Cheesy Taco Pasta


I love to cook but with work and being busy at least 5 days a week quick and delicious meals are what I prefer and Cheesy Taco Pasta is a family favorite in this house. Each member of the family adds their own extras to it to please everyone.

This dish is my nod to the hamburger helper I grew up eating as a kid. While this isn’t exactly the “crunchy taco hamburger helper” because I skipped adding the tortilla chips on top, the ooey gooey meat and cheese sauce is still the same and with just a few ingredients!

Additional note: You can also freeze this pasta for a later date. I’d skip adding the cheese and when you defrost it, use a cup of chicken or beef stock. Then once warmed through add the cheese, mix and serve.



Like I mentioned above each family member adds their own twist to this dish. The different add ons include the following:
Extra Cheese
Crunchy Tortilla Chips
Corn
Salsa
Sour Cream
Tomatoes

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CHEESY TACO PASTA

CHEESY TACO PASTA

ingredients:

  • 1 pound box of any brand Rotini noodles
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 packet of any brand taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cans condensed tomato soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

instructions:

How to cook CHEESY TACO PASTA

  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box and drain.
  2. Brown the ground beef in pan and then drain well.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water, stir.
  4. Add in the pasta and tomato soup, stir to combine.
  5. Serve immediately, add in your extra favorites as desired.

NOTES:

Cheesy Taco Pasta is easy to make and tastes like the Hamburger Helper you used to eat as a kid except better. Much better.
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Task of the Day for Monday - Bathrooms



Starting below, you’ll notice that you aren’t vacuuming or washing the floors. Wait what? This speeds up the process and if you’re cleaning all week long, you’ll see that on Wednesday we vacuum and on Thursday we wash floors. Once you do the routine for a couple weeks, you’ll see that this is so much more efficient and you don’t notice that you need to vacuum or wash your bathroom floors on Mondays when you clean bathrooms.

  • Clear off counters and all surfaces.
  • Spray cloth (don’t spray the mirrors) with glass cleaner and wipe any mirrors clean – keep this cloth handy and reuse in each bathroom.
  • Thoroughly spray the sink, toilet, and tub or shower (if you don’t use a tub or shower regularly, you don’t need to clean it weekly) and quickly spray with your disinfecting cleaner.
  • Use your preferred toilet cleaner and brush and do a quick clean of your toilet.
  • Repeat these steps in each bathroom. Once you’ve done that, go back to the first bathroom.
  • Wipe the sink, wipe the toilet, and wipe the tub or shower —take care to use a separate cloth or paper towel for each toilet and sink to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Place dirty cloths in container.
  • Move on to wiping down the next bathroom and the next until you have quickly wiped down each bathroom.
  • Change hand and bath towels.
  • Save the floors for vacuuming and floor washing days.

Why does this method work? You’re using an assembly line method – this speeds up the process, it keeps you on task and helps you to move quickly from one bathroom to the next.

Sunday I meal plan Part 1

Before I discovered how to meal plan, my weekly routines were a disaster. I never had a plan when it came to grocery shopping or cooking meals. Each week I would go to the store with a “list” and would buy whatever I thought we might need. I was pretty much just guessing as I walked through the aisles.
Throughout the week I would struggle to think of meal ideas. And inevitably I would try to cook something and end up not having one or two ingredients.
As the week went on, all the fresh produce I had bought would start to go bad and I would end up throwing away so much food.
I never had a plan and the weeks always felt chaotic. Sound familiar to anyone else?
I knew there had to be a better way to organize our family meals. I needed a solid system that I could implement week after week to help me manage all our food needs.
That’s when I discovered meal planning.
Meal planning helps me to stay organized, stick to a plan, and save money. When I plan out our meals in advance, I know exactly what food I need to buy at the store. And I know exactly what to make for each meal. My weeks are so much more efficient and a lot less stressful.
When I was trying to get organized, I found it so helpful to see what others were doing and figure out how I could apply their ideas to my meal planning. I know how hard it can be to get organized, so I wanted to share with you exactly how I meal plan and grocery shop.

How I meal plan and create my grocery list
Meal planning can be a difficult skill to master. There are so many different methods out there that it takes some trial and error to narrow down what will work for you and your family. This is just the method that I’ve found works best for me.
**I only meal plan for dinners, but this method can work if you need to plan out breakfasts and lunches too.**

FREE Meal Planning & Grocery List Printable



The first step to creating an organized meal plan is to print out my all-in-one meal planning and grocery shopping printable. This printable lets me plan for up to two weeks of meals and two grocery trips to the store. You can grab a copy of this free printable for yourself here.
When it comes to meal planning, I like to keep things simple. That’s why I created this all-in-one printable meal planner. I love being able to plan out all of our meals and create my grocery list in one place.
At the top of the sheet, there is a two-week calendar. I’m a visual person, so I find that planning out my meals in a calendar format is the most helpful for me.
At the bottom of the sheet, there are grocery lists for each week. I normally try and go shopping once a week, but since I’m planning two weeks at once on this sheet, I added two separate lists.

