GIVEAWAY: Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Four — Everyone Wins With Burrito Bowls!

With the Christmas decorations down and the credit cards painfully paid off, it’s time to turn our heads to more pleasant thoughts. As we creep up on February, a whole lot comes with it:

  • Valentine’s Day for you die-hard romantics and people with obscene amounts of disposable income
  • Family Day, ‘cuz y’all know we couldn’t handle the New Year’s-Easter stretch without a long weekend
  • And of course, for a good chunk of North Americans who keep their eyes glued to the screen all Sunday for weeks on end, the grand spectacle we al know as Super Bowl Sunday.

Now, ain’t no secret—a huge sports fan I am not—but a delicious spread is well within my abilities! Whenever I throw down, there’s all sorts of delicious goodies on the table, and Old El Paso wanted in on the spread for my fourth post in the Let’s Taco ‘Bout It series!

Old El Paso — Even for those of us a LITTLE too familiar with cooking FAILS.

So I decided to take adulthood a little more seriously in 2017.

I mean, you make some decisions as an adult because you have to—going to the job to put food on the table. Making sure your kids are clean, fed and healthy. Some things you know you need to do to keep life moving in a positive direction, but others tend to feel so much more… optional. Like going to the gym regularly. Taking your vitamins every day. Or, in my case, making cooking a part of your regular routine, no matter how much you might not feel like it.

When I put my 2017 resolutions together, I knew I’d need to deal with the elephant in the room. I always find plenty of things to fill my time—even now, I’m working on extensive content for Black History Month and Canada’s sesquicentennial—but focusing on these things alone would just be selfish. Who am I to deny my family delicious and nutritious food just because I don’t feel like it? And that’s why I took this Old El Paso challenge on with gusto.

With Old El Paso involved in the picture, we’ve found more and more ways to incorporate them in our spreads—build-your-own tacos at Christmas parties, double-layer tacos at toddler birthday parties… it always proved a recipe for success, so why not keep the good times rolling with a recipe for Black Bean Burrito Bowls courtesy of the good people at Simply Recipes?

#stopCOMPAREnting — How Parents Keep it Real with Quaker Canada

Three years into parenthood, every new day’s an adventure, and the rules change as quickly as our kids do. We parents learn to do the best we can with what we’ve got, and with two sons whose faces light up whenever I get home from work, I’d say I’m not doing half-bad.

But it wasn’t always this way.

Back when this journey started, everyone had an opinion—what sunscreen to use. Which songs to sing for our baby’s best development. My peers put every move I made under the microscope, everyone considering themselves experts on parenting. After all, they were once kids themselves, right? They’d all hold me to some idealised standard from what they knew as kids, or what they saw online—and therein, folks, lies the problem…

…the way they thought parenting was meant to be wasn’t the real picture at all.