Friday, February 10, 2012

Recipe and trick to less mess

I love trying new recipes, especially ones that have a good bit of flavor and not a ton of ingredients. I have a recipe for you to try and even a way to prepare it with a little less of a mess in the kitchen.

The recipe is for Chicken Tacos, but would also be a great recipe to use with Tofu. The ingredients are:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast (great use of our frozen chicken from earlier posts) or  firm Tofu
1 packet of taco seasoning (I used the reduced sodium version)
3 tablespoons of lime juice
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Flour tortillas
1 gallon-size baggie or freezer bag
Sour Cream, cheese, etc. (whatever you want to add to the taco)
Large cup (you'll see, this is part of the less mess trick)

Start by cutting the chicken or tofu into bite-sized pieces.

Now, take the large cup and baggie

and put the baggie in the cup so that the top of the baggie is out and over the sides of the cup.

This will be a mixing bag to add all the ingredients to. The top of the baggie stays clean and upright with the help of the cup.

Put the chicken (or tofu), taco seasoning, lime juice and vegetable oil into the bag.

Now pull the side of the baggie up to remove it from the cup. Tada, the top is clean and so is the counter and your hands. Also, seal the baggie closed so that you can mix all your ingredients together.

After you have removed and closed your baggie and mixed and mushed everything around, this is what you'll have. And it's ready to go into your pan. (No, wait, there's more. If you enjoy freezing meals for later use, you can put this in the freezer at this stage for a very quick meal at a later date. Simply push as much of the air out of the baggie as you can and seal the baggie. It's also useful to write what the meal is on the outside of the baggie to help you identify it later.) When you're ready for it, simply take out of the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator and proceed to the remaining steps.

I used a non-stick pan, but you can also use an indoor grill (like a George Foreman grill). Since the recipe has vegetable oil already in it, I don't add any more oil. You can spray a little non-stick spray if you are using a pan you think the meat will stick to.

Cook chicken on medium to medium-high heat until it is cooked all the way through. Now you're ready to start your tacos.

I normally spread sour cream on my tortillas to act as a glue, then put some chicken and cheese on it. Feel free to add anything and everything else you think would be good on too. For so few ingredients, these tacos pack a flavor punch and are simple to boot.

Fold tortilla over like a taco and enjoy.

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