Beef and Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry

You know how you go to the Chinese restaurant and eat the most delicious beef stir fry and then you try to make it at home and it just isn’t the same?

Well, I came upon this recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen and had to try it after watching her make a Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry. (She also has helpful videos you can watch.)

It was delicious.

Now, I opted out on the sesame seeds since I realized I was out of them; that’s why you don’t see that garnish.

AND my husband likes his broccoli a little more cooked, hence the lack of bright green color. 🥦 🤗

So I hope you’ll try it! 🍜

Here’s the recipe on her site:

https://natashaskitchen.com/beef-and-broccoli-ramen-stir-fry/#jump-to-recipe

🌶 Enchilada Pasta 🌶

Once again, I had items in my fridge that needed to be used up. And recently we gathered a bunch of fresh veggies and herbs from our kids’ garden as they are away for two months living in Southern California. 🏖

My son is on a job rotation, left Indiana with his family, and can you believe he’s only minutes from where I grew up? I hadn’t been back since 1992 when he was born. It’s kind of surreal thinking my two grandkids are now placing their little feet on some of the same beaches that I did as a kid. Life has a way of coming full circle doesn’t it?

Anyhow, I used some of those fresh, garden goodies and decided to make another pasta dish. It’s not my usual recipe but it turned out so well, according to the hubs, my main critic, that I decided to share it. It really can be tweaked to your liking. These are mere suggestions. 🤗

But it’s quick, it’s easy and oh so YUMMY!😋🍲

Ingredients:

Note: Ground beef, red chili flakes & garlic not pictured

Directions:

Brown your meat with all veggies and seasonings. (We used beef this time but usually use chicken.)

Lastly, add in fresh tomatoes after all other veggies soften and cook tomatoes briefly. (You can also use canned tomatoes of course. 🍅)

Boil your pasta and add it (along with remaining water) to the ground beef mixture. Stirring in 1 can of red enchilada sauce.

Add 1 block of cubed cream cheese, cover till melted, and blend all together adding in any extra seasonings. I did add some red chili flakes here as well as some extra spices.

Then simmer till all the ingredients heat through

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You can garnish with anything. 🥑 We loved cilantro, avocado, cheese and a fresh squeeze of lime.

*We felt adding the lime was key! It added just the right notes 😁👌🏼

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Tammy♥️

Easter Table on a Budget

I brought out all the color and bunnies for the grandkids as one of them is just now old enough to notice. 🐰🤗🌷

Just look around your home and add some plants and texture and you have a budget friendly tablescape.

See and use things in different ways, thinking outside of the box and check dollar stores for budget friendly items.

My tulips haven’t bloomed yet but maybe they’ll make an appearance by Sunday. Happy Easter! Today is Friday but….Sunday is coming!

Hallelujah!✝️💗🙌🏼

Oh,be sure to check out our site on Instagram @morgie_and_me for more decorating tips and budget friendly finds.

Here’s how my Easter table finally came altogether! 🤗🌷💗

Fruit Dumplings

I shouldn’t have, but I did.

Just when I said I wasn’t going to eat more sweets, I found a Facebook page of two, older ladies that bake all kinds of yummy food. Their page is Pinky Ma’s Cakes, Cookies and Candies. They are the cutest sisters that remind me so much of my late grandmother on my mother’s side.

They talk about their life and even share an unbelievable story about their childhood. I don’t want to share what went on so you’ll be sure to check them out for yourselves and hear just what happened, but their love for each other and service to others is so evident. They’re fun to watch.

Anyhow, they showed these dumplings the other day and I tried to make both the peach and apple. I even made my own concoction of strawberries and blueberries. Oh my gosh, were they delicious and so easy to make. My husband loved them and so much so we’re packing the leftovers in our suitcase to take on out flight ha.

We’re taking one last trip before we fear all will be shut down again this winter, and we’ve finally reached a point where we can try and get away. (We also had airline miles to use before January.)

Out last trip was out west to Yellowstone and the Tetons last year around this time. Yet, like many of you we’ve had a tragic year, and I’m not quite ready to write about it all yet, but let’s just say “when it rains it pours.” And probably why I’ve been eating more sweets this year than my entire life!😜 So, we hope to rest our hearts and minds if at all possible.

Recipe is on the sisters’ Facebook page mentioned above.

Quick Naan Pizzas

Have you ever used prepackaged Naan bread? What about for individualized pizzas?

I just bought some Naan at ALDI (as well as my other ingredients) and began experimenting and these mini pizzas turned out great! And they are quick and easy to make. Plus it’s fun individualizing them. 🍕

I was thinking I can’t wait for my grandkids to grow up then they can come over to make their own lil pizzas. (Wait, I don’t want them to grow up!) 🤗

You really can use any ingredients you want, but here’s the ingredients I used:

Naan bread

Tomato paste

Italian seasonings ( all types)

Chopped sweet peppers

Shredded cheese

Tomatoes

Pepperoni

Hot honey

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Instructions:

I baked them after they were all assembled for only 15 minutes at 350 degrees but every oven is different, so be sure to watch them; you don’t want them too brown. And then, I broiled them at the last minute to melt everything and make it all brown and toasty on top! Yum!😋 Oh, And I’ve been hearing about people ordering this hot honey from Amazon to put on top of their pizza, but I actually found some at Aldi. I have to say it is delicious on top of pizza.

