Cooking is something that is fun for me. I love finding new recipes as well as creating my own. Over the years I have gotten pretty good at "just knowing" what flavors I can combine to make a dish taste great. Somedays I spend hours in the kitchen making homemade tomato sauce, zucchini chips, muffins, casseroles or whatever I sounds like fun. Then, other days, I have completely NO desire to cook anything. Do you ever feel that way? Yesterday I got quite a bit accomplished around the house--cleaning, folding and sorting laundry--your basic mom stuff. And then it was 4:00 pm, when I would normally start dinner. Nope. Didn't want to. So, I turned on another episode of Mad Men and continued folding clothes. Then 5:00 pm. A call from JF saying he was on his way home. I told him I had no motivation to cook. No, no, I wasn't sick or sad, just not in the mood. So, back I went to Mad Men. We had a few errands to run so it would have been easy to convince my boys into grabbing take-out. But, then I thought about it. JF and I try to avoid fast food and try to keep our boys from eating too much junk. We also, thankfully, have a fridge and pantry full of food. So I sucked it up and headed to the kitchen. Here is what I made. First time ever, but pretty much just a variation on any other chicken recipe. Remember: brown your meat. Add a liquid. Add more flavor. Works every time!
|Cut chicken into small pieces. Heat your skillet, add olive oil, heat the oil, brown the chicken until its a bitt crisp.|
|3/4-1 cup fresh salsa. Add to skillet with browned chicken stirring constantly for a minute. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.|
|Add a can of kidney (or your favorite) beans, with about half the reserved liquid. Stir and bring back to simmer for 5-10 minutes. OR cover, reduce heat, and gently simmer for the next hour.|
|Serve with steamed broccoli or your favorite veggie.|
So, there it is. My lazy-day, don't feel like cooking meal. Healthy and simple.