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What’s for Dinner: Nachos

It’s sort of become a late night tradition that whenever we go to to Canada, we go out for nachos and desserts with our cousins.

A couple of weeks ago, I was craving those particular nachos… so decided to make my own version. The only thing I did differently was that I had diced avocados in mine… because who doesn’t love avocados?

Here’s what I use:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Taco seasoning
  • Chicken, cut into very tiny pieces
  • Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne paper (to taste)
  • Nacho Taco Blend Shredded Cheese (the one I use is a combination of Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese that is seasoned with spices)
  • Avocados, diced
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Cilantro, minced

Here’s how I make my nachos:

  1. I take the bite sized chicken pieces and I marinate it with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. On low to medium heat I cook the chicken until it’s almost done cooking. Add the taco seasoning, and let the chicken absorb the flavors.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line your baking tray with tortilla chips.
  4. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on all the tortilla.
  5. Add the layer of chicken.
  6. Bake in your preheated oven for about five to seven minutes, until the cheese melts completely.
  7. Once you take it out of the oven, add the diced tomatoes and avocados on top. Sprinkle the cilantro last.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!

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What’s for Dinner: Cheesesteak Quesadillas

One day last week, I made these cheesesteak quesadillas that were soo juicy and delicious! My family loved them and I know I’ll be making these again soon. They require just a handful of ingredients, and is very quick to put together… whether as a snack or a meal!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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What I used:

  • 2 pounds of beef sirloin steak, cut in thin strips
  • 4 teaspoon of (Lawry’s) Seasoned Salt
  • 2 teaspoons of Montreal Steak Seasoningicon
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Slices of provolone cheese
  • Flour tortillas
  • [Canola] oil

How I made my Cheesesteak Quesadillas:

  1.  Season your thin strips of beef sirloin steak with two teaspoons of of season salt, two teaspoons of steak seasoning, and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Mix and combine well to ensure the steak meat is fully seasoned.
  2. Combine your diced bell peppers and onion and season with two teaspoon of seasoned salt and half teaspoon of black pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, put about one tablespoon of [canola] oil in your skillet and turn your heat to medium/medium-high.
  4. In batches, cook your steak meat for a few minutes per side.
  5. Once the steak is cooked, add about another tablespoon of [canola] in the same skillet over medium heat again.
  6. Add your seasoned bell pepper and onion to the skillet. Saute for a few minutes, until softened, making sure to mix frequently.
  7. To assemble quesadillas, i used my quesadilla maker:
    • I sprayed both sides of my quesadilla maker with non-stick cooking spray, before laying one flour tortilla on it.
    • Then I lay about four slices of cheese on the tortilla, covering the tortilla with cheese.
    • Add a layer of meat, followed by a layer of peppers and onions. cover with another flour tortilla and close the top.
    • Once it’s browned, cut into triangles, halves, or whatever you prefer!

Eat warm!

A perfect side to go with these would be chips with my guacamole!

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What’s for Dinner: Baked Garlic Parmesan Puffs

I made these baked Garlic Parmesan Puffs, amongst a few other easy things like my Garlic Knots and my strawberry trifles, a few weeks ago as a quick snack when I couldn’t think of what else to make.

They were so quick to put together and bake, and the best part is how great they tasted too! I’ll definitely be making these again soon.

What I used:

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic (fresh or dried)
  • 2 teaspoon Italian herb blend (dried thyme, oregano, rosemary)
  • 2 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 sheet of refrigerated puff pastry sheet, thawed

How I made my Garlic Parmesan Puffs:

1. Preheat you oven to 400°F . Line your baking tray with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

2. Mix together your olive oil, Parmesan, garlic powder, Italian spice mix, parsley, salt and pepper.

3. Roll out the puff pastry and then brush a little more than half of the Parmesan and garlic mixture on top. Once you have brushed the mixture, then roll the pastry so it forms a roll before cutting small rolls about 1 or 2-inch thick.

4. Place the puffs onto your baking tray and brush each of the puffs with the remaining garlic and Parmesan mixture. Place into oven and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.

Serve immediately!

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What’s for Dinner: Homemade Guacamole

 

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Who doesn’t love guacamole? Making your own at home is quick and easy… and so delicious that you’ll want to make it again and again.

It takes just a few ingredients, and is ready in mere minutes.

