OK Meal. Great Conversation

I’ve written before about cooking with your kids.  Well, tonight my oldest and I set out to try a new recipe.  I guess there really wasn’t a recipe.  It was more of an idea, really.  That’s my favorite way to cook. Just wing it and see what happens.  Our goal was to create our own version of taco lasagna.

We had some browned hamburger, refried beans, whole wheat tortillas, enchilada sauce, and shredded cheese.  We layered it all into a seven layer creation.  On top of the last tortilla we spread some enchilada sauce and topped with cheese.  Then it was into a 400 degree oven for a half hour.

So how did it turn out?  Just OK.  The top got a little overdone but everyone ate it.

Taco LasagnaTaco Lasagna Layers

The best part about this particular meal wasn’t the cooking or the eating.  It was the discussion it brought to the dinner table.

We all spent time throwing out ideas on how we could make it better next time.  Yes.  We all liked it well enough to try again.

Our take away was next time we’d use a 9 x 13 pan and make fewer layers.  We’d also not add the cheese on top until the last five minutes of cooking.  Might even drop the oven temperature down by by 50 degrees.

Tonight proved to me that cooking with your kids and eating together as a family are things every family should do as much as possible.

Got a good taco lasagna recipe or suggestions we didn’t think of?  Leave a comment and let us know.

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