Friday, February 1, 2013

Taco Stuffed Shells

Last night, I was forced to take an unplanned rest day. My right hamstring has been super tight and cramping ever since the relay race and I made the call to take a night off in hopes it will ease up enough that I can do my long run this weekend. 

I always feel kind of weird when I go home right after work - what am I going to do all evening? Last night, the answer was to make another one of Plain Chicken's casseroles. 

Taco Stuffed Shells is my kind of recipe - simple ingredients with easy-to-follow instructions. It was also extremely tasty and satisfying on a cold winter night. Although I liked the recipe with the ground beef, next time I'm going to try halving the amount and adding black beans, corn and zucchini to make the dish a bit healthier. 

I ate at least one too many of these stuffed shells

Taco Stuffed Shells
via Plain Chicken Blog

1 lb lean ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup water
1 cup cottage cheese (I used 1 percent)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used 1.5 cups)
21 jumbo shells
12 oz enchilada sauce

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare jumbo shells according to package and set aside. 

Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain off the excess fat. Add taco seasoning, salsa, water and cottage cheese, along with half of the shredded cheddar cheese. Simmer for five minutes. 

Stuff each shell with the taco meat mixture and place in a 9x13 casserole dish. Top with enchilada sauce and the remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes.

How do you spend your rest days, either planned or unplanned?

- ST


  1. This looks so good! I LOVE mexican with pasta. MMM! BTW, i think I have a shin splint from that relay too. Darn circular tracks!

    1. Ouch - I hope your shin splint heals up fast! We need to get together soon. I'm excited for our lunch in a few weeks!

  2. I love this recipe, it looks so delicious and easy! I need inspiration in the kitchen, so this should help :)

    1. Definitely give it a try and let me know what you think :)