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An Enchilada Casserole

I spent my day yesterday studying my little but off. I am about half way through everything that I need to go through before my next exam…tomorrow.

Last night, I was left with the responsibility of making dinner for the family. I was asked to make enchiladas. But every single time enchiladas were mentioned, I heard fajitas. I sent a text message to my mother asking what chicken she wanted me to use. She responded, ground beef enchiladas.

I thought, oh thats funny, ground beef fajitas. I’ve never done anything like that before.

So I started looking for the sauces and I sent my mom a message asking which sauce she had in mind. She said enchilada sauce in the back of the cabinet.

I thought, weird. Enchilada sauce on a fajita.

I had the beef cooked up and my sliced onions and peppers all cooked up when she walked in. I mentioned that I was about done with the fajitas and she said…enchiladas??

OoOoOoOoh. I think I just got the idea of fajitas in my mind early in the day and just didn’t have the brain power to change that mindset after studying. So, by combining the fajita and the enchiladas idea…I made an Enchilada Casserole!

Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients:

18 Small Wraps 2 Lbs Ground Beef
1 Can El Paso Enchilada Sauce 1/2 Cup Green Chilis
1 Green Pepper 1 Large Onion
2 Cups Tomato Sauce 3/4 Teaspoon Cumin
3/4 Teaspoon Chili Powder Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons of Hot Sauce

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a sauce pan, cook the ground beef until fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked, stir in 2 Cups of tomato sauce, 1 Cup Enchilada Sauce, cumin, 1 1/2 Tablespoons hot sauce and chili powder. Set aside. 

2. In a separate sauce pan, cook sliced onion in olive oil. When the onion is about done, add in the chopped green pepper. Make sure to stir frequently to avoid burning the onion.

3. It a 9×12 baking pan, spread and thin layer of enchilada sauce on the bottom. Lay 6 wraps on the bottom covering the surface and top with another layer of enchilada sauce. Add a layer of beef, then all of the peppers and onions. Next 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Top with a second layer of 6 small wraps and dress it with the enchilada sauce. Add another layer of beef, then your last layer of 6 wraps. Spread the enchilada sauce thickly on top. Finish it off with the green chilis and the remainder of the cheddar cheese.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble. Top off with 1 1/2 Tablespoons hot sauce.

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The hot sauce really completed the flavor of it and I’m a big fan of spicy. So I added quite a bit. But depending on what kind of hot sauce you use, you may need a different amount.

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As we were eating, I was telling my sister about how I thought I was supposed to be making fajitas…and I was really supposed to be making enchiladas, which is how this lovely dish was born. When I was telling her that I thought I was making ground beef fajitas when I was told what meat. She lost it.

She goes, so you mean tacos?!

I was sitting there a little while letting this process…and came to the obvious conclusion that I had gone nuts. Yes Maggie…I guess a ground beef fajita is a taco. Dang it.

 

Have you ever heard something over and over again and continually heard the WRONG thing??

 

Turkey, Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Casserole

Last night, I got home from work and was STARVING. I wanted to again, keep chipping away at the food that was sitting in my freezer and my cabinets. So I grabbed some pasta shells, frozen broccoli, and some ground turkey that I had sitting around. This, is what I came up with, a Turkey Casserole that I will be eating for the next week because there is so much of it. But, it turned out AMAZING. Normally, I’m a tuna casserole gal, but I may be switching over to this baby as a fav.

Turkey Casserole

 

Ingredients:

1 Box of Shell Pasta 1 Can of Condensed Cheese Soup
1 Package of Frozen Broccoli 1 Can of Non-Fat Milk
1 Pound of Ground Turkey 3/4 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

Directions:

1. Boil water, and cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Steam the broccoli in a separate pan (or in the microwave which is how I did it). And cook the ground turkey in a large pan. I used 1 tablespoon of Olive oil to keep the turkey moist. Season it with some salt and pepper to taste.

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2. Once each item is cooked, mix them together in a large baking pan. Add the condensed cheese soup and a can full of non-fat milk. Stir until it is well mixed. Then add the onion powder and garlic salt to the mix. Finally add in the cheddar cheese and stir well. The cheese does not have to completely melt into the pasta mix.

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3. Lastly, top it off with the bread crumbs and put it into the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

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The purpose of putting the casserole in the oven is to heat it all the way through and brown the top. The oven is going to give it that casserole taste.

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Brent and I ate this sucker and were so full after a single bowl. It was nuts. But delish. With just about every bite he was gushing over how good it was. I was really happy with the way it came out as well. I am going to be eating this for lunch and dinner for a while.

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While I was cooking, my little friend Hunter was playing around in the brown paper bag that was sitting on the counter. At first he jumped into it, but didn’t realize that it wasn’t all the way on the counter. The paper bag and Hunter went falling to the ground. The bag actually landed directly on top of Hunter, at which point, Hunter started freaking out…resulting in a paper bag that took on it’s own life. Very scary to Oreo. Oreo started barking at the moving paper bag and Hunter eventually found his way out, giving Oreo a swift smack on the nose. The whole sequence of events was HILARIOUS. I only caught the after math of Hunter chilling out in his paper cave.

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He wasn’t a huge fan of my paparazzi action and curled up into the bag after I snapped this glowing photo of him.

 

Have you ever just pulled a few ingredients out the fridge and ended up with something unexpectedly yummy??

 

 

Too Much Thinking Time

On the way out the door, I headed to the kitchen to throw something together really quickly for lunch. I had bought some pears earlier this week and they are starting to get to the point or “Eat me or else.” So lunch was made around these pears.

