recipe

Simple & Healthy Lavender Lemonade

**Thank you to Tshanina Peterson for guest posting today & sharing this delicious recipe**

Summer is the perfect time for a glass of homemade lemonade. Whether you’re hosting a party and need the best recipe for a crowd or need a new twist for your family get-together, this easy and healthy lavender lemonade is perfect. Instead of squeezing a ton of lemons we’re keeping it simple with lemon juice. So get your favorite pitcher ready and let me show you how to make a glass of this refreshing lavender lemonade.

 

 

The first time I was offered a glass of this lavender lemonade I honestly wasn’t quite sure what to think. Lavender in lemonade? But being an adventurous kind of girl, I just had to try it for myself. After all, lavender lemonade sounds like something that’s offered in a fancy restaurant or tea room.

I’m here to tell you that it was fabulous! After just one sip I was hooked and my tastebuds were thanking me.

Some lemonades leave you with a sour punch at the end but the lemon and lavender in this recipe are the perfect combination that leaves you with a refreshing after taste. But don’t just take my word for it. I want you to try it for yourself!

 

 

Why the lemon juice instead of squeezing lemons? Well, friend, I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible because I know you’re a busy girl that has a lot on her plate. By all means, if you want to squeeze lemons, I encourage you to go for it!

Fun Facts About Lavender and Lemons

Lavender is best known for reducing anxiety and promoting calm and relaxation.

Lemons naturally cleanse the body, aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function.

 

 

Easy and Healthy Lavender Lemonade

13 cups Water (a little over 3/4 gallon)

1 cup + 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice (or 6 juiced lemons)

1 cup Honey

1 drop Lavender Essential Oil

1 drop Lemon Essential Oil

  • Mix all ingredients together and chill.
  • Taste to see if more water or honey is needed.
  • Before serving, give it a good stir.
  • Garnish glasses with fresh lemons and mint, if desired.


 

Serve your Easy and Healthy Lavender Lemonade in one of these beautiful dispensers!


 

Follow Tahanina –  Website | Instagram | Pinterest

You Might Also Like –
Simple Ice Cream Pie Recipe
Simple Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Simple Rhubarb Pecan Crisp Recipe
Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
Let’s Connect | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook  | Email Subscription

 

Time for a link party! Blogging friends, share your post below and meet your hosts! Stefanie at Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest / Facebook

Erin at Simple Purposeful Living / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest

Sarah at Sarah E. Frazer / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Lindsay at Lindsay’s Sweet World / Bloglovin / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / Twitter

Jaclyn at Coffee, Pancakes, and Dreams / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


 

Simple Snack Tray Supper

 

Snack trays are the family-friendly version of the ever-popular charcuterie boards and I have never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like.  Snack tray suppers are going to be your new best friend.  Try a snack tray for your next family meal and your kids will think you are a genius, you are welcome!

 

 

Snack Tray Supper – A Happy Accident

Our Sunday night snack tray supper tradition started by accident which is usually how all good traditions get started!  We were running low on food since I grocery shop on Monday mornings.  We are on a tight budget at the moment since we are adopting so going out to eat was not an option.

So, I just gathered up all the random leftovers and pantry staples we had on hand and put them on a big tray.  To make it a little more fun, since I wasn’t sure how it would go over, I pulled out a waterproof picnic blanket and we ate our snack tray supper in the living room.

 

 

Love at First Bite

It was love at first bite!  Not only could my kids pick what they wanted to eat off the tray, but we also sat on a picnic cloth in the family room.  From my perspective, I fell short and from their perspective I was genius!  Just goes to show, we can be awfully hard on ourselves as moms!

 

 

A Weekly Tradition

I now write “snack tray supper” for every Sunday on my weekly meal planner (get yours here).   The snack tray is never the same week to week because it’s based on what we have leftover.  Some weeks it’s heavy on the popcorn (because I always have popcorn in the pantry) and other weeks it’s heavy on refrigerated leftovers.    I thought I would share a few ideas to help you get started with your own snack tray supper tradition.

 

 

What to Put on the snack tray?

Nothing is off limits and the options are endless.  Literally, start by pulling out leftovers from your fridge and your pantry.  I try to include lots of different food groups but some weeks the pantry and refrigerator are a little leaner than others.   Here’s a list of popular favorites for our family!

