Here in Minnesota we have had a very long, very frigid winter! We had to endure over 50 days of negative temps. I think I am speaking for all of my fellow Minnesotans when I say we're ready for spring!
I started college full-time for Paralegal Studies, so I apologize for my lack of posts! School has been taking up a lot of my time. I have not been able to spend as much time planning and preparing large meals for my family. We've been eating a lot of slow cooker meals, and dinners that takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. The recipe I am going to share with you tonight is one that is quick, easy, and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry! My siblings are probably so sick of this recipe because I requested to have it for dinner every week while growing up.
What you'll need:
1 lb. ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 4oz can sliced or crushed black olives
1 bag of Doritos
1 8oz package Mexican blend cheese, shredded
Head of lettuce, chopped
1/3 C. water
While browning the ground beef (with the taco seasoning), I gently hit the bag of Doritos on the kitchen counter a few times to break the chips into smaller pieces. Don't overdo it, you don't want the chips to be tiny.
Empty the bag into a large pot with the black olives, cheese, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and pour the water over the ingredients. Cook on low, stirring occasionally.
Once the ground beef is cooked through, add it to the pot, increase the heat to medium, and stir, stir, stir.
You only need to cook it on medium for a few minutes. You want the chips to be soft, but not soggy.
You can also try it with corn and black beans.
Top it with sour cream, taco sauce, salsa, or any other taco fixings you prefer.
I cannot take credit for coming up with this recipe all on my own. I had seen a ton of pins on pinterest for baked ravioli recipes. I never actually looked at any of them, I just thought "That sounds really good" and I moved on. Fast forward a few weeks. I was lacking ingredients for all of the dinners I wanted to make, so I was going to make my usual go-to dinner when I need to go grocery shopping (Spaghetti. I'm sure I'm not the only person that always has noodles and pasta sauce on hand at all times...) Anyways, I opened the freezer to grab a pound of hamburger and I saw a bag of ravioli. Light bulb.
Here is easiest recipe of all time! Baked Ravioli.
What you'll need:
1 jar spaghetti sauce (I use classico)
1 bag frozen ravioli (larger raviolis)
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat over to 400.
Layer a 9x13 pan like you would while making lasagna. Like this:
Lightly spread spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan
1/2 C of cheddar cheese, 1/2 C of mozarella
Cover and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Do you ever look at something you have and just know you can turn it in to something better? It has good bones so you don't want to replace it, you just want to update it. Give it some love.
Here is a picture of my "something".
Because we purchased a new television, I had to do an update. This television stood on its own. Our new one would need to sit on something.
I had these great bookcases, that were given to me quite a few years ago. They are well built, just not my style anymore.
The television you see in the picture was leaving us, but I liked the idea of wall unit.
Here is what we did to turn 2 bookcases in to an entertainment center that I love, very inexpensively.
I had my assistant in all things wood, add some shelves and a piece of molding across the top to make it look like it's all one unit. I'm sorry, I didn't take a picture of the before with the molding attached.
After he got them all attached, I decided I didn't like the second shelf from the top.
So, he took it out for me.
Sometimes things look better in my head!
I got some primer that will go on any finish and primed away.
I took the doors off and removed the floating shelves.
It is so much easier to paint them if they are laying flat.
The paint I used was Sherwin Williams. The color is Riverway.
I added some updated hardware, in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish......
And, my favorite part, I decorated it.
I love the color. It shows nicely with the browns and greens of the accessories I used.
Here's a close up of the other side.
I knew those baskets would come in handy one day!
Here's one more picture of the before.............
And, the after, with a little love!
There you have it. An easy transformation using what I already had!
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