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Blended Tacos

Blended Tacos

Cook once, eat twice. It’s a kitchen practice as simple as it sounds. Cook a base dish that can be enjoyed today and used for an entirely different meal tomorrow. For example, bake some fish for tonight’s dinner, and enjoy fish tacos for tomorrow’s lunch.

With so many Americans preparing meals at home, the practice of cooking once and eating twice can extend your grocery budget while also making meal planning less stressful and more comforting.

Cooking meals that feed the entire family is essential and even better if they give you a jump on a second meal. Whether your love for cooking runs deep or is being newly discovered, keep the following in mind when planning to cook once and eat twice:

Stock up on staples. Before heading out to the store, develop a list of ingredients that can be used for multiple dishes. Canned goods, such as black beans and corn, are great items to store in the pantry and have on hand for a variety of favorite family recipes. Other basics like corn tortillas can be used in multiple ways, such as tacos, casseroles and even salads.

nutrition, adding produce is key in your planning. Mushrooms are a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike for many reasons. Traditionally known portabella are excellent sources of selenium, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage that may lead to serious chronic diseases. For example, four crimini mushrooms provide 38% of your daily recommended value. Also, the variety of mushrooms contain essential vitamins and

Make meat go further. A three-step cooking chopped mushrooms with ground meat to create dishes that are more nutritious while still tasting delicious. You can use the process to create multiple dishes such as tacos, pasta sauce and burgers. Mushrooms’ ability to mimic the texture of meat makes them easy to incorporate, and the dishes stretches portions, allowing the family to enjoy a meat-mushroom base two days in a row with Lasagna and Blended Tacos, both of which include a Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend.

For more simple and delicious recipes, visit MushroomCouncil.com.

Blended Tacos

Makes: 8 tacos
1 cup sour cream
6 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
8 yellow corn tortillas
2 cups Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend
diced avocado (optional)
shredded lettuce (optional)
shredded cheese (optional)
salsa (optional)

In small bowl, mix sour cream, cilantro and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate. Warm tortillas in microwave or on stovetop according to package directions. Spoon 1/4 cup Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend into each tortilla. Top with sour cream mixture and avocado, lettuce and cheese as desired.

Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend

Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend

Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend

Makes: 8 cups
1 medium yellow onion
8 ounces fresh button or crimini mushrooms
1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained
1 package (1 ounce) reduced-sodium taco
seasoning mix
1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (11 ounces) yellow kernel corn, drained

In food processor, pulse onion and mushrooms to coarse texture. Set aside. In large frying pan, brown ground beef. Drain fat. Set aside.

In same frying pan, heat oil. Add mushroom mixture and saute 3-4 minutes, or until most moisture has been released. Add black beans and mix.

Add beef, taco seasoning, tomatoes and corn to black bean and mushroom blend. Mix and cook until heated through.

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Servings: 6-8
Nonstick cooking spray
16 yellow corn tortillas
6 cups Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend
1 cup shredded, low-fat Mexican cheese blend
sour cream (optional)
chopped cilantro (optional)
salsa (optional)

Heat oven to 350 F. Spray bottom of 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place four corn tortillas on bottom of dish and layer 2 cups Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend on top. Repeat layers, ending with tortillas as top layer. Top with cheese.

Bake uncovered 25 minutes, or until cheese melts and lasagna is heated through. Top with dollops of sour cream, cilantro and salsa as desired.

 Families love thishotdish’


Here’s a comforting recipe for Roasted Tomato Soup that uses canned goods and pantry items to create a delicious meal. During these challenging days, try to stay calm, take care of yourself and your loved ones, and remember, by the grace of God this too shall pass.


After roasting the tomatoes, you can coarsely chop them to use as a sauce for pasta dishes instead of blending them into a soup.

2 (28-ounce) cans peeled whole tomatoes, drained, halved and seeded (such as Muir Glen, Hunt’s, Contadina or Red Pack)

14 large fresh basil leaves, torn or 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning

1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/4- inch dice

5 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped or 1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves or nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes

1. Heat oven to 300 F. Spread out the tomatoes, basil, onion and garlic cloves in a large shallow pan with sides. Sprinkle with the oil and the spices, turning to coat the tomatoes evenly.

2. Bake 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours, basting and turning the tomatoes several times, until their color deepens to dark red. Don’t let them brown; nor allow the garlic to brown, it will turn bitter.

3. Transfer the tomatoes and their juice, the oil, garlic and onions into a blender or the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth. Or mash the ingredients with a potato masher until smooth. Allow tomatoes to sit for 20-30-minutes to mellow.

4. Reheat soup on the stove or in a microwavable bowl for 2-3 minutes. You can freeze this soup for up to 3 months. Serves 4-6.

Angela Shelf Medearis is an awardwinning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks.

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