Enchilada Bake (No Tortillas)



This was good as a dip – I used Pita chips…very multicultural!


1 rotisserie chicken, diced

2 large bell peppers, diced

1 large onion, diced

1 jar Enchilada Sauce

2 c. grated mixican cheese

1/4 c. chopped green onions


Preheat the oven to 350.

Saute the onions and peppers in some olive oil until all the liquid has been absorbed and the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with the chicken.

Top with the cooked peppers and onions.

Pour enchilada sauce on top.

Top with cheese and green onions.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.



Corned Beef in a Crock Pot


IMG_0254Easy and delicious!


6 carrots, cut into chunks

2 onions, chopped

3 lb. corned beef brisket with seasoning packet – RINSED

12 oz. beer

2 T. yellow mustard (or 1 T. Dijon)

1/4 c. brown sugar

1 c water

1 cabbage, cut into wedges


Combine carrots and onions in a crock pot. Place the corned beef in and sprinkle the seasoning packet over it. Pour beer over the brisket and spread mustard on top. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and water. Pour it over the brisket. Cover and cook on low for about 9 hours (or until fork tender).

Remove the brisket and keep warm. Add the cabbage to the crock pot and cook for about 30 minutes.

Return the brisket to the crock pot and warm it up altogether.

Slice the brisket thinly and serve with the vegetables and mustard on the side.

Pork Chops with Vermouth and Capers



Really good but be really careful not to overcook the pork chops!

10 Weight Watchers Smart Points

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

4 boneless center cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)

1 c. thinly sliced shallots (about 2 shallots)

2 T. butter

1/2 c. vermouth

1/4 c. chicken broth

2 T. capers, rinsed



Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the pork chops and cook until browned on both sides. Cook until the chops register 145. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add the shallots and 1 T. butter to the skillet. Cook until the shallots and soft and golden.

Add the vermouth and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half. Add the chicken broth and capers. Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the parsley and remaining 1 T. butter and stir until the butter has melted. Serve over the pork chops.

10 Smart Points

Sheet Pan Steak with Salsa Verde




1 lb. steak

1 lb. broccoli florets

1 medium red onion, cut into wedges

1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

3 T. red wine vinegar

Chopped fresh oregano

1 T. rinsed capers

1/4 t. red pepper flakes


Preheat the broiler. Heat up a sheet pan. Season the steak with salt and pepper.

Add some olive oil to the hot pan. Add the steak to the pan. Broil for 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven. Turn the steak over. Add 1 T. of oil to pan around the steak. Arrange the broccoli and the onion evenly around the steak. Sprinkle the vegetables with some salt and pepper.

Return the pan to the oven. Broil until the steak’s internal temperature reaches 140. Remove the steak and cover it.

Continue cooking the vegetables until they are tender and lightly charred.

Whish together some salt, 1/4 olive oil, parlsey, vinegar, oregano, capers and red pepper flakes. Cut the steak in thin slices. Spoon the parsley mixture evenly over the steak. Serve with the vegetable mixture.

Chorizo & Bell Pepper Tacos



8 oz. ground pork

2 oz. Mexican chorizo, sliced

3 c. sliced onions

2 c. sliced peppers

1/2 t. cumin

1/2 t. chili powder




Red onions

Queso fresco




Cook the pork and chorizo until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

In the same pan, add the onions, peppers, cumin, chili powder and salt. Cook until tender. Return pork mixture to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.

Serve in a tortilla and top with the various toppings.


Chicken Cacciatore

cacci14top[1]This was excellent and would be great to cook in the pizza oven, too.
  • 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs, with bones and skinned
  • 8oz. mixed mushrooms, like crimini and shiitake
  • Dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and softened in water (reserve water)
  • 1 onion, diced medium
  • 1 small yellow and red pepper, diced medium
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, shaved
  • pitted kalamata olives, a large handful
  • 1 cup porcini mushroom water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Assorted herbs, parsley, basil, oregano and thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and sprinkled oregano.
  2. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet, drizzled with olive oil.
  3. Place chicken skin side down and do not move it until it reaches a deep golden brown and it’s easy to turn, brown other side for a few minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a few twigs of thyme, saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add wine and let it reduce.
  6. Add mushroom water and marinara sauce.
  7. Toss in 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil.
  8. Place the chicken back into the pan and sink into the juices.
  9. Simmer on low, stove top, for a couple of hours or until chicken falls off the bone. Uncovered.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  11. Serve with cooked pasta, polenta or warm crusty bread.

Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms




Chicken thighs

Baby bello mushroom, thinly sliced

White wine


Green onions, chopped



Cook the mushrooms in some olive oil until done. Remove to plate.

In the hot pan, brown the chicken thighs well on both sides. Deglaze with some white wine.

Add some broth and reduce the heat. Cover and cook until done.

Return the mushrooms to the pan. Turn the heat up to high to evaporate most of the liquid. Make a sludge of water and flour. Add to the pan.

Add the green onion and stir to combine well.