Rice Done Right! Every Time!

(Note: Although, I was not compensated nor was I sponsored by Zojirushi for this post, all opinions, recommendations, and reviews are 100% my own. If, however, I may be compensated or sponsored by them in the future, I will update this post accordingly to reflect it as such.)

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Want hot, tender, melt-in-your-mouth, perfectly cooked, freshly prepared rice? Want it fast and cooked from home every single time? If you answered yes, then read on…

Don’t order takeout, save your money, and make it at home instead. Thanks to my parents for making me eat gobs of rice growing up, I now know how to make it on my own. 😉 Here is the secret on how to do it the right way, once and for all.

 

Directions:

1-Wash once (rinse thoroughly) in lukewarm water, I use long grain Jasmine rice because I grew up eating it and that’s what I am used to eating. But you can choose whichever type, brand, texture rice that suits your taste buds.

2-Tap on the sides of the pot with your palms to level out the rice

3-Fill about 1 inch or approximately 1 knuckle above the surface of the rice with water and cook in a rice cooker on automatic white rice setting (or whichever you prefer using, like Brown, etc.)

4-Stove Top: Cook the rice 20 minutes on medium high heat if cooking on the stove-top oven, stirring often to make sure that it doesn’t spill over and ruin your cooktop. For those of you with a gas stove, consider yourselves lucky, I miss mine so much. My electric stove hates me, it burns all my food, thus I hate cooking. It is annoying for me to stand there for 20 minutes while I babysit my dumb electric stove. But alas, it still works, so I will suffer through it until it dies. 🙁

5-Microwave: Cook for 30 minutes on high setting if cooking in the microwave, stirring often every 10 minutes. This is also very annoying to stand there for 30 minutes while I hangrily wait for my rice. But at least there’s a built-in timer to alert me to care for the rice while I dabble in a side project. 😉

6-Rice Cooker:  Just set it and forget it.  “Easy peasy lemon squeazy,” as my daughter would say.  Oh man, this is by far my favorite method of cooking. Hit the button and walk away.

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Final Verdict:

Mmmm rice, (drools).

 

When it comes to rice, go for Goldilocks:

Not too wet yet not too dry, but, just right!!!

 

Recommendations:

This is the model that we are currently using in our kitchen. We love it so much that we kept the sticker to remind us that we bought it brand new at one point. We love paying homage to those folks who still leave the plastic wrap on their furniture because we like to think we are spiffy like that too. 😉

If all else fails, try using an automatic rice cooker.

We have gone through our fair share of rice cookers in the past, whether it was a hand-me-down or a cheapie. All of which were cheap in price and also in quality. But my favorite by far is the Zojirushi Rice Cooker, it makes perfect rice each and every time!

This Zojirushi model, in particular, has delivered on its promise of perfect rice and then some. Not only does it perform well, it’s also quite an attractive piece of an appliance in our kitchen featuring its stainless steel exterior to match the rest of our kitchen appliances. Although it is a bit pricey, up front, it will last you pretty close to a lifetime.

And that, to me, is a great investment on any kitchen appliance, especially because rice is a staple in our household. We serve up rice at least 3-4 times a week with our meals.

How did your rice turn out? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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10 Do’s and Don’ts To Help You Beat Debt

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock your entire lives or you are one of the lucky few who happens to be born into wealth, you are no stranger to debt. It is mind-boggling to see how quickly and easily you can spend your hard-earned money.

Yet, on the flipside, you know how painfully slow and difficult it can also be to earn it and to save it. There simply are way better things that you would all rather spend your hard earned money on anyway.

And then you quickly find yourselves continuously digging deeper into a grave of your own doing. Yep, debt happens to the best of us.

Yes, even me.

Growing up, I was always taught that a successful life equated to hard work and continuous pursuits in education. Well for me, that meant getting a higher education, which meant either getting scholarships or taking out school loans in order to go to college.

I did BOTH…

We were pushed to try harder, to do more, so that we can make more money later on and buy a big house and live a lavish life because that was what success looks like. And like a house, higher education was treated as a “good debt” in our household, and so that was what we all believed because that was what we were taught.

