Finding myself nearing the end of the day with no dinner plans in mind is becoming more the norm than the exception. Although I consider myself a planner (or maybe that’s the image that exists only in my head), I can’t always get my act together enough to plan dinner menus ahead, shop for everything, defrost, etc. so that a fabulous, nutritious meal comes together quickly that the whole family loves. Oh, that’s such a foreign concept to me anymore it makes me laugh (and cry a little) just thinking about it.
So, with your help, readers, I’m trying to put together a repertoire of Go-To meals that can, indeed come together quickly with a minimum of extra shopping, time or stress. Please keep those suggestions coming and I will share them in a future blog. If you are sending a recipe that belongs to someone else, i.e. from a book or website, I’ll need the link so that we can give them proper credit. To send your go-to recipe, email to Edan Goode at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
For now, I’ve come up with another Go-To recipe involving very few ingredients and only two dishes. It was a big hit at my house.
Edan Goode’s Half-Way There Chicken Enchiladas – Serves 6 or more
I call these Half-Way There because I took shortcuts by buying a rotisserie chicken plus a couple of canned items (instead of making them from scratch) and a bag of pre-shredded cheese. The whole thing came together in about 15 minutes, plus cooking time.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
• Rotisserie chicken
• 2 cans enchilada sauce (green or red)
• 8-12 tortillas (burrito size) – the number varies depending on how large your pan is and how full you fill them.
• 1 can bean of your choice such as kidney, black bean or pinto, drained and rinsed
• 2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided in half
• 1/2 onion, diced and sauteed
1. Take apart the chicken, putting half of it in a zipper freezer bag for another meal. Chop the remaining half into bite-size pieces.
2. Put chicken, the can of beans, one can of enchilada sauce, the onion and half of the cheese in a bowl and mix to get everything coated in the sauce. This is where you can add variations like quinoa, rice or other grains to add bulk.
3. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9-1/2 X 11 baking pan with non-stick spray.
4. Lay a tortilla in the pan and place a couple of spoonfuls of the chicken mixture in the tortilla and roll, with the seam side down. Repeat with as many tortillas as will fit in your pan snuggly.
5. Pour the remaining can of enchilada sauce over the top of the rolls, coating as thoroughly as possible. Use a spatula to help you spread it out evenly if necessary.
6. If there is any leftover filling, spoon it down the center of the enchiladas, lengthwise.
7. Sprinkle everything with cheese.
8. Spray the non-shiny side of a sheet of aluminum foil with non-stick spray and gentle lay that over the top of the dish, sealing the sides.
9. Bake for 20 minutes or longer – until the sauce is slightly bubbly and the cheese is melted.
10. Serve topped with avocado slices and dollops of sour cream or plain yogurt and a cool salad on the side.
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