Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Five — Of Sweet Treats, Toddlers and Tortilla Bowls.

I don’t know how to cook.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate—I don’t enjoy cooking. I’ve never found the kitchen a domain I called my own—growing up in restaurant culture, I always cooked to the beat of someone else’s drum. Chop these faster. Make sure that’s on the stove. It was a mechanical relationship, not one inspiring any love for the craft. And even now, years later, you’ll rarely catch me in there cooking food—between taking things at my own slow pace and the… particular approach Sarah prefers with respect to cooking, I’m rarely inspired to go in there and experiment. My skills feel better suited to other tasks in Casa de Palmer.

That said, this isn’t an attitude I want my boys to inherit. We need to eat to survive, yes, but preparing that food should be something we enjoy doing, putting a bit of ourselves into our cooking (metaphorically speaking, of course). We should ultimately benefit from food we can appreciate.

So perhaps it’s not a tradition, per se, but my promise to myself is to make sure my sons don’t end up like me. I need to roll my sleeves up, get out of my comfort zone, and start cooking with my boys now to make their lives far better later.

And what better way to do it than with Old El Paso, with flexible products that’re as simple or complicated as you need them to be?

Life is a Party’s Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes — Old El Paso ain’t JUST for Dinner!

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Five — Of Sweet Treats, Toddlers and Tortilla Bowls. — Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Two — Whatchu Know ’bout Taco Tuesday???

Toddlers wouldn’t know good food if it hit them in the face. (And if you’ve ever seen a toddler eat, you’ll know that’s exactly what it usually does.)

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Two — Whatchu Know 'bout Taco Tuesday — Even Toddlers Love Tortilla Bowls
I mean, sometimes it’s a struggle to get this guy to eat, but tortilla bowls proved interesting enough for him to give it a try!

Feeding kids ain’t as simple as it used to be. Back in my day (I cringe that I’m old enough to say that), I remember plenty tuna casseroles, stir-fries and macaroni and cheeses. No one had the time to slave over stoves like Moms did in the ’50s and ’60s, so quick and easy were the name of the game after a hard day’s work. And even though parents have less time than ever in 2016, we’re a lot more discerning in what we eat. We scrutinize nutritional guides. Scour ingredient lists. We do everything in our power to make sure we’re not giving our families food we’ll come to regret later.

So you’ll need meals that’re both quick to produce and good for you—good thing Old El Paso’s dinnertime options provide just that!

Though the little ones are too young to appreciate theme days like Taco Tuesday, Sarah and I appreciate planning our meals well in advance. Nothing’s worse than hearing “What’s for dinner?” before you’ve even had a chance to think about the answer.

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Two — Whatchu Know About Taco Tuesday — Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup in an Old El Paso Tortilla Bowl — Three-Quarter ViewAnd so our second Old El Paso dish was Skinnytaste’s Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup in Old El Paso Tortilla Bowls—a meal with minimal cleanup! Being the efficient chefs that we are, we used much of the chicken from our last recipe for the meal! Interested in how we made them? Check out the recipe below:

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter One — Solving Dinnertime Dilemmas with Old El Paso!

Who doesn’t love a good taco?

Let's Taco 'Bout It, Chapter One — Solving Dinnertime Dilemmas with Old El Paso! — Old El Paso Product Shot

The near-globally recognised dish of Mexican origins—due in no small part to a fast food chain that I shan’t mention here—is renowned not only for how delicious it is but also for how easy it is to prepare! I enjoy stuffing them to my face, but now and then, a brand challenges me to do more than just consume, and that’s precisely why Old El Paso’s invited me on as a Brand Ambassador for the next year!

It’s time for me to mow down on something that’s part tortilla, part flavourful filling, and 100% something that belongs in your belly immediately.