Egg Enchilada Casserole

Lately we have been on a Mexican food kick around here. For breakfast yesterday I decided to cook up my take on my Grandmothers egg enchiladas.

She always used diced green chilies and Taco Bell mild sauce but I’m going with Las Palmas Green Chile enchilada sauce.

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I have always saved and saved any packet of Taco Bell Mild sauce to make these and still do, but today I had the Green Chile enchilada sauce left over and wanted to use it. (Plus i kinda don’t like the chile skins and seeds in the diced green chilies)

So here goes!

Egg Enchilada Casserole

8 Eggs
1/4 C. Heavy Cream
6 to 10 corn tortillas
1/2 Large can Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada sauce
2 C. Grated Cheese
Salt and pepper

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• Cover bottom of a baking dish with the enchilada sauce and cover with corn tortillas.

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• In a bowl, beat 6 eggs with heavy cream, salt, and pepper.

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• Scramble eggs over med/low heat until almost set.

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• Mix 1/2 C. Grated Cheese and 1/2 C Enchilada sauce into your eggs. Combine and warm until warmed through.

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• Add to your baking dish layered on the corn tortillas

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• Cover with more cheese (if desired, I didn’t) and corn tortillas.

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• Top with enchilada sauce and cheese.

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• Bake uncovered at 350. For 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is throughly melted.

Can serve with Bacon, breakfast potatoes (I will post these soon), or your families favorite breakfast foods.

Enjoy!

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Busy week!

Hi all!

Haven’t gotten to post lately life has been so crazy! All week I have been working at OMG! Insider and have been baking some awesome treats for Echo’s Friends’ Cookies!!

Echo got to play tug of war for real finally with an awesome pup Charlie at the dog park.

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Lindsey and I made a new treat Beefy Donuts!

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I’ve also been looking for a new roommate which has been a bit more time consuming than expected. Hopefully we can find the right person soon.

Last night I also made lunch for the next two days at work, Lindsey and her mom had given me this pot of condensed stock:

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So I made some ground turkey, spinach and rice using this condensed stock.

First I cooked up the turkey meat on the stove with organic Worcester sauce.

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The put 2 bags of rice melody (from trader joes) in the microwave.

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Once the meat was cooked up I added the condensed stock and organic frozen spinach, and cooked it until the spinach was warmed through.

Last I added the cooked rice and stirred it well.

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Also check out:

Echo’s Friends’ Cookies Website and Facebook Page!

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Easter follow up

Easter was great, beautiful morning at church with the family. Pastor Henry and Dan baptized me, many people stayed to watch the baptisms. We had 9 people at the late service all being baptized it was an incredible experience.

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Then I came home and before I could start dinner I took poor Echo to the vet.

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She had a bordatella shot last week and it seems like she has kennel cough symptoms now 😦 Luckly the new vet I found is amazing and wonderful, they were open Easter Sunday and only charged their regular price. The vet and staff were so sweet and attentive, and they even called the next day to see how she was doing. I’m so thankful to have found them, and Exho seems to be doing much better.

After all that I finally got to making Easter dinner! I didn’t get many photos but we had:

Spiral Ham glazed in Brown sugar and Pineapple
Mac & Cheese

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Gluten Free Mac & Cheese

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Stuffing

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Sautéed Red potatoes

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After Dinner, we waited for the food coma to pass and celebrated my Sister’s and James’ Birthdays

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Plus I got to see moms little dogs that I don’t get to see often anymore! That’s Noni and Cooper. I didn’t get a pic of Coco but she’s a tiny Maltese that is my dads little girl.

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How was your Easter weekend? Did you celebrate ? Cook? See family ?

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Egg Muffins: Quick, Easy, Healthy

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Wednesday I made these breakfast egg muffins to have a high protein, low calorie breakfast already made for work mornings! Here’s how i did it:

Egg Muffins with Spinach and Potato

• Cut up 1 large Potato ( small cubes), 1/2 an Onion, 1 C Spinach.

• Sauté potatoes and onions with 1 TBSP Olive Oil. until they start to soften and get color.

• Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and a tiny bit of Chili powder.

• Add spinach and sauté until wilted.

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• Beat 8 eggs with 1/4 C Milk, a little salt, and pepper.

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• Prep a muffin pan with liners and little olive oil spray.

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• Fill muffin cups 1/2 full with egg mixture.

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• Distribute Potato/veggie mixture evenly between cups.

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• Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until eggs are set.

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These are so versatile, You can fill them with anything you want! Bacon, sausage, cheese, ham, any veggies… Heck maybe even pieces of pancake (I don’t know if I’d do that but it could be awesome!)

And they are only 84 calories each!

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Have you made these before? What have you or would you put in yours?

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Shepherds Pie

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For St. Patty’s day Lindsey and I decided to make shepherds pie! Here it is!

Shepherds Pie

• Start by peeling and chopping 3-4 large Potatoes.

• Boil in salted water until fork tender.
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• Chop 1 onion, 3 carrots, 1 bunch broccoli, and 4 cloves garlic.20130317-200000.jpg

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• Sauté veggies together until softened.
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• Deglaze partway through with White Wine.20130317-202251.jpg

• Add 1 LB Ground Beef to veggie mixtir20130317-202351.jpg

• Cook until beef is cooked through.

• Add 1/2 C. Guinness, 1/2 Can Green peas. Cook liquid out. 20130317-202727.jpg

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• Drain Potatoes and add to a mixing bowl, with 2 TB Butter . 20130317-202849.jpg

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• Whip up with mixer, Add 1/4C Half & Half (or heavy cream), salt, and pepper.

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• Separate meat mixture between two baking dishes (or 1 large).

