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Baked Seasoned Fries

Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, hash browns, home fries, potatoes au gratin, twice baked potatoes; there are thousands of ways to make potatoes.  I love starches and most of all potatoes but french fries are my go to.  In college, I would go to the McDonald's across the street to get dollar fries every time I had a craving.  Now, it seems like such a waste of money and time when you compare the amount of time it takes to drive and the time it takes to cook fries.  I prefer to bake fries because time can be spent doing something else instead of looking over a pot of oil and double frying; plus, there is less oil used and absorbed.  It took me many tries to finally get crispy, tasty fries.  Enjoy!

BAKED SEASONED FRIES
serves: 4

4 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder

Spinach and Feta Quiche

So, to save money on our weekly grocery bill, we have a meatless dinner night. In my house, there is some hesitation when dinner does not include meat. This one though, was received very well. Maybe because cheese makes everything yummy or because eggs can be so filling for less than a dollar. The best thing about this recipe is that it can be change to include what ever vegetables are on hand and cheese that may be in the fridge. I've already tried broccoli, and it was great. And of course, Honey said it would be even better with bacon, but the point is to be meatless.


SPINACH AND FETA QUICHE
servings: 6

vegetable spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
5 eggs, beaten
1 cup crumbled feta
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. S…

BBQ Burgers

My family would find it odd that I even like this because of the onions. Well, I still refuse to eat raw onions, but I love the awesome taste caramelized onions give food.  I realized this after making pork chops with caramelized onions and cinnamon apples. The best combo ever, so now I constantly look for foods that go well with onions.
Burgers are so satisfying.  Now days, it's more than just meat in a bun. So many restaurants that are gourmet burger restaurants have made the endless topping possible. There is no Red Robin around these parts, so I'm always in search of great burger ideas to get that restaurant feel.  I saw this recipe on 5 Ingredient Fix, and had to make my version because I knew it'd be better than a regular ol' burger.

BBQ BURGERS
serving: 4 burgers

1 pound ground beef (preferably 85/15)
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil spray
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large yellow onion
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
4 burger buns

Divide ground beef into 4 equal pieces an…

Tacos and Corn Tortillas

We eat tacos almost every week. Tacos may seem complected when watching cooking shows and read taco meat recipes, but it doesn't have to be. If you go to a real Mexican Taquería, you get tacos for a dollar and in the tortilla there is meat, cilantro, onions, and salsa. Nothing else. So why make them so complex at home? We use leftover meat for our tacos and we always have cheese. This is an easy way to get Bebé to eat peas and spinach too. I heat the tortilla with cheese and veggies to make more of a quesadilla and he loves it.

TACOS

12 homemade corn tortillas (recipe below)
2 cups refried beans or 1 can
2 cups shredded chicken (leftovers from the chicken roasted the night before)
2 cups shredded roman lettuce
1 cup shredded jack cheese
salsa

Heat the beans and chicken by microwave or stove top. Dress your tortillas with beans, chicken, lettuce and cheese. Add salsa as desired.


As I've said before, corn tortillas have 2 ingredients, but there's a lot more to the technique…

Waffles

Growing up, I never thought that waffles could be made at home. I knew nothing about waffle irons or waffle batter. I knew how to go to the refrigerator isle in the store and choose between plain, blueberry, or strawberry. Now, I make waffles every other weekend. I love waffles, and they are so diverse. I've made waffles with brown sugar and cinnamon, banana, walnuts, chocolate chips, and buttermilk. Oddly enough, my favorite is whole wheat; it is healthy, but I love the taste. When I make waffles everyone's happy.

WHOLE WHEAT WAFFLES
serving: 10 waffles

2 eggs
1