Three-Layer “ChiQuiAvo” (Chicken, Quinoa, & Avocado) Fajitas

Three-Layer “ChiQuiAvo” Fajitas

Ingredients
Chicken Breast
Onion
Bell Pepper
Jalapeno
Salsa (recommend Medium)
Black Beans
Quinoa
Avocado
Tomato
Lime
Soft Tortilla Shells (recommend whole wheat)
Herbs/Seasonings (Cilantro, Oregano, Cumin, Chili Powder, Salt)
Hot Sauce (recommend Frank’s or Texas Pete’s)

Directions
There are three main layers/parts to this, each customizable to your tastebuds (and mood):

  1. Chicken, Onions & Peppers – Cook full chicken breasts with chopped onions and peppers, herbs/seasonings, and some salsa (for other flavorful liquid) in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. When ready, drain excess moisture (leaving some) from crock pot, shred chicken, and add additional herbs/seasonings to taste. Let sit in crock pot on warm.
  2. Quinoa & Black Beans – Cook separately, then combine (or leave separately). Corn can be added too if desired.
  3. Avocado, Tomato, Onion, & Lime – Chunk, chop, squeeze, and mix. Ideally, this should sit covered in fridge for 30 min before use.

Assemble/layer the above across a soft tortilla shell, garnish with fresh cilantro (optional), squeeze some lime, dash some hot sauce, and devour multiple. Chase with a good nap 🙂

Chococado Mousse

Chococado (Chocolate + Avocado) Mousse

Original Link: http://bit.ly/tFq7q0

Ingredients:
4 ripe avocados
½ to ¾ cup raw agave nectar (more or less for desired taste)
½ to ¾ cup raw cacao powder
3 Tbs pure vanilla extract
2 Tbs raw coconut oil
½ cup unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk or water (more or less for desired consistency)

Directions:
Mix all ingredients except the milk or water in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Gradually add in the coconut or almond milk to obtain the consistency you desire.  Chill for one hour.  Serve in cups and garnish with mint or fresh berries. Serves 4.

World’s Greatest Potato Salad

World’s Greatest Potato Salad
By:
Kevin & Kayla
Difficulty:
Easy
Est Time:
30-40 Min

Ingredients
Red-Skin Potatoes
Scallions (Green Onions)
Cheddar Cheese
Egg (Hard Boiled)
Mayonnaise
Rice Vinegar
Spicy Mustard
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (any hot sauce will do)
Garlic Powder
Mustard Seed
Sugar
Cumin
Paprika
Salt
Black Pepper

Directions
Boil the potatoes until a fork can go through them with relative ease. If you want to save time, microwave them. Boil the eggs until they are done. Make sure you put the eggs in the cold water before it boils so they don’t crack. They should take about 12-14 minutes once the water starts boiling. Chop the scallions and throw them in a big bowl. Add the spices and liquids. When the potatoes are done, let them cool in the fridge/freezer for 5-10 minutes before adding them to the bowl (make sure you keep the skins on). Add the mayo, cheddar cheese, and crumble the hard boiled egg. Chop and chunk the potatoes to the desired consistency/size. Mix well (but not too well that it becomes mush) and chill until it is fully cool (although some like it warm/hot – nothing wrong with that).

Blueberry Banana Applesauce Muffins with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Streusel

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 18-24 min

Ingredients – Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 mashed banana
2 Tbsp applesauce

Ingredients – Streusel (Crumb Topping)
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
2. Combine and mix dry ingredients. Add liquid ingredients (but not the fruit). Add the applesauce and mashed banana. Fold in the blueberries.
3. Separately, mix the ingredients for the streusel with a fork.
4. Fill muffin cups right to the top and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
5. Bake muffins for 18 to 24 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done. Don’t overcook, realizing the muffins will continue to cook a bit once removed from the oven.

Fresh Tomato Sauce with Chorizo Sausage Over Penne

Problem: Needed a good home-cooked meal for Sunday, something fun to prep, slow to cook, and with a smell to fill an apartment all afternoon while football is on.

Solution: Fresh tomato sauce with chorizo sausage over penne, with ricotta cheese on the side.

Details: Sauteed onions and garlic in olive oil, cooking the sausage over medium heat to brown the sides. Add some fresh basil leaves and chopped fresh tomato, with some spices and black pepper. Add a can of chunky crushed tomatoes for more volume and substance. Let simmer for a few hours.

