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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!

Summer Meals: Pizza on the Grill

pizza on the grill

Summer tends to slow us down here at home, so instead of quick weeknight meals we sometimes get a little fancy. This week we wanted to share a fun and delicious meal we love during those hot summer months. We love to eat pizza, but in the summer when it can be 100 degrees + outside we hate to heat the house up by turning on the oven. So instead we take our pizza outside and toss it on the grill. Sounds a little crazy I know. But it works, and it is delicious. All you need us a few ingredients and a hot grill!

What You Will Need:

1 1/2 c. warm (105-115 degrees) water
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3-4 1/2 c. flour

Pizza sauce
Your choice of toppings we chose:
Jalapeños (we have some spicy lovers in our house!)

What You Will Do:

1. Begin with the dough. In a large bowl, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly. Then add salt and stir. Now add 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix well. As it mixes you can add the rest of the flour a 1/2 cup at a time. When dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl you are done. Spray a glass or metal bowl with cooking spray then place dough in the bowl for it to rise. Let rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

2. Heat your grill. Now roll dough, then spread oil with a brush on one side, place oil side down on hot grill. Close grill and let dough cook. Cook for about 5 minutes then flip. You want to see grill marks but do not burn it. Now spread your sauce on the grilled side, add your cheese and toppings. Let cook for about 3-5 minutes. Check the bottom of the crust. Once the bottom is done and the cheese is melted your pizza is done!

We love grilling our pizza in the summer months, especially since hot weather lasts a long time here and heating up the oven makes the house unbearably hot. We hope you like our grilled pizza too!