I’m sure that’s what you were probably taught too. So that’s what I did.

And because of that, I now have a huge mortgage and matching huge school loans to look forward to every month for the next decade or so of my life. All because I was duped into thinking that this is the norm for everyone who wasn’t blessed to be born into a rich family. 

Or so I thought…

This was what I believed, up until recently when I discovered tons and tons of stories from people who have gone against the grain to dig themselves out of debt.

Sometimes, it might truly be your fault. You just can’t help yourself from the allure of the latest and greatest new tech toy that just came out this season.

Other times, you just happen to get served by a circumstantial “act of God,” at no fault of yours whatsoever. Perhaps you might have bought your first house only to find out later that it was swept away because it happens to be in the direct path of a deadly hurricane.

Or, you made an appointment for your annual exam expecting your usual clean bill of health only to be told that you have incurable cancer that can possibly cost you and your family a future of uncertainty and an insurmountable amount hospital bills afterward.

Whether it is due to health, an act of nature, or just exercising poor choice, debt happens and it happens to the best of us, believe me.

So what can you do to prevent it? It may surprise you to learn that there are many ways to soften the blow of debt and build yourself a soft cushion for when life strikes.

Check out these 10 Do’s & Don’t s On How To Beat Debt below:

 

1. Do Boss your money around: create a budget and tell your dollars and cents where to go. Be diligent with every penny and soon you’ll quickly find your peace of mind when you’re able to gain control of your money and not the other way around.

 

 2. Do get an umbrella: and start saving for a rainy day. Create a savings account for emergencies only, meaning do not spend it unless your life depended on it. Start off small, $25 per week, and by the end of the month, you would have saved yourself $100. Do this for a whole year and you would save yourself $1200, for when it really does rain.

 

 3. Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Pull back the reins on your spending spree and start asking yourself if this item is a “need,” or a “want”. Do this for every purchase and you’ll soon make a routine out of it. If it is truly a “need,” give yourself the green light to buy it. However, if it is a “want,” it can wait a while until you have the cash available to spend later.

 

 4. Do Find Alternatives: Look for other ways to achieve the same effect, swap out an old item before replacing it with a new item, trade services with a friend who happens to be a hairstylist if you happen to moonlight as a good alterationist on the side; host a potluck night where everyone BYOB (bring your own beer) and/or side dish; think of free games or activities to do with the kids instead of going out to eat or spending money at the amusement park.

 

 5. Don’t Try To Keep Up With The Kardashians: simply put, do not spend money and buy things just to impress people that you do not like. Instead, let it be known that you are living frugally and chances are your true friends will respect you enough to follow suit. Because as we all know, “birds of a feather stick together,” find like-minded frugal folks to hang out with so you don’t succumb to the spending craze.

 

 6. Don’t Knock Meal Planning: do not underestimate the power of meal planning. A quick fast food run can be convenient, but it can easily rack up a $40+ for a family of 4. Take that number times 3 meals for 7 days a week and you’re easily spending upwards of $840  per week just on eating out for all your meals. (That’s a mortgage payment for some folks!) Do your family a favor by spending just $40 a week and plan out your meals. It will save your wallet, your waistline, not to mention your sanity for the cash you’ll be saving. Make this a priority on Sundays so that the rest of your week runs smoothly. Take advantage of grocery store loss leaders (the front page of sales ads) and buy items on sale. With the money that you can save on your weekly grocery bill, you and your family can rack up a nice fortune at the end of the month to pay down credit card bills or even start a fund for a nice family vacation!

 

7. Do Set Goals: Have a family meeting once per quarter and write down everything you plan to do this year, then next year. (Don’t worry if your goals change, it’ll happen.) Set up a savings account/fund for each goal and set aside a specific amount per pay period in order to reach that goal together as a family. Get your family to visualize the goal(s) and work hard towards achieving it together.

