Chicken Enchilada Casserole Bake

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I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe that I’ve tried, but I’m finally getting around to it. Work has had me worn out, and cooking really isn’t what I want to do when I get home. I’ve been plopping myself down and not really moving from that point. For this post, I’m showing you my Chicken Enchilada Casserole Bake. I’d never tried it before, so I was a tad bit worried about what it would taste like, but it was definitely a success. I really liked it and so did everyone else. I will go ahead and mention that this will make a large casserole plus a smaller one. I froze the smaller one for later 🙂 I combined the recipes from Jo Cooks and  DamnDelicious. I liked aspects of both, so I experimented and meshed them into one.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients:

-4-5 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
-2 cans whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
-2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
-2 small cans diced green chilies, drained
-3 cups rice, cooked
-2 cans fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
-1 large can red enchilada sauce
-shredded cheese
-tortillas, enough to create layers
*Note: Small can ‹ 8oz; can = regular size can; large can › 14 oz

Step 1: Cook chicken. Once slightly cool, shred. I say slightly cool because I covered mine and put them in the refrigerator to shred the next day—it wasn’t too easy, so I suggest doing it while they’re still fairly warm.

Step 2: While waiting for the chicken to cool, get your rice cooking. I can’t remember whether I used 2 or 3 cups, but I’m pretty sure it was 3.

Step 3: Drain and rinse corn and beans. Drain chilies and tomatoes.

Step 4: Combine chicken, corn, black beans, chilies, rice, tomatoes, and enchilada sauce in a LARGE mixing bowl. Go big or go home, right? I always want enough for left overs or for freezing.

Mixing

Mix it All Up

Step 5: Set your oven to 350°F.

Step 6: Line a 9×13 deep casserole dish with flour tortillas. Make a layer of the ingredient mixture and add cheese on top. Repeat the process. Don’t cover the top layer of the mixture and cheese with tortillas. You want that all nice and bubbly.  Note: I also used feta cheese in addition to the shredded cheddar cheese…I’m a cheese freak.

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Layer

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It’s Cheese Time!

Ready to Put in the Oven!

Ready to Put in the Oven!

Step 7: Put your casserole in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.

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Step 8: Remove casserole from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. DIG IN!

Like I said at the beginning, everyone enjoyed it. We ate on it for several days we like it so much. If you try it out, comment below and let me know what you think!

Like, comment, share, or link and stay tuned for more yummy goodness!

Until next time, 

-M

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Yummy Weekly Recipe #2–Energy Bites

With life being so busy and hectic here recently, I’ve decided that recipes will be a bi-weekly occurrence until things calm down and work gets in order. I’m telling you, it’s been wildly busy…I come home and go down for a nap (or a small coma), so it’s been difficult to get recipes rounded up in addition to finding time to make them. It’s the same with my jewelry…I just do it when I can.

EnergyBallBites

This week, I’ve chosen to make Energy Ball Bites. I found the recipe on Pinterest, which linked it here. I made some changes to her recipe, but it can be changed to suit your ingredient wishes! That’s what I really liked about it–that it was customizable. She also has some great information in her post about various nut butters that can be used in case anyone in your family has allergies. Awesome job to Gimme Some Oven!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry, old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries (more if you’d like)

Steps:

1.) Measure all ingredients and combine into mixing bowl.

Energy Bite Ingredients

Energy Bite Ingredients 

Energy Bites Bowl

Energy Bites Bowl 

2.) Mix ingredients and cover and store in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Energy Bite Mix

Energy Bite Mix 

3.) Once you’ve chilled the mix and removed it from the refrigerator, roll it into balls. They can be rolled into any size, but you’ll need more ingredients if you make the size larger.

4.) Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Ready to Enjoy

Ready to Enjoy 

I’ll have to say that these were quite enjoyable, in my opinion. I want to try some different variations on it to see what will work the best. I’m sure they’ll all taste good, but the experimenting is the fun part!

Enjoy!

Until next time, 

-M

Yummy Weekly Recipe-#1 Cranberry Orange Beer Bread

As I mentioned in my post  “Life Updates and Things to Come,”  I would be doing a recipe each week. Well, here it is! The first post of what I’m going to call “Yummy Weekly Recipes.”  I hope you enjoy it!

This week, I am going to give the recipe for Cranberry Orange Beer Bread, but I’m sure you’re already aware of that due to the title…haha. One thing to know about me…I LOVE CARBS….I even cross-stitched a pillow that said, “I love carbs.” If I ever had to give them up I don’t know what I’d do!

