Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fresh Pico De Gallo



Pico De Gallo

Ingredients:

2 medium-sized tomatoes

1 jalapeño medium

1/2 of a red onion 

2 garlic cloves 

1  lime

salt and pepper

 Instructions:

1)Cut tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds. (if you don't mind a a juicer kinda thing going on, you can leave them) Dice them into small little pieces (this makes it small and nice chunky for you taste all the bites in the Pico)

 2) Jalapeno - If you like the heat leave in the seeds. Dice this up in really small pieces, much smaller than tomato; just seems to spread it out all through the Pico.

3) Take half of a red onion and dice it same way.

4)  two garlic cloves mince these ( I also have been using a jar garlic that is freeze dried, it is really a nice quick way to use garlic.

5) use the juice of a lime, and salt and pepper.

6) Mix all together an put in a container, and refrigerate. I find the a day in the fridge makes the flavors really marry together. 


Now it is ready to go. You can use it on anything. Even eat it with chips. This is a really fresh way to make a salsa and so easy. If you have never tried to make it, you really should, do it on a small scale.. next time here I will need to make a lot more, it was a hit.  So fresh, so pure and you know everything you put into it. And let's not forget the secret ingredient...that dash ... of love.




Summer here in Georgia has been very hot. The kids are home from school,l we have continuously try to find things to do to beat the heat. Usually waiting until mid day to go in the pool. I am fine with my new  hip revision surgery  and am now on able to go into the pool which makes it nice for this summer. We are just chilling, and since  I'm unable to do any big meals i am finding best way with simple ingredients that are actually the freshest and the easiest way to go,

 so really my friend

 "Life Is Really Just This Simple"
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Black Bean Chorizo Toastado with Fresh Pico De Gallo




Black Beans and Chorizo Tostado with Fresh Pico De Gallo

Ingredients

Beans

1 can black beans  (or you can make a large pot from dried and freeze and use as you need)

Chorizo ( piece of about 4 in)(I buy the small premade  links) ( you are mainly using this to flavor the through out the beans)

Jalapeño  (jar or fresh. The amount of heat you would like)

Minced onion

Minced garlic

Toppings. (Of course whatever you like)

Sour Cream

Pico De Gallo ( if you don't have it salsa is just as good)

Corn tortillas (these are also how you like them. Fried or baked)

Instructions:

1)     Sautée in a pan the chorizo, garlic, and onion; until the chorizo is crumbly and cooked.

2)     Add in the black beans and jalapeños.

3)     Mix all together and  warmed through, put on to the corn tortilla. (just a small amount is enough)


4)     Add your toppings.


5)     Next post I will give you my easy Pico De  Gallo recipe.


Meals like these are one of the easiest and cheapest to make. 

Tips
* Pre-make a bag of black beans and fresh them in quart freezer bags for when you need them. 
* I also buy chorizo in the links and freeze them for when I need them and they cook up just fine.

This mixture could also be used for burritos, tacos, and pizzas.

This is a great summer time...Heat Beating Recipe

Food is a part of life, and I am finding that I am enjoying creating, really great things for my family. I am finding on this journey that the simple things really do taste the best. I as usual hope you enjoy my posts. If at anytime you need help..just holler..

"Life Is Really Just This Simple" 






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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Leftovers Re-Done #Chicken Pot Pie




Now lets talk about chicken. When I do chicken, we always seem to have at least a serving leftover. When we do Rotisserie chicken, I make it a point to pick it clean. Then I put the rest, bones and all in the crock pot with water, onion, carrots, garlic and let simmer all day, strain and get a wonderful homemade chicken broth. At that point you can freeze it also, I keep all my quart Chinese soup containers for that.  The extra meat either becomes a soup that day or I put it in a baggie and freeze. It will freeze for at least 3 months. Mine as usual never lasts that long.

There are other ways to start this remake. You can all month long, put up the little leftovers of veggies you make for meals. You know, that last teaspoon of corn, green beans, or that onion that is about ready to go south. Get a quart container and put in there and freeze, and add as you go. When you are ready you either have the base veggies for a soup, stew, or maybe that chicken pot pie.

Chicken pot pie is a combination of chicken, veggies and a medium thick gravy like sauce all served in a pie crust, or biscuits on top, or even a naked chicken pot pie in the crock pot then served onto a biscuit. This is one of those really easy remake a leftover. You can also do it with steak, ground beef, roast or turkey.

Today is what I remade from my refrigerator.

Chicken Pot Pie

1 quart baggie of leftover chicken (chunk into bite size)

1 small onion (chunk into bite size also)

5 small red potatoes (leftover from dinner, chunked into bite size)

1 bag of mixed veggies

2 cans of cream of chicken soup  (if you don't have this or don't like cream soups. You can start a bit of butter in a pan with flour (roux) and then add milk until the thickness you like)

1 and 1/2 cup of milk.

1 Package of Pie Crusts. (Next time I am going to buy the bottom crust in the metal dish, and a box of pie crusts. That way we get a lot of bottom crust, and it will make 2. I feed a family of 6. You could do this and put the other in the freezer for another time) 

Instructions:

1) Combine everything in a bowl, salt and pepper liberally.

2) In a lasagna pan (our size - you can use a pie pan) Lay the first crust down. Bake this at 350 for just alittle bit, so that the pie wont be soggying it.)
*I also lay parchment paper down in mine, so I have less to wash and easier to come out.
this is a round piece of pie crust, I cut a little here and there to make it fit

3) When bottom is a bit baked, pour in mixture and put on top piece of crust. Poke a few holes for steam to release.
Then put on the top. Here also I kinda cut a little here and there so it would fit.


4) Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, check to see if brown the way you like it.



