Mexican Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Lettuce Wraps at

This was one of those meals that was totally made-up and actually turned out great.

I was excited.

I do lots of made-up meals, but they don’t always turn out great. 

I decided, impromptu, to make my Mexican Casserole out of my pre-cooked, frozen ingredients.

I started pulling things out of the freezer and throwing them into the skillet when I realized I didn’t have any corn. Not that corn is totally necessary, but I was irritated. (This happens a lot.)

And while thinking of what to do and what veggie to include, it hit me that this stuff would make a great filling for a lettuce wrap. Or lettuce taco.

So here goes.


Pre-cooked and frozen rice

Pre-cooked and frozen ground beef

One can (or the equivalent of precooked and frozen) chili beans

One package (or the equivalent) taco seasoning

Oh. You want amounts? Sorry. I have no idea.


Mexican Lettuce Wraps filling

In a large skillet, combine partially thawed (one minute at a time on 10% power in the microwave until crumbly) rice and ground beef with the beans. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water.

Stir until hot and bubbly.

Serve with lettuce leaves as the taco shells.

Lettuce Wraps at

Tell your kids that if they don’t want to eat it that way, they can tear up their lettuce leaves for a salad and eat the filling with a fork. Add in a lecture about kids who don’t get enough to eat and would be happy to have a lettuce wrap.



Super Simple Banana (and Whatever) Smoothies

Super-Simple Banana & Whatever Smoothies

This is my newest obsession.

Banana smoothies.

Frozen bananas, blended, taste basically like ice cream. But they’re bananas. Which means I feel like I’m eating ice cream for breakfast. Which makes me happy.

This has made me go a little crazy on the banana-buying lately, hoping they’ll start looking like this before we eat them all:

Spotted Bananas for Smoothies at

I just peel them, break them in two, and freeze flat so they don’t stick together.

Photo - How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies at

For a smoothie for me, I put one banana (two of those pieces), a few frozen blueberries or 3 strawberries or a spoonful of peanut butter, and blend it in my food processor. I also add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk. I have done it with water when I was out of milk, so it could be dairy free.

Photo - Blending Frozen Banana for Smoothies

Here’s an affiliate link to another Kitchenaid food processor that’s newer than my 15 year old one.

I’m not the first to post about the wonders of blending frozen bananas, but I couldn’t help sharing my joy.

Andrea from The Greenbacks Gal adds oatmeal to hers.

Connie from Smockity Frocks adds chocolate to hers and serves it like ice cream.

And my very favorite new way is to eat mine in a bowl topped with homemade granola (which is SO incredibly easy to make) from Amy at The Finer Things in Life.


White Chicken Chili Recipe

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This post contains affiliate links.

This is an eMeals recipe that has made it into our list of family favorites. It’s now one of the ones I turn to on days when something on the menu plan doesn’t sound like something we’d eat.

Really, this White Chicken Chili is super easy and tastes great. It extra super-easy since I make it with shredded chicken that I’ve pre-cooked in the crock pot and frozen. That’s one of the ways that we make the eMeals menu planning service work for us. I still save by buying meat in bulk and pre-cooking a lot of it. With the vast majority of the recipes, I can use these pre-cooked meats to make dinner prep even faster and easier.


3 Chicken Breasts (I use about 2 cups of frozen, shredded, pre-cooked chicken)

1 1/4 c coarsely chopped onions (I use a shake or two of dehydrated onions)

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

15 oz can chicken broth (I use 2 cups water and 2 teaspoons chicken bullion from Costco)

2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans

1 can tomatoes and green chiles (Ro-tel)

1 teaspoon garlic salt

grated cheese to top the soup (I use cheddar but the recipe calls for Mozzarella)


Proof that I’m not kidding when I say “Dump it all together.”

Dump everything together and simmer for one hour in a soup pot or in a crock pot for 4-6 hours. If you don’t have the pre-cooked chicken, boil your chicken breasts first and shred.


More of our Favorite eMeals Recipes:

Beef and Noodle Stir-Fry

Chicken and Bacon Subs

Pizza Casserole

EMeals is a meal-planning service that we use and all the links to eMeals in this post are affiliate links. I get the service for free as a blogger, but I would pay for it if I didn’t because it fits our current phase of life very well. See how we make it work here. We use the Aldi Classic Family Plan, but there are all sorts of different plans.



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