Now, back to the recipe. I’ve been making just a plain beer bread for Christmas gifts and for gatherings of my boyfriend’s family, and it has always been a huge hit. I’ve experimented with several different varieties of beer bread, the first of which was this past Christmas. I wondered what a cinnamon flavored one would taste like…I don’t have to tell you but it was AWESOME. The next time I did a banana beer bread, and after that a cocoa beer bread. None of the variations on the original are part of any recipe I’ve found so far. I started with a basic recipe that I found on…where else…Pinterest. I’ll link the original here. After that basic recipe, it’s all my experimenting. I’m guessing you’re ready for me to hush and get on with the recipe? I thought so. The way I’ve put this together may be difficult to read and make the bread at the same time, so I’ll make a condensed version at the end!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C).

Here are the basic ingredients:

  • 3 cups (384 grams) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (13.8g) Baking Powder (not baking soda)
  • 1 Teaspoon (6g) Salt
  • 1 bottle (12oz or 355mL) beer (Note: You can use light beer as I have, but you get more flavor with a regular, full-calorie beer.)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) (113g) unsalted butter

My ingredients from experimenting:

  • 1 small-medium size navel orange (for zest and puree)
  • 1/2 of a 6 oz bag (or really however many you want to add) dried cranberries  (3 oz or 85g)

Here I am measuring the dry ingredients:

Measuring Flour

Measuring Flour

Yes, I have Grumpy Cat measuring cups! (I’m such a fan!)

Flour and Sugar

Flour and Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Salt and 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt and 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

 

The next portion includes my added ingredients:

Orange Zest

Orange Zest

Zested Orange

Zested Orange

I wanted to add a little zest to the recipe, but I thought it’d be a great idea to add the sections as a way to get more fruit into my diet (I have an issue with certain textures, and oranges fall into that category I have problems with). This would probably be good for getting kids to get more fruit, too.

Sectioned Oranges

Sectioned Oranges

Pureed Orange

Pureed Orange

2. Mix the orange zest and puree into the dry ingredients..just don’t over stir.

If you happen to get a larger orange, be careful with how much of the puree you put into the recipe. I noticed this when I increased the amount of puree (all of the sections of a medium orange) on my second go around with this recipe. What I noticed was that when combining the dried cranberries and more of the puree, you get a moister bread which will start to…I don’t want to say rot–I’ll use decay (not much better, eh?)…decompose at a faster rate, so you have to eat it quicker if you use more of the puree. Just thought you might want a heads up on that one! I was so upset I had to throw out part of my loaf the other day!

Dried Cranberries

Dried Cranberries

3. Mix in the dried cranberries.

Now we’re back on track with the original recipe, but I’ve made some tweaks here. In the picture below, I have already add the beer (didn’t have time to snap a picture).

With the butter the original recipe says to pour half of the butter into the baking pan and the other half on top of the mixture once you get it into the pan. I personally didn’t want the entire top to be saturated in butter, so I pour half the amount into the mixture and use the leftover to grease the pan. Sometimes, I’ll brush a little on top when it’s halfway done baking. Another note I made about the extra orange puree was that a little more flour had to be added to the mixture to make it more dough-like.

Butter TIme

Butter Time

4. Add beer and butter and mix…again don’t over stir.

The reason I keep saying not to over stir is because it can affect the texture of your bread once it’s cooked. Over-stirring causes gluten to form, but you don’t want that for this particular bread. Gluten tends to trap air, so you get large holes or sometimes tunnels throughout. It also causes a tough texture. Here we want a crumb-like look to the bread (it is a quick bread, ex: cornbread, muffins). Just combine the ingredients until mixed.

5. Add batter to the baking pan (I used a bread pan).

Prepared to Bake

Prepared to Bake

6. Bake at 350°F for about 50-60 minutes. All oven temperatures vary so this time may need to be adjusted. I always check mine at 45 minutes to see how it’s coming.

7. Remove bread from oven and inhale its glorious aroma!

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

More fresh bread

More fresh bread

You can see that I have a baking sheet underneath the bread pan…I do that in case it bakes over. I don’t like cleaning ovens, so this stops that from happening.

Between 3 people, this is what was left of the bread after two days:

Almost Gone

Almost Gone

My boyfriend thinks this is the best variation I’ve made so far, but I’m going to continue messing with it. More of my concoctions.

Cranberry Orange Beer Bread

Prep time: 10 minutes     Bake time: 50-60 minutes     Oven temperature: 350°F/176°C

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (384 grams) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (13.8g) Baking Powder (not baking soda)
  • 1 Teaspoon (6g) Salt
  • 1 bottle (12oz or 355mL) beer (Note: You can use light beer as I have, but you get more flavor with a regular, full-calorie beer.)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) (113g) unsalted butter
  • 1 small-medium navel orange
  • 1/2  of 6 oz bag dried cranberries (3 oz or 85g)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/176°C
  2. Measure and stir together all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt)
  3. Zest orange.
  4. Puree orange sections
  5. Stir in zest and puree and add dried cranberries.
  6. Add entire can of beer and half of the butter; stir until just combined.
  7. Add enough butter to bread pan to coat the bottom.
  8. Add batter to baking pan.
  9. Cook for 50-60 minutes. Temperatures are different on ovens, so watch it around the 45 minute mark.
  10. Remove from oven
  11. Stuff yourself!

