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Taco Salad- Ten Minute Meal

Taco Salad (Eighth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

  • Cook cut up chicken or ground beef in taco seasoning (below) or use leftover chicken.
  • Cut lettuce, tomatoes, onions.
  • Cut avocados.
  • Grate cheese.
  • Can of drained olives.
  • Can of drained beans (black or kidney).
  • Tortilla Chips

Mix all together in a large bowl with:

Taco Ranch Dressing  

  •  1 cup ranch dressing   (Our blog has a home made recipe of Ranch Dressing.)  (Can substitute plain yogurt and spices for ranch dressing.)
  •  1 T. catsup
  •  2 T. salsa.

Taco Seasoning Cook 1 – 2 lbs. of ground beef or chicken then add seasoning and water.

  • 2 tsp. instant minced onion
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½  tsp. corn starch
  • ½  tsp. garlic powder
  • ½  tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½  tsp. crushed dried red pepper
  • Add ½  cup of water

Simmer until the water is cooked out.

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Milk Sauce/Gravy/Soup- Ten Minute Meal

Creamy Milk Sauce/Gravy/Soup/Rue (Seventh of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

 

If you learn to make a Rue it can save you money and time.  Use it anytime you would use a can of creamed soup.  It is better for your health, saves you money, and tastes great.   It will make you holiday meals the best.  Be brave.  Don’t worry if you have a few lumps the first time, it will still taste great.

If you use it in a recipe instead of a can of creamed soup, use only half of the liquid.

 

  • Melt 2 Tbs. butter or other fat in frying pan.
  • Add 2-3 Tbs. flour and brown for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add 2 cups of a mixture of milk, water and/or broth.
  • Season with salt/pepper and spices to taste.
  • Stir until thick.
  • Turn the heat off and add 2-4 Tbs. of grated parmesan cheese.

Hamburger Gravy

Add cooked ground beef to the gravy and serve over toast, noodles, rice, or potatoes.

Veggie Gravy

  • Add steamed asparagus or other cooked vegetables and serve over toast.
  • Add some cooking water to the sauce to make the right thickness.

Creamed Soup

  •  Cook any vegetables like carrots, potatoes, broccoli, onions, etc.
  •  Drain and save the water to use to thin the soup.
  • Add the creamed sauce.
  • Add the reserved water to make the soup the right thickness.

I use it to make chicken pot pie, potato soup, stroganoff and so much more.  Let us know how you use a rue to make your meals great.

Enjoy!

Seven Layer Burritos (Ten Minute Meal)

7 Layer Burritos (Sixth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

  • Cook Rice-A-Roni or some other seasoned rice.
  • Warm refried beans.
  • Mash avocados and mix in a little lime or lemon  juice and season with Spike or other seasoning.
  • Cut up tomatoes, onions and lettuce.
  • Slice a can of olives.
  • Grated cheese.
  • Salsa.
  • Sour cream.
  • Warm tortillas.  (Corn or Flour)

Layer everything on the tortilla, starting with  the beans, then fold up into a burrito and eat.  Everyone can put on what they like.  Great fast, meatless meal.

Ham and Cheese Angel Hair (Ten Minute Meal)

Ham and Cheese Angel Hair (Fourth of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

  • Cook 3/4 of a pound of angel hair pasta or other pasta.
  • Drain the pasta, but don’t rinse.
  • Put 1 cup of grated medium cheddar cheese, and 1 cup of milk in the hot pan over medium heat stir and melt the cheese.
  • Add ½ precooked diced ham steak (or leftover ham), and cooked pasta.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix all together.
  • Heat on low for about one more minute.
  • Serve with salad and fruit.

Gingerbread People

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Fun, easy, delicious recipe to do with children. A holiday favorite.

Mix with a mixer:

  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. molasses

Sift or mix together:

  • 5 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. cloves

Mix wet and dry ingredients together.

Chill for about an hour.

Cut with people cookie cutters. Decorate with raisins, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, licorice, and/or tiny candies.

Bake in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Granola

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Granola

 

Heat the oven to 300 F with the rack in the middle.

Place in a large bowl and mix:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or regular flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Place in a pan and warm to melt:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Put 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or 1 teaspoon vanilla in the honey/oil mixture. 

Then pour over the oats mixture and mix.

Spread the mixture on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 15 minutes then stir.  Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes until lightly brown around the edges.

Place on a rack to cool.

Add about 1/2 cup of dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, dates) and about 1/2 cup of nuts or seeds (I prefer pecans.)   I also add about a 1/2 cup of ribbon coconut.

Stir every 15 minutes as it cools to break up the clumps.

Store in airtight container.

Enjoy!   We like it with Cashew Milk.  

 

Apples

Apples

Objective:  Help children discover and learn about apples.
Preparation:
  • Find drawings or pictures of apples and apple trees from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Gather the following materials; Apples, Knife, Paper, Paint: red; yellow and green, Paper plate. 
  • Decide on a book to read.     Suggested books: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall ,The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons,Ten Apples Up On Top! By Theo LeSieg.,
Lesson:
  • Read a book. 
  • Discuss apples while showing apples, pictures and/or books.  Apples are a fruit, plant, have seeds.
  • Discuss the changes through the seasons in apple trees.  Can be discussed with seasons
  • Fruits are a healthy food. 
  • It is fun to cut an apple in half horizontally to show the children the star pattern created by the core and seeds.  Use this apple to do the apple stamping in the activity below.

Discussion Questions:

  • What color are apples?  Red, yellow, green or a combination of colors.
  • How do they grow?  On apple trees.
  • How do they taste?  Sweet, crunchy, juicy.
  • What can we make with apples?  applesauce, apple juice, apple pie, apple cake, etc.

Activity: Apple Stamping  (It is fun to use red, yellow and green paint and make a stamping of each color.  Keep an apple in each color of paint and don’t mix colors.  Use paint shirts.  Do with one child at a time.)  

  • Cut your apple in half( for an apple-shaped stamp cut the apple vertically – cutting it horizontally makes a circular shaped stamp.)
  • Pour paint onto a pie tin or plastic plate.
  • Dip your apple into the paint.
  • Stamp your apples on the paper.  If the apples are carefully stamped, the star may be visible.  
  • Set aside to dry.

Making Applesauce is a fun activity with children.  Applesauce blog to be posted soon.

For more educational products and information visit www.phonicsbyspelling.com

 

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