Recipe of the Week: Mexican Stuffed Shells

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I know some nights when I am preparing dinner, I try to figure out if I want something light or something that will be very filling for a meal. Mexican Stuffed Shells is definitely delicious and will leave you feeling very satisfied and full!Try these stuffed shells with a twist!

 

Ingredients

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 package low-sodium taco seasoning
    • 4 ounces cream cheese
    • 16 jumbo pasta shells
    • 1 1/2 cups salsa
    • 1 cup taco sauce
    • 1 cup cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup Monterrey jack cheese
For toppings:
  •  Green onions
  • Sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a pan brown the ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Stir together and mix well. Set aside and cool completely.
  3. While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
  4. Pour salsa on bottom of a  baking dish. Stuff each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Evenly cover shells with taco sauce. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.Image
  5. After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese & bake for 10 more minutes with the foil removed.  You can top these stuffed shells with green onions, if you desire.  Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.

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Recipe of the Week: Strawberry & Mango Smoothies

Its one of my favorite on the go drinks! I love strawberries and I love mangos! This drink is the perfect light and sweet summer drink to have when you are running out of the house.

Ingredients

  • 1- 1 1/2 cup of  unsweetened frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of  mango juice
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 or 3 medium ice  cubes

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Should make about 1 cup of serving.

Notes

  • If your blender isn’t strong enough to process the fully frozen strawberries, let them thaw/defrost slightly before using.

Recipe to try: Homemade Slow Cooked Chicken Philly Sandwiches

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers, sliced
  • 3 boneless,skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of Steak Seasoning
  • Sliced or shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Hoagie rolls

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Instructions
1.)Spray a 3 – 4 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and turn to LOW heat.

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2.)Add butter, onions and green peppers.

3.)Toss chicken with steak seasoning, salt and pepper, then add to slow cooker.

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4.)Cover and cook for 5 hours High but check on stir every hour it may be done sooner. The meat will be brown and crispy and the peppers and onions will be tender and caramelized.

5.)Serve on hoagies with shredded or slice of cheese melted on top. The cheese will melt completely within a few minutes of having the cheese laid on the warm meat.

 

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Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooked Balsamic Roast Beef

 

This dish was served with Mustard Potato Salad & Mac N'Cheese on the side

This dish was served with Mustard Potato Salad & Mac N’Cheese on the side

So I just tried out this recipe last night and wow it was a hit! I personally don’t make a lot of beef dishes because I am a pescetarian. But this sounded like a great one to try! I remixed it the original dish to have my own flavor and adding my own personal touch! I have had a slow cooker for a few years now and I hardly use it. Now, I see why a slow cooker is a girls best friend! If you love BBQ this one recipe you should try!

 

Balsamic Roast Beef Recipe
Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
4 hours
Total time
4 hours 10 mins
 
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1  pound boneless roast beef (chuck or round roast)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons of Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Paprika
  • Brown Beef Gravy ( to serve over the meat)
Instructions
  1. Place roast beef into the insert of your slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over roast beef and set the timer for your slow cooker. (4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low)

            2.)    Once roast beef has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Separate the meat                   using two   forks and then cover about ¼ – ½ cup of gravy over roast beef.

Great Sides to pair this dish with:
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Potato Salad
  • Mac N’ Cheese
  • Asparagus
  • Brown Rice
  • Steamed Carrots
  • Steamed Broccoli

 

For Dessert I had Brownie La Mode which was an amazing way to end the night and kick off the first day of summer!

Homemade Brownie La Mode

I hope you enjoy this dish!

Xx,

 

Ida