Raw sliced vegetables

Fruit – Dried and fresh cut

Cheeses – string cheese, sliced cheese, block cheese, spreadable cheeses

Cured meats – salami, summer sausage, braunschweiger, jerky

Chips 

Crackers

Pita Chips

Pretzels

Popcorn

Dips – Hummus, Salsa, Guacamole, Queso Aldi’s Frozen Buffalo Chicken Dip, Aldi’s Frozen Spinach Artichoke Dip, Ranch Dressing, layered dips, yogurt dips

Nuts 

Trail mix

Pickles 

Olives

You can even add in desserts and candy or you could make a separate dessert snack tray!  Now that I say that out loud, my kids are going to want that stat.  The options are endless when it comes to snack trays.  You can be as creative and in as many things as you want.  It’s perfect finger-food and kids love the chance to choose their own adventure when it comes to dinner.

 

Snack Trays Are Not Just for Dinner

Snack trays aren’t just perfect for dinner, they are perfect for lunches and get-togethers too!  Summer is coming, save on the dishes and make up a snack tray and eat on the driveway or outside in the grass.  Avoid sweeping and your kids will think it’s the coolest thing ever!  Take it on the road!  The options are endless.

 

Before you know it, your kids will be making snack tray suppers for their dolls!  How cute is that pint-size snack tray supper?

 

Do you want more meal ideas?

 

If you said yes, sign up here to get access to my free meal idea printable with over 50 meal ideas to help you get started meal planning today!

Snack Tray Supper Must-Haves


You might also like…

7 Steps to Meal Planning 
Aldi 7-Day Meal Plan + Grocery List
25 Simple Dinner Ideas
10 Kids Lunch Ideas
Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
Let’s Connect | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook  | Email Subscription

 

Linking up with Becky and Andrea

**This post contains affiliate links**

 

Simple Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

My family’s love language is Mexican food and this easy chicken enchiladas recipe is on heavy rotation in our weekly meal plan (check out how I meal plan here).  You know I like to keep it nice and simple around here and it’s no different when it comes to my cooking.

This insanely easy chicken enchiladas recipe not only gets two thumbs up from my Mexican-food loving family but you can also make it ahead.

Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!

So, let’s get cooking, shall we?

Ingredients you will need –

8 oz Fiesta Blend Cheese (reserve 1 cup to top enchiladas)

1 10.5 oz Cream of Chicken Soup

1 10 oz Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles

1 16 oz sour cream

10 Taco Size Flour Tortillas (6-inch tortillas)

4-6 chicken breasts (shredded)

Psst…If you like this, you have to try this EASY crockpot chicken tortilla soup.

It’s Time to Prepare your Chicken Enchiladas

Pro Tip – I always cook large batches of chicken in my crockpot, then shred it and freeze it.  You can always use a rotisserie chicken as well.

When I need to prep my chicken the day of making the enchiladas, I just place 4-6 chicken breasts in my crockpot at breakfast and cook on low for the day.  When I am ready to prep dinner, the chicken is ready to shred.

Once, I shred the chicken breasts, grab a mixing bowl and spatula.  Spoon in the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, diced tomatoes.  Reserve one cup of cheese to top the enchiladas when you are finished and pour the rest into the enchiladas filling.  Then, mix the filling and then fold in the shredded chicken until it is well mixed.

making chicken enchiladas

chicken enchilada tortillas

Prepare your 9×13 baking dish with some cooking spray to prevent sticking.  Then, start to fill your tortillas with the enchilada filling by placing a large spoonful into each tortilla.  Roll each tortilla, then place it in the pan with the edges facing down.

chicken enchilada toppings

chicken enchiladas ready for oven

Make sure to reserve a little of the filling to top the enchiladas when you are finished stuffing the tortillas.  Then, top with the remaining cheese.

You can either top with tin foil and place in the fridge to bake later or you can preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cook uncovered for 35-40 minutes.  It will bubble on the sides when cooked.  Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

We like to eat these easy chicken enchiladas with a side of refried beans, chips, salsa and guacamole.  Garnish it with whatever you prefer!

Psst…My kids love this easy Mexican baked casserole. Check it out here.

Chicken enchiladas recipe card

So, what’s your favorite Mexican dish to make your family?  If you want more Mexican dinner ideas, sign-up to get access to my 50+ meal ideas (pictured above) including lots of Mexican dishes.    Sign-up here.

