Thursday, June 2, 2011

Easy Enchiladas

Mixture before putting in tortillas
Finished product

1 lb. ground Turkey sausage
1 red bell pepper
6 scallions
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 - 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, depending on how cheesey you want to make them
10 tortillas, I like the flavor of whole wheat with this recipe best

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
2. Saute sausage.  Add bell pepper, scallions, chilli powder, cumin.  Cook 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes and beans.  Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes longer.
3. Divide mixture between tortillas.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake until heated through, about 30-35 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

(This recipe is adapted from Weight Watchers Complete Cookbook)

Calories: 404
Fat: 14 g
Carbohydrates: 48 g
Fiber: 7 g
Protein: 23 g

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yummy Breakfast Cookies
contributed by Andrea Johnson

Adapted from

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl mix

2 cups brown sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole oats
3 T flax seed
1 T baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins*
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a separate bowl mix

3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup fruit puree **
2 T water

Mix wet and dry ingredients. It will be a very stiff dough. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Use ice cream scoop to portion out dough and wet hands to flatten cookies to 1/2 inch thick. Cookies do not spread. Bake 8-9 minutes. Make sure they are undercooked so they don't dry out and they will be soft and chewy.

*can substitute any fruit and nut combo or add chocolate chips

** any fruit puree works...prune, raisin, apple, pear, etc...(jarred baby food works great and is easiest) or pour hot water over dried fruit and let sit then puree in blender

Thursday, January 20, 2011

S'more Brownies Please!

The best of both worlds! Can't go wrong.

Prep Time: 3o Min
Cook time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: Not enough! (about 8)

  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 2 Cups Crushed Graham Crackers
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Butter
  • Brownies
  • 3/4 Cup Butter (melted)
  • 1-2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1-2 Cups Marshmallows
  • 1-1/2 Cups Hershey bar Chunks (I use about 2-3 bars, depending on my Chocolate mood!)



Preheat oven to 350°F

Mix your graham crackers and sugar together, then pour melted butter over top and mix. Pat into the bottom of 9x9 pie plate or if you like crispy edges make singles in a muffin tin (muffin tin cuts cooking time in half!! Sooner to eat my deary!) bake 350 for about 12 min. 6 min for muffin tin!

Brownies Baby!

Preheat Oven to 350°F.

Combine butter and sugar, mix well. Add egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and water. Mix till combined.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Slowly incorporate the dry mix into wet ingredients, until just combined.

Fold in marshmallows and Hershey chunks(Don't skimp on these ingredients! It will look like a lot, but it is yummy!). Press into your crust (again cut time in half for muffin tin) Bake 350 for 20 min.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Crock Pot Chili

1 lb ground beef
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup of water or beef stock
1 15oz can of kidney beans, rinsed
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp cumin
2-3 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flake or 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
sour cream
chopped scallions
Fritos or other corn chips
and corn bread

Season ground beef with salt and pepper and brown it in a skillet. Drain the grease. In the meantime in a large crock pot add the remaining ingredients. Add the meat and mix well. Turn pot on high for 3-4 hrs. I serve it will a spoonful of sour cream and chopped scallions,Fritos and corn bread.
This chili is pretty hearty. If you want it more runny add more water, but I wouldn't recommend adding more than a half cup because you get more liquid when cooking in a crock pot.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baked French Toast

I got this from PW. Its sooo good.

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 12

  • 1 Loaf crusty bread, Sourdough or french is good (torn in large pieces)
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 Cups whole milk
  • 1/2 Cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup cold butter cut into pieces
  • Fresh fruit


Place torn bread in a 9x13 baking dish.

In a bowl mix eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread chunks. Cover tightly and store in fridge, Overnight is great! If you can't wait and want it now, then just set it aside while you make your topping.

In a separate bowl mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add in butter mix till its crumbly! Then store in a Ziploc overnight! Or crumble over top and get ready to throw in the oven.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle on crummy mixture. If you are using fruit you can add it before the crumbs, or have it fresh on the side (I made a quick fruit salad and roasted pecans that I added when it was done! yummm!) Okay, Bake for 45-60 min. At 45 min you get a soft pudding texture. the longer you wait the more firm it will be.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Black-Eyed Pea soup

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 Hour
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 6

  • 5 slices thick cut bacon (fat trimmed, diced)
  • 1/2 Large onion (diced)
  • 1/2 Bell pepper (diced)
  • 2-3 15oz Cans Black-eyed peas (drained and rinsed)
  • 3-4 Cups chicken broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili seasoning (optional, add more if you want a little heat)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 Red onion (chopped)
  • 1 Teaspoon vinager


Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in bacon, fry till fat is rendered, about 4 min. Add in white onion and pepper. Saute tender. Add in peas, chicken broth, chili seasoning, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, adding more liquid if needed (simmer about 1 hour). Now make yourself some cornbread... because its good.

Mix your red onion and vinegar together and let them sit till soup is done. Place over top of individual soup.

This is supposed to be a Southern New Years dish.. You drop a dime in it and who ever gets the dime is supposed to have good luck for the next year! woo hoo! (Don't choke)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dipped Gingersnaps

These cookies are requested by all my neighbors. They are chewy and so so good.

* 2 cups sugar
* 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 cup molasses
* 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 4 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon salt
* Additional sugar
* 2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) HERSHEY®’S Premier White Chips
* 1/4 cup shortening


* In a large bowl, combine sugar and oil. Beat in eggs. Stir in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
* Shape into 3/4-in. balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cookie springs back when touched lightly. Remove to wire racks to cool.
* In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip cookies halfway into the melted chips; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: about 14-1/2 dozen.

Do Not Over Bake!!!They will be hard. If you are in a pinch you can use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon and they are still great. Also try melting the peppermint kisses to dip them in, yummy! ( I will upload a pic as soon as I make them again)