Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easy Breezy Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

So today me and the girls went shopping....again. Since we left home kinda late today, I knew that it would be even later once we returned home. Too late for me to wanna do any serious cooking. So I thought today would be the perfect day to make shrimp alfredo for the first time. And I came up with a super easy way to make it. And it goes a lil' sumthin like this.......

The players...aka the ingredients
a 12 oz. pkg. of medium shrimp
1/2 of a 16 oz. pkg. of fettuccine noodles
1 jar(15 oz.) of Bertolli Garlic Alfredo sauce
4 tablespoons of butter or margarine
garlic powder
Parmesan cheese
lemon zest

...whew...hope I didn't leave anything out

I forgot to time the entire process, but this couldn't have taken anymore than 30 minutes total. My family LOVED this!!!! Even my 2 year old daughter! The only one who didn't get to partake was my 7 month old...for obvious reasons.

The reason this recipe is so easy is because a lot of the work is done for you. I mean hey you don't have to make every meal entirely from scratch. So the shrimp was the best part. When you buy them from the supermarket, they come frozen in a bag. They have already been cleaned, deveined, and cooked. So all you have to do to them is defrost them.

You defrost the shrimp according to the directions on the package. Once they are defrosted, go ahead and prepare the fettuccine noodles according to the directions on their package. While the noodles are cooking, melt 2 tablespoons in a skillet. Then pour the shrimp in the skillet on top of the butter. Pour 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder over the shrimp. Then "saute" the shrimp in the butter and seasonings for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat on them after 3 minutes and wait for the noodles to finish cooking. Once the noodles are done, drain them and return them to their pot. Then pour the shrimp from the skillet onto the noodles. Next pour the alfredo sauce onto the noodles and shrimp. Then zest half of a lemon into that pot. If you do not have any lemons on hand to zest, then you may omit the lemon zest from the recipe. I really just added it because citrus goes well with seafood and I was trying to use up a lemon. Next stir everything up until it is well combined. Then turn the heat down on low and let everything simmer for a few minutes. Voila!!!   Easy, breezy shrimp fettuccine alfredo!!! I hope you and your family enjoy this dish as much as my family and I did!!!

Here's a pic...

Oh and that pretty little's just some ginger ale in a wine glass. I cut up 2 strawberries and put them in the drink. I also sliced 1 strawberry and put it on the lip of the glass. Fancy huh? I just wanted to feel like I was drinking wine.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Taco Parfait

So yesterday my baby girls and I were out shopping for a few hours and it was kinda late when we got home. My boo was already home from work. So I decided to whip up something quick for dinner. Tacos. Well I actually decided this while we were shopping because I knew that I was not gonna feel like putting together an extravagant dinner.

While I was in the store getting the remaining items that I would need to make the tacos, I decided to get nacho ingredients too. You see I make some great nachos using taco seasoning and some other things. Making either tacos or nachos is a very simple thing. The only thing you have to cook is the meat. I usually use ground beef or ground chuck. Yesterday I used ground round. All of these things are beef. The chuck and round just have lower fat content than the beef. If you prefer, you can use ground turkey.

The taco parfaits are basically a combinations of my tacos and nachos.

  • 1 pound package of ground beef, chuck, round, or turkey
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • seasoning salt(optional)
  • onion powder(optional)
  • tomato sauce(optional)
  • shredded cheese
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • lettuce, chopped or shredded
  • sour cream
  • taco sauce
  • tortillia chips, crushed
  • 1 jar of Tostidos cheese dip
Cook the ground beef in a large skillet until all traces of pink are gone. Move around with a wooden spoon or a plastic spatula frequently so that the meat will be in small pieces. While the meat is cooking, I prepare the veggies. I chop the tomatoes and lettuce. I also sit the other ingredients out on the counter so that everyone can add what they like. Drain the fat, leaving the meat in the skillet. Pour in the packet of taco seasoning. Add the amount of water that the packet says to add. If desired, pour in half of the can of tomato sauce. Stir until combined well. Heat until it comes to a boil. Turn heat down to a simmer. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. At this point, sometimes I add some of the cheese dip to the meat mixture. You can do this if you like.

Now your work is done. Time to enjoy and put everyone else to work. This is how I assemble mine. Place some lettuce on the bottom of your bowl. Next put some tomatoes on top of that. Then add some meat and some shredded cheese. Next add some taco sauce. Then put the sour cream on top of that. Finally add the tortillia chips on the top. If you like and if your bowl is big enough, you can layer the ingredients again. My family and I enjoyed this!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Getting Started

Cooking is something that I love to do. It is also something that I am pretty good at. A dream of mine is to own my very own restaurant one day. So let it begin with this. I recently started my first blog....about a month or so ago. It's just my feelings and opinion on random things. Then I said to myself, self what are you good at? What are you passionate about? Cooking....

So here goes.....I will be sharing recipes, pictures of those dishes, my thoughts on thoughts on them and so on. I hope you enjoy.