Monday, April 19, 2010

Baked ravioli w/meat sauce....

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 (25 ounce) package frozen cheese ravioli
  • 1 (14 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until no longer pink. Drain grease, then stir in the spaghetti sauce and tomatoes.
  3. Spread 1/3 of the sauce in the bottom of an 11x7 inch baking dish. Arrange 1/2 of the ravioli over the sauce. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/2 of the Monterey Jack cheese over the ravioli. Repeat layers, ending with the last of the sauce on top. Cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top before serving.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

crockpot chicken taco soup....

4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips or cubes)

1/2 stick butter, diced

1 large sweet or yellow onion, diced

approximately 2 cups water

1-2 cans Rotel (we use 2), undrained

2 cans hominy (one white, one yellow), drained

1 -2 tsp. ground cumin

1 Tbsp. chili powder

1 Tbsp. Lawry's seasoned salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp/ cayenne pepper (ground)

Place chicken breasts, water, butter, seasonings & rotel in crockpot. Cook on low for 3-4 hrs. Add hominy and pinto beans (optional)...cook for approximately 2 more hours. Or, you can just throw it in all together except for the beans and cook it until app. 30 minutes before ready to serve, then turn the crockpot to high and add the beans until they are warm. Serve over doritos or fried corn tortillas with shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo & guacamole!! YUM!!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Charlie's pico de gallo & guacamole..

Okay, our guacamole is REALLY similar to Pioneer Woman's...the only thing we change is to add some garlic powder and about a cup of homemade sour cream to make it stretch since we have a family of 5 and our kids INHALE

pico de gallo:

Sweet onions
Roma tomatoes

1. Dice up the onons.
2. Dice up the tomatoes in an equal size to the onions. Make about the same amount of tomatoes as you did onions.
3. Chop up an equal amount of cilantro.
4. Slice 1 or 2 (we use 1) jalepeno in half and with a spoon, scrape out seeds.
5. Dice very fine.
6. Dump all ingredients into a bowl.
7. Slice a lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl.
8. Sprinkle with salt and stir.


1. Halve the avocados lengthwise and remove the pit. Scoop out onto a large plate.
2. Next. sprinkle some salt and mash the avocados.Add a dash of garlic powder. Just a small dash. :)
3. Now, throw on a big helping of pico de gallo.

4. Stir together gently.
5. Taste with tortilla chips add more salt if necessary.

6. Add a huge helping (about 1 cup) of homemade sour cream!!


Sour Cream:

Pour two cups half and half into jar. Stir in two tablespoons buttermilk or white vinegar. Shake vigorously, then wrap towel around and let sit in a warm place overnight. Twenty-four hours later, you'll have sour cream. Voila!


Friday, February 6, 2009

7 layer Mexican dip...

*This is a meal in itself!! :)

2 cans refired beans with green chilies

5 avacados, smashed

16 oz. sour cream

3 tomatoes, chopped

1 c. green onions, chopped

2 cans sliced ripe olives

6-8 oz. cheddar or colby jack cheese, grated.

Layer ingredients in order given. Made a day ahead and serve with chips.

*I make this for supper when I know we are going to need a quick and easy meal the next day. I just throw this all together and the next evening it's ready!! Bring out the chips and EAT!! My family LOVES this meal! :)

Party sandwiches...

You need:

2 pkgs of 12 dinner rolls

1/2 stick butter, melted

4 tablespoons poppy seeds

4 tablespoons mustard

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Sliced ham

Swiss cheese

1 T. minced onions

In a bowl - mix together the butter, poppy seeds, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.Spread sauce on both sides of rolls and put a piece of ham and cheese on each.Srinkle minced onions on top of bread.Cover and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts. Best if served warm!!

*Got the basic recipe for this from my mother -in-law, Barbara, and decided to switch around a few things. I found a similar recipe on the internet and just kind of combined the two to get these delicious sandwiches! Yummy!! We serve these with chips, pickles and olives. :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Beef Enchiladas....

1 lb hamburger meat
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 can of sliced black olives
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of Enchilada sauce
8 oz of shredded colby jack cheese
6-8 corn or flour tortillas(Charlie likes corn; I like flour; we trade off) :)

Brown the meat with seasonings and saute the onions in with it. Once that is done, add in the olives and let it heat and then add in 3/4 of the cheese and let it melt - mix it all together. Fill tortillas with the meat mixture and roll up. Combine the mushroom soup and enchilada sauce and pour on top. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

*Or you can follow instructions and instead of rolling up the tortillas do this:

1. Spray 9X13 pan with cooking spray
2. Add thin layer of soup mixture
3. Add some meat mixture on top of that
4. place tortillas on top of meat mixture like layering lasagna
5. continue layering soup mixture,meat mixture,tortillas; on top pour remaining soup mixture and add more shredded cheese. Continue baking according to above instructions.

This may sound complicated but it is SO easy!!! Any questions? Sometimes I am not clear with instructions! Let me know & I will try to clear it up for you! :)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Julie's crescent roll chicken & dumplins.....

I combined two recipes to get this delicious version and I made a few adjustments the 2nd time I made these. Feel free to tweak this recipe as much as you like. One word of caution: only put the recommended amount of filling in the dumplins. That is all those crescent roll dumplings can hold. Any more and they will explode! (Yes, I am saying, "dumplins" on purpose. Dumplings just doesn't sound right to me, ya'll! :)

4-5 chicken breasts, boiled and chopped up fine (I cooked mine in crockpot all day with onion & celery and poultry seasoning to make an excellent broth)

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 c. broth

1/2 c. milk

4 tbsp. butter, softened

3 cans buttery flaky BIG crescent rolls

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt or just use 1/2 tsp. garlic salt and no powder

black pepper & salt for dumplins.

Preheat oven to 400. Spray 9 X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix in med. size bowl, chicken, cream cheese & garlic powder & salt or just garlic salt. In another med. size bowl, mix together soups and broth and milk.

Roll out the cans of croissant sheets and separate into diamond shaped sections. Place a small handful of chicken mixture on each diamond, fold dough over and press ends together to create dumplings. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with one layer of dumplings.Place some softened butter on top of each of the dumplings.Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Pour soup mixture on top of dumplings. Place foil on top of pan now or dumplings will brown too quickly and not be done all the way through. Bake another 15-20 minutes or until the dumplings are tender and cooked through and the top is brown and bubbly .