Happy Friday everyone! I don’t feel like I can really participate in the TGIF fun since I have been on vacation but oh well! I’m feeling much better today, running at about 90% just in time for the weekend.
Over the past week, I have come to realize, that despite my original thought, I could DEFINITELY be a stay at home mom. Nolan on the other hand is NOT on board with this, probably because without any kids in the house, it looks a lot more like …unemployment? If you follow Tasterie at all on facebook or twitter, you KNOW I have been busy this week and if you have been following my blog you can see I have been making magic in the kitchen. Beyond that I’m actually a very mediocre house wife, and have done very little in the way of housekeeping. Minor details. But since I had so much time on my hands, I was able to do a lot of cooking and had some phenomenal eats this week.
Scones, soup, and hot pockets, OH MY! But the best thing I ate all week, and the flavor that I have been dreaming about came courtesy of Wednesday night’s dinner. I put an S.O.S out on my facebook page looking for some dinner suggestions to utilize some chicken. I got a ton of great suggestions but one from the bloggers at Good Not Perfect really stuck with me: Enchiladas! I had been wanting to make these for some time after coming across this delicious recipe on Skinny Taste. Because of Nolan’s spicy palate and love of Mexican food, we had many of the necessary ingredients on hand, which is always a huge plus. I did make a few small adjustments to the original, substituting tomato sauce with corn and black bean salsa just because of what I had on hand and what I thought would taste good. I also made the original into a crock pot recipe for the sake of time.
Chicken Enchilada Recipe:
I diced the chicken into very fine pieces. In the future I will shred the chicken, but I didn’t start cooking until about 2, so the chicken didn’t have enough time to get “pulled”. Typically this happens after about 6 hrs in the crock pot.
Can you guess which ones are mine and which are Nolan’s? I did make a few Nolan adjustments to this recipe. I used white flour wraps for him, and I also added a layer of re-fried beans to his enchiladas and some extra cayenne because I know what my man likes. I was really proud of my rolling skills, because typically I suck at this kind of thing. Visual spacial has always been a weakness of mine, and I almost always over stuff and make a mess.
Since everything was already cooked, it only took about 10-15 minutes for the cheese to melt and the sauce to get bubbly. Let me just say, these were impeccable! I literally patted myself on the back as I ate them and Nolan may have shed a tear upon taking his first bite. The texture is phenomenal. The tortillas get a little crispy on the ends, but the middle soaks up all that sauce and becomes saturated. It’s like the crust of a pot pie, soft inside and crispy on the outside, without being soggy.
The flavors of the meat, cheese, cayenne sauce and rich tomato salsa all come together and have a full on fiesta in your mouth. I know I sound dramatic, but I am just sooo excited to have found this recipe and executed it so well. I SERIOUSLY recommend trying these at home. Nolan and I are pretty competitive when it comes to cooking, and he gave this meal a 9 out of 10. How could it be a 10 I asked? He suggested making half the batch with steak. Looks like I have to try these again real soon.
Ok, now it’s your turn! Stop by my facebook page and share your favorite flavor of the week! Write on my wall, share a recipe or ingredient, or link up a blog post. All are welcome! I will share them all on my page next week. 🙂 Here are some of my reader’s favorite flavors from last week.
Poetry of Food- Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
Margaret- Chocolate Cobbler
Incredible Recipes- Caramel Cookie Cheesecake Bars
I can’t wait to see what you guys have been eating this week!
-What flavors have you been savoring this week?
-Any fun weekend plans?
– What’s a recipe you tried lately that came out great?