 

8. Do Celebrate The Small Things: Start off small, say, 3 days at a time, and keep a spending journal of all the things that bought and did not buy. Did you spend any money? If you did, can you return the item? If you did not, congratulations! You did it! You saved yourself some moolah in our hot pocket! You get a gold start for that. Now let’s have a homemade dessert and extend that 3-day goal into 7 days! There’s another homemade cookie waiting for you in the cookie jar with your name on it, in 1 week. You can do it! 😉

 

 9. Do Believe in Yourself: THIS IS NO SMALL FEAT. Otherwise, everyone in the entire world would be rich, right? But you have to be your own cheerleader and dig deep within to find the gumption and grit to dig yourself out of debt and save not only for you but also for the future of your family. You can do it! I believe in you.

 

 10. Do Move Forward: So you hit a stumbling block. You were working late yet again this week and you answered the bright yellow siren call of the double arches. It needs you and you need it, like right now. And even though you know it’s wrong, no burger in the history of all burgers has ever tasted better or half as juicy as the one you’re about to sink your pearly whites into right this second. You hate yourself but you just can’t stop. You just spent $25 on a subpar meal that will give you heartburn for the rest of the night because you were just too busy this week to meal plan and pack a meal from home. It’s ok, you heard me right, it’s ok.

This too will happen and it too shall pass because tomorrow is another day for you to try it all over again. 

It’s kind of like falling off a bike. Once you get tired of the bruises, you’ll either quit or you’ll suck it up and do it again.

 

Having debt can weigh you down and make you feel as though whatever it is you do, you just can’t seem to stay afloat for very long. At first, you may start to feel as though you are nothing more than just another cog in a constant hamster wheel, destined to spend your life trapped in this never-ending soul-sucking cycle.

It’s suffocating and can oftentimes feel like you’re being bound by shackles anytime you are faced with the temptation to spend money.

But it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

If you are ready and willing to take these small steps and be willing to sacrifice a few creature comforts now, you will set yourself up for a much more comfortable future later on in life. Because let’s face it, wouldn’t you rather be relaxing, digging your toes inside the soft sugary sands of a tropical island somewhere rather than digging yourself out of the grave of debt you’ve dug yourself into because of all the financial mistakes you’ve made in your youth?

The choice is entirely up to you. But for most of you, it’s a no-brainer, right?

As the saying goes, “there’s no time like the present.”

Now go out there and get it done!

 

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How We Sold Our House in Just 6 hours! (And So Can You With These FoolProof Tips!)

 

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Six Hours Later…

After 10 years of living out of state and 9 of those years in our beautiful split level brick house, we decided to move out of state.

It was not a hard decision for us to leave because we were homesick and our hearts remained close to our home state. However, after the downturn of the housing market in 2008, we were afraid that we would not be able to sell our house for a good return on investment.

And then this happened…

We sold our house in 6 hours!

We did such a great job at turning that house into a home that we made someone else fall in love with it at first sight!

In fact, we maximized it’s potential, gave it some much needed TLC during those 9 years and it more than returned it’s grace to us and paid us back in-kind.

To our surprise, we made another family fall in love with our home at first sight! Within a mere 6 hours of already signing a contract for another house, they broke their contract and made an offer on our house, SITE UNSEEN!

You read that right!

We sold our house in 6 hours after listing it live on the MLS! :0

 

Mind Blowing:

We had our minds blown too when we heard those words uttered from the mouth of the new owners! We literally put our blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention some serious moolah, into this house thinking that we were going to stay there forever.

But then life happened, and we sold it after just 1 day of being listed on the MLS (Multiple Listings Service).

It’s a crazy mad roller coaster ride! I know!

This entire process was, I know it! Lol

Before I begin to show you what we did to sell our home so quickly, let me first begin by telling you to change your mindset.

You heard me right because, in order to make this possible, you must first change your mindset about how you see your home.

What you do with it, will determine how others see it for the very first time.

 

In The Beginning:

It began as one of those builder grade foreclosed houses at the end of a quiet street. This house had many imperfections that included; a missing broken window, the not-so-private backyard, the honey oak wood trim, mismatched flooring, a burgeoning forest of weeds and dandelions as far as the property lines were marked intently on the ground.

We bought it for a steal back in 2007, when the market was in the middle of a crisis.

Even in the middle of a downturn at the time, we saw these imperfections as a blank slate with tons of potential. We knew it was risky and we went for it anyway. Over the years, 9 to be exact, with some much-needed TLC, we turned this once forgotten foreclosure into our home boasting with pride and joy.

