Jalapeno Popper Casserole

Super easy and super yummy dinner recipe!!

3 cooked and shredded chicken breasts

1 Tb. Garlic powder

8 oz. softened cream cheese

1\2 c. buttermilk

1\4 c. chicken broth

6 jalapeno’s

4 oz. cheddar cheese

4 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese

4 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese

1\2 Tb. Paprika

3 pieces of fried, crumbled bacon

  1. Mix the spices into the shredded chicken
  2. Put the shredded chicken into the bottom of a casserole dish
  3. Whisk cream cheese, buttermilk, and chicken broth in a bowl and then pour on top of layered shredded chicken.
  4. Next, finely chop up the jalapeno’s and then put them in the casserole dish on top of the mix in there.
  5. Finally, top with both cheeses and bacon.
  6. Turn oven to bake at 375
  7. Bake dish for 20 minutes and then enjoy!

Bacon and Beef Meatballs

Being stuck inside on a snow day gets the creative cook a cookin’!! I found a few different recipes, combined them, and then added my own additional little flair!

1 lb. ground beef

2 Lg. eggs

3/4 c. Parmesean Cheese (shredded)

1 c. Monterary Jack Cheese (shredded)

4 lg. cloves of garlic (minced)

1/4 c. dried parsley (you could use fresh if you wanted, just chop it up finely)



1 tsp. onion powder

1 Tb. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried basil leaves

1 tsp. fennel seeds

1 tb. oregano

1/3 c. bread crumbs

3 pieces of thick cut, old style, bacon

1 Large can of pasta sauce\ or about 4 c. of your own home made tomato sauce

1.Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until everything is evenly through out the meat.

2. Take a medium cookie scoop and scoop out little balls of the meat mix and set them on a plate

3. Continue step 2 until all meat is used.

4. Once all meat is scooped out, use your hands to roll each piece into a smooth round ball.

5. After all meat is balled, set a pan on medium heat and put enough olive oil in to have about a 1\2 inch thick frying oil in the pan.

6. When pan is hot, put in 5 meat balls, and let fry, on both sides, until the outside is browned but isn’t cooked all the way through the meat ball.

7. Repeat step 6 until all meat balls are browned, then add all meatballs to a simmering pot of tomato\pasta sauce

8. Let meatballs simmer in the sauce for 45 minutes.

9. Serve!

*optional: if you want to, you can serve with 1 lb. of cooked pasta to make spaghetti

*top with Parmesan for a pretty look

Cacao Nib Granola

Granola is soooo easy to make i never buy it anymore! Goes great with yogurt or trail mix or even just by itself!!! Here is the recipe for granola.

Quick Cacao Nib Granola
4 c. Oats (steel cut)
1/2 c. Almonds (slivered)
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds (roasted)
1/2 c. puff rice cereal
1/2 c. Cacao nibs
1 Tb of cinnamon
1/4 c. Melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring
1/4 c. Agave syrup

  1. Mix everything in a bowl together.
  2. Pour out on a baking sheet and spread out to evenly thin on the sheet.
  3. Put in oven at 350 for 30 minutes.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Then break up granola and put into your desired container for storage.
  6. Use on everything or eat by itself!!!

Green Sauce #1

There are many different southwest influenced green sauces that I love to make. Some are creamy and others are more like a hot sauce. This one, however, is somewhere in the middle. Its perfect for chicken burritos or even just for dipping chips or tortillas in!

1 large can green enchilada sauce (I used El Tapo brand as I did not have time to make home made)

1 Tb chile powder (I used my favorite New Mexico Chile Powder)

1 Tb coriander powder

1 tsp cumin

1 Tb garlic powder

5 cloves of fresh, minced garlic

2 jalepenos (chopped up finely)

1 lemon (juiced)

1 Tb cornstarch

  1. Pour the can of enchilada sauce into a pot on the stove and bring to a boil.
  2. After pot is boiling, mix in all of the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Bring back to a boil and turn down heat and let simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Add to burritos or enjoy with chips!

New Name!!!

So Joyful Cooking has now become North by Southwest! Joyful Cooking was just the start up name that I could come up with, but after a couple months of working on the site and doing a few food sales, the name no longer quite fit what I was striving for. North by Southwest is now the official name. Stay tuned as there will be even MORE changes coming in the next few months. I will be posting some more recipes coming shortly though so please forgive the lapse of those.

Almond Brownie Trifle

1 box of brownie mix (and the ingredients used for that box)

2 boxes of Jello Chocolate Pudding (ingredients needed to make it as well)

2 c. whipping cream

1 tb. sugar (I use raw sugar)

1 tb. Vanilla Flavoring

2 tb. Cinnamon

1 c. slivered almonds

1\2 Brookside Salted Almond Dark Chocolate bar

  1. Make brownies according to box instructions
  2. Once brownies are cooked, set aside to cool. ( I put them in the fridge to cool more quickly after they have become room temperature)
  3. Make pudding according to package instructions
  4. When pudding is made, leave pudding in the one bowl and set in the fridge to cool and thicken
  5. Add whipping cream, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla into a mixing bowl and whip on high speed for about a minute and a half or until medium peaks form.
  6. When whipped cream is made, leave in mixing bowl and put into fridge to set up and to keep cool.
  7. After about half an hour all of the food should be cold enough to put together.
  8. Bring out a large decorative serving bowl ( I used a Trifle bowl I got from Walmart for 12 bucks)
  9. Layer first 1\3 of the brownies on the bottom of the bowl
  10. Next add 1\3 of the pudding mix on top of the brownies
  11. Add 1\3 of the whipped cream on top of pudding
  12. Sprinkle 1\3 c. of the almonds on top of the whipped cream
  13. Repeat steps 9 through 12 two more times, until all of the brownies, pudding, whipped cream and almonds are used.
  14. On a cutting board, chop up the 1\2 chocolate bar into small little chunks
  15. Sprinkle chocolate bar pieces on top of the last layer of whipped cream.
  16. You can either serve it immediately or put in fridge for a couple hours if needed until ready to serve!
  17. Enjoy!

Flavor of Joy: Garlic

Garlic is one of my favorite things to cook with! If I feel like something is missing from a dish, I add garlic and it completes it. I start most meals with garlic or I add it in one of its various forms. The strong distinct taste of garlic is known world wide and is used in pretty much every ethnic food style you could think of. The use of garlic dates as far back as history goes. It was used in medicine, decorative, and culinary ways. Since back then, we have new medicines but garlic still has some amazingly powerful helps in our health that we should try.

The great thing about Garlic is that it also has a variety of health benefits. During the cold “season” I multiply the amount of garlic I use. Garlic is one of the best things you can intake for boosting the immune system. One of Garlic’s active compounds (diallyl sulfide) is able to break through bacteria’s membranes quickly and helps to lower the risk of the harmful bacteria growing into something more serious. Another reason it is good to always have garlic around is because of its anti-oxidant ability. Believe it or not, it is also great to use for arthritis pain as garlic also is an anti-inflammatory.

Garlic has numerous health benefits and uses. I could sit here all day and tell you about them but I just wanted to bring this amazing little super food to your attention and get you to notice how amazing the things are that you have in your kitchen!!!