Mama Monday: Bon Appetit

Hello! Mama Kayleigh here…

Memmy

Today’s post will be a little different than what we started you off with during the first week of this blog.

Food is (of course) what our family revolves around in our house, as do most of Emerson’s and my days together, as well. We first started Emerson off with solids, baby-led weaning (BLW) style. It has been an awesome journey for her to experience a lot of different flavors and textures at such a young age! I highly recommend this approach if you are considering starting solids with your child, though she does love some pureed food once in a while, too! No matter what you choose, food is what your life will eventually revolve around. I am here to give you an easy meal that no one in the family can turn down!

Side note: we are raising a tiny vegetarian human; a compassionate, loves to kiss every dog and dog (cat) she sees, vegetarian. However, you can make all of our recipes vegetarian, vegan, or  meat-style (Hell, let’s be honest, I’m a vegetarian, I don’t know what you meat-eaters are called.)

Last night we had one of Emmy’s favorite dishes:
Quesadilla’s!

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Ingredients:

3 Avocados
Avocado Seasoning
1 Jalapeno
1/4C Red or White Onion
1/2 Package of Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground (Vegan)
-(can sub beef for meat eaters or Morning Star Crumbles)
Taco Seasoning
1 Can Black Beans
1/2C Corn
1 Roma Tomato
Wheat/Flour/Corn Tortillas
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream*

*Optional

Instructions: 

Start off by making the guacamole. Guacamole is very personal, and I understand if you have another way of making yours perfect for you. Personally, we start off with 3 avo’s and add a small amount (about 1/4 of the packet) of the “Classic Spicy” guac seasoning from Concord Foods, which can be purchased at Sprouts. With only 1/4 packet it is not too spicy for the littles. Set aside the desired amount and continue to add remainder of the seasoning, plus the goods: 1 jalapeno and 1/4 cup onion—I prefer red onion, personally.
*Cilantro is another great ingredient to add to your guacamole if you’re one of those folks that love the taste of soap and/or bleach.

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Next, we start on the beefless crumbles. Simply add 1/2 package to a nonstick pan with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 packet of taco seasoning; heat on medium-low. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Super quick, easy, and delish.

Now you can start chopping up the tomato and get to making your perfect Quesadilla! There is no need to heat up the black beans or corn since these will be cooked inside the quesadilla—yay less work and clean-up!

For Emerson’s quesadilla, she loves a nice layer of cheese, black beans, corn, crumbles, and another layer of cheese… of course. Load this up into the quesadilla maker and cook for 2-3 minutes. If you do not have a quesadilla maker, please purchase one immediately… Just kidding, I’m sure it is just as good in a skillet… But really, purchase one.

Her parents, of course, like a little more pizazz in their food.
Just as Emerson would do, we load our tortilla up with cheese, beans, corn, and crumbles, but we also make sure to add extra jalapeno and tomatoes. Load each of those up and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then we top with a nice helping of guacamole and some sour cream for Joshua.

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Now let your babies go to town on this delicious, simple, and quick meal that anyone (even Emerson’s Aunt Jourdan) could make!

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