Thursday, May 1, 2014

Taco (Tortilla Bowl) Salad

Once again it is a non-stop week for all of us here.  We just finished our last competitive volleyball tournament and are starting high school open gym again, in preparation for August try-outs.

Three weeks left of school and the final projects are starting to filter in.  Luckily, the girls are giving me a little more warning than they did for "The Pit and The Pendulum".

So, on the docket this week has been Romeo and Juliet play, make backdrop scene for their play that shows a World War I tank, one had to make soldier patches and this weekend will serve up one of them making a model of Shakespeare's Globe Theater.  Needless to say I have already made 3 trips to Hobby Lobby this week.  I'm sure I'll be visiting there at least a few more times before the weekend is over.

All I can say is thank The Lord that I majored in design and can work my way through these projects and help guide the girls through discovering their creative sides.  More importantly though is that I married the right man who has all the cool tools and tricks of the trade to make the projects happen, along with my endless drafting, scrapbooking and art supplies we have collected through the years.

Due to our crazy schedules, not a lot of time this week for experimenting with new recipes and gourmet tastings. I needed quick, easy and hopefully satisfying and tasty dinners to get us through the late night art endeavors.

I am not normally one to get drawn in to buying those "As Seen On TV" items, but taco nights were getting boring (as I have been told by some family members), so I thought I would try my hand at homemade tortilla bowls and make taco salads this week.

I have to admit these great little oven ready molds are awesome for a quick tortilla bowl in just 7 minutes.  I think we'll try fajita salads for Cinco de Mayo with margaritas and key lime cupcakes next week!!

Tortilla Bowl Taco Salads

Prep and bake flour tortillas per packed directions from Perfect Tortilla Pan Set.

Layer the following, starting at the bottom:
Prepared Refried Beans
Cooked Ground Beef or Ground Turkey with Taco Seasoning
Prepared Mexican Rice
Shredded Mexican Blend Cheddar Cheese
Shredded Lettuce
Freshly Cut Diced Tomatoes
Sliced Avocados
Spoonful of Sour Cream
Top with Seasoned Tortilla Strips

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