Easy Mexican Lasagna

I’ve had a lot of great weekends lately filled with good naps, Ethan snuggles, and time with friends. This was not one of those weekends.

pool fun We did have some fun, like pool time above, but this kid was a serious fuss-master most of the weekend. I don’t know what got into him, but he’d be giggling one minute then flailing, screaming, and hitting the next. Can you have the terrible twos if your toddler isn’t two yet???

muffinsMaybe he’s cutting a new tooth. Ha. Mom joke. I think I’ve said “maybe he’s teething” about 50k times since Ethan was born. Of course, it is always a possibility…?

thaiBut like I said, there was some good fun and food, including a great day date with Kevin on Friday (see Thai lunch above), yummy muffins (banana blueberry muffins), and some delicious Mexican lasagna.

mexican lasagnaI admit, I didn’t take pretty pictures. In fact, I was just throwing stuff together we already had in the fridge/pantry, and I didn’t expect it to work out so well. But surprise, it did! The whole family liked it too.

Easy Mexican Lasagna
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Ingredients
  • cooking spray (olive oil)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ zucchini, diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 16-oz jar salsa (I used a 'medium' heat one with corn, which was great.)
  • 12-15 small soft corn tortillas
  • 16 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Optional Garnishes: avocado slices, sour cream, jalapeno
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray large skillet with cooking spray. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cook vegetables in skillet until slightly softened (5 min). Add ground beef, and continue cooking until browned and cooked throughout. Once cooked, set aside.
  3. Cover bottom of pan with tortillas, tearing and/or overlapping a bit as necessary. I used 5 on the bottom. Layer with ⅓ of the salsa, a hearty sprinkle of cheese, and ½ the meat mixture. Layer again with more tortillas (again, I used 5), ⅓ salsa, a hearty sprinkle of cheese, and remaining meat mixture.
  4. For the final layer, top with tortillas, the final ⅓ of salsa, and a layer of cheese. I was using leftover tortillas, so I only had two left for the top. That worked out fine. If you have them, you could use 5 tortillas because that would be prettier.
  5. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes. Allow it to rest 5 minutes prior to serving.

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Friday Favorites (in 3 months)

Hi Friends! Happy Friday to ya. I have today off, so it’s like a Saturday to me. Of course, if I could spend the afternoon as I’d like, I’d clean my house. I know that sounds nutty, but the contractor that has been here all week has really made a mess of everything! He’s not quite done yet, so it would be fruitless to bother. Ahhh well, maybe Sunday. I guess you can expect an afternoon nap fro me instead.

I’ve shared a few pregnancy favorites in weeks past, which include fresh strawberries and Trader Joe’s low-calorie lemonade this week, but I want to look ahead a bit. Here are a few things I’m looking forward to after baby comes. I’m linking up with Heather to share them.

Life In Leggings

1. Park dates with Ethan – He and I already go to the park, but I’m looking forward to grandma/grandpa or daddy taking him to the park while I stay home to care for baby. It will be good for him. (He’s obviously feeling better, so thanks for all your kind well wishes. He went to the park yesterday with grandma/grandpa so I could get work done.)

swing_grandma2. Wine – I don’t know exactly what will be the first glass I throw back, but Hall cab is pretty high on my list.

bumpThrowback photo of my pregnant with Ethan in Napa

3. Beer – I think the first beer I wanted after my last pregnancy was a Dale’s Pale Ale, if I remember correctly, but I think this time it will have to be NoDa Brewing’s Hop, Drop, and Roll, or Boulevard Brewing Co’s Tank 7.

beer4. New Clothes – Remember all those bags I cleaned out last weekend? Well they’re still sitting on the floor, but that’s not the point. I am in desperate need of new clothes, so I think I may try StitchFix. I’m no fashionista, which is probably why I still had a few things hanging around from high school. (Yikes… I know. It’s sad.) So having someone else do the shopping for me might be my best option.

clothes5. Real Workouts – This isn’t to say I’m not still being active or that I’m going to jump right into running. However, going on long walks without pain is definitely something to look forward to, as is lifting heavy stuff. I already have my double jogger, so when baby and I are ready, my boys and I will hit the road!

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TGIT

Thank goodness it’s Thursday! As I mentioned in Tuesday’s bumpdate post, I took tomorrow off, so that makes today my Friday. Hoooraaaay! (or as Ethan says, “woahaaay!”)

I’m linking up with Amanda for a little Thinking Out Loud fun. So many thoughts, so little time!

Thinking Out LoudFirst up – My little buddy is still sick. He is acting (mostly) normal, but he still has that annoying fever. Three (going on four) days working at home with a sick toddler about has us both bonkers.

carThe heat has kept us indoors, and mommy is about to run out of toddler friendly activities, especially those that won’t get other kids sick.

trainsSo we went to Toys R Us and Barnes and Noble on my lunch break. (BN has train tables, which Ethan loves.) Yesterday we tried driving in the snow (aka: little cars in whipped cream), but that lasted about 2 minutes. As soon as his finger touched the cream, he wanted his hands washed immediately. Ha – funny kid.

toddler activityLuckily I had help. Kevin worked from home Tuesday when we thought we might have to bring E to the doctor. Perhaps he wants bonus points before Father’s Day. 😉 jk Kev! I was very appreciative of his company.

And my parents are coming back to town a day early tomorrow to help watch E while I work and make it to the doctor. They know I’ve had a rough week, partially because my baby’s sick, but also because we’ve had contractors at the house every day. To top it off, a neighbor backed into my car yesterday. The fun doesn’t stop my friends.

But it’s not all bad. I’m in a good mood, actually, just a bit frazzled. I squeezed in a few good workouts, a number of good meals (including ice cream!), and lots of Ethan snuggles. I’m certainly not complaining about that!

So yes, TGIT, and thank goodness tomorrow is our date day!!

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Third Tri{mester}’s a Charm

What a day! Ethan woke with a fever yesterday, so he stayed home with me while I worked. That always makes for a very busy day.

The bad news is that my poor baby doesn’t feel well. It’s heart breaking to see him that way. It’s also bad that I worked during nap time instead of cleaned, so the house is a wreck.

The good news is that I got lots of extra snuggles, including a lap nap. I know extra baby snuggles are in my future, but I can’t turn down Ethan snuggles!

hugBut hopefully he feels better today. Fingers crossed, eh? Let’s move onto this week’s bumpdate!

How far along? 27 weeks

Baby’s size? 2 lbs and about 14.5 inches long (head of cauliflower)

Total weight gain/loss? About 18 lbs (I didn’t gain for two or three weeks, but this week I made up for it. I’ve definitely had an increase in appetite, so I can’t say I’m surprised.)

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep:  Hit or miss

Best moment this week? getting Ethan snuggles

Miss Anything?  clear skin

Movement? Yup!  He’s especially active after lunch and before bed.

Food cravings: Sweets, sweets, and more sweets – especially when I’m low on energy

Anything making you queasy or sick?  No

Gender: Lil’ Man

Symptoms: tired, acne, pelvic pain, and calf cramps at night (I don’t remember getting those during my last pregnancy.)

Belly Button in or out? indecisive (flat)

Wedding rings on or off? On, but I did notice some swelling this weekend. During our hot family walks on Saturday and Sunday, my fingers turned into fat little sausages!

Happy or moody most of the time: happy!

Looking forward to: I’m looking forward to another date day with Kevin. We enjoyed our last one so much that we’re doing it again this Friday, but we’re taking it up a notch. It’s a day off from work with massages and brunch while Ethan’s at school. I’m pumped!

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One of those weekends

It was one of those weekends, and by that I mean one of those weekends when I just couldn’t take my arms off Ethan. I just want to hug him all the time!

I haven’t checked in for a while, so here’s a short recap of what we’ve been up to around here.

There was a bit of cleaning out and sweating out.

clothes  sweat

There were also sweet kisses and sweet treats.

kisses   treat

And there was also some getting out but eating in. (We hosted new friends Friday night.)

mall  dinner

But now it’s back to the real world, isn’t it? Gosh I’m going to miss my Ethan hugs!! At least there’s good food on the horizon. Here’s our meal plan for the week:

  • Sunday: shrimp tacos with cilantro/corn/tomato/avocado/lime relish & salad
  • Monday: red chicken curry with bell pepper and snow peas
  • Tuesday: quesadillas filled with refried beans, cheese, and zucchini
  • Wednesday: teriyaki tofu stir fry
  • Thursday: bbq pork, mac n’ cheese, and green beans
  • Friday/Saturday: TBD

poolI hope your weekend was just as wonderful!

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