Here’s to hoping Meatless Monday is still a thing because we have the perfect recipe to try in the kitchen if it is! This month’s recipe, brought to you by Kristen Kammer-Hattox and her family, is Southwest Egg rolls. “They are a real winner for our family, the perfect fit!” said Kristen as she described why they decided to share this recipe with everyone.
Kristen, a media coordinator, shared that these baked egg rolls are easy to fit into their family’s very busy schedule. You see, Kristen and her husband Brandon, have twins in fourth grade. Their son Parker is very involved in his first year playing on a travel baseball team and their daughter, Nola, is part of a grassroots volleyball team. When the twins are not dedicating time to their athletics, they are participating in choir and even once a month Bible studies.
“We often have to divide and conquer.” said Kristen. She shared that most days, starting at 3 pm, she becomes a mom taxi. Thankfully Brandon, who is happily employed at Austal Shipyard, is able to help taxi too! Kristen explained that Brandon is often home in time to be very active in the kids extra-curricular activities, something she is very grateful for! The couple spends an awful lot of time driving the kids back and forth to practices and weekend tournaments and they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Southwest Egg rolls have easily become a family favorite at Kristen’s house because they can be experimented with and are quick and easy to make! She shares that Brandon is the chef in the family and loves to cook. If it was up to her they would eat cereal and microwaved popcorn more often than not, so she is thankful Brandon takes the lead in the kitchen.
In joint effort on Sundays, Kristen and Brandon spend time meal planning for the upcoming week. They map out what nights to cook and what nights they should have a freezer or pick up meal. “At one point we were like ships in the night” said Kristen. “We would just grab pizza or Foosackly’s – which is a family favorite!” Realizing they wanted to spend less time and money eating out, they now opt to sometimes pick up their favorite tenders but take them home and add a salad instead. They also incorporate easy, slow-cooked meals like red beans to their meal plans because they can be left on all day and used in a couple of dishes throughout the week.
These egg rolls were a recipe that Kristen had come across years ago and that she and Brandon have tweaked over time. The egg rolls were originally meatless, making them a great vegetarian option but some of the family’s variations do include a heartier filling using pulled pork or buffalo chicken. And when it comes to toppings, Kristen describes the kids as “purists”, meaning they do not add any unless guacamole is on the table. Kristen and Brandon often add sour cream and salsa to theirs.
So without further ado, we introduce the family’s favorite recipe! Enjoy!
Southwestern Egg Rolls
- 1 can of corn (drained)
- 1 can of black beans (drained)
- 8 oz of shredded cheese
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 1 pack of egg roll wrappers
- Mix ingredients together and make egg rolls. Dip your finger in water to seal the egg roll wrapper closed.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes on each side.
- Serve with sour cream and salsa. Guacamole also makes an excellent addition on the side. Of course, if you wanted to add meat, you could add shredded chicken, pork, etc.
Gabriele has been married to her husband Daniel for 16 years. Together they have three incredible children – two boys, ages 15 and eight, and a sweet girl who joined the family last summer. She is a full time Pink Cadillac Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics. When she isn’t spending time with family or building her business, she supports her husband who is the Lead Pastor and Planter of Forward Church in Foley.