Saturday, January 26, 2013

Enchilada Lasagna

When I showed this picture to Husband and said "I want to make this enchilada lasagna!!!", he curled his nose up like a little kid and basically shot me down because it has the word "lasagna"<----which he hates.

This was about 2 months ago but I secretly kept this recipe in the vault for the future. At this point, I had never looked at the ingredients, I just thought it looked good. I tried a couple more times to get him to try it but he flatly refused each time. So closed minded.

Yet one day, when baby wasn't clinging to my neck and hitting me in the face with the books he wanted me to read, I was able to sit down and actually READ some of the directions of dishes I wanted to try. Lo and behold, this recipe was NOT a lasagna!! It was a completely mexican dish!!

I ran as fast as I could to Husband, pretending like I was Charlie Bucket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Running as fast as I could with the golden ticket, with people in the hallway telling me "don't stop!! run all the way until you get home!!". Seriously!

I sat him down, explained to him that it was not a lasagna but in fact a tasty mexican treat and he gave in. Total defeat. Me-1, Husband-0.

He would end up thanking me in the end. We both gave this dish an 8. It was GOOOOOOOOOOOD!

Instead of cutting up and cooking chicken, I boiled and shredded it. I prefer my chicken that way instead of chunks. Regardless of how you do your chicken, this dish will give your mouth chickenbumps. Ha, get it?!

Go and get it!

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

I went to Papadeux's (I don't EVEN know how to spell that) once and had this shrimp cocktail contraption and fell in love and have tried multiple times since then to reproduce it. I'm sure as you can imagine, each time was a complete failure.

Guess what. This was no exception. I hate the picture on Pinterest for looking so good because it made me spend the money on the ingredients and mine sucked.

Hers looks all thick and juicy whereas mine was runny (I'm assuming I used the same "V8" as her) and tasted like shrimp. And tomatoes. And green onions. And onion. And avocado  Yet for some reason, the flavors didn't mix together and what I'm saying makes absolutely no sense. Yet it's true. Boooooooooring.

It was SO boring that I didn't even take it for lunch the next day. I sat in my classroom and pouted with my peanut butter and crackers.

1-2 lb shelled and cooked shrimp (50-60 count)
 2 large chopped tomatoes
 ½ small white onion (chopped)  
2 green onions (chopped)
½ cup cilantro slightly chopped
½ jalapeno (diced with seeds)
1 avocado (chopped)
tomato juice (V8)
lime juice
salt and pepper
Mix all in glass bowl and chill; serve with crackers or tortilla chips

Homemade Salsa

I'm on the fence about salsa. I find it to be "ok" but every now and then I find a yummy salsa. This isn't it.

I figured it would be so exotic because there seemed to be some delicious ingredients in it (garlic, green onions, green chilis, mmmmmmmm) that I haven't tasted in other salsa. I was sorely disappointed  let down, depressed, etc...

This is normal, every day, run of the mill salsa. Husband insisted on adding cilantro, which I despise, so that knocked the taste down the scale for me.

I hate cilantro AND chick-fil-a. Apparently this is rare?

This is not worth the work.

Homemade Salsa:
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can green chilis
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic
4 green onion, chopped
couple shakes of red pepper flakes
1 tsp. salt

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Honey Cinnamon Banana

I noticed my tummy was pooching a little today and I attributed it to not eating enough fruit over the last month or so. Also to not exercising, eating like the world is going to end, stressing out, drinking Dr. Pepper all the time, binging on cookies when I'm tired, etc...

But mainly because I haven't eaten fruit. So I solved that problem today!! And lucky for you.

I like to think that since I'm educated that I know what's in my pantry. I knew I had honey. So I didn't put it on the grocery list because I knew we had it. I know everything. About everything. Did you know that the Kuiper belt is full of comets and is about 15 billion miles past the orbit of Pluto? See I told you.

When we got home and I cut up the bananas to slap cinnamon and honey on, I knew exactly where to look for the honey. First came the cinnamon and it smelled soooooooooo good. Now for the honey.

The trip to the grocery store a second time sucked because I had to park in the middle of nowhere and I saw 20 people I knew as I was in snotty clothes, a dusty hat and no make up. You're probably wondering if I ever look like a functioning piece of society. I do. Monday-Friday from 7:00-6:00.

Husband was smiling as I  finished drizzling the honey on and I have to say I was more impressed than he was but he still liked it. I on the other hand LOVED it!!

Baby? I gave him a piece and he gagged and puked a bit on his shirt.

It's simple:

And I know you'll like my new dishes. Anthropologie all the way baby.