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Taco Stuffed Peppers

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So good…and healthy!

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 c. chopped onion

Taco seasoning

1 c. pico de gallo

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 c. shredded Mexican cheese

Toppings:

Avocado

Chopped cilantro leaves

Lime wedges

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cut top off peppers and remove seeds. Chop the tops into small pieces and set aside. Boil the whole peppers in some water for about 5 minutes. Invert and drain.

In a large pan, sauté the meat with the onions and chopped peppers. Once the beef has lost its pink color, stir in the tomatoes, taco seasoning, and pico de gallo. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 c. of the cheese until blended. Remove from heat.

Sprinkle the inside of the peppers with some salt. Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture and place them on a foil lined baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Once the peppers are done, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Serve with toppings.

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Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

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If you’ve got some already made meatballs, this is a snap! A few weeks ago, I had made some smallish meatballs with beef, ground sausage, spices, breadcrumbs, and egg. I made a double dose and froze half of them. I pulled them out for this recipe.

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

3 T. soy sauce

1 1/2 t. sesame oil

1 1/2 T. fresh lime juice

1 1/2 T. water

1 T. chopped green onions

Stuffed Eggplant

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Much like stuffed zucchini, this was pretty good. The only thing that maybe I’d change is to try to pre-cook the eggplant prior to stuffing it – or else use smaller eggplants. The shells were a little tough and not soft.

Ingredients:

2 eggplants, or 4 small eggplants

1/2 bag frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out of it

1 lb. ground meat

fresh snipped sage

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup beschamel sauce

1 egg

3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Slice the eggplants lengthwise and remove the center, leaving only a shell about 1/8 thick.

Salt the inside of the shells and turn them upside down on paper towels for about 30 minutes.

Place the  scooped out flesh into a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let it drain for 30 minutes. Blot it dry and chop into small pieces.

Heat some olive oil in a pan. Add the ground meat and garlic and cook until the meat is done. Add the sage, salt & pepper and mix well. Add the spinach and chopped eggplant that was in the colander and cook until all is warmed up. Place it in a bowl.

Make the beschamel sauce. Let it cool slightly.

Add an egg to the meat mixture and mix well. Add the beschamel sauce and mix well. Add about 1/2 c of parmesan cheese and mix well.

Blot the inside of the eggplant shells. Grease a baking sheet and place the eggplant shells on top. Drizzle olive oil over the shells. (this is where you might want to ccok them slightly to soften).

Fill the boats with the meat mixture. Drizzle the top with olive oil and sprinkle with some parmesan cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until they start to brown.

 

Crispy Taco Cups

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These were delicious and healthy! They would also make a great appetizer.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beed

1 bell pepper, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

1 small can diced green chiles

Taco seasoning to taste

12 corn tortillas

Shredded mexican cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375.

Saute the onions until translucent. Add the peppers and cook until soft. Add the ground meat and cook through, breaking up the meat with a potato masher.

Place the meat, chiles and tomatoes in a bowl. Add the taco seasoning and mix well.

Grease a muffin tin. Cut the ends off the tortillas to make them square. Microwave them for a few seconds to soften them. Place them into the muffin tin. Fill each cup with the meat filling. Top each cup with some cheese. Lightly brush the tortillas with some olive oil.

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the tortillas are crisp.

The Easiest Chili Ever

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If you are in the mood for some hearty chili, but didn’t think of making it before the last minute (I usually make mine in a crock pot), this is a perfect alternative!

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground meat

1 can of black beans

1 can of Rotel tomatoes with chiles

Mexican seasonings

Shredded Mexican cheese

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Brown the meat in a large skillet. Add the beans, tomatoes and seasonings and simmer all together until the meat is cooked and the flavors have melded together.

Place the chili in a bowl and add some cheese on top.

Hamburger Casserole

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Another one pot meal – protein and vegetables all in one! You can spice this dish up any way you like – I just happened to make it Mexican last night!

Ingredients:

12 oz bag of frozen riced cauliflower

1 lb. ground beef

4 oz. pancetta cubes

14 oz. can of diced tomatoes with green chiles

Pico de gallo – to taste

Seasonings such as cumin, garlic powder, pepper, etc.

Shredded Mexican cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400.

Brown the pancetta in a large pan. Add the ground beef until the beef is cooked through.

Add the rest of the ingredients, except the cheese, and cook until everything is mixed up and cooked through.

Put the mixture in a greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.

Cover with the cheese and bake it for about 20 minutes.

 

 

 

Meatball Parmigiana

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Looking at the picture, it looks like a pizza! But really, it was a plate full of medium sized meatballs covered with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese…and it was delicious!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. ground veal

1/2 lb. ground pork

4 minced garlic cloves

1/4 c. chopped parsley

1 c. bread crumbs

1 c. grated parmesan cheese

2 eggs

2 cups marinara sauce

Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Mix together the meats, garlic, parsley, bread crumbs, eggs, and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Season with preferred seasonings. Form the meatballs (not too large – about 1 inch in diameter) and set aside.

Heat oven to 395.

Pour some sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Position the meatballs all around. Cover the meatballs with the remainder of the sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese.

Cover with foil and cook in the oven until the meatballs are cooked through (about 45-50 minutes). Be careful taking the dish out of the oven as the sauce may have boiled over.