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School Night Suppers

Oven Toasted Meatball Subs


  • Meatballs – frozen or fresh
  • Bread – Italian, French, subs…whatever you like!
  • Red sauce – Jodi’s homemade or jar
  • Shredded cheese – your fave!


Heat up sauce and meatballs in a pot on your stove. Heat oven to 275-300.  Open bread and put the meatballs and sauce on it and toast it for a few minutes.  Take it back out and throw some cheese on and toast again!

Sam’s Cheeseburgerdilla/Tacodilla





  • 1 or 2 pre-made burgers
  • bacon or bacon bits
  • shredded cheddar
  • chopped tomato, lettuce, pickle and onion
  • large flour tortillas


  • Cook the burgers to you preference and chop them up (so you can sprinkle on the cheese in the quesadilla).
  • Melt butter in a large pan and heat a tortilla.  As it starts to puff up flip the tortilla.
  • Sprinkle cheedar on half the tortilla and top with burger and any of the other toppings you wish.  Usually my kids just want the burger and cheese and I add all the other toppings for myself.
  • Fold the tortilla over and cook on both sides…flipping as needed until the cheese melts and the tortilla is cooked to your preferred doneness.
  • Slice it and serve with burger condiments for dipping: ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc

Jodi’s Easy Shrimp Tacos

  • 1 lb of fresh shrimp – tails off
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 pinch of minced garlic
  • Taco seasoning
  • Taco shells or tortillas
  • Fave taco side “fixins”

Saute the onion & garlic in a little olive oil – over medium-high heat, until the onions turn clear.  Throw in the shrimp and stir while they cook, until they are pink.  This usually only takes 5-6 minutes.

Add taco seasoning next (either liquid or powder)  Cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes.  Serve in warm taco shells or tortillas with all of your favorite taco fixings!!!!




  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • taco seasoning
  • Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • large flour tortillas
  • Cook beef or turkey with taco seasoning as you would when you make tacos
  • Melt butter in a large pan and heat a tortilla.  As it starts to puff up flip the tortilla.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on half the tortilla and top with taco meat.  You can also add regular taco toppings like tomato and lettuce if you want.
  • Fold the tortilla over and cook on both sides…flipping as needed until the cheese melts and the tortilla is cooked to your preferred doneness.
  • Slice it and serve with sour cream, salsa, etc.for dipping.

French Bread Pizza


  • 2 loaves French bread
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 bag shredded cheese
  • FIXINGS!!!  (you know what your family loves)
  • Examples:
    • Pepperoni
    • Mushrooms
    • Onions
    • Peppers
    • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Black olives


Everyone gets whatever size slice they want, and they fix it the way they want!!  SO fun.  SO easy.

Mom or Dad handles the oven.   Put in over at 375 for 7-8 minutes or until the bread is crispy and toppings are melted.

Sheet Pan Nachos

SUCH a good, fun option for a busy weeknight.

Tortilla Chips (any kind, we use multi grain)
Meat –cooked hamburger, pulled pork or shredded chicken.  Leftovers are great for this!
Cheese – using more than 1 kind makes this awesome!

Black beans
Black olives
Sliced green onions

Pile it all on, and place in the over at 350 for about 6 minutes.  Remove when it’s hot & bubbly!  Have sour cream on the side.

Jodi’s Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos




  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • A few pats of butter
  • Taco Seasoning (powder pack OR a medium sized jar)



  • In the morning, place chicken breasts in slow cooker, season with salt & pepper and place a pat of butter on top of each chicken breast – cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Don’t open the slow cooker until you are ready to shred and eat the chicken.
  • IF you are using powered taco seasoning – shred chicken and then mix in some tomato sauce and the seasoning.  IF you are using the liquid taco sauce – you can cook the chicken IN it, or add once the chicken is done.
  • Spoon into taco shells along with all the fixings.


PS – Slow cooked chicken is the easiest to shred!!!

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4 years ago

My kids like to do homemade pizzas with the Jiffy pizza dough. Very inexpensive and just add water. We make these on the grill. So yummy!!!!! And it’s a fun little family project – we each make our own 🙂

3 years ago

Jodi – Your comment this morning about the french bread pizzas and using leftovers, or whatever is in your fridge, reminded me of when I was in high school. When we saw maid-rites on the menu, we always knew we would be having pizza the next day (they used the leftover maid-rite meat). Nothing like maid-rite pizza! Speaking of maid-rites (or sloppy joes), they are both my families favorite back to school dinners (but homemade, not the sauce out of a can). Love the show, my son and I listen every morning on our way to school and work.

2 years ago

Canned soup taco recipe? Please.

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