It seems we have been having some rather slow days lately but let me assure you, this was NOT one of those days! We ate GOOD today people!
Breakfast was your basic chorizo and egg. I say basic because it is the easiest and fastest thing in the world to make. I have been eating it for breakfast since my pediatrician released me to eat real food around the ripe old age of 1. Seriously. Chorizo and egg was a staple in my Mexican home growing up and I will say again how GLAD I am that it is such a basic food that I can enjoy it even while eating well. I am also very GLAD that my kids can’t get enough of chorizo and eggs like their momma. Must be the Mexican in em!
I knew going in to lunch that I was taking a risk. A big risk. On many levels. What was the risk I was joyfully walking in to? Stuffed poblano peppers. Why is this a risk? Well, first of all I’ve never made them. Second of all, I’ve never eaten them! Yes, I know, it’s humiliating. I was not the most risky of an eater growing up. I was the kid who went to a mexican restaurant and ordered the chicken strips. Sad. Very sad. As I grew up and matured by leaps and bounds I began trying, and loving, new foods. One food I never did get around to trying was stuffed poblano peppers. Well, I guess I can’t say that anymore. I know not only have made them, I have EATEN them too!
Oh, to get back to my risks. The third reason this meal was a risk? The kids. I am blessed with non-picky-for-the-most-part kids but stuffed poblano peppers? I really was happily trudging along until I took a bit of one and realized DANG, these have a kick to them! Yeah, the kids...it was now an issue of would these be too hot for the kids?!
By the kids third plate each I figured the “too hot” concern had been catapulted out the window. Too hot?! My kids DEVOURED them!!! They couldn’t get enough of them! They’ve even asked me to make the peppers again! I really was is shock.
I told Jeremiah, my 8 year old, that I had been worried that he wasn’t going to want to eat the peppers because they would be too hot and guess what he told me? Oh dear. He said, “Of course they weren’t too hot! Mommy, I AM Mexican, you know?!” These kids…they never cease to amaze me. So long story short, my stuffed poblano peppers were a hit!
Lunch put us on a roll today. A crazy-Mexican-train-headed-into-crazy-town sort of roll but a roll nonetheless. Dinner was a “go big or go home” dinner. When push comes to shove we go big at our house. So what did we do? We made enchiladas. And they were MUY BUENO!!! Little too much? I don’t think so. Look at this picture!!!
Like I said earlier, growing up I wasn’t big on trying new things but my default meal from Mexican restaurants, if there weren’t chicken strips, was enchiladas and rice. So in my attempt to bring back the foods I love but in a very different and healthy way I humbly attempted to make “enchiladas and rice” and man did I. I used cauliflower as the rice and cabbage as the tortilla and BAM! A star was born.
This one also was very much on the “well seasoned” side but there was not a complaint to be heard. The kids couldn’t get enough of it. My poor “pale-er” husband had his tissue box out as the enchiladas were so kind to “open up his sinuses” but he still ate a hefty plate. Ding! Ding! Ding! Round 2 of a successful Mexican meal! Man I am on a roll…. A crazy-Mexican-train-roll but I’ll take a roll where I can get it.
I have always loved the quote: “Conversation is food for the soul”. So make a scrumptious, healthy meal, gather around the table, and enjoy your familia.
Believe me, your “Whole Family” will be saying “gracias”.