Taco Squares

If you know me at all then you are already aware of my love of easy recipes. Look, I like cooking as much as the next person, maybe more than most people, but occasionally I have nights where I revert back to my old self. That girl hates cooking. She doesn’t know how to do it, she doesn’t want to learn anything about it, and she loves Easy Mac and ramen.

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I am not that 20 year old girl anymore, so I no longer count Easy Mac as a food group.

Since I can’t live on Easy Mac and ramen noodles like I used to, I have to find alternatives. Recipes that don’t take that much time, but aren’t 90% sodium either. (That may be a slight exaggeration, but holy cow, have y’all had ramen lately?)

Anyway, this was an easy and delicious weeknight meal. It was a nice alternative to tacos and it was definitely husband approved.

Taco Squares

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey or soy crumbles
1 packet taco seasoning (you can also make your own)
2 (8 oz) cans crescent rolls
1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 diced tomato or halved cherry tomatoes
salsa (optional)
sour cream (optional)
guacamole (optional)

1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2) Cook your turkey or meat substitute and drain. Stir in taco mix (or your own seasonings) and reserve for later.

3) Unroll crescent rolls and place in a rectangle on a(n ungreased) cookie sheet. We had to mess with the dough a little to get it all to fit, that’s perfectly okay.

4) Bake dough for approximately 15 minutes, or until a golden brown.

5) Top with your turkey/meat mixture and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, just until cheese is melted.

6) Sprinkle cheese and diced tomato on top, serve with salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from What’s Cooking, Chicago?, my new favorite blog.

The only changes I made were leaving off some olives (I hate olives) and I didn’t cool the dough once it was baked.I have to admit that I didn’t read the directions closely enough to realize I was supposed to cool the dough in between steps. Oops.

Regardless, these are delicious and you should definitely make them. And check out that blog, the author is incredibly talented.

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Birthday Meatloaf…

That’s right, I said it: Birthday Meatloaf. I am sneaking a meat recipe into this blog, mostly because my husband’s birthday was about a week ago and he requested “meatloaf like his mom used to make”. Now, honestly, every wife groans inwardly when her husband requests something his mom used to make, just because we KNOW that no matter what we do the recipe will not stand up to the memory of his mom’s amazing meatloaf/lasagna/whatever. Add to that the fact that I haven’t cooked with meat in ages and I was scared. But it was his birthday so I decided to give it a go. I took his momma’s basic recipe and added a few things and prayed it wasn’t a disaster.

Thanks to my mother-in-law who e-mailed me this recipe! (I forgot to get a picture, but maybe next year!)

Birthday Meatloaf

Ingredients:

2 lbs gr beef
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
14.5 tomato sauce
14.5 can of diced tomatoes
1 lg onion, diced
1 lg clove garlic, finely diced
2 lg eggs, beat before adding
1 cup of old fashioned oats, add more if needed for the right consistency.
Ketchup

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, mix all ingredients. Just use your hands, don’t try to fight it. Yes, it’s gross, but it’s the only way.

2) Place mixture into loaf pan. (I have a small loaf pan, and this recipe actually made two loaves, just an FYI…for just two people you can probably halve the recipe.)

3) Cover top of meatloaf with topping of your choice (ketchup, BBQ, etc). I used a mixture of ketchup and Worcestershire.

Bake for approximately an hour, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. I used the knife method, but I also used a meat thermometer to check the temp. just to be safe.

While I’m sure my meatloaf wasn’t as good as his mom’s, Chad did love it. And what more can a wife hope for on her husband’s birthday?


Tomorrow is delivery day for our new…

OVEN! I am ridiculously excited. It’s an anniversary/Christmas present from my grandparents.

I will post pictures and actually post a recipe tomorrow. We’ve pretty much been living off left overs or frozen pizza the past two days, and neither of those things deserve their own entries.

I’ll be christening the new oven by making home made vegetable soup. Stay tuned.