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Mealtime Makeovers...With time to spare PDF Print E-mail

By Ashleigh Noyes

Tribune Staff


Fall is in full swing and I keep waiting for the weather to cool down. As mid November quickly approaches, we are still having 80 degree weather. So, instead of preparing to hibernate for the winter, I am still doing yardwork and helping the husband work on pivots on the weekends. Not that I am all that much help, but it’s nice to spend the time together!

When I think of fall I get so excited to whip up soups on a weekly basis. However, with this amazing weather lately, my soups tend to stay on the back burner.

Some of you may believe that the only meals you can make in a jiffy come in a box or a can, but that is far from the truth. You can easily make a good home cooked meal in 30 minutes or less with minimal preparation involved. Trust me, it does work!

I have several meals that I try and set aside to prepare on our “busy” nights when I know I won’t have much time to spend in the kitchen. This year in particular these recipes have certainly gotten the run around since our fall has been more like a late spring. Try out this quick meal for your family.


Taco Quesadillas


1 lb. ground hamburger

1 pkg. taco seasoning

1/2 water

6-8 medium sized tortillas

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Brown hamburger in a medium skillet and drain. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer 5-10 minutes and set aside.

In a bowl mix cheeses. In a clean skillet on medium heat, place one tortilla. Put 2-3 tablespoons of meat on one half of tortilla, top with an equal amount of cheese. Fold over other side of tortilla to cover meat and cheese. Cook 2-3 minutes and turn. Cook another 3-4 minutes and serve. Garnish with sour cream and/or guacamole.