Monday, July 27, 2015

Simple Chicken Tacos and Black Beans

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A very simple dinner using leftover chicken for tacos and a quick black bean side dish.


Simple Chicken Tacos and Black Beans:  A very simple dinner using leftover chicken for tacos and a quick black bean side dish.



These tacos were completely unexpected and delicious.  I bought corn tortillas, made slaw, and had black beans warming in preparation for Fish Stick Tacos (which I'll post next time).  I was waiting for my husband to get home from work before I cooked the fish sticks when he surprised me by bringing home leftovers.

Unexpected leftovers make great tacos.  [Tweet this]
Simple Chicken Tacos and Black Beans:  A very simple dinner using leftover chicken for tacos and a quick black bean side dish.

Someone from his work had barbecue/grilled chicken for lunch and couldn't finish it all so he brought me the leftovers.  I don't want y'all to think we can't afford to buy our own food.  We can, but my husband hates to see any food go to waste and he knew I had tacos planned so thought I might sub chicken for the fish sticks.  It wasn't much chicken but plenty for the two of us and even easier than the dinner I had planned.  So that's how these Simple Chicken Tacos came into existence.  Once again an unplanned meal rescued leftovers and tasted great.  This would work well with leftover rotisserie chicken too.

Rescue leftover rotisserie chicken with tacos.  [Tweet this]
Simple Chicken Tacos and Black Beans:  A very simple dinner using leftover chicken for tacos and a quick black bean side dish.

Simple Chicken Tacos


Prep/cook time:  15 minutes or fewer
Servings:  2

Ingredients:

*Quick lime slaw
1 cup leftover chicken, shredded
4 Corn Tortillas, toasted/grilled
Cilantro

Simple Chicken Tacos and Black Beans:  A very simple dinner using leftover chicken for tacos and a quick black bean side dish.


**Quick Lime Slaw:  1/2 head of cabbage sliced/shredded, juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise, and 1 tsp sugar.  Toss the cabbage in the juice, mayonnaise, and sugar until thoroughly mixed.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to use (it's great right away too if you're crunched for time).

Grill the tortillas quickly on both sides until pliable and sturdier (see my trick for more details).  Cover with a towel and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the leftover chicken (in the microwave is fine).

Lay out the tortillas (2 per person).  Spread some of the slaw on each tortilla, then 1/4 of the chicken, and top with cilantro.

Serve with black beans (recipe below).


Black Beans and Red Pepper Side


Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Servings:  4-6

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups pre-cooked black beans (or 1 can drained)
1 Tbsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
Hot sauce or hot pepper flakes, optional

Simple Chicken Tacos and Black Beans:  A very simple dinner using leftover chicken for tacos and a quick black bean side dish.

In a medium saucepan cook the onion and red pepper, over medium-high heat (with a sprinkle of salt and pepper), until tender.

Add the black beans (and salt if needed), garlic powder, and hot sauce if using (enough to make it spicy to your liking).  Stir to mix well, lower the heat to low, and cover until the beans are heated through.

Serve as a side dish for any meal.

Enjoy.

Simple Chicken Tacos and Black Beans:  A very simple dinner using leftover chicken for tacos and a quick black bean side dish.



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Sun-dried Tomato, Olive, and Asparagus Pasta

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Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, asparagus and Italian sausage in a chunky pasta sauce served over whole wheat pasta and topped with parmesan.


Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Asparagus Pasta:  Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, asparagus and Italian sausage in a chunky pasta sauce served over whole wheat pasta and topped with parmesan.



Pasta.  I love making my own pasta sauce.  It's actually pretty simple and you can add just about anything you like to it.  I always keep diced tomatoes in my pantry for homemade pasta sauce (they are useful in many other recipes too).  So if I have nothing in the house to eat I can usually throw together some kind of pasta dish.