You need:

  • 3 avocados, all peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper

What I did was simple: I mashed my avocados and mixed in all the remainder of the ingredients together

Apparently you are suppose to refrigerate your guacamole for an hour or so before serving, but of course I couldn’t wait for that…

Yesterday I made all appetizers for dinner, and this guacamole with tortilla chips was just one of the things I made. You can also find my recipes for my boneless chicken wingsspicy chicken tenders, and chicken nuggets.

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What’s for Dinner: Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t love chicken wings?

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Sliders

These Pizza Sliders were also on the menu for our Thanksgiving get-together last month.

They were easy to make, and delicious. While you can prep ahead, they are best when served and eaten right away… so keep that in mind.

Here’s what I used:

For the sliders: 

  • 1 package of (12) dinner rolls
  • Marinara sauce
  • 12 slices mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice, meat and/or vegetable

For the herb-season butter topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

How I made my Pizza Sliders:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Slice the dinner rolls, without separating them individually, horizontally to make a top and bottom bun. Tip: Make sure the bottom halves are the thicker of the top and bottom and halves since they will be holding all the toppings.
  3. Put the bottom half of the dinner rolls, carefully, into your baking dish. Spread pizza sauce all over.
  4. Add cheese slices, covering all of your marinara sauce. If you want to add any additional toppings like vegetable or meat, add now as well.
  5. Add the top half of the dinner rolls.
  6.  Combine the ingredients for the herb butter topping in a bowl. Use a brush to spread the herb butter topping all over the sliders. Top and all of the sides!
  7. Cover your baking tray with with aluminum foil and bake for about 15 minutes. Until the cheese is all melted and gooey and the top is golden brown.

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What’s for Dinner: Peri Peri Chicken Wings

While we don’t have a halal Nandos/Galitos local to us, Peri Peri chicken is a favorite for everyone in my house.

The Nandos sauce that you can buy at your local grocery store is a great way to get the flavor for a semi-homemade version of your Peri Peri chicken. I’ve made this with chicken pieces before, and this time around I made it with chicken wings.

Tip: marinating makes a big difference and you should definitely marinate ahead of time.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Take your chicken wings and with a fork mark your wings so that your marinade will seep through to the inside of your wings.
  2. Season your chicken wings with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder and the Nandos sauce of your choice (I use medium, but they have various heat levels).
  3. In your grill machine, grill your chicken wings and brush additional nandos sauce on top several times, both before you flip the chicken and after.
  4. Brush additional nandos sauce as you are removing the chicken from the grill machine, right before serving.

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Mickey Mouse Chocolate Covered Oreos

Arham loves Mickey Mouse.

For Arham’s [early] birthday party yesterday, I made homemade chocolate covered Oreos that looked like Mickey.

Arham loved them!

It involved a few steps, but were easy to make!

Here’s how I made them:

I used only these five ingredients:

  • Mini Oreos
  • Oreos
  • Dipping Chocolate
  • Icing
  • Cake Pop Sticks

To make them, what I did was:

    1. Take the mini Oreos, open the halves apart and scrape off the filling.
    2. Take your regular sized Oreo, also separate the halves (so the filling is on one half).
    3. On top of the filling, add icing as a binder for the cake pop stick and mini Oreos.
    4. Add the cake pop stick down the center.
    5. Take two halves of the scraped mini Oreos and place near the top of the Oreo to make Mickey’s ears.
    6. Place the top half of the Oreo (the icing you added earlier will bind everything).
    7. Continue the process for however many you are making.
    8. Refrigerate to let them set.
    9. When ready, melt your dipping chocolate.
    10. Dip your Oreo sticks in chocolate.
    11. Refrigerate again before serving.

I left mine as just chocolate covered Oreos. Of course, you could be as creative as you want – add sprinkles, use icing to decorate on top, make them red, etc.

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Ring

So a few days ago, on Monday, I made this Pizza Ring.

It was very easy to make, took very few ingredients, and was a quick meal.

What I used:

  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Garlic Powder
  • Oregano

How I made it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking day with parchment paper… so the pizza ring doesn’t stick and it’s easy cleanup!
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls, and keeping the two triangle pairs in tact… separate the rectangle pairs. Using two boxes, you should have 8 pairs.
  3. Line 4 of the rectangle pairs across one another so it creates a + sign… leaving a square gap in the middle. Add the remaining four rectangles to make a ring shape, overlapping the crescent rectangles.
  4. Add marinara sauce and Mozarella cheese to the dough near the middle. Add garlic powder and oregano.
  5. Fold over your crescents to create a folded ring.
  6. Add garlic powder and oregano on top.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes in your preheated oven. Serve warm!

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