Tay’s Cowboy Burger topped with Tay’s Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce

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1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 lb Ground Pork Sausage
1T-1.5T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning (I did 1)
1tsp Chili Powder
1/4tsp Chipotle Powder
1/4tsp Cocoa Powder
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/2tsp Pepper
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1T Green Onions, minced

Buns

Toppings: PEPPERED BACON, Fried Onions, Tomato, Jalapeno,
Provolone or Velveeta Jalapeno Cheese, Mustard/Ketchup,
and Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce:
4T Mayo
1T Jalapeno, minced, or more to taste
3/4tsp McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning, or more to taste
1/8tsp Brown Sugar
1/4tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Lemon Juice
1tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce

Premix Burger Mix (First 11 Ingredients). Marinade 1 hour in fridge. Premix Sauce Ingredients, place in fridge til use. Nicely Pepper Bacon Slices. I Bake til crispy. Set aside, covered, til use. Grill Burgers (Awesome on Charcoal Grill, if done right). Right off the Grill, top with Cheese (I used Velveeta Jalapeno Cheese, not a lot, just enough). Top with Bacon and other Toppings. Be sure to use Tay’s Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce! With FRIED ONIONS, Tomatoes, More Jalapenos, and optional: Ketchup/Mustard (I did Ketchup/Mustard on one Bun, and loaded the Cowboy Jalapeno Sauce on the other Bun).

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Mexican BBQd Legs (Chipotle BBQ Legs) with CRISPY Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries

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Chicken Legs, Skin Removed

Sauce:
1/3c CHIPOTLE Honey BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays)
1.5tsp Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
1/2T Brown Sugar
1/4-1/2tsp Chipotle Powder (I did 1/4tsp)

Optional Marinade (I Skipped):
3T Vinegar (Optional)
1T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning (Optional)

Optional Step (I SKIPPED). Marinade Chicken Legs: Add skinned Legs to Ziploc Bag. Add in Vinegar, shake around. Add in half BBQ Seasoning, shake. Add in other half, shake. Marinade ONE HOUR! That’s it.

Premix BBQ Sauce (Depending on how many legs you are cooking, you may need to double the batch, or so.) Set aside. GRILL Legs (Best on Charcoal Grill, if you know how to do it correctly! Grill Tip Below.). Near end, Brush BBQ Sauce on Legs, flip. Allow to cook a minute or two. Brushing BBQ on other side. Then, flip. Cook a minute or two, allowing to caramelize.
Optional: Add 1/8tsp Cinnamon Powder to Sauce Recipe. I skipped, AND I skipped Marinade. Still was AMAZING! 

CRISPY Sweet Potato Fries:
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Sweet Potato, cut to fry size
Cold Water

Crisco Oil/ Deep Fryer

Seasoning: 
1 Beef Broth Cube, CRUSHED
1tsp Cajun Seasoning
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Mustard Powder
1/2tsp Pepper
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Dried Dill Weed
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder
1/8tsp Sea Salt

Cut Sweet Potato to desired Fry Size. Place in bowl of Cold Water, place in fridge for about 20minutes. Prep Seasoning in a bowl. Gently and Quickly, Pat dry. At about 350-400, deep fry for about 6 minutes, or til LIGHTLY browned. Place onto paper toweled plate. Finish up batches. THEN, go back to first batch and RE-DEEP FRY for another few minutes. Place onto paper toweled plate and season well with Seasoning, I had leftover seasoning, so, DON’T USE ALL.

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. Prop Grill Open, using a Slightly crushed pop can, ON IT’S SIDE. 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 (Unless applying Sauce and Thickening the Sauce, that’s more flipping). Cook til Thermometer reads correct temp. 

2Liter Plant Protection

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YAY! Another Artistic Drawing from Yours Truly!

It’s hard for most bugs or animals to get around, through, the plastic. Add Two Way Tape  for extra protection! Also, great for ORGANIC GARDENING! Upcycles trash! Collects water and directs it to where it’s needed. Easy watering.
Either Cut and place around plant. Burying some. (Can tape back up to secure, but, dirt helps hold it in place.)
Or, Bury some, add in dirt. Plant Seed! Roots will find their way.
USE A RED BOTTLE FOR TOMATOES! Also, cutting off the end, to make the hole larger (Twist end), works for fitting in roots. I would suggest cutting a larger hole. I drew the twist top to show it’s a Bottle.
For more Gardening Great Ideas, check out: Our Gardening Post (Click)

Tay’s Fall Pork-wiches served with (Optional) Mustard Sauce

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Great Fall Time Man-wich! Get your Eat On!

