Spicy-some Dilled Green Beans in a Can… Put there by a Man…

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With the Garden producing MASS amounts… Check out our Site for other Green Bean Recipes. We not only canned a bunch, but, have tons of Great GO-TO Recipes for Beans. Making a quick and Easy Side Dish, that’s NEVER BORING!
Pint Jars… Recipe below was per 4 jars, I believe. 

Mrs. Wages Dilled Green Bean Pkg.
2 1/2 lbs Fresh Whole Green Beans
2 1/2c White Distilled Vinegar (5% acidity)
2 1/2c Water
1/2 – 1c Sugar (We did 1/2, we only like it some sweet.)

 In EACH Jar (We used Pint jars), place:
1 WHOLE Med. sized Garlic Clove
1tsp Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1/2T minced, dried, Onion Flakes
1/4tsp Celery Seed
1/4tsp Mustard Seed

Wash and Trim Green Beans. Place Beans in Large NON Reactive Sauce Pan. Don’t use Aluminum Pan. Cover Beans with Water and Boil. Reduce Heat and Simmer 5min. Remove from Heat immediately.
In separate pan (Same non-reactive, non aluminum), combine Pkt., Vinegar, Water, and Sugar. Stir til blended. Add in Beans. Bring to Boil, reduce to Simmer for 5 minutes. Shut off Heat.
In clean and prepped jars (Info on this on internet-Search Prep Canning Jars), add Ingredients listed above under “In EACH Jar“. Scoop out Beans and divide them into each jar. Then, equally divide the Pickling Liquid, trying to get equal seasoning with liquid (I stir and scoop up with ladle). Fill up, leaving 1/2in. headspace.DRY off jars and lids. Twist on tops.
Boil entire, filled, jars for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and set jars UPSIDE DOWN on flat surface (Helps with Seal Success.)!. Occasionally, when cooled to touch, I double check tops and give a firm, but not tight, twist. Once cooled, store appropriately.

Want it Spicier? Add halved Cayenne or Red Hot Pepper (Seeds Optional) to each jar. Or, up the Red Pepper Flakes. Or, (I have yet to try) try adding sliced Jalapeno (Seeds Optional).

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Quicky Lunch… Kid Approved!

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We all know our Pizza Sticks… But, here’s a quicky Pizza-rrito (Same idear):

Soft Shells
Pizza Shredded Cheese
Turkey Pepperoni Slices
Toppings of Choice: We just did Pepperoni. But, options: Onions, Peppers, Jalapenos, Olives, etc.
Shake of Grated Parmesan
Shake of Oregano

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray
Garlic Powder

Spaghetti Sauce (Or Pizza)

Add Pepperoni to Soft Shells. Top with Cheese, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Seasons, and other Toppings of Choice. Roll, tucking in sides. Heat Skillet. Spray both sides of Wraps with Butter Flavor Cooking Spray. Brown each side. Sprinkle LIGHTLY with Garlic Powder. Serve with Sauce for Dipping.

Vacation Meal Plan of Attack 2016

Here’s our Plan of Attack for 2016 (2014, 2015 Vacay Meal Prep):

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TIP: LOOK OUT FOR SALES-Prep few months in advance:
Frozen Burger Patties
Pkgs. Hot Dogs (Freeze)
Chicken Legs
Other Meats (Ground Meats, Bacon, Roast, Chicken, whatever)
Buns (Buy close to, but Keep Eye Out for Coupons, etc. For Purchase)
Cheese Bricks
Miracle Whip (Sandwiches/Tuna or Bacon Salad)
Canned Items (Tomatoes, Corn, Beans, etc.)
DON’T FREEZE MEATS that have been Frozen then already Thawed!
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 A few BREAKFAST / LUNCH Ideas:
– Lunch Meat Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Canned Food, whatever…

Chicken Bacon Fiesta-Wiches
 – CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES
2 Frozen Chicken Breast (Boiled in water with few CRUSHED Chicken Broth Cubes)
3T-4T canned Southwestern Corn (Peppers/Onions kind)*
2T REAL Bacon Bits
Sauce:
1 TO 1.5T Mayo
1 TO 1.5T Miracle Whip
3/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge kind)

For Serving: A lil swipe Miracle Whip, Buns/Wraps

Boil in water with few CRUSHED chicken broth cubes. Remove chicken, shred. In bowl mix Sauce ingredients. Mix in rest. Place in tightly sealed container. KKEP COLD! Eat within week.

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 – Frozen Burritos (Any works, ours are tTt’s Sausage, Egg, Taters):
Potatoes, cubed small
Olive Oil + shake of Seasonal Salt
add to pan, add Potatoes, season with:
Dried Oregano, Basil, Pepper

1 lb Ground Pork Sausage, cooked with:
1/2 pkg. Frozen Sweet Bell Pepper/Onion Mix
4 Mushrooms, sliced or chopped

Scrambled Eggs+ Basil Oregano

Soft Shells
Mayo
Shredd. Cheese

PreCooking: Cube Potatoes. Mix Olive Oil with Seasoned Salt. Add to pan, add Potatoes. Cook and Season with Oregano, Basil, Pepper. In sep. pan cook Sausage with Pepper Mix and Mushrooms. On Soft Shell add All (Including Mayo, Shredd. Cheese). Butter Flavor Cooking Spray skillet. Brown all sides. Freeze single layer on plate sprayed with cooking spray (Don’t allow to touch, may stick). Wrap in Foil if using Crockpot Cooking Method (May need to Butter Cooking Spray Foils before wrapping!).
Cooking: Rub with wet finger. Microwave. Bake: Butter spray pan and tops. Bake. Or, place pre-prepped Burritos in foil that was SPRAYED WITH BUTTER FLAVOR COOKING SPRAY. Wrap. Freeze. Add to Crock and Cook on Low/Warm til warmed through. Rotate if needed.
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Using Leftover Potatoes (From Burger Foils) and having Frozen Pork Sausage at home, we made some tasty Breakfasts. Here’s one:
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Potatoes fried in Crisco (What we had for Fish fry, if we caught any), seasoned with Pepper, Basil, Oregano, and a lil Salt. Side Aside and top with Sandwich Cheese Slices and Onions (Onions Optional). Cover to melt.
Give light wipe of Pan with Paper Towel. Cook Sausage. In same pan, in Sausage Grease, fry up some Eggs.
Pork Sausage served under Eggs. Look at those about to Burst Yolks!
Toast on Side

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– Frozen premade store bought Burgers/Hot Dogs
Simple… You know how to cook.


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– CHILI DOGS
Hot Dogs/Brats (Keep Frozen til use)
Hormel Chili (Or Favorite)
Shredd. Chedd. Cheese
Buns, Ketchup, Mayo (Optional)
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– CHICKEN LEGS / TUNA (Or BACON) SALAD (Forgot Tuna, so made BACON Salad)

 – BBQ Chicken:
Family Size Pkg. Chicken Legs, skin removed
3T White Vinegar
1-1.5T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1.5-2T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce (Optional, some liked it plain, too)

PrePrep:
Buy Chicken NON FROZEN!!! REMOVE SKIN! Place Chicken and Vinegar into ziploc bag. Mix Around. Add in McCormick’s Seasonings. Toss evenly. Lay Flat, Freeze!
Cooking: Thaw, cook on Grill. Near end, brush with BBQ (Optional. Tasty plain, too).

