Episode #4: Tacos Recipe

In: Entrees, Recipes, The Show

This taco recipe is plenty for a family of four. I have included the directions for the rice, but feel free to make it your own by adding diced tomatoes, green chilis, or leave it plain. Hope you have good luck with it.

$1.66 – 1 lb. ground beef
$1.50 – 1 package of taco shells
$0.40 – Taco seasoning (I use Tones and follow the directions)
$2.00 – Taco toppings such as cheese and lettuce
$0.50 – 2 cups of white rice
$6.06 Total

Prepare taco shells according to the directions on the package.

In a 10 inch skillet over medium heat, brown your ground beef. Make sure you break up the meat into small pieces so it will fit onto your taco shell. Once the meat is brown (about 4-6 minutes), turn the heat to low, and drain the grease from the meat. Add seasonings according to the package ( I did 1/4 cup of seasoning and 2/3 cup of water). Stir and simmer for about 3 minutes. Eat and enjoy!

Directions for Rice:
Prepare 2 cups of white rice according to the directions on the box. I used instant white rice. To the two cups of water, I added one chicken bullion cube. When the water was boiling and the rice was ready to be put in, I added 1/2 tsp. of chili powder and paprika to the top of the rice and give it a quick stir. When you are ready to serve, top with 2 tablespoons of butter.

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This quesadilla recipe is a great one to have on hand. It is a little time consuming, so make sure you plan for it in your week. You can prep your veggies the night before and while the chicken is cooking, clear your counter so that you can make a nice assembly line when you are putting the quesadillas together.

What you need:
– 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
– 1/4 cup of water, vegetable oil, lemon juice, and taco seasoning
– 1 large onion
– 1 green pepper
– 12 ounces of mushrooms-sliced (optional)
– 10 flour tortillas
– 2 cups of cheese (monterey jack, cheddar, Mexican style)

Marinate 4 boneless skinless chicken breast overnight in a resealable bag using…
– 1/4 cup water
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 1/4 cup or 1 package or taco seasoning

Bake the chicken with marinade in an over safe dish for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare your vegetables. For this episode I used 3/4 of a large red onion, 1 green pepper, and 12 ounces of pre-sliced baby bella mushrooms. I sliced both the onion and green pepper into 1/2 in strips.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium to medium high heat. Add onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Add peppers and cook for an addition 1 minute. Finally, add mushrooms and another tablespoon of olive oil and cook for 1-2 minutes. Set vegetables aside.

Once chicken is finished baking, shred using two forks (or use a knife and cut). Assemble quesadillas using flour tortillas (NOT corn), chicken, vegetables, and cheese. Fold in half and place onto a baking sheet. Finish by browning the tortillas in the oven about 4 minutes per side. You may want to increase your heat in the oven to 400 if you want a more crispy tortilla.

Dipping sauce:
Equal parts of sour cream and salsa. Mix and enjoy!

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This version of BBQ Chicken Pizza is based on my personal taste. If you like more sauce, go ahead and add more sauce. If red onions are not your thing, try white or yellow. Any way you make it, it will be great!

One 12-14 inch pizza crust (thin crust)
One boneless skinless chicken breast diced into small bites
1 teaspoon of chili powder and paprika
1/4 teaspoon of cumin and salt
1/4-1/2 cup of BBQ sauce
1/4 cup red onion- diced
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Prepare pizza crust according to directions on package or your personal recipe. Add chili powder, paprika, cumin, and salt to chicken and coat evenly. In a 10 inch skillet, cook chicken for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Set aside.

Once pizza crust is assembled, spoon on BBQ sauce. For more sauce use 1/2 cups, for lighter version use less. Sprinkle on onion and cooked chicken. Finally top with remaining cheese. Bake in oven until your cheese is melted (and golden brown if you like your pizza this way).

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This is the recipe we used for the show.

10×7 non-stick pan
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 bag-3/4 bag of large marshmallows
5 cups of cinnamon square cereal

Melt butter over medium heat until almost completely melted. Add marshmallows and stir constantly, using either a spoonula or plastic spatula. Once the marshmallows have melted, turn off the heat and add cereal right away. Continue mixing until all the cereal has been coated with marshmallow. Pour mixture into the non-stick pan. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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This Week’s Menu (09/21/09)

Monday: Teriyaki Chicken with noodles and green beans

Tuesday: BBQ with coleslaw and french fries

Wednesday: Beef Fried Rice

Thursday: Creamy chicken with mushrooms, noodles, and broccoli

Friday: Fish fry! (out to eat)




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