Category: DINNER

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage Meatballs is a comfort soup at its best. Perfect for cold days, but we love it all year round. This meal definitely feeds mia famiglia very well and on the budget, if I might add. It’s rich, comforting, satisfying, a […]

Easy Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American dish made from chicken fillets or cutlets, mushrooms, garlic or onions, and Marsala wine. It is an easy yet extremely delicious way to prepare the chicken with incredibly creamy mushroom sauce. My family and I absolutely adore this dish. Well, […]

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Quick recipe for easy shrimp and grits. It is the best and one of my favourite comfort food. It also makes an amazing family dinner idea.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

When I want to make a quick meal for my family this recipe always comes to the rescue.

Well, there is always pasta, but I am trying really hard not to make pasta every other night.

I am being creative, like making breakfast for dinner. It is nothing original but it works for us.

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Since we are talking about quick and easy meals, shrimp goes well with rice, pasta or potatoes.

On the other hand, chicken, pork or beef goes very well with grits. There is always a solution when it comes to creating an amazingly delicious quick and easy dinner.

To be honest, this makes an incredible brunch food or lunch.

All you need to cut the meat into smaller pieces to cook fast. It tastes absolutely amazing with lemon and butter.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

From time to time my family gets picky around food; no runny yolks, problems with chunky pasta sauce as well as floating onions in the stew or soup, etc.

There is so much more than they do not like, but I just wanted to name a few to tell you that we just like any other family. I cook all the time and experiment so my kids would eat what I make.

I am sure that you have at least one picky eater in your house, so if there are no allergies this meal is a winner. They will lick a bowl and ask for more.

Easy Shrimp and Grits

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So traditionally grits are gluten-free, however, make sure to check because some brands like Quaker does not consider them to be gluten-free due to the possibility of cross-contamination. I am just sharing what everyone is saying.

There are other brands that are gluten-free and instant. I just wanted to put that out there if you did not know.

If you get inspired and make my recipe for Easy Shrimp and Grits, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. Thank you so much!

Easy Shrimp and Grits
Yield: Serves 4

Easy Shrimp and Grits

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Quick and Easy Shrimp and Grits recipe; a perfect family dinner.

Ingredients

Grits

  • 1 cup instant grits
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste (always taste food)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Shrimp

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 to 1 ½ shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Old Bay Seasoning to taste
  • Freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

How to make grits:

  1. Cook grits according to package instructions using half and half or heavy whipped
    cream (or milk) and chicken stock in place of water.
  2. Generously season your grits with ½ teaspoon of salt and about ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper,
    or to please your taste. Always add less and taste it. You can always add more. Stir and cook grits at the low temperature until liquid is absorbed and becomes creamy and smooth.
  3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and set aside and keep warm. It takes usually around 5-7 minutes to finish instant grits at a lower temperature or about 20 to 25 minutes if you going to make stone-ground grits. Read instructions on the back of the package as it could be very helpful.

How to prep shrimp:

  1. Peel and devein shrimp if they are not already. Wash well under cold water.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, for a couple of minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic, and shrimp and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cook at medium temperature, stirring occasionally, until pink and cooked through about 3 minutes to up to 5 minutes. Do not overcook. As soon as it is pink all throughout it is cooked.
  5. Stir in chopped parsley and lemon juice. Serve immediately with grits, garnished with chopped parsley.

Notes

The ratio you need to remember for stone-ground grits is 4:1. It's 4 cups of liquid to 1 cup of stone-ground grits. You can use just water, or a combination of stock, water, and milk/cream.

If you do not have old bay seasoning you may use just celery salt, ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika.

You could use cubed chicken breast instead of shrimp to make this dish. Cooking time might take a few minutes longer but it tastes amazing. That is just in case of allergies or if you dislike shrimp. Also, some of you were asking if you could use pork. Yes, pork tenderloin is perfectly fine, just slice it into smaller pieces.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

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Individual Chicken Pot Pies are such a delight. To be serious, it is the comfort food at its finest. I have decided to make them individually because they are portion size and they just look so adorable. I do not know about you, but I […]

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

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Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cacique®. All opinions are entirely my own.

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole is one amazing dish to serve any time of the year, especially during parties.

Whether you are showing how to pull together the ultimate Game Night spread or perhaps presenting a tailgating must-have, the possibilities are truly endless.

Well, I partnered with Cacique® to create this easy dish using their fantastic and quite tasty Fully Cooked Chorizos.

Which is made with authentically seasoned premium pork shoulder and ready to eat in just minutes with zero mess.

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So, when it comes to game night, Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole is one dish that we undeniably enjoy.

To be honest, it takes just a few convenient, delicious and authentic ingredients to create this amazingly appetizing casserole for your family and friends.

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole

That being said, game night or not this could be one phenomenal weeknight dinner put together in no time.

To round out my tasty spread, I served crunchy corn chips with Cacique® Jalapeño Queso Dip.

That’s alongside my Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole. That was extremely delightful, to say the least.

I finished the dish with a drizzle of Cacique® Spicy Jalapeno sour cream.

Cacique® Fully Cooked Chorizo is a great go-to when you want to pull together a quick, delicious and authentic Mexican meals.

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole

In addition, not only is it made with premium ingredients, but it also has no additives and nothing artificial.

Therefore, pick some up and make this Tater Tots Casserole or get creative with it and let me know what you whip up!

