Doesn't every homeschool parent need a quick and easy recipe to save them at the end of a busy homeschooling day? Whether you had more fun than planned performing the afternoon Switched-On Schoolhouse® science project, talked too long with friends at the homeschool co-op meeting, or you just had to finish that LIFEPAC Drawing Basics® art project with your daughter, these healthy, easy-to-make "fast-food" recipes will save the day and feed your hungry homeschoolers in minutes:
Ingredients: 2 lbs. lean ground beef
¼ cup chopped onion (optional)
½ tsp. seasoning salt
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (optional)
1 15 oz. can low-fat refried beans or black beans
2-3 diced fresh tomatoes
1 head of lettuce (slivered or chopped)
2-3 cups American or cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 15 oz. jar of your favorite salsa
1 16 oz. container sour cream
1 large bag of low-sodium taco chips — (Want to use up those broken chips at
the bottom of the bag? Here's the perfect recipe!)
Brown hamburger with onion and seasoning salt — pour off grease. Add taco seasoning mix according to package directions. Heat beans in microwave or saucepan (5 minutes).
Wash and prepare tomatoes and lettuce — open jars and containers (5 minutes).
Serve buffet style and let each child start his own "haystack" on his plate with broken taco chips (or let him have fun and break his own); then let him layer desired amounts of hamburger, beans, and cheese on top (you may want to microwave for 10-15 seconds to slightly melt cheese). Immediately add salsa, sour cream, lettuce, and sprinkle tomatoes on top for color. Serves 4-5 "starving" children — pronto.
2 lbs. lean ground beef
¼ cup chopped onion
½ tsp. seasoning salt
1 lb. package (3-4 cups) of uncooked elbow macaroni
1 28 oz. jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese (grated)
½ tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste Quickly brown hamburger with onion and seasoning salt — pour off grease. While hamburger is browning, prepare macaroni by slightly undercooking 1-2 minutes according to package directions — drain and rinse with cold water. Mix with hamburger mixture and then add remaining ingredients in order. Heat in microwave until warmed entirely through — stir sparingly (2-3 minutes). Serve with cottage cheese topped with fruit, tossed salad, or raw vegetables. (If you can make your family wait a few extra minutes, quickly spread garlic butter on sliced French bread and place under oven broiler 2-3 minutes to complete your feast!) Serves 6-8 children.