your taste.
Serves: 8-10 Time: 45 minutes
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 2 tbsp cooking oil, I prefer olive oil
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
- 6 cloves of garlic (you know me, I use an excess of garlic. If you are not a garlic fan cut this back to 3 cloves)
- 1 small green savoy cabbage, sliced into bite-sized strips
- 8-10 cups of vegetable or low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 tbsp ginger, ground
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- Optional: wonton salad toppers (you’ll find these by the croutons at the grocery store), sriracha for heat
- In a large pot, cook the pork over medium heat for about 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Once cooked, remove the pork from the pot and set aside.
- To the same pot, add the cooking oil and onion, sauteing for about 6 minutes.
- Add carrots and garlic, sauteing for an additional 2 minutes
- Add the cabbage, broth, ginger and cooked pork. Stir to combine.
- Continue to cook the soup until it starts to simmer. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the sesame oil before serving.
- Top with optional wonton strips and/or sriracha and enjoy!
*Photo is an original belonging to me.
**Recipe adapted from https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/egg-roll-soup/
I know I am not alone when I say that it is a huge annoyance when I click on a Pinterest recipe only to receive a 20-page annotated essay. For the sake of everyone’s nerves, I’ll keep this short. This enchilada recipe is incredibly simple, with few ingredients and no need for a ton of elbow grease. For me, this dish feels like “comforts of home.” You’ve got a thick flavorful sauce, stringy cheese, and a bit of protein wrapped up in a corn tortilla… What more can you ask for? I suggest that you make this at the start of the week and have left-over lunch or dinner for a few days (depending on the size of your family.). Credit goes to Kristyn from Lil Luna. It was her recipe that inspired me to cook these babies up!
*Photo is an original belonging to me
**Original recipe adapted from Lil Luna
To celebrate the start of “-ber month season,” I bring you this wonderfully hearty potato chowder recipe. This has become a fall time favorite as it is easy to throw together on busy school nights, and it is packed with flavor that lasts a couple of meals. This recipe is great as is, but I think that there are so many things you can add to customize the taste. The next time I make this I may add some jalapenos or maybe a serrano to heat things up. I bet a topping of queso fresco and/or seasoned tortilla strips would set this chowder off as well. I’ve also considered adding extra broth and thickening it up with some Masa flour to enhance the dish with a “tortilla-esque” flavor. The possibilities are endless. I was inspired to give this dish a try by Aunt Bee’s Recipes which is a great recipe blog that I recommend checking out. Aunt Bee’s recipe (found through the above link) offers a slow cooker version of this recipe. If you are interested in making this in a slow cooker her recipe is the way to go. Keep in mind that her ingredients and directions will be slightly different from mine.
TIME: approx. 45 minutes
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 packet of taco seasoning (I used reduced sodium)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 (10oz) can of rotel tomatoes, drained
- 1 (15.25oz) can of corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15.25oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (28oz) bag of potatoes O’Brien, frozen not thawed
- 2 (32 oz) cartons of chicken broth
- 3 cups of milk
- 8 oz bar of cream cheese, softened/room temperature
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, reserve a few sprigs to top when you dish
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot heat oil over medium flame. Add the chopped onion, salt and pepper. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef and minced garlic. Cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess grease.
- Stir in taco seasoning, cumin, and chili powder until the beef mixture is well coated. Next, add rotel tomatoes, black beans, corn, potatoes, chicken broth and milk.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat.
- Simmer while covered for 20 minutes.
- Stir in softened cream cheese and fresh cilantro.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Dish topping with the reserved cilantro and enjoy!
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*Photo and recipe card are originals belonging to me
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: 30 minutes Serves: 6-8
*Photo is an original belonging to me
Pizza, in all its shapes and forms is always a welcome dish at our table. This blog has inspired me to experiment with pizza recipes. I’ve done freshly made dough, tested various toppings and have even tried grilling it. I’ve gotten so crafty that I realize I have skipped some very foundational pizza recipes. Here we have a Stromboli. It is easy and quick to make, and just as importantly, it is delicious. I chose to stuff this one with pepperoni and salami as the original recipe suggested, but obviously you can stuff it with whatever you like. I think next time I will attempt a spinach and artichoke variation with white sauce. This works well as a weeknight recipe if you use store-bought dough like I did. I was pretty impressed that it took at most 30 minutes to make this beautiful Stromboli. I will strongly suggest that if you are cooking for more than three people it would be wise to double the recipe. If you have little ones this is a fun recipe to get them involved in the kitchen. They can put the toppings on and even help you roll the Stromboli if you are brave. As always, I want to give credit to the original source of this recipe. I found this recipe at http://www.therecipecritic.com . I did make some variations to the original recipe, but I do recommend looking at the original to see if it fits your tastes better than my adaptation.
Makes: 1 Stromboli; approx. 6 servings
Calories: 387 per serving (keep in mind this is with the exact ingredients I used, and will change if you use different ingredients.)
Time: 30 total minutes -10 minutes prep; 20 minutes cooking
- 1 refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce, about 1/2 cup for the Stromboli and the rest for dipping
- 1 (3oz) package of dry Italian sausage
- 1 (3oz) package of sliced pepperoni
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese to taste, I only used a light sprinkling
- 1 egg beaten
- Garlic powder to taste, I only used a light sprinkling
- Italian seasoning to taste, I only used a light sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Sprinkle your working surface with flour and stretch out your pizza dough.
- Spread pizza sauce over the dough being careful not to get too close to the edges. When you roll the Stromboli it will be messy if you have sauce oozing out of the edges. You will not use the entire jar
- Sprinkle 1.5 cups of mozzarella over the sauce followed by a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese to your personal taste. Once cheese is laid start placing the pepperoni and salami.
- Roll the Stromboli length wise being careful not to tear the dough. Pinch the ends and place on a baking stone or cookie sheet seam side down.
- Brush the beaten egg over the top of the Stromboli, then slice a few little vents on the top. Distribute the remaining mozzarella cheese on top and finally sprinkle the garlic powder and Italian seasoning over the top (to taste).
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let sit for a few minutes before slicing as it will be piping hot.
- Enjoy with the remaining pizza sauce for dipping!
*The photo is an original belonging to me
**Original recipe adapted from http://www.therecipecritic.com