One of our favorite dinners at my house is Stuffed Shells, especially for my daughter. Why? Because it’s one of the meals that she can cook from beginning to end with very minimal help. So the other day she asked if we could have it and of course mommy wanted a break from the kitchen so the answer was yes. Then she asked if we could add it to my blog, woohoo, she’s letting me take pics!!!
Here is my girl make Stuffed Shells!! What you need is (measurements depend on your preference):
Ground Beef or Italian Sausage
Jumbo Pasta Shells
Here is what to do in pictures!!
Grate mozzarella cheese
Brown the meat
We add seasoning salt
And garlic powder
And Parmesan cheese
Spread thin layer of meat mixture into casserole dish
Make sure the bottom is covered
Start stuffing the shells
Nice full shell
Layer shells onto the meat mixture
Pour remaining meat mixture on top
Add mozzarella cheese
Yummy Cheese (did I say that already?)
Fresh out the oven!
Cheesy Saucy Goodness!!
One of my hubby’s favorite dinners is what he calls “Ham and Cheese Bread” and I like to make it often for him as it is super easy and makes him happy. We always make 2 different “breads”, one with ham and swiss (my fave) and the other with turkey and american (hubby’s fave). Tonight unfortunately, I found that I didn’t have enough american cheese until it was ready to go into the oven, so I improvised and used shredded cheddar with the few slices of american that I did have.
What you need is:
2 cans Pillsbury Pizza Dough per slab (thin works best)
Deli meats of choice
Cheese of choice
Spray your sheet pan, and spread out 1 can of dough to all the edges. Prebake for 2-3 minutes at 400 degrees. Then layer the meat on top of the prebaked dough almost to the edges.
Then layer the cheese on to the desired thickness (hubby likes his super cheesy and I like mine normal)
Ham and Swiss
Turkey, American and Cheddar
Next, stretch out the other can of dough on top and pinch the edges closed
I didn’t take a pic of both, sorry!
Next comes the baking, bake for 6-10 minutes until golden brown on top! Let sit for 5 minutes to cool.
Ham and Swiss
Turkey, American and Cheddar
Slice and enjoy!
I highly recommend using crescent dough and just pinching the seams together. This makes for a less dense and flakier Ham and Cheese Bread!! Also, it does not have to cook as long as pizza dough. When you have to cook it for a longer period of time, all the moisture is pulled from the meat and soaks into the dough causing an unpleasant undercooked dough taste and texture. I also recommend using fresh deli meat as opposed to prepacked meats. This is because the prepackaged meats are packaged in water to retain moisture and even with a shorter cooking time, the excess water still soaks into the dough!
And I mean come on, which tastes better anyways right???
A couple of weeks ago I sent hubby to the store to pick up what we needed for Tacos and he came home with just enough meat but way more tortillas and cheese than we needed. Then the next day we had Stir Fry and he bought way too much meat and I made the mistake of not making enough rice.
So the next day I was looking around for something to have for lunch and I saw the stir fry meat, tortillas and cheese and thought “What they heck, they have Spaghetti Tacos on iCarly, I can do Stir Fry Tacos”. OH MY!! Stir Fry has always been my fave meal and I love rice but my Stir Fry tacos are to die for. It has now become a family favorite and I made it again tonight and thought, “Hey, my readers may like this”.
So here goes it!
Ingredients will vary upon preference as well as amounts. Keep in mind, I only measure things out when I bake, everything else is tasting as I go along.
Chicken cut up into small cubes
Steak cut up into small cubes
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Garlic Powder (I actually recommend fresh garlic, but I didn’t have any)
Stir Fry Veggies (we didn’t have any this time)
Shredded Cheese (we have used mexican blend before and it works great, tonight we used Colby Jack)
All you do is a little veggie oil in a wok or large skillet to brown the beef. Once the beef is done, cook the chicken. Right before you are ready to combine the two meats, at 2 large pats of butter or margarine to the chicken, then combine meats. While that simmers, combine all the sauces and seasonings to taste, then pour over meat mixture. Serve on warm tortillas with cheese.
Doesn’t that look YUMMY?
I think I will start doing more recipes, what do you think?