Disclaimer: I received a copy of Dinner for Two, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
House stuff is really starting to get hectic for us. With Christmas just around the corner, and this big move about to happen, I honestly just want to go home after work and be lazy. I don’t want to pack boxes or worry about cooking dinner. I just want to chill…I really miss my afternoon naps, y’all. 😛 Adult problems.
Since we alternate cooking nights with family that we live with, I’m always looking for something quick and easy to make after work. (It also has to taste good, of course.) I have quite a few go-to recipes, but I’m always looking for something different to add to my usual recipes. When I was offered to review Julie Wampler’s (of Table for Two) new book, Dinner for Two, I had to jump at the chance to give this book a try. Dinner for Two has 70 quick and easy dinner for two recipes (50 of which are dinner entrees and 20 are breakfast for dinner entrees). Quick and easy recipes…you had my attention, Julie.
I met Julie at Food Blog Forum in 2013, and ever since then, I’ve been a fan of her blog. She has gorgeous food photography, and she features a little bit of everything in her blog. One of the first recipes I tried from her blog was her Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala (which was delicious….I never blogged about it, but if y’all love chicken tikka masala, you have to try that recipe!).
Once I received her book in the mail, I immediately put post-it flags all over this book…there’s so many great dinner ideas! The first recipe we tried was this Beef Enchilada Rice Bake, and y’all…this recipe was so easy to throw together. Since it calls for cooked rice, I had the rice cooking while I was prepping and cooking through the first couple of steps. The timing worked out perfectly for me, since our rice cooker has rice ready in about 15 minutes.
As far as taste goes, this dish was super flavorful, and since I used a medium heat Ro*Tel, it had a good kick to it, too. My husband is pretty particular about recipes too, and he told me to add this to the (recipe) list. That’s when you know the recipe is a winner!
After flipping through Dinner for Two a few times, this book would make a wonderful gift this holiday season (it’s under $20 on Amazon right now). It’s perfect for anyone looking for quick and easy dinner ideas. I love that this book revolves around portions for two people…it’s just my husband and I, and we don’t need a ridiculous amount of leftovers we end up with after making some of my go-tos.
If you want more of a sneak peek of the book and to check out the recipes other bloggers are making out of Dinner for Two, check out Julie’s Virtual Date Night-In!
Beef Enchilada Rice Bake
Source: Dinner for Two cookbookIngredients:
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 green bell pepper, diced (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/2 lb. 80/20 ground beef
- 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (Ro*Tel), drained well
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 1/2 cup red enchilada sauce, plus more for drizzling
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mexican cheeseDirections:
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is heated, add the onion, green bell pepper and garlic. Saute the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the cumin, salt and black pepper.
- Place the beef into the skillet and thoroughly cook the beef, breaking it up into pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Stir in the tomatoes/green chiles, and remove the skillet from heat. Add in the rice to the skillet, and stir everything together until everything is evenly distributed. Stir in the enchilada sauce, until just incorporated.
- Place the mixture into a 2.5 quart oven-safe casserole dish. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the rice.
- Bake the casserole in the oven on the middle rack, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
- Carefully remove the casserole from the oven and drizzle on more enchilada sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
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