Taco Omelette

This is a good way to use up your leftover taco meat. This is the recipe I use.  Make sure that if you want gluten-free or soy-free to check the labels carefully before buying any taco seasoning in the store.

Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Suggested Garnishes
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat small skillet and add 1/2 T. butter. While that is heating, beat 2 eggs with heavy cream and salt & pepper. When pan is heated, add egg mixture. When omelette edges start to set up, lift edge with spatula while tipping pan so raw egg goes underneath. Continue going around the pan, lifting and tipping, until eggs are cooked through. Sprinkle some shredded cheese and taco meat on one side of cooked eggs. Fold edge without toppings over and carefully slide out of skillet onto serving dish. Garnish as desired.
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Tacos

This is the best recipe for taco seasoning I have ever tried! It cooks in about 30 minutes.  This also makes a great nacho!

Tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, crumbling as it cooks. While that is cooking, combine dry ingredients. Add seasonings to skillet with cilantro, lime juice and water.
  2. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. We like to use fresh corn tortillas and cook them on a greased griddle until they are soft and starting to turn brown. Suggested garnishes include: cheese, fresh, chopped cilantro, sliced green onion, salsa, chopped lettuce, chopped tomato or guacamole.
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Missouri Beans

A mixture of various kinds of canned beans, ground beef, bacon, BBQ sauce and molasses.  You can also used dried beans (see my notes below).  This could even be a main dish.  Even our grandsons loved it and they are picky eaters!

Missouri Beans
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Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Missouri Beans
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Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in a 9x13" pan. This also works well in the crock pot on low for several hours.
Recipe Notes

I like to use dried beans and I had a lot of beans in my basement, so I used black turtle beans, pinto beans, baby lima beans, and cranberry beans.  I started with about 1 1/4 cups of each variety. You can cook them in the crockpot with some water on low until they are done.  I would like to try the oven method that I just recently learned about.  Place the beans in a dutch oven and cover with water to 1" past the top of the beans.  Bake at 350 for an hour and 15 minutes, or until done.  When they are finished cooking, drain the extra liquid off, and use as you would the canned beans.  Note:  I still used Bush's baked beans.  These took the place of the canned butter beans, kidney beans and lima beans.

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper, Deconstructed

I loved the idea I saw for Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers, especially since I have a wheat allergy, which makes it really hard to have the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich.  However, since this isn’t something my husband would normally prefer, I usually make it for lunch and it is quite time consuming to make just for me for lunch, so I created this easier way to enjoy the same thing which only takes about 20 minutes or so.

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper, Deconstructed
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Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Pepper, Deconstructed
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Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet and add onion. Cook for a few minutes, then add peppers and mushrooms. Cook briefly before adding roast beef. Season to taste. Stir frequently until everything is cooked and warm. Top with provolone. Turn off heat and lightly cover with foil until cheese is melted. Carefully transfer to serving dish.
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Greg’s Famous Hash Browns

This is a recipe my husband came up with several years ago and we still enjoy it at least weekly.  A combination of bacon, potatoes, onions, sweet peppers, jalapenos (if you desire), and ham (opt.), topped with shredded cheese.  Yum!  Of course, any of these ingredients can be changed or deleted to your liking.

Greg's Famous Hash Browns
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Greg's Famous Hash Browns
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Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut up bacon by slicing across the slices into 1/4" or so pieces. Cook in skillet until just done.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Cook, stirring every 5-10 minutes, until done. You may need to add a little butter or oil to the pan, depending on the skillet you are using and the fat content in the bacon. Serve topped with cheese of your choice! Cilantro or green onion makes a nice garnish for this dish. You may also want to add salsa to the top.
Recipe Notes

We always buy jalapenos and sweet peppers by the bushel or half bushel at the farmer's market in the fall, then we dice them and freeze them in quart Ziploc bags, so they are always ready to go whenever we need them!

The potatoes are julienned using a nifty device called Nice Dicer.  We have an old style one, that we have been using for years.  It works great and saves a LOT of time!

To save some time on a weekday morning, cook up the bacon the night before and save in a covered container with the other veggies, all chopped and ready to throw in the pan the next morning!

