Taco Lasagna

A twist on traditional lasagna, this Mexican style taco lasagna is very filling and nutritious. The fill factor comes from the protein full ingredients. Beans, ground beef, and cheese are primary players in this layered dish. Southwestern or Mexican flavors take center stage in this popular dish. As the layers stack up, you’ll find you only need to cut a sliver for each serving. Diners will find themselves wishing they had room to finish a second helping! This recipe version is fairly mild, however you could turn up the heat by using a spicy salsa, extra chili powder in the ground beef or mix in some banana peppers in your layers. My family likes a variety of heat levels in their Mexican food, so I provide a mild base and add the extra heat options on the table. Folks can dress up their plate as spicy as they want that way! Taco Lasagna Recipe Ingredients: 4 medium Tortillas 8 oz. Refried Beans 1 lb. Hamburger 1 med. Onion 2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese 8 oz. Black Beans 16 oz. Salsa Black Olives for garnish Sour Cream for garnish Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brown the ground hamburger and … Continue reading →

Creamy Pasta Salad

Winter hardly seems the time for pasta salads, but if you’ve worked up a sweat shoveling snow, then a cool side dish hits the spot. This simple recipe makes up in quick order and the ingredients can be found in almost every store that sells groceries. If I’m fixing lunch for just a couple people, I follow this recipe and have a reasonable amount of salad. However, if I’m inviting company for lunch, I double or triple the recipe. I’ve never ended up with too many leftovers. I like using the mixed vegetables because they’re colorful. The different shapes add some interest to the dish too. However, if you have a picky eater in the family, who only likes green beans, simply replace the mixed vegetables with the favorite green beans. When you’re purchasing ingredients, you have the ability to control the fat and sodium content of this recipe by the selection you make in the dressing. It seems every brand of salad dressing is available in many dietary varieties. Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe Ingredients: 8 oz. Spiral Pasta Twists 8 oz. frozen Mixed Vegetables 8 oz. Ranch Salad Dressing 1 c. shredded Cheddar Cheese Directions: Prepare pasta in boiling … Continue reading →

Taco Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe sandwiches are a perennial favorite in my family. I should say, they’re better than that, because it seems like we eat them at every other family gathering! When I was very young, my mother used a recipe for Sloppy Joe that centered around an envelope of seasoning that she bought in the spice aisle. Then, when I got to middle school or so, she changed her recipe and used a can of sauce that she bought in the aisle next to the spaghetti sauces. Either way, we made pots full of the sandwich mixture, using up to five pounds of hamburger. When you’re feeding seven people for supper every night, you need a lot of sandwich fixings. I’m sure mom was glad she only had one son during those years. I’ve talked with friends who’s recipe involves raw tomatoes, diced onions and a variety of spices measured out into individual portions. I have to say, that in all the sandwiches I’ve eaten, I have yet to meet a Sloppy Joe that I disliked. This recipe puts a Tex-Mex spin on the classic sandwich. Taco Sloppy Joe Recipe Ingredients: 2 lb. Ground Beef 6 oz. Tomato Paste 1.25 oz. … Continue reading →