Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas - Verde

Chicken Enchiladas are one my families favorite dinners.  For years I always used red sauce with beef, but when I started using chicken I wanted a different flavor.  The mild green sauce is perfect!

They are super easy and quick!

Cooked chicken (I keep baggies of cooked chicken in my freezer for easy meals!)
Enchilada sauce - green
Red onion
White cheese (I had mozzarella, Monterrey Jack works great too!)
Jalapenos - optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly spray your baking dish, I have a 10 x 10 dish I use, but I've also used a 9 x 13 for this same meal.  I had about cups of shredded chicken.  Enough to make 4 enchiladas.  There is only 3 of us, so it is the perfect amount.  If you need to make more then 4, you will need additional green sauce!

Chop 1/2 of a medium sized red onion. I put the onion in a dish and microwave them for about 45 seconds, this way they are a little bit soft but not super mushy.  I just don't want crunchy onions in the chicken mixture.

 Using a fork, shred the chicken so their aren't big chunky pieces.  Then add the onions into the mix.  Heat the mixture in the microwave for about 2 minutes.  It's doesn't have to be steaming hot, but you don't want ice cold chicken either.

Pour a little bit of green sauce into the bottom of your baking dish.  Just enough to coat the bottom.

You can use any medium size tortilla.  I've even used the small fajita size, it just means I have to roll more than 4 enchiladas.  My choice for this meal is the Target brand, Market Pantry high fiber tortillas.  Because they have the sauce and the cheese, my hubby and son don't realize I'm sneaking in extra fiber!

Preheat your tortillas in the microwave.  I keep our tortillas in the fridge, so taking the chill off is a must, otherwise they will crack when you try to roll them!

Time to load 'em up!
I split the chicken mixture almost equally between the 4 shells.  One usually has a little less for Mr. Non-Stop.  I add about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and a large spoonful of green sauce.

Roll them up (I don't even attempt to tuck in the ends) and place in your baking dish.  I try to make sure they are all facing the same direction and that the edge of the tortilla is tucked under and placed on the bottom of the baking dish.  You can see the open side would be to the right.

Top the enchiladas with the remaining green sauce, add shredded cheese and we like jalapenos, so those go on 3 of the enchiladas. I leave them off Mr. Non-Stops.  Also, I put way less cheese on the top of mine, but extra cheese on the other three.  Mine is the one all they way to the left, you can still see some of the green sauce under the cheese, not the case on the other three!

Time to bake.  I normally bake this at least 25 minutes without a lid.  What is nice, if my hubby is running late, I can turn the oven down to keep the food warm.  There is enough liquid to keep it from drying out.
This time the dish was in the oven about 30 minutes.  You can see the cheese started to brown, yummmmmm!

This was mine, before the toppings, you can still see some of the sauce.  We top ours with lettuce and salsa.  My hubby and Mr. Non-Stop use sour cream.

What I really like about this recipe, it isn't super fatty,  I can control the amount of cheese on mine without having to change the entire dish.  I almost always have all the ingredients at home, so I can just throw dinner together.


The Chop Haus

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ranch Dressing gone WRONG!!

It seemed so simple

1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 package dry ranch mix
1/2 cup milk

Whisk it together and "poof" low cal ranch dressing.


It looked good, tasted really, really, really bad.

Now maybe it was the ranch seasoning packet I picked, but this in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM comes even close to ranch dressing.  I am not a world class chef, but this one is pretty hard to screw up! 

I am going to give it one more try.  I bought Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix. (not dip mix)  I'll let you know what happens!

I'm willing to try anything, but it better taste good!

The Chop Haus

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Oh all those little pieces of chalk!  Scraping my fingers across the driveway.  I've had enough!  Mr. Non-Stop loves to paint so it was time to come up with a way to use up all those little pieces!

I grabbed some baggies, small cups, bucket of water, sponge brushes and a hammer!  What I really liked about this activity, it won't stain and just washes off with water!

First we sorted all the chalk into small piles so our colors weren't mixed.

Then each pile of chalk went into their own baggie

Then the fun part - smashing the chalk
Not TOO hard or you will put holes in the baggie.
Word to the wise - pulverize it.  We still had some chalk chips in our first batch.  I went back through and smashed any little chips into dust! It makes much better paint if it doesn't have chips!

Add a little bit of water at a time.  Too much water and the paint color will be really faint when it dries.

 Here we are, ready to paint!

We both painted.  As our pictures dried, the color came out more, but still looked like chalk.

It was kind of hot today, the dog didn't want to move!

Here's a couple of during the drying and after.  The paint doesn't look like much more than water lines, but after it dried you could see the colors.

Have fun this summer!

The Chop Haus

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July

Happy Birthday America!  In between the rain drops we are getting, I've managed to take the dog for a long walk (hopefully to tire her out just a little bit) and Mr. Non-Stop and I had enough time for one chalk drawing.

Of course it had to be Uncle Sam!  Mr. Non-Stop was squinting because he thought it was too bright (keep in mind the sun is NOT shining).  But we had fun before the rain returned.

Have a safe and fun filled holiday!

The Chop Haus

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WOW, that's a lot of boards!

I've been "pinning" away on Pinterest, but not doing a whole lot with those pins.  Well I have a four day weekend to catch up on many of the Pins.  I went looking at my Photography board, I had over 250 Pins!  Really?  Like I was going to be able to find anything in that pile!

I decided I needed to break those Pins down into some manageable sizes.  As I worked on editing each pin and attaching it to the newly created board, I found I needed even more boards than I originally thought!   By the time I was done, I had taken what was once one board and created 11 additional boards!  There are a couple you can't even see in the screen shot below.  However at least now I can find what I'm looking for and when I Pin new items, the boards are already there!

Well worth my time and it got me thinking about a couple of other boards that I just Pin away, it might be time to start organizing.  If you can't find the items you need, then having Pinned it, doesn't really do you any good!

The Chop Haus

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pirate Telescopes

For Mr. Non-Stops Pirate Party, I assembled telescopes for each of the gift bags.  Below are the directions:

What you need
Empty paper towel roll
Hot/Cold drinking cup (I used 8oz)
Black duct tape
Red / white striped paper (or a color to match your theme)

I started with the 8 oz cup, poked a hole in the bottom and cut a star shape


 I then pushed the paper towel roll into the cup bottom.  I did this before I attached the paper to make sure the cup bottom would help to hold the role in place.

I removed the paper towel roll and covered it with my red and white striped paper.  I left about 1 inch of paper on each end and tucked the ends into the roll.  This way all the edges were covered.  I used clear tape to cover the entire paper seem.

 Once the paper towel roll was covered, I needed to cover my hot/cold cup.  All I had at home was halloween.  If I had solid black I still would have covered the cup so it would have the shiny appearance that you get from the black duct tape.  It took 5 strips of tape to cover the cup.  I measured each one and cut with scissors.  I then taped each one over lapping the tap.  Keep in mind, the cup is tapered, so the tape will start to angle.


Once the cup is covered, carefully insert the covered roll into the cup (try not to hit tape).  Having already inserted the roll into the cup in the earlier steps helps keep the roll straight and not sticking to the tape.

The final step is to cover the tape from the cup.  It's a strip of tape that I cut in half the long way.  I covered the tape ends and pushed the tape onto the striped paper to hold the entire thing in place.

I used the other half of the strip of tape and wrapped it around the end where you look through the telescope. 

 These were pretty easy to make once I figured out the process.  Easy to adapt to any color theme!

Have fun!

The Chop Haus