Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Gringo Burritos

Maybe I'm missing out, but I've never used Hamburger Helper to help me make a great meal (as the commercial used to promise).

But I do rely on other handy helpers to help me put pseudo-homemade meals on the table. It's better to cook half a meal than none at all, right?

Since tonight is "Mexican Night" in our house, I usually make the kids cheese quesadillas (basically grilled cheese, but with a tortilla instead of white bread). I bought some vegetarian taco filling and had grand plans for Avo and I. I was thinking I'd shred some cheddar, toss in some lettuce and tomatoes and call it a burrito. To add a little spice, I would follow the recipe on the back of the box for

pico de gallo:

1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 cup white onion, diced
1 cup small-diced tomatoes
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
salt and peppper to taste

I was hoping Avo would even get in the spirit and mix us up some margaritas. Arriba!

But, Avo just informed me he has other plans for dinner tonight. While he was at the supermarket this morning, he couldn't resist buying a 3 1/4 pound chicken since it was on sale. Maybe it's just me, but I don't like buying bargain basement poultry.

I tried to explain to Avo that tonight is Mexican night, but he is determined to cook the bird.

Maybe we can make chicken burritos?


~~louise~~ said...

Just popped in from twitter. Glad I did. Gringo Burritos sound good. I never used Hamburger Helper either. I do agree "handy helpers" can sometimes be useful. Have a GREAT dinner how ever you mix it up!

Bernie Bernstein said...

It's Me, Mom - If it's Mexican for tonight, how about arroz con pollo? That's Mexican and Avo can combine rice with the chicken he bought. I'm not sure how to make arroz con pollo, but I'm sure you can find out on the internet and Avo is usually up to a challenge.

Undomesticated Me said...

Classic Undomesticated Me mistake: I forgot to check that we had enough tortillas! We had just enough for the kids quesadillas, so Avo and I ate his roast chicken. Delicious, as always! So much for Mexican Night!

~~louise~~ said...

That's too funny. Everything happens for a reason they say. Lots of leftovers?