Steak and Prawn Fajitas

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I love fajita style tacos and doing the whole buffet of options. Many of these recipes are located in different posts. Just use the search box to find the recipe you are looking for.

Below this is a type of Spanish Rice I make with a tomato sauce and cilantro. Next to it, very colorful bell peppers and onions. When I make these, I only lightly spray a pan cooking them on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

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The picture below shows our little do-it-yourself taco bar with options. (R to L) Cheese, Guacamole, Prawns, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice and Grilled Bell Peppers and Onions.

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Prawns are easy, just add salt, pepper and lemon. Sauteed in a little olive oil. 20120518-082752.jpg

 

 

For my easy guacamole recipe, click here: https://thisgirlreallycooks.com/2011/12/25/homemade-chips-and-guacamole/20120518-082808.jpg

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Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Parmesan

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I love sautéed kale and prepare it different ways. This is really easy.

  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • 2 tsp of diced garlic
  • 1 tsp of water

Heat a pan to Medium heat and add olive oil and garlic. Sautee for a minute or two before adding water and then kale. Cooking time depends on preference, I cook mine for about 5 minutes.

Plate and then add shredded parmesan to the top before serving.

Stout Sauteed Bacon Macaroni and Cheese with Carmalized Onions

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For my jazzier version of Macaroni and Cheese, I tried something different with bacon, sauteed red onions and chocolate stout. I purchased the chocolate stout from Trader Joe’s, although when I made this the second time – I used Red Stripe. Use what you like, but the stout was better.

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Similar to the basic;

  • 1 package of Macaroni pasta
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 package of  cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 package – 16 – 20 oz. of cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bread crumbs (for top)

Add:

  • 1 pat of butter
  • 5-7 strips of bacon, diced small
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced small
  • 1/4 cup of Chocolate Stout or beer of your choice
  • 3-4 tbp of brown sugar

Boil the Macaroni until done and place aside in a baking pan.

In a sauce pan, heat butter, milk and cream cheese with salt and pepper. Once that is heated, add cheddar cheese and continue to stir constantly over a medium heat making sure not to burn the cheese. Add seasoning – salt and pepper, maybe cayenne and Italian herbs if desired and then last the flour.

In a separate frying pan, melt the butter and add the bacon and the onions, the stout and cook for a few minutes and add the brown sugar. Let everything cook and caramelize for about 10-12 minutes or until crispy and less water. You may have to reduce the liquids as this cooks down.

Remove the cheese from the heat and pour over the macaroni in the baking dish, add the bacon and onion and mix thoroughly. Cover with bread crumbs and put into the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 or until golden.

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Basic Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

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I made a couple Macaroni and Cheese dishes for my friend Cooter’s Birthday party. This is a recipe for the Basic Creamy Macaroni and Cheese.

  • 1 package of Macaroni pasta
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 package of  cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 package – 16 – 20 oz. of cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bread crumbs (for top)

Boil the Macaroni until done and place aside in a baking pan.

In a sauce pan, heat butter, milk and cream cheese with salt and pepper. Once that is heated, add cheddar cheese and continue to stir constantly over a medium heat making sure not to burn the cheese. Add seasoning – salt and pepper, maybe cayenne and Italian herbs if desired and then last the flour.

Remove the cheese from the heat and pour over the macaroni in the baking dish. Cover with bread crumbs and put into the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 or until golden.

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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Naughty, naughty. I know I shouldn’t be making these creamy, cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes, but what else are you supposed to eat meat with! lol. I make mine completely different than others I think, so try these!

  • 5-6 potatoes, sliced into thin rounds.
  • Italian herbs, cayenne, salt and pepper lightly sprinkled
  • 5 heaping Tbsp of Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 pats of butter
  1. Slice your potatoes, dust them with the herbs and lay them flat on a buttered pan or on a grill. Cook until slightly golden on both sides. Remove from heat and put in a glass pyrex or metal baking pan.
  2. In a small saucepan or microwavable bowl, add cream cheese, milk and butter. Melt down. Pour contents over grilled potatoes and cover with grated parmasean cheese.
  3. Pop in the oven and cook until melty and golden (evil and you need to have it). Lol. Usually 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Bok Choy with Tomato

I like to balance my meals with fresh side dishes, so when I had my New Year’s Eve crab, I served it with a Stir Fried Baby Boy Choy with tomatoes and onions. Easy and light enough to balance the meal. It’s also very colorfuland brightens up your plate.

  • 3 heads of Baby Bok Choy
  • 1 large tomato, firm
  • 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tsp of water
  • Shake of Habenero Pepper Flakes or Red Chili Pepper Flakes (optional)

Heat butter and saute onions, add soy sauce and water. Add pepper flakes, then diced Boy Choy and saute another 2 minutes. Then add tomatoes. Cook until vegetables are still crisp, yet cooked thoroughly.

Steak, Shrimp and Artichokes

Mmmm, I know these are not hard – but this is how I made this truly yummy dinner. Some things I make ahead of time, but try to balance the timing of each dish so that everything is ready at the same time.Pepper Steak
2 New York Strip Steaks
lightly dusted with salt, cracked pepper, coriander, dill and cayenne

Pre-marinade the dry rub, whatever your time frame 20 minutes to 2 hours or more.
Dust both sides and lay flat. Let the steaks absorb the flavor of the pepper on the outside.

Then I grill the steak to medium on an outdoor grill, George Forman or flat grill; or a frying pan on medium or whatever you have. I don’t add any oil, the cut of the steak will determine how long I cook my steaks.

Artichokes
2 Artichokes, whole
Water (of course)

Use a pot with steam basket and add enough water to steam your artichokes for 20 minutes, about an inch of water, depending on your size and basket. Steam for 20 minutes, then cut in half.

Artichoke Dip
3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Mustard
dash of Tapatio
Lemon Squeeze, maybe 1/4 t0 1/2 lemon
Cracked Pepper and Salt.

Mix and serve. Goes good with the artichoke, shrimp and well the steak too.

Shrimp
12-15 Medium to Jumbo Shrimp, peeled
Lemon Squeeze, maybe 1/4 t0 1/2 lemon
Light dusted with Cracked Pepper, Cayenne and Salt.

Mix ingredients in a bowl while heating up a pan, grill or whatever you are using. Oil the pan and saute until the shrimp are done. About 10-12 minutes.

Sauteed Spinach
2-3 cups of baby spinach or spinach cut into 1″ pieces
1/4 medium onion
2 pats of butter or 2 tblsp of olive oil

Heat oil in a frying pan and add onions, cook until translucent. Then add your spinach and cook down. Typically takes about 5-7 minutes total.