Thursday, May 9, 2013

Decontructed chicken taco casserole

I know, I know....I've really been MIA this time! I'm not sure what happened, I've just been running and running and not been cooking much at home and running and running. Only one night of dinner made at home this week, now that might be some kind of record. Anywho...I'm going to try to update you on some of the activities I've been running and running to and from so you can see how much fun I've been having while putting you on the back burner. Because I feel like the neglect is less offensive if I get you to want to try some of the things we've been up to....right? Now that we've got that settled...
This was actually in April, but that's neither here nor there. What kind of a word is 'nor' anyway? Can't we just say 'or'? Why do we have to fancify it? Seems like 'nor' is trying to be all uppity or something. And I'm far from uppity. If the Duck Dynasty guys knew me, they would not call me a yuppy. Or maybe they would. Holy tangent! Let's circle back...a bunch of ladies got together to do a painting at The Social Canvas in Waukee and it was so. much. fun! I'm really not superbly artistic....I would maybe classify myself as crafty, but artistic is not in the same realm as me. But in these classes they stand up and take you through the paintings step by step so you really can't mess it up...that's my kind of art class! Plus you get wine, and you can't beat wine and painting.
Here's my finished masterpiece. I even had a friend on Facebook offer me money for cool is that?! But it was such a fun experience that I want to keep the memory of it and shall hang it at the lake house to smile at all no sale. Although it would've been fun to say I've sold a painting before. That does sound yuppy, doesn't it?

The whole group with our finished products...some are a lot better than others. I'm glad this picture isn't taken any more up close to see all the ones that beat mine out of the running of halfway good.

What's ladies night without a margarita the size of your head afterwards? The waiter asked me how big I wanted it, and I said "as big as you've got". I learned my took three of us to finish it!

While on the Mexican theme, I will actually share a recipe with you today too! I mean, this is a food blog, I guess I can throw you a bone. This is super duper simple, and very nummy yummy to boot. It was a throw-together-make-ahead if that makes any sense? I was meal planning on Sunday and got all lazy about it. Found all these ingredients and threw them together to bake in happiness and merriment. But first to sit in the fridge for a day until we were ready for said happiness and merriment. Because everyone knows happiness and merriment is best on nights when you have dinner to throw in the oven when you get home. Ok, let's go....

1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can shoepeg corn
3 wheat tortillas, ripped up into pieces
2 large chicken breasts, seasoned with Lawry's, baked, and diced
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2-1 cup taco sauce
2 cups Mexican cheese (1 cup to mix in, 1 cup to top with)
cilantro to taste
crushed red pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients except 1 cup of cheese together. You could even add some halved cherry tomatoes, or use enchilada sauce instead of taco sauce. Your boat floats one way, mine floats another. I guess that's what makes the world go 'round. I actually would've added maters if I had some on hand. My world doesn't go 'round much if I don't hit the grocery store.

Pour into a baking dish and cover with leftover cup of cheese. Top with more cilantro if you feel the need. And I did. The need was felt. The need was met. The need was legit.

Throw in the fridge until ready to bake and throw it in the oven for 30 minutes at 425 degrees. It just needs to be warmed throughout and get the cheese all melty, since everything is pretty much cooked. Remember, we're just baking the happiness and merriment together. Top with greek yogurt, taco sauce, guacamole, and whatever else your little heart desires. Then eat.

It was good to dip chips with, it was great on its own. One of those versatile weeknight meals that leaves you saying "mmmmm" in front of the tv after it's been demolished. Yeah, one of those.

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