Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mexican feast and an experiment

As I think I've mentioned here before, I am enjoying trying new recipes for dinner every night. Cole loves variety, and I like not being in a rut. Cooking in Tuscaloosa often wasn't fun because I made the same things over and over. Instead of being excited about dinner, I just grumbled while I made the same ol' thing and threw it on the table. I've been trying lately to take more pleasure in making a nice meal for us each and every night. And it's been working.

I find new recipes mostly from internet searches, but sometimes I'll dig through one of my cookbooks for a new idea. Many times I'll stumble upon a good cooking blog that has several ideas to choose from. Cole is always up for whatever I want to make, so I find something that sounds good to me, get the ingredients, and get cooking. Sometimes I even combine several similar recipes based on my tastes.

My most recent successes were the Mexican feast we had last night and the chicken we had tonight. Last night I made homemade guacamole to snack on while dinner cooked. It was VERY easy. Chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice were for dinner. I used Knorr Mexican rice, but it wasn't my favorite. Next time I'll probably just use yellow rice. I used this recipe for the enchiladas, but added Mexicorn and sliced olives to Cole's enchiladas. They were very tasty, and really easy too.

Tonight I made chicken with Laughing Cow cheese (kinda tastes like swiss, but it has the consistency of cream cheese) and pesto. You pound out the chicken breasts, spread on the cheese and pesto, roll them up, dip them in a little light mayo (thinned with water), and bread them in panko breadcrumbs (regular will work too). I added a touch of garlic powder to the mayo and to the breadcrumbs. Then stick them in a baking dish and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Delish. I served it with homemade macaroni and cheese and a baby romaine salad.

We will definitely make all of these recipes again. The chicken may even be company-worthy.

Stay tuned for more tales of my culinary endeavors!


Sara Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Thanks for that. It's 2AM, and now I'm hungry.

Emily Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm hungry too, after reading your post! Great work, An!