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Jen’s Gyros

The trick to these, like so many have discovered. Is getting the texture and spices into those delectable slices of Gyro meat. After much research, trial and error this is what I have perfected.

As this takes a good bit of time and work, I highly recommend making the meat ahead of time in enough quality to freeze several packages for future use.

When done well it tastes just like they make at our favorite Greek restaurant.Toufayan Bakery, Whole Wheat Tandoori Indian Flatbread, All Natural, Non-GMO (Whole Wheat, 3 Pack)  by Toufayan Bakeries  Toufayan Bakery, Whole Wheat Tandoori Indian Flatbread, All Natural, Non-GMO (Whole Wheat, 3 Pack)

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Ingredients

1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
1/2 medium cucumber chopped or shredded
Halved Grape or Roma tomatoes chopped
4 or 5 strips if Jen’s Gyro meat or chicken strips
Crumbled feta cheese
Flat Naan bread if you can’t find it, large flour tortillas work well
2 Tbsps Tazziki Sauce

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To Assemble

Using on piece of Naan flatbread or tortilla fill with Gyros Meat or Chicken strips
Add red onion slices, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and Taziki Sauce. 
Roll into tube enclosing one edge.  Use aluminum foil to hold closed edge if desired. 
Enjoy!

This will quickly become a family favorite.  You can add black olives or even shredded lettuce if desired.

Jen’s Loaded Nachos

I These started out as a great alternative to traditional recipes of tacos, enchiladas, Doritos casserole. They make a great meal, snack, or game day favorite too.I wash mine in the dishwasher and reuse at parties, on special occasions and if it breaks it was disposable to begin with.

Ingredients

2 lbs minced beef or chuck
1 medium yellow onion diced
1/2 medium bell pepper chopped
2 Roma tomatoes diced
Sour cream (we like Daisy in squeezeable application)
Chucky salsa (we like taco bell mild)
1 – 16oz fiesta blend shredded cheese
Guacamole if desired
1 lg bag Tostitos Scoops (you can use any kind of totilla chip you prefer these just make handy cups)
2 pkg McCormick Taco seaoningChopped jalapeno, black olives, melted cheese sauce, are optional.
You can make to many variations to list, including chicken, steak, salsa verde, lime, and anything else you can dream up.  I make mine like our family taco night.Farberware 22001 Buena Cocina Deep Nonstick Frying Pan / Fry Pan / Skillet with Lid and Helper Handle - 12 Inch, Black  by Farberware  Farberware 22001 Buena Cocina Deep Nonstick Frying Pan / Fry Pan / Skillet with Lid and Helper Handle – 12 Inch, Black.    by Farberware

Directions

  • In medium pan, brown ground meat.
  • Drain excess fat
  • Add 1/2 cup water and taco seasoning stirring well to coat meat.
  • Continue over medium heat until water has evaporated.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Chop or dice vegetables as needed. I found a few great shortcuts if there is no one around to help.  You can get shredded iceberg lettuce like the restaurants use in the produce section at your local Walmart. If I don’t have the time the also have pico de gallo instead of dicing onions and tomatoes yourself. They add cilantro and typically Serano peppers. 
  • Spread chips or cups on big tray. 
  • Evenly sprinkle with cooked, seasoned meat, vegetables, cheese and toppings as desired. 
  • Feeding a diverse crew?  Set everything up and let them add their choices as they like them.  This concept also works well for parties and game days too.


Try with a virgin or real margarita and maybe Tres Leche cake for dessert.

Fun Holiday – Old Farmers Day

October 12 is Old Farmers Day, a day devoted to old farmers and their farming techniques.

Agriculture and farming today is largely mechanized and very scientific, but these developments would not have been possible without the wisdom and hard work of old farmers. This day gives them thanks. Listen to them and to their stories, and to learn from them and their techniques.

Farm, farmers, farming, old farmers, grow

While the origins of the holiday are unknown, Old Farmers Day is celebrated by many as a throwback to sustainable and farm-to-table farming practices of the old days.

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Farming and agriculture have a long and varied history in every culture. Despite the differences on what is grown, how farming is done and what materials are used, one thing remains common to all agricultural societies – the farmer. Farmers are the lifeline of agriculture – they tend to the agricultural product from the time of sowing to the time it reaches the market. It is because of hardworking farmers around the world, that most of us have food on our tables every day.

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How to Celebrate?

  • Learn about old farming techniques.
  • If you own a farm, farm today using old farmers tools.
  • If you have an old farmer in your life, take them out for lunch and listen to their stories and ask for their wisdom.
  • Not a farmer? That shouldn’t stop you from celebrating this fun holiday. Visit your local farmer’s market and patronize your local farms. Buy only locally grown food and locally raised meat. Get involved in your local farm-to-table movement.
  • Start your own garden, like an indoor herb garden. Or plan a vegetable garden outside.

Did You Know…

…that according to scientists, almost 40% of the Earth’s land is used for agricultural purposes?

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Family Tacos Night

Ingredients


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 medium onion diced
  • 1/4 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1 – 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1 pkg  flour tortillas
  • 1 pint sour cream 1 8oz jar of your favorite salsa.
  • Cheddar or Mexican blend shredded chesse
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Directions

  1. Brown fround beef over medium heat. Add pkg taco season and 1/4 c water. Cook another 5-7 minutes allowing water to evaporate.
  2. Cut all vegetable toppings and place in separate bowls.
  3. Open pkg of tortillas and warm for 1 minutes microwave.
  4. Leave spoons in each ingredient to add to tortillas.In our home each person layers the ingredients on the tortilla as they like it. (I like mine full of equal parts veggies and meat. Topped generously with salsa and sour cream. If available I enjoy a bit of guacamole as well.)
  5. If you fill tortilla to full, you will need a fork and plenty of napkins.
  6. Roll tortilla tucking ends as you go.  They are less likely to break or tear if warmed. 
  7. Enjoy.  We eat holding bottom firmly in place.  Be cautious when setting down or they can unroll.
  8. Juices may leak from seams so keep a napkin close by.
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These are an easy substitute to go low carb or keto. 

There are so many options you can use with this basic idea. Substitute chicken, fish or steak, for ground beef.  Avocado, refried beans, black beans, corn salsa, rice, cabbage.  Any kind of cheese you like.  Or use tortilla chips, top and warn for ultimate loaded nachos.  Skip the tortillas entirely and add more lettuce for a great salad option.  These make a great party food as well.  Try some until you find your favorite.  Try a new variation for Cinco de Mayo, or make it a game day treat.  It’s really fun to try them all.
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