 – BACON SALAD 
(Was gonna be  Tuna Salad, but forgot Tuna!):
Space Saver– I bought Miracle Whip. I kept a lil over 1/2 the jar. Rest I placed into separate container (For sandwiches on vacation). Then, I used Miracle Whip Jar to store the Salad SAUCE. In jar, I did:

I kept a lil more than 1/2 jar Miracle Whip (Leave in jar!)
1+1/4tsp Lawry’s Seasonal Salt
1/4-1/2tsp Paprika
1.5T Dill Pickle Juice from Pickle Container (USE A TASTY Dill Pickle!)
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
  -MIX ABOVE INGREDIENTS IN Miracle Whip container.
-Then, add to jar, on top of Sauce (Don’t mix in):

1.5c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese
1c Frozen Peas
  -Place on lid.
-1 hour Prior to Serving:

About 2c uncooked Macaroni Noodles, cooked
Baked Bacon, cut up (Kept in pkg. Cooked day of making)

PrePrep: I premade sauce morning of trip. For leak reinforcement: I placed some plastic over top of Miracle Whip jar (I used ripped sandwich bag. Reinforced seal), twisted on top. Keep cold til serving.
About 1 hour prior to serving: Cook Bacon. Cook noodles (I add pinch of Salt and a lil Oil to keep from sticking). Mix Sauce and Bacon together. Add Noodles into Sauce, to consistency desired. Toss rest. I always have it a little saucy, as it’ll sit and absorb some. Keep cold til serving.
OPTIONAL to top with Cherry Tomatoes for Serving. You can also keep the Miracle Whip unopened, and place pickle juice and Seasoning in a small container and place into Noodle Box, place in fridge on arrival. Mix as needed. Your choice.
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– HAMBURGER FOILS:
Frozen Burger Patties, 1 per foil
1 Potato per foil, diced
1 bag Baby Carrots, split up (1 bag lasted 6 foils)
Chopped Onions (We used 2 small for 4 people)
1 Onion Season Pkt. (A small sprinkle per foil. It goes a LONG way!)
1-2T Butter per packet, we forgot, and a smidge of Crisco worked well!

Prep: We buy a pkg. of Frozen Burger Patties, and KEEP FROZEN til use. Doubles as ice for cooler.
Cooking: I cut vegis at cooking. Dice potatoes and cut onions. Give each person foil. Kids love making their own! Add in desired vegis. Top with butter or crisco. Add one frozen burger to top. A small sprinkle of onion pkt. seasoning. Double or triple wrap. Add to hot fire pit coals. Ours cooked in about 45 minutes (Time varies). Rotate, we didn’t flip!
Rest of burgers we had for supper another night. We also ate leftover Tuna Salad with this meal.
Healthier options: Turkey Burger. Butter Spray/Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

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– FRITO TACO SALAD, a ritual for a while now.
1.5-2lb Beef
2 GOOD Taco Season Pkt.
1/2c Water
1/2 can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
3/4c Salsa
1/2can Refried Beans*
1 small onion, chopped (Added right before freezing)

Serving: Serve with tomatoes (Canned works), fritos, sour cream, shredd. cheese, lettuce, whatever other toppings of choice.

PreCooking: Cook beef. Add in taco seasons, beans, salsa, tomatoes with juice, shakes of: Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Onion Powder.
Allow to cool. Place in freezer bag (I double bag), lay flat.
Cooking: Throw into crock. (I kept on warm, flipping.) Serve with toppings of choice.
*(If using, rest of cans we used for tacos, the night I premade meals) These are also optional. Point is, just premake and freeze.)

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 – SICILIAN DELUXE MEATBALL SUBS:
Sauce:
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb. Turkey Sweet Italian Sausage Links, remove from casings
2T Balsamic Vinegar
1.5T Red Wine Vinegar
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/2c canned whole Olives, halved
1/2c Onions (I believe I did Sweet Red)
4T jarred whole Pepperoncini, minced
1/2c Sweet Mini Bell Peppers (Optional)

1 jar Tomato Onion Garlic Spaghetti Sauce
1 can Basil Oregano Tomatoes, drained
1 can Tomato Paste
1/2tsp Brown Sugar
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1/4 Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1/8tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Dried Rosemary

1lb. Meatballs (LATER ADDING-Keep frozen)
Provolone Brick (Later Adding-Freeze)
Hot Dog Buns (For Serving)

I cut my links into chunks (Can remove casings and cook as ground). Cook in Oil with Onions. Add in Garlic and Vinegars. Cook down some. Add Olives, Peppers, and Pepperoncinis. Cook down juices. Once juices are mostly gone, add in rest of ingredients. Simmer a lil bit.
ONCE COOLED… Add to Ziploc Bag, on it’s side. FREEZE. Cooking: Add Regular Beef Meatballs to Crock with Sauce. Cook on Low. Top with Cheese last 30min-1hour. Serve on Buns/Wraps/Hoagies with Cheese… We used Hot Dog Buns. Mayo/Miracle Whip is Optional.

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 – SLOPPIES
1.5lb – 2lb Ground Pork or Beef
Brown Meat, season with few good shakes of:
Basil
Oregano
Garlic Powder
1 can diced Basil Oregano Tomatoes, drained
1 can Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix
1 sm. Onion
Celery, minced

Cook all above. Once cooled. Add to ziploc bag, lay on it’s side, for flat storage. Freeze. Cooking: Add to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Crock… Cook on Low or Warm til thawed and heated through. Eat on Bread or Buns.

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 – EASY PHILLY (Stems from This Recipe and This One) 
1-1.5 lb. Chili Style Ground Beef or Pork (I used 1/2lb. Beef 1lb. Turkey-What I had)
1tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2T Soy Sauce
1tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Dried Oregano
1 Beef or Chicken Broth Cube, crushed
1/2T Grated Parmesan Cheese
1c (Packed) Kale or Spinach Mix
Up To 1/2c Green Peppers, sliced (Don’t Add, Yet)
1/4-1/2c Onions, to taste (Don’t Add, Yet!)

Provolone Cheese Brick (Freeze)

Cook in skillet all above, EXCEPT Peppers, Onions, and Provolone. Once cooled, add to ziploc bag. ADD IN Peppers and Onions. Lay on side (I folded mine in half). Freeze. Cooking: Cook on Low or Warm til heated through. Top with Cheese. Once Melted, serve on Buns of Choice with Miracle Whip/Mayo. Or try packing away a small container of Tay’s Balsamic Garlic Sauce.

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 – CARNE ASADA CHILI (Stems from This Recipe):
1.5-2 lb. Chuck Roast or Chicken Marinade:
1/2 Taco Pkt. (I used Fiesta Style)
2 1/2T White Vinegar
1/4c Soy Sauce
1T Cumin
1/2T Garlic Powder
1/2T Onion Powder
1/2T Dried Oregano
1tsp Chili Powder
1tsp Paprika

1/2 pkg. Sweet MINI Bell Pepper Mix (Orange Red Yellow)
Onions
Mushrooms (Optional)
1 Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 can (Mild) Black Beans with Jalapeno in LIME JUICE, drained
1 can Southwestern Corn (Bell Pepper/Onion kind), drained

RICE:
2c Rice (Instant)
2c Water
2 Chicken Broth Cubes, crushed

Add NON FROZEN Meat to Bag. Add in Marinade Ingredients. Mix Around. Lay as Flat as you can. Freeze. Cook Rice in Water with Broth Cubes (I cook in Microwave). Once Cooled to handle, place in Freezer Bag. I flattened and Folded. Freeze.
In A SEPARATE Freezer Bag, Add in Vegis. Lay flat and Freeze.
Cooking: Add all to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Crock Pot. Cook on Low til all’s done. Shred up Meat. Last hour, I wrapped Rice in Foil and place RIGHT ON TOP of Chili to cook. Serve each bowl of Chili with a lil Rice, Sour Cream, Salsa, and Fritos/Tortillas.
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OTHER OPTIONS
Roast Wiches (Don’t Pre Cook. Add ingredients to freezer bag, MINUS Water that the Broth Cubes call for (Takes up too much room!). Write on Freezer Bag the amount of Water needed during cooking.
Black Bean Salad Tacos
– Root Beer Barbacoa
Tay’s Easy Chili
Soups
tTt’s Trailer Trash Legs (Buffalo)
*** Vacation Meals 2014
*** Vacation Meals 2015

 

Aspara-FOILS (Asparagus Foils)

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OH MY DELICIOUSNESS!
These are AMAZING! Easy to Make. Grill, Bake, Stove Top. Or, even cook as Camping Foils (Right on the Hot Coals).