Plate: Mix some of the sauce with the penne, pour some more sauce over the top, garnish with fresh basil leaves, and have the ricotta on the side. Grated cheese and fresh ground black pepper on top.

Beverage: 2% milk or glass of red wine. Both incredibly satisfying and pair well with the dish.

BBQ Boston Butt (Pork Shoulder) with Peppers and Onions

BBQ Boston Butt (Pork Shoulder) with Peppers and Onions
Difficulty:
VERY Easy
Prep Time:
15 Minutes
Cook Time:
8 Hours

Description

First of all, read up on Boston Butt. It’s essentially a specially-named cut from the upper part of the front shoulder, and it’s the perfect cut for slow cooking. Best bet is to talk to the butcher. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for the best Boston butt he’s got. Virtually no prep here, flavorful as hell.

Ingredients

Pork Shoulder (4-6 lbs)
2 Green Bell Peppers
1-2 Medium Onions
Barbecue Sauce (2 bottles) – I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey Chipotle…
Other Flavors (Bourbon, Hot Sauce, Black Pepper, Mustard, etc.)

Directions

1. Slice the onions and peppers. Put half of them at the bottom of the crock pot, then put the pork on top of them, then put the other half of the peppers and onions on top/around the pork.

2. Throw a full bottle of barbecue sauce all over the pork. I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey Chipotle, but you can use whatever flavor you like best! I added other flavors too such as a little bourbon (or beer is good), fresh ground black pepper, mustard seed, worchestire sauce, and hot sauce. Cover and cook on low in the crock pot for 6-8 hours or until very tender.

3. Drain all the juice from the crock pot (I used a colander to do this) and remove the peppers and onions to whatever extent possible. Shred the pork in the crock pot by pressing a fork against it. I like mine pretty chunky but you can completely shred it if you want.

4. Douse the shredded pork with another half bottle of barbecue sauce and continue to cook on low in the crock pot for at least another hour.

5. Serve on potato rolls with the peppers and onions (and chesse too!) on top, with your favorite hot sauce. Eat as much as possible!

Ham and Vegetable Orzo with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Ham and Vegetable Orzo with Parmesan Cream Sauce
Difficulty:
Easy
Prep Time: 20-30 Minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 Minutes

Description

This is a great example of two things: (1) Flexibility in cooking, and (2) Letting leftovers drive your next meal. Cream-based sauces are nice because you can control the thickness of your sauce/sauté relatively easily. Orzo is nice because it’s that often-forgotten rice-ish pasta shape that never overpowers yet still plays Italian. This dish is easy because you can really throw in whatever vegetables you want along with your leftover ham or chicken, spice it how you want, and eventually arrive at the perfect balance of flavors to fit your mood that night. You can go through the same process the next night and arrive at a totally different mix of flavor and texture.

Ingredients

Orzo (4-6 oz dry)
Ham
Tomato
Yellow squash
Onion
Peas
Parmesan cheese
Cream (can substitute half-and-half, whole milk, or even 2%)

Directions

1. Chop all vegetables. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan/wok/etc.
2. Sauté the onions and squash. Flavor with garlic and juice of a lemon if desired.
3. Add the chopped-up ham (or chicken or other meat) to the pan. Add the peas and chopped tomato.
4. Begin to cook the orzo. If you are using chicken as your meat, you can cook the orzo in chicken stock. Otherwise, just use water.
5. When the vegetables/ham are mostly cooked, begin to slowly add cream/milk to the pan. Stir to mix together. Add some fresh ground black pepper and/or parmesan cheese here to flavor.
6. Bring the mixture to a good heat where the cream begins to bubble/simmer. You can control the thickness of this sauce by adding less or more cream and by turning up the heat to simmer some of the liquid out.
7. When the orzo is done, drain it and add it to the sauce/sauté mixture. Keep on low until it is all evenly mixed and let sit for a few minutes before serving.
8. Serve with fresh basil leaf and parmesan cheese on top. To drink? A nice glass of milk, perhaps.

Remember, this recipe is flexible. Add whatever vegetables you want, add more tomato if in a red sauce mood, flavor with chopped basil if feeling pestoey. Up to you, no rules in the kitchen!