Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tacquitos, BAKED! Not fried.

Now, I cannot take credit for this fantastic recipe, nor vouch for it's tastiness.  But don't click out of this window so fast!  These crispy, warm tacquitos can be filled with chicken or beef and dipped in your choices of sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Getting hungry yet?

Grocery........................ under 10 bucks
Skill Rating.................. a sinch
Serving Size................. 2 people, but you can double everything.
Prep Time................... 30-45 minutes
  • 1 large chicken breast or 12 oz. roast beef cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheese (Costco has a good Mexican blend)
  • 1 teaspoon Knorr Tomato w/chicken bouillon. This is a favorite spice blend that is highly favored with Mexican cooking. It is Knorr Caldo de Tomate, or Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor. Powdered form prefered. There is a 35 oz. size at Walmart for around $5 or smaller bottles for around $3. This can be used in enchilada sauce, Mexican rice, chicken tacos etc...
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon chili powder (you decide the spiciness)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 small onion, diced, cooked
  • 18 corn tortillas
  • Oil spray
Chicken version:
Cook chicken as desired, then shred.
Beef version:
The beef that I used was canned from Costco. 12 oz. Roast Beef (brisket)
  1. Add to meat: bouillon, cheese, onion and spices.
  2. Put 6 tortillas on microsafe plate and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at 100% for 1 minute.
  3. Lightly spray a baking sheet.
  4. Put 2 T. of meat filling (in a line) on one end of tortilla.
  5. Lift edge of tortilla up over the filling. Press down and pull back, making a tight 'log.'
  6. Roll all the way to the other edge and put seam side down on baking sheet.
  7. Continue with other tortilla shells, repeating the process.
  8. Lightly spray tops of tacquitos with oil spray.
  9. Bake in 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
*Best enjoyed served with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.*

Thursday, January 21, 2010

resolutions don't have to taste bad.

During the dreary month of January, I often find it difficult to come up with new recipes.  Bogged down with new resolutions, new classes, and cloudy skies, it's hard to be creative. But why despair?  One can eat healthily (if that's a word) and happily, with bright flavors with or without the cooperation of the weather. Drum roll please. The highly favored and famous 1905 salad, origin: The Columbia. It offers protein, tons of flavor, and healthy digestion!  What could be better, other than this simple fact: it stands alone! No entree necessary, it is the main course! Literally! Enjoy, but don't count on intimate conversation once consumed.

Skill Rating.......................easy peasy
Serving Size......................4-6 persons
Prep Time.........................20-30 minutes

Salad Ingredients

  • ½ head iceberg lettuce (you can substitute spinach, romaine)
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths (our family omits this, personal pref.)
  • ½ cup Swiss cheese, cut in julienne strips
  • ½ cup ham, cut in julienne strips (or turkey or shrimp)
  • ¼ cup green Spanish olives, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons grated Romano cheese
Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup of your best best extra extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  1. Toss together all salad ingredients in a bowl, except Romano Cheese.
  2. Mix garlic, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Beat until smooth with a wire whisk.
  3. Add olive oil, gradually beating to form an emulsion.
  4. Stir in vinegar and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add dressing to salad and toss well.
  6. Add Romano Cheese and toss one more time.
*Best enjoyed among friends who enjoy a stearn kick in the mouth*