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Every Day Eats

A New Jambalaya- A Spin On An Already Delicious Dish

My husband has always been a fan of the idea of Jambalaya. He loves shrimp and he loves Polish Kielbasa. Plus, he could eat rice every night if I made it. I like the idea because it is basically a one-pot meal and the prep work is the most time-consuming. The only issue is that the Mister has never been a fan of Cajun and Creole seasoning. So, I spent some time wracking my brain trying to come up with a new jambalaya recipe that he would love and the kids would eat. I combined some of the foods that he loves (like shrimp, sausage, & ginger) and put an Asian spin on the classic Jambalaya dish. A New Jambalaya- A Spin On A Delicious Dish For this New Jambalaya, I decided to combine the basic ingredients of Jambalaya with a Teriyaki flavor. Since the cooking portion of this recipe…

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Ethnic Splurges

Chilaquiles- A Simple Family Favorite

If you know me then you know that I am completely obsessed with chips and salsa. Despite trying to eat healthy as often as I can, I just cannot resist. So it is no surprise that when my husband first introduced me to Chilaquiles I was in love. When can you call chips a meal! Plus the homemade sauce is another form of a delicious salsa. As you can see it is no surprise that Chilaquiles have become a simple family favorite around here. Red or Green? Although I enjoy the green chilaquiles, my preference lies with the red version. Another choice to make is how will you prepare your eggs? Scrambled, over-medium, sunny-side up? There are so many customizable, simple options. Making this dinner an busy-day meal for the family. Choosing your packaged chiles There are many types of packaged chiles. The three most common are New Mexico Chile,…

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Pan Cooked Halibut With Pineapple Mango Topping

Recently my In-Laws planned a trip out to our mountain home. I have been on planning mode since I found out that we would have a house full of 18 people! These visits are always wonderful. Since we moved out of state last year we haven’t had the opportunity to see much of our family. For my kids, this visit meant non-stop cousin action. But for me- well this meant dazzling everyone with something delicious to catch their eye, warm their belly, and fill their soul. So I set out planning days worth of meals; but I want to share with you one that was a huge hit! This Pan Cooked Halibut with all the fixings is sure to impress. Let me describe this Halibut to you! This Halibut is cooked in a garlic & ginger infused butter sauce. It has the perfect crispy skin yet is still flaky and…

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Ethnic Splurges

Enchadillas- Dinner Improvised

This recipe is one that you just have to try! It is now one of my Quick Fix Meals- perfect for the busy mom with no real time to cook. In fact, these enchadillas were created by my husband as a improvised meal and total dinner save. He had the kids, okay and me, raving about them all night. Yesterday I had planned to make some quick and simple enchiladas. I knew it was going to be a busy day so I prepared the ground beef the day before. It is a simple process, cook the ground beef than add in 1- 28 oz can of Las Palmas green enchilada sauce. I always season with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder as well. It was simple and I thought I was fully prepared for the next day and all of its chaos… But I was very wrong The next day…

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Not Your Typical Ceviche

Ceviche… If you would have asked me 12 years ago what it was and if I would try it, I would have said “No idea and no way!” It sounded to me like some exotic seafood dish, maybe with octopus. Who knows really. However, when I met my husband 11 years ago, he introduced me to a world of new delicacies; ceviche being one of them. However, his was very different! So, if you have not yet tried it because of the “typical” ingredients, like raw fish, I encourage you to give this one a try! It is Not Your Typical Ceviche! Fear not! There is nothing raw of funky in this recipe. If you like shrimp and crab (imitation) then I encourage you to give this a try. It is perfect for lunch, dinner, and parties. It is light but so full of flavor; and did I mention that…

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Ethnic Splurges, On The Grill

The Perfect Teriyaki Sauce

I love chicken breasts. They are so versatile and affordable so I cook with them at every possible opportunity. One thing I love to make, and the kids all approve of, is teriyaki chicken. We often used a store bought marinade, but after awhile the taste just was not right. I wanted a more naturally tasting teriyaki flavor. For many years I have played around with ingredients and have FINALLY found the right mix for the Perfect Teriyaki Sauce. It has just the right combination of tangy and yet sweet, along with a nice hint of ginger. You can use this for chicken or beef. In fact, we plan on making some teriyaki beef next week. However, for the sake of this blog post we decided to make Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs. (I will post an alternate way to cook this if you don’t want to make kebabs). It is best…

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Crispy Chicken Taquitos

I love Mexican food. I love simple food. Even more, I love anything that I can eat with some delicious guacamole. So, it is no surprise that one of my go-to dinners after a busy day are these Crispy Chicken Taquitos. They combine just a few ingredients and are fried to perfection. I like to serve them with some rice and beans at dinner and the left overs make the perfect lunch time meal the next day. The best thing about this recipe is it is completely “to taste”; meaning that you add as little or as much as you like of almost everything. I start off by boiling the chicken. I buy my chicken breasts on the bone because they are better in cost. So to prepare them I cut off the skin and boil the bone and breast meat in a little salt. I do this because I…

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Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Winter is my favorite season. I love the crisp, chilly weather and all of the cuddles in front of the fire. I love winter so much that our family packed up two years ago and moved to the mountains so we could enjoy the snow. However, when January came around this year, we still had no snow.- *gasp & cue the sad face*. Needless to say the kids, and myself, have been extremely disappointed. But finally it happened! Last week we got a little bit of snow! I was so excited that by the time it started to fall our dinner menu for the night quickly changed and we made a quick dash to the grocery store for some snowy weather must-haves. After all, what could be better than some hot, creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup? It’s creamy, it’s cheesy, and it’s full of flavor and lots of healthy stuff! Normally I would…

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Dips & Sides

Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

I have been making stuffed mushrooms for some time now. My husband loves them and they pair perfectly with anything; steak, chicken, seafood, barbecues… ANYTHING. They are just the perfect bite-sized, finger food side dish of all time!  My original recipe was great until we visited Bj’s Brewery in California and my husband ordered their stuffed mushroom appetizer. It was an instant love-at-first-taste. And since then, everything changed. I worked hard to create something similar to what they served and after many trial and errors, I created something similar that has since been the star of many meals and get-togethers in our home. They are cheesy, they are flavorful, and they are topped with a delicious homemade pesto sauce. Sometimes, when I am feeling super adventurous (or American, as my husband calls it) I top them with some crumbled up bacon before broiling these mouth-watering stuffed mushrooms. There are a few…

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Fresh & Flavorful Chicken Fajitas

With our Fall temperatures hitting the low 60’s I was looking for something fresh, flavorful, and belly-warming for dinner; something that really hit the taste buds. The one thing that kept coming to mind was that sizzling hot plate you get at a Mexican restaurant. Now I have had a lot of fajitas in my time, which is rather odd because I am not a big fan of bell peppers. Even if you don’t like to eat the peppers, I encourage everyone to have them at least once in their life. There is nothing like the blend of flavors you get in a good plate of fajitas. Most of the ingredients are often kept on hand as well. You can add all the color you want or if you only have green bell peppers and aren’t looking to make a trip to the store, that’ll be just fine. My love…

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