WFMW: Our Favorite (Easy) Summer Meal


Summer is hot in Texas. Snow cones help. Tonight at 6pm it was 100 degrees. The last thing I want to do is heat up the oven and kitchen for dinner. With a diabetic hubby and a very picky 6 year old, it’s hard to please everyone.

The one meal everyone loves (and keeps me from having a hot flash) is what we affectionately call Chicken Chop Chop. Unless we only have ground beef and then we change the name.

It’s a super flexible meal.

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Grilled chicken (outdoors) or ground beef cooked on the stove.

Taco shells or chalupa shells or some sort of taco chips (we use what we have)

Brown rice (We microwave minute brown rice) if we have it

Beans-black or pinto beans

[And then we chop chop] lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese

and top with salsa

It’s easy, delicious and my big kids can *almost* prepare it by themselves.

It definitely works for us!


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    Karen says

    You can also make the chicken in the crock pot. I package of taco seasoning stirred in to a 1/2 c. of water. Pour over 2-3 chicken breasts and cook 3-4 hours on low.


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    Erin H. says

    This is also a family favorite at our house – so much so that we do it a couple times a month year round!

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    The recipe looks great, yummy, and fast — three things to look for in a recipe.

    But darling, it uses no zucchini. Ah well, one can’t have everything. I am number 226 this week, Eat Seasonally and Cheap with Zucchini Pasta Toss, so I’ve taken care of it for you.
    227 is Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? All of Us. Once we admit that sometimes we get this secret temptation, we can protect ourselves from the wolves out there trying to manipulate us with their books, some unfortunately purportedly Christian, about how to make a million NOW, and easily. Save the money and buy yourself a coffee.
    228 is Affordable Homeschooling — making it through catalog season so that you do, indeed, have enough over for a cup of coffee after you write out your book order check

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