If you can sit down with your spouse, partner, and/or family and have a candid conversation about why it is you are selling your home. Then you are ready to tackle this adventure together.

 

9 Questions to Ask Yourself About Why You Are Selling Your Home:

Ask yourself some really tough questions and answer those questions honestly.

1-Why am I selling my home?

2-Is the size of my current home too small for my family and I?

3-Is there enough space for my family and I to grow old together here?

4-Do I see myself living here for x amount of years or longer?

5-What can I do to improve my home’s value?

6-How can I add value without breaking the bank?

7-What are some positives and negatives about this home?

8-Does the neighborhood or my neighbors bother me?

9-What do I love the most/least about this home?

 

The Nitty Gritty:

Because let me frank with you when I say this: There is a whole lot of work to get your home ready, from getting it listed to get it SOLD!

-Some blood was spilled (someone had some paper cuts from folding all those cardboard boxes and decided to cut tape with their teeth)

-There was a lot of sweat (from going up and down the stairs several times to carry an obscene amount of boxes),

-And of course, some tears were shed too (tears of boredom from the kids-they never want to move ever again.)

But I assure you, folks, it was very well worth it!

Be sure to check out our DIY’s Before and After pix for more helpful ideas that you can implement in your own home to add value or help in the sale of your house.

 

Without further ado, here ae the 12 foolproof tips we did to make that happen for us and you can do the same too!

(This was what our basement looked like before we decluttered, 10 years of history was buried down here. Someone grab a shovel and start digging! Sorry, I forgot to take an After photo to show proof that we did, indeed, clean our basement!)

 

  1. Declutter! Declutter! Declutter! I cannot stress this point enough. Think less is more in this case. You want bare, or close to that, surfaces throughout your house. Think “model home” in this case. You are selling a vision of a “would be perfection” to your prospective buyer, not a vision of your cluttered left-overs. If you must keep your clutter, keep it hidden and out of sight especially during showings so that your prospective buyer can envision themselves living in this fantasy dream home that you have created for them.

*Side Note: There was a house right down the street from us (literally like 4 houses down) that was listed for the past 2 years, that sat untouched with no offers, most likely because it still looks like the photo above of our basement before we cleaned it out.

The main reason why it was still on the market well-after our house sold. The reality is that people do not want to see “you” strewn about. Instead, they want to be able to envision themselves living in the space that you are selling.

This was the reason why I was so nervous about selling our house. In every photo that they have uploaded to the MLS, it was apparent that there were gobs of clutter that needed to be gone.

 

*Moral of my Side Note:

In order to sell your home, don’t take it personally.

Whatever you do, put your best face (your house) forward.

Clean your clutter, pack it away, or hire someone to get rid of your junk.

Hide your mess! 🙂

 

I know this is tough to digest because as proven by me, that’s how my before pic looked like before we decided to declutter and get serious. (Don’t do what I did in the above pic. Don’t show the world your mess!)

Been there, did that, it will be ok.

 

YOU GOT THIS!

Even when your days may end up looking like the left pic below.

(This piece de resistance was compliments from my daughter when she discovered a stray crayon on the floor. I hit that with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and the scribbles were gone lickety-split.)

 

2. Mean Green Cleaning Machine! Also another point I cannot stress enough about. Clean your house like your life depends on it! So clean, you can eat off the floors, like having your last-meal on it type of clean. I’m serious about this. There’s just no other way around it. You want your house to be immaculate, as in stain-free, without a reasonable doubt as to where that mystery odor is coming from kind of clean.

 

Photo Source  by Mixed Media 2016

 

3. Light the way! Be sure to turn on all the lights if the showings are in the evening. If it is during the day, be sure to open all the shades. The idea here is to let in as much natural light as possible to show how bright airy, and expansive your home looks and feels. This is another reason why any sort of light neutral shade of paint that reflects the most light will win the hearts of your prospective buyer. 

