Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mexican Pizza

We love pizza! Every Sunday night we make our own pizza. It's a little family tradition we've started. Well this particular time I thought I'd change it up a bit. We made Mexican Pizza! We have a local pizza place here in Austin that sells pizza dough. So every month we go and buy enough dough balls to last us the next several weeks. Then we pile on our favorite toppings. So go and get some pizza dough from the grocery store or check your local pizza places to see if they sell their pizza dough too. It's SO YUMMY.

Mexican Pizza:

Pizza dough

Refried Beans (fat free)

1 lb hamburger cooked with taco seasoning

2 cups cheddar cheese

Assorted Toppings:




black beans

Black olives


Dollop of sour cream

Roll out pizza dough onto your pizza pan. Cook pizza dough halfway (according to package directions) then pull out and add refried beans, then taco meat, then cheese. Then bake until crust is done and cheese is melted. Add whatever toppings you would like. We did say the next time we make it we are going to add a layer of taco sauce. And in the picture the reason we left half of it w/out toppings is cause we knew we wouldn't eat the entire thing that night. We saved the rest for left-overs and added toppings then. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Garlic Seafood and Sausage Pasta

This is a recipe I changed up just a bit from a Light N Tasty dish. It's DELICIOUS PEOPLE! Brian loved it, as did Olivia. The original recipe called for chicken, but I switched it up a bit. Hope you enjoy! It's great!

Garlic Seafood and Sausage Pasta
1 package spaghetti (I used wheat pasta of course)

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (not packed in oil)

1 cup boiling water

1/2 lb shrimp

1 lb smoked sausage, cut into bite sized pieces (I used turkey sausage)

3 TBLS olive oil

2 - 3/4 cups sliced mushrooms

5 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup reduced-sodium/FF chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup fresh parsley

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 cup parm. cheese

Boil spaghetti according to package. Meanwhile boil 1 cup water and pour over sun dried tomatoes for 5 minutes. Then chop.

In a large heated skillet pour olive oil and saute sausage, mushrooms, and garlic together. Saute until mushrooms are cooked. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp are done. Add broth, wine, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, and red peper flakes. Let simmer for few minutes. Stir in reserved tomatoes and then toss with cooked spaghetti. Add cheese and toss. DELISH!

Marinated Beef Brisket

This is a YUMMY marinade! I hope ya'll enjoy it. I've used it both with brisket and roast.

2 lb beef brisket (not corned style)

2 cups fat free beef broth

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup packed ligh brown sugar

3 cloves garlic

1 cup onion

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup LaChoy Lite Soy Sauce

Mix all ingrediants and pour over meat in large zip lock bag. Seal and set in fridge over night.

Set brisket in crockpot with marinade. Set crockpot on low for 8-10 hours. Enjoy!

I usually take some of the marinade after it cooks and put in a small sauce pan. Then mix in a seperate bowl some corn starch and water and wisk into boiling marinade. It will thicken and made a yummy gravy to go on your meat.