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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Mexican Food Enthusiast

Who loves Mexican food? I know I do! I just do NOT get tired of eating it! Tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas. There are several recipes for enchiladas, but this one is my favorite. Beef enchiladas with something extra… a homemade enchilada sauce!

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Just look at that gooey, melted cheese in the photo above!! *drools*

Okay, Courtney, let’s concentrate on the recipe here! Preparing your own enchilada sauce is super easy! It only takes fifteen-twenty minutes and a few of ingredients I trust you already have on hand.

These beef enchiladas are stuffed with a delicious beef, bean, and chili mixture, covered in a delicious homemade sauce and smothered in gooey cheese!

Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1.5 lbs ground beef
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 oz can diced mild green chiles
One can (15 oz) Goya black beans
10 flour tortillas
3 C Mexican-blend shredded cheese
1 can enchilada sauce; I used the brand El Paso or 1 batch homemade red enchilada sauce 
Dried cilantro for garnish

Directions

If you’re making homemade enchilada sauce, make it first.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining it with foil or parchment paper and grease it with non-stick cooking spray

Pour a few drops of the oil into a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat and wait about a minute for the oil to get hot. Next, combine the ground beef and crumble (If you have one, use a potato masher to make it easier). Once ground beef is about halfway cooked, combine the onion, garlic, and green chiles and saute for three-six minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the beef mixture.

To assemble the enchiladas, spread a few tablespoons of the enchilada sauce over the tortilla. Add beans in a line down the middle of the tortilla, then add a spoonful of the beef mixture, drizzle some more enchilada sauce over the meat, then add one-third of a cup of cheese. Roll up tortilla and place in your previously prepared greased 9 x 13″ baking pan. Continue with remaining tortillas. Cover the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas, and sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.

Bake for twenty minutes, broiling the last few minutes if you want the cheese to be a more golden brown. Top it with chopped cilantro and green onions.

Court’s cooking notes** you could simply change out ground turkey, diced chicken, pre-cooked shredded chicken or all beans for the beef in this recipe.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
2 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 C vegetable stock or chicken

Instructions

Heat oil in a small/medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Combine the flour and whisk together over the heat for one minute. Mix in the remaining seasonings (chili powder through cayenne pepper). Then slowly add the stock, continuously whisking to reduce lumps. Reduce to low heat and simmer for ten-fifteen minutes until thickened.

Use immediately or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to two weeks

Source the chunky chef

Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Chicken Noodle Soup

My Texas Crockpot Chili

Slow Cooker Juicy Reuben Sandwiches

Side dish Garlic Parmesan Green Beans coated with bread crumbs

 

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Chilly and Cloudy night = delicious soup

My family and I are huge soup eaters. We particularly enjoy it on the days when it gets really chilly and cloudy. On Wednesday we had another overcast and cold evening, a perfect night for a soup supper.

I made this warm, savory, and hearty Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. It’s a healthy, fast and easy crock pot recipe for those hectic nights and cold, cloudy days. Simply add the ingredients into the crock pot and then you can continue on with your day.

I’ve included some of my favorite soups and chili recipes towards the bottom that I have made this year.

Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients

1lb chicken breasts
1/2 small onion, minced
2 carrots, minced
2 celery stalks, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
One large or two small bay leaves
2 Tbsp butter
6 C chicken broth
3/4 cup wild brown rice blend

Directions

1. Place the chicken into the bottom of your 6-quart crock pot and put the rest of the ingredients on top. Then cover and cook on LOW for six-eight hours or until the chicken and rice is cooked through. The chicken will cook in the broth and add more taste to the soup.

2. About forty-five minutes or so before serving, shred the chicken then stir back into soup. Cover and continue cooking until you’re ready to eat.  Serve warm with crackers. Enjoy! 

