Monday, February 7, 2011

Bean Up Those Burgers!

So, I really only use ground turkey at home. It's cheaper (and leaner) than ground beef because I can get it at Sam's in 5 pound packages. When making burgers, I always feel like they get tough and dry. I can't remember where I heard it, but I added black beans to our burgers tonight. The result was delicious! No one complained (Bryan even had a 2nd one!) or hardly noticed for that matter!

All I did was drain and rinse a can of black beans. You can then mash them, but I ran them through the food processor (adding a little water as needed) so that they were better "hidden". I would suggest using about half of a can per pound of ground meat. I did use the entire can, but I always forget the "you can always add more, but you can't take away" rule. They were still good with the entire can, but you definitely lose the "beefy" texture.

I seasoned as I normally do with 1 T worchestershire, 1 1/2 t seasoned salt, and 1/2 t pepper.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Baked Cafe Sandwiches

Ok, this is a super easy recipe from my friend Amy. I take them to every luncheon I have to go to!

Baked Cafe Sandwiches

12 dinner rolls (Sara Lee, King's Hawaiian, etc.)
1 pound thin sliced honey ham
1/2 pound sliced swiss cheese
1 stick butter
1 T mustard
1 t worchestershire sauce
1/2 onion, minced
1 1/2 t poppy seeds

Slice rolls in half and place bottoms in a 9x13 baking dish. Chop up ham and spread over rolls. Lay cheese slices over ham. Put roll tops on top of cheese.

Put remaining ingredients in a microwaveable dish. Heat in microwave until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Pour over sandwiches. Let sit for at least 5 hours. (I usually let them sit out until the butter is cooled and then cover and throw in the fridge overnight.)

If refrigerated, bring to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

I'm gonna get back to it!

Ok, so a recent message line from some Facebook friends got me remembering that I have this blog and should get back to using it to keep track of some of my favorite recipes! So, hopefully, coming soon, more recipes!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Southwest Couscous Salad

This is a tried and true favorite. It's great for potlucks, picnics, casual get togethers...pretty much anything!!

Southwest Couscous Salad

1 cup uncooked couscous
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
salt and pepper to taste

Bring broth to a boil. Add couscous and stir. Cover and remove from heat.

Whisk together vinegar, oil, lime juice, and cumin. Add onion, bell pepper, cilantro, corn, and beans. Toss well.

Break up couscous with a fork. Add to vegetable mixture. Stir until well mixed.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Halibut with BBQ Tomato Sauce

Oh my deliciousness! This is my new favorite fish recipe. My changes were that I only made 2 fish fillets instead of 4...we like it saucy! I also skipped the EVOO in the pan with the bacon. I just used the bacon drippings to cook all the veggies in! Finally, I cut the hot pepper sauce in half and it was spicy enough for this TX girl's taste!

Really though, this was awesome, awesome, awesome!

Halibut with BBQ Tomato Sauce

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Turkey Tortilla Casserole

Ok, I know, I's been a while! This is another Rachael Ray inspired recipe. Her's called for a pound of cheese and a pound of tortilla chips. Huh? I love ya Rach...but OH MY GRAVY!

Turkey Tortilla Casserole

1 pound turkey cutlets, pounded thin
1 lime
1 diced yellow squash
1 c frozen corn
1/2 diced red bell pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
4 corn tortillas, diced small
2 14.5 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
1 Tablespoon diced jalapeno
4 oz 2% shredded mexican cheese blend

Heat pan over medium heat. Squeeze lime juice over turkey cutlets and salt them. Cook until done...about 3 or so minutes on each side. Remove from not drain juice!

Add squash, corn, bell pepper, and garlic to pan. Saute about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes
and jalapeno peppers.

Chop turkey into bite sized pieces. Mix veggies, tortillas, and turkey in a 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 375 about 20-30 minutes...until cheese is bubbly and most of liquid has been absorbed.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Vegetable Soup

I do have a few recipes to get up here, but I'll start with a simple staple!

Vegetable Soup
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c shredded carrots, I use the bagged shredded and run a knife through them
2 zucchini, diced
1/2 head cabbage, diced
1/2 bag frozen green beans
8 c chicken broth
2 cans italian flavored diced tomatoes
1 T italian seasoning

Spray a large pot with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, and carrots and saute until soft. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.

This is a recipe with endless possibilities. You can change up the soup just by changing the seasonings. Use mexican flavored tomatoes and cumin for a mexican inspired soup. You can also add beans, pasta, or any other veggie you can think of! You can also cook some cubed chicken or ground beef with the onion/carrot/garlic.