Hopefully the condensed version helps sort it a bit better! I hope you enjoyed this new type of post theme  that I’m starting. There will be more…hopefully once a week 🙂 Now, go make bread!!

Until next time, 

M

 

 

Life Update and Things to Come!!

Hello!

I thought I’d do a life update since it has been a while since my last one. Lots of things have been going on and have kept me occupied outside of the creative world.

Work:

The past couple of weeks at work have been long…long, long, long. I worked from a Wednesday to the following Thursday (yesterday) without a day off….usually 7-8 hour days…whew! I survived off of naps and a very long sleep today. Most people probably think working at a Target Starbucks isn’t that complicated…guess again! For the past few months, I’ve been working on AST training (advanced store training), which is 40 hours of training in addition to what I already have to do. I finally got signed off by our district manager!! Excited! My team lead has been promoted to another area of the store, so I’m currently running the area. I’ve got to go through interviews to make the transition official, but I’m almost a Starbucks team lead! With this comes a lot more responsibility–“with great power comes great responsibility.” HAHAHA I had to insert that…I couldn’t help it 😛 Here are some outtakes from my work life from the past couple of weeks.

Side Cap I Built

Side Cap I Built 

Weekly Ongoing Duties

Weekly Ongoing Duties 

All my junk

All my junk

If that’s not enough insight into my job, I have two more for you all—what the back of my car currently looks like and the current state of my shoes. Prepare….for you are about to be horrified!

The back of my car...can you guess where I work?

The back of my car…can you guess where I work? 

My car doesn’t normally stay in this state…I just get home and go in because I’m too tired to do anything else. I usually only see it when I go to the store and make a mental note that I need to clean out the car. Well, that note gets erased as you can tell.

My sad syrup covered shoes

My sad syrup covered shoes 

That mess on my shoes is flan syrup that leaked out of the trash bag that I was in the process of changing. No real way to clean them. I’m sure there are more things on there…coffee grounds, mocha, etc.

I really like my job and enjoy working with the people there even though it does get complicated at times.

Life & Home:

I’m loving our “new” old home. Plenty of space and it’s nice and quiet. We’ve still got a lot of things that need to be done to the house, but we’re taking it a little at a time. So far we’ve been getting things to maintain the outside, so not much has been done inside. We’ve got a little garden going…the weeds are a force to be reckoned with, but we have a garden no less. I’ve got some peas growing in a planter close to the house. These are finally producing pea pods and some are almost ready to be picked!

New Pea Plants

New Pea Plants

First Pea Pod

First Pea Pod 

I planted these from seeds, so it’s been fun to see the process of them growing. Glad that I’m slowly getting a greener thumb! I killed a cactus if that tells you anything.

I’ve also had a project in the works for the past month or so…probably more like two months now. My boyfriend and I are huge fans of the show “Rehab Addict.” It’s a show about a single mom who restores old houses to what they once were. In one of the episodes, she used an old door as a headboard. We looked at each other and knew what the other was thinking–“We need to do that (we don’t have a frame or headboard for our king size bed)!” So after about a good 24 hours (more but I stopped counting) of sanding and scraping, one side of the door is finished and part of the other side.

Transformation: Door to Headboard

Transformation: Door to Headboard 

I think there were over 10 layers of paint, polyurethane, and stain on this door. Let me tell you, it is a job..not anywhere as easy as I was expecting! After I finish the other side, I’m going to stain and polyurethane this sucker, mount it, and place it behind the mattress. I’ll post it on here after I get it completed.

Last, but definitely not least, I FINALLY have my cat, CoCo with me again!!!! I’ve missed her so much! At first, I thought she was having trouble adjusting, but she is doing well and has found her perfect hiding spot. She has also displayed some skills I didn’t know she had…like climbing up and down a ladder you lean against a house. She’s always surprising me. I love her even if she’s a cross-eyed crazy sometimes!

CoCo

CoCo

Future Things:

I’m sure you all would have rather me addressed this first instead of the life updates, but this is how it turned out as I was typing..haha. I’m going to add a new weekly post!!! Finally, right!?!? What I have chosen to do is to change the direction of the blog a bit from one focused mainly on jewelry to more of a lifestyle blog. I’ve felt a little cramped staying in only one little area. It’s like my crafting in general–I want to do a little of everything. Same thing here–I’m building on what I already have going. So without any more of my ramblings, I’m going to introduce a Recipe of the Week post…probably on Friday, but I haven’t decided fully, so make sure you stay tuned for the changes! Feel free to like and share as many times as you like–I want to get everything out there and give my tidbits to everyone who wants them!

Until next time, 

-M