The other night we were supposed to have some friends over for dinner. Their daughter ended up getting sick and they didn’t get to come but since I already had everything ready to go I decided to go ahead and make our meal. This recipe started in my head as I was looking through recipes on Pinterest. I found one that looked pretty tasty. It was an enchilada recipe. As I was thinking about our friends that were coming over I realized how nice it would be to make something that was more of a “filling” for various things rather than just enchiladas. That way each person could create their own meal. So I came up with what I’m calling Crockpot Fiesta Chicken. Basically it’s just a chicken mix that can be used in burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, soft tacos, hard tacos, as a topping for nachos, in a taco salad or even as a topping for a baked potato or sweet potato. This recipe makes quite a bit so it would be great for feeding a large group. Plus you can make a taco bar of sorts with hard and soft shells, lettuce for salads and chips. Then set out all your toppings and everyone can make their own meal.
My birthday was last week and it really got me to thinking about what I wish I were able to tell my younger self. I am one year away from 40 and thankfully I don’t feel like it at all. I definitely feel and look better than I did in my 20s. I try not to focus on the past but if I were able to share these tips with my 20 year old self I know I would have felt so much better, had more confidence and probably enjoyed life a little more.
If I could go back in time, this is what I’d tell myself:
One of my favorite parts of summer is eating fresh basil from my herb garden. Basil is a great topping for salads, pizza and pasta dishes. But my favorite way to use basil is in homemade pesto. I could eat it on just about anything. Pesto is so flavorful and can take a boring dish and make it much more exciting. It’s not only delicious but it’s very versatile too. Take a look at some of my favorite uses for pesto:
In my “What We Ate” posts each week I’ll share some of the recipes we ate for dinner the previous week. I love to get inspiration from what other families are eating so I thought it might be helpful to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have questions about any of these recipes. And if you know of a recipe that you think we might like please share it with me!
***Veggie Patties (chicken nuggets for the kids)
- The adults had a veggie patty with rice and broccoli while the kids had chicken nuggets. We keep their dinner small on Sunday nights because they snack at our church small group.