Category: Main Dish

{Recipe} : Empanadas

I have a hard time finding dinner meals that all three of my boys will eat.  To be honest, all three of them have very different tastes.  However, tonight, I was successful!  YAY!

I found a recipe for empanadas on Pinterest.  The few times I have had empanadas, I really enjoyed them, so I thought I would give them a try with and see what the boys thought.  Surprisingly, they were a success, or at least what counts as a success in our house, which is that everyone ate at least one of them.



For Pastry
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 TBSP coarse salt
1/2 C cold unsalted, cubed
3/4 C ice water

For Insides:
4 ounces cream cheese
1 lb or cooked chicken, (cubed or shredded)
¼ cup sour cream
1 cup shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup corn
salt & pepper to taste
1 beaten egg
1 TBSP milk


1.  Pre heat the over to 400 degrees.  Using a food processor pulse together flour, baking powder and salt.
2.  Add the cubed butter to the food processor and mix until the mixture is a coarse meal with a few pea sized pieces.
3.  Add ½ cup ice water to food processor until dough is crumbly, but holds together when squeezed.
4.  Put dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough comes together.
5.  Divide into 2 equal parts, flatten them into disks and wrap in saran wrap.  Refrigerate while you make the fillng.
6.  Melt cream cheese in microwave for about 30-45 seconds.
7.  Add the chicken to a large bowl with the cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and corn.  Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
8.  Line baking pans with parchment paper.
9.  On a lightly floured surface roll out one part of the dough until about 1/8 inch thick.  Cut out 4 inch circles.  I used a bowl to do this.
10. Place 1-2 TSBP of chicken onto each circle.
11.  Fold the edges over and seal with a little bit of water.  Then use a fork to press down the edges.
12.  Brush each half circle with the egg wash (beaten egg & milk).
13.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they are golden brown.
14.  Enjoy!

What have you put inside of empanadas?

{Recipe} : Beef & Corn Eggrolls

Ok, so I have to admit that I was really trying to make a version of Southwest Eggrolls that I found a couple of years ago, however, my homemade black beans did not turn out.  I think my crock pot is not working so well. So, I threw this recipe together last minute with the ingredients I already had.

beef and corn egg rolls

Beef & Corn Egg Rolls

Wonton Wrappers
1 cup frozen corn
1 tomato diced
½ green bell pepper
¼ c purple onion
¼ c white sharp cheddar cheese
¼ C Monterrey Jack Cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
¼ – ½ cup ground beef, browned

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Season and brown ground beef.
2.  Mix corn, beef, tomato, bell pepper, onion, cheddar cheese, Monterrey jack cheese, salt, cumin, and chili powder in a bowl.
3.  Spoon into wonton wrappers and place onto cookie sheet and spray with olive oil.  To get the wrappers to close, wet the edge with a paper towel.
4.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Turning the eggrolls over halfway through.

Makes 8 eggrolls.

Just to be honest all the measurements are guesses because I completely made this up at the last minute.  For ground beef I used half of a leftover hamburger that we had grilled the night before.

However, despite my on the fly cooking, this was a simple meal that all the boys ate.  I served it with some homemade guacamole and sour cream for those who wanted it.

{Try it Thursday} : Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Now that we are somewhat settled in our new house, the nearest fast food place is about 15 minutes away, in one direction, I can cook in my kitchen again, and I am tired of fast food, it is time to start cooking.  However, instead of only cooking “kid food” I have decided that it is time for the boys and me to start eating some non-kid food too.  To be honest, I am tired of kid food.  In order to entice the boys to try the non-kid food I have also decided to bribe them with dessert.  So far my little experiment has been going well. Tonight, I introduced the boys to chicken pot pies.  Knowing my boys, I knew that they would not want to try a big chicken pot pie, so in order to make a chicken pot pie more appealing to my boys I decided to create Mini Chicken Pot Pies.  I’m happy to report that they actually tried them and ate half of them, which I consider a huge win.

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

1 box refrigerated pie crust  (I made my own crust using this recipe)
3 TBSP butter
¼ Cup chopped onion
¼ cup all purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 Cup chicken broth
¼ Cup milk
2 cooked chicken breasts
¼ cup carrots, corn, green beans, and/or peas

1. Preheat oven 425 degrees.
2. Cut pie crust so that it fits into the bottom of your bowl, completely covering the bottom and sides of the bowl.
3. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
4.  Once the butter is melted, add chopped onion and sauté until the onions start to turn clear.
5. Next, stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Mix well.
6.  Gradually add the chicken broth, stirring continuously.
7.  Then gradually add the milk, continuing to stir constantly until the mixture is thick.
8.  Add vegetables and let them cook for 3 minutes.
9.  Add the cooked chicken.
10.  Spoon into the bowls.
11.  Bake 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

{Recipe} Fiesta Lime Couscous

I was a little adventuresome tonight and made something completely out of my comfort zone.  However, it turned out pretty good, or at least my brother and I thought so.


