Cheese-Topped Steaks - My steak cooking ability is pretty horrible unless I am cooking said steak in a slow cooker and it will come out perfectly. This would have been good if I knew how to cook a perfect steak...I end up cooking them way too tough. The steaks are topped with a mixture of crumbled blue cheese, crumbled bacon, slivered almonds, thyme, garlic, and pepper. Good, but could have been a lot better!
Chicken and Cheese Burrito - You would think making a burrito would be easy, but no! It’s not! I totally ruined the tortilla because I warmed it up in the oven according to the package’s directions (and the recipe also told me to do it!) and then when I cooked it in the oven, the shell got really crispy! Eww! I also messed up because I had picked up cheese dip rather than bean dip at the store. Whoops! So I didn’t have any bean dip to spread on it, so it just had the shredded chicken, salsa, and cheese. Burritos aren’t that good anyway; enchiladas are where it’s at!
Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Rice - This recipe turned out terrible and it’s because I cannot cook wild rice! This was my first time cooking wild rice and I thought it would be okay if I followed the instructions, but apparently not! It was way too crunchy! Very unappetizing. I made this because I had extra celery from something else I had made with celery and needed to find a recipe with celery so it wouldn’t go to waste, so I found this on my Better Homes and Gardens recipes ap. Turned out I still wasted the celery since I ended up tossing this dish since it was so gross and inedible. I combined baby carrots, sliced onion and celery, chicken broth, sage, olive oil, salt and peppery together in a bowl. (The recipe also called for sweet potatoes, but I omitted those as I really don’t like sweet potatoes when they are added with other stuff). I arranged this mixture over chicken breasts. (The recipe called for bone-in which I got, but I usually like boneless. I figured there was a reason they wanted the cook to use bone-in.) I baked this for 35 minutes, stirring twice. I added the rice and cooked for another five minutes. Absolutely terrible! And I still have a whole bag of wild rice! Maybe I’ll give it to Mom!
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese - This was good, but next time remind me to only make a half portion! I cooked elbow macaroni and transferred it to a large bowl after draining it. I added a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, a block of cheddar cheese cut up, a stick of butter cut up and combined. In another bowl, I whisked together three eggs, a can of evaporated milk, a can of condensed cheddar cheese soup, and pepper. It was suppose to be white pepper, but I only have standard pepper, so I used that instead. I stirred that into the macaroni which I put in a baking dish and baked covered for 25 minutes, then I added a half cup of shredded cheese and baked uncovered for another 15 minutes. Really yummy!
Sara’s Egg McMuffin - This is my own version of an Egg McMuffin. It isn’t great, but it does great when you don’t want to go out in the snow and need to fix something with the ingredients you already have. Luckily, I already had biscuits (just popped them in the oven!), eggs, bacon, shredded cheese, and salsa to make this. I made my egg over hard; I think Mickey D's has a scrambled egg patty. And I added salsa to mine to give it a little oomph!
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal - This is a recipe that I got as an email because, for some reason unknown to me, I signed up for an app called myfitnesspal (didn’t use it too long...probably should in the new year!) and it will send tips on exercising and recipes for healthy recipes. I usually ignore the exercising tips, but I do look at the recipes and they had some for low-cal breakfasts and some of them looked pretty good, like this one. I don’t know if I would say this oatmeal tastes like “apple pie”, but it wasn’t bad. I added the following to my slow cooker: a cup of oats, four cups of almond milk, 2 chopped apples, one teaspoon of coconut oil, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a fourth teaspoon of nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and a splash of lemon juice. I cooked this during the night so it would be ready when I woke up the next morning for breakfast. (I started it at 2 am, then woke up at 10!) It was really good...BUT it was too runny. And I had too much of it, so next time I will cut down on the recipe and maybe add more oats so it’s not so runny. It said to top with peanut butter so I may have to try that too.
Oriental Pork and Vegetables - While I heated up a package of ramen noodles in my new saucepan of boiling water, I heated sesame oil in a frying pan and added some stir fry veggies - onions, red peppers, sugar snap peas and cooked those for six minutes, then set aside and added more oil to the pan and cooked pork I had cut up in strips. When the pork was no longer pink, I added the veggies, two tablespoons of plum sauce, and a fourth cup of teriyaki sauce. Now I didn’t have teriyaki sauce, per se, the bottle said it was teriyaki marinade, but it still seemed to work. I added the noodles and tossed to coat them. Pretty good and simple to make; can't beat that!