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• Pipe mashed potatoes onto meat mixture. (Or scoop and level)

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• Bake at 350 for 30 minites

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Enjoy!

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Chicken Breast with lots of Sautéed Greens

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Chicken Breast & Sautéed Greens

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Ingredients:
1 lb. Chicken Breast
2 brown Onions
1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
1 bunch Kale
2 huge handfuls Baby Spinach
4 Cloves Garlic
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 TBSP Worcester Sauce
Seasoning – salt, pepper, dill, seasoning salt, mustard seed powder.

How To:

• Chop 2 Brown Onions

• Put onion in a large sauté pan with 1 – 2 TBSP Olive Oil, salt, and black pepper.

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• Cut up 1 lb. Chicken Breast to desired size.

• Add to a second sauté pan (no oil). Season with dill, mustard seed powder, & seasoning salt.

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• Cook on med heat until cooked through.

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• Rinse, dry, & chop Kale.

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• Chop 4 Cloves Garlic add to onions.

Cook the onions, brussels sprouts, & garlic until the brussels start to soften and the onions have good color.

• Chop ends off Brussels Sprouts then quarter, add to onions once they have cooked down some.

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• Add chopped Kale to onions.

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• Add 1 TBSP Worcester sauce to onion mixture.

• Add spinach to onion mixture.

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• After the kale and spinach have softened up (5 – 10 minutes) then turn off heat, cover, and let rest while the chicken finishes.

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Enjoy!!

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Celebrity chef and a favorite quick Lunch

Yesterday I got to meet Celebrity Chef Susan Feniger. She was on Top Chef Masters, had a Food Network Show, and has multiple restaurants here in LA and all over. She was in a scene for a show I was working on. I got to speak with her about her newest restaurant Street. Which I hope to go eat at soon!
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Photo is not mine, it can be found here.

Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite lunches (or dinners) when I have a quiet day at home. It might seem a bit odd but I love ground turkey so it works for me.

Pesto Pasta with Ground Turkey

(You can always make this with grilled chicken breast instead! Which I’ve done in the past)

• Boil water for your pasta. I used bow tie but use your favorite!

• Cook pasta till al Dente and drain.
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• Meanwhile brown your ground turkey.

• Season with salt,
Pepper, and garlic.

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• Warm up you favorite pesto. (Usually (like today) I have some that i made in my freezer, but you can use a jar or a sauce powder packet.)

• Once your pesto is ready add some heavy cream to it. Base the amount on how you like it balanced.

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• When everything is ready, I just mix it all together. (But you can always just add the pesto to the pasta and keep your meat separate!)

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I don’t know why I love this so much but I do! Especially if I haven’t had pasta in a while.

What are your favorite meals for a quiet day at home?

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

This week in photos… New Instagram addiction

Yesterday was crazy busy! I finally started my book I have been wanting to write for a year, it’s non fiction but I cannot say much more than that. My friend is working with me and wow is it an endeavor!

Today I want to share my week in pictures and (as you can see below, in some) my new addiction to Instagram. I guess I could only resist it so long…

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Writing a book is not an easy endeavor.

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My office for the day.

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Adorable pups

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The girls mad I won’t let them in the planter

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Echo trying to get Starla again, caught in the act!

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Hey there little buddy, where ya going?

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It’s so nice getting lettuce from the garden for my girls.

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Catch of the day

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Cutest egg so far!

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Nom nom nom

20130223-005036.jpg I guess I actually have two new addictions! I love this show at the moment.

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Spanish Rice

Today was a nice day handling stuff at home, fertilized the veggie garden, cleaned, worked on Rusty J’s music video, and made dinner with Lindsey among other things. Lindsey’s friend Mikey even came and joined us for dinner!

For dinner we went to the hispanic market by my house and got Carne Asada, so I made Spanish Rice to go with it!
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Danielle’s Spanish Rice (Revised)

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• Add 4 C Chicken broth to a medium sauce pan.

• Season with: Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Chili powder, Cayenne pepper, & paprika.

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• After that is boiling, Add 2 C White Rice.

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• Cover and Cook 20 minutes. Check and stir at 10 minutes and 15 minutes.
(So sorry I forgot to photograph this part!)

• When the rice is cooked and the liquid is all absorbed, stir in 1/2 Can Tomato Sauce & 1/2 Can Diced Tomatoes.

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Enjoy!

Also here is how Lindsey cooked the Carne Asada! (I’ve always made it on the BBQ but this was great as well!)

She cut up the meat.

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Then sautéed it until well cooked.

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It was sooo damn good! I think she also added a little beer near the end!

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We ate all this with some salsa verde, queso fresco, warmed tortillas and avocado! Perfect quick dinner!

Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Israeli Couscous with Bell Pepper and Dill

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Hi All! I don’t know about you but I LOVE Israeli Couscous! So I bought se from Trader Joes this week.

Israeli Couscous with Dill

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• Chop up some Carrot, Onion, & Bell Pepper. (or your favorite veggies. I would’ve added celery but sadly I’m out)

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• Heat 2 TBSP Oil. in a Med sauce pan. (I used grape-seed oil)

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• Sauté Veggies in oil.

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• Season with Salt, Pepper, and Dill.

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• Add 1 C Israeli Couscous.

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• Chop and Add 2-3 cloves Garlic.

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• Sauté until the couscous is browned.

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• Add 1 1/2 – 2 C Chicken broth. ( you can also use vegetable broth or water)

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• Bring to a boil. Cover and Cook 12 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.

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This is great as a side dish! Or you could always top it with chopped Chicken Breast! Enjoy!!

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Also check out:

(NEW) Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site