Team Rocket’s Kitchen: Beef Taco Casserole

Hey, so have you checked out this book? No? It’s really cool!

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“Six Ingredient Solution” at Amazon.com

James and I have already made a few things from here – and most have them have turned out pretty great. Tonight we are returning an old favorite – a beef taco bake. It’s basically a taco casserole. There’s a couple things we changed about their original recipe so I’m gonna share this delicious meal with you! ^_^

You will need…

(2) 10 ounce cans of Dice Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef  – we just used a pound though
(1) 1 ounce package of taco seasoning mix
(1) 16 ounce can of refried beans
2 cups of Colby Jack cheese – we used a bag of that Mexican blend instead, adds a little extra flavor!
8 taco shells – Instead of taco shells we added Doritos. Just eyeball it. If it looks like it’s about the sames size as 8 taco shells, you’re probably good.
And a skillet or something to cook your beef in / a 9×13 baking dish for the casserole

Now, I know this is supposed to be “6 ingredients” but it also says to add salt and pepper to taste. We added a Garlic, Chili, Salt blend that I talked about in a post somewhere. It’s delicious.  (ha! found it!)

Here’s what you do…

Preheat your oven to 475 degrees! Drain your tomatoes but reserve a 1/2 cup of the juice. Cook the beef on a medium heat to brown it (so for usually about 5 to 8 minutes) then drain it. Add the taco seasoning and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Then add one can of the tomatoes along with the juice you reserved. Simmer that until it’s nice and thick – about 10 minutes. Add your salt blend. 🙂

While that simmers you’ll have time to make your next mixture. Combine the refried beans with the other can of tomatoes and mix it up well. Spread the mixture evenly along the bottom of the 9×13 baking dish. Pour roughly 1 cup of the Mexican blend cheese over the top of that. Then spread the beef mixture evenly on top of that layer. Next you’ll add another layer of cheese, a little thinner this time – so about 1/2 cup. Crush up your favorite Doritos and sprinkle them along the top. We used the Salsa Verde ones before, which really added an extra kick. But this time we just used Cool Ranch. Because that is best Dorito. Last sprinkle the rest of the cheese along the top.

Bake it in the oven until the cheese is bubbly. It generally takes about 15 minutes or so. You could serve it with some sour cream or extra cheese, or both! Endless possibilities!

Try it the original way, or try it with our modifications… or try your own modifications! Let me know either way  because I would love ideas to try! 😀

Enjoy!

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-J

 

 

Ramen Doctor Up: Simple and Reliable

I  haven’t done one of these in such a long time that I had to look through my posts to see if I’ve done this flavor before. I have, but this one is a little bit different. This one is much simpler because it doesn’t involve veggies. But it also involves a few of my favorite things so it’s always a fallback for me.
The oriental flavor package is my favorite one, and I happened to have one in my pantry today. So I decided to make that.
Here’s my spin on it.

I separated the noodles before adding the flavor packet, as always. That’s just how I like to do it. I drained some of the water out. This is completely up to you (well, I guess it all is) but I like my ramen less soupy. I still left enough of the water to submerge the noodles.
I added curry powder because I almost always add curry powder to the oriental flavor ramen… it makes an awesome combination.
Then I added garlic powder generously, because I LOVE garlic.
I added my favorite herb, oregano and a dash of pepper.

And that’s it. It’s finished. Simple as that.

I find this is the best serving method:
Scoop all the noodles into the bowl with a fork THEN pour the soup over it. It helps with even distribution of flavor!

Enjoy.

Remember, if you find an awesome ramen combo yourself, let me know. I would love to try it out!

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-J

Bok Bok! Chicken!

As promised, I’ve collected a few recipes for chicken from various places to post here! 🙂


Chicken Teriyaki

First one that isn’t ours, James found it online. We’ve been wanting to perfect this Teriyaki since we got a really delicious one from a Chinese restaurant.
Instead of copying the instructions I’m just going to post this here.

Our suggestion is to double everything in the sauce except for the ginger and the onion.  We’ve made it twice so far. If you follow the recipe the sauce cooks down a lot and it dries out a bit. If you double it like we did the second time it the onion and ginger will overpower everything. So we’ll be trying it again with less ginger and onion but more of everything else.

Honey Dijon & Peach Marinade

For this one we used this recipe on allrecipes.com as a basis for what we were doing and modified it a lot.  We also used our homemade canned honey peaches for this. So to make this recipe you will either need to follow it with the apricot jam or you’ll need to make the peaches too. But basically we followed this recipe, replacing the apricot jam with our peaches and omitting the curry powder because his mom is allergic.  I will post an update on my twitter when I make again with the curry powder.

Breaded Chicken 

This one is super simple and super unhealthy from James’s mom. There’s really no exact science to it.  Here are the ingredients:

Milk
Flour
Egg
Bread Crumbs

You fill each ingredient into 4 separate small bowls (one for each). And you can add seasonings to the bread crumb bowl if it doesn’t have any already, whatever you like is fine. You dip your chicken into each bowl, covering generously in the order listed above. Then you pan fry it in butter until fully cooked.
You can even cut the chicken up and make little nuggets this way. You will not need dipping sauce. It is amazing as is.

