Mexican Seasoning Blend

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We recently moved Savannah home again. She will be doing an internship in January, and it was impossible to find a six-month lease near the college. So, for six-months, she will make the daily drive to college.

I questioned how living together would be after she has been on her own for so long. I’m trying really hard to remember she’s not a child any longer. It is coming with some benefits also. She has become very independent…she doesn’t want me doing her laundry, and she has become an excellent cook!

Fajitas is a specialty of hers, and I am using every excuse I can think of to have her cook them often. Her secret is this awesome seasoning blend that she makes. I even seasoned a roast with it, and it was delicious.

Savannah does not have an exact measurement for the meat and veggies. To feed two people, she typically uses one to two boneless, skinless chicken breast, two green bell peppers, one large onion, and two to three Roma tomatoes.

Savannah seasons her meat with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Then saute’s it in a little oil until done. She then removes the meat from the skillet to saute green bell peppers and onions. Once the veggies are tender, add chopped Roma tomatoes and a heaping tablespoon of the fabulous seasoning, plus the juice of half a lime. Add the meat back to the skillet, stirring to combine and serve.

Try this tasty Mexican seasoning blend on burgers or grilled meats for extra wonderful flavor!

 

Mexican Seasoning Blend
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Store in a small jar.

 

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One Part Plant Cookbook Review

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☛ 256-page hardback
☛ Publisher: Harper Wave (February 21, 2017)

My mom is dealing with several health problems, and it seems that all of them require restrictions of different foods. However, fresh vegetables are allowed across the board.

One Part Plant by Jessica Murnane is filled with incredible plant-based recipes. I am not a vegetarian myself, but the amazing photography has me dying to try every recipe in the book.  I plan to use this cookbook to find healthy recipes for my family and me.

I have tried two recipes in this beautifully illustrated cookbook already. The Overnight Chai Oats are delicious with fresh fruit and a drizzle of my local honey on top. I also loved the Creamy Butternut Squash and Lentil Tacos, they are not only healthy but very satisfying.

Jessica is a wellness advocate and podcast host who changed her diet five years ago. She suffered from Stage 4 endometriosis and was in such severe pain that she could not get out of bed some mornings. After reading how a plant-based diet could help alleviate her pain and symptoms she skeptically gave it a try. She says her pain began to fade within weeks.

One Part Plant includes a “pantry essentials” section that gives a brief description of your “not so run of the mill” ingredients. The recipes are simple and easy to follow.

I will be visiting my mom in Atlanta later this week, and I can’t wait to try a few of these fabulous recipes with her!

 

About Jessica Murnane:

Jessica Murnane is a wellness advocate, podcast host, and creator of the One Part Plant movement. She has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and works to raise awareness for endometriosis and women’s health issues. Jessica has contributed to and appeared in countless magazines and websites, including Mind Body Green, The Coveteur, Food 52, PopSugar, and Chalkboard Magazine and has spoken at Apple and Taste Talks. She interviews some of the biggest names in food, lifestyle, and design on the popular One Part Podcast. Through her website (jessicamurnane.com), classes, and restaurant partnerships, she’s working to get everyone on this planet to start eating one plant-based meal each day. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, son, and lots of palm trees.
Connect with Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Good Thursday dear readers! I have decided to write today about a dilemma that I am facing, or maybe just to tell you where my life is at right now.

Over the past six years, I have shared stories with you about myself and my family. However, I have always been a little bit guarded when it comes to details. After all, it is my private life, my family and friends and this is the internet.

I grew up in Cumming, Georgia. It’s just north of Atlanta and it was much smaller back in the day than it is now. I can remember in high school we would cruise from the Dairy Queen to the Pizza Hut because that’s pretty much all that we had. My dad was a minister and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet many people through the churches that he pastored. I still keep in touch with many friends from those days. Both of my parents grew up in Cumming and most all of my family lived there, and still does. I lived on the same dirt road one set of my grandparents lived on. Many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins also lived there. My other grandparents live just across town and we were there most Sunday afternoons along with my many Glover cousins, aunts, and uncles.  It was the best life a child could have in my opinion.

Forgive me if I repeat things that I have told you in the past.  You all know that we have moved several times with Greg’s job and now we are living on his grandparent’s farm in Garfield, Georgia. The farm he brought me to before we were married. Looking back, I think it may have been a test to see if I was wife material for him.

He grew up in Tucker, Georgia but spent entire summers here when he was young. Nothing could have made him happier than helping his grandfather on the farm. When it came time for college, he went just about 30 miles down the road from here. He has loved this place his entire life. It was like all of his life’s dreams came true when he had the opportunity to transfer to a place that would allow him to live in this majestic place.  We enjoy our time together out here.  Simple things like riding the 4 wheeler, or picking blackberries and muscadines are relaxing.

Since Wes was born, 23 years ago, I have had a few odd jobs. Always part-time and they always allowed me to set my hours and work from home. I have pretty much lived for my family. Everything I have done has been for them, and I have loved it. It has been the job of my dreams. I would not trade all of those carpool lines or school parties or even those sick days with the kids for anything in the world. My only regret is that I can’t go back and do them again.

Wes is still living at home, but with his schedule, I do not see him often. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in December and just started working on his Masters. He has been working at the elementary school this year and has discovered that he has a heart for kids. Especially special needs children and he has decided to get his Masters degree in Special Education. I couldn’t be prouder. When he tells me stories about those little kids and when I see one of them call him “Mr. Wes” it almost melts my heart.

