Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Donna's Dip"

From: My friend Karen who got the recipe from her friend Donna!

16 oz container of sour cream
1 package Ranch dip mix (dry)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup bacon bits

Mix together. Awesome dip for chips!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Microwave Coffee Cup Egg Scramble

From: Here

2 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper

Coat 12-ounce microwave-safe coffee mug with cooking spray. Add eggs and milk; stir until well blended. Microwave on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave until eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer. Top with cheese; season with salt and pepper.

Oh. My. Gosh. Thumbs up! I wasn't really sure how this would turn out but it was actually really easy and delicious! And FAST! It is perfect for breakfast or even a snack during the day. I did actually add some crumbled bacon too, and it was so good! I think I will be eating eggs every morning from now on...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Homemade Salsa

From: Here

1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
1 10-oz can original Rotel
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed (I used minced)
1/2 - 1 jalapeno, seeded or not (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp ground cumin
small to medium size handful of cilantro
juice of 1 lime

Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste. Serve with chips or over tacos.

Okay, you are SO lucky that I remembered to take a picture before this was all gone. Whew. You can't imagine the process I have gone through for my entire marriage, trying to find the perfect salsa for my husband. He loves the salsa in restaurants but I cannot find a store-purchased salsa that fits that style for him. Not even the "restaurant-style salsa" you can find in the store. So when I saw this recipe I had to try it. It looked great and looked like the perfect consistency. I would highly recommend this salsa. Now, we did both agree that it doesn't need an entire lime in it. I think I could tweak this a little the next time - perhaps just a tad more cilantro and leave some jalapeno seeds in to make it just a tiny bit hotter, and maybe just a half of a lime. I will say this, even without those tweaks, our family ate an entire bag of chips with this salsa right after I made it!  

Easy Chunky Tomato Soup

2 T vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T flour
1/2 cup milk
1 jar (26-28 oz) tomato pasta sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
shredded cheddar cheese

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until softened.

Add flour; cook and stir until moistened. Gradually add milk, cooking and stirring about 2 minutes or until smooth and bubbly.

Stir in pasta sauce, tomatoes, and broth. Cover; cook over medium heat about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, just until mixture boils. Top each serving with cheddar cheese.

What I did differently from the recipe:
Nothing! It was too easy to change!

What I'll do differently next time:
Maybe add some pasta noodles or ground beef.

Thumbs up! Easy and would make again, perhaps with adding the noodles or beef.