Butter Flavored Cooking Spray
10 Fresh Asparagus Sticks
3 Bacon Slices, cut to 1 in. sizes
Mushroom, sliced
2tsp-1T Onion Soup Mix Packet (We did 1T)
Good Shake of Pepper
TINY Pinch of Sea  Salt (Optional)

Butter Spray Foils. Lay in Bacon. Top with Asparagus, then Mushroom. Sprinkle over Onion Pkt. Powder, then Pepper and Salt. Wrap up in Foil. Bake or toss onto Grill, as we did. Once all’s cooked/Soft. Eat!

ZuSKINNIES (Zucchini Skins) – A healthy and Beneficial Snack

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I make ZucCandies (A candy that is made with Zucchini and tastes like Fruit Snacks/Gummies) and never wanting to waste anything… I, ALSO, use the Peeled Skins to make ZuSKINNIES (A great snack to replace Chips!), which are an Extremely Beneficial part of the Zucchini: 
Zucchini’s skin is a more concentrated source of nutrients. Carries Vitamin C, Potassium, and most of the Zucchini’s Fiber and Vitamin K. The skin itself is a rich source of Antioxidant Carotenoids, including Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Beta-Carotene.

Skins from peeled Zucchinis (About 16 oz.)
2T Water
1T Pepper
2tsp – 1T Sea Salt (I did 1T)

Place all into ziploc bag, mix around. Marinade 30 minutes. Place onto Dehydrator. Dehydrate til dried to crisp (Crisps a lil as sits, as well. I want to say I did 8-12 hours. Not sure).

Sloppy Buffalos

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1 – 1.5 lb. Ground Beef (Turkey/Chicken for lighter. Pork, can be used.)
1 Sloppy Joe Packet (Store Brand)
1/2tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/4c Buffalo Sauce (Store Brand)
1/4c Louisiana Hot Sauce (Store Brand)
2T Ketchup
3T Water
(About 1/4c, or so) Baby Carrots, grated
(About 1/4c, or so) Celery, minced *See notes
(About 1/4c, or so) Onion, cut small

 Sauce:
1/3c Hidden Valley Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
1/3c Wishbone Blue Cheese Dressing
1 – 1.5tsp Fresh Green Onions, minced
1 Cucumber, peeled, deseeded, grated

Fresh Tomatoes, diced
Buns or Wraps of Choice 

Premake Sauce. Place in fridge (Optional to set grated Cucumber in strainer and allow to drain some, I didn’t.)
Brown Beef, drain excess juices, if needed. Add in Packet, Season, Sauces, Ketchup, Water, Vegis. Simmer til thick. Top onto Bun or Wrap of Choice (We used Joseph’s Flaxseed Flatbread).

Notes: I add a little more Minced Celery at end, for a nice crunch. Tasty.

TAYsty Neapolitan Milk Shake – EASY!

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– Per Person/Serving:
3 pieces Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (Rectangle pieces)
2-3 scoops Neapolitan Ice Cream
3T Favorite Chocolate Milk, or to desire
1/4tsp Brown Sugar
1/4tsp Cocoa Powder

In a small Blender, add in Chocolate Pieces. Blend, to break up small. Add in Milk, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, and Ice Cream (Try to get somewhat equal parts of Van., Choc., Straw.). Blend til smooth and Soft. Top with Whip Cream and Cherries (Optional). Or Toppings of Choice.

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Tay’s Carne A-Salad (Carne Asada Salad)

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Marinade Steak or Pork (4hrs):
2T Soy Sauce
1T+1tsp White Vinegar
1T Taco Seasoning Pkt.
1/2T Cumin
3/4tsp Garlic Powder
3/4tsp Onion Powder
3/4tsp Dried Oregano
1/2tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Paprika

HIDDEN VALLEY Cilantro Lime RANCH Dressing

Lettuce
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
Red Onions
Cherry Tomatoes
Carrot Slivers
Seasoned Texas Toast Croutons

Optionals:
1/4c Corn
1c canned Pinto Beans, rinsed, drained
1 Avocado, cubed small (Or top each bowl with Our Citrus Avocado Sauce)
Tortilla Strips/Fritos

Marinade Meat. BEST ON CHARCOAL GRILL! Cook. Cut up to desired size.
Mix all ingredients into bowl. Add Meat (Or mix in with Salad Ingredients). Add in Dressing (USE CILANTRO LIME RANCH!!!). Top with Croutons/Tortillas (And, Citrus Avocado Sauce, if using). EAT!


Charcoal Grilling Tip: If it tastes like straight up smoke… You’re doing it wrong! We build a hill in center of grill. Light charcoal (We used Regular Charcoal). Once coals are ashy grey, they are ready. Place on food, on outside of hill of charcoal. Prop Grill Open, using a Slightly crushed pop can. Chicken: Lay Chicken on outer part of grill (Outside hill). Once Chicken isn’t sticking to grate, so much, it’s ready to flip. Flip once, that’s it. Cook til Thermometer reads correct temp.


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Tay’s Garlic Steak Butter

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Great on Steak, Pork, Toast
(Makes for GREAT Melts, Burgers, Sandwiches, etc.).

1/2c Beef Broth (I used 1/2c Water + 1/2 Beef CUBE)
4T Sweet Cream Butter
1tsp Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind)
1/4tsp Mustard Powder
1/2T Green Onions, minced
2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2T Fresh Parsley
1/4tsp Sage

Add all to Sauce Pan. Simmer til juice is cooked down A LOT! Remove from heat. Stir constantly as it cools (I set a Ice Pack over the bowl to help.). Spoon onto Meat at end of cooking, or right off the heat! Or, add to Toast, Toasted Buns (Burgers), on Melts, Sandwiches, etc.

Chimi-nade (Steaks/Pork) with AMAZING Steak BUTTER

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4T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1.5T White Wine Vinegar
4T Balsamic Vinegar
2T Fresh Cilantro
1/4c Fresh Parsley
2T Fresh Oregano
1.5tsp Garlic Powder
1/2-1tsp Cumin (I did 1/2)
1/2tsp Pepper
1tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/2tsp Sea Salt, or more to taste

Marinade Pork or Steak 6-8 hours. BEST ON CHARCOAL GRILL! Side of Potato and Mushroom/Onion Mix (Mushrooms, Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, LOTS of Course Black Pepper and Dried Oregano).
– Marinated Steak/Pork was served topped with Tay’s Steak (Or, Pork) Butter:
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Great on Steak, Pork, EVEN Toast (Makes for great Melts, Burgers, Sandwiches, etc.)!

