6/28/2012

Yum Yums you MUST try!

It's a well known fact that food makes the world a better place. Especially good food.  And before I go on a foodie rant (I am liable to do that) let me just say that there's not a day that goes by where I'm not pondering the realms of Pinterest or flipping through my bazillion cookbooks in search of a new and delicious recipe to test out. I'm not gonna lie, sometimes I find some big fat duds...but other times I scrounge up some real gems! I promise this post is full of the gems. I'm not that mean. Ha!

Over the past couple of weeks I've found, tried and approved a few recipes that were unbelievably delicious and successful. Of course, there are days where I let my creative juices flow (mostly when I'm missing some ingredients and implement multiple randoms from the fridge) and invent some of my own concoctions (last Thursday just so happened to be one of those days). And last week as I revelled in my domestic goddessness, stuffed my face with another bite of good food, and wondered what the hell Gordon Ramsey would say, I came to the conclusion that I'd be a selfish brat if I kept these scrummy recipes to myself. So, I've decided to do my monthly favorite recipe dump and share with all of you, my beautiful readers, some of my best yum-yums from the past couple of weeks! May you bask in all of their glory!

This first recipe is that concoction from last Thursday I was talking about. Originally adapted from this recipe (which I'm sure is very tasty also), I added a few of my own quirks and well and truly created a masterpiece. Now, while I am tooting my own horn a bit, I'm not lying when I say these were truly a freakin' delicious success. By far the best taco's I've ever made or eaten. Taco Bell aint got NOTHIN on me! 

Carl said "Mmmmmmm" the entire time he chewed his food and he licked his plate (which is pretty amazing considering he's one of the fussiest people on the PLANET). So, if you're a Mexican food lover you MUST give this a go. I sincerely promise you won't be disappointed. 
Yummy in My Tummy
 Shredded Chicken Taco's 
Ingredients
1 Old Elpaso Taco Seasoning
1 Old Elpaso Sun Dried Tomato Fajita Seasoning (if you can't find the sun dried tomato, that's fine. Just use the normal Fajiata seasoning!)
2 Tbl Apple Cider Vinegar 
1 Tbl and 1tsp Tomato Paste
1 Tbl garlic pure (or 2 cloves of freshly chopped garlic)
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Cayenne Pepper 
1 Red Chilli, finely chopped
3/4 cup hot water
Fresh  cracked pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast

Cooking Instructions
Step 1: In a medium bowl combine both Old Elpaso seasoning's, vinegar, tomato paste, garlic pure, sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper and chopped red chilli. Mix with 3/4 cup hot water and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil. Cook seasoned (salt and pepper) chicken breasts until golden brown on each side (about 5 minutes per side). Once chicken is golden brown add the seasoned water mixture to the pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until chicken is fully cooked.
Step 2: Remove the chicken breasts from the pan (leaving the seasoned sauce in the pan). If the sauce is still excessively runny, continue to reduce it until it's a thick soup consistency.  Using two forks shred the chicken on a plate. Place the shredded chicken back into the seasoned sauce.  Add cilantro (if desired) and stir into chicken mixture.
Step 3: Transfer chicken to a serving bowl and spoon onto warmed tortillas (if time permits I make my own - they're SO simple and WAY more delicious than the store bought ones. Here's the homemade tortilla recipe I use!)  or corn taco shells. I added shredded cheddar cheese, red onion, lettuce, salsa and sour cream to mine and it was scrum-diddly-umptious! Had I remembered to pick up avocado I would have added some of that too! Feel free to add whatever your favorite veggies are! :) Enjoy!! 
(Makes 6-8 servings).
Baked Garlic Fries
I made Carl and I these the other night for the first time and they were AMAZING! If you're looking for a healthier alternative to deep frying, then these are definitely for you! (fellow Weight Watcher peeps, fear not! They're ProPoints friendly!) We loved how perfectly garlicy they were with a bit of a kick from the cayenne pepper (Carl and I are spice lovers so I added 1 tsp rather than the recommended 1/4 and it was freakin' yum! Feel free to do the same, or if you're not into that spicey tongue tingle you could easily go cayenneless). They were very simple to make and the bake time in the oven allowed me to put a load of laundry in the washing machine and list a few things on eBay. Perfect for a mid-week dinner! :) Click here to make your own yummy Baked Garlic fries!
Lemon, Garlic and Basil Pasta
If you're looking for a super quick and unbelievably delicious dinner then this is definitely for you! This is a favorite in the Anderson household. Carl frequently asks we have it and I (being the lemon/pasta lover that I am) certainly do not contest. It's as simple as cooking some dried pasta, heating some olive oil with fresh garlic grated inside, squeezing a few lemons, tossing pasta in the sauce, dumping it all a bowl and sprinkling with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.  I'm not exaggerating when I say the total preparation and cook time is 15 minutes. I could do this in my sleep!
The picture above is my bowl of lemony goodness from a couple of weeks ago, but if you want to make this heavenly concotion yourself click here! You'll notice that the recipe doesn't call for basil - that's something I've added myself. If, like moi, you're pretty much obsessed with basil,  you can do as I do and chiffonade (which is my unnecessarily Cheffy way of of saying very thinly chop) about 4 leaves of fresh basil and sprinkle it on top with your parmesan cheese :) And that's it! Bob's your Uncle. V
oilà! Enjoy!

And finally something I've rambled about once before but they were that delicious I'm going to do it again... 
                                     Strawberry Lemonade Bars
These bad boys were super simple, absolutely delicious and ADDICTING. I may or may not have (just flatter me here, people. I know you know the truth...)  eaten 3 of these bad boys in one sitting. Don't judge! They are  so tart and refreshing, something which really hits the spot on a hot summer day.  In fact, I think they'd go especially well with a big fat margarita (or 3).  click here to impress your friends and family into thinking you're a baking goddess. 

I hope this post has inspired you to make some of my favorite yum-yums! Now get to that grocery store, stock up ingredients and Nigella Lawson your way to a good dinner!

Thanks for reading, guys! Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!
Lots of love, love, love,

16 comments:

  1. My mouth is watering! I have to try those tacos ASAP!

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  2. I have not made your tacos yet girlfriend but I seriously can't wait. They look AMAZEBALLS!!!!! And that strawberry lemon bar? Get in my belly :-)

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  3. those lemonade bars look delicious!

    One of my favorite side dishes is baked parmesan garlic french fries...amazing!

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  4. holy yum! I just ate dinner and those strawberry lemonade bars sound perfect right about now! xoxo

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