||-FAMILY FUN: Mexican Night
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For a fun family fiesta, there's so much more than nachos and tacos. Follow these sunny menu ideas to add some "ole" to everyday. Or choose from the many other favorite Mexican main dishes in this cookbook---to bring extra sparkle to dinner with the tropical flavors of cilantro, chiles, lime and salsa.
Mexi Snack Mix
_ cups bite-size cheese crackers
_ cups pretzels twists
_ cup salted peanuts
_ tablespoon vegetable oil
_ tablespoons taco seasoning mix
Double-Wrapped Turkey Tacos
_ cup smoke-flavored cold-pack pasteurized process cheese spread
_ teaspoon taco seasoning mix
_ stalks celery, 10-inch
Cinnamon "Fried" Ice Cream
_ cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cold cereal
6 scoops vanilla ice cream (1/2 cup each)
For Mexi Snack Mix
Mix 3 cups bit-size cheese crackers, 2 cups pretzel twists and 1 cup salted peanuts in 2 1/2-quart microwavable bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil; toss to coat. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (from 1 1/2-ounce envelope); toss to coat. Microwave 2 minutes longer. Spread on waxed paper; cool 5 minutes before serving.
For Double-Wrapped Turkey Tacos
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For Nacho Celery
Mix 1 cup smoke-flavored cold-pack cheese spread and 1 teaspoon taco seasoning mix (from 1 1/4-ounce envelope in small bowl. Spread mixture in four 10-inch celery stalks. Cut into 2-inch sections.
For Cinnamon "Fried" Ice Cream
Crush 3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal; place in shallow pan. Quickly roll 6 scoops (1/2 cup each) vanilla ice cream (1 scoop at a time) in cereal to coat. Place coated scoops of ice cream in ungreased 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Cover and freeze about 2 hours. Set oven control to broil. Uncover pan. Broil scoops with tops 6 inches from heat about 30 seconds or until coating is light brown.
MORE MEXICAN IDEAS
Tired of tacos tonight? Try these other Mexican dishes instead.
* Easy Mexican Chicken and Beans -
* Mexican Egg Scramble -
* Mexican Pork -
HELPING IS FUN
Mom or Dad
* Makes filling for celery
* Cooks turkey for tacos
* Scoops ice cream
* Measure and microwave snack
* Spread filling in celery
* Crush cereal and roll ice cream balls to coat
"FRY" DESSERT under the broiler after dinner. Earlier in the day, scoop ice cream, roll in crushed crumbs and freeze for at least 2 hours so dessert's ready to go.
PLAY UP THE COLORFUL FESTIVITY OF MEXICO by setting the table with multicolored bowls for chips and dip and using bright decorated paper napkins. The kids can make cut-out paper banners to drape around the kitchen.
READ A MEXICAN STORYBOOK about life in Mexico or in the United States for someone who comes from Mexico. Some great choices for all ages include "Hair/Pelitos" by Sandra Cisneros and "Going Home" by Eve Bunting. You might even learn some Spanish words and phrases together.
ACCOMPANY DINNER WITH NEW TUNES. Investigate different styles of music, borrow CDs from the library or find tapes of Mexican songs.
From "Betty Crocker easy family dinners: Simple Recipes and Fun Ideas to Turn Mealtime into Quality Time.-1st Edition" Text Copyright 2004 General Mills. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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