Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Homemade Strawberries & Cream frappuccino

In my quest to avoid caffeine, which by the way, is not going very well :-(, I decided to investigate some of the other things Starbucks has to offer, as I didn't want to give up the whole "going to coffee" thing. I noticed they also made frappuccinos, and one of them even had no coffee---the strawberries & cream frappuccino. Okay, this is just heaven in a glass! Unfortunately, it's also major calories--not a great trade-off.

So I decided to go home, and try to make a homemade version that's a little less bad for you...Besides it's fruit, right? This is what I came up with:

Homemade Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino
Serves 2


2 containers of strawberries, washed & hulled
1/2 cup of milk--I used 1%
3 large ice cubes
1 cup whipped cream---I made my own from 1 pint of heavy whipping cream, a couple teaspoons of sugar and a couple teaspoons of vanilla, whipped with a hand mixer until firm---you will have some left over. For a quicker option, you could also use Ready Whip or Cool Whip.


Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. I prefer the cream mixed in with the rest of the ingredients, but you could add it to the top after blending if you'd like. You might also want to add a little bit of sugar or Splenda, if you like your drinks a little sweeter. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yummy Chicken Burritos with Black Beans & Chicken Nachos

It's been awhile since I've posted any recipes, but I just finished eating these amazing nachos, using the leftover filling from the chicken burritos I made up last night, and thought I'd share the recipe with you.

Yummy Chicken Burritos with Black Beans
Serves 4


Burrito filling:
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp cumin--I added more since we love cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp kosher salt---I added a couple dashes of garlic salt instead since we love garlic

8 flour tortillas---we used the mini ones, so it actually made up 10 burritos
Nonstick cooking spray
Tortilla chips
**you can also add any of your other favorite nacho fixins', like olives or onions, to this's very forgiving :-)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a large cookie sheet generously with cooking spray. Coat it well enough to see a thin layer of oil. In a medium mixing bowl, combine black beans, chicken, cheese and spices. Heat tortillas in microwave for 20 seconds so they don't break when you fold them. Divide mixture evenly among tortillas. Roll tortillas around filling and hold together with toothpicks.

Place on prepared cookie sheet. Spray tops of burritos generously with cooking spray. Bake 6 minutes. Turn burritos over and bake another 6-8 minutes until golden. Remove toothpicks and serve.

To make into nachos:

Place tortilla chips on microwavable plate and cover with burrito filling mix. Put in microwave on High for 30 seconds, or until cheese is melted. Enjoy!