Taco Salad

Just a simple taco salad but oh so quick and easy and yummy!  This is one of those meals that no matter how picky my kids are, they all eat this.  I usually have to cook about 5-6 lbs of taco meat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • grated cheese
  • salsa
  • tortilla chips
  • additional toppings: jalapenos, avocado, etc

Prep:

  • Brown the meat in a skillet until no longer pink.  Add seasoning and water.  Simmer while you prepare the veggies.
  • Chop all your toppings.
  • Pile on your plate in the order you wish.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Definitely a favorite for my fam.  This is a rich and satisfying chicken soup.  Adapted from My Great Recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4-5 stalks of celery, sliced
  • onion, chopped
  • chicken bouillon cubes
  • carrots
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • egg noodles
  • 1 cup milk

Prep:

  • Boil chicken and reserve broth.
  • In the broth I usually add enough water to make the amount of soup that I’m wanting. And I add chicken bouillon cubes equivalent to the water that I added;  for example, if I add 4 cups of water, I’ll add 4 bouillon cubes.
  • Add carrots to the water and bring to a boil.  Boil until carrots are tender.
  • Meanwhile, saute celery and onion in the butter until tender.  Add the flour.  Cook, stirring constantly until golden brown.  Add to the broth and continue cooking.
  • Add noodles.  I get the frozen noodles because I think they are better, but any egg noodles are fine.  Cook until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Chop the chicken.  I use my Pampered Chef chopper…it makes it sooo much easier.  Add to the soup broth.
  • Finally, add the milk.

We enjoy eating this with either crackers or warmed french bread.  YUMMY!  This will feed my family for two days and I still have 3 growing teenage boys at home.

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Lasagna Soup

All the traditional flavors of lasagna come together in this heartwarming meal-in-a-bowl.  And only 280 calories per serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (14 1/2 oz) cans reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Prep:

  • In a large saucepan, cook the turkey, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.  Add garlic;  cook 1 minute longer.  Drain.
  • Stir in broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Stir in pasta.  Return to a boil.  Reduce heat;  cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Yield:  8 servings

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Dipsy Doodles

Dipsy Doodles.  I grew up eating these and thought everyone in the world knew what they were and ate them too.  Not until I moved out of Texas the first time, did I realize that the rest of the world had never even heard of them.  It’s quick and filling and your family will love them.

Ingredients:

  • ground beef patties
  • hamburger buns
  • sliced cheese
  • chili
  • lettuce
  • tomato (diced)
  • onion (chopped)
  • fritos

Prep:

  • Cook your beef patties over medium high heat until no longer pink in the middle.  Heat the chili.  I used canned chili…I know it’s not the healthiest but hey…it works.
  • This is how you layer your Dipsy Doodle.  Half a hamburger bun, cheese, beef patty, chili, lettuce, tomato, onion and Fritos.

Now you get to chow down.