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Recipes for Teens

Some teenagers have to cook for their families for many different reasons or they just like cooking. Sometimes, it is difficult to find out what to cook, and students make the same things over and over again. Here are a few quick and easy recipes for when someone needs something new to make: Easy Beef Tacos, Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders, and Refried Bean Roll-Ups.

Easy Beef Tacos

This dish is ready within 30 minutes.


One pound of lean ground beef

One cup of thick and chunky salsa

Taco shells

One half of a head of shredded lettuce

3/4 chopped tomato

One cup of cheddar cheese


1. Cook the beef in a pan over medium heat for eight to ten minutes while stirring occasionally until brown then drain.

2. Stir the salsa into the beef, Heat this until boiling while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for five more minutes while stirring occasionally. Pour the beef and salsa mixture into a serving bowl.

3. Heat the taco shells. Serve them with the beef and salsa mixture, lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheese.

Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders

This delicious dish only takes 30 minutes to prepare.


¼ of a cup of all-purpose flour

One egg

One tablespoon of water

One cup of crispy bread crumbs

½ of a cup of grated Parmesan cheese

1 and ¼ pounds of chicken breast tenders

Favorite dipping sauce


1. Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2. Put the flour in a shallow dish. In a separate dish, mix the egg and water. In a third dish, mix the bread crumbs and cheese. Coat the chicken with the flour, dip into egg mixture, then coat in bread crumb mixture. Place the chicken on the cookie sheet.

3.Bake for 15 to 30 minutes, turning the chicken over once, until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the coating is golden brown. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Refried Bean Roll-ups

These roll-ups take up to 15 minutes to prepare.


One can of refried beans

½ of a cup of salsa

½ of a teaspoon of chili powder

One package of flour tortillas

One cup of shredded lettuce

½ of a cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese


1. Mix the beans, salsa, and chili powder in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat for about five minutes while stirring occasionally.

2. Use a spoon to put about ¼ of a cup of the mixture onto the center of each tortilla and spread slightly. Top with the lettuce and cheese. Fold over the sides and ends of the tortillas and serve with additional salsa.


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