Thursday, November 29, 2007

turkey leftover recepies

I would like to hear some recipes to use up turkey leftovers!
one of my favorite is turkey torilla soup. I have 2 new turkey leftover recipes I haven't tried yet..if they turn out to be any good I'll post them. Southwestern egg rolls and turkey cakes with apple relish.

How about everyone else? any good turkey recipes up your sleavs?

Turkey tortilla soup use up that leftover turkey!

For the Tortilla Strips-

6 corn tortillas cut into strips
2 tbl. olive oiil
salt to taste.

For The Soup-

2cups onions
1 cup frozen corn
1 tbl. minced garlic
1 jalapeƱo diced
2 tbl. olive oil
1 tbl. tomatoe paste
1 tbl. chipotle chilies in adobe sauce ( I couldn't find this ingredient any where so I just used roasted peppers from a jar and some chipotle seasoning)
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes in juices (14.5 oz)
2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
1 cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed
1/4 cup scallions, sliced
2 tbl. minced fresh cilantro
juice of half of a lime

shredded cheese
sour cream
sliced avocado
tortilla strips

Prehat oven 400
toss tortilla strips in oil arrange on baking sheet bake until crisp 12- 14 min. season with salt set aside

saute onions, corn, garlic and jalapeno in 2 tbl. oil in a large pot. Stir in tomatoe paste, chipotles and seasoning. cook 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, turkey, and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 min. Finish soup with scallions, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste.
top each serving with your choice of toppings

this has a long ingredient list but it taste great! beats cold turkey sandwiches on a cold day.
makes about 8 cups total time 50 min.

Waldorf salad...(fruit salad)

1/2 cup walnuts (or peanuts)
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
3 tbl. sugar
1 tbl. lemon juice
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
2 cups apples dices
1 1/2 cup seedless red grapes halved
1 cup celery sliced
1/2 cup shredded coconut

whisk together yogurt sugar and lemon juice. Sprinkle in seasoning to taste. I know it sounds odd but salt and cayenne pepper really enhances the flavor don't leave it out. you can use chili powder if you don't have cayenne. stir in all other ingredients.
delicious! this is great for any meal, Breakfast, lunch and dinner! yeah!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry (one of our family stand-bies)

(or meat of your choice)
noodles or rice
3 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP corn oil
(or whatever oil you have really)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp pepper

There are a lot of ways to make this. You can use fresh or frozen vegetables. I usually just get one of the frozen stir-fry varieties to have in the freezer when needed. You can also use chicken you have cooked and cubed (or shredded) or use a canned chicken. I actually like it better with canned, but if I have left over of anything... chicken, steak, pork, I'll make it with that.

Saute the veggies in 1 or 2 TBSP oil over med. to med. high heat. Add the meat half way through. Meanwhile mix all the ingredients for the sauce together. (If I'm making a lot, I double the sauce recipe.) You can add the sauce to the meat and veggies right after you turn off the heat. Serve over hot rice or noodles.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Spanish Rice - family standby

1 onion
1 small can green chili
2 tbsp butter
1 cup rice (you can use instant, but I use regular)

Cook in pan until onion is translucent and rice is slightly brown

1 large can tomato sauce
1 can tomatoes
2 cups water
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp paprika

Boil covered for approximately 30 minutes or until rice is done

While rice is boiling brown ground beef in skillet.
Shred cheddar cheese

When rice is done stir in beef. Sprinkle cheese on top and cover. Let cheese melt.

This is soo yummy. It is a comfort food for me. Whenever I would go to my grandmas house this is what we would eat. Unless of course we had enchiladas or beef stew. But it is yummy. It took me 3 or 4 tries to get it to turn out right. So if it doesn't turn out the first time try again it is definitely worth it and cheap to make.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Our Family Stand-By

Our family stand-by is probably breakfast for dinner! My mom used to do this every now and then when we were kids (usually if my dad was out of town because he didn't like breakfast for dinner). Here are a few of the breakfasts we have had for dinner:

Fried Egg Sandwiches on toast with jam, or ketchp and mayo (I love jam on my eggs! Weird, I know!) Sometimes it's good to add bacon or ham!

