Monday, June 6, 2011

Minute Meal Mondays

Minute Meal Mondays are back! My internet was out of commission the week before last, so I missed posting, then I had house guests, so I missed last week, and today I had a fever that almost ruined the day, but I'm back and excited to share this weeks recipe with you!

*Tip!* To make meals times quicker and easier, pre-cook chicken, and ground beef so you always have some pre-cooked on hand, ready to go. :)

Tasty Taco Toss-up
Serves 4 adults
1/2 lb. to 1 lb. ground beef (ground turkey or venison would work well too.)
1 15 oz. can (approx. size, I can't remember the exact ounces!) or 1/2 a lb. of dried black beans, soaked over night
1 to 1 and a 1/2 cups fresh or frozen could use canned as well, but I don't use canned vegetables.
Taco seasoning
1/2 a red pepper ( or sub your favorite color)
1 ripe tomato, or you could use a can of diced tomatoes with jalepeno's, but I like fresh tomato could also add some diced jalepeno if you wanted just a little kick
1/2 cup grated colby jack cheese
2 cups uncooked brown rice, or 4-6 servings (I use minute brown rice and make the middle serving size.)
*optional 1 large can sliced black olives
*optional garnish sour cream

Start browning your ground beef in a large frying pan if it's not already cooked. If it's pre-cooked add it to your pan over low heat to warm it. Add your taco seasoning following the directions on the packet but add just a little extra water, about a 1/4 cup.

Start cooking your rice.

Dice up your veggies, and add them, along with the corn, black beans, and olives if you're using them, to your taco meat. Reduce heat. Simmer over low-medium heat until veggies are heated and cooked through, and water is reduced to a sauce consistency.

Your rice should be done now, remove it from the heat, and follow the directions on the box or bag.

Add the cheese to your meat and veggie mixture, stirring well to distribute it and help it melt, once cheese is melted, remove from heat.

Serve over the brown rice with shredded cheese and sour cream as a garnish if you can play with this to make it as saucy or dry as you wish by adding or subtracting some water when you mix the taco seasoning in. Enjoy!


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