Midweek Meal: 2 Family Friendly Recipes

Dipped Fruit on a Stick

Here are two family friendly, easy-to-make recipes.  Whip them up tonight, or plan ahead for the weekend.  Leftovers will freeze well…if there are any!

Recipes are from Taste of Home – Fun Food (September 2009)

Taco Meat Loaves

Taco Meat Loaves

Yields 2 Loaves, 6 servings each

Note:  I have made some revisions to this recipe as displayed below.


3 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups taco sauce (divided)

1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, rinsed & drained

1 cup of frozen corn

1 medium onion, chopped

3/4  cup dry bread crumbs

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

2 lbs ground turkey

2 cups shredded cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, 1/2 cup taco sauce, beans, corn, onion, bread crumbs, taco seasoning, cumin and chilli powder.  Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well.
  • Pat into two ungreased 9-in x 5-in loaf pans.  Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160.
  • Spoon remaining taco sauce over each meat loaf; sprinkle with cheese.  Bake 10 – 15 minutes more or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.  Serve with additional taco sauce and/or sour cream.

Dipped Fruit on a Stick

Dipped Fruit on a Stick

I love this recipe for dessert.  Anytime you can make fruit into a treat is always a good time!

Yield 6 Servings


1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening

3 medium firm ripe bananas

6 Popsicle sticks*

Flaked coconut

Chopped walnuts


  • In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Peel bananas; cut in half width wise. Insert sticks into fruit; dip into chocolate, coating fruit completely. Let excess drip off. Roll in nuts or coconut.
  • Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 20 minutes. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

*I used kabob sticks instead (as shown in picture) and I do not suggest this.  The bananas kept sliding off.


City Mom