Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Dinner in a Crunch & on a Budget Sequel
Well, it seems I had unexpected company drop in "for just a moment" right around the time I should have been cooking dinner. It's a good thing I had already made plans for those leftovers from last night's "Dinner in a Crunch & on a Budget"! Yippee! I had about a third of it leftover, so it was either eat more taco salad for lunch today or change it up a bit and make it dinner for tonight. And since I am so bad about forgetting to take meat out of the freezer (which, of course, I did again today until about 2:PM... and since it is church night and the kids have activities that start at 6:PM I needed something quick). So, this is what I did. It is not glamorous but it is good, and healthy, and filling.
Again, I had about 1/3 of my taco salad mixture left over from last night. I put the pot back on the stove. Added a cup of water to it. Turn on the heat and gave it a stir. I poured in half a bag of frozen whole kernel corn. Then, I opened a large can of Petite Diced Tomatoes and poured them in. That is about it folks. Simmer a little while (or boil on full blast like I do but stir constantly because this will burn quick... don't ask how I know this stuff... hehehe!). Now, you have a quick Taco Soup.
I had intended to make fresh rice to serve it over, but when my company stayed way longer than "just a moment" I was pretty happy that I remembered I had leftover rice. I should not admit that it was still in the pot it was cooked in, but... it was. In this case that was a good thing because I added a 1/4 cup of water to the rice and turned the burner on high, AGAIN (I have a problem... I like to do things way too fast). I let that QUICKLY moisten up and then, I dumped the whole thing in my pot of Taco Soup. So, I guess I really made a pot of Taco RICE Soup! Whatever you want to call it, it was good and quick to serve because the rice was already in the soup. Everybody got a bowl with their option to sprinkle in cheese and sour cream.
For the record I will say that the kids had veggies and fruit at various times throughout the day, so they are getting a variety of food groups even though it may not look that way from these two dinners. ;) Happy FAST cooking! This can be done in under 10 minutes not counting making rice.