Leftover Makeover

What are your dinner plans for tonight? All this week I haven’t had my menu and completely forgot what was on it. So tonight I’m taking leftover chili and turning it into nacho beef soup. It’s easy, quick, and will be ready in minutes. You can use any chili you have on hand, homemade or canned.

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Earlier this week I warmed up some of my Mom’s chili for the family. Last month she made huge stock pot worth of her homemade chili to which we froze half of it to keep for another meal. After heating it up for the family I still have half a bowl leftover. After deliberating with Mom about what to make for dinner she came up with the fab idea of using it as a starter for our nacho beef soup!

So, I grabbed some leftover ground beef that I cooked up a couple of days ago, added it to a dutch oven soup pot with the chili, a can of black beans, two cans of beef broth, and a can of rotel. Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes.

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You’ll need to reseason with salt, pepper, chili powder, and some paprika as needed. You can also add extra diced onions and minced garlic if you like. Bring to a gentle bubble, allowing the seasonings to cook together. 

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Add in 6 ounces of cubed velveeta and 4 ounces of cubed cream cheese. With a spoon or whisk, melt the two cheeses into the hot soup. Turn it down on low to allow the bits to finish melting. Just before serving take a whisk and give a final stir.

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You top this off however you wish, crushed tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, raw onions.

Nacho Beef Soup with Leftover Chili Starter

Leftover Chili

1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained

1 can black beans

1 can Rotel

2 cans beef broth

Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Paprika to taste

6 ounces velveeta, cubed

4 ounces cream cheese, cubed

Garnish

shredded cheese, optional

tortilla chips, optional

Into a dutch oven soup pot add ground beef, leftover chili, black beans, rotel, and beef broth. Let cook for 10 minutes to bring up to temp. Bring to a gentle boil and add seasonings as needed. Continue to cook over low/medium heat. Whisk in velveeta and cream cheese, cook covered and whisk again before before serving.

Garnish with shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

Happy Eating!!

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~Late Night Baking with the Owl~

Morning all! If you’re oatmeal consumers then I’ve got a really good recipe for you 🙂 It’s simple, easy, took hardly any time to prepare and the best part is you can use any flavor of oatmeal you like! The downside(if there has to be one) you’ll have addictive cookies that are so hard to stop after just one…ok three…FINE six. Are these low carb? Pssh, nope not in the least. But then I didn’t make them for me so just file this recipe under “FOR KIDS” in your recipe binder 🙂 Plus this is a kid friendly recipe!

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Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 Tblsp milk

1 egg

6 packets apple and cinnamon instant oatmeal

1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, prep baking pans with parchment paper or release foil. Mix all ingredients except oatmeal and flour.(I used a hand mixer to make sure the butter and egg was well blended with the sugars and leavening. With a silicon spatula or spoonula fold in the flour and instant oatmeal completely.

Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, or a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop and form into balls. Flatten slightly and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for a couple of minutes as the next batch bakes, move to a cooling rack before storing.

This recipe traditionally makes 2 dozen cookies, but I was able to get closer to three out of it.

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These are chewy with a slight crunch to them. They’re great with milk, tea and coffee. Great for snacks, adding to school lunches, or for an after dinner treat with vanilla ice. You could also crumble these up and add them to your yogurt with fresh fruit. Versatile cookies with even more possibilities 🙂

And as G–Man says, “These are infinity thumbs up!”

Happy Eating!

How to Heal with Food (PCOS Post)

Afternoon everyone, getting back to a healthier lifestyle has been difficult for me. Especially with all this winter weather and single digit temps, I especially love creamy soups during this time and those are not always the best choices for me health wise. But my body is screaming for nutritious food and today I decided to listen to it.

Choosing to eat the right foods that are not only good for you but will ultimately heal your body of ailments and aches can be difficult in the beginning. Sometimes it can be even harder to get back into if you haven’t stuck with it. This is why I have found a handy website called Heal with Food, there they have a list of 15 foods that help fight against the PCOS symptoms. One such food I enjoyed today was kale and below I have the recipe for you to enjoy as well!

#10:  Kale

One of the most interesting health benefits of kale is its broad nutritional profile. This nutritional heavyweight is loaded with a wide range of vitamins, and it is one of the best plant-based sources of calcium. Calcium is important for women with PCOS as it plays an important role in egg maturation and follicle development in the ovaries. The tender young leaves of kale can be eaten raw, for example as a substitute for iceberg lettuce in salads. This beautiful, green leafy vegetable can also be transformed into a hearty warm dish by sautéing the leaves and mixing them with chopped onions, crushed garlic and a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. When buying kale, it is advisable to choose organically grown produce whenever possible. According to research, conventionally grown kale is among the most contaminated vegetables in terms of pesticide and chemical content.

