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The following is a list of all entries from the Bachelor Meals category.

Turkey is the new Chicken

Well hello my friends! Its been a minute hasn’t it? I have a few items I need to catch up on blog wise, but for some reason I have just been pre-occupied.  Actually, now that the holidays are long over, I find that people are totally over the sugar and sweets.  So, really – I’ve just been laying off the baking.  The past couple weeks I’ve cooked up a storm in the kitchen for dinners, but as I dig in for the first bite of most meals I have the thought, “Crap! I didn’t take pictures!” Ha.  I get home from working and just need to get dinner started and forget about the blogging part.  Does that make me less of a blogger? I think not. 

Anyway…I was at Meijer (shocker) and found Enchilada sauce that has no wheat! Holla! I haven’t been able to find sauce without gluten so we never get enchiladas in my house. So, right when I found the sauce this time, I immediately grabbed a pack of corn tortillas (they’re wheat free too).

Oh man was I excited to make dinner tonight.  So excited, again I didn’t take pictures of the process. But that was in part to a few things. A) My battery was running low and it takes forever to take pictures on a low battery B) Taking pictures of the process takes longer to make the meal C) It’s pretty quick and easy so I thought a plated image would suffice.

No arguing my friends, that is the process tonight. :) Ha.

I think tonight can serve as a Bachelor Meal as well.  Its just dumping your favorite things into one dish, and it gets messy, and you really dont have to measure anything!

Ok, so the ingredients you need for some delicious Enchiladas are :

  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 LB Ground Turkey (or beef, or chicken) More on this later
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper (S&P)
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Fresh Onion
  • Fresh garlic
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • Salsa of choice
  • 1 can enchilada sauce of choice
  • Pepper Jack and Cheddar Cheese

Tonight I decided to change things up and try out this Turkey stuff.  We are avid extra lean ground beef people in this house, but the turkey craze was getting to me.  I hear so much about how it tastes like whatever you need it taste, is less fat, and a super awesome alternative to beef or chicken. So, I went for it. Thank you Jenni-O.  (And The Biggest Loser for your propoganda). 

First – ground meat in hot skillet.  Add some S&P, garlic powder, cumin, and taco seasoning. This is all to your liking, add as little or as much as you want – I did absolutely no measuring here. Remember, cooking is fun and allows for combinations of flavors and ingredients, baking is the science where measuring is essential to the food’s success. You can also add a little water to help the taco seasoning distribute evenly, about a 1/4 cup.  Remove from skillet in separate bowl and set aside.

In your already hot pan, add your chopped onion and garlic.  Allow the onions to cook until translucent.  Then, add your corn and black beans.  Feel free to add green chilis, jalapeño, whatever! After that has all sautéed a minute, bring the meat back and combine everything together.

Now take the corn tortillas and heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  This allows them to become super pliable.  If you don’t heat them up, they will break when you try to fold them, I’m not kidding, they will totally fall apart.

Get a 9 x 13 baking dish and ladle some of the enchilada sauce and salsa on the bottom.  Pour remaining enchilada sauce in bowl.  Take one corn tortillas and coat, in bowl, in enchilada sauce.  Then, take the tortilla (yup, you have to get your fingers dirty!!) and place in baking dish and scoop a heaping amount of meat/vegetable mixture into tortillas.  Fold both ends over and flip so folded side if facing down.  Repeat until your pan is full.  PS – I pack these suckers tight up against each other! Gets more in the pan, and they support each other.

When you’re done, layer as much cheese as you want on top of each enchilada. Pour remaining enchilada sauce on top, and top with another spoonful of meat mixture (I had A LOT left, hello leftovers!!) and top with shredded Pepper Jack cheese.

Then, you just place the little dish in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Ohhh yea!

While its cooking, I heated up some refried beans on the stove.  I didn’t have any spanish rice to make so, I thought this would do.  When the enchiladas we’re done, I spooned some beans on a plate, added more enchiladas sauce, and plated the enchiladas right on top!  Garnish with sour cream and green onions. 

