Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Quarantine Cooking Made Easy

Last week I shared a picture of my dinner on social media. I made Impossible Taco Pie, a longtime family favorite. The recipe will serve six to eight people. Good thing I like it. I ate it for a week!

I had a few conversations after that post. Some people asked for the recipe. Most lamented over the fact they aren’t yet comfortable going out to eat. Several people I spoke with said they are tired of cooking the same things over and over. Bringing me to today’s post.

I decided to offer a couple of my favorite “quarantine recipes” in hopes you’ll feel free to share your favorites with me and my readers.

First up:
Chicken Fettuccine with Pesto Sauce
I’m offering this because is it is delicious, fun, and so-o-o-o EASY.

8 oz. fettuccine noodles
1 Knorr Pesto Sauce Mix (.5oz package)
¼ C. olive oil
Chicken (I usually boil or grill a couple of chicken breasts and cut them up, but I’ve also used canned chunked chicken…your call) 
Favorite cheese (It’s great with Parmesan or Mozzarella)
Cook the noodles in water according to package directions.
Prepare sauce according to package directions using the mix, water, and olive oil.
Mix the sauce with the chunks of chicken and pour over the noodles. Garnish with cheese. You can put a few grape tomatoes on top as a garnish.

Seriously. It is so easy but looks and tastes great. 

Impossible Taco Pie
This serves six to eight people…or know that the leftovers heat up nicely.

1 lb. ground beef
I garnished with tomatoes and avocado.
½ C. chopped onion
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 (4oz) can chopped green chilies, drained
1 ¼ C. milk
¾ C. Bisquick or Jiffy mix
3 eggs
2 tomatoes sliced 
1 C. shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
Sour Cream

·      Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray or oil a 10 inch quiche dish or pie plate.
·       Cook and stir beef and onion over medium heat until beef is brown; drain. 
·      Stir in seasoning mix. Spread in plate; Sprinkle with chilies. 
·      Beat milk, baking mix, and eggs until smooth. Pour over meat mixture. Bake 25 minutes.
·      Top with tomatoes.
·      Sprinkle with cheese.
·      Bake until knife inserted between center and edge comes out clean, 8-10 minutes longer.
·      Cool 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream

Don’t let it fool you. It is easy and a complete meal. Presents well and tastes great!

So there you have it: Two of my quarantine favorites. Now it’s time to share your own favorite recipes….or at least a picture and a name of what you cooked.

Next week I will be participating in a fun Facebook Event called Christmas in July.You are invited! It is a great opportunity to meet and get to know authors. The event is sponsored by my publishing company, Ambassador International. 

My timeslot is July 23 from 10-11am EST. I am going to post some fun stuff, including my all time favorite brownie recipe from Breathing on Her Own. I’m also having a couple of giveaways.

All the authors are doing this so drop in anytime during the Christmas in Julyevent. Here is a link to see all the authors featured. Let me know if you’re interested. I’d love to chat with you then.

And don’t forget to share your favorite easy-peasy quarantine recipe!


Leave your comments here. I look forward to hearing from you.