Addie loves the refried beans at the Mexican restaurant here in town. When we go there, she’s always begging everyone for their beans so when she and I went yesterday, I got her an extra side order of beans. I told her we could make them at home. She is skeptical. They may not taste exactly like the beans at the restaurant. I think mine are better but different may not work for her but we’re having them tonight so I needed something to go with the beans.
I found this recipe for Mexican Meat Patties with Corn Salsa. Even using just 1/2 pound of ground pork and 1/2 pound of ground beef, because it’s rolled out very thin, we’re going to only use a small portion of the meat mixture so I’m going to freeze some of it, already made into thin patties, with parchment paper between so all Nicole will have to do is let them almost defrost, brown them, chop up the salsa ingredients and come up with a side dish and she’ll have dinner ready.
I’m going to put the corn (which I’m actually cooking just a little), the cilantro, the red onion, the avocado and I’m adding chopped tomato – put it all in separate bowls so everyone can get just what they want. I’m also using bell pepper instead of serrano pepper but at home I would use jalapeno pepper. Then the lime juice will be separate and we can all add it as we want it.
Because the smallest package of ground pork at the store was 2 pounds, tomorrow I’ll mix the remaining 1-1/2 pounds of pork with 1/2 pound of ground beef left over, add seasonings and make meatballs. We can have spaghetti, red sauce and meatballs and there will be enough of that left to freeze for them to have another meal when I’m gone back to Texas.
It’s hard for someone who doesn’t like to cook to grasp how much easier it is to put meals on the table – which we all need to do – if you just plan ahead and do a bit of cooking head. I’m hoping to help Nicole figure that out but I do understand that’s just not something she enjoys. Her house is always spotless and she’d probably like to teach me how to keep a neat house . . and that’s not ever going to happen!