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Monday
Mar172014

Black Bean "Fiesta" Chili in the Slow Cooker

My little ones are still... well... little. But that doesn't mean life doesn't get busy. I don't always have time, or the desire to stand in my kitchen and cook. 

I love my slow cooker. I want to meet the person who invented the crock pot and give them a hug. 

This recipe for what I call "Fiesta" Chili is very simple and very tasty. I used a few simple ingredients, including a bag of frozen vegetables! 

What you'll need:

1/2 pound of lean ground beef or turkey

2 cups diced tomatoes

1 bag Bird's Eye Southwest Blend frozen vegetables (it includes corn, black beans and various peppers)

Taco seasoning 

Combine all of your ingredients in your slow cooker and mix thoroughly. Put your slow cooker on low for four hours. And that's it. You're done! 

What easy meals have you made recently?

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Wednesday
Mar122014

Homemade Taco Seasoning for Pennies

Tonight I made homemade enchiladia sauce. It was fantastic and I will be sharing this recipe later. But the best part of it was... the homemade taxo seasoning. It was simple, cheap and has no MSG. 

What you'll need:

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin - or more

1 teaspoon black or garlic pepper

 

Dump everything in a bowl, mix together and you are done, girl!

 

I store mine in an old glass jar. 

 

Tuesday
Mar042014

Crusty and moist pound cake

In the south we love our pound cake. You will find wedding cakes made out of the stuff! The drawback is most people are doing it wrong. Gasp! I know. Their cake is too dry and dense. It doesn't have to be that way. 

This is the pound cake my mother made when I was growing up. My husband loves it. He asks for it. The cake forms a crust all the way around and just under the crust on the bottom of the cake (or top depending on whether or not you flip your bundt) is a creamy layer. It is divine. 

 

And it's so simple, with simple ingredient's (just a LOT of those ingredients). 

Warning: This cake will blow your diet. 

What you'll need:

six eggs, beaten

3 sticks butter, soft

3 cups flour

3 cups sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Begin by combining your eggs and butter in your mixer. Cream your butter. 

 

Yup, all three sticks. I said this wasn't healthy, remember. 

Add in your sugar just a little bit at a time. 

Next add in your flour in half cup increments. Then add in your vanilla. Once everything is fully combined scrape the contents in to a greased bunt pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. 

Here is a tip DON'T whatever you do MELT YOUR BUTTER. It needs to be soft so it creams. 

Then you get a creamy bottom coat just above the bottom crust! 

What is your favorite childhood baked treat? 

Tuesday
Feb252014

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken in Three Simple Steps

There is something just so grand about throwing something in the crock pot, coming back later and it being done!

I love to cook a whole chicken in there. It's so easy and tasty. And ECONOMICAL! 

I wanted to break it down to for you in THREE simple steps that will MAXIMIZE flavor, juice and tenderness. 

What you'll need:

A whole chicken, with any giblets and neck removed

Your favorite seasonings, for this I used kosher salt, pepper, paprika and celery seed

One medium apple, chopped

one onion, chopped

Step 1: Line the bottom of your slow cooker with your apples and onions. 

Step 2: Shove some apples and onion pieces into your bird. 

Step 3: Place your bird in the slow cooker and rub down with your spice mix. 

Set your slow cooker to low for six hours. 

Done! That's it. You're done. 

Come back later to a beautiful roast chicken. 

What slow cooker treats have you made lately? 


Tuesday
Feb182014

Easy Baked Tortellini

I love pasta yes I do, I love pasta how bout you?!

Do you ever need a quick meal? Like a throw it all in the pan and go chase some babies meal? I know I do. 

I made this really simple and really tastey baked tortellini last week and it was a hit. My husband liked it even though it was a meat free meal. Also from beggining to end it only took about 30 minutes. 

What you'll need:

One package of tortellini

1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half

1 cup shredded mozzarella 

1 jar pasta sauce

 

Boil the pasta according to the package directions and pour a little pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. 

 

Add your pasta to the pan. 

Add in your tomatoes. 

Cover in sauce and cheese. 

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 

It is so delicious and cheesy and "tomatoey." 

What's your favorite pasta dish? 


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