Tay’s Garlic Steak (Or, Pork/Toast) Butter:
1/2c Beef Broth (I used 1/2c Water + 1/2 Beef CUBE)
4T Sweet Cream Butter
1tsp Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind, Lime “May” work for above Steak Recipe)
2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Mustard Powder
1/4tsp Sage
1/2T Green Onions, minced
1/2T Fresh Parsley

Add all to Sauce Pan. Simmer til juice is cooked down A LOT! Remove from heat. Stir constantly as it cools (I set a Ice Pack over the bowl to help.). Spoon onto Meat at end of cooking, or right off the heat!
(I wish I had a better Butter photo. I forgot photo, THEN… My camera was dying. So, no melting deliciousness showing in this quick photo… Bummer… It looked more AMAZING!)

Tay’s Balsamic Watermelon Strawberry Salsa – And, a few ideas for it! Including EASY & HEALTHY Pizzas!

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1/2c Strawberries, chopped
1c Watermelon, cubed small
1 can Basil Oregano Garlic Diced Tomatoes, DRAINED
1/2c Sweet Mini Bell Peppers, chopped
2tsp Balsamic Vinegar
2tsp Green Onions, minced
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
2-3T Red Onions (I did 2.5T)
1/2tsp Lemon Juice (100% Fridge Kind)
1/4tsp Dried Mint
1tsp Fresh Cilantro, minced (Try WITHOUT FIRST, then add)

– Optional (I skipped. Forgot.):
1tsp Jalapeno, deseed Minced
1/2c Goat Cheese or Crumbled Feta (Optional, I skip for Pizza)

Toss all. Allow to Marinade 20 minutes.
Ideas for Use: Salsa for Chips. Salsa for Sweetened Shells (Fry Soft Shell in Butter. Toss in Sugar and Cinnamon.) Serve as Topping for Wrap, Sandwich, Balsamic Burgers, or Quesadillas. Or, as we did… MAKE Taco Shell Pizza.

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Tay’s Chicken/Bacon w/ Balsamic Watermelon/Strawberry Salsa Pizzas:
Chicken (I marinaded in White Vinegar and McCormick’s Montreal Steak)
Bacon

Shredded Cheese of Choice
Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
Tay’s Balsamic Watermelon and Strawberry Salsa
Soft Shells
Pepper, Dried Oregano (Oregano Optional)

I marinaded Chicken 1hr. Cut up. I added Avocado Oil to skillet. Cooked Chicken, if excess juices- Drain it, to help crispify (Especially, for Bacon). Add in Bacon to Chicken. Cook all (Draining excess juices, if needed). Cut up all to smaller pieces. Or toss all in Oven, Bake.
Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Baking Pan. Lay in Soft Shells (Optional to Butter Spray OUTSIDE Edges, to help brown). Top with Chicken, then Bacon. Top with Salsa. Top with Cheeses of Choice (I used Moz., then sprinkle of Pepperjack.+Jalapeno, then, a small sprinkle of Cheddar). Sprinkle Tops with Grated Parmesan (Be sure to get the outside Edge nicely), Pepper, and Dried Oregano (Optional)
Bake, uncovered, at 450 for about 8 minutes.

TAYs AMPED UP Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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1 can Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), drained
1/3c Kraft Olive Oil Vinaigrettes Roasted Red Pepper (Salad Dressing)
1/3c jar Sweet Roasted Bell Peppers (Preferably w/ Red in it. Optional)
1-2tsp 100% Peanut Butter *SEE NOTES for Options
1/4tsp – 1/2tsp Cumin
1/4tsp  – 1/2tsp Garlic Powder

For Heat (Options, Pick One! I skipped): tTt’s xXx Seasoning, Cayenne, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Red Pepper Flakes

Blend all in Blender til desired smoothness. Serve as Dip, Topping, etc.
Notes: PEANUT BUTTER can be swapped for Fresh Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Sesame Oil, Tahini… I have only tried 100% Pure Peanut Butter (Literally, the ingredients only say PEANUTS! That’s it!). Some like it sweet, maybe 1/4tsp Sugar can be added… But, I liked it as it was. Healthier, too!

Some Doggie DIYs

I thought I’d share some DEEOHHGEE tips I found useful since getting our Pup.

I’ve learned so much about Large Breeds, since getting our St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees Mix. They NEED Large Breed Puppy Food to help along the quick growing. Even the later Neutering to help with growth (Hormones).

Reading TONS and TONS of info online… I’ve come to the conclusion that DIAMOND Dog Food is for us. Yes, I’m aware of the Recalls! But, seeing as his parents and he was already on DIAMOND. Annnd, our recent Family Dog did wonders on DIAMOND (Only food he could eat! The Enzymes helped his Stomach)… We decided to stick with it.
One downfall I’ve read about DIAMOND was that: For the price comparison to others similar, it was LOWER in Protein.

So, keeping that in mind. I started with some Protein Treats to help make up for it.
A few of MANY things I do:
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– Dehydrated Sweet Potato with Smidge of 100% Peanut Butter with No additives, not even added Oil.
Slice Sweet Potatoes. Soak in White Vinegar and Water. Some I also sprayed with Lemon Juice, some I didn’t. Place on Dehydrator trays. Dehydrate overnight. I have kids break up to pieces and spread a very lil PB on them. They feed him. Bonding and Deliciousness!

– Slight Sunny Side Up Egg mixed into his first cup of Pup Food for the Day.
Making Many options to keep him protein happy. And, never boring.

 – NOW, for the Toys. I paid only $4 for all the below! Getting idears online, with my own twists, using Old Socks (I save for Dust Rags, anyway). Old Victoria Secret Yoga Pants (Has the PERFECT Stretch and Material for it!). Dollar Store Toys. And, some Regular Tennis Balls. Many Options and types keeps him happily entertained!
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1.) A few Dollar Store Items for him to Choose from.
2.) A Tennis Ball with a Small Slit or X shape cut. Stick Treats inside.
3.) A long strip of Victoria Secret Pants. Wrap around your hand til it’s all wrapped around. Take another strip, tie the Center, nice and tight. Making an 8 shape (As, my “Talented” drawing shows). Cut the ends of the 8. I also tied some of those strands together to create more of a ball.
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4.) Knot a sock nice and tight. Place into another sock. Knot it off. (Looks like tennis ball in it, it’s not. It’s another sock, knotted.)
5.) Knotted Sock Rope.
6.) Place small slits or Xs on opposite sides of Tennis Ball. Push (I used Pencil) Victoria Secret Yoga Pant LEG through holes. Knot off til ends.
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This one uses two pant legs of Victoria Secret’s Yoga Pants. I had old Swing loop screw/bolt, screwed into tree stump. Tightly knotted one leg end to it. The other pants leg, I knotted all the way across it (Like #6 in last photo). Then, I tied the leg from tree to the center of the one similar to #6 (In last photo). I had to tie his favorite stick to it, to get him to realize it was HIS Toy and what it did… Which was Tug A War!

Tay’s TAYsty Pasta

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AMAZING Dish! With a SECRET Ingredient! Most know of the Italian Salad Recipe. This one has a few things that make it STAND OUT! Plus, Lower in Calories, than most. 

16 oz. Garden Delight Rotini Noodles
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4tsp Sea Salt

 SAUCE (Premix):
1 Bottle Regular Italian Salad Dressing (Store Brand: Essential)
1.5T BALSAMIC Vinegar (Use! Don’t skip!)
1.5T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1tsp White Sugar
NICE SIZE 1/2c jarred Roasted SWEET Red & Yellow Peppers in Marinade, chopped

1c Mild Cheddar Cheese Brick, cubed
1c canned Basil Garlic Oregano Tomatoes, drained well
3/4c Cub Foods Signature Honey Ham, minced (*SEE NOTES)
1 pkg. TURKEY Pepperoni Slices
1 can small/pitted Black Olives, drained well
1/2c Red Onions, chopped or minced

PREMIX Sauce Ingredients. Set aside. Cook Noodles in Boiling Water with Salt and Oil (Oil helps noodles from later sticking).  Drain well. Rinse with Cold Water, drain well, again. Be gentle.
Add all to bowl. CAREFULLY MIX all Ingredients. Add to fridge til use.
Please note, the longer it sits, the MORE the noodles will soak up flavor of sauce. Creating a less flavorful dish.

*** NOTES: I was GOING to use Salami instead of Ham (Was even thinking of using BOTH Ham AND Salami!)… Buuut, I forgot Salami. THEN, I was going to use just Ham Steak (Diced) … Buuuut, didn’t cook it… So, I had some FRESH Cut Signature Honey Ham from Cub Foods… Minced it. Was AMAZING. Not looking Back. My laziness paid off!
Salami (Diced) in place of Ham OR, Better Yet BOTH!… Is just fine. MEAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE! We used Turkey Pepperoni to cut Cals. It was AWESOME! Also, for Cheese, you can choose to do: 1/2c Mild Cheddar (Cubed) with 1/2c Other Cheese of Choice (Cubed).

BBQ Salad w/ Chipotle Peach Pineapple Dressing

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2.5T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning
2-3T White Vinegar
Pork Chops (I used 2 avg. size Bone-In chops)*

SARGENTO’s Chipotle BBQ Cheese Snacks
Lettuce
1/2 can Reduced Sodium PINTO Beans, drained/slight rinse
1 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes, drained
Sweet Onions
4 Mushrooms, chopped
Sweet Mini Bell Peppers
Carrot Slivers (We skipped)
Corn (We skipped)
Boiled Eggs
Seasoned Texas Toast Croutons

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 – Dressing:
1c Chipotle PEACH Pineapple Salsa
1c Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
1tsp tTt’s xXx Seasoning (Red Pepper Flakes may work)

Marinade Pork Chops for about 3-4 hours. Blend Dressing Ingredients. Set in fridge til use. We grilled our Pork Chops. Then, Removed bones and fat. Cut into desired strip sizes.
Add all to Salad Bowl, to desired amounts. (*See Notes). Toss. Serve with Dressing and Croutons.

*Notes: Chicken may work, too. Or meat of desire. I keep Eggs Separate, so it doesn’t spoil as fast.

Tay’s Hawaiian Salad N EASY Hawaiian Dressing

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1-2 Thawed Chicken Breasts
Marinade (For just Chicken. Marinade 1 hr. Choose ONE!):
3T White Vinegar + 1-1.5T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Steasoning
   OR:
Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade

Bacon (Seasoned with Pepper while cooking)

Lettuce
SARGENTO’s Chipotle BBQ Cheese Snack Bites
Fresh Tomatoes, halved
Red Onions
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
Carrot Slivers
Papaya (Optional)
1T Jalapeno, deseed, mince (Optional for Heat)
Mushrooms (Optional)
Boiled Eggs (See Notes)
Seasoned TEXAS TOAST Croutons
Honey Roasted Sunflower Seeds

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DRESSING (A few options. Choose ONE!) Recipe:
   Our Favorite:
1/3c Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Nice sized 1/3c+2T canned CRUSHED Pineapple in JUICE
1/2tsp Lemon Juice
1/4tsp Paprika
   OR:
2T Mayo (And/Or: Canned Coconut Milk, Lemon or Pineapple Yogurt, may work)
2T Avocado Oil
1/2c canned Crushed Pineapple IN JUICE
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Paprika
1/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge Concentrate Kind)

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Marinade Chicken. (I did McCormick + White Vinegar Marinade, what I had on hand. In Above Photo.). Cut to desired sized strips. Preheat oven to about 425-450. Lay Chicken onto Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed pan. Cook about 10-15minutes. Lay on Bacon (You can lay it right over Chicken, too). I seasoned Bacon with Cracked Pepper. Bake til Bacon and Chicken is done. Allow to set 1 minute. Crumble Bacon.
Toss everything into a bowl, EXCEPT dressing.
BLEND Dressing of Choice Ingredients. Allow to set while prepping and cooking.
Serve each Salad with Dressing of Choice, Croutons, Seeds, and Eggs (If kept separate).

Notes: Eggs can spoil quickly if left in salad for long period. You can add right before, or keep separate and add as you serve up a bowl.

Boring Salads NO MORE!

Salads DO NOT have to be Boring! Many ways to get those Vegis in. To Cut on some Calories and Carbohydrates and, yet, STILL BE SATISFIED! 

Here are just a Few of MANY to get the Idears rolling in! 

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(Above) Click Here for Carne A-Salad (Carne Asada Salad)

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(Above 2 Photos) Loaded BLT Salad SUPER EASY to make!

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(Above) Loaded TAYco Salad (Loaded Taco Salad). AMAZING!

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For Recipe Click Here

*** COMING SOON (Tonight or Tomorrow): Mandarin Pinto Salad, BBQ Pork Salad! So, check back!

tTt’s Tennessee Honey Chicken

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Chicken Marinade
(4-8 hours):

1 Shot Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whisky
2T Honey
1T Brown Sugar
1T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
Optional: 1/4tsp Sea Salt (We skip!!!)

Add thawed Chicken and Marinade to Ziploc Bag. Marinade. BEST ON CHARCOAL GRILL (Grilling Tip Below)! Eat this AMAZING Chicken alone. Over Rice cooked in Broth with Vegis. On a Manwich with Baked Bacon, Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, and Mayo/Miracle Whip… Endless Ideas!Or Serve over Rice and Vegis (Rice cooked in Microwave with Chicken Broth instead of Water. I use Water + Crushed Broth Cubes).


Charcoal Grilling Tip: If it tastes like straight up smoke… You’re doing it wrong! We build a hill in center of grill. Light charcoal (We used Regular Charcoal). Once coals are ashy grey, they are ready. Place on food, on outside of hill of charcoal. Prop Grill Open, using a Slightly crushed pop can. Chicken: Lay Chicken on outer part of grill (Outside hill). Once Chicken isn’t sticking to grate, so much, it’s ready to flip. Flip once, that’s it. Cook til Thermometer reads correct temp.

EASY Grilled Jalapeno Poppers with Ranchero Chicken

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Ranchero Chicken Marinade (4-6 hours):
1 McCormick’s Grill Mates Smoky Ranchero Marinade Pkt
1T Avocado Oil (100% Pure)
4T Red Wine Vinegar

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Jalapeno Poppers and TECHNIQUE:
Jalapenos, cut off top (Stems). We used a Wine Bottle Cork Screw to scrape along edges of inside to de-seed Jalapenos (Whatever technique works for you: Small Knife, Corer, etc.)
Wrap Turkey Bacon (Halved length wise) around
Sargento’s Chipotle BBQ Cheddar Snack Bite Cheeses (I used 1 per Jalapeno)

Stuff Cheese Wrapped in Bacon into Jalapenos.
 – Cooking Technique: We used a MINI Aluminum Pan. TURN UPSIDE DOWN! Cut small Xs into it (Fits 6 perfect. I tried more, but, Xs expanded, making ONE BIG HOLE. So, don’t over pack. Also, it fits nicely on grill w/ other foods.).
KEEP PAN UPSIDE DOWN and LIGHTLY press Jalapenos into Xs. Grill. Eat! (Dipping Sauce is Optional-Ranch.)
YOU CAN EVEN Cool in fridge, slice, and Serve on Sandwiches. Burgers. Etc.

