What’s for dinner Wednesday: Mexican Lasagna?

As a gift, some friends created a book of all their favorite recipes for me. Today’s dish is from that collection and just may be one of my family’s favorite dishes. It is also a great meal to make for parties and gatherings since it’s a bit of a change from traditional lasagna. For new mamas who are breastfeeding, just be sure to get the mildest salsa and watch out for too many onions and garlic!

6-8 corn or flour tortillas
2 cans of refried beans (we use one pint and one black – mix together first)
12 oz shredded cheese
16 oz salsa
1 small can sliced black olives
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small sliced zucchini
1 bell pepper sliced
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

1 pound ground meat (optional – beef, turkey or pork) – brown first
2 fresh tomato sliced

* You can use any veggies you like. You can also add jalapeno, green chili, regular beans, and even ground meats.

In a 9 X 13 pan, layer like lasagna. A little salsa on the bottom, then a layer of tortilla (rip them to fit just right). With a spoon, spread a layer of beans on the tortilla; then veggies, cheese and salsa. Repeat. Repeat again. You can end here, putting lots of cheese, your cilantro and tomato slices on top for presentation. Or you can do one final layer of tortilla before the cheese and toppings.

Bake at 375 for 45 mins

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3.23.11: What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Chicken & Mushroom with Grilled Veggies & Risotto

This was the husband’s turn for dinner, he always manages to make everything better than I do and he never uses a recipe – just his instinct. I can follow a recipe like nobody’s business and make a great dinner but on the nights that we have to “wing it; he is the boss in the kitchen.

For dinner the other night, he served:

Chicken with Mushrooms
Grilled Veggies (Asparagus & Zucchini)
Herb Risotto (Trader Joe’s – boxed)

Chicken
Three breasts
¾ bag of pre sliced white mushrooms
Garlic Salt
Montreal Steak Seasoning (we both have a thing for this spice!)
Cast Iron Pot (this has been awesome – be sure if you get one to never use soap or soak it)

Put the pot on low to med heat, add EVOO, coat chicken with garlic salt and Montreal and add to pan with mushrooms. Cook about 8-10 minutes on both sides, there should be no pink in the middle.

Veggies
Zucchini (2 large – sliced)
Asparagus (we used about ½ pound to feed three)
EVOO
Garlic Salt (my husband gets a bit carried away with this so use sparingly since you already have on the chicken)

Toss veggies with EVOO and garlic salt, place on pan and put in broiler for 8-12 minutes (length depends on “al dente” preference of your veggies)

Risotto
Cook according to instructions on box or be very fancy and make your own J

Plate up and serve hot!

Delicious – even the three year old enjoyed all of it!

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3.22.11: Travel Tues – Road Trip Bound!

We booked our flights last night for the family reunion back east this summer – I can’t wait! The one thing I can wait for is the 10+ hour drive that we will be doing to get from one family members house to another…with a 3 year old and 9 month old it could be interesting! Not to mention my sister and her 12 year might be joining us. So, I thought that I should research some road trip tips while traveling with kids. Here are some of the suggestions that I found…I will let you know how it goes…we aren’t leaving until July…if you have some ideas in the meantime – let me know! Happy Travels!

  1. DVD Player (you decide beforehand if this will be allowed)
  2. Snacks (Easy to eat and open if you are traveling by yourself and children)
  3. Picture Books & Board Books
  4. Lap Tables (definitely worth it for the older kids) – good for snacks, portable DVD players and drawing
  5. Play Games
    1. “Family Trivia” – ask questions about the family you are going to be visiting. Even better, bring pictures of all the members you are going to visit and “quiz” the kids on names and relations.
  6. Give them a map! (Our big girl loved this when we took a road trip to Canada when she was 2)
  7. Colored Pipe cleaners
  8. Have you kids pack one of their favorite lovies and a blanket
  9. Audiobooks – check them out at your local library before you go
  10. Bubbles – babies and toddlers will love this (try the small containers found at party stores)

Practical Tips

  1. Plan heavy driving time around normal nap times!
  2. Costco Membership? Map out your trip by planning gas stops by the nearest Costco.
  3. Stick to the speed limit and watch your miles per gallon climb!
  4. If your trip is going to be one overnight, pack every family members needs in one bag.
  5. Find rest stops with places for the kids to run around

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Mama Monday – Mommy Resolution!

I was driving to work this morning and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and wondered who that was looking back at me? Ever have one of these mornings? You are going about your day and all of a sudden you realize that your eye brows need to be desperately waxed and your roots are exposing a look similar to Madonna’s in the 80’s! Ok, I exaggerate, but not much.

I decided that I am making a mommy resolution right then and there! I will get my eyebrows waxed every 2-3 weeks (I have found a great deal at the local nail salon and maybe if I am feeling really lucky I will get a pedicure too)! I will get my hair trimmed and colored every 6-8 weeks as needed and feel fantastic when I leave the salon. I don’t know about you but a good couple of hours at the hair salon and I feel like a new person. But my hair dresser is also pretty fabulous and always is there with the customary, “you look so beautiful!”….”you are absolutely shrinking” (I had a baby six months ago)….”Yes, your hair is falling out but look at all this baby hair growing in” (Well, that one is questionable but at least he is honest .) And he fluffs my hair, washes it with extra time for a head massage and then does a beautiful blowout, just in time for me to get home, get the girls in the bath and fall into bed….but I sure feel gorgeous when I do.

Yes, just writing them makes me want to go to the salon right now for a full treatment…hmmm, I think Mother’s day is coming up soon – maybe I will have to get a day at the spa!

How do you treat yourself? What is your mama resolution?

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