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Monday arrived bright and early this week. We had an awesome weekend though! Worked on a couple projects, did some shopping,  basement clean up..

Let’s dive right in!  Here’s what is on the menu for this week.

  • Quesadillas
  • Cheesy chicken rice and broccoli
  • Spaghetti
  • Homemade Beef Stroganoff
  • Breakfast for lunch
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Yikes, this photo is bad. Sorry!

It’s my first time making cheesy chicken rice and broccoli. I’m going off a couple recipes I found on pinterest, and sorta winging it. Wish me luck 😉 ! If it is super rad, perhaps I will feature it another week. I’d like to write about my beef stroganoff recipe, but I don’t make it the same every time, and it is sort of a long process. Man, it is good though!

This week I’m gonna tell you about the quickest quesadillas in the west.

They start with Tyson Grilled and Ready diced chicken breast. It comes in a bag, and I buy it in the freezer section at Wal-Mart. It is basically chunks of frozen fully cooked chicken breast.

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I forgot the tortillas.

First I lay out as much chicken as I think we’ll need on a microwave safe plate. I pop it in the microwave for a minute just to defrost it a bit.

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Next the chicken goes into the a frying pan on the stove. Using a metal spatula, I chop the chicken up even more.

I set my burner on high and season the chicken with taco seasoning. Next I add a little water, the same way you would to season beef. Bring this up to a quick boil. The amount of water and seasoning isn’t an exact science. If you end up drowning the chicken, let the mixture boil longer and it’ll evaporate off.

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seasoning and water added
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after it had came to a boil and after more chopping

Since the chicken is already cooked, you’re only heating it up. Once it is at a boil, I turn the heat to low. You should have a nice pan of seasoned chicken. If it is too dry, add more water.

At this point I add maybe an eighth of a cup of taco sauce and stir it in, making sure it’s all mixed thoroughly.

with the taco sauce, ready to go on the tortilla!

My chicken is now ready, and I have only spent about 8 minutes in the kitchen.

To make the quesadillas I use my beloved quesadilla maker. I put a tortilla on the bottom cooking surface, sprinkle a layer of cheese, some chicken, another layer of cheese, and the second tortilla on top.

You’re probably thinking, “I’ve had pet rocks with more personality than your quesadilla! Where are the peppers or onions or anything?!” Well you’re right, it is kinda boring, but that’s how we like it. Ivy even eats it, so I try not to change it much.

Actually I have spinach left from last week that I will sneak into our quesadillas this week! That sounds like a great plan.

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Don’t forget the top tortilla! I know that sounds dumb. but I have closed the lid without the second tortilla on more times than I’d like to admit.

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You could add bell peppers, banana peppers, onion, jalepeno, whatever your family likes! I always serve them up with sour cream and sometimes Tim uses salsa. Like I said, we’re boring.

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fun fact: I cut it up with a pizza slicer 🙂

Yum yum yummy in my tum tum tummy. At least that’s what Ivy says! We all think these quesadillas are pretty delicious and they’re great because:

  1. they’re super quick to make
  2. they reheat really well
  3. I can make them from ingredients I usually have on hand

If those aren’t the best three reasons to make any tasty recipe, then I don’t know what is!

I hope you have an excellent week! Check back tomorrow for Transformation Tuesday  🙂 and find more meal plans and recipes here!

Love,

Mackenzie

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