Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos

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Plate of Crisp Bean Burritos and Side of Mexican Ranch Dressing
Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos (Baked) with Easy Mexican Ranch Dressing

Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos are a quick, inexpensive, and satisfying meatless meal that can be made any night of the week. They are also great to make for meal prep and for those nights you don’t want to make anything. Mix together an easy bean filling, roll inside flour tortillas, and bake for 15 minutes. And you’ll have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Growing up, it was a common occurrence for my parents to take advantage of Taco Time’s 4 for 5 deal to feed our family quickly and inexpensively. Although, my parents never ordered anything other than Taco Time’s Crisp Bean Burritos. Sometimes, it took longer than expected to get our order because we were the family ordering 16-20 crisp bean burritos at a time. I always loved those nights because we inevitably had leftovers, and I could enjoy eating crisp bean burritos again the next day too.

Now, you can make them at home instead of spending time in the drive-thru line. I love baking or air-frying the crisp bean burritos to save on calories.

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Easy Mexican Ranch Dressing

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I haven’t met any one who doesn’t like ranch dressing. So, what could be better than adding a few Mexican ingredients to elevate the already beloved dressing?

If you love original ranch dressing, you will love this Mexican Ranch Dressing! The taste is somewhere in between Cafe Rios creamy tomatillo dressing and Taco Time‘s house ranch dressings. I’d say it’s closer to the taste of Taco Time’s ranch dressing since it is made without tomatillos which makes this even easier to make!

This recipe is adapted from Dash of Sanity‘s recipe for Taco Ranch Dressing. Sandra has a beautiful blog with so many other delicious recipes! Check her blog out for other delicious desserts and meal ideas!

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Salsa Verde Chicken Flautas or Taquitos

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Salsa Verde Flautas Topped with Guacamole

Want to know a secret? I always have the ingredients to make Salsa Verde Chicken Flautas or Taquitos on hand. Plus, they take less than 10 minutes to put together and cook in less than 15 minutes. On nights when I don’t want to make anything, it really helps to have everything already prepped. Then, all I have to do is assemble, cook, and I’m done. I’m sure you’ve felt that relief too! And if you haven’t, this is a great recipe for you to try!

To make them, I pull out two, single-serving, portions of my previously prepped salsa verde chicken from my freezer, and heat them up in them microwave for a minute to a minute and a half. Then, I portion the salsa verde chicken on a flour or corn tortilla, roll it up, and cook it in the air fryer. While they cook, I quickly make guacamole from fresh avocados, sour cream, salsa, and spices. And I have a delicious, complete, comforting meal in less than 30 minutes!

I usually make these with low-carb flour tortillas, and I never thought twice about calling them salsa verde chicken taquitos. However, after researching a few recipes, I learned that taquitos are usually made corn tortillas, and flautas are usually made with a flour tortillas. I’ve made them with both corn and flour tortillas, so use (and call them) whatever works best for your and your diet.

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Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

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Salsa Verde Chicken is a quick, easy, and flavorful protein made in the slow cooker with pantry ingredients! Great for meal prep and freezer cooking.

Welcome to the first post for Mexican May on the blog! In this post, I am sharing the recipe for one of my favorite proteins to meal prep, and I make this at least once a month (if not more often). Flavorful slow cooker chicken does not have to be hard!

When giving friends and family new meal prep ideas, Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is one of the first recipes I always recommend because it is quick to prepare, has a short amount of ingredients, and most importantly, it tastes delicious!

Plus, this is great for a low-carb diet because it is a quick way to add flavor and protein to your meals. Per serving, there are only 3 g of net carbs and 23 g of protein.

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Low-Carb German Pancakes

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Low Carb German Pancakes

Low-Carb/Keto German Pancakes with 1 g of net carbs that taste even better than the original!

German Pancakes (also known as Dutch Baby Pancakes) are egg-cellent during any time of the year for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dessert!

They leave such an impression right out of the oven with their inflated sides and creamy, custardy middles. Plus, they come together with 6 ingredients in less than 10 minutes with about 15-20 minutes of cooking time.

In my experience, it’s rare for a low-carb version of a dish to be better than the original. Dare I say, this low-carb version German pancakes of is BETTER than original version made with all-purpose flour? The low-carb ingredients used create magic in the pan. The browned butter mixes with the almond flour to give a toasty, slightly nutty flavor. I would eat these any day over the version with all-purpose flour!

