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A Fun Little Find

I just found this at a campground “Trading Post”. I can’t wait to get home to try it 🙂

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Nice Surprises

Thank you to the editors of http://www.allfreecasserolerecipes.com for featuring The Fabulous Food Fairy. Be sure to check it out!

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Doritos Enchilada Casserole

Nothing like junk food

To add to the mix

To make your kids eat

A quick Mexican fix…

       Rarely do I buy junk food such as Doritos, not because I have that much nutritional control over my children, but because I have no personal will power not to absent-mindedly polish off the whole bag myself. Anyway, I ended up with an extra bag of regular Doritos after my daughter’s birthday party. In an effort to not sabotage my quest for skinny thighs, I created a casserole with this tasty temptation.

     First, I started with the filling. Brown 1 1/2-2  pounds of ground beef in a skillet and drain.

Return the meat to the pan and add 2 packets of taco seasoning, 1 can of enchilada sauce, 1 can of Hunt’s Fire Roasted Garlic Diced Tomatoes, and 1 large chopped zucchini.

Mix together and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Next, coat the bottom and sides of a pie plate or casserole dish with half a can of enchilada sauce, much like you’d grease a pan.

 Next, layer with small tortilla shells, overlapping them and pressing them into the scallops of the dish.

Now, spoon the meat mixture into the dish filling it about 2/3 of the way.

Top with 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.

Finally, crush Doritos in a resealable bag. I used about 3-4 handfuls.

Sprinkle on top of the casserole, and drizzle with the remaining enchilada sauce.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly with crisp edges.

Let rest 5minutes before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 -2 lbs. of ground beef
  • 2 packets of taco seasoning
  • 2 cans of enchilada sauce
  • 1 can of Hunt’s Fire Roasted Garlic Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • 1 pkg of 16 small tortilla shells
  • 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 bag of Original Doritos Nacho Chips

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350.

1. Brown ground beef and drain.

2. Combine beef, 1 can of enchilada sauce, 2 packets of taco seasoning, tomatoes, and chopped zucchini in a large skillet and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Use half a can of enchilada sauce to coat the bottom and sides of a large pie plate or casserole dish like you would grease a pan.

4. Overlap the tortilla shells in the dish to create a crust. Press firmly to the bottom and sides of the pan.

5. Spoon in meat mixture until the dish is 2/3 full.

6. Top with shredded cheese.

7. Sprinkle with crushed chips, and drizzle with remaining enchilada sauce.

8. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the edges are crisp and bubbly.

Variations–

  • You can add whatever mexican toppings that you would normally add to a taco or burritos.
  • Make it vegetarian by substituting the beef for beans, quinoa, or rice.
  • Substitute beef with chicken, fish, or turkey.
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Still Feeding My Family

I just had to share this picture…

I promise that I am feeding my children hot home cooked meals.

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Fantabulous Frozen Ice Cream Casserole

So, I have a daughter that does not like cake…I will blame that genetic mishap on my husband’s side. Luckily, her birthday is in June, so ice cream is a good stand in for her birthday celebration. On her actual birthday we did a sundae bar, but she wanted something different for her party with her friends. Fantabulous Frozen Ice Cream Casserole was perfect!

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Imagine layers of cookie, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and caramel…mmm!

This fantabulous treat is amazingly simple.

Ingredients:
12-15 ice cream sandwiches
1 large tub of whipped topping
Chocolate syrup
Caramel syrup

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Preparation:

Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with ice cream sandwiches. You may need to cut them into pieces to fit the edges and odd spaces.

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Next, spread whipped topping, completely covering the ice cream sandwiches.

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Drizzle the whipped topping with the caramel and chocolate syrup.

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Repeat the steps above, starting with the ice cream sandwiches, then whipped topping, and syrup. Finally, take a knife and drag it across the top in alternating directions to create the pattern on top.

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Freeze for at least an hour before serving.

There are many varieties of ice cream sandwiches. Feel free to be creative. We have used birthday cake flavored sandwiches before. You can also switch out the syrups for other flavors or add chopped nuts, sprinkles, or candy to make it your own!

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Fairy Fun Mix

In honor of my daughter’s 7th birthday we are headed to the Katy Perry movie tonight, in 3D, with seven little girls!!! –Insert little girl screams and squeals here–

In an effort to make this manageable and cost effective, I threw together a Fairy Fun Mix for the girls to snack on during the movie.

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I simply mixed microwave kettle corn, mini marshmallows, iced animal crackers, Coco Puffs, and M&Ms. Toss it in a large bowl. It can be served in the bowl, or packed into individual snack bags.

So wish me luck tonight. I am heading into my closet to find something sparkly!