Photo doesn’t do these justice. We ran short of time, so kinda rush cooked them. They are lovely looking, all roasted/grilled!

Tay’s Hot Dago Casserole

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Just when you didn’t think there were any other ways to enjoy this…
Healthier than most dishes Similar to this, using Turkey Meat.

11.5 lb. Jennie-O Sweet Italian TURKEY Sausage, cut up
1/2c Turkey Pepperoni
1 pkg. Turkey Meatballs
1/2c SWEET Mini Peppers, chopped (Or Frozen Pepper/Onion Mix)
1 Onion (Or Frozen Pepper/Onion Mix)
 SAUCE:
1/2T Garlic, minced
1tsp McCormick’s Cajun Seasoning
1/41/2tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1can Tomato Paste
1 Jar Rinaldi’s Spaghetti Sauce (We use Garlic/Onion or Everything)

up to 1 pkg. Cream Cheese, warmed slightly
1/2-1pkg. Garlic and Butter TEXAS Toast Croutons
1/2 pkg. Shredd. Italian 6 Cheese
Sprinkle Shredd. Mild Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven 400. Mix Sauce Ingredients. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Baking Dish. Spread Warmed Cream Cheese on Bottom. Top with Meats. Top with Vegis, then, Sauce. Top with Croutons. Top with Shredd. Cheeses. I Sprinkled Top with Oregano, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Pepper. Bake about 400 for about 45minutes- 1hour.

Optional: Sneak in some Kale or Spinach! Olives, Mushroom and others are also to your taste! Also, we have used this version of Sauce, as well: Sicilian Spaghetti

LOADED Citrus Avocado Salsa served on Vegi Tacos with Red Pepper Hummus (Meat Optional)

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Meatless night, so we used just vegis. You can add Meat, if you wish (
*See Notes). Great on Grill or Baked. The Avocado Salsa can be used on ANY Taco! Or, served as a Dip! This was a Great Combo of Flavors.

Sweet Mini Bell Peppers
Onions
Mushrooms (Optional)
Favorite Mexi Style Marinade (Options: Taco/Fajita Season Pkt., Tay’s Mexi Marinade, Tay’s Baja Marinade, etc.) (We used Baja-What we had)

Sweet Potatoes, diced small
Oil
Dried Oregano

Shredd. Cheese (Pepper Jack and/or Cheddar)
Sweet Red Pepper Hummus

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  Citrus Avocado Salsa (Stems from our Citrus Avocado Sauce):
1 RIPE Avocado (Darker=More Ripe), mooshed
1.5c Tomato, chopped, or more to taste
1c-1.5c canned Black Beans IN LIME W/JALAPENO, drained.
1/2c Corn
1/4c Red Onions, chopped
2T 100% Pulp Free Orange Juice
1/2T Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
1tsp White Wine Vinegar
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Cumin
1tsp Dried Oregano
1/4tsp Dried Mint
1/4tsp Sea Salt

I marinaded Vegis for about 4 hours. I used Baja, but, any Mexi Style Marinade works. I even thought about Herb and Garlic. But, have yet to try.
Citrus Avocado Salsa: Mix up everything from Orange Juice to Sea Salt. Add in Avocado. Mix. Then, add in rest of Salsa Ingredients. Mix. Cover and place in fridge til use.
I decided to cook Sweet Potatoes, separately to keep a separate flavor. Place in Foil. Toss with a LITTLE Oil (I used Avocado. Olive works). Sprinkle nice amount of Oregano on it. I grilled.
In separate Foil, I wrapped up Marinated Vegis. I grilled.
Serve on Shells/Wraps of Choice with Sweet Red Pepper Hummus, Marinated Vegis, Citrus Avocado Salsa, Sweet Potatoes, and Shredded Cheese.
Optional: Roll taco/wrap. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Skillet. Brown each side. Sprinkle with Garlic Powder.

 * Notes: Meat? You can choose to Marinade just Meat and cook Vegis on side (With the Sweet Potatoes, Oil, Oregano). Or, Marinade Meat, toss over Vegis in a Butter Sprayed Pan. And, bake… But, it was nice out… So, wanted to find a reason to Grill! Many ways to cook. Whatever works for you.
Or, serve Salsa as Dip!
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A MUST TRY! Tay’s Pork-wiches with Tay’s Chimi Sauce

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AMAZING Marinade complimented with an AMAZING Sauce! You will not regret this Recipe (So, make EXACTLY As-Is). So Tasty, we’re making this AGAIN… TONIGHT! Leftover Meat? We melted Pepper Jack Cheese over top and topped with Sunny Side Up Eggs with Side of Toast and Salsa for Breakfast!

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This Recipe Stems from our Best Dead Cow Marinade: Here

Bone-In Pork Chop Marinade
(Or, Steak. Pork’s BEST!):

3T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3T Soy Sauce
2T Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
2T Worcestershire Sauce
1tsp Regular Mustard
1T Garlic Powder
1tsp Onion Powder
1.5T Dried Basil
1/2tsp Course Black Pepper
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder

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Tay’s Chimi Sauce
(Chimichurri- USE THIS!):

1T EVOO
6T Mayo
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1T White Wine Vinegar
2T Balsamic Vinegar
2T Dried Cilantro
1tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/4tsp Cumin
1/4tsp Pepper
1tsp Dried Oregano
A lil shy 1/4tsp Sea Salt

Buns/Wraps of Choice (Also, AMAZING on Softshells the next day!)
Shredded Moz. Cheese
Toppings: Onions, sliced thin. Fresh Tomatoes or Pico (I used fresh tom.)

Evenly coat Chops with Marinade and Marinade about 5 hours. Mix Tay’s Chimi Sauce Ingredients, set in fridge til use.
BEST on Charcoal Grill (Tastes amazing if done right. If it tastes like Smoke… You are NOT doing it right!). Or cook in skillet… Just cook the Meat! 
Once cooked, allow to set a minute, covered. Thin Slice cooked Meat. Lay flat and top with Shredded Cheese and melt. Add to Buns/Wraps with Toppings of choice.
(Some topped with A LITTLE Ketchup on one Bun Slice, then Chimi Sauce on Other Bun Slice. Fresh Tomato Sliced. Red Onion Slices. Some liked it with no Ketchup, just Chimi Sauce).
 – Also, an Optional Topping: Dried Oregano seasoned Mushrooms sauteed w/ Butter Spray or Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I skipped.
LEFTOVERS?  Melt Cheese over Meat (I used PepperJack). Top Meat with Sunny Side Up Eggs. Serve with Toast and a lil Salsa on side! (I skipped Chimi Sauce).


Skillet Tip: Lightly Oil or Spray pan. Get to a nice heat, to a SIZZLE. Sear Pork on each side about 3-4 minutes, or til done. Allow to set a few minutes.
Charcoal Grilling Tip: We build a hill in center of grill. Light charcoal (We use Regular Charcoal for above recipe). Once coals are ashy grey, they are ready. Place on food, on outside of hill of charcoal. Prop Grill Open, using a Slightly crushed pop can. Chicken tip: Lay Chicken on outer part of grill (Outside hill). Once Chicken isn’t sticking to grate, so much, it’s ready to flip. Flip once, that’s it. Cook til Thermometer reads correct temp.
AVOID TOO MANY FLIPS. Allow meats to sizzle once it hits grill. Seal that side, flip. Seal other side. Locks in Moisture! Also, Meat cooks as it sits!

