Some moms ask me how in the world I make dinner and bake and cook the way I do with two littles two and under. Well, its not always easy and you have to do what works for your family (like mine is really easy or fast food healthy-ish lunches) and leftovers so I’m not cooking everyday. My mister also gets home at the boys’ bedtime, so I can cook our dinner as they are eating theirs.
So, I whipped this together in a couple of steps. I relied on Publix with a Mojo Rotisserie Chicken. Pulled it apart a few days ago and made stock. Froze the stock for later. Kept the chicken in a bowl in the fridge. Then as the boys were eating their dinner, I was working in the kitchen right beside them (to make sure they didn’t toss things on the floor, which did happen) – I was talking with them, playing with them, showing them what I was doing (I do want my boys to love to cook if that is the Lord’s plan). These were in the oven in less than 20 minutes. Then as they baked, I had time to put my younger to bed and read to my older one, then come back, put some cheese on top while my older was watching some Thomas the Train waiting on Daddy to arrive. Easy!
My days in seminary were days that were hard pressed for cash. I was very thankful for work, scholarships, and help from the parents, but still, I didn’t eat out that often, especially the first couple semesters. But, when I did, I would venture around the corner to my favorite Mexican place, Las Margaritas. It was a small chain, but I liked this location the best. And then I tried their spinach and mushroom quesadillas. I fell in love. Gooey, cheesy, healthy (?), and warm, especially good for cold, NC winters.
And this is how life is funny: one of the friends I went to this restaurant with back then, is now my neighbor. She got me started on making my own enchiladas with this recipe. And tonight, she is getting these for dinner as she babysits my boys so my mister and I can go to a concert. Life is grand.
And that taste, is what I’ve recreated in this enchilada recipe. I’ve fallen in love with enchiladas. I love making them. By far, my favorite homemade mexican food to make. So, I always try to come up with different ones. So, today, I used what was in my fridge.