Thursday, October 25, 2012

WHAT'S FOR DINNER ~ Impossibly Easy Taco Pie

What we had for dinner tonight was a new recipe to us. We love Mexican and had bought some biscuit a couple of weeks ago as part of a drug store deal.
The recipe calls to be used in a 9 inch glass pie plate but I used a small casserole dish instead. Pie plate would be great for presentation but no matter what kind of dish you use it was tasty, super fast and easy to make.

Impossibly Easy Taco Pie
Recipe came from Best of Betty Crocker 2010
Prep time 15 minutes
 Start to finish 50 minutes
serves 6

1 lb of  ground turkey breast or ground beef ( we used beef)
1 medium onion chopped (1/2 cup) no onion in house.
1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso Taco seasoning mix or what is on sale
1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso chopped green chiles, undrained or what is on sale
1/2 cup of Original Bisquick mix
1 Cup of milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded Colby Monterey Jack Cheese blend (2 oz)
1 medium tomato chopped (3/4 cup)  I used some can tomatoes instead
1 1/2 cups of shredded lettuce ( I skipped this
2 medium green onions sliced if desired ( I skipped this)

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9 inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In 10 inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until no longer pink. Sprinkle taco seasoning mix over meat, mix well.

Spread meat mixture in pie plate. Top evenly with green chiles.

In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix,  milk and eggs with wire whisk or fork until blended. Pour in pie plate.

Bake 25 minutes. Top with cheese and tomato.

Bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Sprinkle with lettuce and onions.

Serve with refried beans and taco chips. Salsa and sour cream on top of pie mix if desired.
Serving calories if using turkey 250 calories. This was very tasty and will be put into my recipe book for another time. Grace


Convience stores are easy to stop in to buy some soda pop, a bottle of water or some chips but in the end it is costly to your wallet.
Soda Pop is a $1.00 and you could of bought a 12 pack at the grocery store for about $$4.00 to 6.00
Next time you want something to drink pick up a 12 pack and chill at home. Grab one on your way out and you can put the saved  50 cents or so into your piggy bank. Before long you have a few dollars to put into your savings account or to pay down a debt.

We like to throw a cooler with ice into our car and carry soda pop and water with us. When we neglect to do this we end up stopping at the gas station and throwing money out the window.

Thought for the day and every day is Never underestimate the value of a small amount of money.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Are you hoarding coins? Here is interesting article on why some people are hoarding pennies and nickles.

I have been putting pre 1982 pennies in a large bottle. I believe that it will be a long time before the goverment allows copper pennies to be melt. But in the mean time I am having fun looking through pennies, sorting any wheats I may find and putting pre 1982 in this vintage bottle I bought at an auction.
I have been saving nickles and dimes from my change to put in my savings account. Painless way to save some money. I also throw a dollar or two in a cookie jar. Just added $40.00 to savings account last week from my cookie jar. I took the tin that was full of pennies to the bank. We added $12.95 to savings account today towards the start of an emergency fund,  $62.95 so far. I want to start with a minimum of $1,000, snowball two small loans and then work to pay off the car.
I will have to check out the hoarding coin chat site soon.
Are saving your pennies or do you plan to start saving your copper pennies? I plan to roll up my copper pennies and sell on eBay when I have a desirable amount. This will then be added to emergency fund.
The nickles and dimes being thown into jars will be brought down to the bank next time I fill up my penny tin.
How is your emergency fund coming? Are you working to pay down your debts to become debt free?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday 10/22/12

Plans this week for our menu plan is simple and easy but tasty cooking. We did not have grilled cheese sandwiches last week as planned so will be moved to this week.

Monday was can Hash, Corn and toast I prefer my left over has from meat loaf but for a quick dinner Mary Kitchen has is tasty and easy
Tuesday Spaghetti with meat balls from the freezer with bread and butter
Wednesday Ground Beef Stew over mash potatoes
Thursday Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup with Chips
Friday Try a new recipe Beef and Bean Wraps
Saturday Chicken and Rice casserole with peas
Sunday Left over Buffet

Check recipes collection on right hand side to get recipes for Spaghetti, Ground Beef Stew, and Chicken and Rice casserole.
Thanks for stopping by for menu plan Monday Grace