I’m always trying to think of new Mexican recipes to mix up. We love Mexican food in this house and often have tacos or quesadillas and occasionally enchiladas, but then I started thinking about Mexican Pizza the other day and decided to make some to change things up a bit!
My first experience with Mexican Pizza goes back to middle school. They served it for lunch at my school and I remember thinking it was weird and kind of gross, but that a lot of the other students really liked it. I’m not sure if it was because they just had bad taste, or maybe I just didn’t yet develop my love for all things Mexican. I mean, it was a school lunch, so there’s also that..
Anywho, I always see commercials for Mexican Pizza for Taco Bell and have continued to think it looked kind of blah. So I went ahead and made a healthier and fresher looking version. Instead of using beef, I used chicken and instead of using refried beans, I opted for fiber and protein-rich black beans and low-carb tortillas. The chicken filling is packed with flavor thanks to homemade taco seasoning and the addition of salsa. It’s entirely possible that the chicken filling almost didn’t make it into the tortillas because I just kept eating it straight from the pan!
This dish comes together in about 30 minutes, making it perfect for quick weeknight meals. It’s kid-friendly too! You can certainly play with the ingredients using ground beef or turkey if desired and can add in other fillings. You can also use different sized tortillas, using smaller ones for individual pizzas, for example. This is a Mexican Pizza I can finally get on board with!
This 8 month update is seriously overdue but our trip to Hawaii put me off schedule. So 8 months, wow, so much has been happening, especially in the last week or so since Maddie turned 8 months!
First, crawling! Actually, it’s not exactly a crawl, she kind of drags herself along instead of getting on all fours, but I think this is just going to be her version of crawling. She has gotten so quick at it in the past week. I love finding her kind of following me around the house or I will feel little hands on my feet putting my makeup on every morning and look down and there she is! So sweet. You can really tell how much she enjoys this new freedom.
She’s also really wanting to stand up so we have been helping her stand against the couch or a chair and she thinks it’s very funny and starts laughing! Just yesterday she was able to keep herself standing for a good minute or so before falling. It’s crazy how fast she is picking up on these new skills these past few weeks.
In Spanish, Agua Fresca means “fresh water”. Agua Fresca is a perfect summer drink that is non-alcoholic and super refreshing! I like to think of it as an alternative to lemonade, except less labor intensive and less sugary which kind of makes it my favorite thing right now! This agua fresca only contains a handful of ingredients: fresh strawberries, water, lime juice, and a touch of sugar!
We are in the middle of the worst time of year for living in Phoenix. It’s still so hot and per usual, I’m already thinking about fall while I know most of you are still soaking up every bit of summer you can get! Either way, I want a huge pitcher of this strawberry agua fresca. It’s so refreshing and I sometimes to prefer it to lemonade since it contains less sugar and I don’t have to sit there and squeeze lemons all the live long day. Strawberries are still so gorgeous right now, I cannot get enough! This is a great drink to serve for the whole family on a hot summer day. I recommend making a triple batch for a party!
Whenever I come back from a work trip or a vacation, I always feel like I need 3-4 days to recover. Coming back from Hawaii has been rough! First, we had a red eye on Sunday night and didn’t sleep at all. I’m not a good plane sleeper. Here we are two days later and I still feel like I need an entire day of sleep to catch up. On the plus side, walking in the door and seeing my sweet smiling baby girl was the best thing ever. She’s been a little extra whiny and clingy since we got back. I’ve also decided that I’m never leaving her again…at least not until she gets to be the age where she will undoubtedly start sassing back. I assume at this time, I will most definitely be okay with leaving, right?
Total exhaustion means that I am posting a suppppppper simple recipe today! Have you ever made your own lemon curd? It’s a handy treat to have in the fridge. It’s perfect for using in summer desserts or for spooning on top of pancakes or waffles. Seriously, so good! And did you guys know you can make it in your microwave in less than 10 minutes? Yes, true story! Delicious and luscious lemon curd made right in the microwave. And I promise it’s a 100% better than the jarred stuff! Just take careful note of the cooking directions as the cooking time varies depending on your microwave. The first time I made this, I totally overcooked it and had to throw it away so stand close to your microwave to keep an eye!
While I generally think of lemon curd as a more summery treat, it would also make a great DIY holiday, housewarming, or even a teacher gift if you put it in nice jars with pretty ribbon.
We are on our way back from beautiful Hawaii. On the one hand, I do not want to leave this gorgeous paradise and will miss the sunsets, ocean, and fruity drinks, and then on the other hand, we are so excited to get back home to our sweet girl! We’ve been experiencing some serious baby withdrawals!
One of my favorite recipes on this blog (and a reader favorite) are my Creamy Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups. They are easier to make than regular lasagna and I adore the creamy chicken filling! I love that these have cream cheese instead of ricotta. Don’t get me wrong, I love ricotta cheese, but the cream cheese filling is a fun change. I’ve been craving them lately, but wanted to make a veggie alternative and now I’m not sure which one version I like best!
I used diced zucchini, yellow squash, and baby spinach for this recipe, but you can certainly experiment with different veggies like sliced mushrooms or peppers. It’s all good!
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!