Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cheesy Chili Mac

Cheesy Chili Mac

1 box macaroni & cheese [plus milk and butter, according to package]
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
½ green bell pepper, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
6 oz tomato paste
½ cup water
16 oz kidney beans, drained
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & ground black pepper, to taste

Cook pasta from macaroni & cheese as directed.
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper. Cook until soft and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
Add ground beef. Cook until browned.
Stir in the cheese ingredients from the macaroni & cheese [cheese packet, milk, butter].
Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Goulash - Angie's Way


1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
½ green bell pepper, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup frozen corn
2 cans tomato soup
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 package elbow macaroni
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.
Heat olive oil in large pot. Add onions and green pepper. Cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic, cook 1 minute.
Add beef and cook until browned.
Stir in tomato soup, tomatoes and corn.
Stir in macaroni, when it is done boiling.
Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Puerto Rican Sloppy Joes

Something my husband and I created last night. Basically, it's Picadillo on a hamburger bun, with a few changes in ingredients.

Puerto Rican Sloppy Joes

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
½ green bell pepper, diced
1 lb ground beef
¾ cup ketchup
¼ cup water
¼ cup green olives, diced
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp white vinegar
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
Add onions and green pepper. Cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute.
Add beef and cook, breaking into small pieces until browned.
Whisk together ketchup and water. Add to skillet and mix well. 
Add the rest of the ingredients and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer 15 minutes.
Serve on hamburger buns.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I Felt Creative

I haven't written in here for freakin' ever and I still don't really plan to keep up with it, but I actually felt creative last night [which I haven't for a long time] so I figured I would put it up.

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper [chopped]
  • 1/2 Onion [chopped]
  • 3 Celery Stalks [diced]
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 Packaged Oriental Flavored Ramen
  • 2/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Can Bean Sprouts
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • Salt & ground black pepper

  1. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add green pepper, onion, and celery and cook until soft. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Add the ramen flavor packets, water, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. 
  3. Add ramen noodles. Cover and cook 3 minutes.
  4. Add corn starch and stir until sauce thickens. 
  5. Remove from heat and stir in bean sprouts.
  6. Serve immediately.
I didn't really pay attention, but I think it serves 6ish. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Saturday, January 9, 2010


I haven't been keeping up with this very well. I've been a bit busy and not feeling too well. Anyway, last week I made chili, which was the first recipe I ever created. There's actually a bit of a story to it. A couple of years ago my husband was deployed overseas for a year, he left when our oldest daughter was a week old. So... I didn't have much to do here alone with an infant, so I tried new recipes. After all, I was the only one that was gonna eat 'em, if they were terrible, oh well! Anyway, I love chili so I made it for myself about once a week that winter. I added new things and tried different combinations each time until I found what I thought was the perfect chili recipe. I love it, and my family loves it. I'm actually thinking about entering a chili cook-off here in my home town this fall.


1 Tbsp chili powder
½ Tbsp cumin
1 tsp adobo
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Plus enough of all of the above to season meat with

1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ¼ lb ground beef
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
½ - 1 onion
2 (16 oz) cans kidney beans (drained)
1 (16 oz) can chili beans
2 (16 oz) cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted are my personal favorite)
1 bottle beer (my favorites that I have tried in this recipe are amber lagers and stouts)

  • Heat olive oil in pan. Add jalapenos and onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add beef and brown, lightly season with spices while cooking.
  • Combine the meat mixture, beans, and tomatoes in a large pot or crock pot. Add beer (you may not need the whole bottle). Add spices and mix well.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 1-2 hours (or longer, in crock pot).

Serves 5-6

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve!

Happy 2010 everybody!

Last night was New Year's Eve, so of course I made snacks! I had a great night with my husband, daughters, and parents. We played games, watched the New Year's Eve party on TV, and, of course, ate! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of what I made, it was all gone before I thought to!

The first thing I made was a new recipe I hadn't tried before- Spinach and Artichoke Dip! It turned out wonderfully!! You can find the recipe I used here. The recipe tells you to place all the ingredients in a food processor, however I didn't. I only put the artichoke hearts in to chop them up, everything else I just mixed by hand and it turned out great! Everyone was impressed. I thought it was especially good on "hint of lime" tortilla chips!

Next were Tortilla Pinwheels. I personally love these, and they are pretty simple to make. Here's my recipe:

4 tortillas (the small ones, not the huge burrito sized ones)
8 oz (1 package) cream cheese
About 10 spinach leaves
1/2 cup grated carrots (I put mine in my small food processor)

Let the cream cheese come to room temperature (to make it easier to spread). Spread 1/4 of the cream cheese on each tortilla, be sure to reach the edges. Top the cream cheese with spinach and carrots. Roll the tortilla up, secure with a toothpick if needed. Cut the roll into bite-sized slices to make the pinwheels.

There ya have it! Very easy, yet delicious snack!

And last are Mini Cheesecakes! Very yummy! Here's that recipe:

12 vanilla wafers
16 oz (2 packages) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
Cherry (or whatever flavor you like) pie filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner.
  2. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla and continue beating until mixed well. Add the eggs and beat until smooth.
  3. Pour about 2 Tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture into each cupcake liner. Bake for 20 minutes, or until centers are almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Top the cheesecakes with pie filling.

These are very good. If you don't like cherry you can substitute with whatever kind of pie filling you like, or even chocolate or strawberry ice cream topping.

Again, sorry for no pictures, but the food was so good I didn't have a chance!! :)

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year's Eve, and I wish everyone a fantastic 2010!!