Meatless Mexican Bisque

DELICIOUS.

F.Y.I. This is “meatless” in that you don’t put any meat in the soup, however, the bouillon I recommend has beef fat and dried chicken in it.

♦It is easy, very cheap, and yes, another one of those recipes I swear is delicious, even though it only has a few ingredients. You will start to get it. You won’t believe the flavor that comes from this!♦

You will need:

3 very large Russet potatoes, peeled, chopped
1- 15.25 oz can corn
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 large green onions (with chives)
3 cubes Knorr “Caldo de Tomate” (tomato bouillon with chicken flavor)
1 cup heavy cream
coarse ground pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil

(Makes a large soup pot’s worth.)

Put potatoes in a large pot and fill with water until just over the potatoes. Boil on high for 30 minutes. Reduce to light boil for 10 more minutes. If water amount has reduced, replenish. Repeat two more times. Remove from heat.

Dice green onions (this is the bulb end only, not the chive end) and saute in olive oil. Ladle potatoes, water, (be sure they are not too hot for your blender!) and green onions into food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Transfer back into pot. Heat on low and stir in bouillon and heavy cream. Do NOT allow it to boil after this point. Slowly add more water, one cup at a time, until bisque like consistency. (I don’t have measurements for the water because it will depend on the size of your potatoes.)
*Add your corn and simmer on low for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add diced chives and cilantro. Simmer for 7 more minutes. Top with coarse black pepper. I really recommend serving this with plain, toasted white bread. Not rolls, or anything fancy. You’ll understand when you try it.

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March 19, 2010. Tags: , , , . Recipes. Leave a comment.

Taco Soup

A 5 MINUTE MEAL
(please read disclaimer)

Yes. Seriously

I cook a lot of very different things. Some are very simple comfort foods that anyone can make and some are bit more extravagant. This is the former. It HAS to be the cheapest dinner recipe ever! I really love this stuff. I got this recipe from my Nana (you’ll hear that often) which means it’s delicious, cheap, and best of all, EASY. Like with knitting patterns, it may sound strange, but you just have to trust the instructions. It’s basically like chili but less time-consuming, easier on your guts and has a few more veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1½ Lbs. ground beef
  • 1 small (15.25 oz.) can corn
  • 1 small (15.50 oz.) can kidney beans (or pinto, I prefer kidney)
  • 1 small (10 oz.) can Ro-tel
    A little information about Ro-tel: This is just a can of diced tomatoes, green chilies, and spices. If you have ever lived in the south, you know this always goes into queso. If you don’t recognize this, most stores are now carrying their own version of it and it will be near the canned diced tomatoes. It will be a very small can and it will say “diced tomatoes and green chilies”. Same thing.
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. Ranch dressing seasoning mix
    (I know! I know! Just trust me K?!)
  • 1 pkg Taco seasoning (whatever heat you like)
  • saltines

Brown and scramble meat in a skillet and meanwhile in a large pot, combine all cans WITH ALL THE WATER AND JUICES. Add both spice packets. Begin cooking on medium. Drain beef of grease and put it in the pot. Simmer 10 minutes.

Boo-Yah!

*Disclaimer: “5 minute meals” is maybe a teeny, tiny bit of an exaggeration (unless you are a ninja who happens to be jacked up on coffee) but essentially these are very quick, easy, and affordable “home cooking” type recipes whose ingredients are in most average kitchens and are also ideal for those who have convinced themselves they can’t make good food because they are not “good cooks”.

January 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Recipes. Leave a comment.

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