AMAZING TayBQ Chicken

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Chicken Marinade (4-5 Hours):
Bone in Chicken, skin removed!
4T White Vinegar
1tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1.5T McCormick’s Grill Mates BBQ Season

A Good Honey BBQ Sauce

Marinade Chicken. Grill or Bake (If baking, I cover for half the time. With foil.). When just about done. Brush generously with BBQ (Enough time in advance to allow to caramelize, if grilling.). Allow to set a minute or two. EAT!

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Spicy Grilled Gumbo and Rice with Black Eyed Peas

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Chicken Marinade (I used Bone-In/Skin Removed):
2T White Vinegar
1T Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 McCormick’s Grill Mates Baja Citrus Packet
1T Cajun Seasoning
1tsp Creole Seasoning
1tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Pepper
2 Dried Bay Leaves

1/2 lb. Shrimp (Add shrimp to Marinade last hour!)
1/2 lb. Turkey Kielbasa (Or Link of Choice)

Corn on Cob, 1/3cut
1c Fingerling Potatoes, diced
1c Sweet Potatoes, diced
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers, halved
Onions
Mushrooms
1T Garlic, minced (I Believe I forgot!)
Asparagus (Optional)
1c Celery (Optional, I skipped)
– Sauce:
1 can Tomato Soup (*See Notes)
1tsp Lemon Juice
1/4tsp Paprika
1/4tsp Dill Weed
1tsp Worcestershire (Optional)
1/2can Tomato Paste (Optional)

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Serve with side of Rice:
2c Rice
2 Chicken Broth Cubes, crushed + 2c Water
1/2-1 can Black Eyed Peas, drained

I used Bone In Chicken and Removed the Skin. Add to ziploc bag. Toss with Vinegar and Louisiana Hot Sauce. Then, add in rest. Mix Around. Marinade 4-6 hours. LAST 30 MINUTES, ADD Shrimp to Marinade.
We charcoal grilled in foil pan: Butter Flavor Cooking Spray pan. Add in Vegis.
PREMIX Sauce. Pour over Vegis. Top with Link, then Chicken and Shrimp. Covering is optional.
Served with Side of Rice with Black Eyed Peas: Crush Broth Cubes, Add to Water and stir. Add Rice. I microwaved. Once cooked, mix in 1/2-1 can drained Black Eyed Peas.

Notes: You can try with Stewed Tomatoes, in place of Tomato Soup. You can also try Tomato Sauce, etc. I liked as was. Am leaving it.
ALSO, if Charcoal grilling: Try to make sure Coals are Level to level out heat. And, You can USE A LIL WATER to Help with Bottom Burning too Much! We did NOT have this problem, and did NOT need Water, but, your Choice! Or, you can choose to dilute the Tomato Soup.

PRECOOKED PHOTO:
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Chipotle Chicken with Citrus Avocado Sauce

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Eat As Chipotle Chicken topped with Citrus Avocado Sauce. Or, Shred and have yourself a Man-wich topped with Citrus Avocado Sauce! However you choose, these are AMAZINGLY Tasty!

 – Chicken Marinade (Don’t add to Chicken, yet!):
1 can Chipotle in Adobo, I halved Peppers
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
2T Lime Juice (100% Fridge Kind)
2T Brown Sugar
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4c Heavy Whipping Cream

 – Citrus Avocado Sauce:
2 RIPE Avocados
2T 100% Pulp Free Orange Juice
1.5tsp Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
1tsp White Wine Vinegar
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Cumin
1tsp Dried Oregano
1/4tsp Dried Mint
1/4tsp Sea Salt


PREMIX Marinade, DON’T ADD TO CHICKEN, yet! I halved Chipotle Peppers. Premix Sauce Ingredients. RESERVE 2T Marinade (For later mixing). Place in fridge til use.
I cut shallow slits into chicken, so marinade can get in there. Marinade Chicken (I used Bone In and removed Skin). Marinade 4-6 hours. Best on Charcoal Grill. Even Grill the Chipotle Peppers! They are GREAT!

– Regular Chicken Breast topped with Citrus Sauce: Brush on Reserved Marinade. Top with Citrus Avocado Sauce. Eat. Don’t forget to Serve with Those Chipotle Peppers.

– Sandwiches: Shred up Chicken and Remove Bones. Mix in Reserved Marinade. Top onto Sandwich with: Mayo/Miracle Whip, Tomato, and Optional Coleslaw Topper
Toppings (If sandwich/Burger): Tomato, Onions, Miracle Whip/Mayo, and:
Optional Coleslaw Topper:
2c Coleslaw Mix (Cabbage Carrot Mix, NOT SAUCE)
3/4c Lite Sour Cream
1tsp Dried Cilantro, minced
1/8tsp Garlic Powder (OPTIONAL)
Small Splash of Lime Juice (Fridge Concentrate kind)
1/8-1/4tsp Sea Salt

Marinaded Grilled Vegis

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1 bottle Lawry’s Steak and Chop Marinade
2 pkg. Mushrooms

Corn on Cobs, cut into 1/3 pieces
Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
Onions
Fingerling Potatoes
Fresh Asparagus
Fresh Cut Carrots (I used crinkle cut)

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray
Course Black Pepper
For Serving (Optional, choose): Sour Cream, Salsa, Ketchup, Prepped Horseradish Sauce, Steak Sauce.

Gently Wash and Marinade JUST the Mushrooms About 2 hours. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Aluminum Pan. Line bottom with Asparagus, add in Rest, TOPPING with Mushrooms last. Sprinkle with Pepper. Best on Charcoal Grill. Cook til soft. Tossing occasionally, we only needed to do once. Optional to serve with Sauce or Nothing.
We like it alone. Some like it with Sour Cream and Salsa. Some, Horseradish. Some Ketchup and Sour Cream. Some Steak Sauce and Sour Cream. 

Notes: You can amp this up with Meats. But, we wanted a Vegi Dish. Was AWESOME!

Tay’s Baja Chicken

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Great Alone, on Tacos, for Salads (As we did), or over Rice (Mexi)! Amazing LOW CALORIE, LOW CARBOHYDRATES Chicken! AWESOME Flavor!!!

Marinade (I believe I did 1.5-2 lbs.- 6hrs):
1 McCormick’s Grill Mates Baja Citrus Marinade Pkt.
2T White Vinegar
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Chipotle Powder

Add Marinade and Chicken to ziploc bag. Mix. Marinade about 6 hours. BEST ON CHARCOAL GRILL! Eat Alone, on Tacos, or, as we did, on Salads (To desired consistency):

Lettuce
Radish, sliced THIN (Optional)
Mushrooms
Red Onion, slivered
Carrots, matchsticked
Hard Boiled Eggs
Tomatoes
Canned Black Beans WITH Jalapeno IN Lime, drained
Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing
Seasoned Texas Toast Croutons
Optionals (I skipped): Avocado, Mexi Corn/Corn, Sweet Bell Peppers

Mexi Elote Chicken N Rice Bake

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Amazing take on the Elote, Mexican Street Corn. Be sure to read notes for options.