Source Iowa girl eats

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My favorite soups and chili

Skinny Butternut Squash soup

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Not all non-spicy soups are tasteless

A Texans Favorite

Not Just For Cowboys

Sweet & Sticky Green Bean Bundles

Oh my goodness, these green bundles are really addicting and here’s why: they are wrapped in bacon and baked with butter, brown sugar and just a hint of garlic salt. These little guys would make an excellent appetizer for your Christmas or any other sort of party throughout the year and or they too would make a perfect side dish as well. I guarantee you that you and your whole family are going to love these Green Bean Bundles.

Sweet Green Bean Bundles

1-3 (14.5 oz) cans whole green beans, drained
Del Monte® Blue Lake Cut Green Beans or Fresh

1 lb bacon, cut in half

1/2 C butter, melted

1 C brown sugar

1/4 Tsp garlic salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line, a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper or foil and lightly, grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Wrap seven green beans in bacon and place in the previously prepared dish. Repeat, using all the green beans and bacon. Combine butter with brown sugar in a small/medium bowl and stir well. Pour mixture over green bean bundles and sprinkle with garlic salt. Cover with foil and bake for forty-five minutes

Source allrecipes.com

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Pure comfort food at it’s best

I enjoy cooking pork chops. I do admit they sometimes can be challenging to prepare, though. It seems like every time I cook them they either are always undercooked or overdone.  Yes, of course, I seldom do get discouraged and frustrated as many of us cooks, and food bloggers do. However, I am extremely determined not to give up and just keep on practicing until I get my chops 100% perfect.

My least preferred of how to cook pork chops is on the stovetop, as I have a somewhat of a love-hate relationship with frying almost anything. Why you might ask??? because I can’t stand the splatter, it makes such a huge mess. And the fact I have to babysit the stovetop. I mean really. I don’t have time for that!

I can tell you for sure, though, baked pork chops turn out just as delicious and WAY juicier – if you haven’t cooked pork chops that way, you simply have to! Of course, pork chops drenched in ranch dressing, Italian bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese pretty much proves a winner dinner!

Super juicy, baked pork chops coated with ranch dressing, Italian bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. A fast & easy comfort-food dinner!

Breaded Ranch Pork Chops

Ingredients

6 bone-in pork chops, rinsed and pat dry
2/3 cup ranch dressing
1 cup Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper and lightly grease it with cooking spray. Set aside.

Pour ranch dressing into a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan in another shallow bowl. Dredge each chop in ranch dressing, then in bread crumb mixture, and then into the bottom of the previously prepared greased baking dish (Be sure to give them room around each chop to cook evenly). Bake them for twenty-five- forty minutes or until internal temperature reads 145 degrees. Leave to sit for five minutes before serving.

Source Mostly Homemade Mom

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What is your favorite recipe using bread crumbs? Share it with me in the comments below!

A southern girl & food blogger

As many of you know, I live in the vast and exciting city of Houston located in the heart of Texas. There are numerous of things I like and don’t like about life in the city. I love it that there are a lot of fun things to do here, so many that I can’t share all with you today because it would take forever. However, I will tell you my three most favorite attractions, they are watching the Houston Astros baseball team, checking out the variety of museums and shopping at The Galleria Mall.

What I dislike most about living in H-town is the crazy weather, especially when wintertime arrives, close to the Christmas season, because it never snows here. If we are fortunate, maybe every ten years! Although it can get chilly here, it only stays around for a few days and then it will get hot. If you ever have lived in Houston, then you understand what I’m talking about.

Now on to the recipe

Last Thursday I made Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta, and I still had a quite bit of butternut squash cubes leftover. So on Sunday afternoon since it was a chilly, rainy and lazy day I decided to get creative in using the remaining of the squash and made my own recipe. The butternut squash is roasted in a garlic butter and honey glaze. It was delish! This recipe would make a great side dish to go along with your family’s weeknight dinner.

Garlic Butter Honey Roasted Butternut Squash

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb butternut squash, peeled and roughly cubed and or you can purchase the cubes in packages at a grocery store
2 Tbsps melted butter, salted or unsalted
3 dashes ground black pepper if desired
2 tsp finely chopped parsley leaves
2 Tbsps honey

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper. Set aside

Combine the butternut squash cubes, the melted butter, black pepper, parsley, and honey in a big bowl, then spread out the squash in a single even layer onto the previously prepared baking sheet. Roast for 30-45 minutes, or until the squash is fork-tender and lightly browned. Serve with chicken or pork chops.