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Kale Stir Fry

1/2 onion, sliced

2 turkey sausage patties, cooked and chopped

5 slices turkey bacon, chopped

2 hard boiled eggs, chopped

2 handfuls of chopped kale

low sodium soy sauce

Turmeric

In a saute pan add sliced onion, chopped turkey sausage patties and bacon with a little pat of butter. Cover pan with lid and cook over medium heat. Give a few tosses with kitchen tongs, add kale and cover again to cook till kale is cooked to desired doneness. Chop hard boiled eggs and add to pan, drizzle with soy sauce and sprinkle on some turmeric. Give a few more tosses to coat everything and allow the eggs to warm up. Serve hot!

It’s not your typical wintery afternoon lunch, but it’s low carb, full of protein, calcium, and vitamins. You can add other vegetables such as radishes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, and asparagus. Try adding kale to a vegetable and lentil soup, to casseroles, or take the young leaves and enjoy them on low carb sandwiches. Kale can also be added to smoothies (click HERE for recipes)!

I know I feel better when I eat this way and the pounds do melt off. If you’ve never had kale before be sure to grab an organic bunch the next time you’re at the store. It’s a tad bitter but it’s not noticeable when paired with other ingredients.

Happy (low carb) Eating!

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo

Hope you all are enjoying this Monday so far 🙂 I’ve got a quick and fabulous recipe that won’t kill your waistline or your blood sugar! For being thrown together in less than an hour this dish is great for using up any leftover chicken you have from a previous meal.

 

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Alfredo

10 large mushrooms, washed and sliced

1 large onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 stick butter

2 Tblsp olive oil

8 ounces leftover grilled chicken, chopped

3 cups heavy cream

4 ounces cream cheese

1 cup parmesan cheese

1/8 cup flour

Salt and Pepper to taste

In medium soup pot melt butter in olive oil and saute mushrooms, onions, celery, and garlic till completely cooked through. Add chopped grilled chicken. Pour in heavy cream and add cream cheese. Whisk to help break down the cream cheese, then whisk in parmesan cheese and flour. Cook till thickened, season with salt and pepper and serve over favorite pasta.

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This alfredo sauce is thick, creamy and low carb friendly(but not for induction). For 1/8th of a serving this dish has:

Calories: 603

Fat: 57

Carbs: 8.7

Dietary Fiber: 1

Net Carbs: 7.7 or 8 even

I served this over Dreamfields Angel Hair Pasta @5 net carbs per serving for a total of 13 net carbs combined. The carbs in this dish are drastically less than those I’ve Binged previously. Those carb counts range from 30 grams to over 80 grams. And I was shocked that one of my old favorite chicken and mushroom alfredo recipe that I used to fix has over 1000 calories per serving, therefore I can’t squabble about the 603 in this one 🙂 However, you can use half n half instead of heavy cream, less butter and cheese if you prefer. Pair this with a salad and garlic bread (use low carb with high fiber) to complete the meal.

Happy eating!

Simple Mexican Chicken…

…with endless possibilities! I had some leftover chicken in the fridge and no idea what to do with it. Shocker, I know, but the weekend came and I was in the mood for mexican but beef is not my friend. So I decided to make a very simple chicken fajita for dinner. First start with sauteing a large onion, lightly seasoned with salt. Cook till they’re transparent. Keep warm on the side.

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Slice up 6 small chicken breasts, add a pinch of salt and one entire package of taco seasoning. Toss it around making sure each piece is coated evenly.

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Then in large skillet with vegetable oil, cook up the sliced chicken over medium heat.

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You can serve this over a salad, in tortillas with cheese, onions, peppers, and guacamole, in crunchy taco shells, or just as is like G–Man did…eat it plain. Leftovers are great the next day or keep in the freezer for another meal. If you make extra, shred the chicken for chicken enchiladas.

Happy (Lo-Carb) Eating!

~Salisbury Steak~

Here’s a quick variation of an old family favorite! If you have 15-20 minutes to cook then this is the recipe for you. The key to it is using precooked ground beef, this will cut down on your overall cooking time.

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You’ll Need:

2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained

1 package lipton onion soup mix

1 can beef broth

1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can cream of mushroom soup

Salt and Pepper to taste

Very simply, add lipton onion soup mix to cooked ground beef. Pour in beef broth, add chopped mushrooms and minced garlic. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cream of mushroom soup and season with salt and pepper as desired. Leave the lid off and let reduce for another 5-10 minutes.

Serve over mashed potatoes, fauxtatoes, egg noodles, or rice. Pair with your favorite vegetable, ours is corn, and salad. It’s a quick meal without all the pomp and posh of forming patties and making sure you have a pot big enough cook them in. A small dutch oven pot is plenty big for this version.

Enjoy!

“Shine On” Award

I tell y’all what, you all certainly keep me on my toes 🙂 Last night just as I was having trouble going to sleep my ipod dinged with an update on my WordPress app. To my surprise, which kept me awake a bit longer hehe, I discovered that I was nominated for a Shine On Award!

