Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cheater Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mayo

I am not a big fist eater. At all. I will however eat fish sticks, and breaded fillets (like Long John Silvers!). Hubby saw a commercial for frozen fish fillets, and they said they would be great for fish tacos! Hmm I thought, that would be something different. So I bought some frozen beer battered fish fillets, baked them and used them for fish tacos.

Usually this wouldn't warrant a whole post, however, I discovered a little magic to add to these tacos....

Back up about a month ago. Hubby and I went out to eat at Granite City. I ordered shrimp tacos. I don't know why I did this. I don't like shrimp that much, but they sounded good so I ordered them. They were so good! They came with this sauce that was amazing. I didn't really know what it was, but I was determined to duplicate it.

  Then I forgot about it........
Until Tuesday night. I was looking for a sauce to put on my fish tacos. I searched fish tacos on, and was looking thru the posts and came across a Chipotle Mayo sauce. I thought that is sounded good so I tried it.

Chipotle Mayo Sauce

First buy one of these

1/2 c. mayo
2 peppers
1 T. adobo sauce
1/4 cayenne pepper

Put in blender and pulse until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Long story short. It tasted almost exactly like the stuff at Granite City! WHOOO HOOO!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chicken and Spinach Pasta (Even the kids love it!)

If you are looking for a yummy way to get your kids (or yourself) to eat spinach, this is it! We love this recipe. The very first time I made it, my sweet Hubby said, "I would totally order this in a restaurant!" That is a big compliment to me. I was a bit weary of it at first because it seems like a ton of spinach, and you can totally see it in there, but the kids didn't complain once! YAY!

Chicken and Spinach Pasta
6 T. olive oil
6 cloves of garlic; minced
1/2 t. crushed red pepper
3 boneless, skinless, chicken breast; cubed
salt and pepper
1 lb. penne pasta (I use whole wheat)
5 oz fresh spinach
1 T. basil
6 T. lemon juice
Parmesan cheese

*Heat oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a small bowl in the microwave for about 1 minuet.

* Pour 1-2 T. of the flavored oil into a skillet. Cook chicken on med. heat until done. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add spinach, cook until wilted, about a minuet. Don't worry, it looks like a lot, but it really cooks down!
 See....... :)

Meanwhile, cook your pasta and drain well, and return to pot.
*Add chicken to pasta along with basil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese.
*Stir in the rest of the flavored oil. Toss until well combined.
See all the steamy yummy-ness!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

BBQ Chicken Pizza

This is a pseudo knock-off of Minsky's BBQ Chicken Pizza. My friend told me once to order it, and have them put cream cheese on it. It sounded questionable, but I did and LOVED it.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
2 c. shredded chicken
2 c. BBQ sauce (I use KC Masterpiece original)
1/2 c. cilantro ; chopped
1/4 red onion ; chopped
2 c. mozzarella cheese
cream cheese
pizza crust of your choice

I like to put chicken and bbq sauce in the crock pot and let it cook for several hours.
Spread cream cheese on pizza crust.
Top with cilantro
 Spread chicken and BBQ mixture
 Top with cheese and bake!  YUM!