Archives for the month of: February, 2014

Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” – I looooooovvvve anything spicy and/or buffalo! Here’s a recipe for baked cauliflower, breaded and coated with wing sauce. They are pretty much wings. Without the wings HA!

buffalo cauliflower wings - baked not fried

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 c. Frank’s Buffalo Sauce
  • Ranch dressing, for dipping

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 450F. Trim the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and set aside. In a bowl mix together milk, flour, and garlic powder. Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter and let the extra batter drip off. Place on a greased baking sheet. Spray the tops of the cauliflowers with cooking oil. Bake for 18-20 mins.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat and add the buffalo sauce, then stir. Toss cooked cauliflower pieces with the sauce. Place back on cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 additional mins. Serve with a side of dressing.

 recipe adapted from self.com

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Here are a couple of quick snacks I made for the kiddos: our oldest is a peanut butter fan, and our middle child is more of a cheese fan.

Here’s what we ended up with…

CHEESY PINWHEELS: Sprinkle shredded cheese on a tortilla shell, microwave for a few seconds until cheese starts to melt, then roll up, and slice.

PEANUT BUTTER PINWHEELS: Spread peanut butter on a tortilla shell, then roll up, and slice.

If we make these again, I figured we could add granola, mashed up banana, and/or Nutella to the peanut butter one to make it more like “sushi” with different layers. You could also add salsa or sour cream to the cheesy type.

easy cheesy pinwheel rollups - only 2 ingredients. can add sour cream, salsa, etc.

peanut butter pinwheel rollups - super quick & easy kid food

Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas - just 4 ingredients that you probably already have. Awesome for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and gorditas.Want to make your own tortillas? Here’s an awesome recipe!

 

'no recipe' recipe CHILI

Ok, it’s time for my top secret chili recipe. Just kidding, it’s not much of a secret though it IS different each time I make it since I always switch up the types of beans and tomatoes I use. So it’s more of a “no recipe” recipe. But the basic ingredients are always there: meat, onion, garlic, tomatoes & beans.

I usually throw everything together in the slow cooker in the morning and let it simmer until lunch or dinner. It always tastes even better the next day, I swear! Not sure what it is about chili, but it gets more flavorful a day or two after I make it. Also, you can freeze the extras!

Best Ever 'No Recipe' Recipe Chili - freeze the extras. Perfect for weeknight meals, or give frozen batches to new moms, someone who is having surgery, or a new neighbor.

Part of my SHOP ONCE, MAKE 10 FREEZER RECIPES project.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. ground beef OR turkey, browned and drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 or 5 cans of tomatoes (I use a bunch of different types: stewed, diced, chopped, Italian-style)
  • 3 or 4 cans of your favorite beans (I usually end up with a mix of chili beans, drained black beans, and drained kidney beans)
  • Chili powder, to taste (I probably use 1 or 2 Tbs., depending on the batch)
  • Optional: bread bowl, toppings such as sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, Fritos

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine meat, onion, garlic, tomatoes, beans, and chili powder in a slow cooker (or a pot on the stove). Heat until it just starts to boil then reduce heat to low, and simmer until you’re ready to eat it. Before serving, top with your favorite toppings.

To freeze: Ladle chili into freezer-safe containers, label, and freeze for up to 3 months.

ALSO… If you have cream cheese and shredded cheese, you could use this chili in an awesome 3-ingredient baked Chili & Cheese dip!

Here is one of the easiest dips on earth! Just in time for the Big Game.

It has only 3 ingredients; cream cheese, chili, and shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes and you’re set.

3 Ingredient Chili and Cheese Dip - awesome warm cheesy goodness baked in the oven.

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 packages cream cheese (8 oz each)
  • 1 can chili (or 1 1/2-2 cups homemade)
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheese

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In an oven-safe baking dish or pie plate, spread the cream cheese out evenly, then layer on the chili, and then top with cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starts to bubble.
  • Let sit 5-10 minutes, then serve with chips or crackers.

 

easiest dip EVER. cream cheese, chili, shredded cheese. bake for 20 mins.