Want to get more purposeful about meal planning but want to keep it simple? Check out Simple Purposeful Living’s 52-week meal planner!  Never get stumped meal planning again.  Shop here.


Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
Let’s Connect | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook  | Email Subscription

 Loading InLinkz ...

Simple Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and kicking it off with a fun, Valentine’s day breakfast is a fun way to enjoy the holiday with all your sweethearts. Since breakfast around here usually includes frozen waffles and a variety of boxed cereal with bed-head, it’s fun to do something extra special to celebrate.  Let’s be honest, I don’t want to get up tooooooooo early so these simple Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas are perfect for a weekday breakfast.

easy Valentine's Day breakfast ideas

Heart Shaped Pink Pancakes

We actually whipped these up over the weekend and I froze an extra batch so on Valentine’s Day morning I can just pop them in the microwave and have a festive treat!  Just add some red food coloring to your batter and then use a cookie cutter to pour the batter into your pan.  When you are ready to flip, you can remove the cookie cutter.

Eggs in the Heart Toast

This is a spin on one of our family’s favorite breakfast dishes, eggs in the hole.  Instead of a round circle hole, I simply used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter.  I toasted the little heart cut-out and serve along with the egg in the heart toast.

Heart-Shaped Breakfast Pizza

Grab a pre-made pizza crust and cut into a heart shape.  Smear on cream cheese for the “sauce” portion and then top with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and cheese.  Bake up just like a regular pizza.  You can make ahead and freeze or make the night before and refrigerate until you are ready to bake it!

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Grab a tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and unroll them to resemble a heart.  Bake as usual and top with the frosting.  For an extra special touch, you can add a drop of red food coloring for pink frosting!  You might want to grab an extra tube because my kids gobbled these right up!

Remember to keep it simple + fun –

Each of these easy ideas can be whipped up or made ahead and don’t take much time to prep!  Just remember it doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate to make your kids feel special!  How will you celebrate your big and little Valentines this year?  Do you do a fun dinner or kick off the day with a simple but sweet breakfast?

You might also like –

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Family

12 Simple Valentine’s Day Activities

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.  #tribekoko
Let’s Connect | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook  | Email Subscription
**This post contains affiliate links

10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Dinnertime at our house is preceded by the busy after-school rush which means I need easy dinner recipes that the family will love or more realistically some will love and everyone will eat ;)!    There are a few tried and true recipes that I make on repeat at our house because they always get a good reception.  I thought I would share them with you today in case you need a little inspiration as you meal plan and add a few new easy dinner recipes to your line-up!

I record all my meal ideas in my Simple Purposeful Living meal planner.  You can shop here.

Need more meal ideas?  Sign up now to receive a free meal plan idea printable with over 50 ideas!

10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Italian Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans

This is my go-to for taking a meal to someone.  It’s an easy all-in-one meal to make in a disposable pan.  My kids gobble it up and I love that it can be made ahead.  Find the full recipe here.

Crockpot Pot Roast

My kids love any meat cooked in a crockpot.  This pot roast can be topped with carrots, onions, and potatoes or served shredded on a hoagie roll with a side of au jus. We always love to make this early in the week and enjoy the leftovers.  Find the recipe card in this post.

Breakfast for Dinner

My kids request resurrection rolls all year long.  They are perfect with eggs and breakfast sausage.  Some weeks we do pancakes and bacon.  We also love making a simple quiche and serving it alongside fruit and refrigerated cinnamon rolls.  Check out these simple love-inspired breakfast recipes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This slow cooker recipe with just 6 ingredients is perfect for a busy weeknight.  Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and cook all day.  The soup will be ready to serve with some guacamole, sour cream, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese for dinner.  Find the recipe here.

Mexican Casserole

When we got married, they asked Scott what his favorite meal I made was and he said this recipe.   Funny story, it’s actually his mom’s recipe and I never let him live that down!  Our entire family loves Mexican food.  This makes a great warm appetizer too and we serve it with chips, sour cream, and guacamole.  Check out the recipe here.

Baked Enchiladas

Need a variation to the typical taco dish.  Try this easy baked enchiladas.  You can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze then bake for a yummy weeknight meal.  It’s also perfect for entertaing.  Check out the recipe here.

