Bagels from Heaven!

These were not made from scratch, but tasted just as good.Bagel4

Price Chopper used to have my favorite Asiago Cheese bagels. HyVee happened to have this from their bakery.

This is truly a treat from heaven!

My breakfast during the work week is very boring: Cottage cheese & diced peaches, a Banana or Raisin Date & Walnut Oatmeal. These are my low calorie favorites. But to get that extra fruit, I also drink Orange Juice with my breakfast.

It was a blessing to finally reach my lowest weight in 10 years. I kept a weight & food diary to track the 40 pounds lost so far.Bagel7

My diet has changed so much, which makes sense because Old Age + Less Exercise = Weight Gain.

My favorite breakfast used to be a Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich, a Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich or a Spam & Egg & Cheese Sandwich.

Trust me, I have two packages of the Spam slices in my fridge, just for the right moment.

Everything in moderation can make big changes.Bagel1

Back in the day, I could eat a Church’s Chicken (or Popeye’s) 3 piece meal with the sides and biscuit.

Now, that simply would not digest and would just add on pounds.

Making an “All in One Bowl” meal and staying away from Bread (sandwich) carbs, has been very helpful.

Also, adding vegetables to every meal bowl. For example, I love making Chili or Rotel. This week, I added diced Mirepoix with Broccoli to the Beef Rotel. So only one bowl with everything in it.

Bagel2But since this is a Holiday 3-day weekend, I can go crazy a little bit.

My chicken is unthawed for General’s Tso’s Chicken. At first I was going to fry it, but now I am going to bake it instead and add the General’s Tso’ sauce. For my Buffalo Chicken Wings last week, I also baked them instead of frying them.

Little changes can make big (or small) results.

Bake those Bagels for 10 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. Then slap on some cream cheese and Everything Bagel Seasoning and you have Bagels from Heaven!Bagel7

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Beef Rotel – Just in time for the “old” Tax Day

Beef Rotel 051Woot! I got my stimulus check in the bank today.  What an unexpected surprise on the “old” Tax Day.

I finally got a time slot to order from Walmart. I really, really wanted to do Rotel with the Velveeta Queso Blanco, but they were out it. It is a good thing I had the Velveeta Original to use instead. Walmart used to “spoil” me, with my favorites like Salsa Verde Doritos. But that was also out of stock, so I had to use the Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Doritos.

INGREDIENTS:Beef Rotel 008

  1. Ground Beef, 2 lbs
  2. Beef Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  3. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)
  4. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  5. Diced Tomatoes with Lime & Cilantro, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  6. Diced Tomatoes Chunky with Green Chilies, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.Beef Rotel 005
  7. Diced Tomatoes Original with Green Chilies, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  8. Cheese Pasteurized Original, recommended: Velveeta, 32 oz.
  9. Cool Ranch Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more
  10. Mirepoix with yellow onions, celery, and carrots, 10 oz.
  11. Cola or soda to thin out, to your preference, recommended: Coca Cola, ½ to 1 cup
  12. Jalapeño peppers Hot & Sweet, sliced, recommended: HyVee, as desired
  13. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollopBeef Rotel 004
  14. Cookie Baking Sheets Parchment Paper, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Velveeta Cheese for 30 minutes (the foil only, not the box).
  2. Combine Ground Beef and Beef Chorizo in the same skillet that you will cook it in. No extra bowl to clean – Woot! I turned it 7 minutes then 8 minutes, so it was brown, about the same time as the freezer cheese.Beef Rotel 017
  3. Drain the grease.
  4. Put the slow cooker liner in the crock pot and to that add the “cooked” Ground Beef/Beef Chorizo.
  5. Next add the Fiery Tasty and both Taco Seasoning packages and stir into meat.
  6. Add the Mirepoix next.
  7. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces (I cut through the foil) on top of the Parchment Cookie Sheets and then added it to the slow cooker
  8. Add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes on top.
  9. If it looks too thick, you can add some Cola to thin it out.Beef Rotel 019
  10. Drain the meat grease; I used the empty Rotel can to dispose of the grease.
  11. Cook on low for 4 hours; stir to combine after 2 hours.
  12. Then I added a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.
  13. I like to add the Sweet & Hot Jalapeño next.
  14. I crushed some Dorito Tortilla chips and put that on the top.

I am so glad that Walmart finally has some spots open for grocery delivery. I am also thankful that I could use Aldi (first 3 deliveries free) and HyVee. Food is food and it is a blessing to have it.Beef Rotel 024

 

 

 

 

 

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Taco Turkey Rotel

I was in the mood for some Mexican flavors. Being the cheap person that I am, I purchased the GroundRotel 045 Turkey and Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, instead of Ground Beef and Pork Italian Sausage.