Diced tomatoes are a useful pantry staple.  [Tweet this]
Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Asparagus Pasta:  Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, asparagus and Italian sausage in a chunky pasta sauce served over whole wheat pasta and topped with parmesan.

I love sun-dried tomatoes.  They are super flavorful and have a great chewiness. I'll eat them by themselves, as a spread, in sauces, they are very versatile and enhance any dish to which they're added. When I thought about making a pasta sauce they were a natural choice.

Sundried tomatoes are super flavorful and versatile.  [Tweet this]
Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Asparagus Pasta:  Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, asparagus and Italian sausage in a chunky pasta sauce served over whole wheat pasta and topped with parmesan.

Everything else in this pasta was added on a whim,  I knew I wanted a sun-dried tomato pasta sauce, but that was all I planned.  I had some thawed Italian sausage so that seemed like an obvious addition.  The jar of olives was beside the tomatoes so I figured it wouldn't hurt to add some. Then, I didn't feel like cooking the asparagus separately for a side vegetable so in the sauce it went. Everything together made an absolutely delicious, flavorful, and filling meal.  Sometimes the most unplanned concoctions turn out to be the most delicious.

Unplanned concoctions can turn into delicious meals.  [Tweet this]
Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Asparagus Pasta:  Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, asparagus and Italian sausage in a chunky pasta sauce served over whole wheat pasta and topped with parmesan.

Sun-dried Tomato, Olive, and Asparagus Pasta


Cook time:  30-45 minutes
Servings:  4-6

Ingredients:

1/2 -3/4-pound spicy Italian sausage
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
15 sundried tomatoes, sliced
10 olives, sliced
1 bunch asparagus cut bite-sized

Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Asparagus Pasta:  Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, asparagus and Italian sausage in a chunky pasta sauce served over whole wheat pasta and topped with parmesan.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown the sausage.  When sausage is mostly cooked, drain away excess grease.

Lower heat to about low to medium-low and add the oil, garlic and shallots.  Cook and stir until just tender and fragrant then add everything but the asparagus.  Cover and let simmer for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile cook pasta.

Uncover the skillet and add the asparagus and a little wine or pasta water if needed for more liquid.  Cook until asparagus is tender to your liking (I like my asparagus somewhat crisp but if you like it pretty soft feel free to add it with all of the other ingredients).

Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Remove from heat and serve over pasta of your choice.  Makes 4-6 servings.

Top with parmesan if you like.

Enjoy.

Sun-dried Tomato Olive and Asparagus Pasta:  Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, asparagus and Italian sausage in a chunky pasta sauce served over whole wheat pasta and topped with parmesan.




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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Great Idea Thursdays 107

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Welcome, everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:


Great Idea Thursdays:  A #linkparty where everything gets pinned.  Anything goes as long as it's family friendly and you made it yourself.
Wednesdays 6pm EST-Sunday 11:59pm EST
#greatideathurs

Welcome to Great Idea Thursdays link party where everything gets pinned.  It's an anything goes (as long as it's family friendly and you made it yourself) link party.  Link up your recent blog posts and see other great ideas.  We will be pinning every entry to pinterest.  Socialize and have fun, it's a party!

Great Idea Thursdays link party where everything gets pinned. Socialize and have fun, it's a party! [Tweet this]

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**I've also started a  Google+ collection for my features click here to see it and follow (you might be featured).**

Here's what I've been doing since last time:



Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She has different features.


Simple Zucchini Recipes from The Gracious Wife


Homemade Oreo Ice Cream from Marty's Musings

On to the link party.  Here are the usual rules.

*Please follow your host and co-host on any or all social media 

Host:  Krista from- 
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Co-Host:  Me Joybee--









*Grab a party button and put it somewhere on your blog (or text link back to us).

Joybee, What's for Dinner?

*Click on at least two other links and please leave a comment (I know I love getting comments).

*Remember to link directly to your blog post, not just your home page.

Now let's party.

Enjoy.



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