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Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

My whole family loves this Taco Pasta Salad. I’ve been making it for over 10 years now.  This recipe is from the July/August 2006 issue of Country Woman Magazine. Everyone that I have served it to, loves it. Hope you do too!

 

Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

 

 

Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1  1/4 cups mayonnaise
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
3  3/4 teaspoons cider vinegar
3  3/4 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground mustard
7 cups torn iceberg lettuce
1 – 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cups crushed nacho tortilla chips

 

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning; heat through.

2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, sugar and mustard; set aside.

3. Drain pasta; place in a large bowl. Add beef and mayonnaise mixture; toss to coat. Add lettuce, tomatoes and cheese; toss to combine. Sprinkle with tortilla chips.

Serves 12-14

 

Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

 

Linda’s Notes:

  • You can use any bite size pasta. I have also used elbow, shells and other shaped pasta. They all work well.
  • I don’t like mustard, so I don’t use it.
  • I have used all kinds of lettuce, not just iceberg. I use raw spinach, too.
  • You can also use plain tortilla chips. Or none. I often serve this without chips.
  • We like to sprinkle the cheese on the top, instead of stirring in.
  • It’s delicious served warm like the recipe says. I also make this ahead of time and refrigerate. Served cold with or without chips it makes a great summer meal.

 

 

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Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

 

I made this Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip last week, and my family devoured it! Of course, my family loves anything with bacon. lol I went grocery shopping today and bought more supplies to make it for them again this weekend.

 

 

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

 

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound bacon, chopped or crumbled
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

 

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

 

Combine all ingredients until well blended. Place into oven proof bowl (see notes below), smoothing the top.

 

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

 

Bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes. Time will vary according to the size of your bowl or pan. The bacon is already cooked, so you just need it to be hot and the cheese melty.

 

Serve warm with your favorite crackers.

 

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

 

Linda’s Notes:

 

I divided this recipe into two of the bowls shown in the pictures, each with about 1 1/4 cups of dip before baking. You could use a larger bowl, or even a 9×5 pan, and adjust the cooking time.

 

I used turkey bacon, but you could certainly use pork bacon.

 

You can also serve this with chips, instead of crackers. A pita chip would be great with it.

 

It’s so good!

 

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Dip

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You Call THAT a Serving Size?!

 

My family laughs at serving sizes.

My kids laugh.

My husband laughs.

 

I hear “You call THAT a serving size?!” all the time!

 

I am the only one in my family that cares about serving sizes. Well, of the family members that still live at home. A couple of my adult kids now care about serving sizes, although they didn’t when they were younger.

 

You Call THAT a Serving Size?!

 

You Call THAT a Serving Size?!

 

I have to say that I agree with my family. Sometimes! Some of the serving sizes are laughable. Like the serving size of a banana is 1/2 of one. Or 3 crackers. Who only eats three crackers with their soup? Of course, if you are having one serving of cheese, which a one ounce serving is about the size of a pair of dice, then 3 crackers would be proportionate.

 

I have always tried to teach my kids to eat healthy foods. I did let them have sugar snacks, too, I just tried to teach them moderation. That mostly worked until they got old enough to have money. Then they would run to the store and buy lots of junk food. Then proceed to eat it in front of me, “Look! I’m more then the serving size!”. lol They outgrew that, thankfully. They figured out that they would never have money for anything else if that kept spending all their money on junk food. An important lesson to learn for when they start doing their own grocery shopping.

 

Despite my family laughing at serving sizes, I still try to fight the good fight to try to teach them healthy eating. And that it’s ok to have snacks sometimes, too, in modest portions. Because how sad would life be without baking (& eating!) cookies with your kids, having birthday cake, wedding cake, and mom or grandma’s special dessert?

 

So if your family is like mine and laughs at serving sizes, just keep reminding them. Telling them, and showing them, what the correct servings sizes are will sink in eventually. Maybe not until they are adults, but you will have set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating.