Poblanos Con Pollo

July 7, 2013

I had bookmarked this recipe some time ago and just hadn’t gotten around to testing it out. I was menu planning this weekend, saw it and thought it sounded like a great summertime dinner. I was right.

I changed the recipe up a bit by omitting the 1.5 cup cooked rice (I was serving rice alongside the meal) and replacing with:
- 1/4 diced red onion
- 1 ear of fresh corn (cut from the cob)
- I cup tightly packed fresh spinach leaves, stemmed

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Cheesy Poblano served with Arroz Verde and Roasted Okra

I also drizzled the peppers with a little bit of this Cilantro Dressing from Trader Joe’s. My friend has got me hooked on it and I put it on everything now.

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Crack

What are your favorite ingredients to stuff in a pepper?

I was very excited about this week’s topic of Dishes in 5 Ingredients or Less, because I just made an amazing batch of these crock pot chicken tacos.  Not only does this recipe use only THREE ingredients, but since the meat is prepared in the crock pot, it’s effortless to throw together and comes out extremely juicy and tender.  Since I cook for the girls in the office, I love to toss all the ingredients in the crock pot before I go to bed and cook on low overnight.  In the morning, I pack the chicken to-go and take it in for lunch.

There is a an endless combination of meals you can make featuring this succulent and zesty chicken.  I like to use a wheat wrap and pile on the chicken, low-fat cheese, lettuce, onion, avocado, etc. for a healthy burrito; top shredded lettuce with cowboy caviar, the chicken taco meat, and drizzle with a balsamic vinaigrette for a flavorful salad; or make nachos by topping tortilla chips with cheese, chicken, cowboy caviar, lettuce and Greek Yogurt.

Whichever way you choose to serve it; it’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

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This recipe is as easy as…

  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 packet taco seasoning
  3. 1 16oz. jar of salsa

Place chicken breasts in crock pot. Cover with taco seasoning and top with salsa.  Seal the lid of the crock pot and turn the crock pot on low.

Cook for eight hours and serve!

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wake up in the morning to this! smells amazing

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shred and it’s ready to serve!

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taco salad is a delicious way to serve

Check out more delicious 5 Ingredient or Less recipes from the #SundaySupper community below!

Join us, September 30th, 2012 as we share our delicious, mouth-watering recipes! Here’s a sneak peak at what everyone is bringing to our #SundaySupper table. Be sure to stay after dinner at 7pm EST as we share our recipes during our #SundaySupper live chat!

Breakfast, Starters, Butters and Jams:

Main Dishes:

Desserts:

Beverages:

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite 5 Ingredient Recipes! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat!  We’d also love to feature your apple recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!

For anyone that doesn’t get the Spanish translation, it’s “Party in Your Mouth” Enchiladas and they are exactly that.  These easy to prepare, rolls of flavor are so tasty you will want seconds…and thirds…and maybe even fourths.  Shhh, I won’t tell anyone.  When I brought leftovers to work, I practically had to beat my co-workers away with a stick after they tried a bite.

I like to start off this meal with a Chilled Avocado Soup (in the summertime) and serve with Spanish rice.  If you like an extra bit of heat with your meal, this Hot Habanero Relish is an amazing accompaniment!

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Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas

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For the Chicken and White Bean Filling:

  • 1 tsp evoo
  • ½  white onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
  • 15.5 oz can Cannellini beans
  • 2 cooked shredded chicken breast (I like to boil and shred mine and save the stock to use in the rest of this recipe)
  • ½ cup chicken stock from boiling chicken breast
  • 1 tsp cumin

For the Green Chile Enchilada Sauce:

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth (from boiling chicken earlier)
  • 7 oz can chopped green chiles
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped (de-seed if you want to go light on the heat)
  • salt
  • ½ cup light Greek yogurt
  • ¾  cup reduced fat Mexican cheese
  • 8 medium whole wheat tortillas
  • chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°.

For the Filling:
In a medium pan, heat olive oil on low. Add onions, garlic and saute until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add green chiles, beans, chicken stock and cumin. Mix well and cover. Simmer on low 15 minutes. Remove cover, add chicken and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until it thickens and liquid boils down. Set aside.

Enchilada Sauce:
In a large nonstick pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and starts to turn translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add flour and stir well. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, until it becomes smooth. Cook over medium heat until the sauce boils and thickens, about 4-5 minutes. Add green chiles, jalapeños, and salt to taste. Cook another minute then remove from the heat. Stir in the Greek yogurt.

Spread about 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9×13″ baking dish. Fill each tortilla with 1/3 cup of the chicken/white bean filling. Roll the tortillas and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue filling remainder of the tortillas.

Pour the enchilada sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Top with cheese. Cover with aluminum and bake 20-30 minutes, until the enchiladas are hot and the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with LOTS of fresh cilantro…and the Habanero Relish, if you please.

Be sure to check out all the fabulous Mexican recipes from this week’s #SundaySupper group, listed below:

Sopas (Soups), Ensaladas (Salads), and Entremeses (Starters)

La Comida (the food)

Postres (desserts)

Bebidas (beverages)

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day (this coming Sunday, September 16) during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes for a Mexican Fiesta! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat!  We’d also love to feature your Mexican Fiesta recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!

