While on my little blogging break back in August, I talked a lot with one of my old friends. She's a mom of three young boys sometimes struggling to make it through the day happy that all three kids survived and then is left having to come up with something to feed them.
I mean seriously people, why do these little guys need fed too! They require so much. Only kidding, but if you have young kids, you totally get where she's coming from.
So I shared with her some of my favorite super quick recipes. One of our classic weekly meals is Taco Tuesday.
I love it because it's a crock pot meal and I can feel quite accomplished in the fact that by 7:30 a.m. dinner is done! Let's get started, for our family of 5, hoping for leftovers I use 4 large frozen (yep, don't even thaw them) chicken breasts.
Then I sprinkle half a package of taco seasoning over them and set it to cook for 8 hours. Instead of taco seasoning, you can also use salsa that you may have on hand (about a half a cup) or a can of green chili peppers (4 oz). Any of those work, I've tried them all.
Meanwhile, sometime during the day I throw together homemade salsa.
Here's what you need for that:
3-6 medium tomatoes (depending on how much salsa you want) finely chopped
3/4 cup green pepper finely chopped
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
1/2 cup green onion finely chopped
6 garlic cloves pressed
2 t. cider vinegar
2 t. lemon juice (I freshly squeeze mine)
2 t. vegetable or olive oil
1 to 2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
and if you are feeling spicy some chopped jalapeno peppers
Blend all of the ingredients together, cover and refrigerate
Making salsa is very forgiving though. If you don't have something (I didn't have any green onions) just leave it out.
After about 8 hours shred your chicken
I cook up rice and black beans and serve
My favorite part is leftovers the next day. I always take the beans and rice and top it with the chicken and salsa. Yummo!
There you have it. A nice easy Taco Tuesday. Do you have an easy meal that you like to serve weekly?
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