๐ŸŒถ Enchilada Pasta ๐ŸŒถ

Once again, I had items in my fridge that needed to be used up. And recently we gathered a bunch of fresh veggies and herbs from our kidsโ€™ garden as they are away for two months living in Southern California. ๐Ÿ–

My son is on a job rotation, left Indiana with his family, and can you believe heโ€™s only minutes from where I grew up? I hadnโ€™t been back since 1992 when he was born. Itโ€™s kind of surreal thinking my two grandkids are now placing their little feet on some of the same beaches that I did as a kid. Life has a way of coming full circle doesnโ€™t it?

Anyhow, I used some of those fresh, garden goodies and decided to make another pasta dish. Itโ€™s not my usual recipe but it turned out so well, according to the hubs, my main critic, that I decided to share it. It really can be tweaked to your liking. These are mere suggestions. ๐Ÿค—

But itโ€™s quick, itโ€™s easy and oh so YUMMY!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฒ

Ingredients:

Note: Ground beef, red chili flakes & garlic not pictured

Directions:

Brown your meat with all veggies and seasonings. (We used beef this time but usually use chicken.)

Lastly, add in fresh tomatoes after all other veggies soften and cook tomatoes briefly. (You can also use canned tomatoes of course. ๐Ÿ…)

Boil your pasta and add it (along with remaining water) to the ground beef mixture. Stirring in 1 can of red enchilada sauce.

Add 1 block of cubed cream cheese, cover till melted, and blend all together adding in any extra seasonings. I did add some red chili flakes here as well as some extra spices.

Then simmer till all the ingredients heat through

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You can garnish with anything. ๐Ÿฅ‘ We loved cilantro, avocado, cheese and a fresh squeeze of lime.

*We felt adding the lime was key! It added just the right notes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Tammyโ™ฅ๏ธ

Quick, Cheesy, Vegetable Casserol

I realized my husband was coming home soon and I hadnโ€™t finished (or even started) cooking dinner,๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ so I quickly ran to look for things. I had steaks for the grill but needed a vegetable side dish.

In the freezer, I found some cauliflower that I had forgotten about. I had quickly chopped then threw it in the freezer as we had to leave for Georgia when we heard our first grandbaby was coming!

I had just bought a bunch of groceries, so I quickly cooked up a lot of things and froze the rest. I also found some fresh broccoli and half a jar of Cheeze Whiz, ricotta and whipping cream from previous dinners. So, away I went creating something quick while trying to use up all these items so they wouldnโ€™t go to waste. I hate waste, don’t you?

Anyhow, it ended up being so delicious we kept going back for more. (And my husband usually won’t eat cauliflower.) One of the yummiest, quickest vegetable dishes Iโ€™ve ever made quite honestly.

Hope you can whip it up as quick as I did. ๐ŸŒช Or get your kids to eat it by making it taste like mac n cheese ha! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Feel free to substitute some ingredients!

Ingredients:

1 small head of cauliflower

1/2 head of broccoli

1/2 small jar of Cheese Whiz

1/2 C shredded sharp cheese

1/4 C ricotta cheese

1/2 C heavy cream

Seasonings to taste:

garlic powder

onion powder

black pepper

smoked paprika

croutons, seasoned breadcrumbs or herbed stuffing (like I had leftover from last Thanksgiving. ) ๐Ÿ˜ณ

2 pads of butter

Instructions:

Boil veggies ๐Ÿฅฆ till tender but not mushy. Drain, then add to a deep pan. (Use something you can later transfer to the oven.)

Over medium heat, Stir in the Cheeze Whiz, cream, and spices to taste.

*Remember the Cheeze Whiz is mighty salty already so watch how much extra seasoning you add!

You may have to soften some of this in the microwave before adding to your vegetable pan.

But hold back the shredded cheese for later. ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿผ

Gently mix everything together so as not to break up the tender veggies.

Now top with your croutons or stuffing ๐Ÿ˜ and the shredded cheese.

Lastly, add your pads of butter and place in the oven broiling till slightly brown.

*Be careful to set a 5 min timer โฑ or you might burn it like I do most things when I quickly want to โ€œbrownโ€ something! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

NOTE: This can be keto friendly by shredding your own cheese and omitting the croutons.

Enjoy!