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!
***Leftover Pizza and Hotdogs
We didn’t have our usual Sunday commitments so I was able to go to my PiYo class at 5:00. Yay! I needed a quick dinner I could throw together afterwards.
We had two pieces of leftover homemade pizza and two leftover hotdogs. We warmed those up and also had steamed cauliflower and broccoli and fruit. We were all still a little hungry after that so we snacked on the granola the boys and I made that afternoon.
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.
The other day I found some 1 pound bags of Great Northern beans on sale at Kroger. I decided to buy a few bags and try them out in some white chicken chili. Instead of using the several cans of beans called for in most recipes, I thought I’d try dried beans and cook them in the chili all day. For this particular recipe I used some pre-cooked shredded chicken (from a rotisserie chicken) but you can use raw chicken breasts and cook them directly in the chili along with the beans. The inspiration for using dried beans in the chili came from this recipe.
The next time you want some chicken chili, save a few bucks and try using dried beans instead of canned!