Hi everyone! I know, long time no hear. But I’ve got good reason! I leased my own store at the end of March, opened it in April and the end of the semester was in May. I know I’ve never mentioned what my business was before, but it’s a great time now. I am the owner of The Jewelry Lady! Here’s my shameless plug:
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So yeah, it’s been a press. However, I wanted to share how I made it through without the family suffering. One way was my stash of 15 minute meals! In our house, we used to be Mommy minded. You know, Mommy will, Mommy takes, Mommy does. About 6 months ago, the Lord spoke to me. Yes, me! He said, why don’t you each take a day to cook? There are 5 people in the house. There’s no reason that everyone can’t share the load. My first thought was to the youngest two children, ages 7 & 9. He quickly answered and said, let them make dinner together.
I RAN WITH IT! Now the hubby cooks on Mondays (spaghetti usually), my oldest (13) mans Taco Tuesday. Side note: it’s so good that all my family & friends know about it and remind me if I’m gonna be late for dinner (I think it’s their way of also plugging for an invite in some cases). I cook Wed (I’m old fashioned. One meat, two green veggies & a starch if you’re blessed). Not to mention a killer dessert! The 2 youngest handle Thursdays (usually pb&j or sandwiches and chips). Fridays is pizza night & Saturday is a free for all (aka leftovers or eat cereal). Sundays we go out to eat (thank God!) So this was supposed to be about those meals, right? My bad. Wanted to lay the ground work. Here you go…
1. 15 Minute Chili* (SO FAMOUS that my MOM asked for the recipe!!!)
By definition, chili doesn’t have beans so I do not by ANY stretch of the imagination say these are authentic recipes, but they are a big hit at my house! So we will call it chili*. There’s not a real science to how I make mine, but it almost never lasts! Here’s how I do it:
1 pound of ground turkey (fresh or frozen)
1 packet of chili, taco or enchilada seasoning
1 can of kernel corn (optional)
1 cup of precooked/leftover rice (optional)
1 can of black beans-strained (optional)
1 can of chili beans (mild or however you like it) UNSTRAINED. Don’t pour out the seasonings!
1 can of light red kidney beans-rinsed & strained
1 jar of salsa (about 24 ounces)
Other options: shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, whatever. Notice that I didn’t put measurements. I usually use a can that’s around 15 ounces. But this is a recipe that can be altered to whatever size you personally need.
1. On medium-high to high heat, brown the turkey. If it’s frozen, add a little water & cover to speed the cooking process but keep the meat tender.
2. Add the seasoning packet. Rinse packet by filling with water. Add water to pot. Stir until mixed thoroughly.
3. Dump in beans, corn &/or rice in with the meat. It’ll look like this:
4. Add salsa LAST. Add enough to get the desired consistency, then add about 1 cup more. The extra will cook down later.
5. Stir. Cook uncovered for about 5-10 minutes or until you see lovely orange & red swirls & streaks in the top of the pot.
6. Add sour cream, cheese, guac or whatever else you like & eat!
And there you have it, folks! My famous chili*! Here’s how the end product looks. It’s delicious & a great way to get children (and stubborn men) to eat their veggies!
From this one recipe you can do other stuff like:
2. Tortillas & chili*
3. Chili* cheese hot dogs (try it! You’ll flip out!!)
4. Tacos of desperation (when you have a meeting, rehearsal or whatever & there’s no one cooking fast enough). Take 1 shell, fill with chili*, heat & eat!
Here’s my son’s recipe (give or take a surprise ingredient or two):
5. Tremendous Tacos!
Follow steps 1 & 2 from the chili* recipe. Use the taco shells that stand up (I could kiss the person who came up with them) & make a buffet bar of lettuce (sometimes we use salad, lol), sour cream, hot sauce, shredded cheese, salsa or whatever yummy things we can think of to top them. Takes less than 10 minutes!
The last recipe is a no bake dessert that’ll have them FLOORED! If your family likes strawberries, this will knock their socks off! Here’s where you can find the recipe. You may want to play with the amounts of confectioner’s sugar and the kind/amount of chocolate you use for the ganache to get it the way you like it. Finally, you DON’T have to wait overnight for the graham crackers to soften. it usually takes no more than an hour wait. If you like it crunchy, dive right in! Here’s what mine looked like: It is so good that he banned it from ever leaving the house (sorry, church cookout!) But yeah, it’s THAT good! I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your thoughts below!