fiesta bean dip and chips ~menu idea

Here is another of our great menu ideas. It is frugal, and yummy at the same time, you will get my my Fiesta Basics ebook for the recipes.

You will need

  • refried beans
  • grated cheese we like the Mexican blend
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • diced onions
  • diced tomatoes or salsa
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • optional is cooked ground beef
  • optional is cooked rice
  • corn tortillas

Prepare your refried bean however you like, adding optional items if desired. For each serving, add beans then cheese then each topping as desired, usually after the cheese we add onions, sour cream, salsa then a spoon of guacamole and some cilantro. Remember anything fresh and green makes it look gourmet. We serve this with corn tortillas that have been cut in 1/4 ‘s and fried in hot oil and are served still warm.

This dish is a meal in itself.

This is just a menu idea would you like to see it made into an ebook with step by step instructions and pictures?

creamy cheesy potato soup

 

When it is cold or windy or rainy, ok I guess anytime except a hot summer day, I love soup!! My ultimate comfort food, well except for some dark chocolate. We have been working an a new soup book for my bookstore, a compilation of yummy soup techniques. This is what we did yesterday.

To our large crockpot we added

  • diced raw potatoes
  • chunks of broccoli tops
  • 1 package of cream cheese cut in chunks
  • a package of cooked bacon pieces
  • enough whole (at our house fresh) milk to cover it all
  • a dash or two of soul seasoning (healthy seasoned salt sort of)

we turned it on high and ran out the door to go get a horse, about 3-4 hours later we returned and served it up with a half cup grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream topping each serving. It was INCREDIBLE!!! I cannot wait to make it again and will probably add more veggies.

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spaghetti feast ~ menu idea

 

This is another menu idea rather than an exact recipe. I will try to share our homemade spaghetti sauce in another post.

Basically you will need

  • your choice of cooked pasta it doesn’t have to actually be spaghetti
  • your choice of sauce, homemade is better
  • Italian blend grated cheese
  • Parmesan cheese, the grated kind in the cooler is better than the ground up stuff in the can
  • bread homemade is best, slice it thick
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • finely chopped fresh garlic
  • fresh prepared salad

Prepare a spread for the bread using butter, olive oil, grated Parmesan and the garlic. Spread on each slice and broil just lightly.

On each plate add some cooked pasta, the top with sauce. Add some grated cheese, then sprinkle some Parmesan on top of that. If you have some fresh oregano or even parsley sprinkle a bit of it diced up on top. Green stuff always makes it look gourmet. Add your bread and a side salad, and  prepare to be pleased!

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breaded chicken breasts

 

Lately Georgia has been doing chicken a bit different. We don’t eat a lot of fried food but when we do it is homemade. I want to know exactly what is in it. She has perfected a chicken breast technique that can be used in lots of ways. These can be used for

  • chicken sandwiches
  • chicken biscuits
  • sweet and sour chicken
  • bbq chicken
  • and more

She starts with boneless chicken breasts. Not some strange meat by-product that used to resemble a chicken, but real chicken breasts. If they are thick she will pound them out with a meat tenderizer. Then she cuts them in the desired sizes, sometimes she wants half a breast or sometimes just bite sized pieces.

She has two bowls already prepared, one with beaten eggs and one with seasoned flour, we like to use a local seasoning called soul seasoning, it is basically a seasoned salt with no msg.

She takes each piece of chicken and places it in the egg, then the flour then the egg again then the flour again, then fries in hot oil till golden brown.

It is incredible just like that and better than any chicken restaurant anywhere. But you could also place in a covered container with either sweet and sour sauce or bbq sauce and shake to coat. I love these on biscuits or with rice on the side.

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baked potato feast ~ menu idea

 

 

this is more of a menu idea rather than an exact recipe, start with 1 large baked potato per person then prepare several sides, and toppings, you can even use leftovers

  • butter or ranch dressing or cheese sauce, or even gravy
  • bbq pork or beef or diced cooked chicken
  • vegetables, lots of cooked or raw diced vegetables
  • grated cheese
  • sour cream
  • chopped chives
  • bacon bits
  • anything else that sounds good

Let each person load on what they want! Works great when set up like a salad bar or when the sides are put on a lazy susan in the middle of the table. Enjoy! This can be as healthy or extravagant as you choose it to be. Also great with a salad and some homemade bread.

