Archive | September, 2012

Easy Lentil Chili

25 Sep

Ok, I tried to make lentils. They were not that great. I used the Trader Joe’s kind that you can eat hot or cold. It’s super simple to make but I didn’t like them by themselves. It’s finally turned to Fallish weather so I made chili with them! So easy and I didn’t put them in the slow cooker.

What you need:
1 lb of ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
Chili Seasoning (I only used about 3/4 of the package)
Hot Sauce
Cayenne Pepper
Cajun Seasoning

1/2 a bottle of Pumpkin Beer (I used Cisco, Pumple Drumkin)

28 oz of Crushed Tomatoes
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 package of Trader Joe’s Lentils

Extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon of butter

Saute the onions, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and butter in a pan. Sprinkle with some pepper, cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper. Remove from pan. Add ground beef to the pan with a splash of the beer. Add hot sauce, I used about three splashes and I’m not sure what that is in teaspoons. Once the meat is cooked through, add some more beer and tomatoes with the chili seasoning. Stir in the lentils.

I didn’t have to add any thickener but I did have about 1/2 a cup of chicken broth in the fridge that I added.

Serve with tortilla chips or biscuits and/or top with sour cream and some shredded cheese!

C’est si yum!




Taco Night!

8 Sep

Ok, ok “Taco Tuesday” might sound boring but I made yum turkey tacos with salsa, cheddar cheese and guacamole last night all with ingredients that I had in the condo!
My bf loved them and I’ll definitely be making them again.
Here’s what you need:

6 hard taco shells or tortillas
1 lb ground turkey meat, I used breast meat
1 package of taco seasoning, I had a medium/spicy level of heat mix
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 of cup of onion, chopped
Ground pepper
1 Cup of water
1 package of rice pilaf, or just 1 cup of regular rice…going with what was in the pantry!
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar
1/2 cup of guacamole, store bought but delicious
1/2 cup of salsa, store bought but combined two brands, one that had corn and black beans in it for some extra flavor
1/3 cup of frozen corn
Extra virgin olive oil
1 TBL of butter

Cook rice according to package. I used Far East Rice Pilaf and didn’t use a lot of the seasoning, but I did attempt to sift out some of the pilaf parts. At the point of adding the seasoning, add 1/4 of the taco seasoning. It doesn’t have to be exact but you want the spicy flavor to work its way into the rice. Add corn, cover and continue to cook according to the package. If you are cooking regular rice, add the seasoning and the corn just before all the liquid is absorbed into the rice.

In a saute pan, add oil, butter (totally optional), onion and garlic. Don’t let the garlic burn! Once the onions are translucent, add turkey. Cook through and add taco seasoning and water. Notice, no salt is added to this recipe at all because of the salt content in the seasoning etc. I used hard shells.
Serve warm with the meat already in the shells and have the toppings out with spoons, cheese, salsa and guacamole.
Simple. Quick and of course, c’est si yum!