Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It Might As Well Be Spring

Oddly enough, Monday's are starting to become one of my favorite days. I don't have to go into my internship until 10 am (that extra hour is spectacular) and I haven't been working at Beau Jo's either which means my afternoons and evenings are free. I have been spending the afternoons cleaning, crafting, napping and playing with the puppy dog and kitten!

My roommate and I are kind of starting a tradition were we go to Whole Foods and buy food for the week and then make a nice dinner. This Monday's was an amazing spring inspired meal to match the beautiful weather we have been having!! Our meal consisted of chicken and apple tostadas, strawberry shortcake and chardonnay with strawberries. Yum!!!


The tostadas were inspired from my Gourmet Every Day cookbook by Catherine Bergen. But we made a few changes. Instead of the marinade they suggested we modified one we found at the store and added a few ingredients


Chipotle and Lime Marinade
Apple Jelly
2 Granny Smith Apples
2 Chicken Breasts
Green Onions
White Cheddar Cheese.

Boil chicken breasts in medium sized pan until well cooked.  Let cool in the fridge and then shred with a fork. We were also thinking you could cook the chicken in a small crock pot on low with a can of chicken broth all day. .

Core and Slice the apples in small bite sized pieces. Combine with shredded chicken. Add about 3/4 of a cup of marinade and 3(ish) tablespoons of apple jelly and just a dash of cilantro. Use more jelly if you like a sweeter sauce.

With the oven set on broil place tortillas on a very lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until light brown (45 seconds to 1 minute) turn over and repeat.

Place chicken/apple mix on top of tortilla. Top with diced green onions and cheese. Bake until cheese has melted.

Top with cilantro if wanted and enjoy.

Kelly eating off her new TV tray with the animals begging.

The strawberry short cake was an angel food cake from Whole Foods and fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I know it would have been spectacular to make it from scratch but there is something so nice about not having to do all the work and cleaning.

The chardonnay we are drinking came from the Whole Foods Liquor Store and is from a vineyard called Three Wishes. They use less glass than a standard wine bottle. For costing $2.99 a bottle it is a surprisingly good wine, at least as good as Barefoot, Yellowtail or many house wines I've had. And really for $3.00 you can't beat it for a cheap, everyday wine.

All in all a great Monday!

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