Recipe- Mexican Pizza

Hey Cats!

I hope your week is off to a great start! I think it’s going to be a loooong week, but hopefully there will be pizza and other wonderful things at the end. Speaking of pizza, I may as well re-name this blog the Pizza Princess because I’ve been posting a new pizza recipe so often! It’s just that it’s so fun and easy to come up with new recipes, and obviously I have to share them with you. This weekend, my friends from college came to stay with me, and we made a delicious Mexican pizza for dinner Saturday night. It was so fun to cook with my friends, and the fact that it was delicious made it even better. This pie is very filling, good for a crowd. and reminds me of a flat enchilada. SO. GOOD. So enough chit chat, here’s the recipe.

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Here’s what you need:

-1 pizza crust (refrigerated, you know my rules)

-1 cup salsa

-1 lb hamburger meat

-1/2 of a purple onion, diced

-1 roma tomato, diced

-1/4 cup fresh cilantro

-1/4 cup frozen corn

-8 oz. queso fresco

-1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

-1/4 cup sour cream

-1 avocado

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Here’s what you do:

1. First, brown the hamburger meat in a skillet. You can season it with taco seasoning if you’d like, but we forgot to buy taco seasoning, so we poured a little salsa in the meat and added garlic and onion powder. Honestly, my friend Katie cooked and seasoned the meat, so I don’t really know what she did. So use your discretion. Make it taste like tacos.

2. Next, preheat the oven according to the directions on your pizza crust. I would suggest baking it a bit before you add the toppings, because our crust was a little undercooked in the middle!

3. Chop all your vegetables except for the avocado, and defrost the frozen corn in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Set this aside.

4. Spread the salsa on the crust. We used a chunkier sauce, which made it more like pizza sauce.

5. Then, spread half of the meat on top of the sauce, sprinkle half of the tomatoes, corn, onions, and cilantro, and crumble about 1/4 of the queso fresco and cheddar on top.

6. Add a second layer of toppings, starting with the meat, then veggies, then cilantro and the majority of the cheese.

7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the crust is cooked and the cheese is melted.

8. Drizzle the sour cream on top. We did this by microwaving the sour cream for 30-45 seconds to make it a little thinner. You could also put it in a plastic bag and cut the tip off and pipe it on like frosting,

9. Finally, slice the avocado and space evenly across the pizza.

10. Cut into slices and share with your friends!

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It’s the perfect combination of my two favorite foods: tacos and pizza! Give it a try- I promise you’ll love it!

That’s all for meow!

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Kristen Learns to Cook- Part 1

Hey Cats!

Since you last heard from me, I have moved into a new house, gone back home once, witnessed the Aggies lose their first SEC game (can’t even talk about it), and attended 3 &1/2 weeks of school. During this time, I have been perfecting my cooking & other domestic skills like cleaning and entertaining. But mostly cooking. That was one reason I was so excited to move out of the dorm and into anywhere with a kitchen. I absolutely love being able to make whatever I want for dinner, and not being forced to eat either a Lean Cuisine or junk food from the places on campus. Throughout the past month, I’ve also discovered that I love to cook dinner. It’s fun to come up with new ideas & try out new things. So, I have decided to blog about my adventures as I learn to become a gourmet chef. Although I started this process a few weeks ago, I still have a long way to go (I burn something at least once a week) and I’d love to share my kitchen endeavors with you! I typically cook small portions, usually just myself, and I use what I have in my pantry (which isn’t a lot), unless I’m dying for something different. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m having for dinner tonight!

Salsa Chicken
I half made this recipe up and half got it off the internet. It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve been to the grocery store, so I have very little to work with. I also bought a jar of salsa for the 1/4 bag of tortilla chips I had left over, and the chips are gone but the salsa is still here. I also didn’t have taco seasoning, so I had to get creative. I’m eating it as I type this, so I know it’s delicious!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 or 2 small boneless, skinless chicken tenders, thawed. (I bought a huge bag of individually frozen tenders. They’re smaller than chicken breasts, and they will last you literally forever. This is a staple in my fridge.)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Chili Powder
At least 1/2 jar of salsa (I used Joe T’s because that’s my fave.)
Shredded cheese

Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350
2. Lay the chicken in a small baking dish, and sprinkle seasonings on both sides.
3. Spoon salsa (however much you want) on top of the chicken.
4. Bake for 25 minutes. Be sure to cut into it & make sure it’s cooked, I’ve heard food-borne illnesses are quite unpleasant.
5. Sprinkle a little cheese on top & pop it back into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted.
6. DINNER.

I paired mine with a little rice & corn for a balanced meal. I keep bags of frozen vegetables like corn & green peas on hand & throw a little into a bowl with a splash of water into the microwave for about 3-5 minutes. That’s probably not the best way, but it’s better than not eating vegetables, and I don’t have to clean an extra pot.

So there it is! It was super delicious if I do say so myself. Hopefully I’ll go to the grocery store soon & come up with some new ideas! Until next time!