Friday, July 25, 2014

Dinner Tonight: Nacho Night


Today's recipe is not a recipe...it's an idea.

Sometimes, when we're looking for something quick and easy to pull together for dinner, we'll have nachos.

  I love Nacho Night because it's so simple and we can use whatever random mix of ingredients we have in the fridge.  I also love this because it's the perfect One Pound meal...you can use ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken.

For the Shull four, this is the perfect Friday night meal...nachos, popcorn and a movie with the kids...love it!


This version below serves four.

Shopping List
1 pound of ground beef
1 (1 oz) packet of taco seasoning
1 (10 oz) can of Rotel Tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
a few handfuls of your favorite tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Chopped green onion, chopped red onion, pickled jalapenos, and/or avocado to garnish


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a pie plate or an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef until nice and crumbly.  Stir in your taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes and black beans.

In your prepared baking dish, layer your tortilla chips across the bottom (use as many as you like).  Pour your ground beef mixture down over the top of your chips.  Sprinkle cheese on top of everything and place the baking dish in the oven.

Bake about 10 minutes or until the chips appear lightly brown and the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Remove from the oven and garnish with your favorite toppings.

A quick and easy supper for your family :).

Happy Friday!




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

If you're a Burger person!


I am such a burger person.  Like seriously...I could eat a burger almost every day of my life.  Cheeseburgers are one of my favorite meals in life (that and pasta).  So, if you're a burger person like me...then today is your day.  Here are my favorite burgers to make this time of year (because summer and burgers just go hand in hand).


I mixed and matched this burger into a Taco Burger!  It's like eating a taco and a burger at the same time :).


If you love a Caprese Salad then you'll love my Caprese Turkey Burgers...same fresh flavors but in burger form.


My Meatloaf Burgers have the same yummy sauce that I use on my meatloaf...it's like a basic burger but way better than boring old ketchup! 


After we came home from Hawaii this spring, I was all about eating pineapple in my guacamole.  My Pineapple Guacamole Burgers are the perfect vessel for my new pineapple guacamole obsession.

For more of my favorite burger recipes, click here.

Summer is more than halfway over, and I have a lot of burgers to eat before the season ends! 

And to see all of my summer inspired recipes, click here.


Happy Summer!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Creamy Bacon & Pea Pasta Salad


Goodness!  I made a batch of this yummy pasta salad and the kids and I ate on it all week.  To me, this is the perfect little lunch recipe, but it also works well as a side too.  For instance, one night, we had this as a side to Andrea's Pulled Pork (yesterday's recipe) and that was so yummy!  And if you're eating meat-free these days, just omit the bacon and throw on some toasted nuts for crunch instead (a toasted almond or chickpea would be really good in here too).

Enjoy!

This is a great recipe because you can make as much or as little as you want.  The following directions are for four portions but you can easily increase that amount or decrease it based on your needs.


Shopping List
3 cups pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
2 cups fresh or frozen peas (brought to room temp)
8 green onions, chopped
8 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled (reserve a few pieces to garnish)
about 4 tablespoons of your favorite Ranch dressing (I used Newman's Own)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese to garnish, optional


In a large bowl, combine your cooked pasta with the peas, green onions, bacon and dressing.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.  Garnish with a little grated Parm and a few extra bacon crumbles.

Lunchtime will not be boring if this is on the menu!  And don't forget, it's a great side dish too!

Enjoy!









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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Andrea's Pulled Pork


You guys all know my bestie Andrea, right?  The super fun, super busy, super creative, super mom that I love so much.  Well, did you know that  she makes the worlds best pulled pork?

She does.

It's amazing.

We always request it.

And it never fails.

So now, we make it at our house too.

This recipe is one of my very favorites because it only requires four ingredients, you put them all in the slow cooker and then leave them alone until you're ready to eat.  This is the PERFECT  meal to make on busy school days (during the fall, we eat it almost weekly).  And it makes up a huge batch, so you can even have it two nights in a row if you like.

Thank you so much sweet friend for letting me share your wonderful recipe!!

If you use a 4 or 5 pound piece of pork, you could easily get 8 servings out of this one recipe.

Shopping List
1  pork shoulder (also called pork butt or pork roast)
1 large onion, chopped into big chunks
2 cans of soda, not diet (I have used both Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper)
1 (12 to 18 oz) bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce (Andrea and I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
Chopped green onions to garnish, optional
Buns if you're making sandwiches


In your slow cooker, place your pork and onion pieces inside.  Pour your soda on top of everything and cover and cook on high at least 8 to 10 hours.

Remove the lid after 8 to 10 hours and the meat should be falling a part at the touch of your fork.  Remove all of the meat from the slow cooker into a bowl and then drain your slow cooker of the onions and liquid.  Add your meat back to the slow cooker and shred it up with two forks.  Stir in as much of your BBQ sauce as you like.  At this point, you can serve immediately or you can turn the slow cooker to the "keep warm" setting and let it stay warm up to 4 or 5 hours until you're ready to eat.

So simple, right?  We just love making this!  And the leftovers are fabulous on top of a baked potato, in a quesadilla or taco, over scrambled eggs...honestly, it's just good any way you eat it.

This would be one of those perfect back to school recipes :).  On a busy school morning, throw this in the slow cooker and then that night, enjoy it with your family.

And speaking of back to school stuff...you should check out Andrea's back to school decorations.  They are so cute!!






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