 

Side Note: (Before we decided to paint our master bedroom in a lovely shade of warm greige from Behr’s Rolling Pebble, we made the mistake of choosing a very greenish yellow wheatgrass color, which always seemed to make me sick in more ways than one. Moral of the story: choose carefully my friends…)

 

 4. Be like the Swiss and Go Neutral (see step #3) Paint your walls a neutral color or stick with plain white walls. Again, you want the eyes to continue glossing over the entire space allowing your home to look bigger and more expansive. Staging each room with some smartly placed and appropriately-sized furniture will help the prospective buyer imagine themselves living in their dream home. Use your own furniture if it is in great condition or consider renting out some from a staging company for the duration of your home selling process.

 

 5. The Holy Trinity When staging, decorate in vignettes of odd numbers, preferably 3’s and 5’s, for a more contemporary or modern look. If you have a more traditional looking home, like a classic Victorian home, then symmetry would work better. You would decorate in pairs using an even number or 2’s or 4’s, like pillows on a couch or place settings on a dining room table.

 

(One of my favorite features in our old house was the beautiful high windows. If you have them, be sure to highlight them by opening your window drapes and turning on all your lights before a home showing. This was a lovely sight for sore eyes after a long weekend away.)  Photo Source by Mixed Media 2016

 

 

6. Go Up, Up, Up: Take advantage of the high ceilings, if you have them. Draw the eyes up with long sheer drapes as close to the ceiling as possible and just barely skimming the floors. Or you can leave an extra 2-4 inches billowing on the sides of windows for a soft and romantic feel in the living room and bedrooms.

 

Photo Source by Mixed Media 2016

 

7. Deodorize the Premises Use a scented candle from the fancy store at the mall or a room spray, also from said store in the mall. Bake some chocolate chip cookies, brew a fresh pot of hazelnut coffee, or simmer some oranges, lemons, and cloves in a small slow cooker a few minutes before any showing. You want to enhance your prospective buyer’s ole factory by giving them a lingering memory of how pleasant your house smelled.

 

(This vessel sink and faucet combo was a total score at only $25 on Amazon! Can you believe it?!)

 

 8. Out of Sight, Out of Mind Be sure to clean, hide, and put away anything that is pet related, dirty, unsanitary, or just a plain eyesore. Put away your pet’s food bowls, hide/get rid of chew toys, and most importantly – absolutely & without a doubt get rid of pet dander, pet hair, and pet stains that can offend your buyers! Because pet hairs inside of your nice stainless steel fridge is a major turn off to any potential buyers giving them the impression that your home is dirty and unkempt!) 

 

(I love container arrangements! I look forward to it every spring! Put a couple of these by the front door to welcome guests as they visit for a showing. It will definitely make a lasting impression on them.)

 

9. First Impression is Everything! Be sure to trim the bushes, pull the weeds, mow the lawn, or shovel your driveway & front porch. Flank your front door with container flowers, a nice and clean welcome mat, and a pretty wreath to set the tone for the rest of your house.

 

(Accentuate the best features in each room of your home: here is one clear view of our jet tub in our Master Bathroom. Notice, we have eliminated all our personal photos, rubber duckies, and general knick-knacks to only display a relaxing spa experience for our potential buyers.)

 

10. Keep it Generic: Stash away your family photos especially wedding photos and children’s photos. Display a couple generic pieces of art or a simple mirror, instead. You want to encourage your prospective buyer to envision their own memory-making process not your own. After all, you are selling them your property, not your own memories. So pack away those precious family heirlooms and display them in your new home where your family can appreciate and enjoy them.

 

(Here is a pic of our upstairs bathroom which we used for the kids. We’ve accentuated the double sink vanity and decorated this room with another “spa-like feel” but with a whimsical touch of color, in accents of blue. It’s a refreshing color for a bathroom.)

 

 11. Rinse, Wash, and Repeat all the steps above on up until closing. This is probably one of the hardest things to do, aside from de-cluttering your entire house. You have to continue the upkeep and keep it clean all up until you’ve sold your home and signed the closing paperwork. Just keep swimming, you’re almost there…

 

12. Sit back, Relax, and Enjoy the fruits of your labor because you deserve it after all that hard work! Now that you have gone thru each and every step, from 1-11, you deserve a much-needed break. Go crack open a bottle of wine and celebrate your hard work.

