Meatless Tortilla Stack

In my quest to try and have one meatless dish every week, and not have my husband go through severe meat withdrawl, I have become creative.

This I made one day after searching through the pantry for anything that caught my eye. My husband would truly eat tacos every single night. So I thought, maybe I could get this past him and he may not notice there was no meat in it. The best part was that I used mainly all canned ingredients that are commonly found in most pantries.

Here is what I started with:

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Here is what I did:

I prepared one cup of rice according to the directions. To the cooked rice I added one can of fire roasted tomatoes, and half the packet of taco seasoning. I left this simmer for about 10 minutes to combine the flavors.

Next, I took an 8×8 baking dish, sprayed it with non stick cooking spray and layered a thinĀ  layer of the rice mixture on the bottom. I then took 4 small tortillas and layered them on top. Then I put about half the rice mixture over the tortillas, sprinkled half the can of black beans, half the can of corn and half the package of cheddar cheese.

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I then repeated the same layer, but before I put the remaining cheddar cheese on the top, I poured one can of enchilada sauce over the entire dish. Topped with cheese and baked covered at 400 for 20 minutes and then uncovered and baked an additional 10 minutes.

I served it with a side of shredded lettuce and sour cream.

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The results were quite wonderful. Although, the first words out of the hubby’s mouth were,”It could use some ground turkey!!!!” I should have known he would notice there was no meat, but he did say it was tasty and I could prepare this again. That is enough for me to claim success on this meatless meal.

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Graduation Party /Four Layer Bars

This past Sunday we held a graduation party for our son at a local paintball establishment. It was 89 degrees, sunny and extremely hot. With all the added long sleeve and long pants everyone had on for extra protection, it made for an exhausting day for everyone. Although, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

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In between every playing field they reloaded their guns and themselves with water.

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After four hours of playing it was time to eat. Thankfully they had canopies set up for us to sit under and enjoy everyone’s company.

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It was a great turn out and we want to thank everyone for sharing this occasion with him.

My son requested these bars for his graduation party, and I was not surprised. Ever since I found the recipe on the back of the marshmallow bag years ago, he has requested these for every occasion possible. He loves them. They are super easy and fast.

Four Layer Bars

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1 pkg. (2 layer size) yellow cake mix

1/2 cup (1 stick)butter or margarine, melted

1 egg

3 cups miniature marshmallows

1 cup chocolate chips

3/4 cup cocktail peanuts

Preheat your oven to 375.

Mix the cake mix, egg and melted butter together to make the crust.(Do not add the cake ingredients on the back of the box)

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Spread onto the bottom of a sprayed 9×13 baking dish.

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Bake this crust for 16-20 minutes.

When its finished take it out, and top with the marshmallows, peanuts and chocolate chips.

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Return it to the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to puff.

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Remove and let it cool completely before trying to cut into servings.

NOTE: For easier cutting, spray your sharp knife with non stick cooking spray a few times.

I hope you enjoy them as much as everyone else did at his graduation party.