Bacon Bleu Cheese Salad

Bacon Blue Cheese Salad

I am not much of a salad person unless I am eating at a Steakhouse or find something unusual that can tickle the taste buds. This salad definitely does that, plus is simple to make.

  Ingredients

5-6 Slices of Bacon
I Bag of Spring Mix
1 4 oz container of Blue Cheese Crumbles
¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Roma Tomatoes

Directions

1. Fry Bacon in skillet over medium heat. Once cooked, move to paper towel to drain and filter Bacon grease through a sieve into a glass measuring cup. You should have between ¼ cup and 1/3 cup of grease.

2. Dice tomatoes and place them along with spring mix, and 3 oz of the blue cheese crumbles in a bowl. Toss to combine.

3. Put Vinegar in with bacon grease and add remaining blue cheese crumbles. Whisk that to combine and then add to salad. Combine all ingredients until fully integrated.

4. Crumble bacon and add to salad. Stir to combine one last time.

Enjoy!

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Soldier’s Delight

Before Heather and I were married I would come over to apartment and cook dinner for her and her roommates. This is one of the dishes I found in a random cookbook that was on the shelf in their kitchen. The recipe called it Husband’s Delight, but I have changed the name and a couple of ingredients in order to make it better for us. This is now my go to recipe for Meal Trains after families have babies. It is wonderful and one of those dishes that only gets better then next day.

Ingredients

12 oz. Egg Noodles (Whole Wheat)

1 TBSP Olive Oil

1 – 1 ½ lbs ground beef

15 oz can Tomato Sauce

3 Cloves of Garlic

1 TBSP Sugar

Salt and Pepper to taste

8 oz Cream Cheese (softened)

8 oz Sour Cream

5 Green Onions sliced into small rings

8 oz Cheddar Cheese

 

Directions

  1. Boil Noodles according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and set inside a 9 x13 casserole dish.
  1. Over medium heat, heat Olive oil and garlic for 2 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until browned approximately 6-8 minutes. Add tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes.
  1. In separate bowl, combine Cream Cheese, Sour Cream and Green Onion.
  1. Shred Cheddar Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  1. To Assemble, put meat mixture on top of noodles. Place Cream Cheese mixture on top of the meat, and then top with cheddar. Bake for 25 – 35 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Serve with Biscuits for a great meal.

Mr. Army Wife’s Sloppy GI Joes!

I remember jumping for joy whenever my mother would serve up a batch of Sloppy Joe’s for us.  The version out of a can is ok, but this version combines fresh veggies and spices to create a wonderful flavor with a little bit of a kick.  It has been served to Soldiers around the country and there have never been leftovers.

Ingredients:

1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 lb ground beef
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green pepper
½ cup chopped red pepper
1 jalapeno chopped (optional)
2 cloves minced garlic
2 TBSP Tomato Paste
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup yellow mustard
1 TBSP honey
1 TBSP chili powder
½ TBSP cumin
¼ tsp cayenne
Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, peppers, jalapeno and garlic. Sauté until onions and peppers are soft, about 5-7 minutes.Add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and salt and pepper. Mix together and cook until ground beef in browned.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup and mustard. Stir together. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Serve on your favorite bread, Hamburger bun or my favorite, a toasted English Muffin.