All of the favorite meals around here contain basically the same ingredients cheese, tomato sauce, and either pasta or bread. Its all about finding ways to make them more healthy, more convenient, and if I’m lucky I manage to hide a few vegetables in there too.With that in mind we tried a couple of new recipes in the last few weeks and both were met with relative success. One meal that the whole family seemed to enjoy –especially my pickiest eater were enchiladas. He gave them an 8 out of 10 which around here is a major achievement.
Enchilada Dinner, chicken/shrimp filling, mango,tomato & grilled onion guacamole, with rice and beans.
Reviewers 8yr, 6yr & 4yr old
Review: filling 8/10 across the board, meal including sides 7/10, 10/10, 6/10.
1 Tb olive oil
1/2 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can of tomatoes puree (or sauce, with no other flavours)
Equal part water or stock
3 Tb chili powder
1 Tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano, dry
1/2 tsp corriander seed grnd
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
8-10 corn tortillas
1 lb protein (about 3 breast chicken/cooked beans/shrimp),
1 c corn, whole kernel
(1 c Refried Beans)
1/4 c cilantro, rough chopped
1 1/2 c shredded cheese (monteray/cheddar/mozza)
Heat oil to med-high in deep frypan or sauce pot. Add onion and garlic. Cook to transparent. Add tomato sauce, water, and spice. Bring to simmer, then add chicken.
Cover simmer 20 min till cooked through.
Set aside about 1 c sauce
Shred chicken with 2 forks. Keep warm in remaing sauce.
Preheat oven to 400.
Cover bottom of a casserole with a bit of sauce.
Gently warm tortillas a few at a time in a little oil.
Fill with meat, corn and beans, roll and place in casserole seam down. Repeat until full.
Cover with reserved sauce.
Sprinkle with half cilantro, and all of cheese.
Garnish with remaining cilantro serve with rice and beans, guacamole, and sour cream.
To make the rice and beans I either fry up some leftover chili with a little cooked rice and bacon and the rest of the onion or use the same spice blend above but instead of tomato sauce I use a tablespoon of tomato paste and 1 bullion cube.
The guacamole is a variation on the New York Times grilled onion guacamole, I add a diced mango.
What was the other meal?
Sundried tomato & shrimp pasta,
Decent reviews from the kids:9/10, 7/10, 7/10