The girls have their favorite meals. They're picky when it comes to certain things (Espy doesn't like cheese on top; Gianna doesn't like corn inside; and Isabella sometimes needs help eating, or she's "going to throw up.") Keeping that in mind - whenever I make something new, it's regarded with much hesitation and suspicion.
For lunch one Sunday afternoon, I decided to try a new recipe I found online.
This blog is fantastic and so is this recipe!
2 cups of salsa
1 can of black beans
1 block of cream cheese
1 tsp salt
garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt (or ranch dressing)
handful or more of spinach, chopped
2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed and salted
salt and pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 cup cheddar cheese
Mix cream cheese, garlic, salt, chili powder, Greek yogurt in a bowl.
Throw in a handful of spinach while you're at it.
Place 1/2 a cup (or more) salsa at the bottom of 9x13 glass pan.
Then place the chips on top. Try and smash the chips down a little if they are sticking up too much.
Throw in a drained, rinsed can of black beans on top of this
then half of the cubed chicken
then 1/2 cup of salsa spooned over the top evenly.
then the cream cheese mixture - all of it!
then the remaining salsa over everything
then sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top.
Really you can do whatever order you want, and you can throw more ingredients in here.
Just remember that the bottom and top need salsa.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
I prepped everything the night before so all I had to do was stick it in the oven when we got home from church. While the girls were getting changed and waiting for lunch, there was an ongoing conversation about how I was making something new and different. The girls were very concerned about what certainly would be strange and unfamiliar ingredients in that 9x13 pan.
Despite all the nervousness, the girls ate their lunch - and liked it!
I mentioned it before, but while they were eating:
I thought it might be disgusting.
It smelled like it might be disgusting, but really, Mom - it's not disgusting.
I like it. Good job.
We make it a point for our girls to be honest. We do, however, need to work on being tactful. There's a fine line between being open and being rude. We're still working on the difference.