Beef Chorizo and Egg Skillet

1 12 oz beef chorizo

Eggs

6 cloves garlic chopped

2 red bell peppers sliced

3 tomatoes diced

2 chili peppers medium heat (3 for max heat)

Cilantro

2 tablespoons sea salt

2 tablespoons black pepper

1 tablespoons beef paste

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons curry powder

1 tablespoon turmeric

1/2 tablespoon cumin

Paprika

Olive oil

On medium heat, saute onions, chili peppers and half of your chopped garlic until onions soft in olive oil.

Add red bell peppers and tomatoes. Pour in water and beef paste. Stir and season with your spices. Let the tomatoes cook down.

Slice the beef chorizo and drop it in. Let it simmer for about 7 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Then crack eggs over top the vegetables in the skillet. You can put as many that will cover the top. Sprinkle a little salt, cilantro, pepper, paprika and the rest of the chopped garlic over top the eggs.

Bake 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with rice and avocado.

Slow Cooker Beef Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

2 lbs of beef chuck roast

3 slices of ginger

2 green onions

1 large yellow onion

2 carrots

1/3 cup red cooking wine

8 cloves

8 cloves garlic chopped

3 star anise

3 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon fennel

3 dried chili peppers

1 Greenhouse tomato quartered

1/3 cup of soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons of beef base

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon black pepper

2 tablespoons of sea salt

Olive oil

Bok choy

2 packs of udon noodles

Garnish:

Jalapenos and cilantro

Equipment: 7 quart crockpot

**Fyi Walmart has them on sale at the time of this post for $20.

Boil 5 mins to get the muck off. Set it aside.

Slice thin half of the yellow onion. Then saute onion, garlic, ginger, bay leaf, anise, cloves, chili peppers, cumin, fennel, cinnamon, sugar and black pepper in olive oil.

Pour in wine, soy sauce and beef base. Let simmer.

Quarter half of the yellow onion and tomato. The slicing of the vegetables are meant for flavor purposes.

Slice the beef in portions sizes like pictured.

Drop in the spices you already sauteed. Then cover with water.

Cook on high for 8 hours. Add the sea salt and stir.

Boil udon noodles for 8 minutes. Strain them out and rinse with cold water breaking up the noodles. Set aside.

Blanch bok choy for 2 minutes. I cut off the ends and sliced them.

This was my final set up. Then combine your bowl.

Stewed Chicken

Ingredients:

4 lbs chicken thighs

1 can tomato paste

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup cilantro chopped

1 onion sliced

1 green bell pepper sliced

1/2 of yellow bell pepper sliced

3 potatoes cubed

1 bay leaf

1 serrano pepper finely chopped

Zahtar seasoning

1 tablespoon Rick’s Hot & Spicy All Purpose seasoning (Spicy)

sea salt

black pepper

onion powder

garlic powder

olive oil

Preheat oven 400 degrees.

Combine chicken, cilantro, vegetables and olive oil in a pot. Season liberally. Heat on medium and lightly brown outsides of chicken.

Once the chicken has browned add potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf and chicken broth. Stir thoroughly.

Bake for 45 minutes and then serve over rice.

Spicy Baked Tilapia … It’s hot!!

Ingredients:

10 filets of tilapia

1 onion sliced

1/2 a green pepper sliced

1/2 a yellow pepper sliced

1/2 a red pepper sliced

1 Serrano pepper finely chopped

1 bunch of cilantro chopped

2 stalks celery sliced

1 roma tomato sliced

Louisiana Cajun Seasoning

paprika

onion powder

cayenne red pepper

black pepper

sea salt

chopped garlic with juices

Olive oil

Brush tilapia with olive oil.

Mix the chopped vegetables and cilantro in a separate bowl.

Sprinkle seasoning over top of fish liberally. Now for the cayenne pepper… imagine you are crop dusting the fish. This is so you aren’t putting too much per fish. Remember your serrano peppers will take over the heat aspect.

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Cover the fish in vegetables and chopped cilantro. Sprinkle over chopped garlic.

Bake 20 minutes.

Serve over rice.

Faux Orange Chicken

**The only thing orange about this dish is the color courtesy of Goya!** Thus it being named Faux Orange Chicken. It has undertones of Mexican and Caribbean cuisine with a little spice. A very quick stir-fry to fix and beat the race against the sun.

