Wednesday, January 26, 2011


So, I fail as a "wanna-be-chef"

I'm sorry.

Not that anyone really ever reads this :)

But, I have started school, and alas, have not been able to update.

Or cook.

Hopefully I'll have time soon!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Chicken Tostadas

As I was walking through the grocery store, I came across some tostada shells, and I thought, man, I haven't had those in so long! I love me some tostadas. So, I decided to buy them, and make some yummy chicken tostadas. I homemade the refried beans as well, because I like black beans, and it was actually really easy! Here are the recipes for both! ENJOY!

Chicken Tostadas
Ingredients for chicken:
6-8 chicken breasts (frozen works great!)
1 T of chili powder
a squeeze of lemon juice
1 can green enchilada sauce

Other Ingredients for tostadas (use anything you want!):
Tostada shells (just flat corn tortilla chips is what they are)
Refried beans (recipe below)
sour cream

what to do:
1. Put it all into a crockpot, and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Take chicken out of liquid and shred. Put shredded chicken back into the crockpot and cook another hour. There's your chicken!
2. Spread beans on the shell, put some chicken on top, then top with whatever other toppings you feel like it! SO GOOD!

Refried Beans
One can of black beans, rinsed and drained
about a half cup of water
2 large cloves of garlic
2 T olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 T chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

what to do:
1. Put the black beans, water, garlic, paprika, and chili powder into a small pot on the stove over medium heat.
2. Let it get to a boil, cover and cook about 7-8 minutes
3. Blend or mash it with one of those hand mixers (pictured above) if you don't have one, then mash with a fork!
4. Salt and pepper as much as you want.
5. Put on your tostada!

tips to wanna-be-chefs:
I had never made homemade refried beans before and I just made that recipe up! They turned out wonderful, but you can do whatever seasonings you have available! :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

"Healthy" Lemon Cake!

This was really good! It was SUPER moist, and I substituted a whole bunch of stuff to make it healthier. Lemony, sweet, moist, and delicious. Enjoy!

Healthy Lemon Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 (4 serving) box lemon pudding mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup applesauce
1 cup water
for glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
juice from one lemon

what to do:
1. Heat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 cake pan.
2. In a big bowl,throw in cake mix, lemon pudding, oil, eggs, applesauce and water. Blend until no chunks are left. It will be pretty runny, you will be able to pour it out of the bowl.
3. Pour batter into cake pan. Cook for 35 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
4. While it is in the oven make the glaze! Combine the powdered sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice, adding a little juice at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
4. While still hot, poke holes into the cake with a toothpick. Then pour glaze all over the cake and let cool.
5. Serve and enjoy!

tips to wanna-be-chefs: If you don't want to make this healthier version, the real ingredients are 4 eggs and 1 cup of oil, no applesauce. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream! DELISH!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Party Queso Dip

We went to a party at Caroline and Jordan's house on Friday and I told caroline I would bring some kind of chips and dip. So, I decided to whip up some chili con queso seeing as I'm from TX and it's DELICIOUS!!!!
Party Queso Dip
1 block of velveeta cheese (it may be a gross processed cheese, but it makes the BEST queso)
1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies; 10 oz)
2 small cans of diced green chilis (8 oz total)
1 pound breakfast sausage (JIMMY DEAN! I used mild, but you can use hot if you like heat)
1 yellow onion

1. Cut the velveeta cheese into 1-inch blocks and throw into a crockpot
2. Dice the onion, and throw into a skillet along with the sausage and cook until sausage is brown.
3. Throw the cooked onion and sausage into the crockpot along with the cheese.
4. Throw the tomatoes and chilies into the crockpot (juice and all!)
5. Let cook about an hour, but make sure you stir it every 10 or so minutes.
Take to a party in the crockpot to keep it hot! YUM!