The ingredients are similar to my post on August 3, 2019. However, it seems like this was a lot easier to cook. Less ingredients and less steps = Less Work!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Turkey, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbs
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbsRotel 005
  3. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  4. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)
  5. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  6. Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  7. Petite Diced Tomatoes, Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, Two 14.5 oz. cans
  8. Cheese Pasteurized Mexican with Jalapeno, recommended: Velveeta, 32 oz.Rotel 013
  9. Salsa Verde (or Cool Ranch) Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more
  10. Seasoning Blend, frozen with onions, celery, red peppers, green peppers, and parsley flakes, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  11. Jalapeno peppers, diced, recommended: Great Value, 4 oz.
  12. Cola or soda to thin out, to your preference, recommended: Coca Cola, ½ to 1 cup
  13. Avocado, diced, suggested: Haas, 1 Jumbo
  14. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollopRotel 009
  15. Slow Cooker Liner, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 Regular Size (fits 3 – 8 quarts)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Velveeta Cheese for 30 minutes (the foil only, not the box).
  2. Combine Ground Turkey, Italian Ground Turkey and Pork Chorizo in the same skillet that you will cook it in. No extra bowl to clean – Woot! I turned it 10 minutes, 10 minutes, then 5 minutes, so it was brown, about the same time as the freezer cheese.Rotel 017
  3. Put the slow cooker liner in the crock pot and to that add the Hot Diced Tomatoes by Rotel
  4. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces (I cut through the foil) and top the tomatoes with the cheese chunks. I added about a half cup of Cola on top of the cheese chunks.
  5. Drain the meat grease; I used the empty Rotel can to dispose of the grease.
  6. Add the Williams Taco Seasoning on top of the cheese chunks
  7. Add the drained meat on top of the Taco seasoning
  8. Add the frozen Seasoning Blend (onions, peppers, etc.) on top of the meatRotel 028
  9. Add the Fiery Tasty Seasoning on top of the onions
  10. Add 2 cans of Petite Diced Tomatoes on top.
  11. Cook on low for 4 hours; stir to combine after 2 hours. At this point, you can add additional Cola, depending on your thickness preference. I used about 1 cup.
  12. After 4 hours, add the can of diced Jalapeno Peppers. I like it hot, so I included the juice. Combine and stir.
  13. I diced the Avocado and placed it on top.
  14. I crushed some Dorito Tortilla chips and put that on the top.
  15. Then I added a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.
  16. Top with Sour Cream dollop and enjoy with Doritos Salsa Verde or Ranch!Rotel 032

I haven’t had Rotel in quite some time. And this was so good; I could not stop eating it. I hope that you will give this cooking method or cooking suggestions a try. Enjoy!

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Taco Turkey Surprise**

A new twist on an old favorite.  Try Turkey Tacos, instead of Beef.Taco Turkey 059

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Turkey, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbs

2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbs

3. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.

4. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)

5. Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies Original, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.

6. Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies Mild, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.Taco Turkey 061

7. Cheese Shredded Hot Jalapeno & Habanero Jack, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.

8. Salsa Verde (or Cool Ranch) Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more

9. 3 Color Pepper & Onion Strips, frozen, recommended: Pictsweet, ½ cup

10. Salsa Chunky, Red, 2 teaspoons or to your taste

11. Salsa Verde, Green, 2 teaspoons or to your taste

12. Jalapeno peppers, diced, ½ teaspoonTaco Turkey 029

13. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollop

14. Water or broth, ½ to 1 cup

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat skillet for a few minutes
  2. Combine Ground Turkey, Italian Ground Turkey and Pork Chorizo
  3. Brown in skillet until done
  4. Drain grease
  5. Move meat to back of skillet and cook 3 Color Pepper & Onion Strips for 2 minutes
  6. Add Diced Tomatoes, Taco Seasoning, canTaco Turkey 035 of water or broth (using Tomato can) and cook on low for 24 minutes covered. Stir occasionally.
  7. For each serving, melt shredded cheese on top of meat
  8. Garnish with Salsa Red or Green and Diced Jalapenos
  9. Top with Sour Cream dollop and enjoy with Doritos Salsa Verde or Ranch!

I normally use Ground Chuck Beef for Taco meat and this was my first time using Ground Turkey instead. Ground Turkey rules! I did not miss the Beef and it was still very tasty, due to the flavor added by the Chorizo.

The Ground Chuck is $3.48 per pound. However the Ground Turkey was on sale for $1.00 per pound. Now the Ground Turkey is $1.50 per pound, but that is still way cheaper than the Ground Chuck.Taco Turkey 056

Once the Ground Turkey combined with Chorizo was properly browned, I could not tell the difference between the taste and look compared to using Ground Chuck Beef.

From now, I will save some cash $$$ and buy Ground Turkey instead.

**The surprise is the Ground Turkey Italian Sausage and Chorizo.

I love to smash my Dorito chips in a bag and then top the taco meat with the smaller bits of chips.

 

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