Let the FIESTA begin! Aaa-reee-bah!! :)

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11 Layer Taco Dip

For those of you coming to our party on Sunday – get excited, b/c I am making this dip – again – for the Superbowl!

originally I had made this for one of my besties! Her birthday was other week and my other bestie and I headed up to Chicago to surprise her.  I have to admit, sitting in AJ’s car – camped out in the dark, spying on T’s apartment was awkwardly fun.  Especially when AJ ding-dong-ditched and about bit it running across the ice to hide. The surprise was a total hit, and somehow AJ and I MUST have been on the same wavelength, b/c she made enchiladas. I know – crazy! We both went mexican theme! That’s how I know we’re “wives”! Ha.  Anyway, not only was the two of us coming up a surprise to T, but the next night, the party her sister organized was even more of a surprise.  I am not kidding when I say Mr. Redfearn asked for my hand in marriage just b/c of this taco dip.

“Glad this is going over well.” I thought to myself.  Then I ate more than anyone in the room! Yea!

Anyway – let’s get to this dip! PS I had never made Taco Dip and just went to the store and got what sounded good. Here’s me ingredients – but absolutely create your own!!

  • refried beans

  • guacamole (store-bought or home-made) I chose store-bought for convenience.

  • then the taco seasoning and sour cream mix. Take 1/2 cup sour cream and mix in 1 package of taco seasoning.  Feel free to add more sour cream to dilute seasoning if you need to – but this ratio works well!

  • oh yea, time for the cheese!

  •  how about some black beans?

  • then add all the goodies on top!!

Oh what are the goodies you ask? Well, ga-rate questions.  We’ve got freshly chopped tomatoes, jalapeno, green onion and chopped olives.

Now let me reveal the secret to the success of this dish.

It sat overnight – twice!

Yea! I made it on a Thursday night, drove to Chicago on Friday night, then we ate it Saturday night. I will for sure make this the night before every time I make it! Allowing all those flavors to marry together – oh amazing. Especially the jalapeno.  You could taste their flavor even if you didn’t get a jalapeno in your bite! YUM – O!

Go on – make it for the superbowl … I know you want to.


Baked Bean Stew

Today I had the joy of taking pictures with a Canon Digital Rebel XTi! It belongs to my office, but we had a site visit today after work and I thought I’d bring it home to play around with (and show Sam how good I am and that he should still get me a camera, haha!) I havent read the manual so I don’t KNOW what I am doing, but I played with the settings a LOT to get different shots.

So what better way then to test it out while I am cooking! Tonigh’s meal I think can go in the Bachelor Meal category.  The only non bachelor part about it is the chopping, but I think you men can handle it! This is a great meal for a cold winter night! Perfect for the storm we’re about to get! I heart the snow b-t-dub.

Grab the following ingredients (feel free to add more and make it up as you go, I did!)

1 lb ground beef

1 yellow onion

1 can baked beans

1 can stewed tomatoes

carrots (chopped)

celery (chopped)

3/4c water

1/2 tsp. onion powder

cheddar cheese

Start by chopping the onion and placing in a warm pan heated with EVOO, add ground beef and cook until brown.

While the meat is cooking, chop the carrots, celery and stewed tomatoes. (I prefer my tomatoes in smaller bites)

Combine everything into the pan (if it fits) or medium-sized pot.  Bring to boil and let simmer 30-45 minutes.

plate in a bowl and top with cheese!

I had SO much fun with this camera! I took pics of my Christmas decorations, that I was supposed to be taking down last night, but I’ll save those for another blog.  I did get this GREAT shot of my Kimoni-man! He’s so mysterious and handsome!

Goodnight all! Think *snow*!


Bachelor Meal – Cheese and Meat?

…wrapped in a delicious quesadilla!

Since this is a Bach. meal, I will keep the post short and sweet.  I wouldn’t want to extend your already short attention span.

Sorry, that was rude.  But I know boys don’t want to listen to me babble about my cute cat and how the cheese smelled and what the flowers looked like and how I don’t feel like the red color of my couch matched the painting on the wall but theres nothing I can do about it b/c we arent buying new furniture until our next house …. whoa. See? Babble.

You men just want the fooood! So on with it.

I was making lunch last weekend, well actually Sam was first. He made himself a GF quesadilla and then I made mine and when I was done – I was like waitaminute! This could so be a bach meal! It took me literally 5 minutes to make!

So,  ingredients men:

1 quesadilla for a half serving, or 2 for full

lots of your favorite cheese

meat of choice (i used salami)

pickles

aaaaand, if youre feeling spicy … add some banana peppers, or onion, or bbq sauce, or moo-tard (that lex for mustard).