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Some nights just call for a sandwich.  Whether that means we are eating on the sidelines of a game or we need to rush out the door.  Chicken salad is perfect to eat with crackers or made into a sandwich.  I love adding pecans and apples in the fall!  Check out the recipe here.

Walking Tacos & Taco Salads

Cook up some ground beef, season it with taco seasoning and I also add in a can of rinsed black beans and canned carrots to extend the meat and add in some good nutrition.  We buy Doritos chips, crunch them up and layer on the ground beef mixture, shredded lettuce, cheese, and other traditional toppings.  If you never have had a walking taco, you need to try it.  My kids ask for them weekly.   They are great for a crowd too!

Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Veggies

Marinated pork tenderloin is so easy and delicious.  In the summer, butterfly cut it and grill it.  In the winter, pop it in the crockpot for the day. Serve it with a side of seasoned rice or quinoa.  If I am in a hurry, I will buy the microwave rice bags and steam up some frozen veggies as well.

Chicken Pot Pie

This delicious and insanely easy recipe is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  It has just 4 ingredients. Serve it up with some bread!  Check out the full recipe here.

Chicken Nugget Parmesean

This is so simple but another fan favorite.  We get the all white meat chicken nuggets and cook them.  Then, we boil some spaghetti and warm up some spaghetti sauce.  I usually add in about a 1/8 cup of sugar to the sauce for a sweeter taste.  I cut up the chicken nuggets and layer on top of the spaghetti and sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese.  We usually serve with garlic breadsticks and a side salad!

Chicken Stuffing Bake

This is another great meal to take to others.  You layer in 4-6 chicken breasts in the bottom of a sprayed 9×13 pan, then layer on 2 cans of cream of chicken soup and then place a box of prepared stuffing mix (I mix mine up in the microwave).  Cook for 30-40 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees or until chicken is cooked through.  You can serve over rice or alongside some vegetables.  This is another great meal you can make ahead or make in the crockpot (just cook on low for 8 hours with chicken on bottom).

Simple Meals Make Meal-time Easy

So, there you have it, 10 simple and easy dinner recipes we make on repeat around here.  Do you have any go-to meals that you make repeatedly?  What does your family always request? Hands down we have to have a Mexican dish of some kind every single week!

Want more help meal planning?  I have you covered!

Download your free meal ideas printable full of over 50 meal ideas

7 Simple Steps to Create A Weekly Meal Plan

Your Meal Planning Questions Answered

25 more Simple Meal Ideas

Simple Purposeful Living Meal Planner

 

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

Let’s Connect | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Email Subscription

 

6 Simple Summer Desserts

I am always on the hunt for simple and quick desserts to make for an impromptu get together with friends or just to whip up for my own family.  My family loves dessert so we are well-versed in dessert making but sometimes you just need an easy recipe.  So, from chocolate and ice cream to fruit, we have your dessert bases covered with 6 simple dessert recipes sure to please the taste buds.  What are your favorite desserts to make?

6 Simple Dessert Recipes

 

strawberries, whipped cream and biscuit strawberry shortcake recipe

Simple Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

I was intimidated for years at the thought of making shortcake but this recipe is so easy and is my husband’s favorite dessert.  If he gets to pick dessert and strawberries are in season, he always chooses this!  It’s light, sweet and delicious!

ice cream pie recipe Pinterest pin image

Simple Ice Cream Pie Recipe

If you are looking for an alternate way to serve an ice cream sundae, you need to try this ice cream pie.  It’s so simple but can be sliced and served right on to a plate for guests.  You can mix and match any ice cream flavor for endless ice cream pie options!

Simple Smoothie Recipe

Although, smoothies are not usually considered a dessert.  They are a great healthy sweet treat.  They are easy to make ahead and all you need to do is blend them right up and you have a delicious sweet treat that’s healthy too!

 

rhubarb crisp with pecan crumble in a white dish on a wood table

Simple Pecan Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Crisps are such an easy but delicious dessert and served a la mode, you have a fan favorite on your hands.  This recipe calls for pecans for a nutty twist on a classic.

 

oreo crumbs topped whipped cream pie Pinterest pin

Simple Oreo Pie Recipe

I haven’t met a person that doesn’t love Oreos.  They are so delicious and this pie is a great variation of a french silk pie with a chocolate pudding base with the addition of Oreos!  Not only will the kids love it but the adults will too!