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Creatively Simple – How to Make Homemade Chimichangas

We moved from Southern California to Tennessee in the late fall of 1993. It was a wonderful new place except for one thing. We had grown up on Mexican food. Not American style fast food Mexican but authentic, miles from the border California style Mexican food. There was no good Mexican food in Tennessee. So I made it myself. Then I taught my daughters. Then we had more daughters and they learned to cook better than me. And they got better and better. And now that there are plenty of Mexican restaurants in Tennessee, we still can’t find one that tastes as good as our daughters cook. So I followed Georgia around the kitchen with my camera just to get this incredible information for you!

Chimichangas are similar to fried burritos served on a bed of lettuce and smothered in sauce.

If you like this book you will probably also like my Creatively Simple – How to make Fiesta Basics – Salsa, Guacamole, Beans and Rice.

This is just one of a series of Creatively Simple “How to” ebooks approx 23 pages with lots of pictures  ebook download

not just a recipe, but a very detailed How To ebook with step by step instructions and lots of pictures  $4.95 regular price

NEW Release special for a limited time only $2.95

Creatively Simple – How to Make Homemade Taquitos

Creatively Simple – How to Make Homemade Taquitos

We moved from Southern California to Tennessee in the late fall of 1993. It was a wonderful new place except for one thing. We had grown up on Mexican food. Not American style fast food Mexican but authentic, miles from the border California style Mexican food. There was no good Mexican food in Tennessee. So I made it myself. Then I taught my daughters. Then we had more daughters and they learned to cook better than me. And they got better and better. And now that there are plenty of Mexican restaurants in Tennessee, we still can’t find one that tastes as good as our daughters cook. So I followed Georgia around the kitchen with my camera just to get this incredible information for you! There will be lots of upcoming books on her incredible Mexican recipes.

This is just one of a series of Creatively Simple “How to” ebooks approx 20 pages with lots of pictures  ebook download

not just a recipe, but a very detailed How To ebook with step by step instructions and lots of pictures  $4.95 regular price

AND MY First Things First ebook I send to you with every purchase!

NEW Release special for a limited time only $2.95

super simple salsa

We always make homemade salsa and in fact that is half the reason we grow a garden. Here is my super simple technique. It will take a bit longer if you don;t have a food processor, but just get a friend to help you chop. This will be enough to feed a small army.

  • 12 med size fresh tomatoes
  • 3 large peeled cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bunch of fresh cliantro
  • large handful of peppers, 6-10 your choice, we use jalapenos, cayenne, gypsy, poblano, and Anaheim, sometimes habanera
  • salt to taste

you will want chips to eat it with, we cook our own, see note below

Start by washing all of your ingredients. We will be using a food processor with the bottom mixing blade. Not the slicer or shredding disc. We will be using the pulse button.

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Step #1 – Start with 6 of the tomatoes cut in half, cover and puree by pulsing several times, then put in mixing bowl.

 

 

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Step #2 – Place garlic and cilantro in processor, cover and pulse until coarsely chopped.

 

 

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Add to mixing bowl.

 

 

 

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Step #3- Add all peppers, if big then cut in half or quarters, also add onion, peeled and quartered. Cover and pulse until chopped.

 

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Add to mixing bowl.

 

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Step #4 – Add remaining 6 tomatoes quartered, cover and pulse slightly only until diced in large chunks.

 

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Add to mixing bowl.

 

 

 

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Final step – Mix well and add salt to taste. Then refrigerate for 30 minutes to let flavors blend.

 

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Homemade salsa is great on many things but best with home cooked tortillas. Take a stack of corn tortillas and cut the whole stack in 4ths using a butcher knife. Then separate and cook each in hot oil. We use a deep fryer and tongs. Be careful and only cook for a few seconds each. Drain on paper towels. You will think you are eating in a Mexican restaurant! Ole!

vegetable fajitas

use the same recipe as the vegetable burritos, but substitute fajita seasoning and use small tortillas 🙂 and add a bit of cheese and sour cream on top

vegetable burritos

this is another creative recipe – determine your own ingredients and amounts

you will need

  • large flour tortillas, 1 per serving
  • cooked rice, about 1/2 cup per serving
  • diced veggies, squash, zucchini, green beans, mushrooms, onions, peppers, whatever you like or is growing in your garden
  • diced fresh tomatoes
  • olive oil or butter

combine and sauté or stir fry your diced veggies using the butter or oil, all except the tomatoes, set those aside, brown your tortillas in a skillet

on a tortilla add veggies, cooked rice and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper or maybe even teriyaki sauce and fold one end over slightly then roll like a burrito, or eat like a large taco

yummy, fast, healthy, and cheap! but be forewarned your family may want seconds