Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cheesy Taco Jose's

Leftover taco meat  →  Cheezy Taco Jose's!

I had leftover taco meat.

So I put it in a pan.

I added some tomato sauce and brought it to a boil.

Then I tossed in some cubed cheese and let it melt.

Served on a bagel, or bread of any type.

It's a win!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Taco Chili or Taco Soup

Taco Chili or Soup


  • 1# ground beef

add towards the end of the browning process:

  • minced onion
  • chopped pepper
in lieu of a packet of taco seasoning:

  • 1T chili powder
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 1/4 t onion powder
  • 1/4 t. oregano
  • 1/2 t. paprika
  • 1 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper

  • 1 can of corn
  • 2 cans of beans
  • 1 container of salsa
  • 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 28 oz. water

I think there are some cans of corn or tomatoes that may have more chilis or peppers in them which could add more flavor

This could easily be done without the meat

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Spiced Chai Mix

This recipe is based off of one I found on Allrecipies. I didn't want to use the French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, so I increased the amount of dry milk and added the vanilla powder which I had to order online. The recipe also called for sugar, which I omitted so one can sweeten it to their liking.
Chai Mix
3 c. dry milk powder
1 ½ c. instant tea powder
2 t. vanilla extract powder
2 t. ground ginger
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. ground cardamom
orange peel (optional)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sweet Potato Salad

One day shy of 2 1/2 years since my last posting.  Pathetic.  Especially since I come across and create some good recipes in the foods classes I teach.

Right now, I have 2 foods classes; Super Foods and Satisfying Salads.  When it works, I use the same recipes or ingredients for both classes just to make my life a little easier.  Yesterday, in Super Foods we made Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs.  Yummy.  I used the opportunity to cook extra sweet potatoes.

For my Satisfying Salads class, I make sure we have something from each of the food groups in our salad.  That includes a whole grain, vegetable(s), fruit, dairy and protein.  We did not have a recipe to work from today, so I don't have measurements to share, but the combination was really good.

pearled barley, cooked and cooled
cubed sweet potatoes - steamed, but not too soft, then rinsed with cool water and refrigerated (I leave the skin on for the extra goodness)
chopped celery
chopped red onion
dried cherries
goat cheese
chopped pecans

The dressing was simple - mayonnaise and a dijon mustard.

Very tasty.  Try it.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Eggs in Avocado

Sunday night dinner idea:

It took about 30 minutes to cook the eggs well and it was a bit of a challenge in how to eat it, but they were good.

For next time, I think I'll grease a pan (maybe a ramkin), chop the avocado, then top with eggs, salt, pepper and cheese.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Breakfast Dinner

I tried these tonight:

However, I didn't read the instructions clearly enough beforehand, so I steamed them in the microwave then cooled them off in the freezer before frying them.  I think they turned out fine.  Nobody complained.

With that, we had 2 frittata options: just cheese or spinach, mushroom, onion and cheese.  (I prefer a frittata to quiche as a lower fat, lower carb option)

Baked Frittata
Modified from my WIC cookbook:
Cook vegetables (onion, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, etc.)
Grease pan (8" or 9")
Place vegetables in pan

6 eggs
1/2 c. milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. (or more) cheese

Bake at 375 for approximately 30 minutes

Another go at homemade granola:
Mix together in a large bowl:
1 c. each: bulk wheat flakes, rye flakes, barley flakes, oats (for this batch, it was 1/2 rolled, 1/2 steel cut)
1 c. each: boxed corn flakes and crisp rice cereal
1/2 c. each: quinoa, millet, chia seeds, flax seed (it may be beneficial to use flax meal instead)
1/2 c. each (or more) walnuts, pecans and almonds

Bring to a rolling boil (this can be done in the microwave):
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. almond flavoring

Combine two mixtures, spread in  9x13" pans

Bake at 350 until it starts to brown, stirring every 10 minutes.  Be careful, it can burn quickly.

Cool completely before transferring to an fairly air-tight container.  You will need to stir it often as it's cooling too.