Friday, April 20, 2012

Meal plan swap!


Today I'm linking up with Race towards joy and 
a punk, a pumpkin, and a peanut for a meal plan swap. 
Here are 5 recipes for you (want more? click on over to one of the girls sites)! Sorry I don't have pictures. I promise that its all good and I hope that all the directions can be understood.
Happy planning and eating! =)

Meal 1- Taco Casserole (from the Taste of Home Cooking show)

What you'll need: 1 pound lean beef, 1 cup chopped onion, 1 bottle (8 ounces) Ortego taco sauce, 3/4 cup of water, 1 can (4 ounces) Ortega fire-roasted diced green chiles, 1 packet ortega taco seasoning mix, 1 package (12 count) ortega yellow taco shells, 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mild cheese, and chopped tomatoes, chopped green bell pepper, sour cream (all optional). 

What to do: Preheat oven to 375 and grease 11x7 inch baking dish. Cook beef and onion in large skillet over medium heat (stir, cook fully, drain, you know...), stir in taco sauce, water, chiles, and seasoning mix; bring to boil and reduce to low heat. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Layer half of broken taco shells on bottom of prepared dish. Cover with half of meat mixture; sprinkle with one cup of cheese, repeat with ingredients. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve with desired toppings. 

Meal 2 - Meat Balls over Rice (a meal from when I was growing up)

What you'll need: A package of precooked meatballs, a can of cream of mushroom soup (small or big, depending on how much you need), white rice, and milk. 

What to do: Get your rice cooking on the stove (we use minute rice and make it depending on how many servings we need). Mix together your milk and cream of mushroom soup (its about 3/4 cup milk... you don't want it runny, but it makes the mixture more creamy). Place however many meatballs you want in the mixture and coat well. Stick it in the microwave for a good 6 minutes and make sure meatballs are cooked throughly. After rice is cooked put in bowls and put meatballs and soup on top. 

Meal 3 - Hamburger Sandwich (one of my favorite meals my grandma used to make)

What you'll need: 1 lb of hamburger, 1 baguette, one can of cream of mushroom soup, and cheese slices.

What to do: Brown the hamburger and drain after fully cooked. Hollow the inside of the baguette (on top and bottom), but make sure you don't do it too much because you still want the sandwich to be able to hold the rest of the yummy stuff. Add the bread you took out of the baguette with the cream of mushroom soup to the hamburger and let it heat up for a few minutes. Layer slices of cheese in the hollowed part of the baguette, then place the hamburger, bread, and cream of mushroom soup mix on top of the cheese. Put the sandwich together and wrap it in tinfoil. Place it on a cookie sheet and cook in over for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. 

Meal 4 - My grandma's chili

What you'll need: 1-11/2 pound hamburger, 3 cans of tomato soup, 1 can stewed tomatoes, 6 cans of water, 1 chili seasoning packet, 1 can of kidney beans, onions, and bag of noodles. 

What to do: Brown the hamburger and onions. Drain. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the noodles) and simmer about 20-30 minutes. Cook and add the noodles.

Meal 5 - Johnsonville Italian Meatballs (from the Taste of Home Cooking show)

What you'll need: 1 egg, lightly beaten, 1/2 dry bread crumbs, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 up finely chopped onion, 1 package johnson ville mild italian sausage links or ground sausage. Spaghetti noodles.

What to do: Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine the egg, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, milk, and onions. Remove sausage from casings. Add sausage to bread crumb mixture and mix well. Shape into 20 meatballs. Arrange meatballs on a shallow baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked throughly. Serve with favorite sauce and spaghetti. 


  1. OMG im dying over that hamburger sandwich!! Im gonna do that next hubby will flip out!! :) THANKS for linking up girl!! :)

  2. Ooo I am excited about this! We have taco's almost once a week so this would be a fun take on it! Thank you!!

  3. That hamburger sandwich sounds awesome...I grew up having hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes. It sounds similar to that.


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