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Taco Meatball Skewers

Taco Meatball Skewers - great quick dinner or fun appetizer for game day!

Taco Meatball Skewers - great quick dinner or fun appetizer for game day!

Football season is in full swing!  Are you a fan?  I enjoy watching a couple games, but only if I care about the teams.  If it isn’t the Badgers or the Vikings, I don’t really care. Tomorrow we are actually going to the Colorado State game.  My 9 year old is super excited, and I think it will be fun.  There is something about actually being at a game. Hopefully the weather is good!  It has been a chilly couple of days in Colorado.  It is supposed to be back up into the 70′s and 80′s by next week.  Which is good, because I am not ready for 50 degree weather.  Although I am looking forward to lots of soup and fresh bread this fall!

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Green Chile Pork

Green Chile Pork {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Green Chile Pork - hatch chile peppers in a chile verde sauce

Our weekend started off a little wet. My son’s school had their fall festival on Friday evening.  It was chilly and rainy during most of it. The kids had a great time on the inflatables, the obstacle courses, the climbing wall, and everything else.  But, after 2 hours I decided it was enough, and it was time to head out.  We got home, and it took me a cup of tea, and a couple hours to actually warm up.  A sure sign I am not ready for winter!  Saturday night we headed to watch the girls Badger volleyball team play CSU.  It is not often that Wisconsin sports travel to Colorado, so we went to cheer them on.  It was a super close game, but the Badgers won!  A good weekend for our sports teams.

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Chicken Taco Burgers #BurgerMonth

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Do you have your kids do “school” work during the summer?  My son is really good at math and reading, and he likes both of them.  So we have him do some math each day, and he reads each day as well.  No matter what, he reads for awhile before bed each night, to help him calm down so he can go to sleep.  But the math, that is starting to prove to be a challenge.  He loves math, and during the school year he loves the website we have him working on.  But now… it is “boring”.  It is getting to be more of a struggle each day.  Who knew summer was supposed to be so entertaining :)

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Hashbrown Enchilada Skillet #SimplyPotatoes

Hashbrown Enchilada Skillet

Hashbrown Enchilada Skillet

I am excited about post today.  I am working with Simply Potatoes to bring you a great 5 ingredient recipe, but also a chance for you to win up to $3,000.  All you have to do is head over and submit your own 5 ingredient recipe, and you are entered to win.  You can use any one of the Simply Potatoes varieties, and you can submit a main dish, a side dish, or an appetizer.  How cool would it be if one of my readers won, go enter! 

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Baked Chicken Taquitos

Crispy Baked Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Today is an important day for two reasons.  First, it is my baby’s birthday!!!  I now have an 8 year old!  I can not believe how quickly he has grown up, and what a wonderful kid he is turning into.  He is smart, funny, creative, and super into sports.  He has his party with friends tomorrow night, and guess what they are doing?  Playing basketball and soccer.  Not a bad thing for a bunch of 2nd graders to burn off energy :)

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Chicken Tortilla Soup #SundaySupper

Chicken Tortilla Soup 4

Soup weather is here.  I am actually excited about this, because I have so many soup recipes I want to try this year.  And after today, that list is going to grow.  This week Susan from The Girl in the Little Kitchen is hosting a  “Dishes That Keep You Warm” event.  So don’t miss all the great soul warming dishes at the end of this post.

I haven’t made Chicken Tortilla Soup in forever.  I made it years ago, loved it, and quickly proceeded to never make it again.  Makes perfect sense, right?  Ok, well maybe not, but I was determined to change that this year.  So when this event came up, this was the first thing I thought of.  It is a little spicy, super adaptable to what you like, and full of toppings (one of my favorite parts of soup).

I garnished mine with avocado, red onion, tortilla strips, cilantro and lime wedges.  The lime adds a great freshness, and a little tartness to the soup.  Sour cream would be great if you don’t like a lot of heat, to help cool it down.  I am not a fan of black beans, so I left that part out, but feel free to add a can of black beans to the soups.  Or bell peppers if that is what you like.  Really, anything goes here!  I have the leftovers in the freezer right now, can’t wait for a cool night to bring it out again.

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Quesadillas #SundaySupper

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I am back with the talented #SundaySupper team today.  This week the focus is back to school.  School is back in session here, so our nights are busy again.   Football practice, homework, and just playing leave little time for anything else.  It is times like this when you need quick and easy recipes to get dinner on the table.  If you are out of ideas just wait – there are so many great ideas at the end of this post.

Quesadillas are a favorite at our house.  And they are so versatile, you can use whatever you have in your fridge.  Leftover Chicken?  Perfect.  Leftover Taco Meat?  Great.  Just cheese and a few veggies?  That works too.  Really it is just a tortilla with cheese and whatever else you want to put in.  It doesn’t always have to be Mexican either.  You could use breaded chicken, Mozzarella cheese, and dip it in marinara sauce.  Or maybe chicken, carrots, onions, and dip it in a peanut satay sauce.  They take minutes to prepare, and you can change it up to meet everyone’s tastes.

