Friday, November 23, 2012

Post Thanksgiving Breakfast

This morning's breakfast: Chipotle seasoned egg, pepperjack cheese, a touch of ranch, leftover thanksgiving turkey on toast. I guess I would call this a Jack Ranch-otle egg McTurkey sandwich?

Meet Jack
This turned out pretty good. Just pan fry the egg but when you flip the egg, put the pepper jack cheese on it. You can also throw in the leftover turkey to heat it up. Put it on some toast and enjoy.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Homemade Salsa

If you like salsa, and you have some tomatoes lying around, you have to try this recipe. It tastes fresh and it has the absolutely perfect thickness (I hate watery salsa).

I found this salsa recipe last year online ( probably?). It is really easy to make and doesn't take too long.

The name says it all

See that line where it says "1 Jalapeno diced" yeah that is definitely just a guideline. I like my salsa with a little bit of spice so I generally put in a handful of peppers from my garden; generally 2-3 jalapenos and 3-4 serranos/chili pepper. Of course, peppers are personal preference. Also, when I make this I generally have a liter jar of tomatoes that my family cans and it is probably more than 6 tomatoes so feel free to add more if you like tomatoes.You could probably also use a large can of stewed tomatoes if you don't want to cut up fresh tomatoes.

This is what is looks like on a chip. NOT RUNNY!

This is how much it makes and how chunky it is. Note, it will thicken even more as it cools.

I like my salsa chunky and thick and this recipe makes it perfect for me. It tastes ridiculously fresh with the lime juice and the cilantro not to mention the fresh veggies that you cut up to put in there. Seriously, if you love have to try to make this. It probably costs about $3.50 to make this huge batch of salsa (probably like 3-5 jars of salsa) and it tastes better (and less saltier).

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Try this for breakfast tomorrow...

Today's Breakfast idea is....

An omelet in a tortilla is less messy than scrambled eggs

A 2 egg omelet with Chipotle seasoning and dice green & red bell peppers, sliced ham, salsa (not shown) and plain greek yogurt on top of a tortilla.

This is a fairly standard breakfast for me but I always try a new ingredient here and there with it. This time, I nixed the sliced cheese and put down a layer of plain Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is very creamy and taste just slightly less sour than sour cream. It didn't make me miss the sliced cheese at all.

Side Note- Greek Yogurt and Salsa combined make a delicious topping for Mexican dishes.

Again, lots of protein.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2 Meals in a Day

Note the post title, I couldn't quite pull out 5 meals in a day like Rachael Ray, but I have a 9-5 and she makes money just from having her face on kitchenware. So you are just going to have to deal with 2 meals with some leftovers.

Today's recipes are ones I ganked from that just happened to have some similar ingredients. Now I made these over the course of two days because they had similar ingredients, but if you were wanting to cook a couple meals at one time for the week, this would be a good combination.

1st recipe:

Chicken and Black Bean Casserole

 I had to try this recipe since it has chicken and black beans which make for a high protein dinner. I also always have canned tomatoes, rice and green chiles on me since they are common to many of my other recipes. So this is a great meal if you have a lot of canned basics in your cupboard.

 Overall, this recipe was ok. It smelled great but it was somewhat bland. If this was spiced up more, it would be great. I think it could also use more rice as well. I took the advice of one of the comments and made sure I covered the dish so the rice would cook and the dish wouldn't dry up. Still, a great dish to cook if you want high protein and you have some canned goods on ya. Just be ready to spice it up.

2nd Recipe:

 Ranchero Enchilada Casserole 

So this recipe ties in well with the above recipe because they both use less than 1 can of black beans and they both use chicken. So you can cook all your chicken together and use 1 can of black beans and not have to throw it out or store them. However, this recipe does not use a full can of tomato paste, so you could try to find another recipe that uses a small amount of tomato paste....or throw away $.38 worth of tomato paste...your choice.

This recipe was very tasty. I am a sucker for casseroles that use cream of chicken soup and the way you spice it up, it tastes like enchilada sauce. I followed the recipe as it said and I don't know if you could make it too much better. It was really creamy and mexicany but not terrible on the calories--plus it still has chicken and black beans for the protein. It recommends using a shallow baking dish which is good because the cream mixture is pretty thick and needs to be spread out evenly as well as cooked evenly...or it will taste a little off.

 Definitely a good Mexican comfort food type recipe.