Quick and easy dishes to warm your heart and stomach

September 10, 2022
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Introducing the Mansfield Record's new food writer, Jaydyn Kowalski!

Jaydyn is a stay-at-home wife and rabbit mom. She developed a passion in the kitchen at a young age while cooking for her family and gives all the credit for her cooking skills to her mother. You can find her making a mess in her kitchen in Athens, Texas. If you have a recipe to share or one to request, please email jaydynkowalski@gmail.com

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

This meal is a combination of my two favorite foods; soup and Tex-Mex! My mother sent me this recipe a couple of years ago and I have tweaked it to my liking. I’m definitely on team thick when it comes to soup, but if you're not, then you can remove the sour cream and cream cheese to have a thinner, more brothy soup. This has definitely been my most requested meal from friends and family. Enjoy!


● 3 cups of shredded chicken

● 32 oz of chicken stock

● 1 TBSP of olive oil

● 1 small onion diced

● 1 bell pepper diced

● 2 packets of taco seasoning

● 8 oz of green chiles (canned)

● 1 can of Rotel

● 1 jar of Verde Salsa (16 oz)

● 1 softened 8 oz block of cream cheese

● 1 container of sour cream (16oz)

Optional Garnish:

● Chopped Cilantro

● Sour cream

● Shredded Cheese

● Tortilla Chips

● Diced avocados


1. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring often, 4-5 minutes or until soft.

2. Add green chiles, chicken, taco seasoning, chicken stock, verde salsa, cans of Rotel and green chiles. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn heat to low. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

3. Stir in sour cream and cream cheese until completely melted and combined.

4. Ladle soup over the tortilla chips and serve with optional garnishes of sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro and diced avocados.

Caprese Sandwich with Basil Pesto

Need a super easy meal but don't want a plain Jane sandwich? Well, here you go! Also known as a “fancy grilled cheese,” this recipe is made weekly in my household and is a favorite of my husband.


● 1 jar of pesto

● Ciabatta rolls

● Fresh mozzarella log

● 1 large tomato

● Fresh basil leaves


● Cooked bacon

● Avocado

● Sliced turkey

● Sun-dried tomatoes


1. Spread some pesto on the cut side of both halves of each ciabatta roll.

2. Stack a slice of mozzarella on the bottom halves, followed by a slice of tomato and basil leaves

3. Serve cold or bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until mozzarella is fully melted.

4. Add sliced turkey, cooked bacon, avocado slices and sun-dried tomatoes for a more filling option.

Breakfast Bombs

This recipe is a modern twist on biscuits and gravy and is great for those lazy Saturday mornings at home. Any leftovers can be covered and placed in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (trust me, you WILL have leftovers).


● 1 can of biscuits (8 count)

● 8 egg yolks

● 4 strips of cooked bacon (crumbled)

● 1 bag of shredded cheese

● Packet of country gravy

● 1 lb of breakfast sausage

● ¼ cup melted butter


1. Roll out your biscuit dough to about ⅛ thickness. Place bacon, egg yolk, and shredded cheese into the center of each biscuit.

2. Bring all edges to the center and pinch so that none of the ingredients leaks out. Repeat for all biscuits

3. Place biscuits into a round nonstick baking pan and brush tops with butter.

4. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

5. Add breakfast sausage to medium pan over medium heat and brown sausage.

6. Follow instructions on the gravy packet and add ingredients to cooked sausage.

7. Top biscuits with gravy and serve!

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