Tex-Mex Lettuce Tacos

tex mex lettuce tacos displayLettuce wraps are light and refreshing. They are a tasty lower-carb option when you need a little break from the heaviness of breads and starchy foods. These lettuce “tacos” as I like to call them, are just like a taco but they are wrapped in lettuce rather than in a tortilla. The chicken filling is made in the slower cooker and the toppings take just a few minutes to prepare.

chickenI’m a big fan of my Crock-Pot because I can stick all of the ingredients in one pot, put on the lid and walk away. As a mom with a busy toddler, I greatly appreciate the invention of this saving machine!! Salsa is the main ingredient in this chicken and I recommend using more of a runny salsa over a thick salsa. Something more runny adds extra liquid and hydrates the chicken better.

toppingsIt’s nice to make a little taco bar with all of the ingredients so that others can prepare their tacos as they like. I used a few of my favorite taco toppers including avocados, olives, sour cream, and of course some cheese.

EnjoyThese lettuce tacos are a nice Spring-time meal and a fun alternative to traditional tacos. Enjoy!

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Lettuce Tacos

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Easy Cheesy Baked Chicken Rigatoni

display easy cheesyA box of pasta combined with a few ingredients is an affordable way to feed a family. I happen to be a pasta lover and it appears that my 2 year old is as well. So, pasta dishes are on the menu in my home every month.

cheesy chicken pasta 003About a year or two ago I discovered this pasta sauce at Target. Giada De Laurentiis {from Food Network} has a line of products at Target, and the above sauce is one of my favorites. Mascarpone and Romano cheeses give it a creamy texture.  If you can find it, I recommend using it for this dish. If not, your favorite jar of spaghetti/pasta sauce will work as well.

ready to backThis rigatoni dish comes together in no time. Put it in the oven to bake and…

cheesy chicken bakespair it with a salad and some fresh bread to create a balanced, delicious meal.

ENJOY!

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Easy Cheesy Baked Chicken Rigatoni

Servings: 6-8

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Ingredients:

16 oz. box of rigatoni pasta

2 large chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

23 oz. jar of creamy tomato pasta sauce

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon garlic salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Extra cheese for sprinkling over top

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain water and transfer pasta to a large bowl. Cut the chicken in to cubes; cook in the olive oil until no longer pink. Add the cooked chicken to the bowl of pasta. Add the pasta sauce, cheeses, garlic salt and black pepper. Stir everything together. Transfer the pasta to a large greased baking dish. Sprinkle some cheese over top (cheddar or mozzarella). Cover the dish in foil and bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly. Remove the foil the last 5 minutes of baking. Enjoy!

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BLT Swiss Wraps

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Wraps are such an easy meal to put together. You can enjoy them at home or they are convenient grab-and-go lunches. If you are a fan of the traditional BLT sandwich, then chances are you will enjoy this tasty wrap that is simple to put together in minutes!

You will need to gather these items:

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INGREDIENTS:

1- lb. cooked bacon

6-8 large tortillas

¼ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup mustard

Swiss cheese slices

Lettuce leaves

Tomatoes, sliced

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the mayo and mustard in a small bowl. Spread about a tablespoon of the sauce onto each tortilla. Add 3 strips of bacon per tortilla.Top each tortilla with cheese, lettuce leaves and tomato slices. Starting at one end, wrap up each tortilla tightly. Cut in half and ENJOY!

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