This version is one of my favorites.  Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado are perfect together.  I like it on a sandwich, and I love it in this quesadilla.  You can use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to get this meal on the table quickly.  Just crisp up some bacon, dice and avocado and you are done.  If you have fresh tomatoes they would be wonderful in here too.  Serve with this Red Onion Salsa for a wonderful dinner for the whole family.

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Taco Cups

Tonight is the last night in our house.  The movers come tomorrow to load up everything, and then we are on our way to Colorado.  My son’s teacher is throwing him a going away party at school today.  He is very excited for that, but he really is going to miss all of his friends and his teacher.  He is such a sensitive little boy, I feel bad for him today.  It is sad to leave everyone, but what is to come is so exciting.  Unfortunately, at age 6 you just don’t understand that.  He is very excited to get to see Daddy again, and for the separation to be over.  That part has been harder on him than I ever thought it would be. 
In my mission to clean out my kitchen I came up with these little Taco Cups.  I had leftover Wonton Wrappers and Taco Meat.  I thought the Wontons would make a great “shell”.  They didn’t get as crispy as I would have liked, but I think my impatience was the problem there.  There isn’t really a recipe here, so I will just tell you what I did.
I filled muffin tins with 2 wonton wrappers each.  I laid them at angles, so all of the sides were covered.  Spray with nonstick spray, and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  You have to watch them, so they don’t burn.  Fill with whatever toppings you want!  I picked Taco Meat, Cheese, Guacamole, and Tomatoes.  I mixed the warm taco meat and the cheese together, so the cheese was nice and melted.  You could add in black beans, corn, salsa, black olives…the possibilities are endless!  This made for a quick lunch, so I could get back to packing! 
This would make a fun appetizer for a party too!  You could set up a little “bar” and everyone could pick their own toppings.  I love serving fun, finger foods at parties.  It always seems like everyone has more fun!

Taco Pizza

Pizza isn’t my favorite.  Don’t worry, keep reading!  I am still the same blogger you know and love :)  I eat pizza, and enjoy it, but I could also go without it.  Taco Pizza on the other hand, that I love!  Unfortunately my family does not agree with me, so I almost never get it.  For a girls night in, my friend Katie and I have been known to get Taco Pizza from a local place, along with a pack of Budweiser Select.  Only 55 calories a piece…..girl math (counteracts the calories in the pizza).   We may or may not play Just Dance on the Wii as well.  Just one of the things I am really going to miss with moving 800 miles away :(

My 6 year old loves to make pizza at home.  Recently, I got the brilliant idea to make myself Taco Pizza on these nights!  Genius! In the process of cleaning out my freezer, I found a couple balls of Naan dough.  These were the perfect size for our dinner.  My son made his a plain cheese pizza, but I topped mine to the max!  I am so excited to add this to our pizza nights. 

Taco Pizza
Printable Recipe

1 pound pizza dough (recipe found here)
Taco Meat
Refried Beans (optional, I don’t use them)
1/4 cup Taco Sauce
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 cup Lettuce, chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
1/4 cup Black Olives, chopped
1 cup Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Roll dough out onto a greased baking tray.  Pierce dough with a fork.  Bake for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven.

Spread Taco Sauce over dough.  If using beans mix them in with the meat.  Spread meat over the sauce.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.  Top with lettuce, tomato, black olives and Doritos.  You can also top with more cheese and serve with additional taco sauce as desired. 

Chicken Tostadas

My husband said tonight that he thinks I have too many desserts and sweet things on my blog.  So today, I bring you a dinner recipe.  I have a couple of them to give you, I just haven’t gotten around to it.  My dinner pictures are never very good, because I am just trying to get the food on the table quickly.  Husband and Son don’t wait for food!  If we have leftovers, then I take my time after dinner to get a picture, but that doesn’t always happen. 

We found this Cooking Light recipe last summer, and immediately fell in love.  It is so good!  It is great for summer too.  You can use leftover chicken, or a rotisserie chicken, and then you don’t even need to cook anything!  It is a fun recipe for a party too.  You could just lay out all sorts of different toppings, and people could assemble their own.  Plus it is so colorful and pretty! 

Chicken Tostadas
Adapted from Cooking Light
Printable Recipe

Guacamole (I always make my own, but this one works well with this, so I followed it)
1 avocado, peeled
2 Tbls tomato, chopped
1 Tbls Onion, chopped
1 Tbls lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced

Pico De Gallo
1 cup tomato, chopped
2 Tbls onion, chopped
1 Tbls lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbls cilantro, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, chopped

2 chicken breasts
garlic powder
onion powder
chili powder
1 Tbls lime juice

8 (6 inch) corn tostada shells

Sprinkle both sides of chicken with all the seasonings except the lime and paprika.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

While chicken is cooking prepare the guacamole and pico de gallo. 

Guacamole – mash the avocado with a fork.  Add in all of the ingredients.  Stir until well combined.

Pico De Gallo – Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Toss well.

Shred the chicken using 2 forks.  Sprinkle paprika over all of the chicken, and add the lime juice.  Toss together. 

To serve spread guacamole across the tostada shell.  Top with chicken and then pico de gallo.  You can add anything else you like at this point.  Enjoy!