I am on the hunt for easy dinners to make on our Co-op day; Tuesdays.
A friend told me about Robin Miller Quick Fix Meals and to my surprise it was at the library. WooHoo! It’s a cool cookbook. It is full of recipes my family hates (and I don’t care). She gives you the recipe. Always a serving of four. I don’t understand why every stinking cookbook assumes you only have two children. It’s ok if you have eight people in the family, then you can just double the recipe. But what if you have a family that is not divisible by four? These are question we should all ponder.
Back to the “serves only four” cookbook. You get the recipe. Then you get “If You’re Stopping Here” instructions on how to refrigerate, freeze, or serve later in the day. Cool! Just what I’m looking for, but for a family of six. Then you get “When You’re Ready To Eat”, instructions on how to finish the job just in time for dinner. Sweet!
Last night I made the family of six, Chicken Enchiladas with Refried Beans
I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, because you know why.
- 2 tsp oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 1/4 pounds of boneless, skinless, chicken boobs, but into 1/2 inch strips
- One 15-oz can of refried beans (I made my own from dried beans)
- One 4-oz can of green chilies
- 1/4 cup prepared salsa
- 2 TB chopped fresh cilantro
- Four (HA!) 8 inch flour tortilla
- 1 1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and cook, stirring a few times, until golden brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Stir in the refried beans, chilies, and salsa and simmer for 2 minutes to heat through. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
If you stop here:
Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw completely in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to eat:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove plastic wrap (duh) from the baking dish and bake until the cheese is golden and gooey, 15 to 20 minutes.
Parents: We had everything in our tortilla. It was very good and we will serve it again.
Kids: Had tortillas with no beans or salsa.
- Sir Son: Picked it all apart and only ate the chicken. He can find and remove any onion that is the size of a bacteria.
- The Violinist: She ate half of it, said nothing, probably hated it. Refused to try the ones with the beans.
- Pea #1: Loved it. She almost threw up when she tried one with beans and salsa.
- Peas #2: Ate 1/4 of one. She gave no comment, but loved the mango we served as a side dish. Refused to try the ones with the beans.