Magic Bar Recipe

And a bonus…because this is just too good not to share.  The name says it all – magic bars. It’s like magic in your mouth and these bars are so easy and so good, they won’t have time to melt before they are gone.

 

What are your favorite simple desserts to whip up for guests or your family?  You can never go wrong with brownies too!  A dessert is a food group around here so we are always looking for more simple recipes to add to the rotation!

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

Let’s Connect | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Email Subscription

 

Linking up with Andrea and Becky – check out their blogs for more fun!

 

Simple 6 Layer Magic Bar Recipe

I am always looking for delicious and simple desserts to make for guests or take to a potluck.  It gets bonus points around here if it’s chocolate and you can eat it without any utensils.  My mom used to make these delicious, layered bars as a kid.  They may originate in the midwest potluck circuit.  She called them “hello dolly” bars but they are also called 7 layer bars or magic bars.

I am going to share my mom’s recipe with you today, the one I still use.  It’s so easy and simple, I am making these for the 4th of July at the lake!  I am not sure what the 7th layer would include, my recipe is just 6 ingredients.  This is a perfect recipe for a little chef to help you with!

Simple 6 Layer Magic Bars Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 stick of butter (melted)

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 package sweetened coconut flakes (7 oz)

1 package butterscotch chips (11 oz)

1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (2/3 box)

 

Directions

spatula with graham cracker crumbs in pan making magic bars

Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees.  Then, grease a 9×13 pan and melt the stick of butter in the microwave.  Measure out 1 1/4 cup graham crackers and mix the butter with the crumbs.  Firmly pat the crumb mixture into the pan to create a crust.

 

It’s time to layer the other ingredients on top of the crust. First, layer on the sweetened coconut flakes and then the mixture of semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.  Finally, evenly pour the sweetened condensed milk over the entire bar pan.

 

magic bars in pan ready to bake

 

Once, you have finished layering on all the ingredients place the pan in a 350-degree oven uncovered for 30 minutes.  The top should be slightly browned.  Let cool before eating, then cut up and serve as a bar-style dessert at your next gathering.  These simple 6 ingredient magic bars are so good and deliciously rich, you will know why they are magic!

 

 

Pin this!

 

Do you have a favorite bar-type dessert that you love to serve?  Bar-type desserts are a great alternative to cookie and actually, take less time and often are simpler which makes them winners in my book!  What are you baking these days?

Here are a few of my other favorite simple dessert recipes –

Simple Strawberry Shortcake

Simple Rhubarb Pecan Crisp

Simple Ice Cream Pie

Simple Oreo Pie

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

Let’s Connect | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Email Subscription

 

Simple Rhubarb Pecan Crisp Recipe

Growing up at the lake, we inherited a huge rhubarb plant when we bought our family cabin.  Every summer passers-by would knock on our door and ask if they could harvest some stalks for their own rhubarb crisp desserts.  My mom was not a fan of rhubarb so she always was happy to share with the strangers.

It wasn’t until my friend made a rhubarb crisp that I realized just how delicious rhubarb was!  Now, any time my mother-in-law or friends have extra, I happily take it and cut it up.  If I don’t have time to bake, I simply store it cut up in the freezer with the date and the measured amount written on the bag!

A friend brought over several stalks of rhubarb the other night so I decided to make a twist on the traditional rhubarb crisp and added pecans!  We are big fans of pecans around here and had some extras leftover in our pantry.  This recipe is the perfect size for 4-6 people and it always tastes best right out of the oven with a dollop of ice cream on top!  Do you love rhubarb desserts as much as we do?

 

rhubarb crisp with pecan crumble in a white dish on a wood table

Rhubarb Pecan Crisp Instructions

What you need –

rhubarb crisp dessert dry ingredients - oats, flour, cinnamon, salt and sugarRhubarb Crisp Filling

4 cups chopped rhubarb (1/4 inch pieces)

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and place in a greased 8×8 square pan or small round cooking dish.

