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Chicken Quesadilla Deliciousness

so, yesterday i decided i wanted to make some quesadillas…
i love my quesadillas.
yesterdays were nothing short of amazing
and i wish i had a picture of them…
but they went into our bellies much to quick to do that… oops… plus i didn’t think i’d blog about them, but hey
i’m bored. . . thus. blog.

let me preface this by saying that i didn’t use 1 lb of chicken… i used a single chicken breast… and i didn’t weigh it beforehand, but it was pretty large… and it was enough toppings for 4 super stuffed quesadillas with the soft taco tortilla shells that i had… i think from Mission
super. super stuffed… but soooooo good

and also — as per norm, i didn’t measure… kind of a visual measurement… throw in what you think you need

1 large chicken breast – cut into very small pieces
1 onion – diced
1 green pepper diced
2 tbsp minced garlic
taco seasoning
1 tsp coconut oil
pace chunky garden salsa
1 tsp sugar
4 tortilla shells (or more)
shredded cheese (i used cheddar)

preheat your oven to 400°F

heat your coconut oil and throw in the peppers, onion, and garlic
season with the taco seasoning and let saute some more.
sprinkle your sugar over that after a few minutes and cook to desired doneness

throw in the chicken

i’m sure you could set aside your onion mixture at this point, however, i just added my chicken to it and it was an amazing mix …

while it’s cooking pour in some salsa… and let the chicken finish up…

spread your tortillas on a baking sheet **make sure to nonstick spray or cover with foil**

fill and then cover with cheese

fold in half and bake for 20 minutes

serve with salsa and sour cream and enjoy heaven in your mouth 🙂

 

 

i served this with some jasmine rice that i made with chicken broth instead of water and then after it was done i added some chopped tomatoes & cilantro

and topped with cheese… cuz i love cheese…

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Cauliflower Bake – in the style of ~T~

http://fatsecret.com/recipes/cauliflower-bake/Default.aspx

Cauliflower Bake

A warming cauliflower, potato and leek casserole.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. Cook cauliflower in boiling water for 10 minutes. Cook potatoes in a separate pan of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  3. To make sauce melt butter in a pan, add leek and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add flour and cook for another minute. Remove the pan from heat and gradually add the almond milk and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Add paprika.
  4. Put the cauliflower in a casserole dish, followed by the grape tomatoes and potatoes. Pour the sauce over the potatoes. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of the casserole.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through and the cheese is brown and bubbling.

so, a friend posted this recipe, and i said. hm. i have a head of cauliflower that i need to use.

and i can get leeks from the commissary.

so boom

dinner

i even planned it –

i made a menu for the week.

i NEVER do that!!!!!

but i did. and i’ve followed it thus far!!

yay me!!!

and of course, i modified it.

just a tiny bit.

oh, and up there — it doesn’t say to chop the cauliflower. into bite size chunks. make sure you do that, cuz once you boil it – it’s pretty difficult to cut… i don’t know why. it just is.

my modifications were:

chop up half of a large onion and half of a green pepper… add those in with the leek…

and i do have to say … watch what parmesan you use… that cheese doesn’t melt very well… soooo, if you can find the parm in a bag – -use it, granted it’s not as good or fresh as anything else, but your cheese sauce will work… mine didn’t so to make it a little bit more saucy and melty i threw in 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella… oh, and don’t remove your pan from the heat, cuz then the cheese REALLY won’t melt, just lower the heat…

i also chopped up some chicken sausages that contain apple & gouda ((omg good!!)) {http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hillshire-Farm-Chicken-Apple-With-Gouda-Cheese-Smoked-Sausage-12-oz/19276116} i meant to add them before i added the cheese sauce, but i got distracted and forgot, it’s cool. i added them to the top and they kinda carmelized… i don’t know but YUM…

so yeah, throw it in the oven bake it for how long it says and pull it out… (no. that’s NOT what she said – don’t go there)

and enjoy

and you will enjoy

b/c holy crapnuggets it is SOOOO good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i couldn’t stop eating it. . .

i don’t know if it was the fact i had only eaten a small breakfast yesterday or if it was just that good

but i’m gonna put a combination of the both,

and when i heated it up for lunch today — just as delicious!!!!!!

of course, you can make this dish vegetarian by keeping to the recipe and not adding the sausage… but i think it would be good with some bacon or prosciutto on top too… jus sayin

 

so goooood!!!!!

so goooood!!!!!

