Crunchy Taco Cups

We’re a taco loving family! I was looking for an easier way for my 5 year old to eat tacos, since all the filling always falls out the back and these taco cups were perfect! I cut them into quarters and he was able to pick them up without the filling ending up on the plate….or floor. These are quick and easy to make. They work great for leftover too! Pop them in the warm oven to reheat for those nights where you need a quick dinner.

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1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained
1 envelope low sodium taco seasoning
10 oz can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
24 wonton wrappers

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a standard size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, mix together the cooked ground beef, taco seasoning and tomatoes. Take one wonton wrapper and line each muffin in. Place with 1 ½ tablespoons of taco mixture and then 1 tablespoon of cheese. Place another wonton wrapper and press down. Repeat with another layer of taco mix and cheese. Continue until all muffin cups are filled.

Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until the mixture is heated through and wonton edges are golden brown. Serve with any desired toppings – shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, more cheese, green onions, pickled jalapenos, salsa.

Source: Kevin & Amanda

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

Our beloved Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl!!! For the last couple of games, we’ve had what my daughter calls “Family dinner” to eat during the games. It’s really just appetizers – ring bologna and cheese, potato skins, hummus and veggies – snack food. I wanted to still be able to enjoy the game, but have some a little more like dinner. I found this recipe for a one-pot meal and I was sold. We love tacos and figured this would be a way to get my kids to eat some veggies too.

It was so easy to make and we all loved it. I served it on top of tortilla chips, like nachos; but it could easily work in taco shells, over rice or lettuce.

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Quick Beef Stroganoff

Winter break is over and it’s time to get back to school, work and all the usual activities we have going on. I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy dinners that I can whip together during the week and this definitely was one of them!

I love stroganoff and even though my family is not a huge fan, I make it every now and then. This recipe reminds me of growing up and my mom making the stroganoff version of hamburger helper. You could easily substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a lighter version.

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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury steak is one of the those foods that I associate with frozen dinners. I don’t think I ever ate one, but this recipe is nothing like a TV dinner. The steak patty is moist and packed full of flavor. Then add on the mushroom and onion gravy and you have a delicious dinner. I served it with green beans and buttered noodles for my kids. It was so filling and kept me from snacking at night. Even better this recipe is low-carb for anyone that’s watching their carbs.
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Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

I’m always looking for quick dinners and this one fits! I love stir-fry – there’s something about meat and veggies in a delicious sauce served over rice or quinoa……except when your kids complain about it. When I made this, my kids were off – I’m blaming the full moon! My son told me he doesn’t like broccoli (news to me) and my daughter took a plate but complained about how “chewy” the beef was. My husband and I loved it and we had no complaints! I guess you can’t please everyone.

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Pressure Cooker Ribs

We’re big fans of ribs, but they always take so long on the grill. I think the last time we attempted to make them, we ran out of propane – just our luck! When I saw how you could make ribs using a pressure cooker in 30 minutes, I knew I had to give it a try. They were really good and the best part is they didn’t take all day to make. I’ll definitely be making them again and again this summer!

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Grilled Steak Pita

My kids love anything between two slices of bread and these grilled steak pitas were a big hit! I loved that they were quick and easy to make. Life has been pretty busy lately with work, I started another side gig, sports and my husband traveling for work everyday for the last 2+ months. Needless to say…..dinners have been pretty quick and nothing fancy. Can you tell from the lack of posts lately? I’m hoping things will slow down a little and we can have dinners where we sit at the table and talk instead of running out the door eating.

With busy nights, I turn to our grill most of the time. It’s quick and I don’t have to worry about major clean up later. I loved gyros and this recipe reminded them of them, just taken up a notch with the grilled steak.

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Cilantro Lime Steak Bowl

The weather has been getting warmer and that means grill season is upon us!! We grill most of the summer and I can’t wait to try new recipes this summer. Grilled meats, vegetables and fruit – YUM!! I took advantage of the warm weather to whip up a steak bowl. You could always add in a scoop of cilantro rice; I opted to leave it out and pack my bowl with veggies. The steak had a great flavor even with only a short amount of time to marinate. I completely forgot to take it out of the freezer the night before to start thawing. Next time, I plan to marinate it for the full 2 hours to really pack in the cilantro lime flavor. Cilantro Lime Steak Bowl | Join Us, Pull up a Chair Continue reading

Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Another delicious recipe made in my Instant Pot! I’m really enjoying the ability to make inexpensive cuts of beef taste like they’ve been cooking all day long in such a short amount of time. This was a big hit with everyone in my family including my 4 year old who is currently being super picky! I loved the addition of the spinach too!

My noodles were a little soft and when I make it next time, I’m going to try whole wheat noodles to see if that helps. If you’re using regular egg noodles, I would drop the time down 1-2 minutes to see if that helps. Even with the soft noodles, it was a delicious dish!

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