Sunday, November 11, 2007

Taco Casserole

This is quick weeknight meal that is yummy on a warm fall night!

1 lb ground beef or chicken
1/2 onion, diced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
1 can pinto beans
1 small package whole wheat penne pasta, cooked and drained
1 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese

Brown onion and ground beef in large saucepan after seasoning with salt and pepper. Add taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a low boil over medium heat. Add beans and simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn down heat to low and add drained pasta and cheese. Stir well and serve!

TIP OF THE DAY: This can be a super quick dinner if you cook your ground beef or chicken ahead of time. If I know that I am going to cook two different things in a week that require ground beef, I'll brown it all at once. I did that on this past Sunday when we had lasagna, and then was able to get this dinner made in a jiffy!

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars