Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

I made a nice pork tenderloin the other night for dinner. I had some leftovers but not enough for another meal. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it… then I remembered seeing a Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese somewhere awhile back and decided this was what I was going to make.

With a nice creamy cheese sauce, BBQ sauce and the pulled pork itself, it was a delicious dinner that “the boys” loved! And it used up my leftovers!

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Creamy Chicken Risotto – In the Instapot

I hadn’t made this in awhile because I just kept forgetting to actually do it. I have been suffering I think from a mild depression the past few weeks from cabin fever. Because of my car accident (3+ years ago) and my Traumatic Brain Injury, I am not allowed to drive yet and haven’t been back to work since. Thankfully Dillon set my laptop up so that I can use a Speech to Text function to write my blog posts.

The past few weeks I have had no initiative whatsoever. I had been hoarding posts so that I could take last week off to do the laundry room makeover but it didn’t happen. I would wake up with great intentions which faded quickly once I was actually up and moving. All I wanted to do was sleep or just chill. I’ve been through depression before, thankfully this is a mild bout and I will snap out of it with the nicer weather that should be making an appearance soon. I have things I need to get done and things I just want to get done if I could only find my initiative!

This is where the Instapot comes in handy. If I have especially bad days I can still make dinner in a snap when I am not taking advantage of my freezer meals. This recipe is one of my go to recipes if I am behind schedule and even faster if you cook some chicken breasts ahead of time and freeze them for such days!

While the picture isn’t so great, it doesn’t give justice to the smell and taste. Guess my picture taking skills bailed on me that day too lol!

Sandie

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Instapot Taco Casserole

The other night I took out some ground beef to thaw with the intention of making meatloaf for dinner.  I obviously didn’t take it out in time because it was still partially frozen when it came time to make dinner.

Luckily I was able to cut off a chunk/pound of the ground beef to make this casserole and let the rest continue to thaw.

This recipe is a very flavourful casserole that was quick to make using my Instapot!

Sandie

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Beef Enchiladas

Any kind of Mexican food is loved in this house… whether it be tacos, burritos, Taco Pizza, anything really…. so the other night I made a few pans of Beef Enchiladas, one for dinner that night and one for the freezer.  I need to restock my Freezer Meals after the rush of Christmas lol!  They were very welcome during the holiday season but I need to replenish!

Enchiladas are fairly simple to make, and once you make them once you will want to make them every week!

Sandie

Here are the ingredients I used, other than the sour cream and extra grated cheese I added when serving them.

To start, I made the filling.  I browned the ground beef in the microwave with the onions, on high heat for about 6 – 8 minutes, until the juices ran clear and it was fully browned.  I also added the chopped pepper during the last few minutes.

When it was fully cooked, I added the taco seasoning, 1 cup grated cheese and water, stirred and set aside while I made the sauce.

For the sauce, I started by melted the butter/ margarine in the microwave for about 30 seconds before adding the flour and mixing to combine.

I added the beef broth and spices and stirred until all of the flour mixture was mixed in with no lumps.

I continued to cook the sauce in the microwave until fully thickened, on high heat and stirring every 60 seconds.  It took about 5 minutes.

I spread a little bit of the sauce into each of the aluminum pans I was using.

To roll the Enchiladas, I spread about 2 tbsp. of the filling in the centre of a tortilla (I used sundried tomato tortillas because they are our favourite).

I folded the tortilla in half….

Then rolled it tightly before starting to line them up in the pans, over the layer of sauce in the bottom.

I continued this until all the tortillas and filling were used up.

I divided the sauce between the two pans, covering the rolled enchiladas before sprinkling with the remaining cheese and some extra chopped peppers.

And cooked them in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

I served them with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of extra grated cheese and some sliced fresh veggies.


Beef Enchiladas

Preparation Time: 30 minutes  Cooking Time: 20 minutes Servings: 12 Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 4 tbsp. butter/margarine
  • 5 tbsp. flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 12 tortillas
  • 2 cups Pepper Jack Jalapeno Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease pan(s).
  2. Brown ground beef with onions in microwave on high heat, until it is fully cooked and juices run clear.
  3. Add 1/2 cup chopped peppers during last minute.
  4. Add taco seasoning, water and 1 cup of grated cheese and stir to combine.  Set aside.
  5. In medium bowl, melt butter/margarine.
  6. Add flour and whisk to make a paste.
  7. Add beef broth, cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder and whisk unit there are no more lumps.
  8. Continue cooking in microwave until sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring every 60 seconds.
  9. Spread a small amount of sauce in each baking pan, enough to just coat the bottom of the pans.
  10. Start rolling enchilaldas by first placing 2 tbsp. of filling across the centre of a tortilla.
  11. Fold tortilla in half over filling.
  12. Roll tightly and place in pan.
  13. Continue rolling until all the ground beef mixture and tortillas have been used.
  14. Spread remaining sauce over top of all the tortillas.
  15. Sprinkle with the remaining cheeses and remaining chopped pepper.
  16. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, remove foil and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  17. To serve, place on plates and serve with a dollop of sour cream and extra grated cheese.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni & Cheese

Last time we were at the grocery store Dillon saw a magazine cover picture for a bacon ranch macaroni…. I’m not sure he saw much after the word “bacon,” but he asked me if I could make it lol.  I made it on Wednesday for dinner. You can’t have enough comfort food recipes in my books, especially based on macaroni and cheese lol!  So here is the recipe for the Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese I made that day!

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Make Ahead Meals/Freezer Meals

Wednesday I got a start on my make ahead/freezer meals for the coming season/holiday season.  I made 2 x lasagna, 2 x chili and when I was making my Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells, I was able to make 2 pans so I would have one to freeze.

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This is the time of year I like to start getting a bunch of make ahead meals stocked up in my freezer.  I don’t do it for any particular reason, mostly because it’s nice to know that if there is a day I don’t feel like cooking, dinner is only a matter of defrosting something from the freezer and popping it in the oven. Make ahead or Freezer meals are also great to have on hand for the coming holiday season.  We all know how busy we get, especially come December and it’s nice knowing that dinner isn’t one of the things that can add stress to the holidays.  Or even knowing that having unexpected company show up and wondering what to feed them. Freezer meals can be cooked straight from the freezer in cases such as these but it obviously will take longer to reheat.

No matter what happens in a day, I like knowing I have the option of not cooking on any given day because I have a freezer full of precooked meals on hand to save the day.

Below I will share the recipes I like to use to make meals ahead of time to freeze. And here is the post Kim wrote about Make ahead meals when she was getting ready for my granddaughter to be born! Freezer Meals – Prepping for baby time!  and  Freezer Meals – Prepping for Baby Time! – PT. 2

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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Here is a very easy, very flavourful recipe using the wonderful taste of taco meat and pasta. I love those jumbo pasta shells because the only thing stopping you from filling them with any variety of fillings is your imagination.  Not much imagination on my part because well… it’s taco meat…. what doesn’t that taste good in lol?  We love pretty much all types of “Mexican” food and this is just another one of those go to recipes!

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