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Guacamole

This is such a simple recipe and avocados are such a healthy and tasteful way to get in some of those required nutrients. Now that spring and summer are on their way, why not get started with a great snack!? This is full of flavor and can be adjusted to your liking! Enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Makes: approx. 1 1/2 cups

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2 ripe avocados

2 Tbsp – 1/4 cup minced onion

1 jalapeno, finely diced

1 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp cilantro (I used dried cilantro)

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Dash of black pepper

1/2 ripe tomato, chopped

Directions:

Cut avocados in half….

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Remove seed (pit), and scoop out the avocados from the peel, put into a mixing bowl….

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Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado (don’t overdo it, this should be a little chunky!)….

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Add the diced onion, cilantro, lime juice, tomato, jalapeno, & salt and pepper…

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Be careful handling any kind of peppers when removing the seeds. I wear gloves and then thoroughly wash my hands after handling…

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Remember…DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYES OR FACE FOR SEVERAL HOURS  after handling peppers.

Cover guacamole with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole (helps to prevent oxidation)…

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Refrigerate until ready and you can change the spice level as needed!

Enjoy!!

Fajitas~Slow Cooker Style

First of all, I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and an even more fabulous New Year! I’m glad to be back at it and now with a new camera, I can get better pictures of the magnificent recipes that you will be providing to your family! Here’s my first post of the new year! Please enjoy!

This slow cooker recipe adds a punch of flavor to the beef, which is perfect for the fajitas. This recipe can be served over rice, with refried beans, or serve them as tacos instead! You can choose to braise the roast in salsa and lime juice, but I chose to mix up the seasonings and rub them on the beef, then add the liquid ingredients. It’s preference…..really! Any leftover beef and sauce can be used as a beef tortilla soup as well!

Serves: 6

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1-2 Tbsp Olive oil (I used Jalapeno Grape seed oil)

1-2 jalapeno sliced (optional)

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 (3-4#) boneless chuck roast

32 oz. medium-hot salsa

1 large white onion, sliced

1/2 cup lime juice

1 (12 oz) bottle of beer (I love cooking with Sammy A)

Directions:

Spray slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray or line with a crock pot liner. Mix oil, cumin, oregano, chili powder into a paste (adding the oil a little at a time)….

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Place chuck roast into slow cooker…..

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Rub seasoning paste onto the beef….

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Add onion, salsa, and lime juice…..

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Add the beer…. It went into the slow cooker….I promise!

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Cover and cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours. It will be very saucy.

* After cooking, I chose to shred the beef and wrap them in whole wheat tortillas.

** I also took some of the sauce and added it to a sauce pan and brought it to a boil to give it more of a concentrated flavor (definite flavor!!!), and drizzled it over the beef just before I wrapped it up and devoured it in pure bliss!

South-of-the-Border Chicken Thighs

Ahh! I love grilling outside and especially when the weather is just right….however, in Illinois….we get it all around here so when we get a nice evening to grill out…we take it! We love chicken thighs, but you can use this on pork, chicken, or use this as a steak marinade….etc. I have only used this on chicken…so please, if you use it on anything else…I would love the FEEDBACK! Hope you enjoy….

Makes: 4-6 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1 cup Olive Oil (EVOO-works best)

5 tsp chili powder

1 Tbsp lime juice

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cloves

3/4 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

1/2 tsp black pepper

6 garlic cloves, minced

6 boneless chicken thighs (you can also use bone-in) about 2 pounds

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients (you can adjust spiciness as you desire)…..

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Set aside 1/2 of the marinade (I only reserved 1/3 cup) for basting….(cover and place reserved amount in the fridge)…..

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Add chicken thighs to the remaining marinade in the bowl….stir the chicken making sure all pieces are covered well. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours…..

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After the chicken has marinated, remove chicken from the marinade and discard the remaining marinade from the bowl. Grill chicken thighs, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 20-40 minutes (until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees)…..turn and baste frequently with the reserved marinade that was set aside….and watch closely as chicken tends to burn easily…..

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We served this entrée with homemade macaroni salad and sweet corn! Mmm!

Chorizo Mac & Cheese

Once in a while we like to have some “kick” in our dinner meals and I like chorizo. I like beef chorizo better but I used pork in this dish (either beef or pork can be spicy but also depends on the brand that is purchased). I got the recipe from Taste of Home and I changed it up a little bit…here is a list of my changes:

  1. Rotini noodles (whole grain)
  2. Extra 6 oz of chorizo
  3. 4 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  4. 2 tsp cornstarch
  5. 3 cups of shredded mexican blend cheese
  6. 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  7. Half & Half

We hope you enjoy! You can also add bell peppers, salsa, avocados, etc…

Makes: 4 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2 cups whole wheat rotini noodles

1 cup Half & Half

2 tsp cornstarch

3 cups shredded mexican blend cheese

12 oz. Mexican chorizo

1/2 cup minced onion

4 Tbsp whole wheat flour

2 tsp lime juice

3 Tbsp breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp butter

Directions:

Mix the cornstarch with the shredded cheese in a bowl and set aside (the cornstarch will help prevent the cheese sauce from being too stringy)….

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Put the half & half in a small saucepan and heat until steamy. Keep warm while you prepare the recipe…DO NOT BOIL….

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Cook noodles according to package directions (I cooked mine to al dente-cooked but still firm to the bite). While the noodles are cooking, prepare the chorizo cheese sauce. Remove chorizo from its casing and add the onions, put into a medium-thick bottomed saucepan on medium-high heat. When the chorizo begins to sizzle, reduce the heat to medium….

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Cook the chorizo, stirring often…about 10 minutes…..

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When the noodles are cooked, drain and set aside. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees and spray an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and make sure to check on your half & half in the saucepan….NO BOILING ALLOWED 🙂

Add the flour to the pot with the chorizo and mix well…..
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Everything WILL clump up so reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan for about 2 minutes. Add the hot half & half 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly…..

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When all the half & half has been added, heat the mixture to a gentle simmer and cook fo 2 minutes, meanwhile add the lime juice. Mix the shredded cheese into the chorizo/half & half sauce and stir until melted…..

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Next, add cooked noodles to the mixture and stir until well combined….

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Pour the mixture into a baking dish…..

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Make sure the top is level and dust the top with breadcrumbs and then “dot” the butter sporadically over the breadcrumbs….

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Bake until the breadcrumbs are golden (I also spread a little bit of shredded cheese over the top of the breadcrumbs).

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Original Recipe:

2 cups elbow macaroni

1 cup milk

1 tsp cornstarch

4 oz (1 cup) of shredded cheddar cheese

4 oz (1 cup) of shredded pepper jack cheese

6 oz Mexican chorizo

1/2 cup minced red onion

2 Tbsp flour

2 tsp lime juice

2 Tbsp breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp butter (cut up)

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