$10 Dinner Date: Taco Salad & Dancing & A Movie

Good Morning Everyone!!

How are you today? We got over the manic Monday-ness and now we’re into the week! How are you feeling? I hope you’re doing well. Today I want to share with you another $10 dinner date my husband and I had this past weekend. I love these challenges because it forces me to get super creative while keeping to a budget. On our last $10 dinner date we made a spicy seafood pasta. This time we made a taco salad with Smart Ground Meatless Mexican Crumbles, and I have to say…. it tasted like the real thing but better! (And certainly better for you). Unlike our last date, we went heavy with the garnishes for our taco salad, so there was no room in the budget for dessert this time around. But I promise you that this salad is simply delicious and well worth making!

For our activity we created a playlist of our favorite tunes to dance to, and then we watched a movie. Well, a TV show. Is anyone else watching Glee on Netflix? I missed the Glee train back when it was on cable, so I’m just seeing it now for the very first time, and y’all I am loving that show! I love that it is super family-friendly, so if my daughter wants to curl up and watch too, I don’t have to worry about profanity or violence. I’m still in season 1, but can we talk about it for a moment? (Spoilers if you haven’t seen Glee yet!)

First off, how sad is it that Cory Monteith died in real life??? He was so talented!! And I didn’t know Lea Michelle before watching this show, but wow can that girl sing! I had heard that there was some controversy regarding Kevin McHale, who plays Artie, and uses a wheelchair. Only in real life he isn’t disabled. What do you think… do you think they should have cast-ed someone with a disability to play the part? Or do you think it doesn’t matter so long as the role is done well? I am enjoying watching the season so much that now I find myself searching for Glee songs on Youtube. Anyway, and what is with Terri and lying about being pregnant?! Talk about crazy! Just hook up with Emma and get it over with. We all know you want to Shue. 😉

Alright, now onto the dancing!

My husband and I are music-holics. If we’re driving in the car, there are always tunes playing. Just this morning as we were taking a shower, we were belting out “Together Forever” (with soap in hand) at the top of our lungs. What can I say? We love to sing. So when it came time for our date it was super easy to pull together a list of songs to dance along to. If you’re having trouble getting started on a playlist, allow me to make a few suggestions:

Songs to Line Dance To: 

  1. Macarena
  2. Cha Cha Slide
  3. Electric Slide
  4. The YMCA
  5. Apache (Jump On It)

Songs To Slow Dance To: 

  1. Kiss From a Rose By: Seal
  2. Can’t Help Falling in Love By: Elvis
  3. Somewhere Over the Rainbow By: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “IZ”
  4. God Bless The Broken Road By: Rascal Flatts
  5. When You Say Nothing At All By: Alison Krauss

Songs To Dance/Grind To:

  1. Talk Dirty By: Jason Derulo
  2. Anaconda By: Nicki Minaj
  3. Hungry Eyes By: Eric Carmen
  4. Milk Shake By: Kelis
  5. Hips Don’t Lie By: Shakira

Remember, it’s all about laughing, dancing, and having fun with your partner. 🙂 Just shake what you’ve got and have fun!

And now… let’s get cooking!! 🙂

This taco salad recipe couldn’t be simpler and tastes delicious, fresh, and very filling. The best part? Everything costs under $10 and I guarantee you that there will be leftovers, perfect for lunch the next day! So enjoy this recipe everyone and keep on cooking! ❤

$10 Taco Salad
$10 Taco Salad

$10 Taco Salad

Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef 

Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 box Smart Ground Mexican Meatless Crumbles 
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 c. grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil


  1. In a large sauce pan, drizzle in the olive oil or put in 1 generous tbsp. of coconut oil over medium heat. Add in the chopped onions and cook until tender and soft.
  2. Add in the bag of meatless crumbles, cumin, cayenne pepper, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and mix to combine.
  3. Next, add in the can of corn and black beans and mix thoroughly. By now the meat (less) mixture should be getting nice and hot.
  4. Cook for an additional minute or two and then you’re ready to plate! Chop up some lettuce and place on plates. (I like to make a little well in the center for the mixture). Add on a heaping scoop of taco mixture on top of the lettuce.
  5. Garnish with chopped tomato, cheese, cilantro, and avocado. Serve while hot and enjoy!


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