Jan 31, 2006

ARF Tuesdays #5 and Leftover Makeovers

(photo courtesy of Google Images)

My absolute favorite ARF has to be blueberries. When I was growing up my mom often made blueberry pie an always had a stash of blueberry tea in the cabinet. I usually buy them frozen and use them for things like Blueberry Smoothies, Blueberry Oatmeal and of course Blueberry Muffins. Lately I have been buying Blueberry Juice as well. I just love the taste of blueberries. According to the US Highbush Blueberry Council, Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables." Great taste and good health... how can you lose!

I've been doing some refrigerator cleaning lately and began to use up leftover odds and ends I found. Here are a couple of of my new creations:



Taco Cups - I've seen lots of similar recipes to this but here's my version. I used a tube of Grands cheddar biscuits I had found on sale at out local market for 99 cents. I molded a half of each biscuit (you know how they are in layers, I split each one in half) into a muffin pan. Into each one I added some leftover refried beans, leftover pot raost which had been transformed into a tostada topping with the addition of green chilis and a few other spices... and then I sprinkled some cheese on top. Bake according to the package directions and ... Viola! Taco Cups :) We had them for lunch with salsa and guacamole on top.

A New Asian Chicken Creation - Not sure if this recipe is anywhere near authentic, but it sure is tasty! I had some leftover crushed pineapple in the freezer so I mixed with a little soy sauce and some of Penzy's Sate Seasoning, a bit of water mixed with corn starch and cooked it with chicken tenders. Served with California Mix veggies and Jasmine rice... yum!

6 comments:

BNA said...

I love blueberries too! In fact I'm drinking blueberry tea right this minute.

Dawna said...

My mom used to make a dish she called "Lozza Pie" or "Lots o' Pie" depending on who she was telling the story to. She wanted to make pizza, but had run out of yeast. Instead, she used her biscuit dough recipe and moulded it into a pie plate. She layered the other ingredients on top. They made a nice thick layer each because of the smaller surface area of the pie dish compared to the pizza pan. If I recall correctly, it baked for about 40 - 45 minutes at 350 F - we just loved it! Definitely fork-and-knife food as opposed to finger food, though.

Seeing your version just gave me such a hit of nostalgia. I'll have to try making these little ones as appetizers next time we're having a get-together.

Michele said...

BNA, I absolutly LOVE blueberry tea! Yum!

Dawna, my sister and I used to make something like that with Bisquick because we loved pizza so much. I think these taco cups would make great appetizers too!

stacey said...

1- blueberries: to die for. i love going blueberry picking in the summer...

2- taco cups. brilliant. those look so good!

Rona's Home Page said...

I'm a blueberry fan too.

Michele said...

Stacey, I would love to pick fresh blueberries, I'm jealous, LOL! No fresh blueberries in AZ.