Taco Twist!

Even though we did not have a football game to go to, there is no reason why we can’t cook it up like a tailgate!

Our gameday meal was inspired by my parents. I had spoken to them the night before, and they had told me that two of my brothers were coming to their house that night for tacos. I really like tacos, but do not make them very often.

Ordinary tacos did not appeal to me on gameday. I really wanted burgers and hotdogs, but how could I make them different?? I took to Pinterest. No recipes stood out. So I just came up with something myself. This is so simple, and only requires 2 ingredients!!!

Taco Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

4 ready-made turkey burgers (or you can patty your own)
1 package low sodium taco seasoning

Directions:

Heat large skillet over medium heat. Grease with cooking spray.

Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of each burger with taco seasoning, being sure to rub it in so it sticks to the burgers.

Depending on the size of your pan, sauté burgers 5-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through (I cooked 2 burgers at a time, and had my oven on low to keep first 2 burgers warm while I cooked the last 2).

Serve with all the fixings of you and your family’s choice. I set up an assembly line of sour cream, salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion, and shredded cheese. I also made my favorite black bean and corn salsa (minus the edamame) with tortilla chips.

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I was really unsure how this would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised! They were so good, and tasted just like a taco, but better!!!

Have fun, and make it to suit your family!

ENJOY!! 🙂

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Just not enough hours….

So, today I think I bit off a little more than I could chew. On top of working 6 hours and taking care of my son, I thought I would be able to get a manicure/pedicure, go to the grocery store, do laundry, pack, and make dinner all in a matter of a few hours. Well, needless to say, something had to give!! Tonight, that was dinner. This was definitely a lazy dinner night, but still so yummy and comforting. One of those meals that you can eat any time of the year, grilled cheese sandwiches and soup!

Although I used a canned white chicken chili soup, with the addition of some black beans, I did make the grilled cheese. Well, BAKED grilled cheese! This is my first time making grilled cheese in this way, and I honestly had my reservations. I expected the bread to not get as crispy and crunchy as when you make it on the stove top. Boy, was I wrong!!! They turned out perfect!

Baked “grilled” Cheese

Ingredients:

8 slices of your favorite bread (I used a whole wheat bread.)
8 slices of your favorite cheese (2 slices per sandwich. I used a combination of Swiss and American, but you could also use shredded cheese. Just as long as it is a good melting cheese.)
Soft butter or margarine (enough to coat the bread slices)

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with foil. Place this baking sheet along with another on two separate racks in the oven (I used one slightly smaller than the other). Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

While the oven and baking sheets preheat, spread enough butter on 1 side of each slice of bread to cover and cook evenly.

Once the oven is preheated, remove the foil lined baking sheet from the oven. Build your sandwiches on this sheet. Bread, cheese, bread.

After the sandwiches are assembled, cover them loosely with another piece of foil to keep butter from getting on the bottom of your other baking sheet. Take the other baking sheet from the oven and lightly press the bottom of that baking sheet on to the foil-covered sandwiches.

With the baking sheets stacked, put the, back in the oven.

Bake for 5 minutes. Remove. Flip the sandwiches. Cover with foil and second baking sheet. Then bake another 5 minutes so both sides are crispy and cheese well melted.

Serve with your favorite soup.

**Recipe inspiration: Cooks Country

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Next time, I will try this with addition of some ham or turkey to the sandwiches. And if time permits, some homemade soup!

Now, I’m looking forward to our long weekend in Charlotte visiting with my brother, who we haven’t seen since Christmas!

ENJOY!!!