Waffles and Syrup (ya' know...the frozen kind!)

Cold Cereal (every now and then...nothin' beats a good bowl of cereal)

Breakfast Burrito's: Try this! (I promise it's good!) Scramble some eggs and then add white chicken breast (from a can) , some cheese and some salsa! It's yummy! I like to put it all in a tortilla and then brown the burrito a little bit in some olive oil in a frying pan to crisp it up!

Last but certainly not least...Crepes! My all- time favorite breakfast!

1 cup milk
2/3 cup flour
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. melted butter
a dash of sugar
a dash of salt
a dash of vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together and then let rest for a few minutes. Pour about 1/2 cup of the batter into a frying pan heated to medium high heat, (spray it with cooking spray first). When you can loosen all the edges with your spatula and the batter starts to solidify, it's time to flip them! ( I usually have to double the recipe to feed my family of 6!) I like to put lemon juice and powdered sugar inside them and then roll them up and eat them. My husband likes plain, maple syrup or a little chocolate syrup in his! Raspberry jam would be fabulous inside, with a little powdered sugar on top! Enjoy!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Chicken Lo-Mein

1 lb Chicken, cut into bit size pieces
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cut celery, chopped
1/4 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup snow peas
Stir-fry sauce (any kind you want)
1/2 lb angel hair pasta, cooked & drained
soy sauce
vegetable oil

Drizzle oil in hot pan and add chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook through. Remove chicken and set aside. Add onions, carrots, celery. Cook to desired doneness. I like mine a little crunchy. Add chicken, mushrooms, snow peas, stir-fry sauce and pasta. Mix well and heat through. Add soy sauce if desired.

It's quick and super yummy! You can add any veggies you like. Also, you can leave out the noodles and serve over rice! Just as yummy! My family LOVES this! We hardly ever have any left overs.

Special Request

What is your family stand by? That recipe you cook when you have no idea what to make for dinner. You most likely have all of the ingredients and it's easy and it doesn't take long to make. You've made it so many times you probably don't even have to go get the recipe right now to tell us how to make it. It's something you may be really tired of, but the rest of us will love because we're very tired of our own stand by!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Chicken Salad

This is a great and easy lunch to make for you, your kids, your husband, a lunch date, whatever.

Canned Chicken (it doesn't have to be, if you want to cook and cube it or if you have left over, that will work too)
whatever else you choose, I like:
tart apples
green onions
slivered almonds
lemon pepper seasoning
garlic salt
other ideas are:
shredded carrots

Mix it all together to a consistency you like and serve on a sandwich or with cheese and crackers. You could use a cookie cutter to cut out the sandwich and maybe the kids will be more willing to try something new. You can serve it right away, but it does taste a little better when you put it in the fridge for a while and let all the flavors mix.



Monday, November 5, 2007

Texas Caviar

1 15 oz can black-eyed pease, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (1 large)
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper (1 large)
1 medium white onion chopped
3-5 green onions, finely sliced
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
2 oz jar of pimientos, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 8 oz bottle fat free italian dressing (don't think it needs to be fat free)
1-2 bags tortilla chips (if you use fat free dressing, may as well use baked tostitos)

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Pour salad dressing over mixture and stir gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips

This is like a salsa, only like a salsa from the midwest or something.

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 TBSP brown sugar
3/4 cup minature chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the confectioners' sugar and brown sugar a few tablespoons at a time, beating just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Chill, covered for 2 hours. Place the cream cheese mixture ona large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Chill for at least 1 hour. Just before serving roll the cheese ball in pecans.

Serve this with graham crackers.

I promise this is yummy.

Spiced Banana Chocolate Sundaes

Heavy Cream
Chocolate Syrup
vanilla Ice Cream
4 tbl unsalted butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
4 bananas, ripe, but firm.

melt butter in skillet, when heated and bubbling add sliced bananas sprinkle spices on top. stir quickly and remove bananas from skillet. Place bananas on top of ice cream drizzle with chocolate and cream, enjoy.