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Hey girl, hey!
I know… I get it… I’ve heard it before. Cruising through the drive-thru at dinner time is waaay less time consuming than going home and hand-making a meal, especially on a week day. And to be quite frank, the number one compliant I have heard from the women I’ve worked with is that there is no time for prepping and cooking meals. Between work, school, kids, household chores, and social activities… life gets busy! So how’s a girl to add in a home cooked meal on top of everything else? Planning, organization, and quick meals, girlfriend!
So if you had a chance to look at my last recipe post, Sautéed Chicken and Spinach, I gave a detailed description on how cooking at home can and will save you money. In all honesty, making meals at home are absolutely necessary if you want to significantly save up those coins. So today, I’m bringing you a delicious recipe that will satisfy both your taste buds and your pocketbook. Let’s jump right in… Fork first!
Beef Taco Noodle Casserole: This simple and delicious recipe comes from readyseteat.com and there's only seven real ingredients, many of them you may already have at home! Check your fridge and pantry for these items:
This recipe literally only takes 15 minutes to throw together (you don’t even have to boil the noodles) and the oven does the rest of the work for you… leaving you about 30 minutes to get some laundry folded or help out with homework before your scrumptious casserole hits the dinner table.
Now I have to be honest with ya'll, even though I'm Mexican at heart (Seriously! My friends and family call me Chuy), when I first saw this recipe, I totally blew it off thinking it was going to be another "Hamburger Helper" type dish, but hunty... I was so wrong! Every forkful was packed with delicious flavor… it was like a little fiesta was taking place in my mouth. It’s hearty, filling and the best part is… it serves six so you know this dish can go a long way.
If there is anything left over at the end of the night (which I doubt there will be… it’s that good!) you can always take some to work the next day and have your co-workers envious of your home-cooked lunch as they head out to spend money on food that doesn’t look or taste half as good as what you’re eating. And you can enjoy yourself guiltlessly because you know your savings account is stacking (leftovers = money saved, girlfriend)!
So there’s only 3 easy instructions to follow in order to get to this deliciousness:
1.Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place uncooked noodles in baking dish.
2.Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain. Add vegetables, undrained tomatoes, enchilada sauce and water to skillet; stir. Bring to a boil. Pour mixture over noodles.
3.Cover dish tightly with foil; bake 15 minutes. Stir; sprinkle with cheese and cover with foil. Bake 10 minutes more or until noodles are tender. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve with sour cream, if desired.
Now you know I couldn’t leave you all without saying how much I paid to create such a bomb meal. Take a guess… what do you think?
$18.34. Yes, you read that right… Eighteen dollars and thirty-four cents. Tell me the last time you paid less than $20 to feed six people at a drive-thru?... My point exactly! Here’s the breakdown of how much each item cost:
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is! For more information on this recipe check it out here and don't forget to like and share with all your girlfriends! Let me know how this works out for you!
Until Next Time,