Jhuls over at thenotsocreativecook blog was so gracious to think of my humble blog and nominate it for this sweet award 🙂 Jhuls has so many fabulous and tasty recipes, one that has been tempting me for a while now are the Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies which I am finally going to make for Valentine’s Day this year!

 

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One of the requirements of this award is to share seven random things about myself. So here goes!

  1. I love Samba dancing even though I only do it at home 🙂 I’m not a great dancer but it’s the one style that I don’t mind gettin’ jiggy with!
  2. I always go to sleep on my left side to help keep my stomach acids down. This has helped me for months now, no more sleeping upright or munching on antacids before bedtime.
  3. My ipod is my alarm clock and I have to listen to soft music to help me sleep. Mostly mellow cello and mellow piano through the Songza app.
  4. My favorite bad snack, that I haven’t had in YEARS, would be Sun Drop soda and funyuns!
  5. I’m terrible at making rice. Every time I do it it’s not fluffy but gummy,perfect for eating with chop sticks lol…been looking at rice steamers for a while now. It’s going on my 2014 Christmas list 🙂
  6. I love psychotic and thriller movies, I love the suspense and hate the chasing scenes. One movie that still gets to me is The Strangers. That sensation that someone could be behind you watching you and you turn around to see that no one is there…freaky! We have a glass paned back door that I can’t wait to change to a solid door. If you’ve seen that movie you’ll understand why!
  7. I love listening to Christmas music through out the year. Mostly instrumental classical versions though.

And now, for the nominees… Congratulations to:

350kitchen

Candidly Carol

youcanbeslim2

eatingmyfeelings

lifeisbutalabyrinth

pcospillfree

debbieshomeshop

vegetarianfoodesignsfromthelandofmilkandhoney

thefoodies

joysofcreating

waitingforbabybird

boxeats

asianspanishfusion

unitedtastesoferica

dorastable

‘Shine On’ Award rules:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.
  3. Share seven random, interesting things about yourself.
  4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the ‘Shine On’ Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

Congrats to all nominees and a hearty thanks to everyone for following the Night Owl Kitchen Blog! Thanks again to Jhuls for the nomination 🙂

Have a blessed morning!

Fun Recipe for Kids

If you have a child who absolutely loves helping you bake then this recipe is right up their alley! I found the recipe on the Cheerios website. It’s a simple recipe, tasty, and the kids can get in with their hands to mix the dry ingredients in with the wet. The only addition I made was add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and reduced the golden raisins from 1 cup to 1/2 cup. These reminded me of cowboy cookies except for the addition of peanut butter and cheerios. Have fun baking!!

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For these gigantor cookies you’ll need:

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 stick butter, melted

1/2 cup peanut butter, I used Planters Natural

1/4 cup water

1 Tblsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

4 cups multigrain cheerios

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line multiple baking sheets with release foil.

In large bowl, stir together sugar, butter, peanut butter, water, vanilla and egg. Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal. Gently stir in cereal. On ungreased large cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded 1/2 cupfuls (rounded 1/3 cupfuls for 15 cookies) 4 inches apart. Flatten dough to about 1 inch thick. (Bake these crispy cookies as soon as the dough is mixed. Letting the dough stand awhile or refrigerating the dough will make the cookies softer.)

Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Store loosely covered.

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    Success Hint: It’s important to let these cookies cool on cookie sheets before removing–they can easily break into pieces while warm.

These were super easy to put together. G–Man even helped with the hand mixing the wet ingredients. With a little guidance and instruction to keep the hand mixer level he did very well! The mini chocolate chips were our addition to this awesome recipe. Plus we chose to go with 1/3 cup portion per cookie which gave us 18 cookies total.

On a toaster oven pan I could fit about three cookies easily. On our 12–inch pizza pan I could get four cookies on it. The baking time was a little off for our toaster oven, even the temp was too much. I had to reduce it by 25 degrees and reduce the baking time by two minutes. If you know your toaster oven/oven bakes hotter then make those small adjustments before baking and you’ll have amazing results!

These are a fiber packed cookie, take care when eating them. One cookie was almost too much for me. When I make mini cowboy cookies I can handle about 1–2 cookies (I use a 1/8 cup per portion). They are very yummy and so addictive! Eat with caution 🙂 Plus these cookies are great for on the go! Grab a serving of milk and it’s an instant quick breakfast. They are hearty enough to hold you over till your morning snack or lunch. 

TBT: Bisquick Mix and Recipe

Yesterday was a productive and mentally exhausting day. The cherry on top was finding out that one of my Pinterest posts had been re–pinned 100 times! That really made my day and in honor of that popular NOK(Night Owl Kitchen) post I decided to do a variation of it. You can check out the popular NOK Pinterest post here. I can’t thank you all enough for sharing that post, it’s been exciting for me to watch it being shared nearly multiple times a day 🙂 And I hope this variation will be just as popular!!

