Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fajita Frittata

This is a really good recipe. I found it in the Taste of Home "Simple and Delicious" cookbook, however, my version is a little different than the one in the book. The above picture is all the ingredients you'll need.


1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 eggs, beaten
5-7 strips of turkey bacon, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1 small onion, cut into thin strips
1/2 medium green pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin--for a smokier flavor.
Sour cream

In a large ovenproof skillet, saute the chicken, lime juice, salt, chili powder and optional ingredients (except salsa and sour cream) in oil until chicken juices run clear. Add bacon and cook for 3-5 more minutes.

Pour eggs over chicken mixture. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until eggs are nearly set. Uncover; broil 6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until eggs are set. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand for 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.

Yield: 8 servings.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Ramen Noodle Makeover

I know I've already posted a Ramen noodle dish, and you may be thinking "enough is enough already," but this is the made over version of the ham and cheese noodle soup I posted a couple months ago. This was very good in my opinion and you don't have to use a gravy mix like the other one. I don't, however, have a picture for this one. Here we go.

You'll need:

--3 packages Ramen noodles--I used chicken flavor, but it doesn't matter all that much.
--About 2 cups chicken stock
--2 tbs butter or margarine
--1/4-1/2 cup flour--amount depends on how much butter you use and your personal taste.
--1/2-1 cup milk--again, amount depends on you.
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped bacon, ham or hot dogs--I used hot dogs, and while they are quite redneck, I really liked them in this.

First, prepare the noodles according to package directions EXCEPT when noodles are done, DRAIN the water and DO NOT add the flavor. You will add them later. Return noodles to pot and add chicken stock. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt butter. Then add flour and stir constantly until smooth. This is called a rue. Next, slowly add milk. You don't want to add too much, so that's why it's important to add it a little at a time. You want the mixture to be fairly creamy, but not runny. Add cheese, stirring constantly until melted completely. Add to noodles. Add two of the flavor packets to the noodles.

Next, prepare the meat. For hot dogs I just chopped them in the pan and let them brown slightly on both sides. Then add to noodles. Place noodles on medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.

Serves three quite nicely...we even had a little left over. This really isn't a soup, as mine came out more like a pasta with creamy sauce than anything...but it's tasty!!