Tay’s Mexi Marinaded Chicken, uncooked (Recipe below. See notes)

2c + 1/4c Instant White Rice
2 Chicken Broth Cubes, crushed + 2c Water
1 can Southwestern Corn (Pepper/Onion kind), drained
1 can Mild Jalapeno LIME Black Beans, drained
1 Onion
Optional (I did 1c each): Sweet Mini Bell Peppers, Mushrooms

1 can Sweet Creamed Corn (*See Notes)
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
2T Mayo
1/4tsp Dried Cilantro

To top (1/2way through cooking):
Sprinkle Mexi Cheese
Sprinkle Parm. Cheese

Marinade thawed Chicken 4-6hours (See notes).
Mix together Creamed Corn, Chili Powder, Garlic, Paprika, and Mayo. Set aside.
Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Baking Dish. Dump in Rice and Water. Sprinkle over Crushed Broth Cubes. Stir. Add in Corn, drained Black Beans, Onions, and Peppers/Mushrooms (If using).. Stir in Creamed Corn Sauce. Top with Marinaded Chicken.
Cover with Foil. Bake about 425 for about 35minutes. Remove Foil, cut up Chicken, slight stir. Top with Shredded Cheese and good sprinkle Parmesan Cheese. Bake, uncovered, for about 10-15 more minutes. Serve with Salsa and Sour Cream!

*** NOTES: Use 2 cans Creamed Corn instead of 1, and choose to skip Southwestern Corn.
CHICKEN and Marinade IS OPTIONAL! You can just make this an Elote Corn and Rice without meat. Or, use Plain, unmarinaded, Chicken. Or, use your favorite Mexi Marinade/Meat. So, Marinading Step is optional!


Tay’s Mexi Chicken Marinade (4-6hours. *See notes):
About 1-1.5 Chicken Breast, thawed
1 Taco Season Packet
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Cumin
1tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 Dried Bay Leaves, halved
3T Lime Juice (Fridge 100% kind)

Creole Crab and Potato Salad

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Cooking Potatoes:
5 Potatoes (I used Golddust, what I had.)
1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2T TONY’S Creole Seasoning
1/4tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Sea Salt

Sauce:
3/4c Miracle Whip
1/2tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Lemon Juice
1tsp Paprika
1tsp Mustard
1.5-2T Sweet Relish

3T REAL Bacon Pieces
4T Celery, minced
4T Sweet MINI Bell Peppers, chopped.
2T Onions, minced
1c Crab (I used imitation… I’m cheap!)

Boiled Eggs, sliced
Shredded Cheese

For HEAT Optional Adds: Louisiana Hot Sauce (Or, to top each Bowl), Minced Jalapenoes (Or, to top each bowl), Cayenne, Red Pepper Flakes

Cube Potatoes. Add Potatoes to ziploc bag. Add half Oil. Shake. Add in HALF Pepper, Creole, and Salt, shake. Add in Rest of Oil, then Season, shake. I allow to set/marinade 30minutes. Grill in Foil. (Or bake how desired).
I premake Sauce, and set aside til use. You can eat this salad warmed or cooled. If cooled (As most are): Grill or Bake Potatoes. Set into fridge to cool some. Mix with Sauce, stir in Vegis, NO LONGER THAN 30 minutes prior to serving. Top with Egg Slices and Shredded Cheese.

Optional to sprinkle top of Cheese, LIGHTLY, with Lawry’s Seasonal Salt, or More Creole. (I SKIPPED the extra salting).

Notes: I add Sauce close to serving time, due to Potatoes Eating Up Sauce. More flavorful that way.

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Mexi Cumin Chicken, Rice, and Beans

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Eat as is, with Toppings. Or, as we did, as BURRITOS!

Chicken
Chicken Marinade:
1T White Vinegar
1T + 1tsp 100% Avocado Oil
1tsp Lime Juice (100% Fridge Kind)
1T Cumin Powder
1tsp Chili Powder
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Chipotle Powder

1 + 1/4c Minute Rice
1 + 1/4c Water
1 Chicken Broth Cube, crushed
1-2T Taco Sauce (I used 1T)
1 can Black Beans w/ Jalapeno in LIME, drained

Toppings: tTt’s Pico, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce, Taco Sauce
Soft Shells (If tacos)

Marinade Chicken 5-6 hours. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray a baking dish. Lay in Rice, Water, Sprinkle over Crushed Broth Cube, stir in Taco Sauce. Stir in Drained Black Beans. Top with Chicken. Bake at about 425-450 about 35 minutes (Til Chicken is done). Cut up Chicken. Mix into Rice. Serve on Soft Shells with Pico, Sour Cream, Cheese, Lettuce, Taco Sauce. Enjoy! OR… Eat as is, topped with Toppings, skipping Shells.
Optional Step: Roll up Toppings in Soft Shells. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray skillet. Brown each side of Burritos.

Chicken Ranchinade N Vegis

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This is an AMAZING Low Calorie Meal. That’s not only BENEFICIAL with Beans and Sweet Potato, BUT, AMAZING in Flavor. Great Chicken Marinade. EASY TO MAKE! This can be cooked Many A Ways! Even on Hot Camp Fire Coals! Eat as is. Or, topped with Salsa, Sour Cream, Cheese, and FRITOS. Or, on Shells for Tacos! Just Check Below for more options.

Chicken Marinade:
Ranch Packet (I used Hidden Valley)
1/2tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1T Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind)
2T Red Wine Vinegar
1tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
1tsp Chili Powder
1T Jalapeno, deseed, minced

About 3/4can Black Beans, drained
Sweet Potato, diced
1/2Pkg. Sweet MINI Bell Peppers
3/4 Large White Onions
1 RIPE Avocado, diced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Or Butter Spray)
Dried Oregano

Rice: 2c Rice, 2c Water, 1-2 Vegetable Broth Cubes (1-2c worth)

Marinade Chicken, in ziploc bag, about 4-6 hours (I believe I did 5hr).
Place Vegis into Foil. Drizzle about 1/2tsp-1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil over them. Season, WELL, with Oregano. Wrap Tightly. Place on grill a little before Chicken.
Grill Chicken SEPARATELY, right on grate.
Cook Rice in Broth (I do in Microwave, covered. Stirring half way).
Eat as is. On Shells… Optional to serve topped with SHREDDED CHEESE, SOUR CREAM, and SALSA, (EVEN Frito Chips). Most liked mixing Chicken, Rice, and Vegis together. A few liked it separate.

Cooking Option: Can be Baked! Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Baking Dish. Lay in Vegis. Top with Chicken. Cook Rice in Microwave or Stove Top (Can even stir Rice, Water, Crushed Broth Cube(s) in with Vegis for Baking). Cover with Foil. Bake til Chicken is done. Serve over Rice.
TRY IN FOILS on Hot Camp Fire Coals for EASY CAMPING MEAL!

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EnfrijoTAYdas (Enfrijoladas)

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Another Mexi Chicken Marinade:
2T White Vinegar
2T Soy Sauce
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1T+1tsp Cumin
1T Montreal Steak Seasoning
2tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Onion Powder

Bean Sauce:
1can Refried Beans
3/4c Broth (Chicken or Beef) (Water can be used or 1/2-1/2)
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Onion Powder
Optional: 1/2T canned Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, mince (Or, 1/4tsp Chipotle Powder), or to taste

Mushrooms, chopped
1/2 can Southwestern Corn (Bell Pepper kind)
Onions, chopped
Dried Oregano
Good Splash of Soy Sauce

Corn Shells
Sargento’s Artisan Blend Shredded Mexican Cheese (Queso+Mexi types)

Marinade and Cook Chicken (Charcoal Grill IS BEST!), shred. I also grilled the Vegis, in foil, separately with a lil Oil (1/2tsp), seasoned well with Oregano, and a good few splashes of Soy Sauce.
Bean mix: Simmer in sauce pan a few minutes, to blend nicely.
(For flexibility, place Corn Shells inbetween lightly damped paper towels. Microwave few second til more flexible). Fill with Chicken, Vegis, and a lil Cheese. Roll. I use toothpicks to hold in place. Top with Bean mix, then, Queso/Cheese. Bake, uncovered. I did about 425-450 for about 15-18minutes.

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