Since Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year, the kids have their Valentine’s parties tomorrow (Tuesday) instead- so we’ve been busy busy busy decorating boxes, signing cards and gathering cookies. I may have phoned it in with the Valentine’s this year. Jack’s are Star Wars with little light saber glowsticks and Isla’s are these CUTE plastic unicorns from the Dollar Spot at Target. I bought the unicorns way back in January because I’ve learned the hard way that you have to jump on those Dollar Spot deals early or they’ll be gone. You snooze you lose. I also found these cool pink and blue mini letter boards to give the kids for Valentine’s Day.
Dinner tonight was slightly more complicated than what I would normally be up for on a Monday, but it’s a big casserole that will hopefully stretch for a few more meals. It’s kind of a cross between chile rellenos and Mexican lasagna: Beefy and Cheesy Low-Carb Green Chile Bake.
Okay, so those whole canned chiles are a little hard to find. Our Super Target had them (and they’re not cheap, FYI- almost $5/can) but Wal-Mart did not. You put a layer of chiles in the bottom of a baking dish, then cover with ground beef/onions/diced green chiles, sprinkle with cheese, then pour on a mixture of eggs, sour cream and spices. Then you repeat all of that, lasagna-style, and bake.
I added about a half a can of green enchilada sauce to the egg mixture to give it more flavor, though next time I’ll probably skip that. My only complaint with the casserole was that it was a little watery (“weepy” as they used to tell us in culinary school). I patted the chiles as dry as possible so I’m guessing the enchilada sauce added to the problem. But it tasted great!
We topped ours with sour cream, diced avocado and pickled jalapenos. And there’s a TON leftover for later this week. Great option if you’re trying to eat low carb and miss your enchiladas!
And roasted asparagus on the side, which is weird- but we had some in the fridge that needed to be used ASAP.
I’m thinking of writing a book post soon. So far this year I’ve already finished 5 books and I’m trying to keep the momentum going. Jack read Wonder recently and passed it along to me, and I just finished it this afternoon (so good!). The key, for me at least, is to immediately start another book or I won’t read one for months. I picked up our March book club choice, The Last Mrs. Parrish, at Costco the other day so I’m planning to start that one tonight. Anyway, I’m rambling- but send me some recommendations, and friend me on Goodreads!