What’s for Dinner | Better than ever Enchiladas

Sometimes there’s extra ground beef around that I like to get creative with…. sometimes we do tacos, sometimes it’s stroganoff … but last week I decided to try enchiladas. Beef enchiladas seem a little less common than chicken enchiladas, but I figured they’d make a tasty dinner if I could find a decent recipe! Allrecipes.com was the winner this time. I went with the “Better-than-ever Beef Enchiladas” which seem to be by KRAFT! Sounds pretty hard to go wrong, right? Well, they did turn out pretty darn good…. I would definitely recommend!

Cheesy Enchiladas

Couple of things to note:
I added at least half a cup of salsa more than the recipe called for, I dumped in quite a bit more cheese (how is 1/2 cup enough for that many enchiladas?), and since there are only two of us, I only used 4 tacos instead of 8. Also, when it says brush the tortillas lightly with Italian dressing, it’s not a mistake. I think it adds just a little bit extra flavor and maybe helps keep them more moist. We were out of tin foil at the time, so our enchiladas were pretty dry, but loading them up with some sour cream really helped. Wow, I guess this is a really fattening meal when you add in all the cheese and sour cream, but come on, they’re enchiladas!

What’s for Dinner | Sometimes I just want a salad…

After a week of work, it’s hard to want to cook a healthy meal on a weekend night…. it’s so much easier to grab pizza or get take out since it saves dishes and time. That’s really nice when I can be pretty lazy on the weekend :). However, it’s nice to eat something fresh and healthy, and this salad was really easy to throw together (10-15 mins. tops!). We got the idea from a family friend.

What you’ll need:

  • Mixed lettuce
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • Chopped salami
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, as much as you want
  • Vinaigrette dressing
Combine together and enjoy!

Salami, olive, artichoke salad

Wednesday Round-up: This week’s good eats

This week so far has been a lot of cooking. All new recipes, too!  I decided today I’d dedicate my Wednesday post to the great recipes I’ve found in the past couple days.

Monday: I already posted about the pork chops we made Monday night, but I’m sharing again, just because:)

 

Tuesday: We had a nice big hunk of salmon in our fridge so I found this delicious recipe: Real Simple‘s Salmon with Dijon Dill Sauce. YUM! This was surprisingly quick and easy, so this one I highly recommend!

 

Wednesday: Decided to go simple last night since I was having friends over and my husband made a spaghetti casserole I found on Taste of Home. We used this recipe, modified it a bit based on what we had in the cupboard, added a little extra cheese on top, and loved it! Prep time was basically cooking the noodles and mixing everything in the pan and bake time was 30-45 mins.  My friends hadn’t even heard of spaghetti casserole and thought it was good–something they will try themselves.

 

Any other good recipes that are easy enough to do on weekday nights? I’d love your ideas! I’m really into “30mins or less” recipes as you can tell.

What’s for Dinner | Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples

Normally on Sunday nights we do a pretty simple dinner. We usually have our biggest meal for lunch right after church. Today, however, we were way too tired to cook something in the afternoon. After getting home we headed straight for the bed and took a nap. It was a long weekend so we wanted to catch up on some sleep.

3 hours later we woke–groggy, surprised it was already 5:00… and pretty hungry.

I flipped open my laptop and looked for pork chop recipes. I couldn’t find this apple pork chop recipe that I had done last time which turned out awesome, but I found a few others and decided since we had all the ingredients I’d just go for it.

I found this recipe at Taste of Home: Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples. I went for it based on the prep time. This one said 30 minutes and it was also only for two servings.

Definitely a good one you should try! We didn’t have any onion, but this turned out really well with apples, potatoes, a nice crispy but still tender chop, and a beautiful sauce to drizzle over everything.

Stovetop Apple Pork Chops

What’s for Dinner | Crock Pot Time!

My sweetheart came home on Wednesday night so I was able to use the crock pot a little bit more this week. It’s hard motivating myself to cook in the crock pot just for myself….even though it’s very easy. My crock pot doesn’t have an auto-off feature and even though it goes to “warm” after a certain amount of hours, I’m still a little worried when I leave it on all day not knowing what time I’ll be able to leave work. I am sure it’s perfectly safe, but I’ve come home with extremely dried up chicken and I haven’t wanted to ruin my meat again like that. It would be better if you could program it to start at a certain time so if you want it to cook for 8 straight hours, you could tell it when you wanted to start. … I’m sure they make those but we got ours on clearance at Target and we weren’t ready to spend a whole lot on it… 🙂

So what did I cook? I went to my Crock Pot pin board and picked out two recipes that didn’t require a lot of shopping. First, I did a really simple Beef Stroganoff from Spicy Richmond. This Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff only asked for 4 ingredients, which I had one of already and I opted out for another one, so it was really my 3-ingredient strog.!

  • 2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can mushroom stems and pieces (this is what I skipped…. I don’t love lots of shrooms….)
  • 1 lb beef stew chunks
  • 8 oz sour cream

My favorite part of this recipe? You just throw it all in the pot, turn it on, and let it cook while you’re gone. I cooked egg noodles and served it over those when I got home from work.

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!

My next adventure in the crock pot was Creamy Tortellini Soup from Better Homes and Gardens. I haven’t done much with Tortellini since I started cooking more, but I sure love it! So I was excited to buy the ingredients for this one (didn’t require a lot of shopping) and cook it up.

This is what you’ll need to make this soup:

  • 1 2-oz envelope white sauce mix (I used alfredo mix because I couldn’t find “white sauce mix”)
  • cups water
  • 14-oz can vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • cloves garlic, minced (I just threw in some garlic salt since we were all out of garlic!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8-oz package dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
  • 12-oz can evaporated milk
  • cups fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach (I left this out this time)
  • Ground black pepper
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Even with a few substitutions and things I decided not to put in, this soup turned out delicious. Very creamy and quite filling, but my husband and I really liked it!

my tortellini soup

Wednesday Round-up: Love Feast

To continue on with the V-Day theme (are you sick of it yet? Sorry), this one’s going edible.
Since we’re celebrating a little before Valentines Day I needed to start thinking about what we can make for our special dinner. Here are some of my favorite ideas that are getting repinned 🙂
First we’ll start off with some substance before the sugar rushes…

You probably noticed, but if you didn’t, I meant to point out that this was inspiration, I don’t mean to make all of these sweet desserts!

Of course I had to throw some cake pops in here, because who doesn’t love those?!

Source: etsy.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

If I had some red cups like these, I’d totally do this also!

Source: cutefoodforkids.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

Happy Valentines Day!

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