Being a mom is a lot of work. There is cleaning to be done, meals to prepare, appointments to be kept, all while having your every move scrutinized by little people who are learning all about life from you. Throw an eight-hour workday on top of that, and you have the recipe for stress.
Well, take a much-needed break mommy. I am here to help you! As it so happens, I am a mom who works outside the home too. You know what else? I am a mom who loves to cook! I know how hard it can be to come home on a Monday and cook dinner for your family, knowing there are still four exhausting days left. Are you an at home mom? This is for you too. I know it must be difficult, alone all day with the kiddos and no one to give you a break. Nap time should be for resting, not for cooking.
I am excited to present you my first weekly blog, Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays. It is here to help you prepare a quick and easy Monday night dinner that your family is sure to love! Why post on Sunday? By posting on Sunday you have time to get your groceries, and, in many cases, prepare the dish ahead so that all you have to do on Monday evening is turn on the oven and toss it in.
*Note- I am a big believer in being a carnivore, if you are a vegetarian you will probably have to tweak the recipes to make them work for you.
So what is for dinner tomorrow?
Taco Casserole (May be prepared ahead of time)
1-1.5 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
1 can of tomato soup ( I recommend low sodium)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 bag of frozen veggies (I like a southwest blend with corn, beans and peppers), may substitute canned veggies if desired
Shredded cheese (I always keep a bag of pre-shredded cheese in my fridge)
Fritos or tortilla chips (optional)
Salsa and sour cream (optional)
Brown beef, mix in soup and seasoning, mix in frozen veggies. Put in 2 qt casserole dish. Refrigerate until cook time.
Place casserole uncovered in 350 degree oven until warm (about 20-30 minutes). After it is warm, top with shredded cheese and place it back in the oven until cheese is just melted (2-3 minutes).
If desired, top with crushed chips, sour cream and/or salsa just before serving. Throw some bagged salad on the side, and dinner is served. Enjoy!