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Grilled Chicken Fajitas with Mexican Rice

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I love a recipe that comes together easily and doesn’t take a lot of watching, just throw the rice in a pan, let it do its thing, then just before the rice is done, toss the chicken, peppers and onions in a grill pan and stir them around for 10 minutes, Just before the rice is done, stir in salsa and cheese, dinner done!

I used brown rice that took 35 to 45 minutes to cook according to the package directions, so depending on what kind of rice you use, will dictate how long it takes to cook dinner, use whatever you have, but just before it’s done, stir in the salsa and cheese and it’s amazing!  If you want to, you could also stir in a little of the homemade taco seasoning it kick up the flavor a bit.

The night before when I was cleaning up from dinner, I sliced my chicken, pepper and onion into strips, pop the chicken into a baggies with taco seasoning, and the pepper and onion in another, so dinner was a snap the chicken was marinated.

Then when the rice was almost done, I put the chicken, peppers and onions in a grill pan, drizzled with a little olive oil, heated the grill to medium and then put the grill pan on the grill, and grilled for about 10 minutes until the chicken was done and the peppers and onions were soften.  Make sure when you add the oil that you toss everything together so the peppers and onions get the some of seasoning off the chicken.s. boneless chicken breast, sliced into strips

[Recipe title=Grilled Chicken Fajitas with Mexican Rice” servings= “4-6”]

1 lb. boneless chicken breast

2 to 3 TBSP taco seasoning

2 TBSP olive oil

1 cup of rice

2 cups water

1/2 cup salsa

4 oz. grated cheese, I used pepper jack, but cheddar or Monterey jack would be great

Overnight or 4 to 6 hours before grilling, combine taco seasoning and chicken to marinate.

In a medium sauce pan, combine rice and water and cook to package directions, about 10 minutes add salsa and cheese, stir to combine, heat until cheese is melted and rice is done.

Heat grill to medium, in a grill pan or disposable pan, toss chicken, peppers, onions and oil together, coating everything, put on grill and grill for about 10 minutes until chicken is done and peppers and onions have soften.

Serve with tortillas.

Home Made Taco Seasoning

3 TBSP. Chili Powder

1 TBSP. Cumin

1 TBSP. Garlic Powder

2 TBSP. Paprika

1 TBSP. Onion Powder

1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)

Add 2 to 3 TBSP to lb. of ground meat with 1/4 cup of water, cook until water is absorbed. Makes enough for 3 lbs. of meat.


With the leftovers make a quesadilla

Just put some of the leftover cheese on a tortilla, top with chicken mixture, more cheese and bake-off in the oven or in skillet on the stove and serve with salsa or barbecue sauce


Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto

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This dish is sooooo good and easy and elegant, it would make a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch/lunch dish.  Just don’t make if you’re alone, because you just keep eating out of the bowl, one bite after another, and then there’s none left…. or so I’ve heard..

I used small shrimp, because I usually buy my shrimp frozen, and larger size shrimp usually still have the tail on them, and really, I heard them described as elegant, all I see is you either have to pull the tails off before you cook them (more work) or when you’re serving it for dinner, there’s tails left on your plates (again more work cleaning up) I try to cut the asparagus in bite size pieces, and no knives needed and if you can keep your portion sizes in line…… it’s basically healthy for you.

Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 TBSP butter

2 TBSP onion, chopped fine

3/4 cups Arborio rice

1/4 cup wine (I used white Zinfidel)

12 ozs. small frozen shrimp, thawed

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

In a small sauce pan, heat broth to boiling, then reduce to a simmer.  In a large skillet, add butter and onion, saute for 3 minutes until onion softens.  Then add rice, coat rice with butter and with a 1/2 measuring cup, add first addition of broth.  Stir continuous until broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth and stirring continuously in 1/2 cups additions three more times, after the third addition, add asparagus. When the broth is absorbed again, add the remaining broth and shrimp, stir until absorbed, then add cheese, serve immediately

This recipe was shared on The Country Cook Weekend Potluck!

Pineapple Grilled Salmon with snow peas

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Spring, what’s that???  My calendar says spring is just around the corner and this weekend we Spring Forward, what a joke!  Right now there’s snow piling up outside my door and wind chills in the 20 expected tomorrow.  So what’s girl to do when all the articles you read are about Spring Break, and you have no chance of going……  You bring Spring Break to you!

This grilled Salmon marinated in Pineapple brings flavors and smells of Spring, not to mention it will help you fit into
the swim suit every article in the magazines that you read in the grocery store line will be talking about next!
The salmon is so juicy, the snow peas add a nice crunch add a side of rice and dinner is served in about 15 minutes of cook
time, WIN!   This is great to shake the winter blues and also perfect for a quick, light summer meal



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1 lb of salmon fillets
1 can of pineapple rings, juice reserved
2 TBSP soy sauce divided
1/4 cup of water
12 oz fresh or thawed snow peas
rice cooked per directed

Drain the can of pineapple into and add 1 TBSP of soy sauce, pour over salmon and marinade at least an hour.  Preheat greased grill pan or outdoor grill and grill salmon for 15 minutes turning half way through, after 10 minutes put the pineapple rings on the grill and let them cook for about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile add remaining soy sauce and
water to saute pan, with salt and pepper and saute snow peas for about 15 minutes until tender crisp. Lay down a bed of rice top with snow peas and any sauce from the peas, then the salmon and finish off with the grilled pineapple, and dream
of summer!  Sunscreen always smells fruity so let the smells of pineapple take you to summer even if
it’s snowing outside your window. Your dining room at the beach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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