After my public humiliation from Week 2, I was hesitant to bust out the crock pot for another round of 20time. But, my failed meal was not all in vain. After posting Week Two's Blog, I was inspired by all of the support and encouragement I received from my classmates. Not only did I have cheerleaders in my corner, I got tons of great advice of simple recipes to consider making moving forward. So, for the grand finale this week I decided there was no better way to celebrate my success over the course of this project than to return to the scene of the crime: the crockpot.
This time, I was armed with my classmate Tonya's favorite recipe: chicken enchiladas. Here advice to "pour a jar of salsa over chicken breast and let it cook on low all day" really seemed way too good to be true. But, that's what I did nonetheless. I grabbed a couple chicken breast and a jar of organic mild salsa, put the two together, and headed out for the day. When I came home, this simple combo smelled delicious. As Tonya promised, the chicken was tender and shredded up so easily I couldn't believe it. I added some diced Ortega chilies to the chicken and mixed the two together. Then, I coated the bottom of my pan with red Enchilada sauce and rolled the meat mix together with some cheese in corn tortillas. I was a little frustrated assembling the Enchiladas, because the tortillas kept tearing as I was rolling them up. But I figured it wouldn't be a deal breaker to have a ripped tortilla. I coated the top of the dish with more Enchilada sauce and more cheese and popped them in the oven for 15 minutes.
To go with, I cooked a can of black beans and 'nuked some ready rice (definitely not ready to try cooking my own rice yet, so sue me). Once again, I invited my parents over to eat with use, since it was clear that there was A LOT of chicken and no way my kids were going to eat it all.
SUCCESS! This recipe was seriously so easy to make! Everyone loved it, and my Dad was super pleased to take the leftovers home to enjoy. The best part was that it was really easy for me to make a small pan of vegetarian Enchiladas for myself, so we all got to share the same meal. I will definitely be making this one again.
Thank you to Tanya and all the other moms who helped me find some fail proof recipes for my family to enjoy. This project was a huge success!