Fun Friday

 This fun friday is southwestern style! Here are some spicy recipes that will have your family begging you to make it again! Have a great weekend.

Chicken taco chili…only about 200 calories a serving and made 8 servings! 1 can black beans, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can corn kernels, 16 oz tomato sauce, 28 oz diced tomatoes, packet taco seasoning, 1 tbsp chili powder, 3 boneless chicken breasts. 6 hours high or 10 hours low in the crock pot.

Rachael Ray’s Southwestern Chili Con Queso Pasta Bake1 pound penne rigate (ridged penne) 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1 tablespoon ground cumin (1 palmful) 1 tablespoon roasted ground coriander (1 palmful)
2 tablespoons chili powder (2 palmfuls) Coarse black pepper 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3-5 garlic cloves, chopped (we really like garlic so I put in more, the recipe calls for 3) 1 jalepeño 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (2 palmfuls) 2 cups milk 3/4 pound cheddar cheese (about 2 1/2 cups) 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (a generous handful), chopped 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (a few handfuls) chopped 1 14-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
Preheat the broiler to high and position the rack 8 inches from the heat.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water and cook the pasta until slightly undercooked–a little chewy at the center.
While the water is coming to a boil, preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the hamburger. When the hamburger is almost finished, but still a little pink, throw in the garlic, jalepeño, and onions and finish cooking until the burger is browned and the onion is translucent. Drain the grease from the skillet and mix in the cumin, coriander and chili powder. Take off the heat or turn heat down low.
In a medium sauce pot (and you can do this while you’re browning the hamburger), melt the butter and add the flour to it. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes over moderate heat and then whisk in the milk. When the milk comes to a bubble, stir in the cheese, cilantro and parsley with a wooden spoon. When the cheese has melted, stir in the tomatoes.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it back into the large pot. Add the contents of the hamburger and all of the Cheddar sauce, and stir to combine. Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle with a bit more cheese if you wish, and place under the broiler to lightly brown.
It says it makes 4 servings, but with a salad, can easily feed 6! It was another hit in our house! I also think it would do well in a crockpot to take to a potluck. Just add a bit more milk to the cheese mixture so it doesn’t get too dried out. I’m going to try it for the next potluck we have and we usually have plenty of potlucks throughout the year!

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Tex Mex Chicken Salad
6PointsPlus Value
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 1/4 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)
1/2 cup(s) fat-free mayonnaise
1/4 cup(s) fat-free sour cream
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 small sweet red pepper(s), chopped
1 small green pepper(s), chopped
2 medium uncooked scallion(s), sliced
15 1/4 oz canned yellow corn, drained and rinsed
1 cup(s) canned black beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place chicken in a glass baking dish and bake until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. Chop into bite-size pieces; set aside. (Or save time by purchasing already cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast.)
  • In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, cumin and chili powder.
  • Stir in chicken, peppers, scallions and corn; mix well. Gently fold in beans; cover and chill at least two hours. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Chili Rellenos Casserole

1 lb. grass-fed beef
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cans whole green chilies
1 can green chilies, chopped
longhorn cheese
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
red pepper
~ Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Brown meat and onion. Add salt and pepper and about 1 T. of red pepper. In a casserole dish, place whole green chiles on the bottom.
Top with cheese, then meat.
Add another layer of grated cheese and then the can of chopped green chilies. Mix 4 eggs and milk. Add flour, mix well and pour over dish.
Bake at 375 for about 50 minutes. Cover with foil halfway through cooking if it gets too brown.
-Denea Duran
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