We had an impromptu taco night, so I thawed some frozen ground beef and tried out a homemade tortilla recipe. It was fun to roll out the dough and the tortillas tasted great! You could also use the tortillas for quesadillas, burritos, gorditas, or even just to dip in salsa.
Here’s what we ended up with…
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour + more for rolling surface
- 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 3/4 c. vegetable oil
- 3/4 c. warm water
WHAT YOU DO:
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oil, baking powder, and salt.
- Form dry ingredients into a mountain and make a hole (“volcano”).
- Pour water and oil in the hole and mix.
- When dough is firm, gently knead on a flat surface.
- Break off golf ball sized pieces, and roll into balls.
- Place dough balls on a floured baking sheet.
- Cover with a damp paper towel and let sit for 30 mins.
- Place dough balls on a floured surface and roll out into 6-inch flat circles.
- Cook on a skillet at medium heat (no oil or cooking spray needed) for approximately 1 min per side (watch for bubbles, sort of like pancakes).
Makes approximately 12-14 tortillas
I can’t wait to make homemade tortillas again and I’m going to serve them in these “taco trucks” that I just ordered. Aren’t they cute?!? 🙂 For now we used some fast food tacos…
I have seen tons of recipes for “Crack Potatoes” on Pinterest; I guess they are so good they are addictive. So I guess due to the peer pressure and since EVERYONE’S doing it (just kidding) I decided to try them.
So I made a batch, but I substituted plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. I’m sure the cheese, bacon, and potatoes still have lots of bad-for-you calories and fat, but at least I saved a *tiny* amount with the yogurt. At least that’s my excuse lol. It’s a lightened-up version but I’m sure it’s still way unhealthy.
Here’s a clean eating option for potatoes: Lemony Dill Mustard Smashed Potatoes
But back to the crack ‘taters. Here’s what I ended up with…
recipe adapted from justaddasliceoflove.blogspot.com
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 4 c. plain Greek Yogurt
- 3 c. shredded cheese (I used 2 c. colby jack + 1 c. sharp cheddar)
- 1 (3 oz.) jar real bacon bits
- 1 pkg. Ranch Dip mix
- 1 bag (28-30 oz) frozen shredded hash browns, thawed just enough so you can break them up to mix with the other ingredients.
WHAT YOU DO:
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until mixed.
- Spread into a 9×13 pan lined with foil (or sprayed with cooking spray), and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes.
- Optional: sprinkle a little shredded cheese on top before serving.
TIP: Buy a super giant container of plain Greek yogurt at Costco, Sam’s Club, etc., and use the extras in these recipes…
Greek Marinated Chicken (freezer-friendly)
Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp
Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie (add honey if using plain yogurt vs. vanilla)
As you can tell from this blog, I’m a huge fan of freezer cooking. I freeze meals as well as individual ingredients to use later.
Recently I split up a 5 pound package of ground beef. Here’s what I did: sectioned up the meat into individual 1-gallon freezer bags (I did two with 2lbs, and one with 1lb), and labeled them with a permanent marker. I smooshed each one down flat like a pancake, getting all of the air out, then sealed them. I placed the packages flat in the freezer. This way, when they are flat and thin, you can stack them to save room in the freezer. Plus when you go to thaw or defrost them, it takes less time since they are super thin.
I saw another tip on RealSimple.com, which looks pretty nifty too: after the ground beef is flat in the bag, section it off into squares to break off individual portions.
Also, here are some of my freezer-friendly recipes:
Mother-In-Law’s Famous Meatloaf
Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken
5-ingredient Cheesy Pork Chops and Potatoes
3-Ingredient Cheesy Ranch Pork Chops
3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops
3-Ingredient Fiesta Chicken
8 Can Chicken Taco Soup
Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Greek Marinated Chicken
Buffalo Ranch Chicken
Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread
Kickin’ Buffalo Lime Chicken
Braided Pepperoni Pizza
Garlic Ranch Chicken
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Garlicky Goodness Honey Mustard Chicken
The “No Recipe” Chili Recipe
Cream Cheese Mints
Ranch Parmesan Chicken
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Slow Cooker Korean Ribs
I have never been to a Bonefish Grill restaurant, but I hear they serve an awesome bang bang shrimp. Well, that’s what it seems like from all of my Pinterest recipe browsing. 😉
I tried a lightened-up version that uses Greek yogurt and loved it! Here’s how it turned out…
recipe adapted from thecookierookie.com
WHAT YOU NEED:
WHAT YOU DO:
- Thaw shrimp according to package directions.
- Place shrimp on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 5-10 minutes.
- While baking, stir together the yogurt, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha sauce in a mixing bowl.
- After shrimp are out of the oven, place in the bowl and stir to mix with the sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!
I also adapted this to make a Skinny Bang Bang Chicken Salad! You could serve it in a pita pocket as a sandwich, or on bibb lettuce leaves as a wrap.
Zesty Lemon Butter Shrimp
Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Zoodles
Mediterranean Artichoke Shrimp and Pasta Toss
Spicy Thai Noodles
Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
Buffalo Cream Cheese Feta Dip
Our house has a beautiful front door. But guess how often we use it? Basically never. Instead, we park our cars in the garage, and enter the house through our laundry room and into the kitchen. So, I decided to spruce up the door and stairs in the garage since we see it all the time.
This door was plain white, and the stairs were gray, though scuffed and missing lots of paint. We also had an old almond-colored light switch plate cover. Here’s what I did…
I added a few coats of black paint to the stairs. I also bought some black vinyl tiles, which will be a project for later. I plan on attaching them on top of the stairs with some floor adhesive.
Our oldest son helped paint the door a khaki color, and then I added a vinyl “Welcome” decal that I bought on Amazon (have I mentioned how much I love Amazon Prime?!?).
I also added an over-the-door wreath hanger and attached a wreath.
Below is the light switch cover plate that was next to our door. It was an old plastic thing and I considered buying a new, oil-rubbed bronze plate to match the doorknob, but decided to take a
cheap thrifty/creative approach, and used Mod Podge and scrapbook paper to add a custom look. I just followed the directions of a tutorial at organizeyourstuffnow.com.