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Salisbury Steak

I don’t remember where I got this recipe from, but I have been making it many years!  It was a favorite at church dinners.

Salisbury Steak
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Salisbury Steak
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix first five ingredients and shape into 3/4" thick patties (about 10). Bake meat patties at 375 for 20 minutes. Transfer to baking dish.
  2. In large skillet, saute onion in a little oil. Add mushrooms when onion starts to cook. Stir in flour to thicken. Add water and beef base and stir over medium high heat until thickened. Pour over meat patties and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (This can also be done on the stove over low heat. Stir frequently.)
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

Be careful of the beef broth if you are avoiding wheat or soy.  I use Better than Bouillon Organic beef base and, for this recipe, I use two times the amount suggested on the jar for 3 cups of beef broth.

If you don't need gluten-free or wheat-free, go ahead and use all-purpose flour and regular breadcrumbs.

I used a 3 oz. scoop for the meat mixture and ended up with 11 patties plus about a half sized one.

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Skillet Cinnamon Toasted Almonds

This is a stove top recipe for cinnamon toasted almonds that is not too sweet, but is addictive!

Cinnamon Toasted Almonds
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Servings Prep Time
8 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Cinnamon Toasted Almonds
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Servings Prep Time
8 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy bottomed skillet, place all ingredients. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dried on the almonds and it has a furry looking appearance. Pour onto a large sheet pan and let cool.
Recipe Notes

This also works well with pecans.

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Gluten-Free Cheesy Potatoes

The best Cheesy Potatoes I have tried.  These are made without the use of commercial canned soups.

Gluten-Free Cheesy Potatoes
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Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Gluten-Free Cheesy Potatoes
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Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 40 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Grease a lasagna pan. Saute onion in butter in 4 qt. pan. Add salt and pepper as it is cooking. Add milk and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Combine heavy cream and cornstarch. Add to pan and stir until it is blended. It should begin thickening very quickly. Turn off heat and add sour cream and cheese. Spread potatoes in greased lasagna pan. Pour milk sauce over potatoes.
  2. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 2 hours or more. Let set for 15 minutes or so and stir before serving.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken broth, I use about 2 tsp. Better than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base and add water to make 1 cup.  This ensures that the recipe remains gluten-free and soy-free.

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Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

A very easy biscuit recipe baked in Lodge cast iron biscuit pan.  The flour mixture can be made up ahead of time, cut the butter in, then refrigerate or freeze until needed.  Then just add the buttermilk, drop biscuits into pan with an ice cream scoop and bake.

These are great with sausage gravy:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/sausage-gravy/

This recipe works great in a mini muffin maker.  This size works better for us since it is usually just the 2 of us, so we don’t really need 7 enormous biscuits between us.  It also worked out great for Christmas morning when the oven temperature for the biscuits was 100 degrees warmer than the oven temperature for our egg casseroles.  We really like how the edges come out kind of crunchy.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
7 Biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 Biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
7 Biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 Biscuits 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Biscuits
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, stir dry ingredients together. Cut in butter to coarse crumb stage. This can be covered and stored in the refrigerator or freezer at this point. Add buttermilk. Stir just until blended. Drop dough into Lodge biscuit pan, using 3 oz. scoop. Bake 15-18 minutes in 450 degree F oven. Serve warm.
  2. This works great in a mini muffin maker. Use 164 g. of mix and 100 g. (7 T.) buttermilk.
  3. Use 1 oz. scoop and cook for 6-7 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Easy breakfast casserole that can be made the night before and baked in the morning.  Contains sausage, eggs, onion, green chilies and tater tots.

Overnight Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
12 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Overnight Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
12 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 30 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Butter a 9x13" baking dish. Cook onion with sausage in skillet, crumbling as it cooks. Beat eggs, heavy cream, milk, sour cream and seasonings. Add cooked sausage and onions to mixture. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with green chilies and some cheese. Top with tater tots and remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (This can be made just before baking, but the tater tots should be thawed.)
  2. In the morning, preheat oven to 375 and remove pan from fridge. Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden. This can be served with salsa and sour cream or green or red chilie.
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