Taco Bake (Gluten-Free)

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Youngest and I love eating tacos. This recipe is a combination of tacos and nachos in a casserole. YUM!

You can use up those crushed tortilla chips in your cupboard/pantry for this recipe.

What you need for the recipe:
  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Salsa
  • Taco seasoning
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese – Mexican blend or cheddar – You can certainly shred your own.
  • Your favorite toppings: jalepenos, cheese, cilantro, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, and tomato
Variations:

Vegetarian option: Instead of ground beef, you can either use meatless ground beef crumbles or black/ pinto beans.

In step 4: You can also add cilantro lime rice or black beans as a layer.

Recipe

Click on the photo to go to a printable recipe card.

Notes:

  • You use half of the taco seasoning in the 2 steps.
  • The layers for the taco bake are ground beef mixture, cheese, and then tortilla chips. In that order
  • It says you can feed 6. Youngest and I only got 4 servings out of the meal.

Air Fryer Bacon (Gluten-free and easy)

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My mother-in-law got each family a Ninja Air Fryer for Christmas. Oh, my goodness is that appliance a dream. Oldest and I have put it through the paces in the last week. He has made French toast, French fries, and hamburgers in the fryer. I’ve made some sheet pan meals, bacon, and toast in it.

A goal of mine was to make perfect bacon in the air fryer. If you have an oven that has a convection setting, you can certainly use that feature.

You can certainly make a big batch of bacon as part of your meal prepping for the week.

What you need:
  • Pork Bacon – I’ve not attempted to use turkey bacon for this recipe.
  • Air Fryer
What you can use the bacon for:
  • BLTs
  • Sandwiches – Youngest and Hubby both have used the bacon for one of the meats on their sandwiches.
  • Just eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.
  • Salads – BLT salad or Cobb salad

Recipe (Click on the photo for a printable version of the recipe card.)

Mom, What’s For Dinner? | Week of December 6, 2021

The last few weeks have been crazy. Thanksgiving week was spent visiting Columbus and Cincinnati, so we didn’t eat many dinners at the house. We also ate at our favorite spots. Last week, we were both feeling poor. I didn’t cook dinner at home because I was just trying to survive.

This week we are back to eating at home.

Monday

Smoky Tomato Soup (Budget Bytes)

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Tuesday

Chicken stew (Budget Bytes)

Wednesday

Million Dollar Chicken (Easy Family Recipes)

Pan Roasted Green beans

Ranch Smashed Potatoes

Thursday

Left-overs or you are on your own

Friday

Salsa chicken

Sauteed Peppers and onions

Mexican Rice

Breakfasts

Smoothies

Lunch / Snacks

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Sugar snap peas with hummus

Kalamata Olives

Yogurt with blueberries

I also have chocolate-drizzled popcorn at work that I can eat as a snack.

I hope these give you an idea of what to eat this week.

Happy eating,
Traci

Chicken Wings in the Air Fryer (GF, DF, W30)

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I love chicken wings. If you were to ask me what my comfort food is currently, I would tell you chicken wings without a doubt. Getting them at a restaurant is often expensive, so it’s more economical to make them at home coated with your favorite seasoning and covered with your favorite barbecue sauce.

My favorite seasoning is from a local shop. Rosebuds is located at the 2nd Street Market, a local farmer’s market/ artisan shop. My seasoning is the Campfire Rub which reminds me of cooking over an actual campfire. Yum!

I just get a bottle of honey barbecue sauce from Aldi. Youngest and I just like a basic barbecue sauce. I also like a Carolina type of barbecue sauce.

I’m not good at explaining how to cut up the chicken wings. I know I’m not the best at it. So I did what I do best, I googled how to cut up the chicken wings properly. Click here for the directions and then return to my blog for the recipe.


What to Serve with the chicken wings

Salad (greens, veggie or fruit, topping) with a dressing

Cooked frozen or canned veggies

Chips, French fries, or Tater Tots – Our favorite is the seasoned Tater Tots from Alexa foods.

Celery or carrots with ranch or bleu cheese – Classic choice

Applesauce

Macaroni and cheese


Similiar Recipes

BBQ ribs

Apricot BBQ wings

Ranch chicken legs


Chicken Wings

Stars of the recipe

  • 1 – 1 lb. chicken wings split
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. your favorite spice

Directions

  1. Preheat your Air Fryer to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine the split chicken wings, olive oil, and spices. In a sealed container or gallon sized bag.
  3. Shake to distribute the spices and olive oil onto the chicken wings.
  4. Put into the Air Fryer in a single layer.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Notes:

Here is the link to how to split your chicken wings.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Tacos (V, GF)

I’ve began to get Misfit Market veggies and fruits during the Quarantine. It was easier to make sure I had fresh veggies and fruit. This past week I received about 6 sweet potatoes, so I decided to make a roasted sweet potato taco for lunch.

If you want to make this Gluten-Free, you can use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. It’s your choice which type of tortilla you want to use for your taco. This recipe is easily vegan if you don’t use any cheese or sour cream on the taco. Instead use avocado for the creaminess of cheese or make cashew sour cream to put on the taco.