Created By: Courtney Kennedy

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FOLLOWING CERTAIN RECIPES CAN BE MISLEADING

So last night was my first attempt at making this Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta, and well lol my version of the dish, unfortunately, did not turn out 100% perfect like the way I wanted it too. Why you might ask??? because I put a little bit too much noodles into the pot and then it caused the sauce dry out. At first, I was a little upset, but then after awhile I thought to myself.”Lol, oh well, I will not cook so many noodles the next time I prepare this dish.” But, despite my small mistake, the preparation of the recipe overall was relatively easy, and it still was tasty. But as for my version being creamy not so much because I added so many noodles lol. Ha, I learned my lesson.

Furthermore, I am very confident that when you choose to make this dish for you and your family, the outcome of your version will turn out excellent and way better than mine. You can change it up a bit if you want 🙂 

Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

4 strips of applewood bacon
2 Tbsps butter
1 C diced red onion
1 garlic clove
3 C butternut squash cubes
1 C low sodium chicken stock
1½ Tbsp fresh or dried sage
1½ Tbsp fresh or dried thyme
1 C. 2% milk
salt to taste
One (16 oz) box Barilla pasta (I used Linguine)
Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

Instructions

1. In a large skillet combine the butter and red onion. Saute until slightly soft, approximately one-two minutes. Next add in the garlic, saute for thirty seconds, stir and combine the butternut squash, chicken stock, sage, and thyme. Stir and cover. Cook until the butternut squash is fork-tender, about eight-ten minutes. When the squash is tender, combine the squash to a food processor along with the milk and salt to taste. Puree until smooth.

2. In the meantime heat a small skillet over medium-high heat, combine the diced bacon to the pan and saute until the bacon is crispy. About four-five minutes. When the bacon is finished cooking, place it on a paper towel lined plate to let the grease drain. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to directions, (six-eight minutes) do not overcook. Drain pasta and add butternut squash sauce to the pasta, gently toss together and top with crispy bacon. Serve!

Source joyful, healthy eats

 

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Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Breaded Ranch Pork Chops

Side Dish Sweet Green Beans

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Beef Enchilada Bake 

Goodbye November, Hello December

Now that Thanksgiving is over we can indeed focus on Christmas. I still cannot believe how fast this year has gone and that Christmas is literally upon us lol. It’s crazy! I have not decided on what I want to cook/bake lol, but when it happens, I will share it with you real soon. I’m very excited! 😀

I know that dish has nothing to do with Christmas, but since it’s still autumn and winter doesn’t officially start until the 21st, I want to share with you this moist and fall apart tender roast beef that has a delicious balsamic glaze topping that is so easy to make in your crockpot! 

Crockpot Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 lbs Ontario Corn Fed Beef roast such as chuck, round, brisket
1 large onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 C beef broth
1/2 C balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsps Bragg or (or tamari)
2 Tbsps brown sugar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 lb baby carrots (optional)
1 lb mini potatoes or diced potatoes (optional)
2 Tbsps flour + 2 Tbsps water

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the beef and brown on all sides, approximately twenty minutes and set aside on a plate. Combine the onions and cook until tender, approximately two-three minutes, before combining the garlic and red pepper flakes and cooking until fragrant, about a minute.

2. Put the beef, onions, broth, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, and potatoes into your crockpot, cover and cook on low for eight-ten hours or on high for three-five hours. (The beef will be coming apart tender when done!)

3. Remove the carrots, potatoes, and beef. Shred the meat with two forks. Remove any fat from the cooking juices, place it in a small/medium saucepan, bring to a simmer, add the mixture of the flour and water and cook until the glaze has thickened a bit. Put the meat and veggies back into the slow cooker, and pour the glaze over and let everything cook on low for about twenty to thirty minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Source Closet Cooking

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