Showing posts with label beef. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beef. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Taco Friday Is Coming Up...

He is totally excited about Taco Friday. And totally excited for his front teeth to come in, too.

Are you ready?

Here's the recipe for French Taco Salad.

 It's delicious.

1 lb. ground beef
1 can of black beans or kidney beans
taco seasoning
1 bottle french salad dressing
shredded cheese
romaine lettuce
1 bag Nacho Cheese Doritos

Cook ground beef until browned, drain grease and add taco seasoning. Prepare as directed on back on pouch. Set aside. Cut up enough tomato, cheese, and lettuce to cover a 9 x 13 casserole dish, 3-4 tomatoes and 1 romaine heart. Toss meat, beans, tomatoes, 1/2 bag of crushed up Doritos and cheese  in a large bowl and combine with french dressing. Mix well and spread out evenly in dish. Sprinkle top with chopped lettuce and more cheese and then top with remaining Doritos to cover.

Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum.

On previous taco nights, I always add Mexican rice and a couple of cans of canned tropical fruit salad for dessert.

What a perfect meal.

And tonight, as I was writing this, I was making a big pot of Chicken Vegetable Soup. It was a total bummer compared this recipe.

*Note! This isn't something that will last into the next day...keep ingredients separate and mix before eating if serving it for later or if you think you will have leftovers!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chew on This.

Another post about how much I'm lacking? Yeah.

Let's start with dinner first, since this is supposed to be my foodie/recipe blog. Dinner has pretty much went like this: grilled cheese & soup/ McDonald's/ Subway/ a crockpot meal I've already posted about/ no-frills spaghetti/ pizza/ in-laws or someone else invited us over or took pity on us/ sandwiches.

Some of it's because I can't stand food. Some of it's because maybe my kitchen was dirty, and some of it is because Holy Crap, where did the day go?! So I should apologize to anyone who might look to this blog for actual recipes or dinner ideas. Sorry.

Second: I had parent-teacher conference and my kid is behind in reading. READING. My favorite thing/the most important thing and my kid is behind. The plus side: The teacher says that most boys his age are at the same level which really makes him average. But, still. It is such a chore because he hates it (apparently also common for his age group) so instead of fighting with him we just do one easy peasy story and we're done for the day.'s to becoming a book-nazi. And for praises? He is rockin' in math.

Third: house cleaning/laundry. I have taken pride in the fact that most times my house is spotless or barely cluttered with things like toys. Now, I can visibly wipe dust with my finger off of pretty much everything and Brycers wrote on our couch with a pen two weeks ago and it's still there. A knob fell off our entertainment center I-don't-know how long ago and I had a child lock on that particular cabinet because it is where we keep the movies....well, the cabinet is now a mass of jumbled up movie cases and loose DVDs which spells out D-I-S-A-T-E-R. And let's talk about the laundry...I had a pile of clean clothes lay on the floor beside the dryer for 3 days because I didn't want to fold them and put them away. My husband is ready to file for divorce. Well, not really, because let's face it: when you have 3.5 kids and a TON of student loan debt, you can't just...leave. Know what I mean? :)

So moral of the story: Don't get pregnant when you have 3 kids in various activities AND are the campaign manager of a very serious election.


Next time, let's talk about this election.

And if you really want an idea for dinner....have you had tacos recently?? Like regular hard shell tacos? We use regular ground beef with taco seasoning for filling, but I also make black beans and if I'm feeling fancy some Mexican rice, too. So we fill the tacos up with all the above plus our lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes and of course sour cream. Simple goodness. I love taco night.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Holy Hamburger!

photo: Nigel Cox

Has anyone seen the September cover of Bon Appetit? Oh. My. Gosh. I couldn't find a picture of the actual cover, but I think it is just a close up of the one above, which is a featured recipe in this month's magazine.

Any Bon Appetit lovers out there? I received a subscription a couple of years ago and just recently got suckered into another year. (They were giving a free cookbook with it). Right now, you can purchase a year for only $1 per issue. ONE DOLLAR PER ISSUE, folks.

I will admit that some of the recipes are over my head. They frequently feature ingredients that I can't even pronounce and preparation techniques that I wouldn't even know where to start.

But....once you get past that part, the recipes are pretty easy to follow. The photos are so tantalizing that your mouth will actually water and the inspiration the flows from the pages is not something you can just find anywhere.

So there is my justification for buying another subscription to a magazine I have only gotten a recipe out of once. But, it's worth it, I promise. And cookbooks are my thing.

Now on to that hamburger. I have been craving red meat something fierce. I usually don't eat much meat (yet I am not opposed to it), especially in the summertime, but lately I can't get enough. So hamburgers are on my to-do list for this week. And it's a happy time when hamburgers are on the menu.

I don't know if this is a plug for the magazine or the hamburger. My advice is to go for both. Your belly will thank you for the burger and your eyes will thank you for the magazine.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Lasagna: A Family Recipe

1 lb. ground beef*
1 onion, chopped
marinara sauce
lg. container of cottage cheese
2 eggs
rated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
dried parsley
mozzarella cheese
oven-ready lasagna noodles

*I use ground beef, however, my mom uses Italian sausage. I also make this a vegetarian dish and use fresh spinach leaves in place of the meat. It's really whatever you prefer.

Cook ground beef and onion together until meat is browned. Drain grease and then combine with marinara sauce. (I didn't specify how much sauce to use. This is because I usually make my own sauce, but I also just a regular size jar or a lg. can of the traditional Hunt's.) Set aside. Combine the cottage cheese, eggs, salt and pepper, parsley, and parmesan--mix well. Set aside. In a 9 x 13 baking dish, place enough noodles on the bottom to cover. Pour half of the meat mixture on top of the noodles and spread evenly. Do the same with the cottage cheese mixture. Then cover with mozzarella cheese. Repeat--noodles, meat, cottage cheese, moz cheese. I top it off by sprinkling parsley on top. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes. Check to make sure the cheese doesn't burn on top. If that is the case, you can cover with foil, but this seldom happens.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Nacho Party Dip

1 Block of Velveeta
1 Lg. Jar of Salsa
1 Lb. of Lean Ground Beef, cooked and drained
Tortilla Chips

Melt Velveeta. Mix in salsa and ground beef. That's it. Not an original, but good nonetheless. I mixed in some cooked black beans, I thought it made it even better. Suit yourself. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Italian Meatballs

I'm not a big red meat person. In fact, this year I've realized that I could go vegan with no problems at all. But, since I live with a carnivorous man and three little carnivorous man-children, I aim to please...every once in awhile. I've never quite understood the veracity for round balls of meat. For some reason, they tell me, "it just tastes so much better".'s the recipe:

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. Italian bread crumbs
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
A few good shakes of salt and pepper

Put all ingredients in a bowl and combine. C'mon, get your hands dirty. Form into little balls. (Makes about 10)

Put about 1 T. olive oil in skillet over medium heat and cook until done. Serve atop whole wheat pasta with marinara.

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