Many of us have the daily task of feeding our families and it is a lot of work. Most nights I cook for eleven to thirteen people, and often more. I can’t say that I love to cook, but I do love sitting at the table with my family and enjoying a good dinner…and that means planning, shopping, and cooking. Noah does my grocery shopping, which is a lifesaver, and just think of all of the good preparation it is giving him toward living on his own.
I got an email today from Chris, a reader who recently brought home two new children from Ethiopia. She said,
…we’re now a family of 8 kids. Growing into a larger family, I am now looking at cooking a bit differently. (smile!) I was wondering if you, or your readers might be able to share some of their favorite meals that they make for a crowd? Of course with lots of young kids, I’m not able to spend lots of time in the kitchen, so any quick fixes are always a great find!
It is hard for me to choose one recipe; however this is a more recent favorite. We love burritos, but it takes a long time to pass each item around the table for people to build their own. My friend, Beth, shared this recipe in our church cookbook and it is a huge hit with my family. I serve this in warm, soft tortillas and then each person adds lettuce, tomato, salsa, and other fresh ingredients.
Beth’s Tostada Bake
1 lb. hamburger
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 pkg. taco seasoning (I use chili powder, garlic salt, and cumin)
8 oz. tomato sauce
16 oz. refried beans
4 oz. chopped green chiles
2 1/4 oz. sliced olives
1 c. sour cream
2 c. shredded cheese
Cook hamburger and onion. Stir in taco mix, tomato sauce, refried beans, green chiles, and olives. Spread into 8 X 8 baking dish. Mix cheeses, sour cream, and egg. Evenly spread cheese mixture on top. Bake 30 min. at 375 degrees.
I double everything except the meat and bake it in a 13 X 9 pan. It takes minutes to throw together. I like to cook hamburger in large quantities and freeze it in quart bags (approx. 1 lb. each) for quick dishes like this. Put this in warm tortillas and you can’t go wrong.
Let me know if you try it!
Let’s each take a few minutes to share a quick, yummy recipe that a busy mom (or her helpful kids) can fix for the family. We can encourage each other and make our families happy at the same time.
If you would like the recipe for the Honey Curry Chicken we had on Forever Day, you can find it in THIS POST. I’ve adapted it quite a bit, substituting olive oil and chicken broth for the butter, and my family loves it both ways. We top it with green onions, chopped red peppers, peanuts, coconut, and anything else that sounds good. It is another easy meal for a busy day.
Let’s have fun with this. Which recipe will you share?
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