Slow Cooker Cheese Dip

I’m pretty sure everyone has saw this recipe at one time or another or atleast a variation of it. I really have no idea where I first saw this at. Velveeta cheese website maybe??  I’m clueless. This dip isn’t really even a “recipe”. I kind of feel embarrassed to even be blogging something so simple haha However, it is delicious and addictive. This dip would be perfect for parties, showers, or any kind of get togethers. YOU WILL BE ADDICTED. You have been warned.

Ingredients:

1 large block of velveeta cheese

1 lb ground beef

1 can rotel

salt

pepper

Directions:

Heat a tbsp of canola oil in a large skillet. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Let it cook until brown. Cut velveeta into large cubes and throw into the bowl of a slow cooker(be sure to spray the inside with some cooking spray). Add rotel and then the browned ground beef. Stir everything together and turn slow cooker to high. Stir occasionally. This will only take about 45 mins to an hour for the cheesy magic to happen. After the cheese is completely melted, turn slow cooker to the keep warm setting. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Homemade White Castle Slyders

This recipe is from Devin Alexander’s cookbook, Fast Food Fix. These taste EXACTLY like slyders from White Castle. They are very simple to make and will save you tons of fat and calories. The next time you find yourself craving some of these little guys, go to the store and get the ingredients and make them yourself. Your waistline will thank you! 🙂

Ingredients:

5 oz. lean ground beef ( I used 93/7)

salt and peper

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 tbsp dehydrated minced onion

5 square dinner rolls

5 round dill pickles

mustard

Directions:

Line baking sheet with waxed paper.

Divide ground beef into 5 equal portions. On baking sheet, flatten and shape each portion into a square patty. Season with salt and pepper. Place in freeze uncovered for about 5 mins.

In large nonstick skillet, combine onion flakes with water. Cook over med heat until onions are soft. This takes about 5 mins. A thin layer of water should remain in skillet. If needed, add up to 2 tbsp of water. Place patties in single layer over softened onion. Cook 1 mins or until bottoms are brown. Flip.  Place 1 roll bottom cut side down on top of each burger. Place 1 roll top on each roll bottom. When beef is no longer pink, remove roll tops and set aside. Slide thin spatula under 1 portion of onion, burger, and 1 roll bottom. Flip stack onto plate. Top with dill pickle round and a squirt of yellow mustard. Cover with roll tops. Repeat with remaining burgers.

* You can also add cheese if you would like

This pic doesnt do these burgers justice.

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Sushi!

Making sushi is one of those things that always intimidated me. Who knew it was so easy, right? These didnt turn out very pretty because I guess I didnt roll them tight enough. I just wish I had a piece of ahi tuna to add to these. Maybe next time. Sorry the directions arent very clear, I just really dont know how to explain the rolling process lol

Ingredients:

1 pkg nori

2 cups sushi rice, cooked and cooled

1 pkg. imitation crab

1 avocado, sliced into thin strips

Directions:

Lay out nori onto flat surface. Spoon on about 1/2 cup rice(give or take a little) onto the nori sheets. Lay a slice of imitation crab and strip of avocado on the end closest to your body. Roll tightly. Using sharp knife (I used a bread knife), slice into 1 inch pieces. Serve with a side of soy sauce.

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Baked Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are one of the first things I go to when Im at a chinese buffet. I love the crisp shells and the tender veggies inside. I dont however, like the fact that they are deep fried and horrible for your figure LOL I found these on Ashlee’s Year in the Kitchen blog. These are so good. They get very crisp in the oven and taste pretty authentic to me.

Ingredients:

12 wonton wrappers

1 tsp evoo- I used 1 tbsp

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1″ ginger root, grated

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cups sliced scallions

2 cups shredded cabbage

1 red pepper, cut into thin strips-I omitted

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil- I used 1 tbsp

Directions:

In large skillet over high heat, add evoo, ginger and garlic. Cook about 20 secs, stirring constantly. Add in carrots,cabbage, and scallions. Cook about 3 mins, or until veggies are slightly tender.Add soy sauce and continue cooking 2 mins or until all liquid is cooked out and veggies are dry.

Spread wonton wrappers out onto flat surface and spoon tbsp of cabbage mixture into each one. Roll up burrito style. Put a little water on the last corner to seal. Preheat oven to 400. Bake egg rolls on nonstick cookie sheet for about 10 mins. Remove from oven and brush on the sesame oil. Return to oven for about 5 mins.

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Yaki-Mandu

Yakimandu (korean dumplings) are seriously so easy to make and are super delish! This recipe was given to us by my dads friends wife who is from Korea…geez try to say that 5 times fast lol I know this recipe sounds weird but trust me, you will love it!

Ingredients

1 pkg wonton wrappers

1 lb ground beef

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice

3/4 can sauerkraut

1 med onion, diced

a few glugs of soy sauce, sorry..ive never really measured…you’ll just have to taste it!

salt and peper

Cook rice and cool. Brown ground beef. Season with salt and pepper( go easy on the salt because of the soy). Add onion and cook about 3 mins or until soft. Stir in sauerkraut and cooked rice. Shake in a few glugs of soy sauce. Remove from heat. Place about a tsp. of ground beef mixture into the center of each wonton wrapper. Rub a little water around the edges of wrapper and fold to seal.  Heat 3 tbsp. oil over med heat in large skillet and add wontons. Cook about 2 mins per side or until brown. Serve with soy sauce. This makes  a TON of food!

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Pickles!

I love pickles and could live on them with no problem. This was the first time Ive ever made them at home. I found these on the delicious meliscious blog. I was really hoping these would turn out good and not like Aunt Bee’s “kerosene pickles” from the Andy Griffith show haha…They are delicious and Ill definately make them again!

http://www.deliciousmeliscious.com/2008/07/refigerator-pickles.html

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Asian Tuna Meatballs

This is a recipe that I found in Katie Lee Joels “The Comfort Table” cookbook. Jeremy and I LOVED these. They were so delicious and quick to make.  I cut the recipe down and it still made 12 1 inch meatballs. I dont have the cookbook near me so Im just gonna tell ya how I made them.

2 tuna steaks

1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 inch ginger, grated

1/4 cup onion, grated and patted dry with paper towels

1/8 cup cilantro, chopped

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 cup sesame seeds, slightly toasted

Preheat oven to 5o0. Put tuna steaks in food processor and pulse until its near the consistency of ground beef. Put in large bowl. Combine everything with tuna except the sesame seeds. Mixture will seem wet but thats how its supposed to be. Roll tuna mixture into 12 1 inch meatballs. Roll in sesame seeds.Put on baking sheet thats been sprayed with olive oil spray. Bake for 7 mins.

Serve with mango chutney for dipping…….I also served this with fried rice

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