They were hubby approved, and we’ve now made them more than once. 👌🏼

Tell me if you try making them.

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@morgie_and_me

Mexican Pork Carnitas Bowls

When I’m bored I cook.

When I’m stressed I cook.

When I’m wanting to rest my mind, I experiment with recipes. 👩🏻‍🍳

Well, I’ve been laying around the house for three weeks after surgery hardly able to move. So today, I can finally get up and move more freely able to do a little more, and use my arms. I’ve been so stir crazy I felt I should cook. I mean really cook. I mean like cook all day into the night cook. (Presently, I have a bowl of potato salad in the fridge that could feed an army.) We’re empty-nesters, there’s only two of us. Yep, I made enough food for an army today ha!

We usually shop at ALDI, so I tried to use up items we already had on hand.

One item we have really enjoyed are these packages of pork carnitas from ALDI. You just place them in the microwave, so they’re so easy to use. I usually shred the meat after I heat it.

Here’s the microwaveable package from ALDI.

I mean this was a really yummy meal with great flavor.

Here’s the ingredients:

1 pkg pork carnitas from Aldi.

Romaine lettuce, chili beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, sweet onions, rice, bell peppers, butter, olive oil, taco seasoning, avocado, salsa, Catalina salad dressing…really just anything else you want in your bowl.

I made mine different from my husband’s to try to be more “keto friendly” so I didn’t add the rice, beans nor the salad dressing. I also substituted the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt.

Instructions:

First, I thinly sliced bell peppers and onions and sprinkled them with the taco seasoning, then grilled them in olive oil and unsalted butter. These added the best flavor to our bowls! Do this step!

Yum!

Then, I heated up my Package of Carnitas as well as the chili beans and I just begin preparing my bowl with all the items listed above.

For our salsa recipe go here:

https://thentherestwo.com/2017/01/12/easy-salsa-recipe/

Best Jiffy Corn Bread Recipe

Jiffy Corn Bread with Added Creamed Corn🌽

This recipe is the most delicious recipe for cornbread I have ever found. The addition of creamed corn just makes this cornbread moist and much like a dessert to be quite honest. 👌🏼 This cornbread recipe is fast, it’s easy… it won’t get stuck in your throat! 😉 Does that ever happen to you?

Anyhow, I believe you and your whole family will love it! (Not sponsored in anyway. I just love it. It’s my go to recipe.)

Cornbread recipe:

2 eggs

2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

2/3 cup milk

14oz can of creamed corn

2 Tablespoons butter

Put an 8” or 12″ cast iron pan in the oven at 375F for about 15 minutes. *

Mix together the 2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix with the eggs, milk, and creamed corn.

Pull the cast iron pan out of the oven, drop in the butter and swirl it around, make sure it gets up on the walls of the cast iron pan.

Pour the batter into the cast iron pan, and bake for 30 minutes. Check for doneness, the edges of the crust should be starting to brown.

Let it cool for a few minutes, run a spatula up under the pan to loosen the corn bread. Flip onto a plate.

*I’ve also made it into muffins and also in a loaf pan instead of the cast iron pan.

ENJOY!!

Check out my ham and beans for a good bowl of soup to go with it! here

A Quick White Chicken Chili Recipe

Today, my husband came home early from work because he was down in the back, again. 😞 He had a long drive home, and then I heated up a water bottle and sent him off to bed. Poor guy! I know all about horrible back pain. It ain’t no fun!

Meanwhile, I got busy on a cozy fall meal. A quick white chicken chili for when he woke up. 😊

I had previously shopped at ALDI and this was a last minute dinner idea, but I had everything I needed already on hand. (ALDI is our favorite store!👍🏼)

Here’s what you’ll need:

Olive oil & butter

2 large skinless chicken breasts or 8 tenderloins-cubed

3 stalks of green onions-chopped (I like to use scissors) or 1 small, sweet onion cubed

*8 small sweet peppers-from ALDI-cubed (adds variety of color & sweetness.

Seasonings to your taste: garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, basil & thyme (basically anything you personally like😁)

1 T chicken base (optional)

2- 15.5 oz. cans of great northern beans (Any white bean will do.)

1 can of chicken broth

1 C water (add water according to how thick or thin you like your chili)

1 small bunch of chopped cilantro

1 pint heavy whipping cream

*And if you want it a little spicy, add some chili flakes, jalapeño or green chilis. 🌶

Directions:

Season the cubed chicken very well.

Cook the chicken in a skillet with olive oil and butter. Slightly undercook it so that when you continue cooking it with all the vegetables, it doesn’t get tough.

Remove from skillet and sauté peppers and onions adding a little more oil and butter.

Add the chicken back with water along with the remainder of the ingredients except the heavy whipping cream. You’re going to bring everything to a boil, and you don’t want the cream to curdle. Once roughy to boil, and the chicken is completely done, add in the cream and bring it to a slow simmer. Now you’re ready to serve!

It is so yummy!

I must admit I went back for a couple bowls. 😉 It was a perfect meal for this cozy, fall day. And hopefully it will help the hubby feel better too!

I also made my favorite cornbread recipe to go along with this yummy chili.

Here is the link to that recipe: cornbread

Do you like a white chili? **************************Here’s a little fall video I made for ya to put you in the cozy mood. 🤗🍁

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