Monday, May 7, 2012

Taco Mac – Leftover magic!!!

This story starts with Cinco De Mayo, I wanted to make a theme dinner on Saturday that was quick and easy.  The weather was so amazing that we just spent the whole day outside.  I didn’t want to be in the kitchen at all. 


I made Tacos, yeah its so cliché – and probably completely off the mark.  Its not like I make a traditional tacos… the kids ate them with tortilla chips, I used lean ground chuck mixed with Salsa no seasoning.  {yes lean ground meat with chips, no taco seasoning because it has too much MSG,served with buttered corn on the cob and black olives – yes I am a hypocrite}.


Sunday after Soccer {Tyscored 2 goals!!} Emma and I hit up the Westmoreland Farmers Market.  It was the first weekend for this seasons Market (here’s their FB page).  There are some new vendors and some returning favorites.  Yes that is right we have favorites – Emma wouldn’t even talk to Grandma because she was focused on visiting the “Cookie Lady” (AKA JCookies).  I purchased some Apple Jack Goat Cheese from Cranberry Ridge Farm among other things!!

So cut to today!  The forecast calls for rain starting around 6pm the same time as the 1st Tball game of the year.  I needed to get home, get the kids, get the eggs, get dinner and get to the field.  I wanted to use up the left over “taco mix” (ground chuck with salsa) but the kids only wanted “noodles” for dinner (along with yogurt and some fruit). 

Pan #1 –> Cooking elbow macaroni (4 servings)

Pan #2 –> In a frying pan over medium heat,  I added a few sliced up Green onions and the left over ground chuck mixture.  Let it started to get happy and warm. 

Before draining the macaroni I put about a 1/4 cup of the macaroni water in to Pan #2.  Then using a veggie peeler I peeled about 1/2 of the Jack Apple cheese into the mixture.  I stirred it until the cheese started to melt then I added 2 servings of the pasta to the pan.  I mixed it all together for a pinch of salt and fresh pepper.


It was great!! so much better than that boxed powdered cheese shit you get from the hamburger mac mix in the store.

Despite the rain the game went on.  Tyler had 3 great hits and David made his assistant coach debut!

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