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Out of this world Quesadillas

Who loves quesadillas? I know I do! 😀 Ha, last night was my first time to make them, and I think I did an excellent job for my first time lol.

These are easy, no-fuss quesadillas that are slightly crispy, completely cheesy and amazingly delicious! These Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas would make the perfect meal for busy weeknights!

Cheesy ground beef quesadillas

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp. Butter
⅓ cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
One can (8 oz) tomato sauce with basil, garlic, and oregano
1/8-1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, if desired
Eight 10-inch flour tortillas
4 C shredded cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a big skillet, melt the butter. Combine diced onion and cook until the onion starts to turn transparent and edges become golden brown. Combine the ground beef and a pinch of salt and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain any grease. Combine the tomato sauce and the red pepper flakes and simmer for ten minutes. In another large skillet melt some butter (approximately one tablespoon to start) over medium heat and place a tortilla in the skillet.

2. Sprinkle approximately ½ cup of the shredded cheese and then top it with some of the meat (approximately ¾ cup). Top with another tortilla and coat butter all over the top of the tortilla. Cook until golden brown and then turn over and cook on the other side for about three-four minutes or until golden brown. Return with remaining tortillas, adding more butter to the pan as required. Remove from pan and slice into triangles. Garnish with sour cream, fresh cilantro, and guacamole, if desired. Serve with refried beans as a side dish. 

Source 5 Boys Bakers

NOTES

If you don’t own tomato sauce with basil, oregano, and garlic and you just don’t feel like making a dash to the store, then just use a can or regular tomato sauce and combine approximately a ½ tsp. of basil, ½ tsp. of oregano and a clove of garlic, minced.

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Zesty & Basil Grilled Pork Chops

I hope you all had a great and relaxing Labor Day Weekend! My family and I had a wonderful holiday weekend. I did not have to cook lol. My dad grilled sausage and burgers for dinner. For dessert, we had bundt cakes. The food tasted excellent! 😀

A few months ago, I mentioned in one of my posts that I feel like a pansy because of my low comfort level cooking with the grill. However, I have given it some consideration and decided that I’d gradually move up to this skill level. As I still would like to cook things on the grill, eventually. Therefore, to master this challenge I came up with a solution to some sort of degree lol, by purchasing myself a cast iron grill pan from my favorite online store Amazon. I received it today just in time for me to be able to cook these fantastic Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops. I’m pleased to say that I did a great job for my first time of using my new cooking toy. Haha! They were so juicy and tender. Yum, yum!

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients

4 thick-cut, boneless pork loin chops
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. Basil leaves, minced
3 Tbsp. Minced garlic
3 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1 Tsp. salt
¾ Tsp. pepper

Instructions

1. Combine olive oil, basil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well. Next, use a basting brush and or a spatula to coat both sides of your pork chops with the mixture. Place your chops in an airtight plastic container and cover. Let the chops marinate in the mixture for eight hours to overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Heat your grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat. Grill the pork chops for about five to six minutes per side (depending on the pork chop thickness), or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 F.

Source Bitz N giggles

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Green bean & Cherry tomato medley

I remember I already told you about me disliking tomatoes, but here’s something odd about me; I love eating cherry tomatoes. But, absolutely will not eat the ones that you put on sandwiches and burgers. Okay so, yeah maybe I like tomatoes to a certain point. Although, I really do not know why, though, perhaps it’s because cherry tomatoes are sweeter than the regular ones. However, green beans and I are best buddies lol. I know it’s very early, but maybe I will teach you how to make green bean casserole for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Anyways lol. Since my appreciation for a variety of veggies is slowly improving, I thought I would give this Green Bean with cherry tomatoes a try. It was excellent, and it’s easy to assemble. If you don’t have the fresh vegetables on hand, you can easily change with canned goods.

Green beans with cherry tomatoes

Ingredients

Water (Just enough to barely cover the beans)
1 1⁄2 lbs green beans fresh or frozen
1 Tbsp. butter
3⁄4 tsp. garlic salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1⁄2 tsp. basil
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1⁄2 pt. cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Toss green beans in a medium saucepan and fill it with water. Cook over medium heat for about five-ten minutes or until they are tender. Remove from heat and drain. Set aside. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Set aside

2. In a large frying pan, melt butter and add garlic salt, sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Next, add cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring until barely soft and heated, but not squishy. Then add the drained beans and mix well.

Source: Food.com

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