Monday, April 30, 2012

Pepper Jack Enchiladas

Hello again everyone!  This was tonight's meal and, let me tell you, it was DEEEEEEEEEELICIOUS!  My husband went back for seconds and joke!
First thing's first: I heat the stove to 350 degrees and I chopped 1 cup of onions and added it to a skillet with 1 pound of lean ground turkey (the recipe called for lean ground beef, but, again, if you've read my blog this far, you know I will always go ground turkey!), cooking it over medium heat.
While the meat was cooking, I took 6 ounces of pepper jack cheese and cut them into slices and set it aside.  Once it was cooked, I drained it of the little liquid that was in there and added 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce to the mix.
While I let that mixture heat through, I added another 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce to the bottom of a 13x9 glass baking dish.  Then I added 1/4 cup of the meat mixture to 12 corn tortillas (make sure to warm them beforehand or the tortillas will break.  I rolled them up and placed them, seam down, into the baking dish and topped it with 1 cup of the remaining enchilada sauce, as well as topped it with the slices of pepper jack cheese.
I let that cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, and then voila!  Dinner was served!  This meal was fairly simple to make and sooooooo good!
With the ground turkey, it made the meal 182 calories per enchilada and since the recipe says it was a 6 serving meal, it was only $1.31/serving!  No joke!
Here's the recipe!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
2 cups enchilada sauce, divided
6 ounces pepper jack cheese, cut into thin slices
12 corn tortillas (6 inch), softened

Happy cooking everyone!!!!

Easy Pork Skillet

Howdy friends!  So this meal, at first glance of the title, was a little misleading to me.  When I thought 'pork skillet' I thought it was going to be some sort of pork chop meal, but instead, turned out to be another ramen meal!  You can see I am clearly excited about this...I feel like it's my duty to tell people the many ways you can use ramen, and it doesn't have to be only because you're poor and in college haha!
First thing's first: I cut a 3/4 pound pork tenderloin into 1/8 inch strips, as well as cut 1 cup of broccoli and 1 red bell pepper into 3/4 inch pieces.
Then I heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and added the pork to it.  It took about 5-6 minutes to cook all the way through, and then I added 2 packages of ramen noodles from 2 pork flavored packages.  Make sure to break it up first!
At the same time, I also added 1 1/2 cups of water, the pork season packets, the broccoli and red bell peppers, as well as 1 tablespoon (each) of parsley and soy sauce.  The original recipe also called for green onions, however, I was out so I just didn't add them.
I heat this to a boil, and let it boil for about 4 minutes, until the noodles were softened and voila! Dinner was served!
This meal was so easy, yet delicious, and turned yet another boring package of ramen into an amazing meal!  The meal was only 345 calories and only $2.49/serving!  Yum, yum, yum!!!!!
Here's the recipe!

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/8 inch strips
2 packages (3 ounces each) pork-flavored ramen noodles
1 1/2 cups water
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch pieces (1 cup)
1 cup broccoli flowerets
4 medium green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Happy cooking everyone!!!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Taco Salad Made Over

Hello friends!  Another installment of Mama Feta's Meals is headed right for ya!  I have a few other meals to add, as well, but I kind of started late today, so I think you'll just get the one for now!
First thing's first: I heat my over to 425 degrees and then crumpled 4 sheets of foil to create 4 3 inch balls.  Yep, I made some foil balls.  Sounds weird?  Just you wait and see!  I placed these on a baking sheet and covered each ball with an 8 inch tortilla, which I sprayed with cooking spray.  You're feeling what I'm putting down now, aren't you?  :)
I put that in my preheated oven and let it bake for about 7 minutes.  While that was baking I chopped some lettuce and 1 large tomato.  The original recipe called for torn mixed salad greens but I really enjoy romaine lettuce, so that's what I used!  Once that was chopped, I set it aside and started to cook 3/4 pounds of ground turkey (the original recipe called for ground beef, but if you're reading this along with me from day one, you know my love for all things ground turkey!).  I also added 1 tablespoon of chili powder to the ground turkey.  Oh yeah!
When the tortillas were done, they made some really cute shells and I took them out of the oven to cool and continued on with my ground turkey.  I added 1 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans and 1/2 cup of salsa (we like medium, but use what you like!).
I let that mixture simmer for about 5 minutes and, while that was heating through, added the lettuce and tomatoes.  When the meat was done, I split them evenly among the shells, topped the meat mixture evenly with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and topped with some light ranch (with mine I skipped the ranch and added fat free sour cream.  Yum!).  Of course, I also added the ever popular TAPATIO!  Seriously, I feel like I have an unhealthy obsession with that stuff.
Then voila!  Dinner was served!  This meal was so delicious and the shells were so easy and made the kids go nuts for them.  I will definitely have to try this one again, maybe with different ingredients.  Hmmm.  It was 410 calories (although certainly less with the ground turkey, but I have no idea how much less) and a whopping $2.40/serving!  I know!
Here's the recipe!

