Monday, March 19, 2012

Kids in the Kitchen - 6th Link Up

Welcome to Kids in the Kitchen Link up #6!

Please feel free to link up your favorite recipes - old or new - our goal is to bring families
back to the table together enjoying home cooked food - real food - they say the kitchen 
is the heart of the home and it is sure true at our house. I've found my kiddos really open 
up and talk when we are working in the kitchen together. It's been a way to get them to share
things that are on their hearts or on their minds - a time of teaching - and just an enjoyable
time of being together. If you don't already - I hope this inspires you to start a new tradition 
in your family of cooking with the kids. My good friend Carrie from Young Living Oil Lady
  is teaming up with me to bring you this linky - Please share the button and visit some
 of the other participants to see what they've been cooking with their families.
(Kids are not necessary in the post pictures - although, we do think they're awfully cute) 

Mexican Casserole 

1 lb ground beef - browned and cooked with taco seasoning 
Corn tortillas - about 12 - 18 
1 1/2 - 2 cups of cheese - grated cheddar (or other favorite cheese) 
1 can Rotel lime and cilantro and 1 can enchilada sauce - warm in pot on stove
1 sm chopped onion or 1/2 large onion 
1 can Pinto beans - or 2 cups fresh cooked until softened and mashed
Sour cream - Chopped Tomato - optional 

Use large casserole dish 
Dip corn tortilla into sauce in pot until coated and add 6 of same to casserole dish
Spoon mashed or canned pinto beans (or refried) evenly over tortillas and spread 
Sprinkle taco meat evenly over beans and spread across casserole
add generous - I mean generous amounts of cheese on top 
Sprinkle with onion on top and melt in pre-heated oven on 350 for 20 min 
or until cheese is good and melty and casserole is hot 

I suggest you serve it with a salad like my cousin Jill makes - she adds fresh 
guacamole and chopped almonds and tomato - it's so good -
 it'll make yer tongue slap yer brains out! 
(I can't help it y'all - I'm still in Georgia on my road trip - that accent comes back quick!)

In the spirit of my road trip - I'll share with you one of my favorite "on the go" meals
I pre-cook chicken or steak strips and season them with taco seasoning 
I carry flour tortillas with me and some grated cheese 
(I've even used sliced cheese in a pinch) 
We like to add lettuce and salsa to our "roll ups" as well 
I carry each ingredient separately so it stays fresh until time to roll it up 

It's easy - fairly healthy - and the family loves it! 
Kids can help by grating cheese - even chopping onions with a table knife 
(I have mine pretend it's the sharpest knife in town - because practicing safety in the kitchen matters!) 

 "Many hands make light work" 
. . . and a lot of fun too! 

What are y'all up to for Spring Break? 

Grab a button from here or the code on my sidebar
and link up your favorite recipes! 

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Lisa said...

We enjoy Mexican food. I will have to try this one soon! :-) Thanks for linking up!

Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

Yumo! We love Mexican dishes :-) Thanks for hosting and for linking to our linky too :-)

Rebecca said...

YUMMY! My kids haven't been in the kitchen....hahaha...not in the house, either! Love this...and sorry I don't have anything to link up this week!

Jenni Ryan said...

This looks yummy!! We will definitely have to try this one. :) Thanks for hosting! ;)

Julie@teachinggoodeaters said...

Love the idea of bringing along the supplies for a "roll up" My kids would love that!!! Thanks for sharing at Food Adventure Friday! I'll have to make sure to take some pictures of my kids cooking this week so that I can link up :)

The Hill Hangout said...

Thanks for the visit to The Hill Hangout. I linked up my Tomatillo Salsa Verde. I also added you to my reader so that I don't miss your link-ups. Thanks for the heads-up.

Maria @ JustCallMeMaria said...

Thank you for the invite! I love the idea of getting kids more involved in cooking!

Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook said...

Thank you for hosting and the invite! I love to let the kids help out in the kitchen...I am all for it! Now following you and would love for you to stop by blog anytime! Have a wonderful night :)

Ellen said...

Thanks for co-hosting this hop. I love finding new recipes and Mexican is high on our list of favorites.

Thanks for visiiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to finding more terrific recipes and child'rearing' advice!

Craig said...

"Many hands make light work" – so true, SO true. I smiled as I read this – I'm smiling now – thank you Kelli. take care my friend – God bless!