Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mini Cheese Pizzas and Cold Burritos

The girls had a playdate with friends today and we made Mini Cheese Pizzas for the kids. I hadn't originally planned to post these but the kids loved them so much I had to grab my camera to get a picture of them before they were all gone! Sorry it's not the greatest picture.

All I used was the small Buttermilk Biscuits, a jar of Ragu pizza sauce and a package of mixed cheese. Roll each biscuit flat, top with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings and baked at 400º for 9 minutes (or follow the directions on the biscuit package). Let cool and ENJOY!! I know the kids sure did today!!

I also had these fabulous finger foods out for everyone to enjoy. I got this recipe from Princess Guinea Pig's PreK teacher (Thanks Miss A!). They are super yummy and really easy to make.

Cold Burritos
8 ounce cream cheese
8 ounce sour cream
1 - 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
1 - 4 ounce can chopped black olives
8 ounce grated cheddar cheese
10 large flour tortillas

Mix all ingredients, spread mixture on tortillas, roll and refrigerate until firm. Cut and serve.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Chicken Fajitas

I got this yummy recipe from a friend while we were stationed in Idaho. I get lots of complements when ever I make it. Enjoy!

1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
1 envelope (1 ounce) Onion Soup Mix (I use Lipton)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup salsa
12 (7-8 inch) flour tortillas, warmed

Cut bell peppers into 1/2-inch strips. Cut chicken crosswise into thin strips.
Heat 1 teaspoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry 3-4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from skillet; set aside. Add remaining oil, bell peppers and garlic; stir fry 1-2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Add chicken, onion soup mix, water and salsa to bell pepper mixture. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
Serve on warm tortillas and top with guacamole, shredded Colby & Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream.

My girls don't like bell peppers, so I only give them the chicken and I drizzle the sauce over the top of it with cheese and sour cream. Princess Guinea Pig gobbled hers down and made what we call a "happy plate" and Little Princess Guinea Pig only ate about half of hers and said she was done.

What's for breakfast? Mini Breakfast Pizzas

The girls and I were supper excited to try these. They couldn't wait for them to be done and they were super easy to make.

8 to 10 eggs (I used 8)
3 tablespoons milk
Salt and pepper to taste (I used my Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
10 frozen white dinner rolls, thawed (I used a bag of 12)
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (I had mine pre-made)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese (I used Colby Jack)

In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk, salt and pepper. Melt butter in a skillet; add the egg mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until the eggs are set. Remove from the heat and set aside. Roll each dinner roll into a 5-in. circle. Place on greased baking sheets. Spoon egg mixture evenly over crusts. Sprinkle with bacon and cheese. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
One thing I would do different is to have all my rolls out on pans before filling them up. I did one pan at a time and had a little bit of eggs and bacon left over and could have used it on the first pan that was already in the oven. I also started this a little after 7 am and had the girls fed and down from the table before 8 am. The longest part is the cooking time.
Princess Guinea Pig says it was "Mmm, Mmm Good", Little Princess Guinea Pig said they were "Yummy!" and Mommy Guinea Pig says they are fantastic and I have left overs for tomorrow!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Kicked out of the kitchten

Well, I had a yummy breakfast planned for this morning but I was kicked out of the kitchen by Daddy Guinea Pig. Though I love the help, I was really looking forward to sharing a new recipe with you all. I guess I'll save it for next weekend when I'll have more Guinea Pigs to torture, lol. My Brother and two of his kids will be here to visit.
Daddy Guinea Pig made bacon and his Special Eye Toast. Here's how you make Special Eye Toast: You toast a slice of bread and make a small 1 inch by 1 inch square in the center of your bread. Place your bread in a frying pan over medium-high heat and crack one egg over it with the yoke in the center of the square. Once that side is cooked, flip your bread to cook the main part of the egg over easy. Once done, place on plate, top with syrup and when you cut into your Special Eye Toast, it looks like an eye breaking open - his words not mine, lol.
I'm not a huge fan of this meal because it reminds me too much of French Toast and I'm not a huge fan of French Toast, so I had toast with jelly instead.
Feel free to give it a try and let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Beef Burgundy

You know you've got a good thing when you announce dinners ready and your 3 year old yells from her room "Oh boy, dinners ready" and comes running. Tonight I made Beef Burgundy for the first time. I don't normally modify a recipe when I first make it but I did add a few things and I know I'll make it the same way next time! It turned out super yummy!!

4 tablespoons butter or margarine (you know everything's better with butter, heehee)
1 1/2 pounds of beef filet, cubed (? Not sure what that is but I used sirloin)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup Burgundy wine or beef broth (I used beef broth since I didn't have any wine)
1 cup beef bouillon (1 cup boiling water with one beef bouillon cube)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 (32 ounce) package frozen vegetables for stew (I used a veggie mix with potatoes, carrots, green beans and onion)
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces egg noodles, cooked

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add beef. Saute beef until brown on all sides. Sprinkle with flour; mix well.
Stir wine (or beef broth) into skillet. I also added one envelope of dry onion soup. Cook, covered, over medium heat for 5 minutes. Blend bouillon and ketchup in a measuring cup. Stir mixture into skillet.
Add vegetables and bay leaf to skillet. I also added diced celery. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.
Discard bay leaf. Stir in onion salt and pepper. Serve over egg noodles.

Starting this blog was a very spur of the moment thing - so I'll be sure to take a picture next time. ;) But everyone in my family enjoyed it which is a huge plus when you have little ones!! I hope you enjoy it too!