Monday, April 19, 2010

Super Quick Chili Mac

I try as often as possible to make homemade, but sometimes you need quick and easy. This recipe combines canned chili beans and some fresh veggies to make a fast yummy dinner.

2 cans chili beans
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon chili seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Make It:
In a medium size saucepan boil water for noodles. Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat, add ground beef to pan, using a spoon to break up the meat. Add noodles into boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Once the meat is almost completely browned, add onions and bell peppers to pan. Stir and cook until peppers and onions are soft. Drain off grease. Stir in chili beans. Drain noodles, and add to saucepan, stir to combine. Add salt and chili seasoning to mixture, stir. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Mix in a 1/2 cup of the cheese, stir until melted. Sprinkle the other 1/2 cup of cheese over the top and cover for about 2 minutes until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Menu for April 19th - April 25th

A couple exciting things happened this week, Loki started nodding yes when you ask him a question. Also one of my best friends delivered her 3rd baby, a little girl, she is so beautiful and so small. Babies amaze me. This week is just a normal week, but our weekend will end with a crawfish boil at a friends house. I'm excited I have never had a crawfish before. Nothing new in the seasonal produce department, we got broccoli and asparagus along with more citrus. Oh I almost forgot the local strawberries are available, nothing better than a fresh picked strawberry. I found a recipe for a spanish breakfast dish called migas, that i'm excited to try this week. My poor 5 year old crock pot died last week, so I will have to pick up a new one for this week. As long as everything goes as planned this week I will be trying 4 new recipes. My energy levels have been low so it might not happen, but i'm going to try. My fingers are crossed for a great week!

Monday- Breaded Pork Chop, Cheesy Potatoes, butter carrots
Tuesday- Beef Tacos, Refried Beans, fruit salad
Wednesday- Beef and Spring Veggie Stir Fry, sticky rice
Thursday- Swiss Steak Spaghetti, peas
Friday- Meatballs in Cream Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, green salad
Saturday- Chicken & Broccoli over Rice Pilaf(crock pot)
Sunday- Crawfish Boil

Dessert of the Week: Strawberry Sweetcakes