WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TACO PIE

taco pie

1/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 package Taco seasoning mix
2 1/2 cups mashed potato flakes (or left over mashed potatoes-omit butter & milk)
1 pound ground beef or Turkey (I use 96% lean)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, diced
3 mini sweet peppers in various colors
Sour cream, optional (I used low fat)

Preheat oven 350F.

In a microwave safe baking dish, add butter & milk, 2 Tbs taco seasoning, mixing well.  Microwave on high 2-3 minutes.  Stir and add potato flakes, mixing until incorporated. (I had to add a little water as well to make a good consistency for spreading.)
Press mixture into the bottom of a regular pie plate, then Bake the “crust” for 7-10 minutes until it just BARELY turns golden brown.

TACO PIE (1)

In the meantime, cook beef & onions in a skillet until beef is browned and cooked through. Add Salsa & remaining taco seasoning. Cook until bubbly.

TACO PIE (2)

Pour into crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Let cool for 5 minutes. Top with cheese, lettuce, peppers and tomatoes, black olives, jalapeno slices, etc.  Whatever your choice.

IF YOU NOTICED THE HEART SHAPED CAKE PAN IT WAS FOR GOOD REASON.  I TRIED THIS NEW TACO PIE RECIPE ON OUR 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FOR THE HUSBAND WHO LOVES, LOVES, LOVES GROUND BEEF!  HE DID LOVE IT AND IS LOOKING FOR 25 MORE YEARS AT LEAST!

 

BEEFY TOSTADA PIE

Enchilada Pie (3)

1 lb 96% lean ground beef
1 1/2 c chopped onions or 1 (14.4oz) pkg Birds Eye frozen Pepper Stir-Fry
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz tomato sauce
1 c sliced black olives
4 flour tortillas ( I used Azteca 10 inch)
2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Cook first 5 ingredients in skillet over medium heat until meat is browned. Stir in tomato sauce; heat through. Stir in black olives. Coat 9X9 inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Lay one tortilla on bottom of dish. Top with layer of meat sauce then cheese. Top with another tortilla and repeat layers ending with cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes. Let stand about 5 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve with salsa, low-fat sour cream and whole grain tortilla chips and a big salad.

SECRET MEATBALL RECIPE

MEATBALLS

MUST TRY!  ONE OF THE WAYS I’M FIGHTING HIGH CHOLESTEROL!  Here is my really great recipe for super protein, low fat meatballs (I also make into burgers to cook on the grill)!

1# 96% lean ground beef
1 (15oz) can lentil beans – drained just a bit
1 envelope onion soup mix (I use Lipton or Great Value)
1 tsp instant beef bouillon and seasoning (herb ox)
2-3 Tbsp minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup quinoa prepared according to directions
3 eggs (or egg substitute equivalent to 3 eggs)
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and let sit in refrigerator for about an hour (the quinoa will absorb extra liquid and make for more solid burgers and meatballs that hold together).  Fashion into 2 good sized burgers (to freeze for later grilling) and 20 large meatballs.

Bake meatballs at 375 degrees 20-25 minutes until browned and firm.  I usually freeze and add to my homemade sauce as needed!

**Sometimes I add a tsp of cumin or chili powder to spice them up, or if I’m thinking of beef stroganoff with Swedish meatballs, I add a tsp of ground all spice!

ENJOY AND BE HEALTHY!

MEAT & POTATOES MAN LOWERS CHOLESTEROL! CELEBRATE WORLD HEART DAY!

WE WERE ABLE TO LOWER MY HUSBAND’S TOTAL CHOLESTEROL BY 20 POINTS OVER THE PAST YEAR AND HE IS A MEAT AND POTATO MAN! Yes, we ate more fish (grilled and cooked with a variety of spices), less chuck roast (20gm fat/serving) changed to tender chuck (3gm fat/serving), more beans and lentils added to ground beef dishes and using 96% lean beef (like meatballs, meatloaf, tacos, chili), haven’t seen a hot dog, bologna, salami, bacon or sausage – but like turkey sausage!  Milk products are all low fat and fresh fruits and vegetables are always “half the plate”! Whole grains are staples. A stick of butter lasts for months.  Sweet treats are not in the house unless we’re having company but I still try for something as healthy as possible.  I don’t use artificial or “lite” products but use just a little of the real thing – seems to work!  I don’t like the idea of cholesterol lowering medicines so give this a shot!  AND DON’T FORGET TO EXERCISE DAILY! 

JUST AN ASIDE:  My Mom had a cholesterol level over 300 for much of her adult life, yet when she was developing dementia and they checked her arteries for plaque, the doctors said “she has the arteries of a 16 year old!”  Not to make light of cholesterol but your gene pool, diet, environment and life style have a strong influence on developing heart disease!  Mom died at the age of 88 and four days of old age!

MEATLOAF, MEATBALL, HAMBURGER PATTY RECIPE:

1 pound 96% lean ground beef
1 (15oz) can organic lentil beans
1 cup cooked quinoa (1/2 cup dry cooked according to directions)
1 pkt (1.25oz) Onion Recipe Soup & Dip Mix

In large bowl combine ingredients. Refrigerate about an hour to allow quinoa to absorb some of the liquid. Then shape into loaf, balls or patties. Cook loaf in 350 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes. Cook balls in 350 degree oven about 20 minutes. Grill patties about 10 minutes a side.

*Sometimes I add worcestershire sauce and/or ketchup for a little different flavor.

FOR TACOS BROWN 96% LEAN GROUND BEEF WITH A CAN OF LENTILS AND ADD YOU FAVORITE TACO SEASONING – NO ONE WILL KNOW THE LENTILS ARE THERE!

 

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