Black Beans and Rice

This quick stovetop Black Beans and Rice can be made in the time it takes to cook the rice. Adjust the spices to your taste by using salsa that is hot or mild, or add a chopped jalapeno to the pepper and onion.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche

We’ve used broccoli and cheddar in this delicious and easy quiche, but you can substitute different cheeses or vegetables to use what you have. Try it this way or with spinach and mozzarella cheese or mushrooms and Swiss.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Planned leftovers helps me to not only reduce waste but speed up prep time on meals using the leftovers. Because the Carne Guisada is already prepared, creating this dish is just a matter of assembling the layers and baking. We almost always have rice in the refrigerator, but if we don’t, it’s easy to cook some in the rice cooker (if you don’t have a rice cooker, you are missing out on the easiest way to make rice—no more burned rice because it cooked too long). The meat is already seasoned, so if you don’t like spicy food, consider using a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes instead of the tomatoes and green chilies.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is comfort food that I grew up with. My grandmother made this often for my grandfather because he loved it so much. Her version contains sliced hard boiled eggs in it, but my husband is not an egg fan so I leave them out. What I never leave out is the bottom crust, because I feel cheated if I cut into a pot pie and discover that there is only a top crust.

Carne Guisada for the Slow Cooker

Carne means meat (but often is used to refer to beef), and guisada means stew. This flavorful Mexican beef stew is perfect for serving over rice or with tortillas. Its wonderful aroma as it simmers in the slow cooker will have you anxiously awaiting dinnertime.

Carne Guisada for the Instant Pot

Carne means meat, but it is often used to refer to specifically to beef, and guisada means stew. This flavorful Mexican beef stew is perfect for serving over rice or with tortillas. Its wonderful aroma as it simmers in the slow cooker will have you anxiously awaiting dinnertime.

Pasta with Homemade Pesto

Fresh basil is incredibly easy to keep on hand year round if you have a sunny window. You can purchase pots of living basil at most grocery stores for under five dollars and if you keep them watered and place them in a sunny location, they will live for months. Occasionally I will have to […]

Chicken Tetrazzini

Bulk cooking chicken for the freezer to use in casseroles, stovetop meals, soups, and stews makes recipes like this tasty Chicken Tetrazzini a snap to prepare. Canned soups ease the prep time, but a homemade white sauce and sautéed mushrooms can be used in place of the soups if you prefer.

Quick Lemony Pasta with Chicken

If you have cooked chicken on hand, this dish can be on the table in the time it takes to boil the pasta. Its lemony flavor is a perfect complement to the pasta and chicken. It is a terrific dish to have in your list of quick dishes to make at the last minute because you can keep all of the ingredients on hand in the pantry or freezer.

Taco Meatloaf

Try this Tex-Mex twist on meatloaf that uses taco seasoning and crushed taco shells. You could add shredded Pepper Jack cheese for an even tastier result!

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