Here in the south, sausage balls are a staple at most get togethers.You can always count on at least one person bringing them. I wasn’t always a fan of them because they tend to be dry and hard, always had to eat them with a little dip to add some kind of moisture back into them. So, yesterday I decided to make a batch only we don’t keep Bisquick in the house. But luckily my Mom has a homemade recipe for a Bisquick Mix just waiting to be used 😀

It’s such an easy recipe you’re going to be kicking yourself for not having thought of it before (I know I was). Plus making it yourself you’re able to bypass all those unwholesome ingredients that are found in the store bought Bisquick. Did you know that there’s aluminum in Bisquick? We know that it’s not good for us yet we’re willing to use it because that’s what a recipe calls for or it’s quicker than making it from scratch. But it’s not healthier, it can lead to serious health issues and making such a simple mix from scratch will actually save you more money and be better for your health overall! 

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Just looking at the picture it doesn’t seem any different from the store bought stuff. But the results of my homemade sausage turkey balls were 100 times better than I thought it would be!

All you’ll need…

6 cups all purpose flour

3 Tblsp baking powder

1 Tbls salt 

1 cup vegetable shortening (I used palm shortening)

Whisk together the first three ingredients. With a pastry blender, cut in the vegetable shortening until it looks crumbly (refer to above picture). Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 months, or store in freezer safe bags(2 cups per bag), labeled, and freeze until needed.

See…simple! Now on to an even better recipe, ready?!

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NOK’s Sausage Turkey Balls

1/2 pound sausage

1/2 pound ground turkey

2 cups homemade Bisquick mix

10 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Line several baking sheets with release foil. Using a melon baller or other small scoop dole out sausage turkey ball mixture onto each pan. Bake for 10–12 minutes, drain on paper towels before serving. 

These came out perfect! Tender, juicy, softer than the ones I grew up with. 

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Making them smaller yielded close to 100 balls. You can make them larger if you prefer, but these were the perfect size to just pop in your mouth. Leftover homemade Bisquick mix can be used to make pancakes or muffins, just substitute it for the store brand Bisquick mix in all your recipes. There is a big difference, there’s no chemical after taste with the homemade mix, baked goods come out lighter and fluffier. I wasn’t a Bisquick fan before but this is something I will definitely be keeping on hand from now on 🙂

Happy eating!!

~Hot Cocoa Chocolate Chip Muffins~ For Chocolate Lovers

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I hope I’m not the only one who’s still struggling to get back into a regular schedule. Monday proved to be a slow and trying day. Must have been the rain 🙂 To make things better, I whipped up a batch of hot cocoa chocolate chip muffins for G–Man to make it seem less blah. This was an easy recipe from start to finish and tasted even better than I imagined!

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I looked around for some inspiration and decided to just go with a few ideas. Very simply, mix the dry ingredients, chocolate chips included. Set that aside. Grease and flour muffin pan or use cupcake papers. As for the hot cocoa mix…you can use any flavor you like, I just grabbed three packages of no–sugar added hot cocoa mix. That gave me roughly 1/2 cup of powder.

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Filled up the muffin tin about 2/3 full and actually had to prep an extra pan to make a total of 18 muffins. They baked up beautifully! You’ll know they’re done when you lightly touch their tops and they spring back.

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For the extra six I baked up I pushed a few marshmallows into the tops before baking and drizzled a homemade chocolate glaze over everything for some added goodness 🙂 G–Man was of course in love with them. It was a combination of his two favorite things: chocolate and marshmallows! Of course he thought it was hot chocolatey enough. But the marshmallows made all the difference 😉

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Recipe adapted from Starbucks Hot Cocoa Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hot Cocoa Chocolate Chip Muffins

1/2 cup hot cocoa mix (about three packets of your favorite, stronger the chocolate the better)

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

marshmallows (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour muffin pan or use cupcake papers.

Combine dry ingredients, including chocolate chips. Set aside.

In a small bowl mix together milk, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour into dry ingredients and stir till just combined. Fill muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes. Muffins will spring back when touched.

Variation: Press marshmallows into the tops of each unbaked muffin (3–4). Bake normal and drizzle with chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

1/4 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or milk)

2 Tblsp butter, melted

1 Tblsp milk

In microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter. Stir to combine, add milk to thin out just enough to drizzle. For an easy drizzle method, pour melted chocolate into one corner of a quart size bag. Squeeze out air and snip a tiny bit off the opposite corner. Give the bag a twist and proceed to drizzle back and forth over muffins.

Use any chocolate chips or flavored chips you prefer, stir in marshmallows instead, or add a mini peanut butter cup inside the muffins for a different flavor and surprise! Hope you enjoy 🙂