 

 

 

Shepherd’s Pie – Modified

so, i have a cookbook that my sister in law bought me one year for christmas that is all things chicken… or all chicken things… and actually – i have two… cuz, well i only eat chicken & turkey… cuz i don’t like beef or pork (save for the occasional bacon…)
anyways, in one of those books is a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie.
and it’s yum. well. sort of… i’ve only ever had it modified… cuz it calls for mushrooms… like a POUND of them…
and i absolutely despise mushrooms…
i don’t eat fungus. yuck. no. ew.
so… when husband made it — that was his modification…
if you know me – or at least have seen my other recipe posts – you will know that i like to modify my recipes.
mess with it a little bit here and there.
so.
i did 🙂
tonight i made my version and it was SO yum

definitely take note: it’s time & labor intensive… and i used 2 pots/pans & a 2 bowls, and a medium glass baking dish… so …
here we go: !!
2 pounds potatoes – peeled & cut into chunks… i used 1 sweet potato & the rest red potatoes
1 tbsp heavy whipping cream, or milk
1 pound ground turkey
1 leek chopped
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
2 carrots chopped (i actually used a handful of baby carrots…eyeball it or just add as much as you want) ((keep in mind though, if you increase this amount, you’ll have to increase your oil or butter used to saute in))
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
2 tbsp oil/butter/margarine – – i used tastefully simple garlic infused olive oil tonight
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp flour
2 tsp thyme (dried)
1 tsp smoked paprika
3 tbsp bbq sauce
1 tbsp worcestersire sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

prepare your baking dish – i used a 9 x 13 glass one b/c my little pie dish would have been WAYYYY too small – ya know — spray it with non-stick spray or if you wanna be indulgent butter that sucker up… dude, i’m on a diet… no excess butter for me…

boil up those potatoes in order to make some mashed potatoes (most people know how to do this…no details)– what i did since i had the sweet potato and they take a llllllliiiiiiiittttttttttlllllllllllleeeee bit longer to process is cut it up first and throw it in the pot with the water while i cut up my reds

heat up your oil in another pan – saute your carrots for about 5 minutes
after that 5 minutes, add in your onions, leeks, & green peppers… let that brown up nicely
add in your corn & peas and let heat thorougly

at this point my potatoes were done; so i drained them & put them in a big bowl and mashed them up… added 2 tbsp of butter, (yeah there goes the diet aspect right??), 1 tbsp of heavy whipping cream and a few shakes of some parmesan cheese (i know this isn’t called for in the recipe, but seriously — it’s cheese…enough said)
set those aside…

your veggies should be ready to go, so go ahead and dump them in the pot that you used for the potatoes… i had them in a bowl waiting for the stove, and you COULD put them back in there, but you’re gonna wanna use that bowl for the sauce… unless you like to do more dishes than necessary — and my cutting board isn’t large enough to just leave everything on it while i’m chopping…

anyways – now you’re gonna brown up your meat… i read today that the hotter the pan when you put the meat in the less need for a liquid to brown it in… um, i never use a liquid to brown my ground meat in anyways… how bout you?? am i weird??
while you are doing that – go ahead and preheat your oven to 400ºF

as you are browning your meat — throw in the thyme, paprika, and some salt and pepper… i know i didn’t put salt & pepper in the recipe up there. my bad. do it anyways, it’s sitting right next to you so sprinkle some in… oh, i also added some cayenne pepper in – just to add a teensy kick…not lots! cuz i can’t handle lots… but just a small sprinkling…

in between stirring it to brown it up – mix the chicken broth & flour until smooth… set aside.

is your meat brown??

ok – switch it up– that pot that you threw the veggies in? throw your meat in there…

stir everything together – get it nice and mixed up…

add in your bbq sauce (honestly the recipe calls for ketchup{catsup} — i can’t stand that stuff!!! so i use bbq sauce… ), the worcestersire sauce, and the balsamic vinegar

mix it up some more

annnnnd pour in the broth…

you’re gonna let that boil up – stirring occasionally… it’s supposed to thicken up, i have to admit tho — mine never did

go grab your potatoes, have them on standby..

pour your meat & veggie mixture into the prepared dish

spread evenly

take your potatoes and spread them evenly on top of the meat mixture…

i found this to be somewhat difficult… and ended up…… using my hands. it was messy. but yummy

get it as even as you can…

and then — well, then you can stray from your diet just a little bit and top it with some cheese…

cuz — well, who doesn’t like cheese… and i already strayed with the butter in the potatoes

anyways — got that set? throw it in the oven for about 25 minutes…

it’s supposed to brown on top… just a little bit, but mine didn’t… i wonder if it had to do with the sweet potato?? regardless it was still DELICIOUS… yum to the extreme!!!!!!

and i ate way too much for dinner and had to unbutton my pants at work… cuz… i’m a fatty…

haha.

 

anyways… i think i took a pic… but, i don’t have my phone in here, i’ll try to upload it tomorrow… and if i didn’t take a pic, i will… it might not be pretty though, b/c i don’t know how husband stored it when he put it away…

 

so anyways…

make this!

 enjoy it!

~peace

 

 

 

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