Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie

What do you do if there are only three tortillas, and you’re supposed to make burritos for dinner for a family?  Do you run to the store?  Absolutely not.  When we run to the store for one item, we end up buying extras, and that can hurt your grocery budget.  Instead, you whip up a simple and delicious Burrito Pie.  This recipe is a creative and tasty way to serve a family of five a filling meal with only three burrito sized tortillas.    Burrito Pie is a winning weeknight dinner.

kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe.  The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes. Many variations of this salad are […]

Mexican Poached eggs

Mexican Style Poached Eggs

The idea for these eggs came from a suggestion by an octogenarian, an Italian grandmother, who told me that she poached eggs in spaghetti sauce and served them on top of the noodles and sauce when money was tight.  I was intrigued by the idea.  While I still haven’t gotten around to trying her idea, I woke up one Saturday morning and realized that I didn’t know what to make for breakfast.  I though of her Italian poached eggs, but decided to make a few changes. When I checked the kitchen, I noticed that I had corn tortillas that I […]

Rice stir fried with Salsa

Salsa Rice

Have you ever found yourself making dinner and needed to come up with a quick side or two?  That’s exactly the situation I found myself in the other evening.  I had tamales that I was going to reheat, but I needed some sides.  The obvious solution was Spanish rice or beans as well as a salad or vegetables.  The problem was that I didn`t have any canned beans that I thought would be a good accompaniment, and I didn’t want to make any rice because I already had a 4 cup container of leftover white rice in the refrigerator. I […]

"Homemade" fresh salsa from a jar of picante sauce with onions tomato and cilantro added

Faux Homemade Salsa

I could call this recipe semi-homemade, but I think someone else has already pretty much claimed that description, so I chose faux.   While the word means fake or phony and definitely describes the method used to achieve my “home-made” salsa, it does not describe the healthy ingredients that can be found inside this simple recipe.  This recipe was something I learned before I had children, a time when I rarely  cooked.  I knew how to cook, but I wasn’t really interested in cooking.   I had to think too much about it, so I resisted cooking.  In fact, take out was […]

Easy Appetizers from a Block of Cream Cheese

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  Did you know that New Year’s Eve is one of the two biggest party times of the year for adults?  If you’re having guests over for an impromptu celebration, or if people are stopping by to hang out for a few minutes on their way to somewhere else, you may want to have something simple to snack on before the main event.  In that case, put together one of these simple low to no stress snacks and put it on your buffet, or coffee table, for your guests to snack on.  Each […]