Saturday, August 25, 2012

Green Chili Enchiladas

I. love. enchiladas.  These are sooo creamy and cheesy. I think I ate them for 3 meals a day for 3 days straight.  But, I felt I had to since my husband won't eat anything with chilies.  I couldn't let it go to waste after all.  Oh Yes, I knew that before I made them....yes, I planned on eating the entire pan by myself all along.
  
Make these for yourself soon!

Green Chili Enchiladas



Ingredients:
1 large can green chili enchilada sauce
2 c chicken, cooked and shredded
2 c jack/cheddar cheese blend, shredded, reserve 1/2 cup for topping
1 small can green chilies
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. sour cream
12 flour tortillas

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º

Pour some of the enchilada sauce onto a plate and dip a tortilla in it, both sides.  Place tortilla in a greased 9x13 pan and fill with some chicken, and cheese.  Roll closed. Repeat for all tortillas. 

In a seperate bowl, mix the green chilies, soup and sour cream.  Pour over the tops of the tortillas. Drizzle the remaining enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle with the reserved cheese.  

Bake for 30-40 minutes. 

*Don't forget to eat with your favorite salsa on top!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Homemade Baby Food

I'm not Mrs Organic or Whole Food Fanatic, but I have always made my own baby food.  I've done it for a few reasons.  First, I feel more comfortable if I'm the one preparing my child's first foods.  This way, I know exactly what is going in to their tiny tummies.  Secondly, I quickly discovered that store bought baby food is EXPENSIVE!!  I can make three times as much for the same price of a few of those little containers.  Typically, they are about .50 each.  Thirdly, I can portion it out.  I can choose to do one, two or even three cubes at a time.  Less waste. 

Gotta love that!

Homemade Baby Food







Ingredients:

Any fruit of veggie you plan to feed your little tot. 

Directions:

Steam your choice of food until very soft.  Place in a food processor with some of the water used to steam and puree until a smooth consistency. Depending on the food choice, you may decide to peel first.

Portion out in ice cube trays and freeze.  Once frozen, transfer to ziplock bags and store in freezer until needed. 


*Be aware, some foods are not suppossed to be fed to an infant.  Check with a trusted source or your pediatrician as to which foods are good to start with. 

*I try to get fresh foods when I can.  Occasionally, I'll buy frozen.  I try to check the ingredients to make sure there isn't added salt. 

*If you choose a food with skin, it may be harder to get a smoooooth texture.  Notice the pictures of the peas I made.  

*Some foods I regularly make are:

Sweet potatoes (without skins) (These I cook in the microwave)
Squash
Green Beans
Peas
Carronts
Corn
Pumpkin (this is the easiest!  I just buy it already pureed in the can NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX!)
Broccoli
Apples
Pears
Bananas (Don't steam these, just mash up once they are good and ripe)

*I typically don't season these foods.  I like my babies to get just the basic foods so I can monitor an allergic reaction.  SOmetimes I'll add cinnamon to the bananas or sweet potatoes.  I almost ALWAYS serve with baby cereal. 




Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tomatillo Salsa

Um, YUM!  

While helping out my sister and her husband's family during their family reunion I somehow ended up making this salsa.  I had never made this before and I was following a recipe from my sister's friend. Because usually when I make salsa, it's a BIG batch, so when the time came to chop peppers, I absentmindedly chopped up WAY too many for this little bowl.  

You know, auto pilot.  

It was HOT!  But dang, was it good.  So...beware, if you don't like it hot, go easy on the peppers.  

Tomatillo Salsa

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs tomatillos
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1-2 jalepeno and serano peppers
1/2 cup water




Directions:
Peel and thoroughly rinse tomatillos.  Cut into halves and place in a food processor.  Add cilantro, green onions, salt, pepper and peppers.  Blend together.  Add water a little bit at a time until desired consistency.  Blending each time to thoroughly mix.  (You may have leftover water)

*It's recommended to control the heat of your salsa to add a small amount of peppers at a time and taste until desired heat is reached.  



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

7-Layer Bean Dip

This is the easiest dip to make and everyone loves it.  If you can operate a can opener, you can make this dip. 

I've seen it made by mixing taco seasoning into the sour cream to add another flavor, but I prefer it as is.  I like the taste of sour cream.

Also, if you can, try to make it with homemade guacamole.  It'll take this dip up a notch. But, store-bought is good too.   

7-Layer Bean Dip


Ingredients:

1 can refried beans
1 container sour cream
1 container guacamole (or homemade)
2 cups, shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 can sliced olives

Directions:
In a glass casserole dish, layer each ingredient in order, beginning with the beans.  

*Serve with tortilla chips or pita bread.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Broccoli and Potato Soup

It may be 115º outside, but when the thought of soup sounds good, it doesn't matter how hot it is outside!  This soup is very creamy and rich.  A little goes a long way, I ended up freezing about half the batch because we just weren't going to eat it all.  Can't wait for the cooler months to hit so I can defrost my leftovers!

Broccoli and Potato Soup

Ingredients:
2 tsp oil
1/2 c white onion, chopped
5 russett potatoes, cubed
6 chicken bouillon cubes
4 tsp salt
2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c flour
4 c milk
4 c broccoli, chopped

Directions

In a large pot saute onions in oil.  Once onions are soft, add potatoes, bouillon cubes, salt and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.  

In a bowl, blend cream cheese with flour until smooth.  Beat in milk until smooth.  Add to the potato pot, slowly.  Pour in broccoli.  Stir frequently.  Boil until thick and broccoli is tender. Salt and pepper to taste. 

*When I make this again, I'll be chopping the broccoli a little smaller.