Monday, January 31, 2011

Doritos Casserole

Need an easy, inexpensive weeknight meal? Don't really feel like cooking but you want something yummy that your family will eat? Want something your kids will eat? Then this is the recipe for you. My sister learned this recipe from somebody, I don't remember who, but she used to convince my mom to let us have it all the time growing up. And my hubby and I ate it a lot when we were college students. Hello cheap casserole! We would cut the recipe in half and bake it in an 8x8 pan and still always get at least two meals out of it, maybe more if we were sure to eat other stuff along with it. Now, it's more of a comfort food - kind of like macaroni and cheese - and is definitely the meal I turn to when I don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

Doritos Casserole

1 pkg. Cooler Ranch Doritos chips
2 cans chili
2 can cream of mushroom soup
Shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. Crush Doritos chips into bottom on 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix chili and cream of mushroom soup together; pour over Doritos. Cover with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and inside is warm, approximately 15-20 minutes.

Note: The leftovers of this casserole really aren't that great because the chips get soggy if they sit for very long. If you want to make this up but plan to have leftovers, combine the chili and mushroom soup and put into a casserole dish. Cover with cheese and bake until warm and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Then put a single serving of crushed Doritos chips on a plate and cover with the chili mixture. This way you can add fresh Doritos chips to every serving and don't have to worry about  soggy chips.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Delicious & Easy Bow-Ties

I really love pasta.It's a serious weakness. Pasta and breads. I could eat a whole meal of fresh made bread. It doesn't matter what kind. I love it. Pasta is pretty much the same way. I never get tired of pasta. Now, if you combine pasta, tomatoes and bacon, you can just about guarantee I'll eat it. And eat it I did! Mmm ... just the thought of this is making my mouth water!

Delicious and Easy Bow Ties
Recipe from Western Family

1 lb. bow tie pasta, cooked an drained
1 lb. bacon, cooked until crisp; drain and crumble {use the real stuff ... don't substitute turkey bacon here ... ask me why I know}
2 cans (14.5 oz) Italian Stewed Tomatoes, drained
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 cups fresh spinach leaves {I think if you slice these up, it tastes better and leftovers work better}
1 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced, OR 2 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

In a deep skillet heat tomatoes and garlic over medium heat.
Add bacon, spinach, onions and basil to skillet and simmer until spinach is slightly wilted.
Add bow tie pasta and toss.
Add cheese and serve immediately.

Monday, January 17, 2011

DK Wraps

My brother-in-law came up with this recipe while he was on his mission in the South. He needed recipes that were easy and relatively inexpensive. These fit the bill pretty well. He and my sister made them for us when we were down visiting for Christmas. For being so simple, they are deceptively delicious. Actually, I'm kind of craving one right now. 
I also love the versatility. There are so many different ways you could cook them up, they could pretty much fit any taste.

DK Wraps
Recipe from Dakotah Gordon

Flour or whole wheat tortilla wraps
Ground beef, cooked
Creole Seasoning
Bacon, cooked and chopped
Cheese, shredded

Spread ground beef onto bottom half of tortilla wrap. Sprinkle desired amount of Creole seasoning onto meat - the more seasoning you use, the spicier it will be. Add some bacon and shredded cheese to the top. Fold the tortilla so that there are no open ends; grill on a George Foreman, in a saucepan, or on a barbecue grill. Serve it up! Mmm!

Cooked, shredded chicken
Cajun or Italian seasonings
Add some BBQ sauce or ranch dressing
Use grilled fish, chopped shrimp or crab for the meat
Swiss cheese instead of cheddar

Friday, January 14, 2011

Karen's Sloppy Joes

I tend to think that if you are going to make something, homemade is generally better. A few months ago my younger siblings came to visit us and they had lunch. They volunteered to bring sloppy joe mix, but I told them not to worry about it because I had something better than those store bought mixes. When I made up lunch and my sibs finally got to try this recipe, they all agreed that these were the best sloppy joes. It is perhaps the best sloppy joe recipe I've ever had. I have three different recipes for sloppy joes, but this one is probably my favorite. It's also really easy. Ah, you can't beat delicious and easy!

Karen's Sloppy Joes
Recipe from Sister's Cafe

1 lb ground turkey or lean ground beef (still tastes great with turkey)
1 onion
3/4 c. ketchup
2 T. brown sugar
1.5 T. mustard
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce

Chop onion and assemble ingredients. Brown ground turkey/beef in a large frying pan. Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix well. Serve on hamburger bun or whatever you would like. Voila!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Sausages

First of all, I have to say that I just can't seem to type wrapped {that word, it took a lot of concentration to accomplish}. I always end up spelling warped . . . yes, even the second "p" conspicuously ends up missing. At least I am catching it so far. That sounds like a really yummy, recipe, huh? Bacon Warped Sausages. Yum. Just makes you giddy inside for the thought of eating it, right? Or not. :P

Anyway, these are super yummy. Just not super good for you. But that doesn't matter. Because they are that good. I ate at least four at our Christmas Eve party. Maybe more. I might have lost track of how many I ate . . . this helps considerably when you are trying not to feel guilty about eating all the unhealthy stuff.

Everyone else kept raving about them, too. My husband's family is pretty good about eating healthy. Hubby and I try, also. It's just that important to us. But I've been wanting to try these for a long time so I finally relented and made these. I'm glad I did. Every. single. one. of my brothers-in-law loved them. Now, they can't stop talking about them. Next month we are all going to get together and have a "President's Favorite Foods" potluck party to celebrate President's Day. One of my brother-in-laws has slyly suggested that there is a president whose favorite food was bacon wrapped sausages.

This recipe is from one of my favorite cooking blogs, Our Best Bites. If you've never seen their blog, you should really check it out. Any time I've made something of theirs, I've felt like a cooking goddess because it just always turns out fantastic. This is no exception.

Bacon Wrapped Sausages
Recipe from Our Best Bites
1 14-oz. package Lit'l Smokies
1 12-oz. package lean bacon
3/4 c. brown sugar {I actually used less than this - probably about 1/2 cup - but I do think they would have tasted better with more so don't make this same mistake!}

Preheat your oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut the slab of bacon into thirds.
Wrap 1/3 of each slice of bacon around each sausage and secure with a toothpick and place on the baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining sausages and bacon. When I was making these, the stars somehow aligned and this package of Lit'l Smokies and Hormel Black Label bacon matched up completely--no leftover bacon, no leftover sausage. Sprinkle brown sugar over sausages and bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes or until bacon has cooked and is starting to brown. Yum!!


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