Ingredients:

3 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts diced

1 onion sliced

1 green bell pepper sliced

1 Serrano pepper finely chopped

1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped

1/2 a bar of Goya Pasta de Achiote Annatto Paste sliced

3 packages of Goya Sazon (Coriander & Annatto)

1/2 tablespoon turmeric

2 cups of water

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

sea salt to taste

black pepper to taste

vegetable oil

Throw the chicken and vegetables in a large wok with vegetable oil on the bottom. Turn the stove on medium heat.

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Cut the Pasta de Achiote Annatto Paste in half like this and slice it up. Save the other half for another meal.

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Now combine all the seasonings including cilantro and toss so everything is thoroughly seasoned. Add the two cups of water.

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As this dish simmers, periodically toss it to make sure the chicken and vegetables are cooked through.

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I served with jasmine rice and sweet peas.

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Southern Oxtails

Ingredients:

2 packs of oxtails

2 onions chopped

1 green pepper chopped

3 cloves of garlic chopped

3 star anise

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup Golden Mountain Seasoning sauce

1 cup red wine

2 cups beef broth

onion powder

thyme

sea salt

black pepper

Rick’s Hot & Spicy All Purpose Seasoning or a seasoned salt

3 tablespoons flour to thicken

vegetable oil

Equipment: Crockpot

Oxtails take a while to make them tender. You will need to let them slow cook overnight. This is not really a precise kinda recipe. You will season liberally initially so I provided the basics. Set the oxtails on low in the crockpot and cover them with water. Add 1 onion, garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, star anise, All purpose seasoning, black pepper, thyme, and sea salt. Let it cook overnight. Check them in the morning and verify that they are tender aka meat is coming off the bones. I cut them off and went to work.

Once I got home I removed the oxtails from the crockpot one by one and set them aside in separate bowl. Do not throw away the juices you will need them later. In a large stock pot, saute the 2nd onion and green pepper in a little vegetable oil. Sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper. Then add the oxtails and continue to saute them gently. Pour in beef broth Golden Mountain seasoning sauce and red wine, stir and let simmer.

Now add about 3 tablespoons of flour to the juice in the crockpot and whisk until thoroughly mixed. This will thicken the sauce. Then pour into your stock pot and stir. Let simmer then taste to see if you need a little more salt. I added seasoned salt and pepper to finish it off and stir.

Serve over rice.

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Pollock with Red Curry Sauce

9 or 10 Fillets sliced in quarters

3 bundles of bokchoy chopped

4 potatoes peeled and quartered

1 can of tomato puree

1 can of stewed tomatoes

1/2 red pepper sliced

1/2 yellow pepper sliced

1 1/2 onion sliced

1 cup cilantro chopped *garnish*

3 cups vegetable broth

olive oil

2 tablespoons red pepper powder

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 tablespoons onion powder

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon Rick’s All-Purpose Seasoning Cajun

**Sugar** ADDED LAST

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On high, start boiling your potatoes. They should be soft within 20 minutes as long as you didn’t slice them too big. Once they are done drain them and set them aside. I let my frozen Pollock fillets thaw and realized there was no skin on the back. I remembered it was a very flaky fish so cooking it with the sauce was a no go. It would shred apart easily. So I set them aside in a wok with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. They will cook very fast so finishing the sauce first is priority. In a small bowl your seasonings will all be combined except for the sugar. This mix will literally make the sauce come to life.

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On medium saute your onions and peppers in a little olive olive. Then add stewed tomatoes, tomato puree, and vegetable broth. Then begin slowly pouring in your seasoning mix. I didn’t use all of mine. I had about a small corner left. This was to my taste preferences. Yours may vary so taste the sauce as you add in the mix until you feel it’s right.

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Next add bokchoy, potatoes and stir. Add sea salt and pepper and finally one spoonful of sugar. Turn down to low and let simmer.

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On medium heat, cook the Pollock. Make sure to be gentle with it as you flip it over to cook both sides as it will break up. It will cook extremely fast. Once the fish is done gently scoop out of the pan and add to your curry sauce. Stir. Serve with rice and garnish with fresh cilantro on top to bring a burst of flavor!

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Baked Hot Wings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 bottles of Texas Pete Hot Sauce

1 tablespoon Honey

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of ginger

1/2 tablespoon of sea salt

1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 stick of butter

1/2 tablespoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

One or two peppers from the Texas Pete Pepper Sauce

Olive oil or vegetable oil

**You can add a tablespoon of paprika for color

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Preheat oven 450 degrees. Combine all the spices in a small pot on medium. Stir until butter is completely melted. Then remove from heat.

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Use a little olive or vegetable oil to lightly coat the chicken.

