Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo 2015

In honor of Cinco de Mayo or as I like to call it...May 5th...I thought I would highlight an oldie but goody. I'm pretty sure it's about as far from authentic Mexican fare as you can get, but hey, it features crack Doritos, making it popular with the kiddoes.

Since I will be running kids around to softball practices, someone enjoy a margarita for me please!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

If you want to make a good meal better, add cream cheese. It makes baked spaghetti creamy and fabulous, turns regular crock-pot beef into something my family will actually eat, and it transformed chicken enchiladas from something my kids wouldn't touch into a meal they want on a regular basis. I think this would be the perfect meal for Cinco de Mayo! Followed by Margarita Cake for dessert:-)
Unfortunately, my pics are terrible. We have the worst artificial lighting in our house and it was one of those super gray, dreary days when I made these. But, y'all know I'm no fancy pants food blogger. Just keepin' it real. Hey, at least I didn't use paper plates.
It's been pretty well established here how picky my kids are. None of the three will eat enchiladas because of the red sauce. When a friend mentioned she was making chicken enchiladas with a white sauce, I thought 'hmmm...that just might work'. The girls love Alfredo sauce, so I thought they might give this a try. They also love the white cheese dip you can get a Mexican restaurants. Once they tried these, they loved it and requested I make it on a regular basis. Super picky Mr. Three had a tortilla filled with cheese only, but he liked the sauce too.

Oh yeah, and no "cream of" anything. Just good ol' fattening ingredients like cream cheese, butter and flour tortillas. I used low-carb tortillas, making these pretty low carb overall, which is good for the diabetic hubby.

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

6-10 flour tortillas (depending on size you choose) I use low-carb  
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded (crock-pot is great for this)
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese; divided (reduced fat is ok)
2 cups Mexican Blend or preferred cheese, shredded; divided
salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chillies
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together your chicken, 3 ounces of the cream cheese (my package was marked, but if yours is not, just a little less than half the brick is fine), and one cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper. *I recommend going light on the salt because broth is full of sodium and you may have salt in the butter as well.
  • Divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas and roll them up. Place seam side down in prepared baking dish.
  • In a sauce pan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook one minute while stirring. Whisk in broth until smooth, and heat until mixture is thick and bubbly.
  • Add remaining cream cheese and stir until melted. 
  • Stir in green chilies. Remove from heat and pour over chicken enchiladas. 
  • Top with remaining cheese and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is bubbling around the sides. (If desired, place under broiler for a few minutes to brown the cheese...I skipped this part as we were hungry!)
  • Let cool for a few minutes for sauce to thicken. 
Recipe adapted from Recipes, Food and Cooking


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How to Make Perfect Pasta Salad {without a recipe!}

I love pasta salad, and it's so versatile. You basically boil some pasta, throw in some veggies, and add a dressing. Right? Well...that hasn't worked out so well for me in the past. I just couldn't get it quite right. Until now!
Through some trial and error, I have figured out a few tips that make for the perfect pasta salad every time. I have been able to make a little or a lot, use whatever is on hand, and it's good every time! I have posted these tips (and a basic recipe) over at Eat at Home today. I'd love for you to head over and check it out! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fun Graduation Treats

Whether you are celebrating high school, college, or Kindergarten graduations soon, these chocolate treats should make the graduate pretty happy. I think we will celebrate 1st, 6th and 8th graduations so I will have an excuse to make them as well! (As an added bonus, they are no-bake treats!)

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