Weeknight Taco Salad and Kraft and Sam’s Club Dinner Planner


I am now ready to reveal my big news. I was one of five bloggers selected by Kraft Foods to work on the Kraft Foods and Sam’s Club Two Week Dinner Planner program. This is pretty cool stuff. Kraft has worked with Sam’s Club to put together two weeks’ worth of meals along with the shopping list and recipes.

I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program which includes my trip to Sam’s Club, my interactions/experience with the two week dinner planner and my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the food purchased for the two week dinner planner. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

In addition to the planner Kraft is introducing a personalized cookbook. You can build your own personalized cookbook with your favorite recipes or choose from a list of Kraft recipes. Sam’s Club members are also eligible for a free cookbook offer.

So yesterday was my trip to buy all the items on the shopping list. With this planner, you are suppose to be able to get 2 weeks’ worth of dinners for less than $250. I went to my local Sam’s Club with shopping list in hand. The list is grouped together the way the store floor plan is laid out. For the most part that’s the way my store was. There were a few things that were placed differently at my store, like the saltine crackers were near the bread and pastries and not in the dry goods and baking area. I was able to get everything there that was on the shopping list with the exception of 2 items. My store did not have Oscar Meyer bacon. So I just got a different brand. Then there was not Velveeta there. I ask an employee where the Velveeta was and they said they only carry it at Christmas time, it’s a seasonal item. So I was able to find everything on the list with the exception of the Velveeta cheese. I did not include the vegetable oil, garlic powder, garlic salt, or ground cumin. So at my local Sam’s Club the cost before tax with the exclusion of the Velveeta, vegetable oil, garlic salt, and ground cumin came to $195.80.

Now obviously, with shopping at Sam’s on some of the items I had way more food than what I would use for the two weeks. Some of these items would be the baking mix, eggs, tuna, butter, saltines etc. However, these items help stock up my pantry and can be used to make breakfast or lunch during those two weeks. All around it was a good experience and I am now set to have my two weeks’ worth of meals.

The meal plan only includes the recipes for your main dish and a bonus beverage recipe. However, you will have extra frozen and fresh veggies that could be used for a side dish. The first recipe from the planner I am going to share with you is the Weeknight Taco Salad. The thing fun about this salad is that you make your own crispy tortilla bowl to put it in. The recipe is also for 4 servings. However, I used the same amount of meat with some more lettuce, cheese, and dressing to make 5 servings for my family. My 5 year old didn’t want a tortilla bowl. We also ended up adding some salsa to the salad too. Everyone ate them up, with the exception of my 5 year old. She didn’t like the lettuce. She would have been happier to just have the meat with all the toppings in a bowl. It was a quick and easy dinner. We just had the salad for our meal and everyone was satisfied. Also, according to the Kraft/Sam’s two week planner the cost per serving was $1.38.

Here’s the link to check out the Kraft Foods and Sam’s Club Two Week Dinner Planner along with the personalized cookbook. http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?catg=13832

Then here is a link to find the closest Sam’s Club to you. http://www2.samsclub.com/clublocator/?est=19

I will share my experience with all the recipes through the month of July. Also, over the 4th of July weekend, I’ll have a great giveaway from Kraft/Sam’s.

Weeknight Taco Salad

4 flour tortillas (8-inch)

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkt. (1¼ oz.) taco seasoning mix
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
1 large tomato, chopped
¼ cup ranch dressing

HEAT oven to 425°F.

CRUMPLE 4 large sheets of foil to make 4 (3-inch) balls; place on baking sheet. Place 1 tortilla over each ball; spray with cooking spray. Bake 6 to 8 min. or until tortillas are golden brown. (Tortillas will drape over balls as they bake.)
MEANWHILE, cook meat with taco seasoning mix as directed on package.
FILL shells with lettuce, meat mixture, cheese and tomatoes just before serving. Drizzle with dressing.
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18 comments on “Weeknight Taco Salad and Kraft and Sam’s Club Dinner Planner

  • congratulations!!!

    I am excited about all the recipes ! You are awesome and I am glad I found your blog! Keep up the good work!

  • How exciting for you! Great opportunity.

  • I don't have a SAM's club nearby or I might try this one out! Some of the items I wouldn't be able to get where I live . . There are some yummy looking recipes I'll definitely try!

  • Wow! This sounds like it will be fun. You are amazing.

    As for this recipe, I think I have all the fixings on hand except for the Mexican blend cheese. I think I'll try it Sunday after church just using some cheddar grated off the block I try to keep on hand.

  • Taco salads are one of my favorite way to use up leftover tacos. They are quick and tasty. Great bowl!

  • Very cool! It sounds like a fun thing to get to do. Be sure to keep us posted!

  • How awesome! I love to visit your blog because you always have great recipes.

  • Congrats Laura! We love this taco salad and make it often. I am very interested in this Dinner Planner…I might just have to start it up. I hate the big "what's for dinner" question! I'm set with the sam's club membership. I'm anxious to hear how it works for you.

  • I'm going to try most of the meals, and going through the shopping list I see I already have 3/4 of the ingredients (this must be my style of cooking). Thanks for your blog – it has re-engergized my desire to cook after lots of morning sickness. Everything always looks great and sounds delicious!

  • How exciting! Congrats!!

  • (I saw your blog on the PYP website.) Your blog is really cute! I appreciate your feedback on the recipes you try. I look forward to trying alot of these recipes. The taco salad looks delicious. I love the idea of making your own bowls. I usually buy pre-made ones from the grocery store.
    Congratulations on being selected!

  • Congrats- this is very exciting news for you!This is also a yummy looking taco salad!

  • How cool! Congratulations! I can't wait to see what is to come!

  • How cool to be chosen to participate. Congratulations. I'm looking forward to your upcoming posts. We have and Sam's membership for my husbands business and love it!

  • I have been making this kraft recipe for several years and my family loves it. They think they are cool the each get their own torilla bowl!

  • How nice to be picked! I love taco salads. I'll have to put it on the menu for next week!

  • I love making taco salads in the summer – so tasty and refreshing! Your photo looks amazing!

  • Congratulations! That's really cool that you were selected! :)
    I have a Costco membership, but I imagine it's about the same. My pantry is pretty packed right now, and I'm planning on eating the extra up this summer. I'm interested in the personalized cookbook, though!!
    The Taco Salad looks perfect for this summer!!

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