Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chicken Parm Enchiladas

These were really good.  I just kind of took the idea of enchiladas and the craving for chicken parm and went with it.  I really didn't want to make your usual chicken parm.  Too lazy.  This is basically sauteed onions and garlic mixed with your choice of jar sauce and shredded chicken that came from a whole chicken I did in the crock pot the day before.

Rolled up chicken, sauce, garlic and onion mix in whole wheat tortillas and sprinkled shredded "Italian blend" cheese I had.  First spread some sauce on the bottom so the tortillas don't stick.

Roll up until pan is full and mix is used up.

Finish pan, spread some more sauce over top and cover with more cheese.

Bake for about 20 min at 425.

This is yummy.  The tortillas get pretty soggy, but not in a bad way.  I portioned leftovers for lunch and it was good. 


Thursday, May 2, 2013

This Year's Little Ones

This is Ethel.  She's a house finch that made her nest on the ledge of my front porch last spring.  Well, she and Fred are back and I'm very excited they're back.  I just let them be last year because I was afraid of spooking them into leaving their young.  This year I hang around and talk to Ethel a little before I go in the house.  She seems to be used to me a little more this year because she hangs out where as last year she would fly off as soon as I walked onto the front porch.

Not the best picture, but hopefully there is more to come.  I hope to get pictures of the chicks as they grow.  Lol, my neighbors will probably think I'm crazy taking a chair out to take pictures, but so be it. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Homemade Spaghettios

I saw this and knew at once I had to try it.   I loved Spaghettios and Chef Boyardee as a kid and even into adulthood.  I only stopped eating them when I had to watch my sodium.   So when I saw this recipe for Homemade Spaghettios I had to give it a go. 

Ingredients for sauce.

Sauteing veggies.  This was one of the reasons I wanted to try this recipe.  I was intrigued by the use of veggies in the sauce.

Cute pasta!  Wish I could have found the real rings.

Everything simmering together before blending.

Finished product.  Outcome?  Not Spaghettios.  Tasty?  Yes.  I added some diced chicken instead of the meatballs in the recipe.  Will I make again?  Probably not.  As I thought about the memory of the taste of Spaghettios, I remember the sauce pretty much tasted like Campbell's tomato soup.  I would like to test the theory, but as I said, I have to avoid the sodium so I might try it down the road one day.

Don't let my opinion keep you from trying this.  It would be a great meal for kids I think with the fun pasta and sneaking some veggies in with the sauce.  And making the meatballs in the original recipe would make them fun too!