Everything else I just kinda winged.
When my tots were just beginning to eat real foods I discovered that simple easy quesadillas were great. They were convenient tiny packets that could be hand held that I could pack with a variety of left over foods. I could even make then ahead and slowly bake them while I did other things! For these I took two flour tortillas, lightly oil the outsides of each put one side down on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, Sprinkled Monterey Jack cheese and a few cooked black beans and covered with the other one. Put it into the oven and baked at 375f until melted and turned once so that it got crispy on both sides.
Poblano Stuff Peppers and Mexican Rice
(Rice adapted from A Mark Bittman Recipe in his book The Best recipes in the World)
- 1 large tomato, cored seeded, and cut in two
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and lightly mashed
- half an medium onion peeled and cut in two
- 1 cup of long grain rice, rinsed and dried.
- salt and pepper
- 1/2cup water or stock
- neutral oil
- Cilantro leaves, small bunch, lightly chopped
- 2 tbsp chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
- 1/4 cup loosely packed mexican style crumbled cheese
- 1/3 cup black beans with out liquid
- 2-4 poblano peppers, tops, ribs and seeds removed
When rice is done cooking combine cilantro, chipotles, cheese and beans with rice in a bowl, stir to mix. Stuff peppers, and bake at 450f. For a cooking time sake we'll say for 30 mins but, really it is to heat the rice through, melt the cheese and turn the poblano peppers soft and black at the edges.
My husband confessed (probably due to the meyer lemon margarita) to me half way through the meal he had a dirty little secret... We have had other conversations that had started this way but I must admit this one did take me by surprise "I don't like poblanos". With that he took my hard worked, disassembled it, put the rice between a corn tortilla and threw out the pepper. WTF, husband? The tots on the other hand gleefully ate their novelty rice from the fun bowl!
photos by me.