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Chicken Tinga Tacos

27 Jul

Eating during the week doesn’t have to be the boring same old. I love mixing up my weekly rotation by making flavor packed fun meals. Who doesn’t love a taco night? I love tacos because they’re so versatile. You can do fish tacos, chicken, beef, veggie, the options are endless. I do have a go-to recipe for my own and its super easy. Check it out.

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Ingredients for Tacos
1 cooked rotisserie chicken, pulled apart in shredded pieces
1 package of McCormick’s Chicken Tinga de Pollo mix – needed ingredients include: 8 oz can of tomato sauce,
1 onion, sliced long, 2/3 cup of water
flour tortillas
Topping sides below + optional others: sliced red and green peppers, sriracha sauce, sour cream, pepper jack shredded cheese, Mexican blend shredded cheese

Chunky Guacamole
2 ripe avocados, crushed and left chunky
sea salt, for seasoning
1 tbsp lime juice or juice of half a lime

Quick Salsa
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 an onion, diced
1-2 tbsp fresh cilantro
sea salt, for seasoning
1 tbsp lime juice or juice of half a lime

Yellow Rice
1 box of Yellow Rice, cooked per package instructions

Instructions
Shred chicken ahead of time. Cook rice per package instructions (will take about 20 minutes). Slice 1 onion and heat in a large skillet until softened. Add McCormick’s seasoning to the skillet with the 8oz jar of tomato sauce and 2/3 cup of water and slowly mix in shredded chicken. Allow to heat through on low heat, covering the pan with foil (5-10 mins) and remove from heat. Meanwhile, make the toppings above by mixing listed ingredients in small bowls. Serve with toppings, chicken, and flour tortillas and everyone will assemble their own taco! Enjoy!

-M

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Chicken Pineapple Stir-fry

28 Mar

Now that I’m pregnant I’ve been having these ridiculous cravings for the most random things. On my list this week was a Thai inspired chicken pineapple stir-fry. I wanted something tasty but not too heavy or greasy. It came out just right!

Ingredients
1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tbsp fish sauce (found in the Asian section of the ethnic food isle)
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1-2 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder will due, eye about this amount
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 red pepper cubed
1 green pepper cubed
1 orange pepper cubed
1/2 cup of pineapple chunks (if buying canned, get it in juice not syrup)
1/2 cup of sweet chili sauce (found in the Asian section of the ethnic food isle)
Small amount of oil for the pan (I used olive oil, whatever works enough to coat the pan lightly!)
Jasmine Rice – cooked per package instructions

Directions
In a medium sized bowl, add the fish sauce and cornstarch to the cubed chicken and toss it evenly to coat. Set aside.

On medium high heat in a deep non-stick pan, heat the oil. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and stir for a few seconds. Add the cubed peppers and pineapple chunks and cook for 5 minutes, until everything is soft and fragrant. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the chili sauce and mix until warmed throughout, for about another 3-5 minutes. Move the mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Increase the heat of the pan to medium and add another coat of oil to the pan if needed. Cook the chicken until lightly cooked on each side. Add soy sauce and lime juice, stir, and chicken through. Add the pepper mixture back to the pan and stir fry until well blended.

Complete this dish by serving with jasmine rice. So good! Enjoy…

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-M

Our Honeymoon – FOOD in Italy

27 Mar

As I noted in my previous post, we went to Italy for our honeymoon. The food in Italy is divine. Everything comes right off of the farm and right out of the goat. There is just no other word except perfection. It’s perfection at the core of every taste bud. I seriously love you guys, but there is no way I can remember every single one of these dishes below and what type of garnish, tomato, or sauce is on these dishes. I’ll leave it up to your imagination… I will just say it was made and eaten with love???

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-M

Turkey Chili

18 Sep

Today was rainy, and stormy. I felt like making something comforting and still healthy. Using turkey is a much better option and you can’t even taste the difference. This chili is so good and practically made itself —

Turkey Chili

Ingredients
1.5 pounds lean ground turkey
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans
1 can (15 ounces) black beans
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
dash of paprika
2 tbsp parsley
2 tbsp cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
In a big stock pot, throw in the chopped onion, garlic, celery, and turkey. Brown on medium heat until the turkey is cooked. Use a fork to separate the turkey if there are any big pieces. Drain excess fat. Add the peppers, and the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low heat for 2-3 hours. Serve with tortilla chips, cornbread, or with cheddar and sour cream. Enjoy!

M.S.

Avocado Salad

18 Sep

Avocados are delicious. Seriously.. my brother is an avocado hater! how is that possible? I don’t. get. it!!!

They’re so healthy too. Did you know that? They are a power food and a “good” fat!

My family makes them several ways. I will post below!

Version 1
4 avocados mashed
dash of lime juice
Salt to taste

Version 2
4 avocados mashed
1 hard boiled egg diced
salt to taste

Version 3 (my personal fave)
4 avocados mashed
1 sweet onion, diced
dash of lime juice
salt to taste

We serve it in bowls and leave it out with pita chips or bread for spreading. I made myself a sandwich today as I had avocados handy and some leftover challah bread! Sooooo easy. Try it!

M.S.