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Build Your Own Tostada

Tostada night is a common one around here. We enjoy it because: It’s Mexican food, and Mexican tends to be easy for nut-allergies You get to make your own Beer pairs well Easy + fast Tostadas are just like tacos, except they are giant, round, crunchy, corn tortillas that you eat like New York style pizza. Messy yet delicious. I like to have plenty of options, so for last night, we went with: McCormick taco seasoned chicken Spiced black beans Shredded cabbage from the garden Lime wedges Lettuce Tomatoes from garden Shredded cheddar cheese LaBanderita Tostadas If you’re purchasing these tostadas, they can be found just about anywhere, even Target.…
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Perfect Pilaf

Rice is one of my favorite things to make. Now that I know how to make it. I used to suck at making rice. Then I tried a different brand and method, and it clicked for me. We don’t use instant rice – because I can’t make that kind. I always mess it up! We use jasmine rice. Typically, I buy it in bulk since we go through so much. The brand is Rice Select and we use both the Orzo and Jasmati Rice. They come in nice plastic, resealable containers. The kids use the containers for projects when they are finally empty. Good stuff. So here’s what we made…
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting

I cheated tonight. On my cupcakes. Usually for Easter I make homemade carrot cake batter with shredded carrot – and tonight, I’m just tired. I picked up a few Betty Crocker Carrot Cake mixes for “stand by” in case I did not have time to do the whole big thing. Turns out my plan B saved me today! Honestly though, I’ve had a lot of carrot cake, and this mix is a very good stand by. Tastes homemade! So there’s the scoop on the mix – a picture of the box is in my previous Easter blog post if you’re interested. The packaging is kind of deceiving since I’m a…
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Chickpea Curry with Rice

Tonight’s meal is a no-brainer. ¬†Curried chickpeas and rice is fast, easy and packed full of flavor (and it’s NUT-FREE!). ¬†A friend of mine on facebook mentioned this recipe once and I have never forgotten about it! Plus, it’s meatless Monday, so this recipe fits perfectly into the plan. I found this particular recipe from my new favorite Foodnetwork Foodie, Ree Drummond, she’s also known as Pioneer Woman. Kinda like her stuff right now. Today was our busy day (aren’t they all?!). We had: morning school drop off at both schools grocery shopping + unpacking + organizing birthday + Easter meal prep + packaging cleaning out the fridge dish washer…
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20 Minute Quesadillas

My internet connection is slower than 14.4kbps right now. If you’re a 90s chic, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Followed by the “You’ve Got Mail” chime. Slower than slow – hoping to at least get this recipe down to share with you! I’ve been thinking about these tasty quesadillas all day long. Yes, they were THAT good – and I also had some left over for lunch today. So here goes. Here’s what you’ll need: McCormick Quesadilla season packet 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, organic if possible (you don’t want a giant, hormone induced chicken breast. If you get that kind, you’ll need to pound it down…
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