This is another one of my “recipes” that’s really so easy I can hardly call it a recipe. But, it’s so, so good!
Here’s how I make it.
Start with your favorite tortilla chips in a bowl….
Smash them into bite size pieces.
Sprinkle on your taco meat. (fry whatever meat you are using, I even use tofu for Liv, mix in your taco spices – cumin, chili powder and garlic powder) I’ll make an actual post of my taco seasoning for those who want the printable to refer to!
Add shredded cheese….
Onions, of course.
Lettuce, yum. I am loving this red leaf lettuce right now. I think I’ll try to grow some.
Mix it all together and you have something utterly delicious. Points for how quick and easy this is! Here’s the handy dandy printable of ingredients.
You guys. This recipe. It is so, so good! I want to create this dish at least once a week, because not only is it divine the first day you prepare it, it makes the most amazing leftovers to use in quesadillas, grilled paninis or just to snack on that you will ever eat! You can also shred the meat and mix it with the leftover sauce for pulled pork sandwiches, yay!
The marinade is spectacular. And the Coca~cola sauce…..it is marvelous. Seriously. I believe that you could put this stuff on a shoe and it would make it taste great. You have to try it.
Here’s what you need.
A pork loin of whatever size you choose. You can choose a two pound pork loin or an eight pound pork loin, it won’t matter. It just needs to fit in your marinade container and you’ll have more leftovers, yum!
Put all of your marinade ingredients into a gallon size ziploc bag and mix. To do this, I seal it up and squish it around. Easy peasy, and done.
Place your pork into the baggie and stick into the fridge overnight. You will be so glad you did this, I promise.
The next morning, put your pork loin into the slow cooker and discard your marinade. I know it’s painful to just dump something down the drain, but it has done it’s job. All of the liquid you see in the photo above is from cooking all day on low. You are definitely going to want to eat lunch, because otherwise you are going to starve to death on the day you make this from the incredible smells that will be wafting through your kitchen.
About an hour before you are ready to sit down and eat, make your Coca~Cola sauce. Mix all of the sauce ingredients in a pot over medium and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until thickened. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the pork and cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
Keep the remainder of the sauce to spoon over everything in sight. It’s so, so good!
The night before you want to cook your pork loin, mix all marinade ingredients in a gallon ziploc bag. Add the pork and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, place the pork loin into your slow cooker and discard the marinade. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
One hour before you are ready to eat, put all Coca~Cola sauce ingredients into a pot and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until thickened. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the pork loin and cook for another 30 minutes.
This is an easy and fast way to make a “lasagna”. Hayden won’t touch spaghetti – he’s a fettuccine guy – but he will eat lasagna. Liv barely weighs 100 pounds, but can eat her weight in any kind of pasta. Denton, as he says, will eat anything. So I consider this recipe an all around success.
Start with a pound of your favorite pasta and boil for 8 minutes. I had half of a box of rigatoni and 8 ounces of this supergrain pasta that I mixed. It was delicious. And you can’t beat the price!
Next, get out your favorite spaghetti sauce. I love Classico. It has the most luscious taste. And I can get it for $1.50 a jar on sale at Kroger. I found these on closeout for $1.34, woohoo!
Mix the pasta, and sauce….
Add in the cottage cheese…..
Mix it all together.
Top it with some shredded cheese and bake until bubbly. I always turn on the broiler for the last 2 or 3 minutes to make the cheese have some crispy edges, YUM!
We always have this with my homemade garlic bread. It was worth every single second of the 30 minutes it took to put it all together. Try it and let me know what you think.
I love simple and easy recipes at my house. I don’t think anyone will ever accuse me of wanting or needing to spend hours perfecting a recipe. But I do want the food that I spend that time preparing to taste great. This is one of those recipes!
1 to 2 pounds of ground beef, chicken, pork or turkey – your choice or mix and match! (I usually go with less meat!)
28 ounce can of whole or crushed tomatoes ( I like to use whole and jujsh them with my hand blender)
15 ounce can of dark red kidney beans
15 ounce can of great northern beans
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 TBSP salt
1 heaping TBSP chili powder
1 heaping TBSP garlic powder
2 TBSP Molasses
1 can of water (from the tomatoes can)
I keep browned ground beef and pork in my freezer for days when I am in a hurry, which is most days.
You can soak dried beans overnight (3/4 cup of dried for 1 can) and use them instead of canned!
Brown your meat of choice and drain.
Now, here you have a choice. You can add the rest of the ingredients (except the molasses) to whatever pot you browned your meat in and continue on the stove top for a few hours which is wonderful. Or you can add the rest of the ingredients (except the molasses) to a slow cooker and set it to high for 4 hours / low for 8 hours and walk away. Also wonderful! Today is a slow cooker day at my house.
After everything has cooked for a few hours or 8, add the molasses and stir, and dig in.
We LOVE wings at our house. We have them at least once a month. In fact, we are having them tonight. We love them crispy as all get out, but I don’t want to stand and deep fry them all the time. So I came up with this “recipe”. Enjoy!
Preheat your oven to 425*.
I like to elevate the wings on a rack on my largest sheet pan. It helps to “fry” the wings to perfection.
I keep it super simple. Salt and pepper on both sides of the wings. Bake for 25 minutes and flip the wings, bake for another 25 minutes. Slather the wings with your favorite sauce (Denton likes them hot/Hayden likes them with Sweet Baby Ray’s spicy barbecue/I like them all!) and bake them for another 5 minutes.
And eat! These are so good. Here’s the handy dandy printable recipe.
Effortless and Delicious Oven Roasted Chicken Wings