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*Meat-Y Monday!*

You often see recipe blogs/posts/emails/articles entitled “meatless Monday” so I thought I’d do something a little different, albeit not much…

In defiance of meatless Monday, may I present…Meat-Y Monday!! I cook not exactly healthy mostly carnivore-ish recipes/meals & my family does enjoy their meat, so suffice it to say “meatless” is just not a term that fits comfortably in our mouths, much less with any semblance of regularity to where I would make various posts. Did that make sense?

Probably not. Moving on….

The recipe I’ve chosen for this 1st installation of meaty Monday is: meatball enchiladas . I chose this because:
1) It’s a new recipe from the latest Good Housekeeping that I wanted to try anyway.

2) It requires few ingredients, which = inexpensive to make.

3) I wanted to find a meal idea that would use up all/most of the leftover ingredients from taco salads last night. Fortunately this does.

I don’t have enchilada sauce but I do have 1 lone (yet humongous) tomato that I’m going to attempt to make ‘sauce’ out of, which I can then combine with a tiny can of Rotel that’s in the cabinet. I will have to make the meatballs myself but that’s okay, not a big deal. As for the tortillas we have a big pack leftover that I wanted to use because they’re good & not cheap.

Side Story: We have the tortillas because C can be quite a thoughtful husband & a few weeks ago he picked up a pack of those “as-seen-on-TV” tortilla bowl pans for me. I hadn’t had a chance to use them until last night, for taco salads.

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$10....can't beat that!

The directions made them seem easy to use & they actually were! The tortillas practically situated themselves in the pans. The only minor complaint I have is that at the end of cooking they bubbled up; maybe my tortillas were too small? Maybe I should’ve poked each one with a fork prior to baking? Who knows….it was an easily solved problem, I just murdered poked the bubbles.
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Look how cute they are!

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Mmm....delicioso!

So, in my humble opinion, the Perfect Tortilla Pans are $10 well spent.

Anyway….I got sidetracked….I don’t have any photos of the meatball enchiladas as I haven’t made them yet but I will be sure to get some & update this post. Now I’m off to try my hand at this….we’ll see if this recipe is a keeper!

Without further ado–

MEATBALL ENCHILADAS
Yield: 4 servings
From: Good Housekeeping, February 2014

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 bag meatballs
8 corn tortillas
10 oz. enchilada sauce
2 c. mexican blend

Mix tomato sauce, chili powder & meatballs together in a large bowl. Fill the tortillas with this mixture, then place seam side down in a casserole dish. Top with enchilada sauce & cheese; bake at 400° for 30 minutes.

If you try this let me know your thoughts!

*UPDATED*
I laid each tortilla out then lined up meatballs, added a little sprinkle of cheese, then rolled ’em up! They turned out so good (& I’m such a dummy) that I didn’t think to get a picture of the final product before we scarfed them down!

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I nestled them in a Pam'd casserole dish then alternated layers of cheese (I like a lot of cheese) & sauce on the top.

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Pinterest post #3: DIY Dishwasher detergent

I was so excited to come across this pin & immediately added it to my list of “Pinterest stuff I want to actually do ASAP”, and made sure to get the ingredients-which happened to be required by a couple other pins I was trying.  I had just run out of Cascade (perfect timing) & I was super hopeful about this pin because dishwasher detergent is ridiculously expensive.  So I made a batch of the DIY exactly as it stated (very simple…all it takes is borax + washing soda, then some white vinegar when you actually run the dishwasher) & used it, exactly as it stated.

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-Insert drumroll here-
The dishes all came out amazingly, sparkling clean!  There was no particular scent other than clean-ness but I overlooked that (I’m a “smells” person…if it smells clean then I feel like it’s clean) because the dishes came out beautifully clean using a pennies-on-the-dollar mixture!  Here was my pros list:

•worked excellently
•ingredients were relatively cheap
•ingredients could multi-task for other pins
•very simple to make
•very quick to make
•would most likely have ingredients on hand to make more when I ran out as opposed to having to go to the store

The cons were:

•no awesome Gain-like smell

Happy as a clam I started using this DIY mix regularly.  Never once did I change my typical “dish habits”, even with the first run.  I will usually rinse really dirty dishes off under scalding hot water before putting them in the dishwasher; the rest just go straight in.  I don’t hand wash them then put them in or anything like that.  I kept an eye on my rinse agent level too because that’s where you put the vinegar.  Now, after a few weeks of using this mix, I’ve begun to notice there is always a film on my dishes when they’re finished.  I’m very displeased & disappointed with this latest development.  Is it some sort of build up from the borax and/or washing soda??  Should I be running some sort of cleaning cycle periodically??  I’ve tried troubleshooting this problem…I’ve made sure I filled the rinse agent with vinegar; I’ve added extra vinegar to the bottom; I’ve cut back the recommended amount (2 Tbsp) of mix; I’ve added a tiny bit more mix; I’ve rinsed the dishes off a little more than usual; I’ve run a second rinse cycle after the regular cycle.  Nothing is working.  No matter what I try I simply cannot bring back the glory I first experienced.

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It is not from food, or me being lazy & throwing in dishes with sandwiches & the like still on them.  It is a soap type residue.  If I take a damp towel or rag (which I’ve been having to do unless I want to hand wash every single dish) it buffs right off.  Maybe I need to “splurge” and get some actual rinse agent?  I guess I’d still be saving money on the detergent but it would be counteracted by having to purchase the $4-$5 rinse agent!

I’m not sure whether to classify this as a scam or not…I don’t know if it’s just my experience…it does work-in the beginning-so it’s technically not a scam.  You can find the original pin & instructions HERE, until I decide whether or not to move it to my Bullsnit Pinterest Scams board.  Go try it (borax & washing soda are each $3-$4 per box) and PLEASE share your results with me!!  This is obviously driving me nuts.