Friday, December 9, 2016

Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

My girls and I love tacos and we love pizza. So why not combine the two together and make taco pizza. This pizza has all of the ingredients we have with our tacos, but you can always change it up to include your favorite taco ingredients.

Taco Pizza
Ingredients:
1 pound pizza dough
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa
2 tablespoons taco sauce
4 ounces shredded cheddar jack cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapeƱos, optional
1/4 cup crushed Doritos
sour cream, optional

Directions:
Preheat the oven to the temperature recommended by the dough instructions.

Cook the ground turkey until completely cooked and crumbled. Drain and fat and then stir in the water and taco seasoning. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes or until no water remains. Set aside.

Roll the pizza dough out into a 14-15 inch circle. Bake the dough for 3 minutes and then remove from the oven.

Combine the salsa and taco sauce and spread onto the pizza crust. Place the taco meat on top next followed by the cheese. Bake for 8 more minutes, or until the crust is browned. Remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Top with lettuce, tomatoes, olive, jalapeƱos and Doritos. Drizzle with sour cream if desired.

Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 5

Amount Per Serving

Calories 420

Total Fat

18.6g

Saturated Fat

7g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.3g

Monounsaturated Fat

1.4g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

61.1g

Sodium

578.6g

Potassium

198.5g

Total Carbohydrates

46.6g

Dietary Fiber

2g

Sugars

4.1g

Protein

22g

Vitamin A 24.4% Vitamin C 11.8%

Calcium 19.6% Iron 8.3%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Lil' Luna.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cheesy Beans and Rice

Cheesy Beans and Rice: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

With this side dish there are several changes you can make to tailor the dish to your liking. I used brown rice, because that is what my family prefers, but you could use white rice. I also used a hot salsa so it would have a nice spicy heat to it, but you can use a milder salsa for less spice. Plus you can use any type of cheese you prefer.  Whatever variety of ingredients you choose to make it, it is still a simple and easy side dish that is flavorful. 

Cheesy Beans and Rice
Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked rice
1 cup salsa
juice of 1 lime
15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Cook rice according to package directions, using the amount of water suggested for 1 cup of rice.

While the rice is cooking lightly spray a 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to broil.

Once rice has completely cooked stir in the salsa and lime juice. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the beans and then both cheeses. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese has melted and mixture is warmed through, about 5 minutes.

Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 334

Total Fat

12.2g

Saturated Fat

2.6g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

0g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

11.2g

Sodium

570g

Potassium

297.8g

Total Carbohydrates

37.1g

Dietary Fiber

7.1g

Sugars

2g

Protein

20.1g

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 12.1%

Calcium 10.3% Iron 19.1%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Damn Delicious.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Maple Cream Coffee

 Maple Cream Coffee: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

During the week my coffee is a flavored pod brewed in my single serve coffee maker, that I drink while I drive to work. On the weekends I like to change up my coffee and make a latte or some kind of flavored coffee like this one. This coffee was so easy and so delicious, that I can see myself making it often on the weekends. Especially if I have leftover half and half to use up.

Maple Cream Coffee: Savory Sweet and Satisfying


This recipe will make about just over 2 cups of coffee, which could serve two people about an 8 ounce cup of coffee OR since it is so delicious, one person could consume all of it. Which I may or may not have done.

Maple Cream Coffee
Ingredients:
3/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/4 cups strong brewed coffee
whipped cream, optional

Directions:
In a small saucepan, combine the half and half and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat until warmed through, but do not let the mixture boil. Stir in the hot brewed coffee and pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 247

Total Fat

12g

Saturated Fat

6.5g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0g

Monounsaturated Fat

0g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

30g

Sodium

49.7g

Potassium

96.7g

Total Carbohydrates

30.7g

Dietary Fiber

0g

Sugars

30.5g

Protein

3.2g

Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 0%

Calcium 15% Iron 1%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Taste of Home.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Taco Salad Casserole

Taco Salad Casserole: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Taco salad is a favorite of mine in the summer time. It is easy to put together making it perfect for a busy night. Plus it tastes delicious. So when I saw a recipe for a taco salad casserole, I knew I needed to make it sometime during the colder months when I am not wanting salads. This way I can enjoy the flavors of taco salad but in a casserole.

Taco Salad Casserole
Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup water
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup crushed Doritios
16 ounces refried beans
1 cup cheddar cheese

Additional Toppings
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
sliced black olives
sour cream
salsa or taco sauce

Directions:
In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the ground turkey, diced onion and diced pepper until the meat is browned and crumbled, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, spread the crushed Doritios into the bottom of a lightly greased 8x8 inch baking dish. Heat the refried beans in a microwaveable bowl, for about 60 seconds or until they are warmed through. Place small spoonfuls of the beans on top of the Doritios and gently spread.

When the meat mixture is done, drain if needed and return to the stove. Add the water and the taco seasoning to the meat mixture and stir until completely combined and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the mixture has thickened. Pour the mixture over top of the refried beans.

