Friday, February 29, 2008

Taco Bake

1 pkg. Macaroni and Cheese
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup Water
3/4 cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheese
1 cup Salsa

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare Macaroni dinner as directed on package. While macaroni is cooking, brown the meat and drain. Add taco seasoning mix and water to meat; simmer for 5 minutes
Stir the sour cream into prepared Mac'n Cheese dinner. Spoon half of the mac'n cheese mix into an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish. Top with layers of the meat mixture, 1 cup of cheese and remaining mac'n cheese mixture.
Cover and bake for 15 minutes. Top with salsa and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Bake uncovered for another 5 minutes for the cheese to melt.

Shepherd's Pie

So...I thought this looked kind of like a weird recipe...but it turned out to be quite tasty. Topher loved it. Actually ate the whole casserole dish in one sitting...yeah, that's Topher.

1 lb. ground beef
2 cups hot mashed potatoes
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup shredded cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced (I didn't actually do this part)
4 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup beef gravy

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown meat in large skillet and drain.
Mix potatoes, cream cheese, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and garlic until well blended.
Stir vegetables and gravy into meat, and put into 9 inch square baking dish.
Cover meat and vegetables with potato mixture.
Top with remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and bake for 20 minutes or until heated all the way through.

Avocado Jack Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves (I used 2 big ones and just cut them in half...)
1/2 tsp. chili powder (or however much you want to use!!)
1/4 tsp. salt (again, however much you want to use!)
1 1/2 oz. colby jack cheese (or enough to have 4 slices)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium avocado, chopped
2 tsp. lime juice
1 cup picante sauce (I just used normal salsa and added some hot sauce to it)

Pound your thawed chicken to about 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle both sides with chili powder, salt and pepper. Cut Colby jack cheese into 4 slices. Wrap a piece of chicken around each piece of cheese. Secure it with a toothpick. Then take brush and rub each chicken with olive oil.
Grill either on normal grill on medium heat, or in Foreman grill. Turn a couple times until cooked through or thermometer inserted in middle reads 180 degrees.
Combine your avocado and lime juice in a small bowl and toss to coat. Spoon picante sauce and avocado mixture over the chicken.

This was so so yummy!! Topher and I also made some yummy rice with cajun spices, hot sauce, corn and peppers to go with the chicken. Definitely a very very yummy meal. Everything can kind of be played with too. Use as much chili powder as you want depending on how spicy you like it, use as much cheese as you like, depending on how cheesy you want it etc...