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Tomahawk Steak Carne Asada (with Giveaway)

EAT, family meals By November 17, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 24 Comments

Tomahawk Steak Carne AsadaRarely do I feel as if I could take on Bobby Flay or Giada De Laurentiis. But I have discovered a secret weapon for busy mothers who haven’t been to the grocery store alone in nearly a decade, let alone had time to develop unique Mexican sauces in a traditional style. In my household, my partner is BBQ grill-obsessed, and our new Weber has been a huge success. While he grills, my roll is to prepare veggies and sauces – between kids, laundry, working and filling out a myriad of school permission slips! So I must admit that I don’t do everything from (ahem) scratch.

Thank you Old El Paso. Their three new flavours of Restaurante dinner kits (Baja Fish, Steak Carne Asada and Chicken Tinga) are a new kitchen staple. Here’s how we went Mexican Gourmet using tomahawk steaks:

Mexican Tomahawk Steak Carne Asada Tacos

1 Old El Paso Steak Carne Asada dinner kit
4 Limes
3 Avacados
Garnish

Old el Paso Carne Asada1. Marinate the steaks in lime juice for 2 hours.
2. Heat the grill to 400 degrees.
3. Rub the steaks with seasoning included in the package.
Tomahawk Steak Tacos4. Place the steaks on the grill – approximately 10 minutes each side for medium.
5. Prepare the guacamole by mixing the seasoning mix included in the dinner kit with chopped avocadoes.
6. Chop the tomahawk steaks after allowing them to rest for 5 minutes and assemble your delectable tacos.

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Our “Mexican Dinner Essentials” giveaway will grant one lucky reader a prize valued at $100.  The giveaway will include one box of each of the Restaurante kits along with a $75 Visa gift card so the winner can purchase all the essential ingredients to create their own Mexican meal at home!
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Mexican Crockpot Chili Tacos

EAT, family meals By October 30, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Mexican Crockpot Chili Tacos

There’s nothing quite like pleasing your whole family with a meal you made in about 3 minutes.  As part of our new ‘taco Tuesday’ tradition I pulled out the slow cooker and created a healthy, bean-filled chili that cooked all day.  Though you could use dry beans, we had cans on hand.  Grated cheese, Old El Paso-spiced sour cream (the spice is in the taco kit), salsa and cilantro were all available so the kids could choose their own toppings for the mexican crockpot chili tacos.

Crockpot Chili

Crockpot Chili

1/2 pound lean ground beef (optional)
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can baked beans in tomato sauce
1 diced green pepper
1 diced onion
1 package Old El Paso sauce included in the taco kit
pinch salt and pepper
1 t chili powder
1/2 t cinnamon

Open cans. Dice veggies.  Throw it all in.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Voila!

OEP-Ambassador-BadgeDisclosure – I am participating in the Old El Paso Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills, 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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Crab tacos

Crab Tacos with Homemade Guacamole

EAT, family meals By September 17, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 12 Comments

Taco Tuesday? Fajita Friday? Or simply an excuse-for-a-fiesta-Saturday.  All summer long I’ve been tending to the garden as the kids help me water and weed. We’ve tried our hand at growing vegetables and have been thrilled with the results.  In addition, my family and I have the good fortune of owning a crab trap. So when I mastered the summer challenge of catching crab in the Pacific Ocean (though I still won’t touch them), I was very proud.  The only obstacle is when I catch too many.  Seriously.  Listen to myself!  Feeling inspired and using my new pastimes to source fresh ingredients, I got our family and friends out of a serious dinner rut with crab tacos.

Fresh Guacamole and Mexican SaladThe first step was to shell and retrieve meat from (wait for it…) 8 huge crab.  Born and bred in Nova Scotia, I used my lobster-shelling skills and sharp equipment to finish the job.  Gathering tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro from the garden, as well as a bag full of lettuce and I was ready.
Salad, Crab Tacos and HOmemade Guacamole (serves 10).

Salad:
Assorted greens
12 sliced roma tomatoes
Purple Onions, diced
1/2 c feta cheese
Dressing: 1/2 cup each olive oil and balsamic, salt and pepper and dijon

Homemade Guacamole:
6 avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 t cumin
2 cloves garlic (diced)
1/2 t sea salt
4 T lime juice
4 T. sour cream
1/2 c cilantro

Crab:
8 Fresh crab (or 4 tins of store-bought crab)
2 T. butter
1/4 c lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Fillings:
6 Jalapenos
2 c. Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 c. Sour Cream
1 c. yellow corn
1 c. red onions
1/2 cu chopped cilantro
Old El Paso salsa

2 Packages Old El Paso soft tortillas

Fresh Crab TacosMethod:

1.  Make the guacamole by combining ingredients listed above. Leaving larger chunks of avocado as you combine with a fork will add texture and interest.
2.  Place diced red onions, corn, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, cheese and jalapenos into dishes.
3.  Heat crab meat in butter in a skillet over low heat. Add salt and pepper and lemon juice at the 2 minute-mark and cook for 1 minute longer.
4.  Warm tortillas in a microwave-safe warmer or in a skillet/oven.  To ensure they remain supple and don’t dry out, you can sprinkle with water.

Arrange all individual ingredients and allow your family to assemble their own tacos according to their liking.  Bon appetit!

Old El Paso wants you to enjoy a Fajita Friday or Taco Tuesday and are providing us with a kit filled with bowls, a cookbook and of course some Old El Paso kits worth $75! Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Open to Canadians and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Giveaway ends September 30th.

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A Back to School Goal: Exciting Family Dinners

EAT, family meals By August 21, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

exciting family dinner plansSummer is so great.  Salad from the garden.  Beach dinners prepackaged at the grocery store.  The 2 for 1 Tuesday Whole Foods pizza deal.  Thankfully there are berries in the garden because I’ve been pretty lax on feeding my family interesting, well-balanced dinners.  A goal I always implement for September is to get life back on track after a summer of fun.  This year at the top of my list for back to school is exciting family dinners.

I wouldn’t say that I’m in a meal rut – I love to cook and develop recipes and experiment.  I’ve just been (gasp) lazy this summer.  Lazy and tired.  So the thought of a meal plan that forces me to experiment is quite exciting.  The plan should eliminate stress, save money at the store and get the kids excited for what is to come.  Mexican has always been a favourite of the family – making our own tacos to assert our personalities and experimenting with spices, meats and fresh ingredients to excite the tastebuds.  (Food fights optional).

weekly meal plan

So when I created this plan, I’ve slotted in two Mexican-inspired nights.  As an ambassador I’ll be developing recipes using Old El Paso dinner kits.  I promise to be creative and share our new recipes on UrbanMommies and Pinterest. In the meantime head over to the Old El Paso Facebook page and see how they’re experimenting. Happy eating amigos!

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Disclosure – I am participating in the Old El Paso Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills, 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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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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