Savannah lives near her college campus. She is a junior, and she is majoring in accounting. She is a hard working student not only taking a full load and maintaining a great GPA but working a part-time job also. She has the next few years mapped out, and she is just head strong enough to make it happen. When she calls me about her day, I can hardly believe that she is mine. She has such drive and determination. I don’t know how I got so lucky with two great kids.

Greg has been at the same job since before I met him. He was always in operations, but in 2016 he transferred to the safety department. It requires a lot of travel but the day to day stress is much less. He’s enjoying the change, and I’m proud that he has this opportunity.  He has been a great provider and a wonderful husband.  I have had several opportunities to go with him since the job change.  In fact, I was just with him in Savannah, Georgia this week.  We celebrate 30 years of marriage this year.  It’s true that you get out of a marriage what you put into it.  So now more than ever, when life if pulling us in all directions, we will make the effort to do whatever it takes to keep this marriage strong.

As of late, I have lost my zeal for cooking. I go through the day wondering why I should clean the house just for me. I could get a job, but who wants to hire someone that has been home for as many years as I have and I could never make enough money to justify driving the distance from the farm.  Besides, when the opportunity does arise for me to travel with Greg I don’t want to have to ask permission from anyone else.

I’m basically in a rut, and I’m not sure how to get out of it. I am a happy person, ask any of my friends.  I know that some are probably reading this and thinking I’m depressed, though.  I don’t believe that’s the case.  I think I’m simply bored.

You may have noticed that my posts have been sparse since the first of the year. My desire to cook and make a mess in the kitchen just isn’t there.   I’m past the cook for my family every night and share these wonderful recipes stage of life and I don’t know where to go “blog-wise”.  I have enjoyed this for 6 years. I even write a weekly food column for several newspapers.  I have had opportunities to do a few magazine articles and small cookbooks for the newspaper readers.  It has been fun.  However, Not Just Sunday Dinner has six years worth of recipes. What more could anyone want? Is it time to stop? Is it time to change my direction? Should I start bringing you meal plans, or maybe easy recipes?

Your opinion matters to me, and I am begging for your input! What would you like to see?   What brings you to my site and what will keep you coming to my site? Please help me out on this one.

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Amye’s Top Recipes from 2016

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One of my favorite post each year is my top picks. I’m running a little late this year, but I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to share my favorite recipes from 2016 with you!

It’s obvious at first glance that I enjoy cheese, chipotle peppers, sugar, and food with a Mexican flair. Because I am trying new recipes much of the time, I often prepare a recipe only once. However, my top picks for 2016 are recipes that I make over and over again! These are all dishes that my family and I enjoy. These are the foods that I crave.

I think it would be fun to sit down one day and figure out my ALL-TIME favorite NJSD recipes!! Maybe that will be an upcoming post!

In the meantime, visit or revisit these fabulous recipes from 2016. Simply click on the recipe title below to be redirected to the original post.

 

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The Varsity has nothing on these delicious Crispy Onion Rings!  They are fast and easy to prepare and worth the effort!

 

My cousin’s recipe for this Garden Dill Veggie Sandwich is simply the best!

 

Maybe it’s a little cold outside for these fabulous Peaches and Coconut Cream Popsicles, but they will be on the menu here soon!

 

The Cilantro Sauce takes these Fajita Kabobs over the top!  This is a must try recipe!

 

Sweet Potato bread is amazingly moist!  I seldom make the pineapple butter but for special occasions it’s a wonderful addition!

 

Not only does this Pineapple Upside Down Pound Cake look beautiful, it also tastes great!

 

This homemade enchilada sauce is so simple you will wonder why you haven’t been making it all along!  Make these tasty Chicken Enchiladas for an easy weeknight dinner!

 

Customize this recipe with as many chipotle peppers as you like.  I love the wonderful smoky flavor of chipotle peppers in Amye’s Smoky Cheese Dip!

 

My aunt’s recipe for Heirloom Carrot Cake is THE best carrot cake I’ve ever had.  I love this frosting!

 

Here’s another super easy recipe, Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk Jalapeno Sauce.  I simply pick up chicken tenders at Zaxby’s then make the sauce for a delicious and simple meal for the family!

 

This smoky, spicy barbecue sauce adds tons of flavor to this yummy Smoky Barbecue Chicken Sandwich!  I keep this sauce in the fridge all of the time!

 

These wonderful Peanut Butter Fingers are the first recipe I ever cooked on my own as a teenager.  They are a great treat to this day…many years later!

 

I love the taste of pickles and olives.  This Olive Bruschetta is a sure winner for your next party!

 

Notice this is the third family recipe that I picked for a 2016 favorite.  Make my aunt’s Tea Cake recipe and you may never make another cookie!  They are just that good!

 

You will not find many casserole recipes on NJSD but this one is a keeper!  This ooey, gooey Cheesy Onion Casserole is high on the list of comfort foods in our house!

 

Now I am craving all my favorites!   I always enjoy your comments and I would enjoy hearing from you now.  Do you have a favorite recipe from NJSD that you have tried and you make it over and over again?  Leave a comment on NJSD or email me at notjustsundaydinner@yahoo.com.  My goal for 2017 is to have more reader involvement.  So please, if you enjoy NJSD or you have a favorite recipe, or you just want to say “hi”, let me hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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