These easy to make Gluten Free Slow Cooker Cheesy Enchiladas will become a family favorite! They’re the perfect addition to your Taco Tuesday recipe lineup! Or any day recipe lineup, because lets be real, it doesn’t have to be Tuesday for me to enjoy a delicious meal like this!
1lb of ground beef or turkey
1 and 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
1 can (15oz) black beans drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes and chiles
1/2 cup red onion chopped
1 cup of bell peppers chopped
1 cup of water
1 can enchilada sauce*
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 cups of shredded cheese
Optional: avocado, gluten free chips, cilantro, sour cream for garnishes
- *I use Frontera packets and need 2. Sometimes I mix and match, using the red enchilada sauce and a taco seasoning one.
Cook the beef/turkey until brown. Drain.
Add all the ingredients into the crockpot except the cheese and optional garnishes.
Stir to combine.
Cook on high for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally. You want to watch for the liquid to be absorbed.
Once the water is almost completely absorbed, turn off the slow cooker and add in the shredded cheese, stirring to get the cheesy goodness all throughout the pot.
Serve by itself or on top of chips. I love these gluten free hint of lime chips from Late July.
What is your favorite Taco Tuesday recipe?
All new from Disney Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios this Fall is Coco and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure! Both the film and the short look like they are going to be fun to watch with the whole family. And I’m pretty sure Coco is going to aim for my heart so I will be bringing tissues too, just in case!
Despite his family’s odd generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. One night, Miguel finds himself transported to the colorful Land of the Dead.
Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history and to return Miguel to the land of the living.
I love how the Land of the Dead looks more lively than our world!
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
It is the first holiday season since the gates reopened in Arendelle. Elsa and Anna want to throw a celebration for the people but when they all leave to celebrate in their own way. The sisters realize they don’t have any family traditions of their own. Not to worry ladies, Olaf and Sven are on it! Our two favorite sidekicks team up to bring back the best traditions and save this first Christmas for their friends.
Great news Frozen fans: There are four new songs in this featurette!
See Coco and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure when they come to theaters November 22nd!
Do your kids go crazy over STEM activities? Mine do. Now that school is out I have been looking for STEM Summer fun to do at home. Thanks to Best Buy I didn’t have to look very far. Best Buy carries products from basic learning games to advanced toys designed to stimulate a child’s mind in the STEM areas, helping them develop logic and problem solving skills. One of those products is the Jimu Robot Buzzbot and Muttbot Kit.
This kit allows kids to create a custom-built robot complete with moving arms and legs! Super cool! The kids couldn’t wait to get building. Together, with a little help from Mommy and Daddy, they put together their Buzzbot and named him Kionno.
Start to finish the project took about a hour or so. The Jimu App made it easy to put together our Buzzbot. The app has detailed building instructions, allowing you to rotate the image to really get a feel for where pieces need to be placed.
The pieces snap together by hand, no tools required. The pieces are easy for children and adults to snap into place. A tool is also included just incase a piece gets stuck!
It is also a great activity to work on as a family.
Within the Jimu Robot App, your child can choose from preprogrammed movements or they can create their own sequences to make Buzzbot or Muttbot the coolest Robot on the block!
This adorable little robot and all Jimu Robots are environmentally friendly, durable, and safe for children.
Once it was put all together it was time to see what this Robot could do!
I can’t say that the Jimu Robot Buzzbot and Muttbot Kit will cure sibling bickering this Summer, but ours didn’t even disagree about who could go first. They took turns, played together, and shared the robot without any ah encouragment from their Dad and I.
Get your Jimu Robot Buzzbot and Muttbot Kit at a Best Buy near you!
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
A month ago, I unapologetically broke the kids out of school to check attend the Road to the Races Tour. At the event, they showed us an exclusive clip from Cars 3. My son is all about cars and sat on the edge of his seat the entire time. It may have only been a 10 minute clip but I have heard about it every day since. Race down the road to June and the moment he has been waiting for finally arrived. Cars 3.
New Pixar Short: Lou
We previewed this short at Disney Social Media Moms and loved it. I was also thrilled that I got to meet Dave Mullins, the genius behind Lou. It is funny and definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I’m pretty sure Lou is now my favorite Pixar short. Just give it all the awards now because it deserves them!
Lightning is down but not out yet. All of his friends, the old school racers, are either retiring or getting fired. He is determined not to let anyone tell him when his racing days are over. But he also must realize that his way of doing things isn’t going to cut it anymore. McQueen must accept that change has come and you either adapt or get left in the dust.
Jackson Storm reminds the characters in the movie, and the audience, of a young Lightning McQueen. He’s great at what he does, but also arrogant and callous. To beat him, Lightning must give up the idea of being faster than Storm, and instead focus on being smarter.
