Meal Planning Monday #6

Guys, I discovered a delicious meal that you should definitely make.  Anyone can make it if you have a Trader Joes handy 😉 You’ve got to try the mandarin orange chicken with the veggie fried rice! I love Chinese takeout and this is even better! Do yourself a favor and pick it up.  Ok on to the recipes that required a bit more skill.

We make this recipe pretty frequently at our house and serve with Tostitos hint of lime chips 🙂  And I forgot to take a pic!

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
adapted from Damn Delicious


1 lb. ground beef
1 cup quinoa cooked according to directions
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chiles
1 can of corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 cup shredded cheese
salt & pepper to taste
1 avocado
1 roma tomato


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook quinoa according to directions.

While quinoa is cooking, brown the ground beef, drain grease, and season with salt & pepper.

Mix quinoa, ground beef, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, cumin, chili powder, cilantro, and half of the cheese.

Pour into greased 9×13 pan and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.  Cook for 15 minutes until cheese melts and the casserole is heated through.

While cooking, dice the tomato and avocado.  Sprinkle the avocado and tomato on top of the casserole and serve.


Ok the next recipe I made was so depressing.. It had been kind of a rough day at the Beam house with short naps, tv repairman “fixing” the tv and then it going out 40 minutes later, and then to top it off the recipe I made for dinner was bad.  It wasn’t my fault, but it was frustrating.  I had made a homemade marinade and prepared chicken kabobs with fresh pineapple and peppers.  Seems like a hard recipe to mess up, except that the chicken I bought at Sprouts was slimy.  It just tasted all off.  So I have pretty pictures of my chicken kabobs that were taken before we tried them and then tossed them.

Chicken Kabobs

Spicy Sausage Skillet
adapted from Plain Chicken


1 tsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
2 tbsp minced onion flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cups chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Rotel
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz pasta noodles
1 cup shredded cheese
salt & pepper to taste
green onions


Heat oil in a skillet and saute sausage and minced onions until browned.

Add garlic powder, broth, Rotel, heavy cream, pasta, and salt & pepper to the skillet.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer until pasta is cooked through.

Place mixture in a greased 8×8 pan and top with cheese and green onions.  Broil until cheese is melted.

Chicken Kabobs (1)

We really like this recipe, but I gotta say I will be getting the mild rotel from now on. It was almost too spicy for us, but it did help clear up some sinus issues we’ve been having around here 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!

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