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Pour sauce on the chicken and toss.

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Bake for 30 mins. Toss them again in the sauce.

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I drizzled a little more sauce on my wings… lol

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Captain Save-A-Meal

Now I’m a country girl born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. Southern food is one of my favorites but I can’t eat it all the time. I consider me eating it a cheat day basically. A treat! Even a delicacy. I daydream of calorie heavy fried food! Grease! Oil! Salty! Hot sauce! FAT!!! Organ meat!!!

Man…I love my fried giblets, livers, and hearts. Typically make them only for myself and make the kids a different meal just because organ meat is an acquired taste. When I’m super desperate, I’ll stop at Bush’s chicken in a heartbeat to pick some up and kill my southern craving. Last night I wanted to see if I could get the kids to eat them and I came up with a way to disguise them. I learned with kids you can get them to eat just about anything just don’t tell them what it is. Because I swear once they know, there is this immediate wall they throw up where they start judging before they even taste it. I kept them out of the kitchen and told them I was making chicken with a special sauce. I hid the meat in the frig so no heads up. They just went about their lives playing video games and paid me no mind.

“Just the let us know when it’s ready.”

“Cool…”

Welp… no because there was complications with the meal. I’ll get to that later…

Chicken Hearts and Giblets in a Red Pepper Sauce

Ingredients:

Meat:

1 lb of chicken giblets cut in smaller cubes

1 lb of chicken hearts

Seasoning salt, garlic powder and black pepper

2 eggs and flour to batter

vegetable oil to deep fry

Red Bell Pepper Sauce:

3 red bell peppers sliced

1 lime

4 cloves of garlic chopped

1 whole onion chopped

2 serrano peppers chopped

1/2 cup of red wine

1 teaspoon of cumin

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1/2 cup of chicken broth

sea salt and black pepper to taste

Vegetable Side:

Frozen stir-fry mixed vegetables

sea salt, garlic powder and black pepper to taste

vegetable oil to sautee

1/2 stick of butter

First I sliced the giblets into smaller pieces to make them easier to chew. Put the hearts and giblets in a large bowl and crack the two eggs into the bowl. Mix them around to coat the meat in egg. Then season liberally with the seasoning salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Then toss the meat with flour until well coated. Heat up a medium sauce pan with a lot of vegetable oil. Deep fry the meat until a golden brown color. Make sure to rotate the meat so each side is cooked thoroughly. Using a strainer spoon ladle scoop out the meat and place onto a plate covered with a paper towel to remove excess oil. Then place this meat into a larger wok with chopped scallions and set aside.

Now for the vegetable side. I simply sauteed the frozen mix in a little vegetable oil and season with sea salt, garlic powder, butter and black pepper to taste on medium heat. This takes about 15-20 min and turn down on a low heat to keep warm.

Lastly…. ugh the Red Pepper sauce. The original way to make this sauce was to put all the vegetables, wine and chicken broth into a blender or food processor until it becomes a smooth mixture. What happened last night was both my blender and my food processor STOPPED working. They straight broke on me y’all!!! OMG I was so livid especially after getting this far! I was ready to give up until I remembered I do have a juicer? A juicer!

It had the thickest layer of dust on it. I was scrubbing it down freaking fuming! Like what the heck is this sauce even gonna be at this point? I was like if this doesn’t work. I’m just gonna order a pizza for the kids and what I made so far, eat myself.

I juiced all the vegetables and put the mixture in a bowl. Ugh the dang juicer…

All the juice was collected and poured into a bowl. Then added red wine, cumin, soy sauce, chicken broth, sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir the mixture. It was a thinner consistency as to be expected. But also as an FYI the heat from the serrano peppers was lost. Using a food processor you will be able to get the heat from the peppers. So if you have terrible luck like me you can add some chopped serranos or jalapeños. Lol… say if you are using a juicer. Ugh!

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Next I added just a bit of vegetable oil and the juice into the wok with the meat. Put it on medium heat and stir it up. Let it simmer for around 15 mins.

Now I was very surprised with the outcome. The sauce thickened and coated the meat very nicely! Like wow! I tasted it and it was a winner! The only difference was a thinner less spicy sauce. But it was still very good as the past times I’ve made it. So this is the perfect example of not giving up on a dish. Think outside the box to get it done!

My kids loved it! (it being organ meat and all) and my eldest son’s only issue was…

“You said that this sauce has serrano peppers? My question is where are they?” LOL!

He needs to be a judge on Chopped I swear!

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