 

So to recap, when getting ready to list your house for sale either on the MLS (Multiple Listings Service) or For Sale By Owner, remember to check out these 12 foolproof tips above to help you sell your home more quickly and command a higher profit for your home.

Best of luck and good fortune to you! 

Photo Source by Mixed Media 2016
Photo Source by Mixed Media 2016

 

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The purpose of this blog is to provide insight and enjoyment only. I am not nor do I claim to be an expert or professional in any manner. All opinions are 100% my own. Please do not copy any content from my website without my prior permission or written consent from me. However, you may link directly to my post for reference and to give credit.

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All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Recipe

All-in-one Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica

 

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It’s 5 pm and you’re thinking about dinner. But you’re short on time and on cash.

So you raid your pantry throw together an edible concoction. It’s better than starving, right?

Try making this All-in-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Recipe.

Get dinner ready in a flash with these ingredients found right inside your very own pantry!

Just add shredded cheddar and a sprig of cilantro!

 

The Hunger Pangs Hit Hard

Thump Thump Thump! 

Tick tock tick tock tick tock!

Growl, gurgle, roar!

Rub, scratch, squirm…

 

My heart is racing, my palms are sweaty, and the day seems to be dragging its feet! Like a cobra on a mission eyeing a nice juicy field mouse in the short distance, my hunger pangs are just setting in.

It’s 4:58 pm, my gut is wound up in a tight knot and I have dinner on the brain!

 

Dinnertime Rush

Of course, I forgot to thaw out the frozen chicken breast that I meant to transfer from the freezer to the fridge last night because I was catching up on the season finale of Game of Thrones. I could hit up a drive-thru and waste away $40.

Or I can raid my pantry for on-hand staples that I the smart version of past-tense me have already stocked up in anticipation for this dummy version of frantic future me. Yay! 

It’s an All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Wannabe (Whew! Say that 3 times fast!) to the rescue! With 15 minutes and time to spare, just long enough for the apple, I popped into my mouth to dissipate into oblivion.

That’s all it took to whip up a batch of this bad boy and finally put those hunger pangs to rest.

This was a recipe that I originally adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

I have tweaked it according to what we had on-hand in our pantry and our fridge at that particular time. I did not want to waste another trip to the store and spend more money on more things that we did not need, so we used what we had instead and our bellies were just as satisfied. 

I also added more spices to cater to my husband’s palate. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as our family did too.

 

(Original recipe adapted by www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2013/01/homemade-cheeseburger-helper.html)

 

Cost Breakdown of the All-In-One Pot Turkey Taco Hamburger Helper Replica Meal:

Since I am all about living frugally, here is the true cost breakdown for this meal. I am using this helpful guide to assume prices at Kroger and it’s website, only because I like their search feature the best.

This meal serves a family of 4 and plenty for seconds and leftovers for meals during the week. You can also freeze the leftovers and eat them later.

Just pop it in the microwave between 30 seconds – 1 minute per serving.

 

1 tube (2 lbs.) frozen ground turkey (thawed) ————————-$2.49
½ tsp. Salt ——————————————————————–on hand
½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper———————————————–on hand
½ tsp. Sugar——————————————————————-on hand
1 tsp. Cumin——————————————————————-on hand
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper—————————————————— on hand
1 tsp. Chili Powder———————————————————–on hand
Olive oil Spray or 2 tbsp. Olive Oil—————————————on hand
1 tbsp. Minced Garlic in Olive Oil——————————————$1.99
½ Chopped & Diced Red Onions——————————————–$0.45
1 cup of beef or chicken broth/stock or 2 cubes bouillon & water—on hand
½ cup of milk or heavy cream————————————————-$0.69 (1/2 gallon)
2 jars of Mild Salsa————————————————————–$4 ($1.99 each)
1 can of Black Bean————————————————————-$0.59
2 Chopped & Diced fresh Roma Tomatoes———————————$0.56 ($0.28 each)
1 Chopped and Diced Green Bell Pepper———————————–$0.79                                      1 can Whole Kernel Golden Corn——————————————–$0.59
1 box of Elbow Macaroni Noodles——————————————-$0.73
1 ½ cups of shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese——————————$1.00
Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, to taste (We like heat so I used a good 3 dashes of each spice)
1 handful of chopped Green Onions (Scallions)————————-(on hand-we grow these)
Serve with a dollop of your favorite sour cream—————————$1.29

Total Cost of this Family-Sized Meal: $15.17, which is $3.79 per person to feed a family of 4 plus leftovers!

