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Chicken Burritos

At Casa Christel, we love burritos of almost any kind. So tonight I’m sharing our dinner…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced

4 flour tortillas, burrito  size

1/2 c. diced red onion

1 small can green chiles

Rice-A-Roni chicken flavor

1/2 env. taco seasoning

1 can black beans

1 small tomato, chopped

2 green onions,chopped

Now that the ingredients are out of the way…saute your chicken with a little oil or butter for a few minutes.

Add the red onion.

Throw the rice in there, and let it brown. Mostly you just follow the directions on the package, adding your own stuff.

Add the water & spice packet from the box of rice, and the taco seasoning.

Add the green chiles & black beans.

Cover & cook on med-low for 17 minutes.

Go smoke, have a beer, whatever…

It smells pretty good in your house now…

Grate up some cheese if you want…

When the chicken/rice stuff is done, squirt lime juice on it. Yum…

Viola! Burritos!

Garnish with the tomato & green onion.

Add some salsa & sour cream.

I’ve got salsa from The Original Taco House, and Daisy sour cream.

I like Daisy. There’s always random saying on the label inside.

Anyway…enjoy. Now I’m starving and have to go eat! 🙂

 

 

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Crustless Quiche a.k.a. Breakfast Casserole

NOM!

 “Real men don’t eat Quiche”, says the BF. I call bullshit.

This recipe was originally from my Mom, and is titled “Crustless Spinach Quiche”.

I’ve since adapted it, and it’s a great way to use up produce or those couple of sausages in your fridge.

Honestly, you can simply use WTF ever you’ve got on hand?!

This time, I used the two leftover brats from my stew a few days ago, and a red pepper that was about to go.

You can make it small or larger, if you want leftovers. For the busy mornings, it’s great on an English muffin, wrapped up and taken to work. Your co-workers will think you stopped at McDonald’s, but this beats their breakfast sandwiches hands-down. Plus, it’s much healthier, as you control the ingredients and amount of sodium.

Here’s you basic ingredients:

5 eggs

1/4 c. milk

2 c. shredded cheese

and WHATEVER YOU WANT?!

Whip up the eggs and milk like you’re making scrambled eggs.

Add the cheese.

For example, this morning, I sautéed up the brats (sliced up), a bit of onion, the remaining red pepper, and sliced mushrooms until soft and brown.

I also chopped up some green onions and cilantro and added that to the egg mixture.

After the sautéed stuff cooled, I threw it in with the egg stuff.

Then dump it all in a greased pan. I used an 8×8 pan, but you could use whatever.

Bake it on 335 degrees for about 25 minutes. Poke it in the center with a toothpick to check done-ness.

And viola! Breakfast Quiche!

I’m pairing it with 2 slices of bacon, and a mini bagel topped with cream cheese.

Yum!

 

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

You can't see the chicken and bacon, but it's there. Promise.

Do you remember those Mexican Pizzas from Taco Bell?

Yeah…I know. Ew on the Taco Bell. But for some reason, I loved them. Of course, I always topped them with sour cream, and left off the ground meat-like-stuff because….uh yeah.

I don’t think that’s really meat. Just sayin’.

So here at Casa Christel, I’ve been experimenting with making my own version.

I was going for a combination between the Taco Bell, and those yummy Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken DeLite Pizzas.

And I hate thick crusts. Bare with me. This will all make sense when you take your first bite.

What you need:

2 large tortillas

1 chicken breast

3 strips of bacon

1/2 c. red pepper, diced (optional…I’m leaving this out next time)

1 medium tomato, diced

1/2 c. green onion, diced

1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 Tbl. ranch dressing

2 c. pepper jack cheese, shredded

Okay then. Got all your food stuff prepped? Ready, set, GO!

Throw the bacon & chicken in a pan over medium heat, until the chicken is cooked. Set aside to cool. You can chop your veggies while you’re cooking the meat!

Take your pizza pan, which hopefully looks better than mine. (Note to self: Buy new pizza pan)

Grab your cooking spray & apply to both sides of the first tortilla. Trust me. This is important, as it will provide a crunchy crust later.

Then smear half the ranch dressing on top of the tort. You can do all the building directly on the pizza pan! 🙂

Now dice up your chicken and bacon, placing it on the ranch-smeared tortilla.

Sprinkle the cilantro over that. Or leave it out if you don’t like cilantro. (Dad)

Now liberally spread a cup of cheese around on top. You can use whatever cheese you have.

Remember Rule #1 in Casa Christel? Recipes: they’re more like guidelines.

Now spray the second tortilla with the funky-smelling spray stuff. I do this near the backdoor, because I’m pretty sure the cooking spray is poisonous. At the minimum, it gets you kind of high if you breathe it in. Just sayin’. 😉

Seriously? You’re all still reading? I mean, I just tried to poison you, and get you high?!

Y’all rock, by the way. 😉

Anywhoosit….

Where was I? (Must be the after-effects of the cooking spray.)

Oh yeah…now put your second tort on top of the whole mess.

MORE RANCH! Yum. Spread it around with a knife. Or your finger. Whatever.

Sprinkle the peppers, tomato,  and green onions all over the top.

MORE CHEESE! 🙂

Now bake it at 380 degrees for about 10 minutes.

What you get it a big crunchy, gooey, yummy kinda pizza thing!

Now chop it up in four even slices. Or as close to even as you can get with the whole hazy shade of cooking spray.

You can top it with avocados for even more yummy goodness?!

Hands-down: best late-night munchies or even a lunch.

Serves two.

I don’t even want to know how many calories are in this, but you’ve got to admit, it probably has less than the Taco Bell version?!

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Skillet Chili Mac

At  roughly 3 o’clock today, I realized I’d forgotten to take anything out of the freezer (meat-wise) for dinner…oops.

My original plan had been to roast a chicken, but the pound of ground turkey thaws out much quicker, so as usual, I improvised.

I found a generic box of mac & cheese and went from there.

Skillet Chili Mac

Dudes?! Yummy! 🙂

 
Please note: I do not use recipes. They’re more like guidelines…
 
My not-so-secret-I-just-totally-made-this-up recipe…
 
1 box Mac & Cheese
1 lb. ground turkey (or beef…I actually think it’d be better with beef)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. salsa verde
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 14.5 oz. can of pinto beans
1 tea. salt
1/2 tea. pepper
1/4 tea. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tea. cumin
1/2 c. sour cream
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
 
So first, get your water boiling for the pasta, and pre-heat your skillet. Chuck the peppers, onions and ground turkey into the skillet, and cook until meat is done.
 
Your water should be boiling by now, so dump in the noodles and boil for roughly 6 minutes.
 
Add the salsa to the ground turkey mixture, as well as the salt, pepper, red pepper, and cumin.
 
After the noodles are done, strain them, and dump them in the skillet with the browned meat stuff. Throw the butter, milk, cheese powder stuff, shredded cheese  and sour cream in the skillet and stir it around a bunch.
 
Dump the tomatoes in there too. Now cover the skillet, turning the heat down to about med-low for 5 minutes to let all the flavors come together, stirring occasionally.
 
And viola! Top the bowls of yummy with avocado and a dollop of sour cream! NOM.
 
You could also garnish with cilantro or crushed tortilla chips if you like.
 
Whatever you like. Honestly, I used a recipe I saw in the recent issue of Healthy Cooking from Taste of Home, and tweaked it a bit to fit the ingredients I had on hand. I should have added frozen corn, but I forgot until I was on my second bowl, so…
 
Thumbs up. Easy to prepare. Filling, yet healthy. Enjoy. 🙂

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