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Green Chicken Chile Enchiladas

July 12, 2014

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (1) | Espresso and Cream
Over the past week and a half I feel a little like I’m just barely keeping my head above water. Between the doctors visits (which have been numerous) and the morning sickness, which has been getting stronger, to the demands of a busy work schedule, it feels like I’ve got a lot going on. Emotionally, I’ve been a little bit maxed out, so cooking at home has taken a back seat. Thankfully, Joe is extremely flexible and not at all picky, but this weekend I felt the need to re-commit to making dinners and lunches that were worth writing home about.

My manager, Ann, and I were talking last week about favorite family meals and she mentioned that she makes green chicken enchiladas that her family is crazy about. Although I didn’t get the recipe, I got the general idea of what she tossed in her enchiladas and it sounded amazing. So on a rainy Saturday with a little time on my hands, I got to making my own version.

I was pleasantly surprised when it only ended up taking me 15 minutes to put together a pan of these enchiladas and toss them in the oven. While they baked I wrote thank-you notes and did laundry and 20 minutes later our house smelled amazing! I’m pleased to report that these enchiladas also tasted amazing and were a huge hit with both me and Joe. If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner, these should definitely go into a regular rotation. You can mix-up the heat level depending on the spiciness of your salsa and green chiles. And if you’re a real spice lover, I would suggest adding in some diced jalapeno to the filling.

Green Chicken Chile Enchiladas
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (or cooked and shredded chicken breasts)
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 jar (16 oz) salsa verde or roasted tomatillo salsa (I used Target's Archer Farms brand)
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chiles
  • 6 medium whole wheat tortillas
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Lettuce, salsa and sour cream for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the chicken, 1¼ cups of the cheese, 1 cup of the salsa and the diced green chiles. Stir until well combined.
  3. Spoon a heaping ⅓ cup of the chicken mixture onto each of the tortillas. Roll up tortillas and place in baking dish. In a small bowl, combine remaining salsa and the ½ cup heavy cream. Pour mixture over enchiladas, spreading evenly over enchiladas in pan. Top with the remaining cheese.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and filling is bubbly. If desire, broil the last 1 to 2 minutes to brown cheese. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with desired toppings, such as lettuce, salsa and sour cream, if desired.

 

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Cheesy Farro-Broccoli Bake

April 14, 2014

Cheesy Farro Broccoli Bake 2 | Espresso and Cream

Let’s be honest, the amount of cooking that’s been going on in our house lately has been minimal. But as life slowly transitions back to “normal” (and no, it still doesn’t feel normal if you really want to know) it feels good to do things that come naturally, to create something out of raw ingredients and nourish the body. Plus, eating take-out and snack-y type foods can only keep you going for a certain amount of time. Sometimes you just have to get in the kitchen and cook.

I didn’t grow up in a house where we ate a lot of casseroles, and consequently I don’t cook a lot of casseroles to this day. However, there is something about being able to toss all your ingredients together and throw it in the oven when hunger strikes that I find so comforting. Dinner is ready when you need it to be, cheesy and comforting and semi-healthy, too, minus the cheese part. The cheese is absolutely not healthy, but makes this dish taste amazing.

My favorite use for a casserole is to make it on Sunday and have lunches for Joe to take to work for the rest of the week. I grilled up a package of chicken breasts and made this casserole, then divided the chicken and casserole among four containers, a complete meal ready to be tossed into a lunch container when we’re busy and running out the door in the morning.

Cheesy Farro Broccoli Bake 1 | Espresso and Cream

Cheesy Farro-Broccoli Bake
Recipe type: Side Dish/Vegetarian Entree
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Serves: 4
 
Make this dish a meal by topping with grilled or baked chicken breasts.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
  • 2 cups Italian blend cheese, divided
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup 2% or full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate or square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the all the ingredients until well-combined. Spoon mixture into baking dish.
  3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.
  4. Alternate method: If you're looking for a more traditional casserole-type dish, I would suggest substituting the Greek yogurt for a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup.

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Tuscan Kale Salad with Feta

September 11, 2013

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Let’s take a little break from talking about all things travel and talk a bit about food. Since, you know, this is supposed to be a food blog. I think I mentioned that I was heavily influenced by the food we enjoyed while in Tuscany, right? Well in case you missed that tidbit, I was totally enamored with the food we ate in this amazing region of Italy. Actually, I was really surprised at how different the food was as we traveled throughout the country. I naively believed that the cuisine would be very similar everywhere we went. And while there are a lot of similarities from region to region, each place we visited was very distinct.

Joe and I both agreed that the hearty, earthy and complex flavors we tasted in Tuscany were our favorite. I fell head-over-heels for ribolita (a bread, bean and vegetable stew) and the heavy use of spices like rosemary and thyme. While we were at our wine class we learned that many times the types of cuisine present in an are were influenced by the types of wine native to that area. The rich, earthy flavors found in Tuscan cooking perfectly compliment the Chianti and Brunello wines grown in the region. Those Italians know what they’re doing!

Ever since I returned home, I’ve been pulled to earthier flavor profiles and simple, yet tasty dishes that are heavy on the crusty bread. I can’t get enough of that stuff! After returning from Italy, I also had a renewed commitment to cooking with high quality ingredients. Maybe that’s why I shopped entirely at Whole Foods for our groceries this week? Good thing I did because I was able to pick up two bunches of this beautiful Tuscan kale for only $4!