Take a look at our schedules for the next couple of weeks
Before I even start thinking about recipes and ingredients, I open up my calendar on my phone. I start by writing down any events we have during those two weeks and I include notes about the events.
For example, maybe one night we have plans to go out somewhere to eat. I’ll mark that on the calendar so I know I don’t need to plan a meal for that night.
Maybe we have a crazy schedule after work one day and won’t be home until later. I’ll write down a note about having leftovers that night or eating a quick dinner. I try to include as much information as possible so that I know everything that’s going on.
It’s so important to look at your weekly plans and see what you have going on before you start planning out tons of meals for the week. While I would love to cook at home every day, that’s just not possible. I need to be realistic so I can make a meal plan that I can stick to and will actually work with my schedule.
This is also why I only plan two weeks at a time. Some people like to plan all the meals for an entire month, but I never seem to be able to stick to that type of plan. That’s because I don’t know our schedule that far in advance. I’ve found that two weeks seems to work best for us and I’m able to create a pretty accurate plan.

Browse thru Pinterest and Create a Plan
Once I’ve got everything from my calendar into my meal planning printable, I switch over to my Pinterest app and start looking for recipes. Pinterest is my favorite recipe app. It keeps all of my recipes from books, family, websites, and more organized in one place.
By having my recipes categorized like this, I avoid having to search through tons of recipes that don’t necessarily fit into normal meal planning.

Plan Meals & Create Notes
Once I find recipes that I want to make, I start filling in my printable. I look at the schedule that I’ve filled out and try to put meals in where I think they will fit.
The notes that I wrote in from my schedule help me pick which meals should go on certain days. If I know we are going to have leftovers one night because of a crazy schedule, then I try to plan a bigger meal the night before so that we will actually have leftovers.
I also add additional notes for certain recipes, like if I need to defrost meat or prep a slow cooker the night before.

Make your Grocery List




After all of my days are filled in, I move on to creating my grocery list.
Considering what I already have on hand in my pantry and freezer, I write down any ingredients that I need to buy on my grocery lists. Once I’ve gone through all the recipes, I’m left with two weeks of grocery lists ready to go.
At this point, I add in any other things that I know I need to buy for each week.
To keep track of the food that we need, we always keep a notepad and pen on our fridge. As we notice things are running low, we add them to the list. When I’m making my meal plans and grocery lists for the week, I grab this list and add the items to the appropriate sections.
The best part about this printable is that when I am done meal planning, I just grab some scissors, cut on the dotted lines and separate the meal plan from the grocery lists. I put the calendar on our fridge and the two grocery lists go into my purse.
And that’s it, I’m done!
My full two-week meal plan is right there in the kitchen so I know what to make each night. My two grocery lists are complete so I know exactly what to buy at the store. All of the guesswork is gone!

Don't forget to follow the link above for your Meal Planning & Grocery List Printable

- If meal planning on your own is just too confusing and you would rather have me do it, membership is now open for my monthly meal plan. I provide a calendar full of planned meals along with full recipes and a grocery list too! You can subscribe and cancel anytime. 
All meals are based on a family of 4 but can easily be cut down or doubled to accommodate your families needs. You will receive the next month calendar, recipes and grocery list on the 25th of every month, so you have plenty of time to get the grocery items and be ready to go. You can sign up today here. 

Hamburger Potato Casserole

A easy casserole recipe with hamburger, potatoes and cheese, kind of like a meaty potatoes au gratin or scalloped potatoes with hamburger.

You will hear no complains from every member in your house on this recipe. Plus with our crazy busy schedule lately, this dish is easy to throw together and in the oven in no time.

If your husband is like mine which loves anything with a "meat and potato" backbone and they especially love anything with ground beef. So I took one of my favorite recipes Super Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, added some onion and hamburger and called'er done.




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HAMBURGER POTATO CASSEROLE

HAMBURGER POTATO CASSEROLE

ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp each of any of these: garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups thinly sliced potatoes (about 5 potatoes)
  • 1 1/2 cups condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1/2 Cup stock (any kind)
  • 1/4 Cup milk or cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

instructions:

How to cook HAMBURGER POTATO CASSEROLE

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease an 11 x 7 glass baking dish.
  2. In medium frying pan, cook the onions and ground meat until done, add the seasonings (if you choose any), and some pepper. Drain the grease.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the soup, stock, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Layer into the baking dish half of the potatoes, then pour some soup over them. Then sprinkle in half the meat, then the cheese. Repeat with the rest of the potatoes, soup, meat and then the cheese.
  5. Cover with lightly greased (on it's underside so the cheese doesn't stick to it) aluminum foil and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

NOTES:

* I made the mistake of adding salt as I cooked the meat the first time, but I had also used stock made from bouillon cubes, and it was too salty. I made this again (I wouldn't give you a recipe that was no good!) and used homemade stock, and added just a pinch of salt, and it was perfect. So, if you use bouillon, don't add any extra salt, if you use homemade stock (that doesn't have as much salt) add some as needed (taste the soup, stock, cream mixture before using it). **
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