Another New One

We tried this recipe last night, Layered Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole.  It was wonderful.  Definitely one that I will keep and make again.  Ingredients are simple, which I like.  I have not used the spice, coriander very often.  I think I like coriander.  I definitely like cumin (or comino) and this recipe called for it.  Also, a new favorite of mine to cook with is cilantro.  I am just now learning tricks to making it last longer, thanks to Facebook.  Just typed in there on my status a question about how to keep it fresh, and WHAMO!  responses galore.  I must get that Tupperware spice keeper, I’m thinking! 

Back to the recipe at hand.  My kids are going to develop pepper bellies if I make recipes like this all the time.  I just seem to always have cheese and tortillas on hand and they lend themselves well to spicy dishes.  I tried to pick the green chiles out of the kid’s servings, though.  Both kids finished off their meals.  I made this dish along with a side of quinoa seasoned with Pampered Chef’s Southwest Seasoning.  You can get yours here.  By the way, quinoa is my new favorite.  Much easier to make and healthier than rice.  Even the hubby likes it.  And, he enjoyed the casserole also.  He went back for seconds and he is having the leftovers tonight (he might not know that yet).

Who is Coming for Dinner?

White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

I made this wonderfully fattening and delectable meal tonight-White Cheese Chicken Lasagna.  It was a very time-consuming meal to put together.  It didn’t help that my 23 month-old kept telling me that she needed to potty.  I would stop dinner and take her to the potty.  Then, she wouldn’t do anything.  By the third or fourth time of her telling me she needed to do number two, I just couldn’t stop anymore.  Of course, this time she actually did it.  In a pull-up, thank goodness.

Here were the responses at the dinner table:

  • Five year-old:  what is this green stuff?  Did you put broccoli in this?  I’ll eat all this and then you can throw all the green stuff away.  (I eventually had to feed him in order to get the meal over with; however, he did not complain one bit.  I guess he was just wanting some extra attention tonight.)
  • Almost two year-old:  made her take the first bite and then she ate two servings.
  • Daddy:  you can make this any time!
  • Me:  this is a make-for-company meal.  Almost hate that I went to so much trouble for such little appreciation!  Glad my man enjoyed it, though.  Then I thought, “holy moly, this is so rich and cheesy.  I can just feel my hips expanding with every bite.  It sure is yummy!”

Dinner Tonight

Tonight’s dinner was called Bubble Pizza. 

Comments included the following:

“What is that black stuff?”

“I’m not eating this stuff.”  (My response, “Then go clean your room and you can come out when you are ready to eat.”  He came back  30 seconds later.)

“You can make this again.”

“It really tastes like pizza.”

“Waaaaaa.” (as the 21-month old spits it out)

We will not judge this recipe based on the toddler’s review. 

Dinner Tonight

Tonight for dinner, John requested a hearty soup.  I found this one on and have made it once before.  Since I had all of the ingredients on hand (minus the beer), and it is such a cold day here, I decided that Slow Cooker Chicken Taco soup is what we will be dining on tonight.  Here is the link and here is a picture.

 It already smells so good in here!  I can’t wait to eat dinner tonight.

Also on the menu are Apple Dumplings.  Here is the link and a picture.

Doesn’t this just look delicious.  I found this recipe by typing in two ingredients that I knew I had to work with-apples and biscuits.  I just know the family is going to love them! 

What’s for dinner at your house tonight?

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

All Cleaned Up

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