Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fried Rice

Leftover rice & mixed veggies tend to just go bad in our house so this makes the perfect quick meal to use those up. Probably about 15 - 20 minutes, one pan, and you will have a tasty meal for your family. Can't beat that! Tip: If you keep your cooked rice out of the fridge it won't get hard and gross. Downside is that it won't last as long. Maybe a two or three days.1 1/2 C. Chopped Ham or Chicken or Beef or Shrimp or Spam-(tastes pretty much the same as ham. Main difference is fat content, but it's handy because you can have it readily available in the pantry)
2 Eggs
1 1/2 C. Mixed Veggies (as much as you like really)
About 6 C. Cooked Rice
1/4 C. Soy Sauce

Heat a large tall sided skillet, pot, or electric skillet to medium high heat. Fry ham until you get some beautiful browning and push to one side of pan. Spray available space with a little Pam or oil and scramble eggs with no S&P. Try not to let egg spread into ham, but really no big deal if it does a little. Push cooked eggs on top of ham. Heat veggies through in empty space and then mix everything together. Add cooked rice and mix well. Add soy sauce and mix well again. It's ready to go! Yummy!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Quesadillas Any Way You Like 'em

In our household quesadillas are a regular lunchtime event. My picky daughter will eat them any time, any where. I don't usually mind because I quite like them too.
I perfer cooking them in a pan over microwaving. You get golden delicious crispiness and a more even melt of the cheese. We have tried a lot of different combos at our house and here are some of our favorites:
Plain old cheese and tortilla dipped in sour cream & salsa or hummus
Cheese and Ham dipped in Mayo and Mustard
Cheese and Turkey Pepperoni dipped in Pizza Sauce
Cheese and Enchilada Sauce
(if I have to open a can of sauce I usually freeze the leftovers in Icecube tray to use later)
Cheese and Chili
Cheese, Chicken, and Cream of Chicken Soup all mixed to gether then cooked inside the tortilla
You can put pretty much anything into a quesadilla and kids will love it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Hey! Isn't Hummus one of those healthy, vegetarian, tree hugger, hippie foods? No it isn't! I was really hesitant to try it because I don't really consider myself to be any of those things, but boy am I glad I did! I haven't really explored all of the avenues of Hummus yet, but I can tell you the ones I like. It's great with corn chips, quesodillas, & pita bread. My favorite kind is from Costco. It's just under $5 for almost two pounds and worth every penny. You may be thinking to yourself, "Why not make your own? The ingredients are cheap and easy to find. This is a RECIPE blog after all." It's because I have tried several times to make it and it NEVER tastes as good. So if you're feeling a little adventurous, you should definitely give this one a try. You'll never go back to salsa again. Well, maybe that's a little extreme, but it's definitely a great alternative!