I’ve really gotten into this #Meatless Monday thing once I realized what positive benefits it reaps…both to the individual and the environment.  Not to mention, having a meat-free day also saves a few pennies.  This veggie quesadilla was a Monday evening hit a few weeks ago. I served it with a Chilled Avocado Soup for a tasty and nurient-packed dinner.  You don’t have to stick to the veggies listed, either.  I think it would be great with caramelized onions, sliced bell peppers and/or mushrooms.

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Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 8 (8 inch) whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in beans and corn, then add sugar, salsa, and pepper flakes; mix well. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  2. Melt 2 teaspoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the skillet, sprinkle evenly with cheese, top with some of the bean mixture and top with fresh cilantro. Place another tortilla on top, cook until golden, then flip and cook on the other side. Melt more butter as needed, and repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

Macho Tacos

November 20, 2011

For anyone that may have missed it, we’re in the midst of Movember.   Movember is the month formerly known as November, during which men are encouraged to grow a mustache in order promote men’s health awareness.  Somehow, my fiance has not yet discovered this reason to grow facial hair, and that’s just fine by me.  Shhhh…let’s keep this one a secret.

To celebrate this testosterone-laden month, try serving these manly tacos filled with brisket and cabbage.  The hearty little Mexican entrée is guaranteed to satisfy the “y” chromosome carrying residents in your household.  Just be sure to serve with extra napkins…these guys tend to get messy and you don’t want anyone disheveling their ‘stache.

Tacos to make any Mo-Bro smile

Brisket and Red Cabbage Slaw Tacos

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 heads garlic, unpeeled and halved crosswise, plus 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 to 4 1/2 pounds brisket
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 large red onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 16 to 20 small flour tortillas
  • Red cabbage slaw, for topping (below)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the halved garlic heads in a single layer on a sheet of foil. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with salt. Fold the foil into a packet; roast until tender, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the brisket: Pulse the 6 garlic cloves in a food processor to make a paste. Season both sides of the brisket with salt, pepper, the paprika and chili powder. Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add the meat to the pot in a single layer and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Remove the meat from the pot and spread with the garlic paste.

Drain the oil and wipe out the Dutch oven. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil to the pot and warm over medium heat. Add the onions and cook 5 minutes. Season with salt and stir in the brown sugar; cook 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and cook 2 minutes. Return the brisket to the pot, add the wine and simmer, 25 minutes. Add the stock and bay leaves and return to a simmer. Cover, transfer to the oven and cook until the meat is tender, 2 hours to 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Remove the brisket from the pot and let rest 15 minutes. Meanwhile, discard the bay leaves and put the pot with the braising liquid over medium heat; simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skin and whisk into the liquid. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary. Thinly slice the brisket against the grain and toss with some of the roasted garlic sauce. Warm the tortillas; fill with the brisket and top with slaw.

Red Cabbage Slaw:

Combine 1 small head shaved red cabbage, 4 sliced scallions, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, a splash of olive oil and a swirl of Sriracha in a bowl; season with salt. Set aside to allow the vinegar to work its magic.

Not a Five, a Ten

July 18, 2011

Even in college I considered myself a foodie.  How can you not be in Athens?  Not only does the Classic City have a plethora of bars, but the restaurant selection is amazing.  So are the prices.  An added bonus is you can pretty much go anywhere in jeans and a t-shirt.

So when I was at UGA and local chef, Hugh Acheson, was featured on the cover of Food & Wine as one of the best new chefs of 2002, I knew that I needed to visit his restaurant immediately.  Now, this post is not a review of Five and Ten {which is ah-mazing BTW} but when his recipe for Fish Tacos popped up on my weekly email from Saveur, I knew I needed to make them.  This recipe (tweaked a bit), like his restaurant, did not disappoint.

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Fish Tacos

Yummy Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa

Printable Recipe

  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • One packet of Splenda
  • 1 cup canned pinto beans
  • 16 6″ corn tortillas
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 boneless, skinless flounder or halibut filets
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Make the salsa: Heat a 12″ cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, tomatoes, serrano chile and bell pepper and cook, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Transfer vegetables to a plate and let cool. Peel the garlic and stem and seed the serrano chile. Transfer vegetables, 2 tbsp. chicken broth and 1tsp cilantro to a small food processor and process into a chunky purée; set aside. Season salsa with salt and Splenda, transfer to a bowl, cover, and set aside.

Make the tacos: Put beans into a small pot and heat over medium heat until hot; cover, remove from heat, and keep warm. Heat a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Pour oil into a 5-qt. pot to a depth of 2″ and heat over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, season fish with salt and chili powder and dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Add fish to the oil and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fish to a rack set in a baking sheet. To serve, use1 tortilla per taco. Divide beans among tacos; top beans with fish, avocado, the remaining cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice and a tablespoon of salsa. Serve warm.

