August 21, 2013

Picky Eaters, Pacifists and Pico de Gallo

This blog is where I write about family life — my life as a parent and stories about my kids (and sometimes my husband when he's not looking). From time to time I also participate in programs where I'm asked to offer my opinion about something. When the opportunity to write a few posts about Old El Paso came up I jumped at it. I was like a Mexican jumping bean all, "Pick me, pick me! I have salsa in my blood!" I mean, just check me out in all my señorita splendor over there ~> 

And yes I freely admit to being addicted to I can't seem to help myself.

Despite that, they still chose me to be an ambassador and I'm thrilled to be able to share my favourite mexi-meal recipes with you and create some new ones too!

This is perfectly timed because we've been stuck in a dinner rut — a place filled with oddly matched food items, eggs...lots of eggs, and a plethora of take-out containers.

Anyone who's experience the "What in god's name am I going to rustle up for dinner?" panic knows the feeling. It's a mixture of a rumbling stomach, frustration and fatigue. How did we get in this rut? I don't know about you but as well as being stupidly busy, I have two other key issues.

1. My "I Couldn't Be Bothered With Food" child — Classic Picky Eater syndrome. Basically, the whole family ends up catering to the worst eater in the house. We may feel like salmon and a salad, but since we know she won't eat it we say "why bother?" and all end up eating grilled cheese.

2. My "I Won't Eat It If It Has A Face" child — He loves animals so much he can't stand the thought of eating one. Mind you, I can still get him to eat chicken if I tell him it's free-range. I was a vegetarian for over a decade so I get it. It's his choice and we respect it but it would just be so much easier if the kid actually liked you know, vegetables.

But, the one thing we can all — the Food Abstainer and the Green Peace Wanna-be — can all agree on is Mexican food!

Chicken Quesadillas, Veggie Fajitas, Cheese & Bean Enchiladas and Black Bean Burgers are always an easy, healthy and tasty hit that everyone enjoys.

~ Homemade Black Bean Burgers ~

I'm looking forward to sharing some of our favourite mexi meal recipes with you. It'll be a fiesta for the resta-ya! What does that even mean? (I may have over-dosed on jalapeños.) In the meantime, check out the Old El Paso Facebook page for lots of anti-rut recipe ideas. You can also follow along on Twitter via the #YouMexiCan hashtag.

*Addendum: So, my smarty pants best friend just pointed out that I misspelled muchacha. I forget the second "c" and ended up with muchaha. Haha. I'm leaving it. Too busy stuffing my face with nachos to bother with Photoshop. Ole!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Old El Paso Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada and received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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