Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Semi Homemade Red Beans and Rice

Ever since my husband and I started dating back in 2001, he has been talking about how much he loves red beans and rice.  So, the other night I was debating what to make with some kielbasa and decided I didn't really just want to add it to my packaged jambalaya mix so I raided the pantry and whipped this recipe up.  My husband did state that he is not a big fan of whole beans, so I should make it without the beans.  I started laughing and reminded him of all the times he talked about loving red beans and rice.  He then stated, he does love it just not the beans.  Just another reason why I love him so much.  It was easy, delicious, and a change of pace.  I will be making this many times over. 

  • 1 package sliced kielbasa
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can red beans, semi drained
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/4 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup minute rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

Directions:  Over medium heat saute onion and celery with olive oil then add kielbasa.  Cook additional 5 minutes then add red beans, tomato paste, tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, and green chilies.   Stir all ingredients together and let sit for a couple minutes then add water and rice.  Again stir all ingredients and simmer on low stirring occasionally until rice is soft.

Cookers Note:  If you would like to use regular rice, steam rice and add to cooked kielbasa.  Disregard the 1 1/2 cups of water. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Easy Freezer Burritos

These are really easy to make and are so nice to have on hand for quick lunches or dinners.  You can microwave them frozen or thaw them and bake them with cheese on top.  I was able to make 10 for about five dollars.  One good thing about this recipe is I usually have all the ingredients on hand at all times.  I made black bean and jack cheese, refiried bean and jack cheese, and refried bean, jack cheese, and jalapenos.

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 cups jack cheese
  • sliced jalapenos
  • 10 medium sized tortillas
  • tin foil
Directions:  In medium bowl add drained black beans and one cup cheese.  In separate bowl add refried beans and one cup cheese.  Microwave tortillas on plate for about 45 seconds to soften.  Place tortilla on foil and add some one of the bean mixture.  Fold in two sides of the tortilla then roll.  Repeat until mixture is gone and repeat with second mixture.  I added jalapenos to about 4 of the burritos with refried beans.  Wrap in foil and label.

Microwave Directions:  Unwrap and heat for 1.5-2 minutes.

Oven Directions:  Thaw completely and place in baking dish cover with cheese if desired and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Skillet Directions:  Heat skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.  Place Unwrapped and thawed burrito in pan at heat on both sides until hot throughout.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Orange Sweet Roll French Toast

I had a huge craving for Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls and I could not resist as I walked past them at the store.  I went home and baked them and ate one and could not stand to see them go to waste.  Every Saturday my husband always asks for Pancakes, Waffles, or French Toast.  I decided I would try french toast with the left over rolls.  They were AMAZING!!!  I usually opt for oatmeal or toast but I caved and had some myself.

  • 1 package Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls with icing
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Maple Syrup

Directions:  Bake rolls as directed on package.  Cool completely and cut in half.  In mixing bowl whisk eggs, milk, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup together.  Dip rolls into mixture coating completely and transfer to griddle/pan on medium heat for about two minutes on each side.  Meanwhile I heated Maple syrup and icing together in the microwave for syrup topping.  I did not give an amount of syrup because everyone prefers certain amounts.  *Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired*