Attack of the Cheese Sandwiches!

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Grilled Cheese Quesadilla Sandwiches

Aren’t quesadillas just fancy, flatbread grilled cheese sandwiches?  They both have cheese on the inside with some sort of bread-like matter on the outside.  They’re both also very delicious, or should I say delicioso? You won’t have to spend much cheddar on these ingredients.(See what I did there? Yea, my jokes are cheesy)  So, for those days when you’re tortilla-less, but you want a quesadilla, you can make this recipe.

Time: 20-30 minutes

Makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients

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2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

salt, pepper, seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder

4 slices of bread

1 slice of cheddar cheese or 1 c of shredded cheddar

1 green onion

2 tbsp of butter

Instructions 

1.) Cut chicken into slices and saute in pan over medium heat.  Season the slices. Cut cooked chicken into cubes.

2.) Rinse green onions.  Cut them into 1/4 in thick ringssnack foods

3.) Heat pan over medium heat.  Butter one side of a slice of bread and place it onto the pan with buttered side down.

4.) Add 1 slice or 1/2 c of shredded cheese on bread.  Then add 1/2 of the green onion rings and 1/2 of the chicken.

5.) Butter one side of another slice of bread.  Place it on top (buttered side facing up) of other slice.

6.) Grill until brown, then flip.  They are done when the cheese is melted and the bread is brown.

7.) Repeat steps 3-6 for the other sandwich

Extra: You can serve these sandwiches with sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and extra shredded cheese.

Tell me what you think in a comment, on Facebook, or Twitter!

Pictures from: http://grilledcheesesandwich.org/http://blog.fooducate.com/2011/06/26/if-milk-is-white-why-is-cheese-yellow/http://simplerecipes.net/2011/05/mexican-quesadilla-restaurant-style/

The Secret Sauce: Spalsa

snack foodsCan’t decide on whether to make spaghetti or chips and salsa? Well now with this secret sauce, you don’t have to have this debate with yourself anymore.  I’m not talking about the secret Krabby Patty sauce from Spongebob.  I’m talking about a special secret sauce.  A sauce that’s so saucy, it’s like two sauces in one.  In fact, that is exactly what it is: two different sauces in one.  The name spalsa comes from spaghetti and salsa.  So, I guess the secret is out, but that’s okay because when you taste the sauce, you’ll want to tell all of your friends, enemies, neighbors, and pets.  If the secret was still a secret, no one would know the astonishing amazing-ness of this recipe.  If you have chips or noodles and left over taco seasoning from a taco kit, you can experience the goodness of spalsa.  Maybe you could use this sauce for your spaghetti from my post Simple, Speedy Spaghetti.

Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients

14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes

salt, seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder

1.25 taco seasoning packet

1 lb of noodles

1 bag of tortilla chips

1/2 lb ground beef(optional)

Instructions

1.) *Brown beef and season with seasonings to taste*

2.) At same time, boil and drain noodles

3.) Heat separate pan over medium heat, pour tomatoes in and heat until simmering

4.) Season tomatoes with the salt, seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Put in about 1/2 of the taco seasoning from the packet. Stir well

5.) *Pour over meat, stir* and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until everything is soft and blends in together.

6.) Pour over noodles or serve in bowl with chips

7.) Enjoy your spalsa!

Extra: If you are using this as spaghetti, you can serve it with parmesan cheese.  If you are serving as salsa, you can serve it with shredded cheddar cheese.  If you have left-overs, you can decide whether you want to use the spalsa as spaghetti sauce or salsa the next day.

*Skip this step if not using beef

Pictures from: http://unclesamint.com/Tomatoes.htmlhttp://www.slashfood.com/2011/01/20/mark-bittmans-tortilla-chips-recipe-of-the-day/,  http://www.marksanborn.com/blog/the-secret-sauce-of-sales-success/

Remixed: Kraft’s Mac and Cheese

How to make Kraft’s Mac and Cheese Taste Like Grandma’s

Have you ever made boxed macaroni and thought to yourself ” I don’t have time to make homemade macaroni, but this stuff tastes so generic”? Well fear no more because I will tell you my secrets to make boxed mac and cheese taste like homemade mac and cheese!  You’ll go from “I can’t believe it’s not butter” to “I can’t believe it’s not grandma’s!”  Not only this easy, delicious, and tasty, it’s also kind of fun to make because you feel like a kitchen magician when you use your cooking magic to make food taste better!

1.) Make the mac and cheese according to package instructions.  There’s no need for the fancy footwork… or cookwork just yet.

2.)  Get cheesy.  Start out with adding 1/2 c of shredded cheddar.  Then if you want, you can add more cheddar or any other cheese you like, such as a sprinkle of mozzarella. The say Kraft’s is the cheesiest, and in this case it is!

3.) Let’s spice things up.  Salt and pepper are a must, but you can add whatever other seasoning you have at home.  I suggest garlic powder, season salt, and a lesser known spice called Accent.  I’ve also tried herbs, such as basil or parsley and those were good.

4.) Add love.  If you want you food to taste like grandma’s, you have to add love to it. No exceptions and no refunds.

Tell me what you think in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!  How do you change generic foods and make them taste homemade?

Pictures from: http://miragebox.com/food/images-of-macaroni-and-cheese/http://galgoneglutenfree.com/blog/gluten-free-kraft-mac-and-cheese

Leafy Lettuce Wraps

Guest Post: Hi quicksnackshack-ers! My name is Rachel. I blog about healthy eating/living for college students at Eat, Gym, Study.

You’ll hear from a lot of people say that college is intensely different from high school. This is true, but some things do stay the same–and one of those things is snacking. It’s hard to find healthy snacks to reach for after classes are done for the day. Here’s an idea for easy, yummy, and healthy snacks: lettuce wraps!

It’s really simple to make lettuce wraps. Just think of a food combination you like and roll it into a piece of lettuce. In the steps below, I will show you how to make a hummus and red pepper wrap:

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Featured Recipe of the Week!

This week’s featured recipe will be Guilt-Free Root Beer Float.  This recipe was sent in by a viewer:

Put a scoop or two of non-fat frozen yogurt in a bowl or glass, and pour diet root beer or your favorite diet soda on top! It’s that easy and fast to make a cold, creamy treat to indulge your sweet tooth without the calories.

Picture from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/photos/rootbeer-float-vert.jpg

Featured Recipe of the Week!

Starting this week, I’m going to start doing something new on this blog.  I’m going to select one viewer’s recipe per week and post it!  The chosen recipe will be featured for the whole week in the side bar and everyone will see it’s awesomeness.  So, start sending in the recipes on comments, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr if you would like the chance to get your recipe featured!