Sprinkle the cheese over top and broil for 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Top with some or all of the additional toppings, or toppings of your choice.

Enjoy!!!
*Adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff.


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 665

Total Fat

33.7g

Saturated Fat

1.0g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.2g

Monounsaturated Fat

1.7g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

49.4g

Sodium

1,382.6g

Potassium

344.5g

Total Carbohydrates

65.3g

Dietary Fiber

9.3g

Sugars

8.9g

Protein

30.7g

Vitamin A 31.2% Vitamin C 31.7%

Calcium 5.4% Iron 10.9%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Tuna Pasta Salad with Olives

Tuna Pasta Salad with Olives: Savory Sweet an Satisfying

My oldest daughter has taken to helping me cook. She is always asking if she can help make meals. When my youngest was younger she always wanted to help, but now my oldest is enjoying helping, especially when she can use a knife and cut things. She loved slicing the olives and tomatoes for this recipe which came together even quicker with her help.

Tuna Pasta Salad with Olives
Ingredients:

Tuna Pasta Salad
16 ounces rotini pasta
4 cups halved grape tomatoes
4- 6 ounces can tuna fish, drained
1 cup sliced green olives

Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette
2 clove garlic, minced
zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside and let cool, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. To the pasta add the tomatoes, tuna fish and green olives. Toss gently to mix.

In a medium bowl whisk together the the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, water and black pepper. Continue to whisk until throughly combined.

Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss to coat.

Enjoy!!!

Nutrition Facts
Serves: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314
Total Fat
4.9g
Saturated Fat
0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat
2g
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
29.7g
Sodium
341.7g
Potassium
260g
Total Carbohydrates
45.6g
Dietary Fiber
2.9g
Sugars
2.9g
Protein
23.1g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 26.1%
Calcium 2.5% Iron 19%
*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.

*Adapted from Diethood.
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

I kept on seeing posts for this salad on Pinterest and Facebook and every time I saw it I would say to my self, I really need to make that it looks really good and sounds like something my family would really love.

Holy cannoli! This salad was amazing! Absolutely delicious! I am so glad that I made it sooner than later. Next time I make it will without a doubt be doubling it, because it did not last long in our house.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Ingredients:
1/2 pound uncooked shell pasta
3/4 cup sliced baby dill pickles
2/3 cup diced cheddar cheese
1/2 cup pickle juice, from the jar
2/3 cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup light sour cream
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 tablespoons pickle juice
black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. In a medium bowl combine the pasta with 1/2 cup pickle and let sit for about 5 minutes. Drain and discard the pickle juice.

In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, cayenne pepper, 4 tablespoons pickle juice and black pepper.

In a large bowl combine the pasta, sliced pickles, cheddar cheese and dressing. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Enjoy!!!


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories 203

Total Fat

8.8g

Saturated Fat

2.7g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2.7g

Monounsaturated Fat

1.3g

Trans Fat

0g

Cholesterol

14g

Sodium

502.2g

Potassium

26.8g

Total Carbohydrates

24.1g

Dietary Fiber

1g

Sugars

2.6g

Protein

6.5g

Vitamin A 4.4% Vitamin C 2%

Calcium 6.7% Iron 5%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.


*Adapted from Spend with Pennies.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Southwest Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing

Southwest Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing: Savory Sweet and Satisfying

Doritos is a favorite chip of my family, but we do not have them very often. But if a recipe calls for them, well of course I need to buy them to make the recipe. Plus Doritos always seem to make a great recipe even better, like my Taco Salad. It tastes great, but the Doritos make it taste even better. Same goes for this salad, it tastes great, but the Doritos make it taste even better.

Southwest Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing
Ingredients:

Salad
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
black pepper, to taste
8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can low sodium beans, any kind, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
2 roma tomates, diced
2 cups crushed nacho cheese Doritos

Dressing
3 tablespoons honey
2 limes, juiced, about 3 tablespoons
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon cumin
black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup canola oil

Directions:
In a small bowl combine 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and black pepper. Sprinkle and rub the seasoning over both sides of the chicken breasts and cook your preferred way. Once cooked let the chicken cool and then dice or slice into pieces.

Divide the lettuce between 4 bowls and then divide the cheese, beans, corn, tomatoes, chicken and place on top of the lettuce. Top each salad with crushed Doritos.

Add all of the dressing ingredients to a blend and pulse until the mixture has emulsified. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.

Enjoy!!!

Nutrition Facts
Serves: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 735
Total Fat
6.6g
Saturated Fat
33.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat
6.4g
Monounsaturated Fat
4.1g
Trans Fat
9.1g
Cholesterol
82.5g
Sodium
994.9g
Potassium
1,459.9g
Total Carbohydrates
68.9g
Dietary Fiber
10.5g
Sugars
21.5g
Protein
45.7g
Vitamin A 28.9% Vitamin C 49.1%
Calcium 19.5% Iron 17.6%
*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.

*Adapted from Lauren's Latest.
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