Family movie night has become a thing in our family. We have a picnic while we watch a movie, hence flick’nic (pic n’flick was an unfortunate possibility), and it’s so much fun. I’m a theme queen so I like to make a picnic that relates to the movie. I feel slightly guilty watching a movie with my kiddos (I know, I know television time is bad), so I try to assuage some of that guilt with a hands-on project.
I lived in the Southwest for quite some time so the food of the region holds a special place in my heart. This menu below, however, is in no way a reflection of my time there or of authentic Southwest cuisine. For that, you need a heavy dose of roasted Hatch green chile in/on everything, maybe some enchiladas doused in red and green sauce (Christmas-style), sopapillas, and a margarita or two or three (to sustain you as you lovingly prepare everything). And that would be a delicious meal (well, maybe not if you’re cooking three margaritas in). But for flick’nics the name of the game is easy. I filled tortillas with leftover filling from Easy Weeknight Enchiladas,* rolled them up, pan fried them, and served them with homemade roasted salsa and avocado crema, which is delicious and not difficult to prepare, but store-bought is certainly the easier route. I served it alongside roasted corn (so much easier than boiling corn in water!) brushed with butter for the kiddos and elote for adults (yum!). Dessert was churro waffles with rocky road ice cream. I think vanilla ice cream would have complimented the waffles better but, hey, cars, rocky road, it just had to be.
Tonight’s Flick’nic: Cars
The Menu (Southwest, Route 66): chicken flautas, roasted salsa, avocado crema, roasted corn on the cob, and rocky road churro waffle.
The Project: Make a race car out of a cardboard box. The toddler sat in her “car” with her stuffed animal friends for a complete drive-in experience. She had had her first drive-in experience weeks prior and loved being able to recreate it at home. She enjoyed lining up her toy cars (“relaxing” on their side) for the show.
Kid Takeaway: The movie is a bit slow. We never finished watching it. But ever since the movie the toddler has given her cars names and enjoys lining them up or putting them in a circle (“racing”).
Parent Takeaway: The movie is okay, not my favorite Disney movie, certainly not my least favorite, but I’m glad it revived the toddler’s interest in her cars and she’s had a lot of imaginative car play in the weeks following.
*In a 2fer fail I tried to make flautas with the actual leftover Weeknight Enchiladas. It was no bueno, but using the filling instead of the entire enchilada would be good.
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