I had this amazing steak soft taco for dinner and although I couldn't find the exact recipe off of All Recipes this was pretty much it minus the ginger. I used the marinade for steak and peppers. Served the meat along with some lovely tomato and cilantro rice. So very tasty. Worked great with Jasmin rice. And the slice of pizza you see in the background is for my finicky kids.
1/2 c olive oil
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 c lime juice
3 minced garlic cloves
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Basic Mexican Rice
Basic Mexican Rice
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1/2 whole Large Onion, Chopped
2 cups Long Grain Rice
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 can Rotel Diced Green Chilies And Tomatoes (10 Ounce Can)
1 can (14 1/2 oz. size) Whole Tomatoes
2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth (more If Needed)
1 teaspoon Cumin (more To Taste)
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
DIRECTIONS: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add rice and garlic. Stir constantly, making sure the rice doesn’t burn. Cook over low heat for 3 minutes. Add Ro-tel and tomatoes. Stir to combine and let cook for 2 minutes. Finally, add broth and stir together. Add some kosher salt and a good teaspoon of cumin--—more if you love cumin flavor! Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 to 15 additional minutes or until rice is done. Add more liquid as needed; rice shouldn’t be sticky.
Just before serving, sprinkle lots of freshly chopped cilantro over the top. Serve immediately.
For my youngest's class birthday party the hubby and I made Minion cupcakes. I found a few photos on Pinterest and went to town. We used a boxed cake mix. Cut some Twinkies in half and my husband decorated the faces. Pretty good job I thought:)
For your next get together whether it is appetisers for a dinner party, a shower or birthday, or heck if you have the munchies watching telelvision then get thee to Trader Joe's and purchase their macaroni and cheese balls. Pop them in the oven to bake for ten minutes or so. Follow the instructions and you have a very flavorful treat.
For my oldest birthday party it was Frozen themed. I found a very easy recipe on Pinterest(my go to site) for marshmallow pops. Pretty much you purchase large marshmallows, place a lollipop stick in it, dip the marshmallow either in melted white chocolate or vanilla cake frosting and then roll it around in blue sprinkles. And tada an easy dessert!
Another simple recipe using skirt steak over a bead of greens, tomatoes and cucumbers. I marinated the steak for ten minutes in McCormick's peppercorn and garlic spice. It was delicious. I wish I had more. A keeper recipe for a quick lunch or dinner.
A great recipe from Skinny Taste combining some of my favorites in a salad scallops, beets and goat cheese. Quick to assemble, healthy and bursting with a variety of flavor.
Sea Scallops, Arugula, and Beet Salad Adapted from Skinnytaste.com
For the dressing:
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced shallots
1 1/2 tbsp raw honey
For the salad:
2 cups diced cooked and peeled yellow beets* (recipe follows)(I used red as I couldn't find yellow)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
12 large sea scallops (18 oz)
olive oil cooking spray
kosher salt and pepper to taste
5 oz baby arugula
8 grape tomatoes, halved
Cover the beets with water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender when pierced with a fork, about 50 to 60 minutes. Peel and dice into small cubes; set aside to cool.
Season scallops with salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick pan on a medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, spray with oil and place scallops in the pan. Sear without touching them until the bottom forms a nice caramel colored crust, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook until their centers are still slightly translucent (you can check this by viewing them from the side), about 1 to 2 more minutes, careful not to overcook. Remove from the pan.
Make vinaigrette by whisking the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Toss with the arugula. Evenly divide the arugula between four large plates. Top each with 1/2 cup beet, 1 oz goat cheese, tomato and 3 scallops each. Serve immediately.
For my youngest class Easter party we were asked to bring in the cupcakes. I took the easiest road possible boxed strawberry lemonade cake mix which I baked into cupcakes Then decorated with purple frosting, sprinkles and peeps. I thought it came out quite pretty.
For my birthday I was lucky enough to get some cupcakes from the Cupcake Cafe in Manhattan. They are far by the best cupcakes in the city. For me anyway. They are moist and offer a variety of flavors. Plus they are so pretty to look at!
Trader Joe's is such a great place to find prepackaged yet healthy meals and snacks. One I recently tried was sweet potato gnocchi with sage sauce. Easy to prepare, took literally ten minutes and so flavorful.