1.5 lb PORK Roast (Or More)

2c Apple Cider (Essential Everyday 100% Juice-Apple CIDER)
2 Beef Broth Cubes, crushed
1/4tsp Hickory Liquid Smoke
1.5-2tsp Brown Sugar (I did 2)
1tsp Cinnamon Powder (Don’t Skip!)
1/2tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
3/4 Med. Onion
1/2T Garlic Cloves, minced

1/3c Reserved Crock Juices (After Cooking), or more to taste
1/4-1/3c HONEY BBQ Sauce (Later adding)

Buns of Choice
Tay’s Mustard Sauce (Recipe below. Great Flavor Combo, try it!)

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Crock Pot. Add, and stir, Apple Cider, Broth Cubes, Smoke, Sugar, Cinnamon, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onions, and minced Garlic in Crock. Cook on Low 6-8 hours. Shred Meat. Reserve 1/3c Cooked Juices. Toss rest of Juice (OR SAVE for serving time sandwich DIPPING!).
Mix together 1/3c Reserved Juices with the Honey BBQ Sauce. Add Shredded Meat to Crock. Stir in BBQ Mixture. Cook on Warm or Low for 15-20 minutes. Serve on Buns with a drizzle of Tay’s Mustard Sauce (Recipe right below).
Leftovers are great on Soft Shell with: Tay’s Mustard Sauce, Sour Cream, Salsa, and Cheese.

Tay’s MUSTARD SAUCE Recipe:
1/4c Regular Mustard
3T Mayo
1/2tsp Brown Sugar
1/2T White Vinegar
1tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Lemon Juice
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Paprika
1/4tsp Chipotle Powder
1/4tsp Pepper
1/8tsp Sea Salt

 – CHECK OUT OUR Other Post: Get the Most of Your Roast- HERE

Chipotle Rasberry Pork-wiches

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1.5 lb Pork Roast
1c Beef Broth (I used Water + Crushed Broth Cubes)
2-3T can Chipotle in Adobo Sauce, minced, or more to taste
1/2T Garlic, minced
1/2tsp Cumin
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Pepper
(Optional, I SKIPPED, for Xtra Sweetness: 1/2tsp Brown Sugar)

Sauce (Later adding. Optional to double up on Sauce):
4T Reserved Juice from Crock (After cooking)
1/3c HONEY BBQ
1tsp Chipotle in Adobo, minced
2T Raspberry Preserve

Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Crock Pot. Add, and mix, Beef Broth, Chipotle in Adobo, Garlic, Cumin, Onion Powder, Pepper to Crock. Add in Meat. Cook on low 8 hours, turning around in juices. Shred up. Reserve 4T of Juices. Discard rest.  Mix Sauce. Add to shredded Meat. Keep on Warm or Low for about 15-20minutes. Serve on Buns of Choice.
 – CHECK OUT OUR Other Post: Get the Most of Your Roast- HERE

Hawaiian Tacos

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Chicken/ Shrimp Marinade (4-8 hours):
1-2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 lb. Shrimp, detail, devein
1/2 bottle Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade
1tsp Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tp Paprika
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
OPTIONAL: 1T Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, minced (I did)
(Reserve 4T, once done marinading)

4T Reserved Marinade
1 can Black Beans with Jalapeno in Lime, drain
1/3c Pineapple Chunks in Juice, drained

Shells of Choice
Toppings: Sour Cream, Salsa (Or tTt’s Pico), Onions (Chopped)

Marinade Chicken and Shrimp. Cut Chicken into Thin few inch slices. Detail and Devein Shrimp. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Skillet. Add in Meats. Add in 4T RESERVED Marinade. Cook. Once done. Add in drained Black Beans and Pineapple. Cook down. Add to shells of choice with Sour Cream, Tomatoes and/or Salsa, and Onions.
ALTERNATIVE:
You can amp this with skipping tacos and adding Turkey Kielbasa (Sliced). Serve over Rice (Cooked in Broth).

Tay’s Sausage FRIED BREAD and GRAVY

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Mmmm Mmmm Tasty…

Freezer Loaf  (+ Deep Fryer & Crisco Oil)

Desired Scrambled Eggs w/ Meat
– (We did Eggs (Seasoned w/ Basil, Oregano, Pepper, lil Milk, chopped Onions). Cooked with Turkey Sausage Links, cut up (Or Pork Sausage). Moz./Parm. Cheese is OPTIONAL.)

Favorite Sausage Gravy (I used canned)

I thaw 1-2 loafs.
Cook/Scramble Eggs and Sausage.
Heat Oil about 375-400. Break of pieces of Dough and stretch out to about palm size. Deep Fry (I use deep fryer grated bowl to help hold dough in oil, helping to fry flat). Brown each side, place onto paper toweled plate. Season with a Garlic Powder and a lil Garlic Salt. Top with Eggs and Sausage Mix. Pour on Gravy.

