Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Heymee Haystacks

I made up the name for this. It goes back to when Josh always greeted my with "Hey Aimee" but he talked really fast and it became "Heymee." This is just a variation on Hawaiian Haystacks that takes 10 minutes to prepare

  • Cream of Mushroom or Chicken Soup
  • Can of Mandarin Oranges
  • Can of Pineapple (any variation works)
  • Canned chicken
  • Minute Rice 
  1. Boil the water for minute rice or cook regular rice (or reheat left over rice)
  2. In a pot mix can of soup, all the mandarin oranges, half the juice from the can, a quarter of the pineapple and juice.
  3. Mix on hi heat.
  4. When rice is done, serve and enjoy!
Yields: 4 servings

Pasta Pie

This is a fast an easy recipe. If you cook everything at the same time you can finish in the microwave in just a few minutes or if you make beforehand stick in the over for probably 45-60 min (I've always done the microwave.)

For 2-4 people, use a glass 8x8 pan

  • I box (8 oz) Cream cheese 
  • Pasta (I use macaroni, but my friends use spaghetti, it will be fine with whatever noodle you have)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Spaghetti sauce 
  • Mozerella Cheese (enough to cover the top)
  1. Cook pasta
  2. While the pasta is cooking, brown the beef. You can season it if you want. I never have and it's always tasted great. If you do want to season, I recommend oregeno or something that compliments your spaghetti sauce.
  3. Soften the cream cheese and spread evenly on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Drain the pasta, put the noodles on top of the cream cheese, the hamburger on top of that, pour spaghetti sauce enough to cover, then sprinkle the mozerella on top. (can refrigerate at his point and heat up later)
  5. Put in microwave or oven until cheese is melted. 
Yields: 4 servings

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

These are amazing! So full of flavor, and they are baked! You can serve them with guacamole, chile con queso, or salsa. Right before you get to the baking part you can even freeze them to have on hand for a quick meal.

  • 1/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup green salsa (Salsa Verde)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 20 small (6 inch) flour tortillas
  1. Mix seasonings, salsa, and cream cheese, add chicken and cheese.
  2. Heat oven to 425 and soften tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Place two tablespoons of mixture on the bottom third of the tortilla and roll up very tight. Place seam side down on baking sheet, and continue until all your mixture is gone.
  4. At this point you can place the pan in the freezer, and after they are hardened place them in a freezer bag--if you would like to save the taquitos for later. If you are using them tonight spray them with cooking spray and sprinkle them with salt and bake for 15 to 20 minutes!
Yields: 5 to 6 servings