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Prior to my trip to Whole Foods I had been unable to find Tuscan kale (also known as lacinato kale) at the local grocery stores. The leaves of this type of kale are flat rather than ruffled. I really love that there are fewer ribs in this type of kale, meaning you only have to remove the center rib in the kale before cooking. If you can get your hands on this variety, I would highly recommend it.

As for this salad, it’s about as simple as you can get. The kale is seasoned and sauteed in a skillet, then tossed with toasted bread cubes drizzled in olive oil and topped with feta cheese. It’s not directly inspired by any dish we ate while on vacation, but the flavor profile is heavily influenced by our trip, and the dish is ultra satisfying. I’ve enjoyed it for dinner twice already this week!

Tuscan Kale Salad with Feta
Makes 1 meal-sized serving
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups Tuscan kale (aka lacinato kale, which I got at Whole Foods), ribs removed and chopped roughly
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of dried thyme and rosemary
1 thick slice whole grain crusty bread, toasted and cut into cubes
1 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Directions
In large skillet over medium heat, combine the kale and 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil, the salt and thyme and rosemary. Use your hands to work the oil into the kale to coat completely. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 6 minutes or until kale is softened and slightly crunchy around the edges. Remove from heat.

Drizzle remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over bread cubes. Add bread cubes to skillet and toss to combine. Transfer to bowl. Top with the cheese. Serve immediately.

Happy Cooking!
Madison

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Honeyed Asian Grilled Chicken

May 20, 2013

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First things first, the winner of the giveaway is…
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Elizabeth, send an e-mail to madisonjanemayberry@gmail.com and I’ll get your gift card in the mail! And thank you for all the beauty recommendations. I’m excited to try some of them out!

Grilling season is finally here! Does that make anyone else crazy excited? Joe and I both love to grill, and this year I’m trying to beat him out for title of “grill master” in the Hofmeyer house. Usually I prepare the veggies/meat to be grilled and Joe is in charge of the actual grilling, but last week I decided to do a little grilling on my own. First, because I really actually love to grill. And also because Joe was mowing the yard and wanted to get done before it began to rain.

I have to admit that I think I did a pretty darn good job with this chicken. Since I’ve overcooked many a chicken breast on the grill and I hate serving dry chicken, I decided to switch up my method a little bit this time. The result was flavorful, moist chicken that didn’t taste dry in the least bit.

For starters, I cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally so that they were thinner and required less time on the grill to reach a safe temperature. Second, I made a brine solution for the chicken with water, sugar and salt, then let the chicken sit in the brine for hours in advance (I popped them in the brine solution before work so they were ready when I got home.) And third, since I didn’t want to wait any longer for the chicken to marinate in the barbecue sauce, I pierced the surface of the chicken with the tines of a fork and brushed the barbecue sauce on top so that the sauce could get into the meat in less time.

If you’re looking for an easy, flavorful chicken recipe to kick off grilling season, I would highly recommend this recipe. Especially if, like me, you have had a tendency in the past to serve your dinner guests dry chicken. Be a better host. Eat better chicken. That’s what I call a win-win.

Honeyed Asian Grilled Chicken
Ingredients
*2 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally
*8 cups water
*1/2 cup sugar
*1/4 cup salt
Barbecue Sauce
*1/4 cup ketchup
*2 tablespoons olive oil
*2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*2 tablespoons soy sauce
*2 tablespoons honey
*1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
*1/2 teaspoon chili powder
*1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions
*Bring water, sugar and salt to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely. Place chicken breasts in a large bowl with the water. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 6 hours up to 8 hours.
*Heat grill to medium heat. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients for barbecue sauce. Stir until well combined.
*Drain chicken breasts from brine mixture. Pierce the chicken several times with the tines of a fork to create holes for the barbecue sauce. Brush chicken with the barbecue sauce on both sides. Place directly on grill and cook, covered, 5 minutes. Flip; brush with additional barbecue sauce. Cover. Turn grill off. Keep grill covered for 5 to 7 minutes more or until chicken breasts are cooked through and no pink remains. Allow chicken to rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Happy Grilling!
Madison

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Everyday Lunch: Avocado, Tomato and Feta Salad

September 5, 2012

Since we’re enjoying that time in the season where the last of summer produce co-exists with the beginning of fall favorites, I’ve been trying to enjoy both while I can! We still have a container filled with fresh tomatoes from my mother in law’s garden (so much more flavorful than anything you could buy at the store) and I’ve been stocking up on the ripe, creamy avocados that don’t cost a fortune right now.

My favorite part about the days I work from home is that I can take a little time to prepare a lunch for myself. Instead of cramming whatever I can find in the fridge into my lunch container and running out the door in a rush, I have a fridge full of options at my disposal. Usually, I take the opportunity to prepare myself a giant salad packed full of whatever is on hand in our fridge.

This salad is ultra-simple and doesn’t really deserve a recipe. But it’s also incredibly delicious and is worth mentioning in case you’re looking for a little lunchtime (or dinnertime) inspiration.

Avocado, Tomato and Feta Salad
Ingredients (serves 1)
*1 heart of Romaine lettuce, chopped
*1/2 medium avocado, peeled and chopped
*3 to 4 cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
*1 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
*1 tablespoon poppy seed dressing
*1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar
*2 tablespoons hummus (served on the side, optional)

Instructions
*Toss the ingredients for the salad together. Serve with hummus and toast, if desired.

Happy Cooking!
Madison

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