Spray hot skillet with Pam (this creates a nice brown crust) and lay tortilla wrap on skillet.  Then, layer your fillings making sure cheese is on top and bottom so there is something to adhere this man-meat-sandwich together.

Oh, one time I added an egg sunny side up to this – yum!

Just let it grill a few moments.

Cut into bite size treats, or devour whole – your preference.

I added some fruit and whole grain to my dish :) You may do with, or without…but what would your mother say if she knew you were only eating protein and nothing else? Get some fruit into the mix boys, food pyramid!!

Voila!

 I love when you can see each layer of what your taste buds are about to experience.  Amps me up for the meal! Woo!

Enjoy my boys.


Bachelor Meals 101

I hate that I havent blogged in like 89 days, but – I have been super busy! My LP got married last weekend and being the MOH required a lot of duties.  As well as I had a few industry events to go to – all while getting my 40 hours in by Thursday and attend my once weekly dance class … and the gym! But, I am now back. Yes. 

Ok, so while at Katy’s wedding I was approached by one of my favorite male friends, Peter.  After we caught up for a moment, he was like, “Alexis, I really like your blog, but … it’s kind of hard for me.  I have a suggestion.  I was thinking you could do a section, that was more simple – and aim it towards a bachelor like me!”  I loved the idea, instantly.  It reminded me that this is a food blog, and I want to appeal to the masses.  Not the sugar.rush.craving.chocolate.obsessed.sweet.tooth-er (well, I do, but I don’t want to limit myself). So, I present my first meal on

Bachelor Meals 101!

Ha, I have to laugh.  This meal is so ridiculously easy I almost don’t want to post it. BUT – Peter wanted something quick and guy friendly.  So here it is.

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Oh yea, cheese and pasta. Woop woop! Of course in my household, we eat GF pasta (LOOK ITS THE MYSTERY PASTA! YUM!) but feel free to substitute for just about any type of pasta, except spaghetti – I don’t think that would work too well.

Like I said, this recipe is easy (is has it on the box!) Peter, if you’re reading this – you HAVE to add the vegetables.  You can’t just have starch and cheese.  This is a lesson to all bachelors – eat your vegetables! 

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If you dont, prepare for the wrath of Kimoni!

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No, really …

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Hahaha, OH MY GOSH! Doesn’t this crack you up?!  Look at the first one again … hilarious! This is actually me taking pictures of Kimoni while I held his treats in my hands. Come on, he has no wrath! Seriously! This is him obsessing over pea sized cat treats. Speaking of peas, eat them boys! Its good for you.

Anyway, back to bachelor food fun. So, we all can see what the steps are here.  Cook your pasta, drain. Then add back into the pot and stir in the Velveeta.  Now, I do have to be honest here.  I haven’t had velveeta in a long time.  A couple grocery trips ago I thought to myself, “Hmm, Velveeta, that looks good. *checking out nutritional label* Not too many carbs, and actually – not too bad on the calories. I think I’ll make a GF mac-n-cheese for Sam. I haven’t had this in forever, I bet its goooood.”

The reason I know this is a bachelor meal ………. is because it taste like one.

I still dont like Velveeta, I know why I haven’t had it in a while.

But, I know a lot of people who do, and assume most males with a growling stomach and a lack of patience for cooking will appreciate it.

So, then you’ve stirred in the Velveeta and your frozen veggies.  Then add like 1/4 tsp. of garlic salt and pepper and just let it all marinade and melt together. When I served it, I added some pepper jack cheese to the top – that gave it a little kick.

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Oh, and that little roll – its GF as well! I found them in the freezer section, such a treat! I also found GF chicken fingers and our fave GF pizza dough (which now comes pre-assembled and ready for the oven)! Good day at Meijer.  *there’s that plug again!*

Ok, and while I was cooking this bachelor meal, I totally had some fun in the kitchen with Kimoni and his treats. Let us take a look.

He's mid air.

He's mid air.

 

"May I have another mommy?"

"May I have another mommy?"

 

Look, treat directly over cute mouser-mouth. We have this down to a "T"!

Look, treat directly over cute mouser-mouth. We have this down to a "T"!

 

Alright, time to go to sleep and ponder what I will be making this weekend.  I did make my “Blue Ribbon Mexican Soup” tonight.  It’s only called blue ribbon because Sam entered it in his Chili Cook-off contest at work last year … and WON! Holla. But, its 11:14 and I would like to go to bed. 

Kimoni and I bid you a good night. :) <3

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