Monday Night Dinner

Last night we started a new tradition here in Indiana, one that is very near and dear to our hearts. When we lived in San Diego, our longtime dear friends would host a “Monday night dinner” (MND) every week and we attended for many years. It was always such a fun time of friendship and sharing a meal together. Super informal and nothing fancy, just food and friends. We are very excited to carry on this tradition/ministry here with our friends and neighbors!

There is just something magical about hanging out with a community of people each week. There is no pressure for our friends to come every week- just come when they can. We prepare the meal so no need to worry about cooking for that one day. We gather at 6pm, eat at 6:30pm and everyone is back home by 8pm since it is a school/work night. Easy peasy.

For our first MND, we made a simple Mexican lasagna which is a household favorite and one that is even better the next day (isn’t it the same with regular lasagna?!), Atom’s amazing Mexican rice, and a garden salad.

Mexican lasagna is so incredibly easy to make and doesn’t cost much at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

-Chicken (sometimes we will also use ground turkey as well)

-Corn tortillas (you can also use flour but we don’t think it tastes as good)

-Salsa, any variety.

-Shredded cheese

-Sour cream

-Black olives

(Preheat the oven to 400 degrees)

We use a medium sized disposable foil baking pan but you could make it in any deeper type or size of pan. Pre cook the chicken and shred or chop into small pieces. We usually season the chicken as it’s cooking with garlic & onion. You’ll start by layering the tortillas on the bottom to completely cover the pan. You’ll have to break a couple in half in order to cover it all the way. Then spread a thin-ish layer of salsa over the tortillas. You can either add a dollop of sour cream with the salsa or save it to add once it is cooked and served. Both ways work. Next layer the chicken, shredded cheese and black olives. Then repeat, starting with a layer of the tortillas and so on. I will usually just do two full layers and top with tortillas and cheese at the top. Then pop it in the oven for about 20-30 min. Since everything is cooked it’s just a matter of time for the cheese to melt and it all to get hot and crispy on top.

It is seriously the easiest thing ever to make and so delicious. Y’all know how I feel about tacos and this is like a delicious taco lasagna pie. Sometimes we will also add green bell peppers and onions, corn, and black beans as well. You can literally add anything you want/or change it up depending on your taste.

Here are some photos of the process:

I want to encourage y’all to invite a friend or neighbor over for dinner on a weeknight. Don’t worry about preparing a 10 course fancy meal, just something easy. Having time to connect with other people over a meal is very powerful and impactful. Who knows, maybe you’ll even start your own Monday night dinner tradition!

5 thoughts on “Monday Night Dinner

  1. So I understand from earlier posts that you found an old pipe organ on an upper floor. What did you do with it or are you going to do with it? I am not asking for myself (even though I am an organist), but, just for example, there are groups which rescue unwanted organs. BTW, I think what you’re doing is pretty cool, because I am also a Mason!

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    • Hi Kevin! Our plan is to someday in the future have it looked at and get it working. Our oldest son is learning how to play the organ on a smaller electric one and hopes to be able to eventually play the big one upstairs. 🙂

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      • That is most excellent news! Please do make sure he has a pedalboard on his practice instrument that is the same as the one you will be repairing. That’s a crucial part of learning the organ properly. Best of luck to you all with that. I would suggest, if you need help finding someone competent to fix it up, you contact the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. They’re nuts about old pipe organs but pretty indifferent to modern digital instruments, alas. Best wishes to you on this!

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  2. Love the Mexican Lasagna recipe. Growing up we had a version of it regularly. Since Atom’s Mexican rice recipe is amazing I’d love for you to share it. Such a wonderful idea to share a meal with friends and neighbors!

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