Enter Cruz Ramirez. This energetic young trainer wants to help Lightning but he doesn’t think he needs her help. After all, he’s a Piston Cup winning star, what does this car know about racing? There are not shortcuts in life McQueen. Ain’t that the truth. This pair’s relationship changes throughout the film, and Lightning learns that being a great race car means so much more than winning races.
This film definitely gave us all the feels of watching the original. You can tell they went back to what made the first Cars such a lasting hit. We have all grown during Lightning McQueen’s life and Cars 3 matured right along with us.
The flashbacks to Doc Hudson were touching and yes had my eyes a bit teary. I could relate to McQueen missing Doc and wishing he was there. That’s how I feel about my grandmother.
We also learn more about Doc’s history, how he became the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and what gave Doc a lot of joy. You might be surprised!
Sally is still her sharp witted, lawyer self who helps push Stinky, I mean Stickers into getting off his tires and doing something about his career after the crash.
Cruz isn’t just the fun sidekick. She embodies the struggle a lot of women face in male dominated spaces. She learns to believe in herself and not to let any man car stand in her way.
We even meet an older female race car who didn’t let the boys stand in her way. Life is too short to take no for an answer she tells Cruz!
Friendship and Acceptance:
It is important to surround yourself with people who believe in you. Lightning has the whole Radiator Springs crew, Doc had Smokey and his friends, and now Cruz has Lightning. There is such a big difference when someone believes in you, it helps you to believe in yourself. I think that lesson stuck out a lot for the parents. We are our children’s first cheerleaders and we need to take care that we are encouraging them, accepting of them, and helping them preserver through life.
What the kids had to say:
My son: You shouldn’t give up. You have to keep racing, like Lightning, and try hard. My favorite new character is Ms. Fritter. She is funny and cool. I would drive fast too if she was chasing me! I like that Lightning learned to be a good friend. Cars 3 is my new favorite Cars because I like Lightning McQueen and Cruz and all the new cars. They are so cool and the derby wow! Crash! Yes!
My daughter: I love love Cruz. She reminds me of me. Cruz is smart but sometimes doesn’t feel like she can do things but she can. She just needed some friends to tell her she can do it like you tell me that I can do anything I make my mind up to do. I really liked the movie and I want to see it again.
The Big Crash Scene:
When the teaser was released I read a lot online that the crash scene seemed graphic and traumatic. In the film, the scene doesn’t seem drawn out and you know quickly Lightning isn’t dead or horribly maimed.
Post Credit Scene:
Stay through the credits for a fun little scene with Mater.
In the end, the audience cheered. The kids talked about the movie the whole way home, and the next day and every day since. We are seeing it again this weekend and I hope you will too!
Cars 3 is in theaters everywhere!
I’m not going to start this post with the usual, it’s important for you and your significant other to have date nights. You know that. I know that. So instead, I’m just going to get right to sharing my ideas for date night at home. These are what my hubs and I do that can easily be squeezed into our busy schedules.
Card Game Night
Plan a Vacation
I’m talking all the details. Where will you go, what you will do, and how much fun you will have!
Board Game Night
We try to out do each other. One of us takes over the main meal the other dessert. I usually win because I opt to make the dessert. And he cannot resist my Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Video Game Night
Up the stakes with a little wager. I win you do the laundry for a week!
Take a Walk or a Hike
Grab your favorite snacks, a movie you haven’t watched yet (or an old favorite), a blanket, and get ready to snuggle.
My husband is a big popcorn fan. But not just any popcorn. We both share and occasionally fight over G.H. Cretors delicious popcorn. I’m serious, this stuff is tasty. I don’t usually go face down in popcorn, but the G.H. Cretors kind is just too good to have leftovers.
Okay, so I did share with him but I wasn’t happy about it. Hands off my bowl honey, or this might turn into a WWE night instead of a movie night!
This brand has been around since the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. I’d say they know what they are doing! I love that they use Non-GMO popcorn and Non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. Plus they have an organics line and are 100% gluten free! You can tell that they are using real cheddar cheese. The caramel is made using brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup, for a crisp, ideal sweetness. Their commitment to better ingredients is what makes this popcorn taste amazing.
With 9 flavors to choose from there is something for each popcorn lover in your home. I just can’t decide if I like the Just the Cheese Corn or The Mix Better. I guess I need to eat more to find out!
After further investigations I might want to try Just the Caramel Corn since I picked all those out of The Mix. Sorry not sorry babe.
Find G.H. Cretors Popcorn in a store near you!
What is your favorite flavor of popcorn?
*This post is sponsored by G.H. Cretors. All opinions are my own.