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Easy Weeknight Meals: Copycat Meximelts

We love Mexican food at this house. Mexican restaurants are our go to for family dinners out, and as much as I hate to admit it, we love the drive thru at places like Taco Bell. We try to only go as a real, not a routine outing. So we love it when we find incredibly cool ladies like Parrish who are whiz-kids in the kitchen and can cultivate that same drive-thru taste for us to create at home.

Parrish is an awesome work-at-home mom, and blogger of Life With The Crust Cut Off. She knows how hard it is to wrangle kids, keep a house going, and get dinner ready every night. But she is ready to go with excellent smile recipes like this one. Not only is it tasty, it is so incredibly fast to make.

We tested it on a night when we had dance class and Gymboree and it worked out fabulously. So we know it can be an excellent addition to your “fast-food” arsenal. Be sure to check out Life With The Crust Cut Off for more incredibly easy and delicious recipes for the future.


What You Will Need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning or homemade equivalent
  • 8 oz pepperjack shredded
  • 8 oz cheddar or colby shredded
  • 8-10 tortillas
  • Pico de gallo -store bough or homemade

Head on over to Life With The Crust Cut Off for some easy step-by-steps pictures and the full tutorial. Bon appetit!

Weeknight Meals: Southwest Chicken Skillet

Weeknight are always crazy, that’s why we make it a priority to share a fun weeknight meal with you all every month. It makes life a little easier when you kids actually eat there dinner and like it. But as parents we are sometimes a little too busy to search for fun, tasty, yet simple dishes to try every week. Well, don’t worry, we have got you covered.

We found this fun dish, Southwest Chicken Skillet, at Persnickety Plates by Melissa. A fellow blogger mom who KNOWS how difficult it is to work, take care of everyone, and cook a good dinner. That is why she shares great recipes just like this one on her blog everyday. Now you can check out some of her favorite dishes and try them at home too. Just hurry on over to her blog now to see some great ideas.

We are so excited to try this one that it is going to make an appearance at home tonight! So while we try it on our kiddos we are very excited to hear how it went with your own kiddos? Comment below and let us know just how it went.

What You Will Need:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (or tenders) cut into small pieces
salt, pepper, Montreal chicken seasoning, red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon (or so) olive oil
1 cup uncooked rice
10 oz can RoTel diced tomatoes & green chilies
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
handful of shredded Mexican cheese blend
Sour cream for topping

Now just head on over to Persnickety Plates for wonderful how-to for the rest of the recipe. While you are there check out some of Melissa’s other great weeknight meal ideas. You won’t be disappointed!

Weeknight Dinners: Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

School is in full swing now and nights have begin to get crazy. Back-to-school nights, meet the teachers, orientation, all of these things are making their way towards us and interrupting our calm sweet summer night schedule. That means dinner is no longer a long slow fun event. It is a sprint. No more marathon dinners for us. It is back to the quick and easy for the next few months. Soon it will get worse with after-school activities, sports, practice, work meetings, and school meetings will make our nights even more hectic, then of course the holidays pop up too. I know, your begging me to stop adding to your to-do list. I don’t mean to scare you, but we all know the routine. Fall means busy, and busy means dinner sometimes gets left behind. But we don’t want you rushing off to grab some pizza or fast food just yet. We found a great recipe that everyone will love and won’t take long to make.

This great Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is perfect for busy nights. It can be tossed together the night before the morning before, or even really quickly at night. This great recipe came from howsweeteats.com a fabulous little goody blog run by Jessica. Jessica knows how hard it is to please everyone, and quickly. But this recipe has some pretty great thumbs up, even from her 3 year old. So fear not moms and dads. This one should please the family.

Cheesy Chicken and a Rice Bake

What You Will Need:

serves 4-6

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled and shredded

4 cups cooked brown rice

3/4 cup frozen corn

1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup plain greek yogurt (you can use sour cream)

1 4 ounce can green chilis

1/2 cup chunky salsa

1 cup grated cheddar & monterey jack cheese (low-fat cheese works too!) + more for topping if desired

cilantro for garnish

Now all you have to do is he ad on over to howsweeteats.com for the full recipe. The dish is sure to please with all the yummy cheese. Don’t forget to check out some of Jessica’s other great recipes while you are there, you won’t be disappointed!