It started raining this afternoon :( BUT that pretty much made me get all the stuff on my to-do list done!
- Finish laundry – check! The only thing left is to make the bed with the clean sheets
- Clean house – check! Nick and I finished that earlier
- Plant tomatoes – check!
- Make dinner – check! and eaten :)
- Bake cookies – check!
- Uh….clean up kitchen full of muesli that I just spilled on the floor :\ check! I’m glad we have a small shop vac. What a mess!
We were able to plant the tomato plants right before it started raining hard here, and I’m glad we got them in the ground for their first rain. I can’t wait until they come up!
As for dinner, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the meal. I’ve tried meals like this before and I think I just expect it be like cornbread even though it’s not. Once I got it into my head that it was NOT cornbread, I really liked it.
Baked Tamale Casserole
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can beans, drained (use any kind you want – I had great northern)
- 1 small can chopped green chiles
- 1 Tbsp ancho chile powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp onion flakes (I was just too lazy to dice real onions tonight)
- 8 cups water
- 4 cups cornmeal
- 1-2 Tbsp salt
- 2 eggs
- couple tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- Heat pan over medium and add ground beef. Brown beef.
- Heat oven to 350.
- Add tomatoes, beans, and spices to beef and let simmer while you cook the cornmeal mixture.
- In big pot, bring water, cornmeal, and salt to a boil. Lower heat and let cook 5-10 until thick, stirring/whisking constantly to keep from clumping.
- Take off heat, and stir in eggs and applesauce.
- In 9×13 pan, layer 1/2 of the cornmeal mixture, top with all of the meat mixture, then layer the rest of the cornmeal mixture on top.
- Bake 20-30 minutes until heated through.
We had the tamale casserole with some corn, and salads with romaine and avocado. I topped my salad with a little salt and some lime juice.
I really enjoyed this meal; more than I thought I would! I think making sure my mind and mouth isn’t expecting cornbread is the key.
In cookie news:
I found this package in the grocery store yesterday and decided to try it.
I love the packages of the “break and bake” cookies for busy weekends, but I hate that most of them are filled with ingredients I can’t understand. Enter Immaculate Baking Co.! Nick just ate a plate with about 5 of these cookies, and he said they’re even better than the normal break and bake cookies we get.
I haven’t had one yet, but I’m planning on it. It’s nice to know I can get these for busy weekends and feel good about what we’re eating, even if I’m not making it all myself.
It looks like have a bunch of different flavors, so I’ll have to keep my eyes open for them.
Well, I’m off to make the bed and get ready for a little Iron Chef before getting some sleep.
I hope you’ve had a great weekend! We did and I’m sad it’s almost over.
What was the best part of your weekend?
Mine was probably watching the football scrimmage / getting to the farmer’s market. It was such a nice day yesterday, and I enjoyed both things. It was fun to just be outside enjoying the weather.