14 Days of Love: Prepare a Meal Together

Cooking and preparing a meal is a great way to share love and learn at the same time.

14 days of love during Valentines season is useful for every marriage and relationship. Here are 14 things to enjoy together.

Prepare a Meal Together!

I’m married to a true southern man and one of the things he loves to do is BBQ.  He loves his grill and he can BBQ the best steaks ever!!  But I really love when we can be in the kitchen to prepare a meal together. He is so helpful in the kitchen and is pretty good with whatever he needs to cook with.

The other night we were wanting something with pasta, so I decided on Chili Mac since I had everything I needed.  Hubby had never had this before, so I was excited to make it for him.  He worked on the salad and other items which needed to be chopped, while I cooked the pasta and prepared the sauce.  It was our first harvest of leaf lettuce out of the barrel container and we couldn’t wait to see how it would taste. Our neighbor gave us a bunch of spring onions.  Some I replanted and the rest I have been using with our meals.

Prepare a Meal Together

This is such an easy meal to make and it doesn’t break the bank. I love making a big pot of chili and putting some in the freezer just to make this recipe.

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Chili Mac

Course: Casserole
Author: Tammy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef 90% lean
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can 28 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can 16 ounces kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 can 4 ounces chopped green chilies
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 8 ounces shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

Instructions

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chilies, and seasonings. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture.
  • Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
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While hubby and I were dating, he “broke into” my apartment before I got home from work one day.  When I opened the front door, I could hear the Green Acres theme playing in the background and I found him cooking dinner and dressed like that!

MyGoober cooking

I knew right then and there, I had to keep him. 

The best part of cooking together is cleaning up together.  Standing side by side, washing the dishes, wiping off the counters, making sure everything is put up in the fridge and maybe a kiss or two in between.  Work always does get done faster if there are two working.  And yes girls, real men do wear aprons or in my case, overalls.

Spend some time with your loved one in the kitchen.  The meal always tastes better!

Do you have a meal you like to cook with a loved one?

Do small things with great love!

 

Enjoy the love,

Tammy

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6 Comments

  1. Oh, that’s awesome! Sounds like something my husband would do (he does own a pair of overalls). We cook together all the time, and it’s so much fun. It makes it easier, too, when tasks can be divided! We’re working to teach our sons that women really appreciate a man who knows his way around a kitchen! #SITSblogging

  2. Good morning! My husband saw me pinning this over my shoulder and said: “tell me that is one of the recipes you have planned for this week!” LOL! I am going to be featuring this as my post of the week over on the Welcoming House blog for our Pinterest party this week!
    I often use food storage from our pantry to create recipes, but this one is one I am going to adapt for that and keep on hand for the Handy Hubby!
    Thank you so much for linking up with us and sharing this. I will be linking you on Thursday!!!
    Blessings to you and that adorable man!
    ~Heather <3

    1. Thank you so much Heather. That is such a good, hardy and very quick recipe and I usually have these items on hand but had never fixed for my hubby before. Ugh. He loves it too and now wants it often. And thanks for linking up the recipe!! 🙂

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