I’m not a fast food snob, but I enjoy cooking more than I do waiting in the Whataburger line.
Not only do I get to reap the tasty benefits of my time spent in front of the stove, but it also serves as a terrific stress reliever.
But of course, I’m never stressed.
Anyway, here are some of my favorite, most recent concoctions.
fiesta quesadilla salad
I really like the fiesta-quesadilla salad from Chili’s so that is what I kind of modeled it after. You just need:
- 1 can of fiesta corn
- 1 can of black beans
- Nature’s seasoning
First, season your chicken- I used pepper and Nature’s seasoning, but you can really use anything. Once it is nice and flavored, slice the chicken in long strips, then proceed to cook it in a skillet. Next mix the corn and black beans, You don’t have to use the whole can- you can do however much you want. Stir the mixture into the lettuce, then put it to the side. I mixed salsa with ranch, so my dressing had a kick, then poured it over the lettuce and corn/beans. Make your quesadilla, mix in the chicken and there you have it. Your better than Chili’s salad, with less calories!
lemon lime chicken
This is easypeasylemonsqueezy. Literally.
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Limes
I took a chicken breast and doused it with lemon and lime juice, let it soak for a couple hours, then cooked it in a skillet. The lemon and lime slices on top of the chicken were squeezed over the poultry right before I ate it.
I made this exactly like the quesadilla chicken salad, but with seasoned ground beef and a dollop of sour cream!
My roommate, Ashley, made this fun breakfast. To make, gather:
- 1 avocado
- 1 fried egg
- 1 slice of rye bread.
Toast the bread, then place the fried egg on top of it. Add avocado slices and sprinkle salsa- it adds a little spice to your morning!
coffee cinnamon muffins
Oh wait…sadly, there’s no picture for these. The whole batch was literally demolished in less than 10 minutes.
double chocolate cookies, with mocha frosting
I’m all for a balanced meal, but dessert is definitely my favorite course. Here’s the dessert you’ll for sure want to try.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt $
- 1 cup butter, softened $
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs $
- 1 (11.5-oz.) package semisweet chocolate chunks
- Mocha Frosting
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a bowl.
- Beat butter and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks.
- Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until puffy. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes; remove to wire racks, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup strong, hot, brewed coffee
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine coffee and cocoa in small bowl of electric mixer. Beat until blended. Add sugar, butter or margarine, salt, and vanilla. Beat until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat icing until it has a spreading consistency.
- Frost, but make sure to let it dry, so the cookies don’t stick together!
These are my friends after I fed them these cookies. One of them asked me to move out; the other two were speechless.
Fortunately, the cookies are demolished now, and we have regained our friendship (after a couple more cookies).
After all, “No man is a failure who has friends.”
-Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life