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Cinco de Julio

July 10, 2011

Order at the counter, then take a seat

Last Tuesday we went to grab a bite at Don Pedro on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn.  OMG.  Probably the best Mexican food I’ve had in a long time.  A friend discovered their sister restaurant (same name, different location) on Buford Highway recently and has been raving about it.  The Lilburn location was a little closer to our house, so we decided to check it out.  I’m so glad we did.

Not only is Don Pedro’s home to the $.99 taco, but they have all you can drink Horchata, which is one of Jim’s favorite summertime drinks.  Also, be sure to taste the Jarrito — a fruit flavored Mexican soda.  They have an orange/mango flavor (we weren’t sure which it was) and pineapple.

Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a $.99 taco, but all the varieties we got were delicious and included: Asada (steak), Pastor (a spicy pork) and Picadillo de Pollo (shredded chicken).  Our friend also tried the Lengua (tongue) and said it was very yummy.

In addition to the tacos, we tried the Mulitas (two tortillas laid flat with steak, avocado, cheese, onions and cilantro), Chicken Tostadas and the Tortas, a meat and veggie filled sandwich pocket.  We also enjoyed a side of Rice and Beans.  Between the four of us that went for dinner, we couldn’t agree on what we like best, but it was a toss up between the Mulitas and the Tortas. (For the record, my vote is for the Tortas.)

We couldn’t stop thinking about their tasty fare, so Jim went back yesterday and picked up a to go order for dinner :0)

Cinco de Junio

June 5, 2011

Who doesn’t love Mexican food?  Personally, I am obsessed with it.  Especially in the summertime. 

This fresh soup is the perfect start to any Mexican meal The only thing that might make it better is a Margarita.

Green Chicken Stew

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans white beans
  • 1 tablespoon evoo
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 medium poblano peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 4 cups home-made chicken broth
  • 2 limes, juiced, plus lime wedges, for serving
  • Four cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • Greek yogurt, for topping
  • Tortilla chips, coarsely crushed, for topping

Directions

Drain and rinse the canned white beans. Reserve the beans until needed.

Add the canola oil to a large Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt, and pepper, to taste. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and continue to saute for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken stock, and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.

After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Stir in the shredded chicken and cilantro and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of greek yougurt, crushed tortilla chips, and lime wedges.

Recipe adapted from The Neelys.

Green Chicken Stew

Green Chicken Stew

You may have heard of a little stretch of beach known as the Redneck Riviera.  That would be Panama City Beach, FL.  A town known for its abundance of spring-breakers, hairy backs and keg stands.  After enjoying a to-go lunch staring at the sea, I believe it should also be known for its fish tacos.

The Mahi Mahi fish tacos at Schooners in PCB are the bomb.  The grilled fish rests in flour tortillas and is topped with shredded cheddar-jack over a bed of key lime slaw.  Get the black beans and yellow rice on the side, stick your feet in the sand and enjoy the sound of the ocean. 

(Did I mention you can order them to-go and wait on the beach?  They’ll call your cell when it’s ready.  Oh, and ask for Wayne.)

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Cinco de Junio

June 6, 2010

Like my friend over at You are what you eat…or reheat, I love Mexican food.  So, why not celebrate Cinco de Mayo in June?  Jim mentioned seeing these mouth-watering enchiladas on Food Network, so I thought I’d surprise him and prepare them for dinner — along with refried beans and yellow rice.  These are quite possibly the tastiest enchiladas I’ve had in my life…if I do say so myself.

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Dinner is served!

Chicken Enchiladas with Refried Beans & Yellow Rice

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock (I like to use two cups of water and two ck bullion)
  • Two cans red enchilada sauce
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts (I boil and shred)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 large corn tortillas
  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • Chopped tomatoes and cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Refried beans, (I use canned and heat through)
  • Yellow Rice, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

 Heat a 2 count of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and caramelized - this should take 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin then cook for a further minute. Sprinkle on the flour and stir to ensure the flour doesn’t burn then gradually add the chicken stock to make a veloute. Continue stirring over a low simmer until the flour cooks and the liquid thickens. Turn off the heat, add half of one can of enchilada sauce, some fresh chopped cilantro and fold in the shredded chicken meat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

 Begin assembling the dish. Take a large baking dish and a small one (I made this stretch into one a half casserole dishes) and smear the bottom with some of the reserved enchilada sauce. Now take the corn tortillas and briefly flash them over the stove-top flame (or put them briefly under the broiler if using an electric stove). Put a scoop of the shredded chicken-enchilada mix on top of the tortilla followed by a sprinkle of the shredded cheese. Fold the tortilla over the filling and roll like a cigar to enclose it. Place the tortillas in the baking dish and continue to do the same with all the tortillas. Finally pour over some more of the enchilada sauce and top with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes until bubbly and cracked on top. Garnish, cilantro and tomato.

 Serve hot with Refried Beans and Yellow Rice and sour cream.

Yellow Rice Ingredients:

  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions:

Put all the ingredients into a heavy-bottomed pot, stir well, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook over low heat until the rice has absorbed the water, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Discard the garlic and bay leaf, fluff with a fork, and serve.  (I throw everything into my rice cooker, turn on and it’s ready in 20 minutes.)

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