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Weeknight Meals: Southwest Chicken Skillet

Weeknight are always crazy, that’s why we make it a priority to share a fun weeknight meal with you all every month. It makes life a little easier when you kids actually eat there dinner and like it. But as parents we are sometimes a little too busy to search for fun, tasty, yet simple dishes to try every week. Well, don’t worry, we have got you covered.

We found this fun dish, Southwest Chicken Skillet, at Persnickety Plates by Melissa. A fellow blogger mom who KNOWS how difficult it is to work, take care of everyone, and cook a good dinner. That is why she shares great recipes just like this one on her blog everyday. Now you can check out some of her favorite dishes and try them at home too. Just hurry on over to her blog now to see some great ideas.

We are so excited to try this one that it is going to make an appearance at home tonight! So while we try it on our kiddos we are very excited to hear how it went with your own kiddos? Comment below and let us know just how it went.

What You Will Need:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (or tenders) cut into small pieces
salt, pepper, Montreal chicken seasoning, red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon (or so) olive oil
1 cup uncooked rice
10 oz can RoTel diced tomatoes & green chilies
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
handful of shredded Mexican cheese blend
Sour cream for topping

Now just head on over to Persnickety Plates for wonderful how-to for the rest of the recipe. While you are there check out some of Melissa’s other great weeknight meal ideas. You won’t be disappointed!

Oven-Baked Nachos: Family Food Fun


Need something fun to do for dinner this week? Looking for something that will surprise your taste buds and your family? We all know how hard it can be to keep finding or inventing new fun and easy dishes to eat during the week when everyone is busy, that is why we are here to help you find at least one new fun recipe each month. This month we have a great recipe that will impress the whole family, Oven-Baked Nachos.Oven-baked nachos

Nachos are a fun tasty treat that kids and adults love. This recipe has been all over pinterest for weeks now and is impressing even the toughest critics, and is being hailed as an easy mid-week fix. So perhaps this week you should give it a chance and try something new, you might just find a great new meal to add to your meal rotation.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 lb 95% lean ground beef or chicken or even pork
  • 1 Tblspn taco seasoning
  • 3/4 c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 wonton wrappers (found in the produce section)
  • 5 Tblspn of queso dip or salsa con queso
  • 1 c chunky salsa
  • 1 c reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese
  • Guacamole or sour cream for serving

What You Will Do:

  1. First, pre-heat the oven to 375. Lightly mist 8 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2.  Heat Olive oil in a sauté pan or large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and taco seasoning and brown beef, breaking it with a spoon. Add black beans and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until warm
  3. Push a wonton wrapper into the bottom of each of the eight sprayed cups in the muffin tin. Spoon a teaspoon of queso dip into each wonton wrapper and spread across the bottom. Spoon some of the meat/beans mixture into each cup, around two teaspoons. Then layer a teaspoon or so of salsa, sprinkle a pinch of the cheese evenly over the top of each cup.
  4. Now later another wonton wrapper and repeat the process all over again. Then place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool for about 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Now serve with sour cream or guacamole.

Now enjoy a great dish that is sure to be a family favorite!