Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It worked!

I did what I have been meaning to do for a long time...I took out a kid's cookbook from the library and let R choose a recipe from it. Apparently distracted by the pride of choosing the recipe, he ate some things (tomatoes, diced red pepper) that he usually quickly picks out of the mix.

He chose a southwest variation on Shepherd's Pie that we tweaked and adapted and came up with:

Mexicali Pie
1 pound lean ground (92%) beef
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 - 1 t garlic powder -or- 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 15oz can corn, drained
1 15oz can tomatoes with chilies, undrained
1 T corn starch
2 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 T ground coriander
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground oregano
2 t paprika
2 packages of corn bread muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
2 eggs
2/3 c skim milk

Brown the meat, onion, red pepper and garlic until the meat is fully cooked. Drain any extra fat. Add the corn and tomatoes, mix well. Add the corn starch, and spices (chili powder through paprika) and mix well, remove from heat.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a separate bowl, mix the corn bread mixes, eggs and milk until just blended. In a 2 quart baking dish or 9x13 pan, Pour in the meat mixture. Top with the corn bread.

Bake for 20-25 minute or until the top is slightly browned.



Anonymous said...

Great idea to get your kids involved!! And he ate the tomatoes and peppers, yea!!!

FYI- my nickname is Sweet Pea also!!

Tabitha Blue said...

I just bookmarked this recipe and it's going to happen next week!! Looks so deeee-lish!!


Cheffie-Mom said...

Hi, I'm Debbie. You have a great blog here. I love celebrating family, food, fun and friends. I'll be back to check out more of your recipes. Please stop by and say hello, I love making new blogging friends!

Shannon said...

Great picture. The recipe looks good also. We may try it.


Live.Love.Eat said...

That's an awesome idea. I should try that seeing how my little guy gagged on one single pea last night because I told him he had to try it.

JerseyBaby said...

Awesome! It's going to be nearly impossible for R to not become a great chef some day (though it sounds like he might already be one)!

Tabitha Blue said...

Glad you all are feeling better!! Maybe making this dish will help us!! Thanks for the well wishes and warm comments!! I know we are blessed and healthy, just need to get through these groggy days!!


Laura said...

I have been buying my youngest brother childrens cookbooks for years now every Christmas and he cooks his way through each one. He is now 12 and way more accomplished than I ever was! He loves looking at the pictures and picking out meals for "his" night.