The Family Meal: Make Tacos, Not War


The bumper sticker that says, “Make Tacos, Not War”, while hysterical to me in many ways also resonates with me deeply. I love to cook. What I love about food is that it truly can bring people together. The aromas that dance from the kitchen down the hallways and creep into the                                                               bedrooms, they beckon our families to stop and come.

In the chaotic daily grind something as simple as dinner can bring a family to cease fire and just enjoy precious moments together. That’s powerful. It’s also a very lofty goal because I have worked all day at home and getting dinner prepared can seem impossible after a day of dancing to the Wiggles and keeping my son out of toilets and kitchen drawers. But I press onward because I believe it’s more important than filing office paperwork, more important than folding the laundry and more important than making one more phone call.

While my meals may not be glamorous and the authorities behind the food pyramid would be dismayed at times, I make dinner the priority and it has become the highlight of our day. I have discovered that when I arm myself with a plan for meals each week and make one trip to the market, I end up having way more time throughout the week than had I not planned. So if any of my fellow Dallas mommies need a little boost this week, the following is a Team Wakeem family favorite and in our regular meal rotation.

Green Chile Cream Cheese Chicken

4-6 boneless, skinless ckn. Breasts (I use 8 to 10 tenders)
1 packet dry Italian salad dressing
1 small can green chiles (I prefer 2 large cans but we love spice)
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
(I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese, fat free soup, and fat free milk)
1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot.
2. Cook on low for 6 hours.
3. Serve over noodles or rice, the sauce is awesome on both!

Steph is a small town girl living the big city life with her superhero hubby of nearly 6 years, Scott and their superhero- in-training son, Weston who is 14 months old.   When she isn’t chasing her son away from electrical outlets she loves to throw theme parties, write notes to her friends, read, travel and cook.  She is obsessed with taking pictures but has yet to complete her son’s baby album because she loves hanging out at antique stores and barn sales on weekends.


  1. I think this might be perfect for the family dinner I have on Sunday night with my sister and her clan of 7! Thanks for the idea. Good seeing you today.


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