Friday, February 16, 2018

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Perhaps someday I will stop being surprised when making things at home makes them 1000 times more delicious.   Maybe not, I don't know. 

In my life before Food $ense, I bought everything pre-made. *And then I usually hated it. The white sauce in this frozen pasta dinner was too bland, this meal had too many soggy frozen red peppers, this one was made from just gross chicken parts and not meat - I am guessing you know the drill. 

But once I was brave enough to start cooking for myself and my family and experimenting with things that I knew we liked - I loved the things I was making. Because I was making things I knew we loved. We might eat tacos too many times a week or in too many different ways for another family, but for us, we just can't get enough. 

That's the great beauty of cooking for yourself and your family. You get things exactly how you like them. Exactly! And who doesn't love that.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Easy Bean Enchiladas

Up until I made this recipe, Enchiladas were a special occasion food for my family. I almost always made chicken ones and they were really a lot of work.  I had to cook the chicken before, make the filling and then roll all the enchiladas and once that happened, I still had to bake the whole thing. My family loves them, but I would make pans of them for holidays and birthdays and that was about it. 

But I realized once when we were out to dinner at a little mom and pop Mexican food place that we go to in town that all my family orders are cheese enchiladas with beans and rice.  (And They Love IT!) So I needed a quick dinner last week and I decided to make enchiladas. I had picked up a package of corn tortillas for a really great price and the rest is history. 

I forgot however that I had used every single can of enchilada sauce in my house on Christmas day to make enchiladas and so I had to make my own. 

It turned out So Great, that I had made it again and sworn to myself that never again will I buy a can of enchilada sauce. (it really is That good - and not hard to make at all).  I will post the recipe for you on Friday.  But for now, here are the easiest enchiladas in the world. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Danish Aebleskivers

My grandma used to make these for us when we would sleep over at her house. I thought they were the fanciest food in the whole wide world.  My oldest son had a casual school dance and asked my mother to host him and his friends and make Aebleskivers for them for dinner. (she did! because that's what Grandma's do)

And while the pan is a bit odd, they really aren't anything more than a different kind of a pancake. My kids think it is the best day in the whole when we have these for breakfast or brunch. 

I am including the recipe, but I want to challenge you to be adventurous and try other foods that are out there. I don't consider myself to be very brave when it comes to food, so pancakes are a good start for me.  I can try lots of different types of pancakes. Proffertjes are a Dutch pancake, they're made with yeast and buckwheat flour and made in a round pan, just like these. My kids go crazy for them... buckwheat pancakes! 

It is just different ways of adding flour, water, eggs and bit of leavening (soda, yeast) and seeing what you get! Try making oven German pancakes, or Dutch babies in a cast iron skillet. 

Of Course, you don't have to make them just for breakfast, having a breakfast for dinner night is a great way to have an easy meal plan night, eat a meatless meal and keep things stress free. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

I love food. I mean, I really love it. And I just love it when a recipe turns out to taste even more amazing than I had hoped. 

I know I'm a little crazy for the roasted sweet potatoes lately, but they are so delicious and easy and good for you - That's all three, baby! 

Basically this is just a bowl full of super foods, really nothing this good for you should taste so amazing... Or Should IT?  That's everything we are trying to learn and change about our thinking, isn't it? 

That good for us food is less than pleasurable and "bad" food is where all the yumminess is at.  

Visit Food Sense - attend some classes if you can and learn about how delicious (and easy) healthy choices can be.  

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Honey and Maple Pork Chops in the Instapot

Did you get an Instapot for Christmas?  I did, and I am having so much fun using it. For the first little while, I used it like crazy to make rice, and potatoes. Those things that you add to your meal but are kinda a no-brainer. I was a little bit nervous about it. But I am loving it!  

If you want to try this recipe, but don't have an Instapot, you can toss it into your slow cooker and I have the times on the recipe for that. 

I served it up with some Moroccan Sweet Potatoes a yummy green salad (which was a perfect flavor balance with the vinaigrette. Next time I make these, I am going to saute' up some apples with a little bit of spice to them.  This was a huge hit in my family and I hope yours likes it as well.