Winner, Winner Taco Dinner
This is a good little meal for two. The quantity of taco meat will actually make several meals for us. I had 1 taco and Wes had 3 tonight so 4 tacos total. We like coming up with meals that we will be able to make in the future with our own garden produce. Grow what you eat!! Tonight, 2 tomatoes and 1 head of lettuce was $1.35. And we have enough left over to do a nice salad in the upcoming week. The chicken came from Costco in 2 breast packages which is perfect for the two of us. The taco shells were a pack of 10! Very economical and tasty!
You will need:
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Mild Cheddar cheese
- 1 Cup Shredded Lettuce
- 1 Roma Tomato Cut up
- 4 Stand & Stuff Taco Shells (Old El Paso)
- Chicken Taco Filling (recipe follows)
- Other ideas for toppings: sliced avocado, sour cream, hot sauce or ranch dressing, olives, rice, beans, corn, the sky's the limit!
Chicken Taco Filling
2 chicken breasts
1 jar (15.5 oz) Tostitos Mild Chunky Salsa
1/2 packet of McCormick Original Taco Seasoning
Pour Salsa in to bottom of small crockpot. Add 1/2 packet of Original Taco Seasoning from McCormick and stir together with salsa. Put the raw chicken breasts on top of salsa mixture and use a spoon to spoon a bit of the sauce over the breasts while they are cooking to keep them moist. Cook on High for 3 hours, low for 6. Shred with a couple of forks. We like to have our chicken a little chunky rather than totally shredded.
Using our leftovers in a NEW way.... Chicken Taco Salad
What it includes... our chicken taco meat from yesterday, sliced black olives, cilantro lime rice, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, hominy and shredded cheese and just a few salty chips. YUM! You could also add guacamole, sour cream and salsa if you wanted.
St. Patty's Two Days Late
You will need:
- 3-5 lb. corned beef brisket (flat cut if they have it)
- 1 head cabbage, cut in wedges
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 (12 oz) bottle dark beer
- 1 stick butter, cut in slices
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
- 3 lbs baby red potatoes, BOILED
- (please visit site below to see how it is made)
We wanted to devote some time to making the corned beef since it is the first time making it on the Traeger Grill. The recipe is HERE, and if you want to see the video, it is HERE and YES, ours turned out just like that!! So good you guys. Remember if you make it this way, the red potatoes need to be boiled BEFORE you put them in with the brisket.
We went out for a quick dinner with our daughter tonight. I had the soup of the day, Pasta Fagioli and an iced tea. (I like soup but this one missed the mark quite a bit. Way too much broth and not nearly enough "stuff" in it. It had little bits of Italian sausage, carrots, onion, garlic, macaroni noodles, a LOT of broth and I think that was it. Price? $4.39 for that little bowl! I'm feeling bad now because I could have literally made enough for 6 to 8 people with that money. Live and learn people, live and learn.....
Leftover Corned Beef. This will be the last meal of this. Today its being sliced sliver thin for sandwiches for the week. I made a few new carrots and we had leftover boiled potatoes, corned beef and a toasted Dill Rye bread with butter.
Wednesday is our "Date Night" for the week, usually involving dinner of some kind and entertainment. But tonight, we are going to our grandsons school choir presentation. After the presentation, he was asked where he wanted to go for dinner. "Red Lobster!" His parents reined him in because Red Lobster is 1/2 away. So we got to eat at his 2nd favorite restaurant.... McDonalds! Oh Gosh, I'm not one to rock the boat especially when he was the start of the evening but wow, it was difficult finding something on the menu that I really wanted. So I just followed my husbands lead and got a #1... Big Mac with fries and a drink.
Appetizing OUI? NO! I'm not a big fan of McDonalds even though I think they have made more changes to their menu to keep it healthy than most of the fast food chains. I didn't finish my food and we didn't do date night.
We decided to see Beauty and The Beast for Date Night this week,(So GOOD you guys!!) so on Thursday night, I just whipped up a quickie smoked sausage on a bagel and macaroni and cheese. We had homemade vegetable beef soup for lunch with a TON of veggies so I didn't feel bad leaving out the veggies for dinner. Plus, Popcorn is a veggie right??!! (wink, wink)
That was our week. Thanks for joining us on this first ever, "What We Ate For Dinner This Week."
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