Fiesta Lime Couscous

1 cup couscous
1/4 cup corn (I used frozen corn)
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp garlic salt
2 Tbsp of oil  (this is guess)
1 lime

1.  Cook the couscous according to directions on package.  If you buy in bulk (like I do)  bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then add in 1 cup of couscous and stir.  Cover and turn heat to low.

2. In a second pan heat the oil and then add the corn, black beans, onion, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper. Saute for 3-5 minutes.

3.  Add the cooked couscous to the pan and stir in the garlic salt.  Cook together for 3-5 minutes.

4.  Cut the lime in half and squeeze both halves onto the couscous and stir.

5.  Enjoy!


{Recipe} Black Bean Pizza

In a effort to get my boys to expand their food horizons, I thought I would try a different version of one of their favorite foods, pizza!

Black Bean Pizza

black beans (I made these from scratch, recipe will follow)
tortillas (Thing 3 and I made our own following {this recipe})
chesse (we used monterry jack)
bell pepper

1. Mash the black beans.
2. Spread the black beans onto a tortilla.
3.  Top with cheese and any other toppings.
4.  Warm up pan at medium to high heat.
5.  Place tortilla with everything on top, into a pan for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
6. Enjoy!

This is a simpe meal that the kids can help me make.  I served ours with some mango yogurt (2 cups yogurt, 2 mangos, put it in a blender).

Crock Pot Black Beans

2 Cups black beans, rinsed and drained
6 cups water
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 medium chopped
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1-2  jalapenos
1/2 tsp pepper

1.  Put all the ingredients in the crock pot and turn slow cooker on low and cook for 6 to 8 hours.  My slow cooker tends to cook warmer, so you may need to turn the heat up a little.
2.  When finished cooking, drain the water and enjoy.  Or if you are mashing your beans to make the recipe above, put them in a large bowl and squish them with a fork or potato masher until you get the desiered consistancy.

What toppings would you use?  Leave a comment and let me know, I would love to hear your ideas.

{Recipe} Jalapeno Cheeseburger

My husband and I came up with this recipe one weekend and it has quickly became a favorite. 

1 lb. of ground turkey or beef
1 jalapeno (finely chopped)
1/2 C cheddar cheese
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 Tbsp black pepper
1/2 Tbsp garlic salt
1/2 Tbsp onion powder

1.  Combine all ingredients making sure that everything is distribute evenly.
2.  Grill.
3. Enjoy!


{Recipe} Easy Chicken Fajitas

I am always looking for simple recipes, that my family will like, and that freeze well.  Last weekend we made chicken fajitas.  This recipe is simple and can even be used as a freezer meal.

Easy Chicken Fajitas

3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1.2 c olive oil
2 Tbsp fajita seasoning
Tortillas of your choice
red bell pepper (optional)
onion (optional)
green bell pepper (optional)
mushrooms (optional)
guacamole (optional)
sour cream (optional)
salsa (optional)
monterry jack cheese (optional)

1.  Cut the chicken into fajita size strips.
2.  Place the strips into a closeable bag or container.  Then put olive oil and fajita seasoning into the container and shake.  Marinate for at least 2 hours. This is also the step in which you can freeze the chicken.
3.  When ready to eat your fajitas, dump the chicken into a pan and cook until they are not longer pink in the middle.  You can also add onions, red peppers, green peppers, mushrooms or anything else to the pan.
4.  Serve in warms tortillas and top with cheese, salsa, sour cream or guacamole.


{Kids in the Kitchen} Homemade Pizza (w/ dough recipe)

Right behind Thing 2’s love for chicken nuggets, is his love for cheese pizza.  So, on Monday I thought it would be fun to make homemade pizza for Daddy Cameron.  Originally I had planned to make it a family affair, but our walk took a little longer than expected, so Thing 2 helped me make pizza.

Pizza Dough

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 pkg. active dry yeast
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 C warm water


1.  Pre heat over to 375 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Knead until ingredients are well mixed.

2.  Let rise for 30 minutes.

3.  Bake crust for 5-7 minutes, then add toppings.

4.  Enjoy!

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{Recipe} Spaghetti Squash Noodles

I am always trying to encourage my family to eat new and healthier things.  Thing 1 has been on a kick of asking me if everything he eats is healthy.  I really hate to tell him that something isn’t too healthy, so it has been a motivation to make sure almost everything is healthy.  This is a vegetarian meal that I tried out on the family recently.

Spaghetti Squash Noodles

1 spaghetti squash
1/2 onion
1 tomato
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp butter
parmesan cheese – grated (optional)
spaghetti sauce (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Place insides down on a shallow baking sheet. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.

2.  Use a fork to scrape out the inside of the spaghetti squash. Then set aside.

3.  In a saucepan melt butter over medium heat.  Add onion and tomato anc cook until soft.  Stir in squash and add everything else.

Note: I set aside some of the squash without the spaghetti sauce for me to eat.

4.  Enjoy!


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