Taos Loves Kids (TLK) aims to prevent child abuse and maltreatment in Taos County. To this end, TLK provides a variety of parenting classes as well as support groups and community events designed to reduce isolation, facilitate understandings of child development, and build parent resiliency in order to decrease occurrences of child abuse and neglect.
Taos Loves Kids offers seven different types of parenting classes: Circle of Security, Love and Logic, ESL for Parents, Infant Massage, Parenting with Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Birth Art, and Nutrition. Some classes, such as Nutrition and ESL for parents, are offered in Spanish to try and serve Taos County’s large Spanish-speaking population. TLK also provides free childcare if needed for parents to attend the classes.
Last Fall, TLK offered a unique cooking class–Crockpot Cooking–as a way respond to specific concerns from parents who struggle to prepare dinner while also meeting the needs of their families.
This 2-hour class offered parents simple strategies to plan and prepare meals, using a crock pot. Participants worked together to prepare three meals that each family took home, recipes included:
- Taco Soup
- Shepperd’s Pie
At the end of the class, families enjoyed a meal and a good time together!
Using a crockpot or slow cooker is a great way to reduce stress and frustration around dinner time, save money, prepare more nutritionally balanced meals, save time, reduce isolation and overall, simplify cooking so that parents can spend more time enjoying their families!
If you are interested in slow cooker meals, below is the recipe for the Taco soup! Hope you enjoy it!
For more information about parenting classes or the Taos Loves Kids program contact Paula @ (575) 751-8904
Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe
This soup is one of my favorite, super-easy meals! I like to make this in my slow cooker on a regular basis and let it cook all day to let the flavors meld. We add a little cheese on top to make it even more delicious and cheesy.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 – pound ground beef
- 1 – medium onion (chopped)
- 2 x 15oz cans – chili beans
- 1 x 15oz can – corn
- 1 x 15oz can – tomato sauce
- 1 can – rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
- ½ can – water
- 2 Tablespoons – taco seasoning
- Mix all ingredients in slow cooker .
- Cook in the crockpot for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
To prepare for the freezer, place all ingredients in gallon size freezer safe bag. Thaw before cooking.