I grabbed a large handful of spinach, chopped up a green pepper, and the pear and put it all in a To-Go box. Sprinkled some sunflower seeds and feta cheese on top. Grabbed my salad dressing container and called it lunch! It was actually really satisfying and the flavors went together really nicely.

 

As soon as I got to the office, there wasn’t a moment for me to sit and relax at all.

Oh my way home, I started to think about everything that had to get done before I headed out for the weekend. Between the dogs, cleaning, packing, work, my 11 mile run and a long list of little things, I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to be managed. The long ride really just gives me time to start freaking out about what I’m not doing while I’m driving. It’s slightly miserable.

I ended up stopping off at the post office to drop the Thanksgiving letters in the mail. As I was addressing them this afternoon, I was realizing how many different places these letters were actually going. It was NUTS. So out of the 10 letters that I sent out, I reached 7 different states. Not kidding.

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Virginia

Crazy right?! It just made me think about how spread out we have all gotten and yet I still talk to them on a regular basis. 🙂

Needless to say, as soon as I got home, I was starving and prepared to make nothing that took longer than 5 minutes. I just didn’t have the time. I had picked up some Cranberry English Muffins that I have been dying to try. So one of those went into the toaster while I mixed up the insides.

1 Can of Tuna 1/4 Green Pepper, Chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
A Dab of Smart Balance Mayo

I topped it with a slice of american cheese and Dinner was served!

 

 

It was PACKED with green peppers and I loved it. The pop of cranberry from the english muffin added a lot of flavor to it. I would plan on putting some dried cranberries into the next batch of tuna that I make. It really added something different to it.

Tonight I’ve got a lot on the agenda, so I’m off to crackin!

 

Does driving give you a time to relax?? Or does it make you think about everything you haven’t done resulting in a mini freak out??

 

Absolutely, freak out.

A Quick Macaroni Dinner

After I ran out the door to a few meetings for the afternoon and then started on a few errands. The pups were in need of some food, so Brent and I stopped by our local pet store to grab a bag. Whenever I go to the pet store, I usually walk out with some unnecessary toy, treat or dress up thing. I love using the dogs for my own amusement…it’s terrible but its fun…for me. 🙂

Today, I picked up some treats. Bones to be exact.

 

 

Bacon always gets spoiled with the bigger and the baddest. How crazy is that thing?!

After the pet store, we headed back and I whipped us up some dinner. It was REALLY quick because that’s about all I had in mind. When I get hungry, I get cranky. I will whip my head around because you asked me what time it was. Seriously. You don’t want to get in between my food and me when this girl is hungry.

So I made some macaroni with a ragu alfredo sauce, salmon and a whole bunch of broccoli. From the look that I got from Brent, you would have thought that I had made something from the heavens. But it took me no time at all to throw together.

 

It did turn out well. I topped it off with some grated parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Great move I think.

For the rest of the night, I’m just sipping on some tea and catching up on a little reading. I have an early morning tomorrow and will most likely be to bed early!

 

How do you spoil your pets?? Fun treats?? Dress them up?? Take them to parks??

I spoil the dogs like crazy. But I have to say dressing them up and just playing around with them is my favorite. The happier they are, the more fun I’m having. Well…besides when I put eyebrows on Bacon…that was definitely for my own enjoyment!

 

A Change of Heart for Lobster Ravioli

As I was heading home from work today, I caught up on some phone calls for the day and popped into Publix to pick up some things for dinner. I was a bit short on food and was really starting to get a bit creative for meals. I had been looking for some food-spiration at the end of work and decided that I wanted to try and make a chick pea patty sandwich. Sounds awesome right?!

Well, I ended up walking out with 75 bucks in groceries, 5 different types of bread (I needed some bread and went a little nuts…whoops), a whole bunch of BoGos and Lobster Ravioli. Whelp, needless to say, I got home and realized I was missing the main ingredient…chick peas. I wasn’t really all that upset because this lobster ravioli was REALLY looking good to me.

 

 

I don’t remember the last time that I had lobster ravioli but it really only brings about an instant mouth watering. Done deal. As the water was boiling, I was trying to figure out what you put on top of lobster ravioli. Most of the time it’s a cream sauce of some sort, or even something fairly simple. You want the lobster to be the main event. I debated just doing a simple butter and parmesan cheese, but settled on a simple garlic red sauce. Maybe not the BEST choice when it comes to matching a lobster sauce, but I was happy with it!

 

 

YUM YUM. My evening is really not going to turn into anything exciting. Criminal Minds is calling me, with some tea and I GUEEEESSSS I’ll map out my running route for tomorrow. On the books is a 9 mile jaunt through Winter Park. I’m getting nervous for this one because I can count on one hand the number of times that I have run 9 miles plus.

The first time that I ever ran 9 miles was in high school. I was training for field hockey and went out for a run aiming for about 5 miles. No, this was not another case of just getting lost and whoops running 13 miles. There are about 2 roads that you can drive down to get to and from town from my parents house. So I started my run and about 2 miles in, I was feeling great and decided to take a left and make it a bit longer. Around the 4 mile mark, still feeling fantastic I decided that I was going to loop around and take the second road back to the house. I was about 2 miles out from my house and slowed from a jog to a wimpering walk. The heat and the sun was REALLY starting to get to me and my legs felt like they were just trying to make this the most miserable moment of my life ensuring I would never put them through this pain ever again. YEA RIGHT. Well, just to make it better, my dad was driving past and slowed to a stop. He laughed and drove home. YUP. When I told my coach at school, he laughed and said why would you do that?? You never run 9 miles in field hockey. AWESOME.

Oh well. 9 miles tomorrow morning for the 3rd time ever. The number is just scary.

 

What’s your favorite sauce for Lobster Ravioli?? Is it simple or do you go nuts with flavor??