Baked Chimichangas with Spanish Rice

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One of hubby’s favorite meals.

I think the cinnamon and cloves really give these a great flavor so I hope if trying you won’t skip it.

Baked Chimichangas

1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup stewed tomato with green chilies, home canned or can use Rotel
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
pinch dried oregano
pinch cumin
7 or 8 homemade tortillas according to how full you fill them

Brown your ground beef and drain any excess grease. Add all ingredients but tortillas and simmer about 10 minutes.

Place a couple heaping spoonfuls of this filling in the middle of each tortillas and roll burrito style. Place on a well sprayed cookie sheet about a half inch apart and then spray the tops of each. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 25 to 30 minutes.

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Spanish Rice

1 cup stewed tomatoes with green chilies,  home canned or can use Rotel
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon cumin
3/4 cup white rice

Place all ingredients but rice in a covered pot and bring to a boil.  Add rice and cover tightly.  Lower heat to simmer and don’t uncover for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

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Tortillas and Disillusionment

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My mind pictures this wonderful, plyable, bendable, fillable tortilla made with cauliflower.

I see them all over the internet, rolled, bendable, perfect, and cauliflower based, but this is how mine end up.
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I have come to a conclusion that I will never be able to substitute cauliflower for flour. I’m not saying others don’t have success. I simply don’t.

With Cinco De Mayo coming up next week I need usable tortillas. While mine never come out perfectly round, I can fill and bend them without looking like an earthquake struck.
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Homemade Flour Tortillas

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil of your choice
Water to form a stiff dough

Mix all with a fork until a stiff dough forms. Divide into golf ball size pieces and flatten. Roll each piece individual with a rolling pin to a tortillas shape. Fry on a hot griddle flipping once.

Bend, fill, and eat, as desired.
Make 8 tortillas at 120 calories each

Sabotage Again

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All the times I try to eat healthy is for naught.  It always occurs.

One of the big saboteur is this little voice in my head that forces me to use up leftovers.

Have I said we always use leftovers?  Like 100 times maybe?

Anyway, I had leftover cauliflower mash that needed to be utilized. Since hubby wanted breakfast for supper, he does that often, I decided to use the leftover mash in some Tator Tots to accompany “breakfast”.

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This uses about a cup of cauliflower to 3 peeled and shredded potatoes.

Nothing healthy about it. Sabotage.

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3 peeled and shredded potatoes
1 cup leftover cauliflower mashed
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper

Preheat a fryer.

Put potatoes in a covered microwave container and microwave on high 3 minutes.

Remove lid and stir to cool a bit. Press down on the potato with a paper towel to remove excess water. Stir in remaining ingredients well using plenty of salt and pepper.

Form into little tot sized balls. If you keep your hands a little damp with cool water they are easier to work with.

Deep fry in a preheated Fry Daddy, or other fryer, until golden. They may not come out perfect “tot” shapes but different is good sometimes.

Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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Is nothing sacred?  I can’t believe I want to mess around with pizza, of all things.

I love pizza crust but I want to eat a little healthier and this cauliflower crust seemed healthy.

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The good news is it tasted awesome. The bad news is it fell apart in the middle. We ate it with a fork.

I topped it with sauce, salami, hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers,  onion and of course mozzarella.

I’m not sure if it fell apart because I didn’t bake it long enough before topping, or if I just piled on too much topping.

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Anyway it was good enough that I will try again. Maybe baking it 30 minutes before topping instead of 20.  Also holding back a little of the sauce.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

2 1/2 cups ground cauliflower (use a food processor
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
salt
1 egg, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 425. Place processed cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl with cover. Microwave covered for 4 minutes.  Stir to cool it off a little. Place cauliflower in a fine mesh strainer and use a spatula to press cauliflower against strainer, pushing out liquid. Use several paper towels and press down to absorb more liquid. Place cauliflower in a bowl and fluff with a fork. Add Italian season,  Parmesan, and mozzarella. Mix well and taste. Add salt to taste. Add egg and stir to blend completely.

Press mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that’s been sprayed.
Press out to about 1/4 inch or slightly thicker. Keep mixture tight together and in an even layer.

Place pan in oven and bake  golden brown. Generally 15-20 minutes, it should be starting to brown on top. Remove from oven, top with desired toppings, and return to oven long enough to melt cheese. Let rest for a couple of minutes. Slice and serve.

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Or if yours falls apart like mine did just dip it out and eat with a fork. It still tastes wonderful.

Lemon Mint Ice Tea- WHB

Since mint is in abundance this is a reblog from 2007.

Coffee & Cornbread

A patch of mint and thirsty summer house guests
are a winning combination.

Susan at Food Blogga is hosting Weekend Herb Blogging this week.
WHB is the hot brainchild of Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen.

I hope some of the WHB-ers and readers out there will enjoy this tea as much
as we do here in Virginia, USA.

There are many varieties of mint, most (that I know of) will work well in this.
I have used Peppermint here.

Lemon Mint Ice Tea

Make a simple syrup using 2 cups of sugar
and 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Remove from the heat when sugar dissolves
add one cup of fresh chopped mint, then add 4 cups
of fresh brewed tea.

Allow to cool and then strain.

Serve with a lemon slice and sprig of mint over ice.

What a great way to cool off. Most hot house guests will…

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Sriracha and Bacon Potato Salad

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Oh my goodness! I had been wanting to try this potato salad ever since I saw it on Peas and Crayons .

I wish I hadn’t waited so long. Sriracha and bacon on a spud? Really?

I did substitute chives and a few chopped white onion for the spring onions, since ours are not harvest ready yet.  I will have a ball once our onions are ready.

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You will have to click the link for the recipe and their inspirational pictures that forced me to go back and do a search to try it.