Monday, March 24, 2014

Who says good food isn't fast?

How many of you have heard the phrase "Fast food isn't good, good food isn't fast"?  Whoever comes up with this stuff is obviously deluded. Ha.  I don't want to advocate for the consumption of fast food like McDonald's, Taco Bell, etc.  But cooking at home doesn't have to be time consuming.  Some of my favorite meals are quick and easy to throw together.  I'm going to put recipes for different seasonings on later in the week, because packets have A LOT of sodium.

Tacos/Nachos:
Brown a pound of ground beef.  Pour off the fat.  Sprinkle in a seasoning packet (we use Mrs. Dash taco seasoning and cayenne, or our own taco mix) and 3/4 cup water.  Stir it until it's thickened.  Put on tortillas or nachos with cheese, sour cream (gross), jalapenos, hot sauce and whatever else you like.

Chilli:
Brown a pound of ground beef in a pot.  Pour off the fat.  Add one can of chilli starter, 2 cans of kidney beans (drained and washed, to get most of the sodium out), 1 can of pinto beans (do the same to these as you did the kidney beans), 1 small can of tomato paste or sauce (I use paste), and a low sodium chilli seasoning (homemade or a packet).

From a reader:
Chicken Casserole (Brittany):
"1 can of cream of chicken soup 1 can of cream of celery soup and 1 8oz thing of sour cream. Mix all of that together and add salt and pepper to your liking. I add enough pepper that you see black flecks throughout it. Boil a bag of frozen chicken breasts and when they are done chop it up small pieces and add in the mixture. For the topping use 2 rolls of Ritz crackers crushed up finely with butter melted and drizzled over the top. Bake at 350 for about 45 min or whenever its brown and bubbly"

Sometimes life just gets in the way and you have to make a quick meal, but you don't want to eat out.  There are lots of quick options.  I'm going to try to put together a crock pot meal option too.  Like my Cashew Chicken.  Yum!

What's your favorite, quick meal?

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