Cacique® Fully Cooked Chorizos are Available in Four Delicious Varieties;

Premium Pork Shoulder, Chorizo with Eggs, Chorizo with Bacon & Potato and Chorizo with Queso.

How to Enjoy: 

In short, simply heat in the microwave, oven or stovetop for as few as 3–4 minutes and enjoy.

In addition, from breakfast during the morning rushes to taco night to game day.

Cacique® Fully Cooked Chorizos are the perfect filling – or delicious all on their own!

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole

Most importantly, use anywhere you would typically enjoy chorizo. Whether adding protein to tacos, or stuffing burritos.

Maybe enchiladas or even serving a dip for tortilla chips.

 SOURCE: Cacique®

If you try Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole or any other recipe from my blog, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking #sandraseasycooking

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole
Yield: Serves 6

Chorizo Chili Tater Tots Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 packs Cacique® Fully Cooked Chorizos
  • 16 oz Chili Beans
  • 10 oz Cacique® Queso Fresco Cheese
  • 2 cups Tater Tots

GARNISH

  • Mexican Style Sour Cream, Cilantro Lime
  • Chopped Parsley or Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Follow the instructions on the back of the Cacique® Fully Cooked Chorizos; Heat in the oven-safe dish or pan. I used a Dutch oven with a fitted lid.
  3. After you heat the chorizo add chili beans and mix it well to combine.
  4. Crumble cheese on the top, then in one layer place tater tots next to each other.
  5. Slightly press potatoes down, cover the dish with the lid and bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
  6. After 15 minutes, remove the lid and turn the oven broiler on medium temperature.
  7. Bake casserole under the broiler for an additional 5 minutes or until potatoes are crunchy and the casserole is bubbling. Make sure to stand by so it does not burn.
  8. Garnish with an equal drizzle of Mexican Sour Cream and chopped parsley or cilantro.
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Tasty Labor Day Recipes

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

These Tasty Labor Day Recipes that I have picked for you guys are easy, delicious, affordable and approachable. You can make them any time you want not just over Labor Day and 4th of July, or any other holiday.

If you are like my family then you start making plans for BBQ cookout for Labor Day weekend weeks ahead. It is a long weekend so at least 2 days worth of tasty leftovers.

I wish you all safe, and tasty Labor day!

MEAT, FISH, AND POULTRY:

Collection of tasty meat, fish and poultry recipes from my blog!

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

SMOKED ST. LOUIS STYLE RIBS

Can you really start BBQ season without making some amazingly delicious, and finger-licking Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs? I think not.

These ribs are so tasty we have been making them on repeat for our meal prep because they hold so good o the fridge so well for a week.

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SIMPLE HALIBUT BURGER

Simple Halibut Burger Recipe is a must-try. I believe that this is one of the best burgers I have ever made. It is so juicy, tasty and just enchanting.

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LEMON HERB GRILLED SALMON

Who loves Salmon? I simply love it especially made this way. However, I am not picky at all. When it comes down to this delicious fish, I could eat it pretty much any possible way prepared.

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CHICKEN FAJITA SKEWERS

These Chicken Fajita Skewers are fresh, tasty, healthy, colorful, and the ultimate summer grilled food that everyone loves.

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CHICKEN BURGERS

When I flipped those burgers and saw it, I was breaking a happy dance around the grill. They were delightful, flavorful and in another word orgasmic. I hope you make them soon, too.

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HOMEMADE BEEF BURGERS

I love burgers and I absolutely love my homemade beef burgers. They are really easy, perfectly seasoned and extremely tasty.

We grill a lot and these are always a hit with everyone along with my pita bread. Not to brag or anything, but I am kind of known around here for my homemade bread.

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ASIAN BEEF SKEWERS 

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Easy, delicious and a perfect grilled food if you wish to skip grilled meat.

BREAD AND SANDWICHES:

My absolute favorite bread from my blog.

DUTCH OVEN BREAD: BREAD FOR BEGINNERS

PITA BREAD

SPIRAL TWIST BREAD ROLLS

THE BEST GARLIC AND HERBS FLATBREAD

KETO BREAD- EASY AND DELICIOUS LOW CARB BREAD

ROAST BEEF SLIDERS

QUICK IRISH SODA BREAD

SALADS:

Refreshing, healthy and easy salad recipes that you guys going to love.

OLIVIER SALAD- RUSSIAN SALAD

EASY RED POTATO SALAD

VEGETARIAN PASTA SALAD

CREAMY SUMMER PASTA SALAD

BOILED POTATOES WITH BUTTER AND PARSLEY

HEIRLOOM TOMATO FETA SALAD

CUCUMBER, TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA CHEESE SALAD

CITRUS KALE SALAD

FRUIT SALAD WITH CITRUS-MAPLE DRESSING

DESSERTS:

We all have a bit of sweet tooth. These dessert or sweet treats are perfect after savory grilled food to share with your loved ones.

BROWNIES AND YOGURT SUMMER PARFAIT

OLD FASHIONED APPLE PIE

STRAWBERRY JELLO SUMMER SALAD

PLUM AND PEACH GALETTE

TRIPLE BERRY GALETTE

If you make any of my Tasty Labor Day Recipes, please tag me on INSTAGRAM @SANDRASEASYCOOKING. Use hashtag #sandraseasycooking so I could share it with others. Thank you so much for your love and support… I wish you a wonderful holiday!

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