fiesta lime chicken

Jul 24, 2012 by

i love knockoff recipes.  most often, you can usually tweak them to be better than the original!  this is the case with fiesta lime chicken.  i’ve been making this dish for quite a long time (as in about the time tom and i started dating 9(!?!?) years ago).  it has evolved and changed several ways over the years.  it started as chicken breast, marinated in italian dressing, topped with queso and melted cheese, served over broken tortilla chips and mexican rice.  the only thing that has stayed the same is the cheese, chips and rice. slightly adapted from: america’s most wanted recipes for the marinade: 1 c water 1/3 c teriyaki sauce 1/2 lime juice (i used leftover nellie and joe’s from easter key lime pie, but usually use 4-5 freshly squeezed limes.) 3...

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mexican shells

Feb 7, 2012 by

this dish is a hybrid of mexican food and italian.   it was another pinterest find and it has definitely found a permanent spot on our dinner rotation!  i originally halved the recipe (as shown in the pics below) but now make a full batch, because it is great for lunch leftovers. source: the way to his heart  1 lb. ground beef (or turkey) 1 pkg taco seasoning 6-8 oz. cream cheese 16 jumbo pasta shells 1 1/2 c salsa 1 c taco sauce 1 c cheddar cheese 1 c pepper jack cheese garnish (green onions, sour cream, olives, onions) preheat oven to 350°. in a large pot, bring water to a boil for shells. in a medium pan, brown the ground beef, drain and add taco seasoning.  cook according to package directions.  add...

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pico de gallo

Oct 25, 2010 by

as mentioned in my previous post, i went a little crazy on the dips for quesadilla dinner last week.  pico de gallo is very simple to make and this is just one example of several variations.   This recipe makes about a cup and a half of pico.  Multiply as needed! 4 roma tomatoes, seeded, pulp removed and chopped.  (This is important, or you’ll end up with pico soup!) 1/4 sweet onion or 1/2 red onion, finely chopped. (Use whatever kind of onion that you prefer!) small handful of finely chopped cilantro 1 jalapeño, finely chopped.  (If you want more heat, leave the seeds in.) 1 tsp minced garlic dash or two of garlic powder dash or two of  ground cumin 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve immediately.  For...

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guacamole

Oct 20, 2010 by

tonight we had a quick quesadilla dinner before bran and i ran over to paint + canvas for an awesome painting class!  i was going to throw some southwest salad on the side, but bran is not a salad fan, so i kinda went a little crazy with dips for the the quesadillas instead.  this is option numero uno.  i can’t give you my opinion on this dish because i am not a guac fan.  you’ll just have to try it and decide for yourself. slightly adapted from: allrecipes.com 2 avocados – peeled, pitted and mashed 1 lime, juiced 1 tsp salt 1/4 c diced onion 3 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro 1 roma tomato, diced 1 tsp minced garlic 1 pinch, ground cayenne pepper in a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice...

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chicken tortilla soup

Oct 6, 2010 by

to celebrate the first day i wore a jacket to work this fall, i made a pot of chicken tortilla soup.  this soup is quick, simple and delicious.  i serve it over crushed tortilla chips and top it with sour cream and shredded cheese. adapted from allrecipes.com 1 lb. chicken (i used chicken cutlets, chopped up into bite-sized pieces.  if you have more time, parboil the chicken, shred it and skip to step 2.) evoo 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp ground cumin 1 chicken stock in a box (32 oz.) 1 c frozen corn kernels 1 c chopped onion 1/2 tsp chili powder 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 c chunky salsa tortilla chips sour cream shredded cheese in a large pot over medium heat, saute the chicken in the oil for 5 min....

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chicken tacadillas w/ roasted corn pico de gallo...

Aug 11, 2010 by

i am a big fan of rachael ray… and was very excited recently to watch her in the mornings on some extended time off from work.  this was one of the recipes that she featured… which included fish.  it almost made me want to try the recipe as it was.  however, i chickened out (no pun intended) and the voice of reason in my head (tom :)) said to go for the chicken.  so here is my version of the recipe, slightly adapted from the original.  this recipe also includes a bonus recipe for pico de gallo! 4 small vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped (leave the seeds in for more heat!) 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped a small handful of cilantro leaves, finely chopped...

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salsa chicken rice casserole

Feb 25, 2010 by

the jury is still out on this dish.  tom likes it.  i like it.  i think that more could be added to it to give it some “oomph”.  next time, i may cut down on the amount of rice.  or grill the chicken and saute the vegetables in the pan with the chicken.  but all in all it is pretty tasty.  it has even passed the leftover test! 1 1/3 c uncooked white rice 2 2/3 c water 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 3 c shredded cheese (i had to cut back from the original recipe… shocker!) 1 10.75 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 10.75 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 onion, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 1/2 c mild salsa place rice and water in a...

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grilled stuffed burrito knock-off...

Jan 27, 2010 by

leftover alert!  cooking for two can make for a lot of leftovers… last time i blogged about refried beans and nachos.  this time, i dressed up the leftovers and created a beef grilled stuffed burrito, just like the ones from taco bell. flour tortillas refried beans seasoned beef uncle ben’s ready rice pouch – spanish rice shredded cheddar cheese sour cream preheat a large size pan to medium heat. prepare the rice pouch (in 90 seconds!) in the microwave. in a large tortilla shell, smooth 1/4 c refried beans in the center of the tortilla, in a rectangular shape.  add a 1/2 c beef, 1/4 c rice, cheese (as desired) and a few dollops of sour cream. fold ends of the tortilla  towards the short ends of the rectangle, and then fold one of...

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refried beans

Jan 24, 2010 by

growing up as a little girl, i was a very picky eater.  just ask my mom.  i grew up on chicken patties and found several ways to make them.  refried beans were one thing i would not touch with a ten-foot pole.   during my junior year of high school, i went on a mission trip to our church’s honduran orphanage after hurricane mitch hit.  it was a eye-opening experience and i became very thankful for what i had.  i also tried refried beans for the first time, in an authentic  honduran restaurant and actually liked them!  the version that i had was loaded with goat cheese and was very creamy.  when i got home, i recreated them and have been eating refried beans ever since, and always remembering my trip every time i...

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