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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Suddenly Dinner

1 box Suddenly Salad, any flavor except Chipotle

1/2 cup mayonaisse
6 to 8 strips of bacon
1 to 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 red pepper, chopped

Prepare pasta salad as directed, but do not rinse with cold water. Meanwhile, cook bacon and remove from pan along with excess drippings. Saute' red peppers in the bacon pan and cut bacon into bite-size pieces. Mix together pasta, dressing, and the remaining ingredients and serve warm. Serves 4 to 6.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beef burritos

As a warning, this is one I kind of made up, recalling something my mom used to make. I like to adjust the recipe to may feelings that day, so feel free to add spices that you like.

Beef Chuck Roast ~ 2# (will serve 4-6 people)
Garlic Salt
Chili Powder
Onion, sliced into half rings
Black beans
Green Chile (optional)
Potatoes, the frozen cubed kind (or o'brien, which has a few extra ingredients)

Season the chuck roast* with garlic salt (~1 tsp per side), cumin (~1/2-1 tsp per side), and chili powder (~1/2 tsp per side). You can also add other spices you like, such as oregano, real garlic, cayenne, etc. Slice onion into thin half rings. Place meat and onion in slow cooker (crock pot) on low for ~6-8 hours or until the meat is easy to shred. Remove meat and shred and place back in slow cooker.

*Any cut of meat will generally work, such as round or rump roast. Use a cheap cut of meat because the slow cooker will allow for the tougher stuff to be broken down and shredding the meat makes it plenty tender.

Drain can of black beans and add. Add a small can of green chiles or fresh roasted chiles as desired. If you have access to Bueno's green chile sauce (usually in the frozen section), it is really good. Sautee potatoes (~1 cup) in 1 Tbls butter until golden brown. Add to slow cooker. Mix and season to taste.

Serve on warm tortillas with your choice of toppings: sour cream, cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, etc.