Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yummy Quesadilla!

So this is obviously a really simple recipe, but for a college student on the go, or anyone else that is in need of a quick, but yummy, meal, it's perfect! One of my roommates brought a Quesadilla maker, and needless to say, it has been a huge hit!! Last night I was craving one, so I put a little bit of a twist on a typical cheese quesadilla. I thought it was yummy, so I thought i'd share it with you all!

(I only used one tortilla, but just double it for a full quesadilla)

1 flour tortilla
1 spoonful of TOSTITOS® Creamy Southwestern Ranch Dip (SO yummy!)
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used the mexican blend from Kraft..I think)
About 6 pieces of grilled chicken strips

Cut flour tortilla in half. On one half, put the grilled chicken strips across it, and sprinkle cheese over chicken (more or less depending on what you like). One the other half of the tortilla, spread the spoonful of the Ranch Dip evenly. Put this part of the tortilla on top of the one with the chicken and cheese, and place carefully on Quesadilla maker (or whatever device you use to make quesadillas), and cook until nice and crunchy! Enjoy!

Cindy's Yummy Banana Bread

I love banana bread! I'd say it's one of my favorite baked goods. So when I tried Cindy's banana bread, I couldn't resist asking for the recipe! She gave us some when I came back down from visiting her and AJ once, and my roommates all LOVED it! I made some the other day, and although I don't think it was as good as when Cindy made it, but it seemed to be a hit. It was baking during ward prayer, which is done in the lobby of my building, and some of the boys from my FHE group stampeded (no exaggeration) in, to get some! Unfortunately it wasn't done so they had to wait, but it turned out yummy! I give Cindy all credit for this delicious bread :)

3 eggs
1 C. Oil (veg)
2 1\2 C. Sugar
1 TBS. vanilla (I put about 1.5 because I like lot)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1\4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon (more or less depending how much you want it to be cinnamony)
3 C. flour
3-4 bananas (they don't have to be really old, but they are easier to mix in
when they are softer)
1 1\2 cups chocolate chips if desired, that was my first time using chocolate
chips, if you don't want it to be so sugary then you can leave them out, the
bread is good without it, too!

or if you want it to be zucchini bread, shred 2-3 zucchini's and omit the

Put all ingredients in a bowl in that order, and mix with kitchen aid mixer, hand mixer
or spoon. Bake at 325 and 60-70 minutes.

Note: The batter will either fit into one regular sized bunt pan, or two bread pans.
Plan accordingly!


Mom's Famous Lasagna!

By far one of my favorite meals that my mom makes his her lasagna! Honestly, it's probably the best I've ever had, and I'm totally not being biased! I made it for my friends the other day, and my friend Cortney, who doesn't ever like lasagna, loved it! I figured I'd post this on my blog so I can have it handy someday (Once I get enough recipes on here, I'm gonna turn it into a blog book recipe book!). This lasagna is the best you'll probably ever have, so I recommend making it!

Mom's Famous Lasagna
Brown together: one pound lean ground beef, one pound Italian sausage
Add dried onions or real chopped onions if desired
Drain meat if necessary
Add one can spaghetti sauce, one large can tomato sauce, one large can water
Add Italian seasoning, lemon pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt (a couple shakes of each)
Bring to a low boil, turn down heat and simmer as long as you want, but about half an hour is right
Bring large pot to a rolling boil, add about 12 lasagna noodles, cook until tender (see box to find out how long)
When noodles are done, drain in colander and rinse in cool water.
Spray 8 1/2 by 11 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Place a layer of noodles in bottom of dish.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese over noodles
Cover noodles with a layer of sauce
Cover with grated cheese (I use a colby/mozzarella mixture)
Repeat two times
Layer two additional, shorter noodles across top
Cover with parmesan cheese, and then mozzarella cheese if you have it, combo cheese if that's all your have
Cover with alumninum foil.
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.
Remove aluminum foil and bake 10 minutes longer
Let cool about ten or fifteen minutes.
Cut and serve. Enjoy! Yum--it sounds so good!!