Meatball Nirvana Spaghetti | Tasty Tuesday | Recipes

A few years ago I was on the hunt for the perfect meatball & spaghetti recipe when I stumbled upon an amazing recipe on  called Meatball Nirvana.  The recipe was the perfect mix of traditional meatball deliciousness with a kick of spice.  I was instantly in love!  Sadly the meatball recipe took much more time than I usually have when cooking for my family.  On most nights I’m lucky to throw together spaghetti sauce after work if we’re being honest.  One night I decided to try something a little crazy and mix together the meatball recipe and my spaghetti sauce to create a quick and delicious sauce.  It’s was delicious and hence my own version of the recipe was born.

Ingredients you’ll need from the Meatball Nirvana Recipe (I made some adjustments):

1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
A few dashes of Frank’s RedHot sauce

And a few items I added:
Ragu sauce
Can of tomato sauce
Crushes tomatoes (if you like chunky sauce which I don’t.)


Now, let’s put it together!

  1.  Brown the ground beef in a skillet.
  2. Drain the meat and put it back in the skillet.
  3. While cooking the meat on low heat mix in the sea salt, onto powder, garlic salt, italian seasoning, oregano, red pepper flakes and RedHot sauce.
  4. Mix the seasoned ground beef with the Ragu sauce and tomato sauce.
  5. Allow to simmer until your hunger gets the best of you.
  6. Serve over spaghetti noodles… thin whole wheat ones are my favorite!

If you love a full flavor spaghetti sauce with a little kick then this will be your new go to recipe.  If you have little people in your house be cautious of how spicy you make it with the red pepper flakes and hot sauce!


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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos | Tasty Tuesday | Recipes

I love quick and easy recipes I can throw in the slow cooker on my lunch break. Chicken tacos are a staple in my house so I thought I’d share my favorite recipe on this Tasty Tuesday! My husband and I LOVE this meal because we can eat on it for two days. Any other leftover lovers out there?? 😉 Let’s get down to business!

Slow cooker chicken tacos
(Sorry for the crappy Instagram photo, it was all I had. Doesn’t that taco meat look delicious though???)

Here’s what you’ll need:
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 can of Rotel tomatoes
1 package of taco seasoning

1. Place your chicken breast in the bottom of your slow cooker.
2. Pour the package of taco seasoning over your chicken breast.
3. Pour the can of Rotel on top of the chicken breast + taco seasoning.
4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
5. Serve with whatever toppings you like!

-If you haven’t tried slow cooker liners, you are missing out. These make cleanup SO easy!!!
-You can use fresh or frozen chicken breast. I prefer fresh but have used frozen before too. When using frozen, I’d cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low!

I always serve these with sour cream, Mission Extra Fluffy Fajita Flour Tortillas and Quesadilla Cheese (all of which I purchase at our local Kroger.) You can also top with salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, etc! I also make a pot of Knorr Rice Sides Spanish Rice and a pot of refried beans to go along with our tacos! If you feel like putting in an little extra effort, fry up some white corn tortillas to serve your tacos on. In the words of Dora the Explorer, delicioso!

This is a quick, easy and cheap recipe that kids love!! I hope you guys enjoy!

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