Monday, June 7, 2010

What's For Dinner?

For some reason I have not cooked in what seems like forever. I used to cook so often & enjoy the heck out of it; it's such a stress reliever for me since it's pretty much the only time my mind is quiet & I just focus on the task at hand.

So tonight it was my goal to make a meal without any fuss & without stopping for any groceries. I went into it with no plan, checked the pantry & decided to make a "Mexican lasagna." I sauteed up some cubed chicken we had leftover in the fridge with olive oil, salt, pepper & a quarter bottle of beer to give it some moisture. In the meantime I drained corn, Rotelle spicy tomatoes & spicy chili beans & added it to the chicken. I stirred in a bit of ranch dressing to cool it down a notch & give it some creaminess. Then I layered a couple of flour tortillas in a casserole dish, spread half of the chicken mixture over them, topped that with two more tortillas & topped that with the rest of the chicken mixture. Finally I topped that with cheese & baked it at 350 for a half hour.

This dish took me a grand total of fifteen minutes to make & I had to wash only the pan I used; no chopping or anything. Mike was so excited to come into a house that smelled of a home-cooked meal & raved about the dish, so I'd say it was a successful weeknight meal.

So many things would have worked in this; had I mixed a cream of chicken soup into the mixture, it would have made for some tasty enchiladas. It always feels like an accomplishment to make a meal using just the things you have on hand.

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  1. GREAT idea! I bet it was tasty! I love pulling together a meal with having to buy any groceries.

  2. yummy that sounds fab. although you still must have a well stocked pantry if you have all that without having to go grocery shopping!

  3. Oh yeah we buy tons of crap all the time for Allison's different "tastes". It worked out well this time...I mean how could you not love beans, cheese, chicken, and sauce????

  4. Yeah, I do get into different moods & have different "tastes" but as long as it's stuff that isn't going to waste like canned/boxed goods, it's fine to have a well-stocked pantry.