So sorry to hear of the virus infecting your home and loved ones. My husband just kicked a bad URI that lasted almost 2 weeks. Bronchial cough and he NEVER gets that. In fact, he hasn't been sick in 3 whole years (he is 73 years old, too). But mentioning that your family loves Tex-Mex made me think of a recipe that I have made since the very early '80s. It's a Weight Watchers recipe of that era, when we had to cook nearly everything from scratch. I find that NO version of WW works for me anymore...even going back to '66 when it was ridiculously strict. '82 was paradise compared! Anyway, my family of husband and 3 sons and me used to gobble this up. It is called Texas Hash. I always doubled it to get 8 servings for my hungry sons. I serving used to serve as a bread exchange, a protein exchange, and some vegs. Maybe an extra or two...all obsolete terms nowadays. Run the recipe thru your modern recipe calculator to find out how it works with today's WW. TEXAS HASHYou need 4 cups of cooked rice. The directions I am about to give you will actually yield 4 1/2 c., so you can either take out a half cup to save for another day, or figure that what is 1 T. more rice per serving and dump the whole thing in, which is what I do. So, start 3 c. water and 2 beef bouillon cubes boiling. Add 1 1/2 c. long grain rice, reduce to simmer, cook covered for about 22 minutes. Set aside. In a large skillet (an electric one is terrific for the high sides) brown 1 lb. ground beef or turkey with 1 c. chopped onion and 1 c. chopped green peppers. Stir in a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, 2 t. chili powder, and 1/2 t. garlic powder. Fold in the cooked rice. Top with 8 oz. of grated cheddar cheese and heat through.The original recipe had you transfer it to a casserole dish and then bake it, but being a busy mother, I used to just heat it up right in the pan I'd used to cook the meat and vegs. I know the spices don't sound very fancy, but somehow they are exactly right for this one. I hope you try it and like it. A WW serving is 1/8 of the recipe. Alas, at age nearly 65 WW no longer is effective for me. Even the older ones that used to strip the weight off very quickly. I am eating extremely low-carb. NO low-carb versions of carby foods, either. Meat. Eggs. Butter. A bit of cheese. LESS than a cup of non starchy vegs per day. But I am seeing results in the last 2 weeks, so I am not complaining (much!). Hope the littles get well soon, and I hope you are doing better too. Nothing like having the crud and watching the kids suffer.
That recipe sounds fabulous. I am going to try It! The kids seem to be feeling a bit better today. Luckily this thing hit me harder than it did them.
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