Tay’s Rocky Mountain Chili


rockychiliphotosA Great Chili Recipe. I’m using some leftovers tonight for Smoothered Burritos ANNND Smoothered Sweet Potato Fries! Check Back Soon!

1/2 – 1 lb. Bacon ENDS (1/2pkg.)
1/2-1 lb Pork Sausage (I used 1 lb.)
2tsp Jalapeno, deseed, minced
2c Med Onions
A lil shy 1c Celery
1T Fresh Garlic Cloves, minced
1T Butter (Plus, some to rub Crock)

1c Beef Broth
1c Chicken Broth
1 can diced Tomatoes (Garlic Basil Oregano), undrained
1 can diced Tomatoes WITH Green Chiles, undrained

1 can Cannellini Beans, drained
1/2T Cumin
1/2tsp Coriander
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Pepper

3T White Corn Shells (Not the hard/cooked ones), blended
Serve with: Tay’s Bread Balls

Add 1T Butter to skillet. Add in Bacon and Pork Sausage, cook. Adding in Garlic, Onions, Celery, Jalapenos. Cook down Juices. Add in Broths, cook down “Some”. Add in Tomatoes. Cook some. Butter Crock Pot. Pour in. Add in Seasons. ADD BEANS. Cook on Low 6 hours. 30 minutes before Serving, in a blender, blend shells to almost a powder. Stir 3T into Crock. Allow to set 20-30minutes. Eat!

Optional: More Chiles or 1/2tsp Green Chile Powder. I used Water + Broth Cubes to make Broth… If that matters.

Leftovers (EXACT RECIPES COMING SOON! Check Back.): I’m debating on blending Chili to smooth (That’s Optional). Using the other 1/2 pkg. of Bacon Ends, I may cook it with Pinto Beans and make Smoothered Burritos: Blend Chili, mix with Cheese, top over Bean Burritos.
I have enough for 2 meals, so then, I will use the leftover of the leftovers (Chili) for Sweet Potato Fries: Double Fry Sweet Potatoes (Or baked). Bake/Heat Cheese over tops til melted. Serve Fries with Blended Chili, Sour Cream, Tomatoes, and other toppings of chioce (Olives, Jalapenos, Onions, Beans, Shredded Lettuce, etc.).

CHECK OUT OUR OTHER CHILI RECIPES: HERE

Quicky Fruit Salad

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Needed a quicky salad with what was on hand. So, just threw this together. Great and REFRESHING for this Hot Summer’s Day!

Watermelon, cubed
1/2 Sweetner Packet
1/8tsp Sea Salt
Small Splash of Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind)
1/4c Canned Pineapple in Juice, cut up smaller
1-2 Bananas, cubed (I did 1)
Up to 1/4c Zucchini or Cucumber, peel/deseed/cube tiny (I did Zucch.)

Add Watermelon, Lemon Juice, Salt, and Sweetner. Toss. Add in rest. Toss.

Tasty QUICK and EASY Green Beans

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With MASS amounts of Green Beans growing, we were able to can a bunch, ANNND make a lot of side dishes… With MORE TO COME! We even did a green bean version of our Asparagus Recipe, here. Check them all out on our Site! Search: Green Beans

Fresh Green Beans, cut off ends
1/2T Butter

1/2 Beef Broth Cube, crushed
1/4c Water
Good Sprinkle of Minced Dried Onion Flakes
Shake of Garlic Powder
Shake of Pepper

Add Butter to Pan. Add in Beans, cover, cook some. Add in rest. Cover, COOK DOWN til juices are just about gone. Serve up this deliciousness!

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).

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

********* MAIN (Supper) MEALS: *********

– 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 or Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (We used Reg. -Essential)
1.5T BALSAMIC Vinegar (Use! Don’t skip!)
1.5T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1tsp White Sugar
1/2c jarred Roasted SWEET Red & Yellow Peppers in Marinade, chopped (Opt.)

1c Mild Cheddar or Colby Cheese Brick, cubed
1c Tomatoes, gutted and diced (We’ve used drained Basil/Oregano Tom. in pinch)
3/4c Signature Honey Ham Cubes
1 pkg. TURKEY Pepperoni Slices
1 can small/pitted Black Olives, drained well
UP TO 1/2c Red Onions, chopped or minced (Opt.)
1/3 Cucumber, peeled and cubed
1/3c Red Pepper, seeded and gutted, cubed (Opt.)

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:
Salami (Diced) in place of Ham OR, Better Yet BOTH! 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 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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*** 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 Whiskey
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!