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

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Shredded Pulled Pork on Cutting Board with Fork and Spoon

Tried and true recipe for slow cooker barbecue pulled pork that is sweet and tangy AND well seasoned with only 7 ingredients!

Even though there are hundreds of recipes for slow cooker barbecue pulled pork, this is my tried and true recipe I turn to time and again. My ideal slow cooker barbecue pulled pork is not only sweet and tangy but also well seasoned. Pulled pork should never be bland and cloyingly sweet. There’s a sweet spot (excuse the pun), and this recipe fits all those criteria.

Ultimately, this base recipe can be used to customize the pulled pork to your taste depending on the spices, the soda, and the barbecue sauce used.

It’s also very simple because all the ingredients are added to the slow cooker, and everything cooks low and slow. I love my slow cooker especially, in the summer months, when I don’t want to heat up the stove or oven.

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SPAM Musubi Rolls | Meal Prep

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Spam Musubi Rolls With Sauce

SPAM musubi rolls made with low-sodium SPAM, rice, nori, egg and a teriyaki-style marinade. Perfect for an on-the-go snack or breakfast. 

Hawaiian residents have the highest per capita consumption of SPAM in the United States.

Lovegren, Sylvia (2005). Fashionable food: seven decades of food fads.

When my brother lived in Hawaii, I asked him what one of his favorite things to eat was. He said he really liked SPAM musubi rolls. I’d never heard of them before, and I was intrigued. Although, it wasn’t until several years later until I would actually get to try one, and they are delicious! Once I tried one, I knew I had to learn how to create it at home.

The most common kind of SPAM musubi roll is made with three or four ingredients: SPAM, rice, nori (made from seaweed), and sauce or seasoning. Personally, I love the rolls that include egg and a teriyaki-style marinade.

SPAM musubi rolls sound like a weird combination of ingredients that don’t make sense, but it tastes SO good when you eat it. My husband tells me how good his body feels after eating it. At the end of this post, you can find the recipe for my take on SPAM musubi rolls.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast and Gravy

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Beef Pot Roast and Gravy with Bite on Fork

A slow cooker does all of the work for this beef pot roast–including making its own gravy! Dump 6 ingredients in a slow cooker and forget it for 9-10 hrs.

One of my dear friends, Brandi, introduced me to this recipe for slow cooker beef pot roast when she entertained my husband, Jonny, and I for game night at her house. From the first bite Jonny and I were hooked, and we ranted and raved about how good it was. Jonny whispered to me under his breath that I should ask her how she made it, so I could make it for him too. Brandi was surprised at our reactions because she explained it was made with just a few ingredients all thrown into the slow cooker. Those are the best kinds of recipes!

Every time I’ve made this recipe since then, we still have the same reactions after the first bite. This beef pot roast and gravy is so flavorful, and we both say, “Yum!” out loud. The slow cooker does all of the work for this recipe — including making its own gravy! The beef does not need to be seared before hand, and all the ingredients can be dumped in to the slow cooker and forgotten.

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4 Ingredient High Quality Homemade Puppy/Dog Training Treats

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Finished Homemade Dog Training Treats

Yesterday (March 23rd) was National Puppy Day! This day was established by Colleen Paige in 2006.

National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.

– Colleen Page, www.nationalpuppyday.com

My husband and I recently welcomed a new puppy into our home! We have a 3 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain dog named, Snugglepumpkin (Snugs for short), and we felt it was time for her to have a sister. Orla was born on January 9, 2019, and she came home with us on March 1, 2019.

Snugs and Orla (March 2019)

If you are here, I’m sure you know how fun AND difficult it can be to train a new puppy. Everything is a brand new experience for them, and they are continually learning!

When 1 1/2 year old Snugs came home with us, it took us about 4 months to fully train her. Unsurprisingly, we are still in the process of training Orla. Thankfully, she has potty training down!

Buying training treats all the time can be very expensive, and many of the ingredients used in the treats are not very wholesome or “natural”. In an effort to save money, and to feed our girls a more healthy treat, I set out to make my own homemade dog treats.

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Instant Pot Italian Marinara Pasta

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If you are using your Instant Pot (or other multi-cooker) for the first time, or if you need a quick and easy weeknight recipe, look no further. This Instant Pot Marinara Pasta recipe is so simple, fast, and tasty! The sausage, onion, and tomato sauce infuses into the pasta to create a flavorful Italian dish great for any night of the week!

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