4 flour tortillas (8 inch)
3/4 pounds ground turkey
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 can drained, rinsed kidney beans
1/2 cup salsa
4 cups lettuce (or torn mixed greens if you prefer)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 large tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons light ranch dressing

Happy cooking everyone!!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Garlic Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

All right, my friends, make sure you have some time for this meal, because it took me a good two hours to make!  Whew!
First thing's first: The original recipe called for 3 heads of garlic, however, I actually only used one and it worked sufficiently for us.  I took the one head of garlic, separated them, peeled them, and then minced four of them.  I also set six aside to add to the inside of the chicken.  I added the minced garlic to a small bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon rosemary (the original recipe called for fresh rosemary, but I didn't have any on hand so I used dried rosemary and it worked fine), 1 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
I put the six garlic cloves into the cavity of the chicken and spread the rub onto the outside of the chicken.  I put that into a preheated 375 degree oven and started to cook it for 1 and a half hours.
While that was cooking, I added the remaining garlic cloves to a baking dish, as well as a sweet onion, which I cut into wedges, and 3 sweet potatoes, which I peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces.  Then I added 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and tossed to coat.
At the hour mark of the chicken, I threw the vegetable mixture into the oven, as well, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes.  Once the chicken and vegetables were done, I took the chicken out and covered it with foil to let it sit for 15 minutes before I carved it.
I carved the chicken and served the pieces with the potato mixture and voila!  Dinner was served!
This meal was so flavorful and delicious, and only 393 calories!  It was also only $2.26/serving! Seriously!  Listen, I shop at Winco and the prices there are unbelievable, and I'm able to make delicious meals like this because of them!!
Here's the recipe!

3 heads garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3 - 3 1/2 pound whole roasting chicken
3 medium sweet potatoes (1 1/2 - 1 3/4 pounds), peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large sweet onion, cut into wedges

Happy cooking everyone!!!

Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers

Howdy my fine-feathered friends!  This meal was, let me tell you, absolutely delicious!  I think I might need to make it again...pronto!
So first thing's first: I chopped 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, 1/2 cup of onions and 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce and set it aside.
Then, in a mixing bowl, I added 1 pound of ground turkey, 1 teaspoon (each) of garlic powder, onion powder and season salt, as well as 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
After that I added the cilantro, onions and chipotle chile and mixed well, forming four patties!
The original recipe called for grilling the patties, but I'm not the best at the grill, so I used my awesome grill pan instead!  They took a good 4-6 minutes per side to cook, and then, once they were cooked, I added a slice of cheddar cheese to each patty to let it melt.  The original recipe called for mozzarella slices, but I used what I had and it still turned out delicious!
Then I added them to some toasted wheat buns and voila!  Dinner was served!  I was surprised that it was so good, seeing as there wasn't any kind of toppings on it, but it really ended up delicious and just the right kind of spicy!  Yum!
The meal was only 376 calories (allowing me to add a small pasta dish on the side) and $2.68/serving.  Whoa!
Here's the recipe!

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon season salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 slices mozzarella cheese
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted