Bytes to Bites

Cowboy Caviar
July 14, 2014, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Appetizers | Tags: , , , ,


A delicious appetizer. I think it makes a great, summer treat.


1 (11 oz) can corn, drained & rinsed

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed

2 large tomatoes, diced or 1 (10 oz) can tomatoes, with juice

2 ripe avocados, diced (add just before serving)

¼ cup red onion, chopped


2Tbsps. Lime juice

2 Tbsps. olive oil

2 Tbsps. red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cumin

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely

a few dashes of tabasco (optional)


Combine all ingredients, adding avocados last, and toss gently. Serve with Tortilla Scoops.


I love this treat! I don’t put the cilantro in because I don’t like it, or the tabasco, since I don’t really want a spicy snack. But, the option is there for those who like it.

Our Home Rating? 5/5 bites

Source: My Mom


Tuna & Vegetable Pasta Cheddar Melt
May 1, 2014, 1:47 am
Filed under: Dinner, Pasta, Weekday Meals | Tags: ,


A quick an easy Tuna Casserole meal from Campbell’s.


1/2 tbsp oil

1 1/2 cups small broccoli florets

1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 clove garlic, minced

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

3 cups uncooked whole grain rotini

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

1/2 cup milk

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

2 cans low sodium tuna in water, drained and flaked

1/2 cup shredded light cheddar cheese



1. Cook broccoli, mushrooms and garlic in heated oil in a large non-stick skillet at medium-high heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Remove vegetables and set aside.

2. Add broth to skillet and heat to a boil. Add rotini, reduce heat and cook at gentle boil until tender – about 15 minutes – stirring often. Do not drain.

3. Stir in soup, milk and pepper. Gently stir in tuna and reserved vegetables. Heat just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese.



Pretty good! Nobody complained about it. I like that it cooked in one pot, didn’t need to bake and had some veggies in the recipe, rather than needing the side.

Our Home Rating? 3/5 bites


Cheese Bacon Chicken Casserole
March 24, 2014, 4:35 am
Filed under: Dinner, Pasta, Weekday Meals


This was a Pinterest recipe. It looked quick and easy, and lived up to it’s expectations!


4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breats

6 stripes of quality bacon – cooked and crumbled

2 – 10 oz cans of cream of chicken soup

2 cups shredded Monteray Jack cheese

16 oz dried spiral pasta

2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook and crumble bacon. While bacon is cooking, cut chicken into bite-sized chunks. Set cooked bacon aside for later use. In the same pan, cook chicken in bacon drippings. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

2. While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta according to the directions. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400.

3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add chicken, both cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of Monteray Jack cheese. Stir to mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish.

4. Top with crumbled bacon. Top with remaining cup of Monteray Jack cheese.

5. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, just until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.


The recipe suggests a number of ways to change it up and different flavors – add a packet of ranch dressing mix, green chilies, a favorite vegetable.

I used one can cream of mushroom and one can cream of chicken, just because like the flavor better and also added fresh mushrooms. The mushrooms were added to the meat just before it finished to give them a quick saute before baking. I’d also consider mixing the bacon in with the pasta and sauce, as it had a tendency to clump on top of the dish amongst the cheese (easy pickings for a toddler….and husband!). But, very good!

Our Home Rating? 5/5 bites

Source: (via Pinterest)

Easy Crumb Topped Banana Muffins
March 24, 2014, 12:58 am
Filed under: Breads and Muffins


This was a Pinterest recipe. It claims to be the “best” banana muffin recipe, but I already have that so I knew it couldn’t be true. Still, these were moist and delicious and the entire family enjoyed them.


1.5 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

t tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 large ripe bananas

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup melted butter


1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp flour

1/8 tsp cinnaomn

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 tbsp cold butter



1. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

2. Mash up the bananas. Add the bananas, sugar, lightly beaten egg and melted butter to the flour mixture and mix up all the ingredients until just moistened (i.e. no dry spots showing).

3. Fill each lightly oiled muffin cup 3/4 of the way full.

4. Mix brown sugar, 1 tbsp flour, cinnamon and walnuts (optional) together. Cut tiny pieces of the cold butter into the mixture and mix until crumbly. spirnkle the crumb topping over your batter inside the cupcake pan.

5. Cook these muffins in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then enjoy!

Our Home Rating? 4/5 bites

Source: (via Pinterest)

Oven Baked Pork Chops with Rice
March 15, 2014, 1:56 am
Filed under: Dinner, Weekday Meals


So far, this is the easiest recipe I’ve found for this dish that I love.


1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 1/2 cups of ater

1 cup long grain rice

1/4 tsp pepper

4 pork chops

salt and pepper to taste


1. Mix first four ingredients together. Place in a casserole dish.

2. Add the pork, salt and peppering each side.

3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hour.

Our Home Rating? 3/5 bites

Source: Internet, forgot which site.

Slow-Cooked Parmesan Chicken
December 31, 2013, 4:28 am
Filed under: Dinner, Slow Cooker, Weekday Meals


Another slow cooker meal that will do in a pinch.


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 pouch dry onion soup mix

2 cans condensed Cream of Mushroom soup

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup converted long grain white rice

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts inside.

2. Stir the onion soup mix, mushroom soup, milk and rice together in a medium bowl. Pour over the chicken. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours or until the chicken is cooked through. (Note, mine cooked for about 5 hours on low and was fine).

Our Home Rating? 3/5 bites


Slow Cooker Dump and Go Cheesy Chicken
December 29, 2013, 9:49 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Slow Cooker


This was okay. Good enough that the recipe has sat bookmarked on my desktop for the last few weeks waiting to be blogged, but not a “jump up and stand on my chair” good meal. Easy, fast slow cooker meal for something different.


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

2 cans condensed Cream of Cheddar soup

1/2 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp garlic powder


1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken breasts inside.

2. In a medium bowl mix together soup and milk, and pour mixture over chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garlic powder.

3. Cook on High for about 6 hours. Note: Do not lift lid while cooking!

Our Home Rating? 2/5 bites