A summery take on a popular Spanish and Mexican rice-based
This classic party dip layers avocado, beans, salsa and cheese in to a Mexican meal-in-a-bowl. Get Cat Cora's terrific recipe here.
Heres a version of chicken tortilla soup thats
both super-easy and delicious. To make it even quicker, use
crumbled baked tortilla chips in place of the homemade tortilla
strips and skip Steps 1-2.
Think dinner on a chip. "Leftover cooked vegetables" is not in the ingredients list as I'm not officially recommending that you sneak them in. That's because I'm a friend to children. Even if I happen to know for a fact that kids will never, ever notice that finely chopped broccoli has been stirred into the black beans. You didn't hear it from me.
These pizzas have a special Southwest flair and are perfect as appetizers or a kid-friendly dinner.
These homemade pita chips are a revelation. At first glance they might seem like too much trouble, but they're surprisingly little trouble after all, and your child can help you make them.
This Mexican-inspired bento is filled with cheese quesadillas, Spanish rice, guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips and yellow pepper strips. Get more bento recipes from Short Order Mom here.
This is one of those straightforward, inexpensive, one-pan meals that everybody loves and anybody can throw together. Use what you have in your fridge: ground turkey, if that's what you like, canned beans you have in the pantry, and feel free to skip the corn if you haven't got any. It makes a mildly spicy meal that is pleasantly smoky and tangy but not overly complicated.
Vegetables, smoky-sweet from the grill and zingy with lime juice, transform simple cheesy tortillas -- comfortingly familiar to children -- into something sublime. Other fresh, seasonal, vegetables, such as eggplant or fennel, would make a lovely addition to the line-up here. And do try to hunt down the chipotle peppers, which add their own delicious hit of smokiness: they're available canned, in the Mexican foods aisle, and you can puree the entire can and store it in a jar in the refrigerator for instant flavor-boosting. (But if your kids are spice-shy, stick with the paprika.)
The kick of fajitas with the crunch of a taco combine in these tostadas. Check out this easy and economical recipe.