Weeknight Creamy Pasta Carbonara

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My Weeknight Creamy Pasta Carbonara makes dinner simple, stress-free and delicious!

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If your kids are anything like mine, they probably love pasta carbonara! Actually, I think most people are quite fond of the flavors in carbonara. Really, what’s not to love?

Carbonara is typically made up of some combination of eggs, bacon, black pepper and grated cheese, right? Then of course there are variations that may or may not include peas, mushrooms, other vegetables and cream.

Today, my goal is to give you another variation of carbonara that is simple & delicious and easy to make any night of the week for dinner. For real!

People usually love this dish because it has those yummy, comforting flavors so many of us truly enjoy! Of course, feel free to change it up however you want to.

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Slow Cooker Tender Stewed Beef

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The flavor of this dish is truly amazing! A chuck-roast cooked long and slow is always delicious when served over rice, pasta, or any way you want to.

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We’re now into our second week of 2014 and life is getting back to normal! All I’m going to say about this Polar Vortex we’ve been experiencing is I’m NOT a fan!! But I hope everyone is staying warm and staying safe. :)

Here’s a true story for you guys – I’ll make it quick, I promise. This is an actual conversation my husband and I had one night before bed.

husband: so two of your crock pots (slow cookers) are no good?

me: yep, it’s really a bummer, down to my last one

husband: hmm, you cook in the slow cooker all the time, how many slow cooker recipes do you have up at your blog now? (Did I mention none of my fellas read my blog?)

me: yep, I use them all the time! wait, what? how many slow cooker recipes do I have posted? what do you mean?

husband: you must have a ton of your favorite slow cooker recipes posted by now. (Again, did I mention none of my fellas read my blog?)

me: (long pause…thinking to myself)… why have I not posted my favorite slow cooker recipes?

This slow cooked meal will warm anyone on a cold day. Every time I make this my family and friends truly love it!

Hope you enjoy this slow cooker recipe!

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Waffle Fry Dinner Nachos

Waffle Fry Dinner Nachos

Okay, so this didn’t photograph well, I get it. But I have to tell you this is a GREAT recipe and I really think your family is going to love it!

I have adapted this dish for the way my family enjoys it, and now you can do the same. No I didn’t forget to put cheese on part of it, my husband has lactose issues, the poor guy. So the section without cheese is for him. :)

Here are your ingredients. First things first, all of these ingredients are optional depending on what you like. On a side note, I didn’t use the lettuce, but I did use one bag of shredded Mexican cheese, any brand will do.

I didn’t take many pictures here because the trick to making this dish really good are the layers.

Food for thought, serving this dish on a cookie sheet right at the table is a lot of fun!!

However, please be careful, the hot cookie sheet/pan can be too much temptation for some little fingers.

Use your best judgement when it comes to serving. :)

Let’s go through the process shall we?

Waffle Fry Dinner Nachos

Ingredients

1 package (22 ounces) frozen waffle fries

1 pound lean ground beef

1 pack taco seasoning mix (apx. 1.25 oz.)

5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

3 green onions, sliced

1 small can sliced ripe olives, drained

1 medium tomatoe, seeded and chopped

2/3 cup salsa

2 cuups shredded cheese, your favorite

Sour cream

Directions 

Bake the fries according to package instructions. Cook bacon to desired crispness. I like to bake my bacon in the oven at 400 degress F for about 12-15 minutes. In a 10-in. ovenproof skillet brown the ground beef until no longer pink, follow instructions package of taco seasoning, just like preparing for tacos.

There are two ways I like to serve this dish.

Skillet Method – Remove cooked seasoned ground beef from skillet. Set aside. Place half of the waffle fries in the skillet, then half of the seasoned ground beef. Top with half the bacon, half the onions, half the olives, half of the tomatoes, half the salsa and finally half of the cheese.

Repeat layers. Return skillet to the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Cookie sheet Method – Remove cooked seasoned ground beef from skillet. Set aside. Place half of the waffle fries on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, then half of the seasoned ground beef. Top with half the bacon, half the onions, half the olives, half of the tomatoes, half the salsa and finally half of the cheese.

Repeat layers. Return cookie sheet to the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Adapted from: Taste of Home

   

Megamommy ѽ

 

 

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Family Dinner Time

Here’s something for you to think about…

 

As a mom, I know how busy dinner time can get! There always seems to be something going on when the kids are young. Welcome to having kids!

 Here’s a little MM (Megamommy) advice for you, eat dinner as a family as often as possible. Talk about art, sports, politics, the economy – anything you know of that will get the kids talking.

Or, try this, simply ask the kids about their day. :) 

Whatever you do, don’t stop talking because they act as though they aren’t interested, or they respond with everything was fine.

 Your family will grow together…

Trust me, all of you will end up loving this time!

Megamommy ѽ

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