Choose Your Own Adventure Mexican Lasagna
Jul 14, 2017
Earlier this summer I put the challenge out there to create some new excitement in your dinner routine and kitchen environment. I thought I should put my money where my mouth is. Partly because that is just the right thing to do, and second, because I really wanted to try a Supper Club.
I reached out to a few friends and they invited their friends, and within a week we had a supper club formed. Since it was my idea, I volunteered to host the first event. This last week I invited everyone over for a Mexican themed dinner party.
Below is a picture of some of the set-up. It really doesn't take much to host a small dinner party. As you will see, I moved my kitchen table into my dining room to make a bigger table. The point being - use what you have and make it work. I made the main dish and everyone else brought side dishes and drinks - so with a group effort it can be affordable.
In feeding a larger group than my usual small family, I decided to try Mexican lasagna. To have variety, I made one version that was beef (more mild and less ingredients) and the other was chicken (more spice and overall flavor). You can choose your own adventure this go around, or bake both the chicken and beef.
And the good news, for all of your picky eaters, you can set aside pretty much any part of this dinner and they should be happy with plain chicken or a beef or chicken taco.
I have included the recipes for the beef and the chicken Mexican lasagnas. One thing to note: you can’t mess this recipe up. You can take away from the recipe or add to it as much as you like and as long as you keep the meat, tortillas and cheese it will still be delicious. I added fresh jalapeños to the chicken dish and that brought a really good kick. With the beef recipe I added in fresh tomatoes to the meat.
Back to the Supper Club, I am still pretty early on in this process, but I would recommend it. Basically, what do you have to lose? It is an opportunity to develop friendships and expand your social circle, which is a good thing to reintroduce as an adult. So often we fall into the same old routines. This is an opportunity to stretch a little past your comfort zone. It really doesn’t matter what the format – with or without the kids or couples or singles. It is about developing a community, slowing down to enjoy a good meal, and turning off all the noise for a few hours.
As I was enjoying the dinner I only snapped one photo of the finished product. Just trust me, it is a simple and delicious dish for any size family and makes a perfect leftovers night.
If you host a supper club of sorts I would love to hear about it. I hope you all enjoy these dog days of summer. I won't even mention the other "S" word that is looming in the near future. Let's just enjoy the summer, spend time with friends and family, and take a much needed dip in the pool!
A Marketing Mom Striving to get out of the Fast Food Lane and into the Grocery Aisle