 

If you are a busy Mom or Dad who is tired, hungry, short on time and trying your darndest to save some cash in your wallet this week, give this recipe a try.

 

Ingredients: Serves 8

 

  • ALL-IN-ONE POT TURKEY TACO HAMBURGER HELPER WANNABE RECIPE

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 15 minutes

    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Category: Entree

    Cuisine: Mexican

    Serving Size: 8

    ALL-IN-ONE POT TURKEY TACO HAMBURGER HELPER WANNABE RECIPE

    Ingredients

    • 1 tube (2 lbs.) frozen ground turkey (thawed)
    • ½ tsp. Salt
    • ½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper
    • ½ tsp. Sugar
    • 1 tsp. Cumin
    • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
    • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
    • Olive oil Spray or 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
    • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic in Olive Oil
    • ½ Chopped & Diced Red Onions
    • 1 cup of beef or chicken broth/stock or 2 cubes bouillon & water
    • ½ cup of milk or heavy cream (whatever you have on hand)
    • 2 jars of Chi Chi’s Mild Salsa
    • 1 can of Black Bean
    • 2 Chopped & Diced fresh Roma Tomatoes
    • 1 Chopped and Diced Green Bell Pepper
    • ½ Bag of frozen Whole Kernel Golden Corn
    • 1 box of Elbow Macaroni Noodles
    • 1 ½ cups of shredded Sharp Cheddar or Mexican-Style Mix Cheese
    • Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, to taste (We like heat so I used a good 3 dashes of each spice)
    • 1 handful of chopped Green Onions (Scallions)
    • Serve with a dollop of your favorite sour cream

    Instructions

    1. On medium heat, spray skillet with olive oil or drizzle 2 tbsp. Olive Oil around your pan or skillet.
    2. Add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes or until fragrant.
    3. Add the thawed ground turkey and mix in dry spices (salt, black pepper, sugar, cumin, cayenne pepper, chilli powder). Cook and brown the meat mixture for about 5-8 minutes depending on your heat or gauge when juices run clear and meat goes from a pink to grayish brown color.
    4. Add a box of elbow macaroni to the cooked meat mixture and stir well.
    5. Then add the stock/broth to the mixture and continue to cook for another 7-8 minutes per the instructions on the pasta box.
    6. Once pasta and meat are cooked, add the salsa, and the remaining veggies (red onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, black beans, corn) to your skillet and cook for another 5 minutes.
    7. Add the milk/cream and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese mixture is melted and every morsel is well coated, about 2-4 minutes.
    8. Lastly serve it up hot with your choice of hot sauce and/or a cool dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of fresh scallions, enjoy! 😉
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Directions:

  • On medium heat, spray skillet with olive oil or drizzle 2 tbsp. Olive Oil in your pan or skillet.

 

  • Add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes or until fragrant.

 

  • Add the thawed ground turkey and mix in dry spices (salt, black pepper, sugar, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder). Cook and brown the meat mixture for about 5-8 minutes depending on your heat or gauge when juices run clear and meat goes from a pink to grayish brown color.

 

  • Add a box of elbow macaroni to the cooked meat mixture and stir well.

 

  • Then add the stock/broth to the mixture and continue to cook for another 7-8 minutes per the instructions on the pasta box.

 

  • Once pasta and meat are cooked, add the salsa, and the remaining veggies (red onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, black beans, corn) to your skillet and cook for another 5 minutes.

 

  • Add the milk/cream and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese mixture is melted and every morsel is well coated about 2-4 minutes.

 

  • Lastly, serve it up hot with your choice of hot sauce and/or a cool dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with fresh scallions, enjoy! 

 

Ok, you’ve got 1 night down and six more nights to go. Need more quick dinner fixes, save yourself some cash and try this recipe, it’s better than takeout.

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