Let cool for a little bit and serve. Usually we have green beans as a side with this.
Tonight I am making my easier version of bacon wrapped green beans. I will get a picture of that tonight and post tomorrow.. a way to quickly make and get the same taste, maybe even better.

Chicken Pot Pie is one of the ultimate comfort foods.
Remaking and Re-Done is getting to be fun. Actually I haven't started a fresh meal this week so far. I have been using what I have.
So either way it is a win-win situation. Maybe that will save me enough for an Easter Cake...



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Renew a Favorite #greenbeans and bacon


The original is the bacon wrapped green beans. I have been making these for the last three years. I actually got it down to a science using frozen green beans and actually cutting my bacon into 3rds, giving us a healthy way to eat them and actually pig on them.

My kids love these and yes, I must be honest you have to patiently roll them. Well not anymore. Last week in a haste I did them this way. Got that same taste.

Renewed Green beans with Bacon

Ingredients

1/2 cup of real bacon bits
 I get this big bag at the Sams Club. I use it for everything I want bacon in.


1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar.

2 bags of long frozen green beans

Instructions:

1) Dump green beans into a 9x13 pan.

2) Sprinkle evenly the brown sugar.

3) Sprinkle on the bacon bits.

4) Then slowly pour the soy on top.

5) 400 oven for about 45-to an hour.



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Don't Knock It Till You Try It #chicken liver pate



EEEWWWWWWWW  you say?


I sure wish that I could make this look so much prettier, but livers don't take on a wonderful shade of color, while they are cooking, or even after they are cooked.

Yes, I know all the negatives as to why not ...but what if this time, we why not try it?

Livers though I do feel is an acquired taste. If you have tried liver and it was yucky, you should still try this again. What do you have to lose..worst is you could feed it to you animals. Oh no, sorry. Bad imagery.

Chicken Liver Pate

Ingredients:

1 container of livers (drained)

1 small onion minced (use half while cooked and stir the other half in at the end.)

2 cloves of garlic

1tsp garlic salt

salt and pepper

Instructions:

1) Drain the livers and put into a saute pan with the onions and garlic, and seasoning and a little bit of olive oil.


2) Cook on low and stir until the livers are completely cooked. They will not look pretty and most likely smell pretty either.


3) Remove from heat and put into a blender. Blend until smooth and pureed.
*this is where I add the rest of the minced onion. I like a little bit of texture. If not leave it out.


4) Spoon into a container, cool and then put in refrigerator.
 I know something that ugly.. but it tastes sooooo good.


I think this is just a delightful treat. My mother always made this for us. We actually would eat it warm, and barely had any in the fridge for the next day.
We also just eat it on saltine crackers. So fancy, smancy...

So if you are feeling adventurous, then give it a try.. but don't be a hater until you try it.
It actually is a delicacies in a lot of fancy restaurants.

Let me know if you get brave..


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Leftovers Re-Done #Salmon Fried Rice




I know that everyone loves rice, we around here like it anyway it comes. When I make a batch for dinner I can usually double it and use it somewhere else during the week, and if not you can freeze it in batches also. Although I must confess ours never makes it until then.

This week we ordered chinese and with every entree you got the choice of fried or white. I took the fried because it already was seasoned and had peas and carrots and little onion in it.  If you don't have that don't worry about that I will show you how to fix it up just right.

Salmon Fried Rice

Ingredients:

1 can of salmon (hold the juice in the can)

1 quart of leftover rice

1/2 cup of peas and carrots frozen (I add these even if it is the fried rice, I figure more veggies for the family)

1/2 diced onion

1tsp of minced garlic

1 juice of a lemon (or 3tsp of lemon juice)

A little olive oil

Instructions:

1) In a large size pan, saute your garlic, onion, peas, and carrots for just  second or two.

2) Drain your salmon (putting juice to the side), and drop into your pan and start to break up like ground beef.
*I take out the cartilage thingy, because the kids all gripe. You can just smoosh it and it denigrates into the salmon.

3) Saute everyone, until your salmon starts to brown and get little crunchies (I just leave on med heat and flip and break up the crunchies.)
can you see those little brown crunchies..mmmmm

4) Put in the rice, break it up and mix, stir in 1/2 juice from the can and the lemon juice. The juice from the can gives the rice enough moisture to come back from being refrigerated. Salt and Pepper.

5) Toss until everything is coated and warm.


I prefer to serve this with just lemon juice, soy seemed to overpower the salmon taste. Please also salt and pepper to taste.






I am really enjoying sharing all my re-made from leftovers. In doing this I share with you the thought of maybe, I can re-do than throw away. Maybe save a little money. Maybe not eat out as much.
Thanks for taking the time to enjoy my blog.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

New Find Kellogg's Jif Peanut Butter Cereal









I have one of the sweetest friends. We have been friends since I was 18 yrs old, and so as I do not expose her age, I won't tell you how long.. Me, you know I don't care if anyone knows my age.. being 39 forever is a gift.

Any who...my friend always seems to think that my children are deprived from all the sugary treats and cereals made to mankind. So for three or four months at time, she gets them stuff. She is also a wiz at the coupons and she gets the cool new stuff coming out.
Me I can't coupon much for a darn. Cause I like to cook too much. I am not into brands and for awhile now, that is all the coupons are for..brands.

This was in the bag of the cereals for them.
Kellogg's Jif Peanut Butter Cereal. Either I have been deprived of such fancy stuff, or this was delicious. I just ate it plain.

I looked at the calories and not too bad for a serving. Could definitely work this one in.

My kids wanted me to make peanut butter balls with it.. AHHHH>>>>like no.. a 4.00 box of cereal into a ball.. nope, a little real peanut butter and powder sugar and we have plenty of on the fly and cheap balls.

Well I just stopped in for a minute to share..

Have a great weekend..
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