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As a mom, evenings are hectic. I don’t even know if hectic is a strong enough word. With my two littles it feels like I am scrambling to keep my eye on them, get a dinner on the table that they love, and get all of my evening chores done. I put a lot of effort into my after dinner clean kitchen routine. Keeping my kitchen clean is huge for less stress in my day and just an easier time. I am preparing food 3-5 times per day for my kids, so keeping things clean is a must. I really struggle with going to bed with my kitchen a mess. So, today I am going to share two fun tid-bits that will hopefully make your life a little easier. First up is the recipe for one of our family favorites- Mexican Stuffed Shells, and then I’m going to share my steps to getting my kitchen back to square one for the next day!
Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need-
- 1 lb. Ground Beef
- 1 packet Taco Seasoning
- 1 box Jumbo Shells Pasta
- 1 can (10 oz.) Mild Enchilada Sauce
- ½ brick (4 oz.) Cream Cheese
- ¼ cup Sour Cream
- 1 cup Mexican Four Cheese Blend Shredded Cheese
Here’s how to make these Mexican Stuffed Shells-
This recipe makes approximately 20 shells
- Preheat Oven to 350 degrees, farenheit
- Boil Jumbo Shell Pasta according to box directions
- Brown ground beef
- Prepare Taco Meat with seasoning according to the directions on packet
- Stir in 4 oz. of Cream Cheese and ¼ cup Sour Cream until melted
- Spray a 9×13 inch pan or glass dish with non-stick spray
- Pour ½ a can of Enchilada Sauce into pan
- Stuff Shells with Meat/Cream Cheese/Sour Cream mixture, line up into pan
- Pour other ½ of Enchilada Sauce over shells
- Top with 1 cup Mexican Four Cheese Blend Shredded Cheese
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted
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Like I mentioned, this Mexican Stuffed Shells recipe is a family favorite and it is always a hit.
Now, once dinner is done and that chaos has ended, it is time to clean, right. This is one of my messier recipes, so I was excited to dig in and get my kitchen nice and clean and share it with you.
So here’s my routine-
1. I put all ingredients boxes/packages back into the pantry or cabinet where they go. We need to get the counters cleared off so we can clean them! Any trash I come across goes into the trash can.
2. The next step is dishes- I unload any left that were already clean and I load up everything from the sink & all of the dishes from dinner. Now, if you are like me, all of your dishes will never fit into the dishwasher. So, I have recently started hand washing big pots and pans so that there is more space for other things. This helps my dishes come out cleaner, and only adds a few minutes to my clean up time. My goal is to have a totally empty sink.
So once my dishes are washing in the dishwasher I get to work on my counter tops.
3. I spray my counters and kitchen table down completely with my cleaning solution and scrub! Clean counters are one of my favorite things in the whole world.
4. Next up once my counters are clean I get started on my hand wash dishes. I have fallen in love with these Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths. They don’t scratch up my pots and pans, and they make dish washing a breeze!
This pan was a wreck after making that taco meat, but it was no match for my Scrubbing Dish Cloths! These are totally washable and reusable and have quickly become my favorite for dishes and even cleaning my counters! They combine the best of a high quality dish cloth with the power of Scotch-Brite® scrubbing dots for a quicker and easier clean. I love that I don’t have to sacrifice my nails getting stuck on foods off of my dishes. It’s hard enough to keep my nails looking great as it is, right?! The best part- they rinse out so easily and dry quickly!
5. Once all the dishes are clean, I put away any cleaning products, sink stoppers, etc. under the sink and I scrub it down, too. I’m trying to reduce my sink clutter to just one bottle of hand soap so that keeping my sink clean is easy.
You can’t beat a great dinner followed by a clean kitchen and then relaxing for the evening without all of the mess hanging over your head.
6. Finally, I sweep my floors and spot-mop any spots needed.
Now, if you want to get your own Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths, I got mine at Target, near the other cleaning supplies and surface cleaners.
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