The combination of two delicious cuisines (Mexican and Thai) with the added bonus of colorful veggies make these tacos a hit in our household. It helps that they come together pretty easily and work great as leftovers too. With all of that, what’s not to like?
Another reason I love to make tacos is because we have discovered that Eleanor loves burritos. I mean, L-O-V-E, loves them.This love was discovered one day at Chipotle when she and I shared an order of soft tacos and I turned hers into a burrito “like Daddy’s”. Now, I don’t know about you, but when my toddler likes food that I actually approve of, I do a big happy dance inside and figure out ways to incorporate it more often.
That’s where these tacos come in. They are made with corn tortillas, but I serve her taco rolled up in a small flour tortilla – just like a burrito. She’ll even eat some of the veggies this way so I am one happy mama. Of course, I add cheese to her’s too which is another love of hers.
Mom and Dad love that we can eat tacos (again!) and not repeat the same flavors in regular Mexican tacos. Sometimes it’s just the little things in life, ya know? But, honestly, these Thai chicken tacos are super yummy and do not take too much to put together. Some of the ingredients like fish sauce may be an investment if you have not cooked many thai meals, but consider it worth it since you can use it in other meals like Thai chicken pizza (recipe coming soon!) – YUM.
And just look at that colorful plate. It makes me feel healthy just looking at it.
These Thai chicken tacos were delicious and I highly encourage you to try adding them into your menu rotation
[yumprint-recipe id=’25’]Want to make these for your family? Consider pinning this recipe so you can come back to it anytime you want.
One of the fun food traditions my husband grew up with was Pizza Sunday. His family would always share a pizza or two on Sunday night and it has been a tradition we have easily adopted to our family.
I love these kinds of traditions and routines because it helps tremendously in the weekly planning process. With so much going on, one set food day makes it that much easier to find a recipe. While we often revert to a more traditional pie, I like to mix things up every so often and throw in a new flavor combination.
There have been many mac n cheese pizza recipes making the rounds lately, but I wanted to add more heft and nutrition. Brett loves mac n chicken too so I took that idea and ran with it. The result was a delicious pizza that the whole family enjoyed. Anyone else over the moon thrilled when their toddler gobbles up the dinner they are served? I can’t be the only one over here!?!?
The pizza came together pretty quickly and you could easily substitute a quick cook mac n cheese if you are in even more of a rush. On another note, you could easily substitute rotisserie chicken for the canned chicken or if you have a lot of time, you could also cook your own chicken to be shredded.
Here’s the recipe for mac n chicken pizza if you want to make this for your family this week.
[yumprint-recipe id=’24’]Don’t forget to pin this recipe so that you have it at your fingertips when you’re ready to make it.
Do you love breakfast? I do! There’s just something about savory eggs, greasy potatoes, and sweet syrup drizzled over a stack of pancakes that makes me oh so happy. I have to admit that since having a baby, we rarely go out for breakfast anymore and since our kitchen is the size of a postage stamp, it’s hard to make a big meal. So, on a recent trip to visit my parents I made sure my mom and I carved out some time in the kitchen to make this awesome blueberry cream cheese french toast recipe.
You see, cooking and baking with my mom is one of my favorite things to do. I remember us baking pastries for Christmas and cooking a big meal on Thanksgiving, often starting while my dad and sister were still fast asleep. Those mornings were so magical. It’s honestly one of the things I so hope to share with Eleanor some day.
Ok, back to the french toast recipe. I’ve had this idea for blueberry cream cheese french toast pinned for a while, but the recipe was just so-so. The pinned version suggested using frozen french toast as the bread. I guess this was their way of keeping it quick and easy. I’m all for taking short cuts when it doesn’t matter, but this was so easy to whip up there really was no need to cut corners. And the cinnamon bread tasted divine! (Thank my mom for that stroke of genius.)
We made these up super fast one morning and loved them so much we made up another one to split. (I might have used the excuse that I needed another photo for this blog…hee hee). Anyway, this french toast recipe is perfect for a lazy weekend morning, brunch with the girls, or a quick sweet treat any time you need one. Bonus, they are kid-tested and approved.
I am a planner. Did you know that? Of course you probably do.
I am also the cook in our house. That’s not to say my husband can’t cook. In fact, he can make up a nice meal every once in a while for my birthday or Valentine’s Day, but he really does not enjoy it and it takes him a while to plan it. So, it’s a job that falls to me day-to-day.
I also hate to spend too much money eating out and since my freelance work is going on hold for at least 2 months of maternity leave, the belt had to be tightened a bit. That’s why I decided to make one month worth of freezer meals.
It will be a great way to feed Brett and I after the baby gets here and we’re sleep deprived zombies. All we’ll need to do is pull something out the night before and put it in the oven when we are ready to eat.
The better news was that I was able to buy the ingredients to make 24 dinners, 12 lunches, and 22 breakfasts for $200! Here’s the breakdown of what I made and how many servings I expect from each…
- Mini Mexican Pies (6 days)
- Leftovers (6 days)
- Buffalo Chicken Bake (5 days)
- Enchilada Pasta Shells (6 days)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Chili (3 days)
- Tamale Pies (3 days)
- Chicken Stuffed Peppers (2 days)
- Slow Cooker Black Bean, Chicken & Corn (3 days)
- Chicken Mac n Cheese (4 days)
- Parmesan Chicken Risotto (3 days)
We’ll need to supplement these meals with fresh produce, salads, bread, eggs, milk and orange juice. I also plan to make sandwiches for lunch several times, but knew the ingredients would be better fresh.
Obviously this will not be EVERYTHING we’ll need to eat for a full month, but it’s a great base. It allows us some flexibility to eat out for lunch (when it’s cheaper and newborns are more socially accepted at your table). And we will also be able to fit in meals brought over by friends.
I found all of the recipes through searches online and on Pinterest. Every recipe should be linked above, but let me know if you have questions about any of them. In part two of this series I plan to share my grocery list and my schedule for making all of these items. I was able to do it all in 2 days, but if I had to do it again, I would have spread it out better over 3 days.
It should be noted that I did substitute out some of the ingredients for our tastes – I do not need beef, pork, or lamb so these items were replaced with chicken. This was more expensive, so I also subbed out expensive cheese for bulk cheese to cut down on the costs.
Seeing my freezer fully stocked makes me feel much more ready for our “peanut” to get here!
Have any freezer meal tips to share with others? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
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