Friday, April 24, 2015

Extra Easy Queso for Cinco de Mayo {Recipe}

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It's almost time for Cinco de Mayo!

After spending 15 years in Texas, it's kind of a given that Cinco de Mayo means yummy Mexican food for dinner that day.  That said, we are in Colorado right now and finding a good Mexican restaurant is a little more difficult (and the fact that, as Texans, we are much more acclimated to Tex-Mex options really makes it harder)!  So for Cinco de Mayo, we are making our only little fiesta at home.


Now the real question is what to serve and the kids wanted to homemade queso.  This recipe is awesome and very quick to make, so you can have it on the table in less than a half an hour.  The beef in the queso makes it a bit thicker and adds the perfect touch in my opinion.

Ben and I stopped into Walmart to pick up some Delimex Taquitos and Tacos to dip in our queso and complete the meal.  Besides the taquitos, Delimex has introduced both tacos and tamales to their line-up which we couldn't wait to try!  His picks?


After much debate, he chose the beef taquitos and chicken rolled tacos.  I love that they come in a variety of sizes as we'd much rather pick up multiple flavors in smaller sizes and try them all!  But since it was just the three of us, we tried to start with just a couple.

So, would you like to make our queso too?  The recipe is below!

Ingredients:
1 block of melt and dip style cheese
1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, your choice of spice level
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 lb of ground beef


Directions:
Saute the ground beef until it is cooked through and crumbled, use a spatula to make sure it's separated well!
Drain the beef, add the taco seasoning (but no additional water) and the diced tomatoes and toss to coat.
Cut the meltable cheese into chunks and add it to the beef and tomatoes.
Cook covered over low heat, stirring frequently until the cheese has melted and blended with the beef.
Serve hot from the stove with taquitos, rolled tacos, and chips to dip!


While you're making the queso, preheat your oven and bake your taquitos too.  They take less than 15 minutes, so you can go from nothing to a Mexican fiesta in a half hour!

Doesn't it sound awesome?  It really is.  I typically make extra so we have it for a few days.  I also recommend keeping a bag of tostada chips by the stove because you have to taste test as you go along!


What do you love to eat for Cinco de Mayo?  Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear your favorite recipes.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Egg Salad Croissants Bento

The kids have been asking for egg salad lately, so I boiled a dozen eggs so they can get their fill.  There is no secret to how I make it, just boiled eggs and mayo to taste (we all do not like finding chunks of onion or anything in our egg salads).   I found sound lovely little pretzels croissants at the grocery store so they seemed like the perfect fit for lunch!


For lunch, the kids took deconstructed egg salad sandwiches.  I was worried the croissants would get soggy, so the egg salad is packed separately in a larger silicone cup. I sliced the croissants and added spoons so that they could make their sandwiches at school. We picked up some fresh berries as well, so Ben took blueberries and blackberries as his side dishes.  Faith opted for strawberries and carrots instead.  For snacks, I sent granola bars, cheese sticks, and yogurt tubes.

Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes, music note pics are from All Things for Sale!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 254

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to the What's for Lunch Wednesday!

This weekly linkup was originally started to share bento lunches, but has expanded! Feel free to share any cute and fun food ideas for kids of all ages, food design, desserts, recipes and more!

Looking for inspiration?  Check out a few of the most popular posts from last week's link-up!



Want to join in? Just choose a favorite post from the last week, copy the URL of that post from your blog, and enter it into the linky below. We love to see bentos, cute food, fun food, kid friendly recipes, etc, just something food related! We try to pin and tweet as many as we can, so share your favorites with us.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button below to add your posts to the link up.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quick Bento for Faith

Just a quick lunch for Miss Faith, since she needed to take something with her.  I also used it as the opportunity to finish out a really yummy loaf of sour dough bread!  Score one for me.


Faith has a ham and havarti sandwich with mayo on the sourdough bread.  I didn't have much cheddar left, so I cut a couple of cute butterflies for decoration and tucked the remnants into the sandwich.  For sides, she chose a granola bar, sliced strawberries, and carrot salad.  She loves raw carrots this way!  Just buy matchstick carrots, toss a half a cup of them with a teaspoon or so of Italian dressing and let it sit for awhile to really marinate well.  I just pack an extra fork for her to eat them with.

Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes, heart pick is from All Things for Sale!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Elephants and Sub Sandwiches Bento

Just a quick lunch for the boy, complete with favorite foods and elephants because he still likes elephants!


I made him two mini sub sandwiches on focaccia rolls--ham, pepperonis, bologna, two kinds of cheese, mayo, etc.  He also took a sliced boiled egg (which apparently has a blue shadow on it), some granola bars, cantaloupe and strawberries. Snacks included yogurt and a cheese stick, probably a few other things too!

Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes, elephant picks are from All Things for Sale!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 253

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to the What's for Lunch Wednesday!

This weekly linkup was originally started to share bento lunches, but has expanded! Feel free to share any cute and fun food ideas for kids of all ages, food design, desserts, recipes and more!

Looking for inspiration?  Check out a few of the most popular posts from last week's link-up!





Want to join in? Just choose a favorite post from the last week, copy the URL of that post from your blog, and enter it into the linky below. We love to see bentos, cute food, fun food, kid friendly recipes, etc, just something food related! We try to pin and tweet as many as we can, so share your favorites with us.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button below to add your posts to the link up.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Breakfast Bento-Style

It's not often we need breakfast on the go, but when we do, it's much easier to pack a bento to take along.  My rule for food in the car?  It has to be eaten fairly neatly without leaving me a huge mess of crumbs.


This bento features a small croissant with jam to dip it in (I find dipping works better than trying to fill it with a spread).  There's also a strawberry-almond Greek Yogurt Protein bar, along with a mini orange, cantaloupe and raspberries, and a tube of Gogurt yogurt.

Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes, with the jam stored in a matching mini dipper.  The panda pick was purchased from All Things for Sale.

  Disclosure: I am a Gogurt Lunchbox Blogger.  This lunchbox was created as part of my relationship with Gogurt and I was compensated for my time and design.  All opinions expressed are my own.
 

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