Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

So simple and soooo good!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

8 vanilla ice cream sandwiches, unwrapped

6 small Milky Way bars, diced

8 oz Cool Whip, thawed

3 TB warm hot fudge topping

¼ c. Hershey Caramel topping

Place 4 ice cream sandwiches in pan. Top with 1/3 the Cool whip. Drizzle fudge and caramel over the top. Sprinkle half the chopped Milky Ways over the topping. Top with remaining ice cream sandwiches. Top with half of the remaining Cool Whip. Drizzle fudge and caramel over the top and top with remaining Cool Whip. Sprinkle remaining candy bars and a little more caramel, then freeze. You can also substitute Milky Ways for Reese’s cups and caramel for peanut butter for a PB cup ice cream sandwich cake.

Yield: 8 servings.

Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta

2 c. penne pasta

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

1/3 c. finely diced onion

1 c. fat free chicken broth

14 oz can petite diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning

1 c. fat free half and half

1 TB dried basil

½ tsp red pepper flakes

½ tsp paprika

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 1/2 c. shredded Mozzarella

2 lbs shrimp, without shells and deveined

Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente’. Meanwhile, spray large skillet with cooking spray. Add garlic powder, salt and onion and stir to combine. Add broth, tomatoes, half and half, basil, red pepper flakes, paprika, salt and pepper.  Simmer on low and add Mozzarella and shrimp. Combine well then cover. When shrimp are done fold in cooked pasta. Yield: 5 servings.

Chili Verde

Hubby loved this. Chili Verde is one of his favorites.

Chili Verde

2 lbs pork, cut into cubes

2 (10oz) cans green enchilada sauce

1 c. salsa verde

4 oz chopped green chiles

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

28 oz can hominy, drained (optional)

If desired, brown the pork, then add to 3 quart slow cooker. Add enchilada sauce, salsa verde, green chiles, salt and pepper. Cook on low 5-6 hours.

You add the hominy, serve as a side, or skip it altogether. You can serve the chili verde with tortillas and sour cream (I like it with whipped cream cheese.)

Yield: 6-8 servings

Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Pasta

Hubby said I could make this again. But I think in the past 4 years there’s only been once that he HASN’T said that…

Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Pasta

2 c. rotini pasta

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 c. diced, cooked chicken breast

2 c. low sodium chicken broth

2 TB ranch dressing and seasoning mix

4 oz whipped cream cheese

½ c. shredded, reduced fat cheddar cheese (optional)

Cook pasta in boiling water. (I used quinoa pasta from Aldi for zero WW points on purple.) Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet. When crisp remove to a paper towel to drain, then chop or crumble. Remove most of the grease from the pan and add the chicken and cooked bacon. Add broth, ranch powder and cream cheese to pan and combine well.  Turn heat to low and simmer until pasta is al dente’. Then drain cooked pasta and add to the skillet. Top with shredded cheese if desired.

Yield: 4 servings.

DDD Review #8 -PePe’s & Mito’s

So last night Hubby and I went to Pepe’s & Mito’s in downtown Dallas. It’s in a cute, happening little area of downtown. Lots of restaurants and clubs. I had Albondiga Soup. It had a tasty beef broth with these little egg patties. I was trying to describe the patty –it’s like a tiny frittata with beef and potato and veggies in it.  Delicious! Hubby had the Tacos Nortenos.  I tasted it– that meat was seasoned so nice!  Very yummy! Pepe was in the kitchen, but his wife seated us and came over after we were finished. Very sweet lady! We’ll definitely visit Pepe’s & Mito’s again!

We give it 5 stars!

Mexican Street Corn Chowder

I do love some Mexican food!

Mexican Street Corn Chowder

2 (14 oz) cans corn, drained

6 cooked bacon strips, diced (or diced ham)

1/3 c. diced onion

1 c. diced bell pepper

2 c. water

2 tsp chicken bouillon

1/3 c. sliced tamed jalapenos

1 tsp ground chipotle pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

1 med lime, zested and juiced

1/3 c. whipped cream cheese

 

In large saucepan, add bacon, onion and bell pepper.  After bacon is crisp, remove from pan, drain on paper towels then chop and return to pan. Add corn, water, bouillon, jalapenos, chipotle powder, salt, pepper, and lime. Simmer 15 minutes then stir in cream cheese and stir until well combined. Serve.

Yield: 4 servings.

 

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Hubby said I could make this again too.  We do like some wing sauce!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

2 c. whole wheat pasta

¼ c. wing sauce

2 c. cooked, diced chicken

1/3 c. whipped cream cheese

9 oz bag romaine

1 c. shredded carrots

1 c. sliced celery

¼ c. crumbled blue cheese

 

Cook pasta in boiling water. In small skillet, cook wing sauce, chicken and cream cheese; heat through. Meanwhile on a platter, place romaine, carrots and celery; sprinkle with blue cheese. Drain pasta and add to chicken mixture; toss to combine. Top lettuce with chicken and pasta mixture. Serve.

Yield: 4 servings.

 

Tomatillo Pulled Chicken

Hubby really liked this one. “This would be great on a flip flop!”  It’s a really versatile dish.

Tomatillo Pulled Chicken 

2 (11 oz) cans tomatillos, drained

¼ c. diced roasted green chilis

1 green onion

1 c. loosely packed cilantro leaves

2 TB lime juice

1 jalapeno

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp ground cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 c. diced cooked chicken

1/3 c. whipped cream cheese

 

In blender, combine tomatillos, green chilies, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan with chicken and cream cheese and heat through.  Serve with rolls, tortillas or tortilla chips.

Yield: 8 servings.

Black Bean Chilaquiles

This is a tasty way to use broken chips!

Black Bean Chilaquiles

½ c. chopped onion

2 c. broken tortilla chips

8 large eggs

15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

10 oz can tomatoes with green chilies

1 c. salsa

½ c. reduced fat shredded cheese

Avocado and cilantro, optional

 

Spray large skillet with cooking spray. Add onion and cook until translucent; about 5 minutes. Add tortilla chips. Could also add chopped cooked chicken. Add eggs to the pan and stir with chips until almost set. Pour in black beans, tomatoes and salsa. Stir to combine and heat through. Top with cheese.

Yield: 4 servings.

DDD Review #7- Whistle Britches

So for Hubby’s bday we visited Whistle Britches in Plano, TX. Hubby ordered the fried green tomatoes as a starter, and then he had the Don Chingon. He loved it!

I had the Auntie Louann, with chicken, pimento cheese, pickles, tomatoes and 1000 Island. Honestly, the 1000 Island was too much for me. It seems like it would all go together but I think the dressing was just too much tang for me.

I give it 3.5 stars because it’s an interesting place with an even more interesting menu. These are not items you see everywhere.

Hubby gives it 4 stars.