Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Do you have any good ones?

I was asked to participate in a recipe exchange via email, but that is just too much for me. :+) One has to have limits, right? So, I figured I would share two of my favorites here and then, if you *wanted* to, you could either post a recipe in my comments, or post one on your blog and let me know! That way, I can participate, but not really. :+)

Here is one of our family favorites (and I may have blogged this long ago, but who cares, right?)

Crock Pot Chalupa

3# pork roast
3 C soaked-overnight pinto beans
7 C water
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 T salt
2 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 t oregano
1 4oz can chopped mild green chilies

Place soaked-overnight beans in bottom of crockpot, pour water on top and add all other ingredients on top of that. Crock all day on low or for 5+ hours on high. Shred the pork and skim the fat off the cooked meat (if your roast is a fatty one), and then mix it all together. Serve as a taco filling or in bowls with corn chips. We eat this with sliced raw onions, cheese, and salsa in soft-sautéed corn tortillas. You can add anything to the tacos you want. It is heavenly.

The next one is something I just discoverd and it is quite possibly one of the best green bean recipes I have ever had. My mother made this for part of our Christmas dinner, and I made it on New Years Eve for some friends. It is also a Weight Watchers recipe, but I cannot tell you how many points because I don't have the recipe card.

Oriental Green Beans

11/2# fresh green beans, ends clipped and beans blanched (or lightly boiled--do NOT overcook)
3 T soy sauce
1 T sesame oil (this is the key ingredient and worth the price)
1 t sugar
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 t canola or olive oil

Sauté garlic in the canola or olive oil until just brown. Combine soy, sesame oil, and sugar while cooking garlic. Once garlic is done, mix in soy combination and add beans. Lightly cook until all beans are coated and hot. Do not overcook the beans - you want them to be al dente. Serve with anything or eat just for so! They are SO good. I am going to use this same sauce to do stir fry dishes this year. I cannot wait!

Now, what is on your menu you want to share? :+)

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