Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My boys :)

I'm such a lucky girl!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Sewp

I have been craving healthy food lately. Could be because I still have 13 pounds of baby weight to lose, could be due to the OBSESSION I have with cookies. Regardless, this is a healthy, yummy and easy recipe that I tweaked from Pioneer Woman's recipe.

First, chop up a red bell pepper, green pepper and onion.
Saute in a tablespoon of olive oil until softened and add 2-3 garlic cloves, minced of course. 
Next, shred a rotisserie chicken and add in the pot.
Now for the heat..aka..flavor. My husband and I like really flavorful food. When I finish a dish, especially a southwestern dish, I've usually given the hot sauce bottle a few shakes, the cayenne pepper a few pinches and a lot of salt and pepper. I know I've gone overboard when my bestie Kelly starts to get sweat bubbles on her forehead. Wuss. 
Ok, so for this soup...I used 2 tablespoons cumin, 1 tablespoon chili pepper, a few pinches of red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon garlic powder. I didn't measure my salt and pepper, but I used about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a few shakes of Lowry's. As for the pepper, I turned my pepper mill a good 10 times. "Some like it HOT".
Add one large can of diced tomatoes and a small can of rotel. Simmer for a bit and then add 2 cans of drained black beans and a can of shoe peg corn.
**Pioneer Goddess, I mean Woman, suggested mixing a tablespoon of corn  mill with a tablespoon of warm water to add to the pot. I tried this and I liked it. Sorry I forgot the picture. It added a little thickness and corn flavor to the pot.
Finn dropped his pacifier at this point and I'm glad he did. I had to regroup, clean off his paci and check out the recipe. I almost forgot to add a small can of tomato paste. Phew. that was a close one. The tomato paste is a must.
Add in a box of chicken stock and let it simmer away. Change a dirty diaper, play "ride this horsey" and wipe the drool off your baby. THEN, cut up a lime, some cilantro, onion and get the cheddar ready. Sewp time!
I also added some sour cream and avocado, along with some Chalula. We are trying to watch our weight here in the Westover casa, so I went with baked tortilla chips rather than Frito Scoops. It worked.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cheesecake Brownies make the world go round.

I'm not much of a baker, however, after having my baby in September, I have grown a new love for all things sweet. Cheesecake has always been my favorite splurge. And who doesn't love chocolate? I've never made a homemade cheesecake, thats what the Cheesecake Factory is for, but if its as easy as this recipe, I think I can, I think I can.

I found this recipe one day while searching around on some of my favorite blogs. You can find the recipe here: Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

First you make the brownie mix. Any recipe that calls for chopping chocolate gets my vote. When you slide your knife through it and here that chocolate crunch, I like it. When I was a kid I use to prop up my parents video recorder and would tape myself cooking in the kitchen. I remember chopping up Hershey bars for smores. I was never shy talking into the camera :) I would even put all my ingredients in little bowls. Cleanup was a B.
So pretty!
You melt the chocolate and add sugar. (and some other ingredients)
The cheesecake mixture was super duper easy! Its just cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla. I didn't have Castor sugar, so I just used regular. I'm curious if it would have made a difference.
Now for the best part, the swirling of the two! I love when I get to feel like a chef and an artist all in one day :)
So purdy!
My in-laws came over the next day and I sent them home with these cheesecake brownie yummies. They called the next day to say they were the best brownies they had ever had. Now, I'll admit, I'm all about a brownie in a box mix, but these were very easy and after gaining the praises of my in-laws, I will make these again. I even printed the recipe. Go me.