Thyme, Lemon, and Bay Chicken

And this last one is really more of a product suggestion than an actual recipe. We just cooked up some simple chicken with rice one day and this stuff came in handy. We got this set of sea salt grinders for Christmas from his brother-in-law. They come with different spices and seasonings mixed in with sea salt that you can add to your recipes. We used this once specifically to season the chicken and just pan fried it with a little bit of olive oil. That’s all there is to it. So these are great for really quick dinners!

If you haven’t already you should check these out. My favorite is the garlic and chili one! Be careful though because it does have salt in it and it’s really easy to get carried away and over-salt things!


And that’s it for the chicken recipes! The best part is once you have all the ingredients they’ll last awhile so you can keep making them and perfecting them!

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter: @softlysaturated

-J

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Baby Steps, Little Goals

I get into little random kicks sometimes where I feel like I should start being healthier. I should diet and exercise and such. But whenever I make that resolve I get bored or annoyed trying to keep up with it and never stick with it longer than a week. So I decided to make this all a long term goal. I can take baby steps and little by little  take better care of myself.

To start, I am trying to just drink more water. I rarely drink pop to begin with but the problem is that I don’t really drink much of anything at all. So far I’ve kept up with it for more than a week. So my next goal is to start going to the gym. It quickly becomes a chore to do it all the time so I’m starting with something small. Like, maybe I can go to the gym once a week for a little while and then bump it up from there.

My last goal for now that I want to attempt simultaneously is to actually eat breakfast in the morning. I have a work schedule that’s all over the place and on days that I start in the afternoon I tend to eat before I go.  But on days when I start early in the morning I never do. The problem is that I can never eat that early. Like physically I can’t. I feel sick while doing so or afterwards. But I need to start taking vitamins and I need something in my stomach to do so. I was thinking I should start making smoothies for those days. Then I can have at least a little something.

So those are some goals I’m working on. I’m not trying to cut out junk food and such but I’m working towards having a better balance!

^_^

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-J

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Food & Games!

Well, I have a few ideas and updates and what not.

One thing, I’ve been informed that my friend who does the gaming streams does his streams on Wednesday and Thursday. So if you’ve been wanting to tune in those are the days to do it. It’ll usually start anywhere between 5-7pm (central) and go until whenever he feels like going. Then once in awhile there will be random streams that he’ll decide to do which I can inform you of if you follow my Twitter.
His Channel Here.

Next, some recipes. I wanted to start adding recipes pretty often now that James and I have been cooking more often.  The next Om Nom Hour segment I post will probably be a short collection of various chicken recipes. I don’t know exactly when I’ll be doing that but once I get them together I will.

SO yeah, just a quick update there. Gonna play some D3 now.

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter: @softlysaturated

-J

P.S. Please take a second  to make a donation to the Nerdy Neehigh Ninjas in their fight for Futures Without Violence, if you can! We’d really appreciate it!

Ramen Doctor Up: Honey BBQ Chicken

Whenever I’m eating a doctored up Ramen that I made I always think “I should blog about that” and it’s usually after I’ve already started eating it. Then I take a crappy photo of it with my phone or mp3 player because my camera isn’t at my disposal. This time I ate it all before thinking of blogging about it so I have no pictures at all. But it was yummy and worth sharing.

So I took the chicken flavored Ramen package and started cooking my noodles. I added a pinch of my dehydrated garlic and onions. Did you ever see these things?

They’re perfect. They taste good and you don’t have to let your fresh stuff go bad if you’re like me and don’t cook very often. It’s not a direct replacement for the real thing but way better than the powdered stuff.

Anyway, I added those until the noodles were separated. Then I added the chicken flavor package. The only seasoning I added was something called Montreal Chicken, but I don’t think it made much of a difference. Now, usually Ramen is supposed to be more of a soup. But for this you’re going to want to drain the water. Just trust me. You don’t want that water. Because the next thing I added was Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ sauce. (You can add whatever BBQ sauce you like, that’s just my favorite brand) I didn’t add a lot. Just a few little squirts will do. Mix it all up and that’s it!

Thanks for reading. If you liked my post hit follow to geek out with me every week! And you can follow me on Twitter: @softlysaturated

-J

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Ramen Doctor Up: Picante Beef

Dressing up my Ramen noodles to make them more delicious is serious business.
But I’m going to do this super quick because I’m typing on my tablet.
I made this
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the other night. (I apologize for the crappy quality image. I took this with the camera on my mp3 player)
It is the Picante Beef flavor. I added a frozen pepper and onion mixture in with the noodles. There’s also a mesquite bbq seasoning, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in there.
I sprinkled some Parmesan cheese in top as well. But, protip, don’t do that while the water is still boiling. Unless you like curdled cheese. Seriously. Bad idea.

Other than that little mishap it turned out pretty great.
Would make again!

Once again, let me know if you try this or have ideas for Ramen Doctor Ups I can try. And let me know how it is without the curdled cheese…
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-J Continue reading