Chicken Ranch Lasagna

Shredded chicken, a white cheese sauce with ranch seasonings, and lots of veggies?  Oh, yes, please!   Mr. O was nice and is helping me out a bit again this week.  I got the idea for this while trying to put together a meal using as much as possible from the pantry and freezer.  All I had to buy was milk and mushrooms.  Yay for … Continue reading Chicken Ranch Lasagna

Jalapeno Popper Dip

With all the ingredients of jalapeno poppers, this dip is a fun and fast way to serve a crowd!   Happy Secret Recipe Bonus Day!  In months where there are 5 Mondays instead of the usual 4, the Secret Recipe Club has decided to do an optional theme day for anyone who wants to take part.  This is the first one with “Tailgating” as the … Continue reading Jalapeno Popper Dip

Italian Zucchini & Tomatoes

My favorite summer vegetables come together again in the slow cooker, this time with an Italian flair and lots of cheese!   I think I could eat zucchini with tomatoes just about every day, especially since cooking them in the slow cooker makes it such an easy and inexpensive side dish.  Using a mandolin makes slicing the zucchini go a lot more quickly; I got … Continue reading Italian Zucchini & Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomato Pizza

Fresh tomatoes are roasted and blended for an amazing sauce on a simple pizza. Happy Secret Recipe Day!  This month I was assigned Catherine’s Living The Gourmet which she and her kids have been doing since 2008.  I really enjoyed the photography quite a bit on LTG!  I ultimately decided on doing the Oven Roasted Tomato Pizza for a number of reasons: 1) it’s been … Continue reading Oven Roasted Tomato Pizza

Enchilada Nachos

The flavor of enchiladas served nacho-style… it’s a Tex-Mex/Tex-Mex infusion! 🙂   I am really super ready for summer to be over.  Unfortunately, however, I live in the south where summer lasts from March though October so I’ve got a while for this heat wave to pass.  Because our electric company raises their rates in the summer and because I am in an older apartment … Continue reading Enchilada Nachos

Broccoli & Pasta with Pepper Jack Cheese

This quick and bold play on macaroni & cheese comes with a bit of health from the broccoli florets.   After making the black bean burgers last week, I still had a large chunk of pepper jack cheese to use.  I could say that the main reason I still had so much in the fridge is because it was actually cheaper to buy the 16 … Continue reading Broccoli & Pasta with Pepper Jack Cheese

Black Bean Burger with Pepper Jack

Mashed black beans and cheese coated with panko breadcrumbs make for a perfect vegetarian alternative for a hamburger.  Don’t want spicy?  Just substitute your favorite cheese for the pepper jack.   I know that this will come as a surprise to a lot of people but I actually used to be a vegetarian.  I was vegetarian for about 2 years when I was in my … Continue reading Black Bean Burger with Pepper Jack

Chicken, Cheese, & Chile Enchiladas

Chicken, cheese and chiles… cha cha cha!  Don’t have chicken cooked already?  Just sprinkle a couple chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic, cumin and chili powder and bake at 400º for 20 mins.   The apartment complex that I live in is primarily Hispanic.  In fact, when we get notices from the office, they are in Spanish with the English translation on the back.  Being … Continue reading Chicken, Cheese, & Chile Enchiladas

Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Need comfort food fast without resorting to a blue box?  This just takes a few minutes beyond the time it takes to boil the pasta!   Happy Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  It kind of snuck up on me this month since the 3rd Monday of the month is earlier than normal but it worked out.  This month I was assigned the blog Join Us, … Continue reading Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Mexican Sour Cream Rice

Creamy, cheesy, simple yet decadent… this is a side dish for those who love lots of flavor but don’t mind a few extra calories on their plate.   Remember the carnitas I posted on Monday for my Secret Club Recipe reveal day?  Go ahead and look.  I’ll wait.  Well, this is the side I made to go with them from the same blog: SteaknPotatoesKindaGurl.  I … Continue reading Mexican Sour Cream Rice