Wednesday, March 19, 2008

WAY too easy "Enchiladas"...

So this is a total cheat on meal making, but I just thought this was so clever when a friend made it for us. Please don't judge me. ;-) All you need are three things:

-Frozen burritos or chimichangas (I prefer chimichangas with shredded beef from Costco)

-Can of enchilada sauce

-Shredded cheese (I use the Mexican blend from Costco)

Place burritos on the bottom of baking dish. Pour desired amount of enchilada sauce over burritos (I cover them until the sauce covers them and bottom of dish). Cover burritos and sauce with cheese. Freeze.

Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes for about 6 burritos. More time may be needed for more than 6. Cover if cheese starts to brown. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. Ole!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

new category

we have had requests for FREEZER MEALS. so, basically anything you can freeze and it still tastes good when you are ready to use it. i am excited about this one, because i never freeze anything. lets get cooking (and freezing)!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hearty Tomato Sauce

Cook in large shallow sauce pan (I can't remember the technical term)

*1/4 can tomato paste (can be substituted with tomato sauce)
*1 TBs. olive oil
Saute until mixture gets bubbly and dark red. Then add:
*minced garlic (however much you like)

*1/2 c. chopped carrots (I like to use 3/4 C.)
*1/2 c. chopped celery
*chopped onions
(I like to put these all in a food processor)
*1 can diced tomatoes
*1 can tomato sauce (14 oz)

Add salt, pepper, and italian seasoning to taste. Bring to boil then put on 2 (or in the middle of medium low and low) and cover with lid. Let simmer until ready to eat, the longer it sits the more flavorful it gets. This sauce is good on any pasta. You can also add a vegetable puree. And best of all, it freezes GREAT! This sauce is hmmmm, hmmmm, good!

Monday, March 3, 2008


*this recipe is from kim campbell.

SOOO...I really don't have a bunch of meatless dishes or at least any that are really unique (we mostly consume meatless spaghetti, baked potatoes, beans and rice, pizza and so on). We do love pizza though for Friday nights and I have spent way to much time trying to find the perfect sauce and I finally have or at least we LOVE it. So here it is with our favorite crust:

Italian Tomato Sauce/Pizza sauce

3 (28 oz) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes
2 large cans tomato paste (the size larger than the 6 oz)
2-3 T sugar, to taste
3 T Italian seasoning
3 T parsley3 T basil
2-3 T garlic powder
pinch of pepper

Mix together and cook until warm through. I just let the sauce sit for awhile and all the flavors mix well. I also make a huge batch and freeze it in 2 c. portions for two pizzas. If you don't like the chunky tomatoes I don't think it would hurt to chop or blend them. We like the chunks so I have never tried.

Semolina Pizza Dough
(This crust is best thin so I make two pizzas from this recipe and we enjoy the leftovers the next day or it allows me to make a vegi pizza for Nigel and I and cheese for the kids.(

1 1/2 c warm water
1 t. sugar
1 pks yeast ( I use 3 t)
1 T olive oil
2 3/4 C flour1
1 1/2 c farina cereal or semolina flour (I use farina because I can get it in bulk at Win Co)
1 1/2 t salt

combine a bit of sugar and hot water. Stir to a warm temp so as not to kill the yeast. Add the yeast and set aside until foamy. In a lrg bowl combine the flour, farina, sugar and salt; stir. Add the oil and mix until crumbly (if you have a kitchen aid I use the T hook here), add the yeast mixture and continue mixing for a couple of minutes more ( I then use my hook to knead the dough for a few more minutes). Let it rise until double and then divide into two portions. Bake with toppings for about 15-17 minutes on 400 degrees on the bottom rack.