This recipe is easily adaptable for what you like.

What you need to make the recipe:

  • sweet potatoes
  • avocado or extra virgin olive oil
  • taco seasoning – Homemade or storebought
  • tortillas – corn or flour
  • refried beans – The one from Trader Joes is vegan.
  • Optional toppings: lime, sour cream, avocado, cheese (Cotija or Feta), cilantro, salsa

When I made mine, I topped it with lime, Feta cheese, salsa, and cilantro.

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 pounds of sweet potato, cubed into 1 to 1.5-inch sized pieces (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 tsp. taco seasoning – Homemade or storebought
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c. refried beans warmed
  • tortillas
  • toppings

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cube the sweet potato. Place the sweet potato into a large bowl and drizzle the oil on the sweet potato cubes.
  3. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the sweet potatoes. Stir until all the pieces are coated with the seasoning.
  4. Place on a lined cookie sheet in a single layer.
  5. Roast for 25 to 35 minutes.
  6. Warm up the beans in the microwave or on the stove. Spread on the tortilla.
  7. Top with sweet potato and your favorite toppings.
  8. Enjoy!

Other taco recipes:

Printable Recipe

Stay kind!

Have a magical day,
Traci

Italian Veggie Frittata (GF, V)

This could also be called “Clean Out My Fridge Frittata.”  We had a potluck breakfast at church on Easter morning.  I woke up that morning trying to decide what I wanted to bring to church.  Nothing like waiting until the last moment.

I thought about how I had spinach in the fridge.  It was at that moment I decided to make a frittata.  The rest of the ingredients were in my fridge or pantry so it was easy to put together.

You ca certainly add more ingredients to the fritatta instead of just spinach, mushroom, and onion.  It would be delicious with cubed zucchini (add with the rest of the veggies), cubed bell peppers (add with the rest of the  veggies), and olives (add with the Feta cheese).

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Italian Veggie Frittata

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. cubed mushrooms
  • 1/2 large onion or 1 small onion, cubed
  • 2 c. spinach
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 c. milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 c. Feta cheese
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley, to top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add the veggies.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the veggies are softened and the spinach is cooked down.
  4. While the veggies are cooking, combine the eggs, Italian seasoning, and milk in a medium bowl.
  5. Pour the milk mixture over the cooked veggies.  Sprinkle with Feta cheese.
  6. Allow to cook for 5 minutes or until the edges are cooked.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.
  7. Place in preheated oven.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the center is cooked.
  8. Allow to cool.

Happy eating,
Traci

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My Easter potluck breakfast plate

 

Pesto Italian Grilled Cheese (GF, V)

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Pesto Italian Grilled Cheese

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. softened butter
  • 2 slices bread (You can use gluten free bread if you like.)
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 2 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat.
  2. Spread butter on one side of one a slice of bread and pesto on the other side of bread.
  3. Place in the skillet butter side down.
  4. Top with 2 slices of cheese.
  5. Spread butter on one side of the other slice of bread and pesto on the other side.  Place pesto side down on the cheeses.
  6. Allow to brown on one side.  (5 minutes or so)
  7. Flip.  Allow to brown on the other side.  (3 minutes or so)
  8. Remove from skillet to a plate.
  9. Enjoy with a salad or tomato soup.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Sauteed Mexican Spiced Kale (GF, V, DF, W30, Vegan)

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I love chopped up kale.  Aldi carries an already chopped up bag of kale for $3 or so which makes eating this powerhouse veggie so much easier.

So what is kale?  Kale is part of the cabbage family.

It has a lot of nutritional benefits. Here are some of the vitamins and minerals that kale contains.

  • vitamin K
  • vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Roboflavin
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Thiamin
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C

Kale is also anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, improves eye health, detoxifies your body, improves heart health, fortifies your bones, and lowers cancer risk.

 

Sauteed Mexican Spiced Kale

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 to 1 c. chopped kale
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, optional

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the kale.  Sprinkle the kale with spices and nutritional yeast.
  3. Allow to cook for about 8 minutes.
  4. Enjoy as a side dish!

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Cashew Cream (GF, V, DF, W30, Vegan)

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Cashew Cream

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. raw cashews
  • 3/4 c. filtered water
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Soak the cashews for 2 hours.  (Place the cashews in a bowl and then cover with water.)
  2. Drain.
  3. Add the cashews, filtered water, and salt to a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Store in the fridge.  Use within 4 to 5 days.

Happy eating,
Traci

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Pickled Red Onions (GF, V, DF, W30)

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Pickled Red Onions

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 c. thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 Tbsp. white sugar (omit if Whole30)
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 c. white vinegar

Directions

  1. Thinly slice the red onion. Place in glass mixing bowl.
  2. Combine the sugar, salt, peppercorns in a small sauce pot.
  3. Add the vinegar and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  4. Put the a lid on the pot. Bring the vinegar mixture to boil over high heat.
  5. Once the mixture has boiled, pour the vinegar over the onion. Make sure the onion is submerged.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  7. Place in a mason jar and then store in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks.

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I enjoyed it on egg salad.

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After adding the boiling mixture

Happy eating,
Traci