 

two girls making rhubarb crisp and putting pecan crumble on top

Pecan Crumble Topping

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Mix together the crumble topping.  Work with your hands until it is a fine crumble.  Then, top the rhubarb crisp with the crumble topping.

uncooked rhubarb crisp in a white dish on a table

Cooking Instructions

Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees.  Cook the crisp uncovered for 30-35 minutes.  The topping will turn light-brown and the filling will bubble on the sides.  Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serving Instructions

Serve warm and you can top with whipped cream of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Serves 4-6 people.

rhubarb pecan crisp recipe

 

Now, I am off to make another batch.  This recipe makes the perfect amount for a post-family dinner dessert.  If you want to make it for a crowd, I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe.  Cut up and freeze your rhubarb and whip this up any time you want a delicious summer treat!  What have you been whipping up lately? I love all the fresh dessert options this time of year.  I also just made this simple strawberry shortcake, it’s another family favorite around here!!!  Now, my stomach is growling!

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

Let’s Connect | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Email Subscription

 

Linking up with  Lindsay – check out their blogs for more fun!

Easy Baked Mexican Dip

 

The Super Bowl is this weekend and it’s always a scramble to figure out what to make because let’s be honest I am all about the halftime show, the commercials, and the food.  I plan on making this easy baked Mexican dip recipe because it’s always a fan favorite and great served with guacamole, salsa, and chips!

 

Ingredients –

1 8 oz Bag of Taco Blend Cheese
1 small bottle of mild taco sauce (Taco Bell is the only brand I can find that has the smaller bottle)
1 can diced green chiles
1 can Traditional refried beans
1 lb. ground beef (I use ground turkey)

Directions –

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and then brown your ground meat and chop until finely ground.  After its cooked, I like to rinse it to get out the excess grease and then add the taco seasoning packet and add water according to the package specifications.  Then cook through.
While your meat is cooking, you can add the refried beans to the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.  Spread the refried beans into a thin bottom layer.
Add your seasoned ground meat on top of the refried bean layer and then sprinkle the green chiles over top of the ground beef to make a 3rd layer.  Then, pour the entire bag of shredded cheese on top to make an even 4th layer.
Finally, evenly pour the taco sauce over the top.  The oven should be pre-heated and its ready to cook.  Since everything is cooked through, you really are just warming it all up.  You will cook the dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. You know when it’s done if it’s bubbling on the sides.

How to serve it –

Take it out and allow to set for a few minutes.  Then you can dish it on to a plate and serve with taco chips or you can spoon into tortillas with lettuce and toppings if you wish.

Perfect for a weeknight meal or appetizer!

This easy baked Mexican dip recipe makes a great casserole for a quick weeknight dinner or a great dip to take with you to a party with your friends.  It can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until you are ready to make it and it makes great leftovers.  You all know we live on leftovers for lunches during the week so I often make this early in the week.  Don’t forget the guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos and salsa for fun sides!
Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
Let’s Connect | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook  | Email Subscription

 

This post contains affiliate links

Simple and Delicious Apple Nachos

It’s fall y’all and that means all things apple!  A few years ago, we went to our favorite local orchard and tried out some apple nachos for the first time.  We fell in love and have been recreating them every fall since.  They are just so good and so easy.  Those two reasons alone should make you want to try them.
You know my kids love to help in the kitchen and this is another easy recipe, they can help get ready for a dessert, an after school snack or a fun treat to take with us to a potluck.  You could even do an apple nachos bar the next time you have friends over.  The great thing is, each person can make it themselves to their liking! 

You will need:

 

Optional Toppings:

  • Chocolate chips (mini are the best)
  • Peanut butter (best if melted in the microwave for about 30 seconds)
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chopped nuts
  • Marshmallow topping
  • Candy Corn
  • Heath crumbles
  • The options are endless
Have your kids help by preparing all the toppings in bowls and placing the apples on the serving platter while you cut.  We prefer to cut our apple slices nice and thin to fully enjoy the toppings.  Then allow your guests or your kids to get creative with their apple nachos.  I promise you, it’s finger licking fall goodness!

Have you ever tried apple nachos before?

You might have the necessary ingredients in your pantry right now.  If not, the next time you grocery shop, you can quickly grab your desired toppings and apples and you will be ready to go for your next dessert, gathering or potluck!

What’s your favorite way to eat apples in the fall?

 
 
 
 
More Fall Inspiration 
 

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko
Let’s Connect | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook  | Email Subscription
**This post contains affiliate links.**

Latest From Instagram

Copyright © 2019 · Theme by 17th Avenue