Well, hello there!

Well, hello there!
Matt & I in Costa Rica over Christmas...So beautiful there!
It's simple. Really. We're a young married couple that loves cooking together. We always try to eat healthy and, if it's simple and doesn't break the bank, we're into that, too! We hope you'll visit often and tell us what you think about what we're cooking! We'd love to hear from you. Drop us a note, a suggestion or a recipe!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I know, I know...the title is somewhat ridiculous. But it's true. Last night I made dinner. No surprise there. It was a spicy dish that tasted, you guessed it, Mexican-ish. Like, it could have been at a Mexican restaurant, but it wasn't. Ah, whatever. I'm confusing myself now.
Anyway, after a long day back at work and into the daily grind after a nice 9-day Spring Break, I made dinner. Matt was working on insurance stuff. Yuck. Not my gig.

Here's what was on the menu:

Tomato Jalapeno Chicken Breasts with Brown Rice, Black Beans, Fresh Corn, Homemade Tortilla Chips & Queso

Sounds Mexican, right?

Here's what you need:

2-4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
16 oz. Can chopped tomatoes with jalapenos, such as Rotell
2 Tsp. Kroger chicken seasoning (making it's appearance for, oh, who knows how many times)
16 oz. Can no-salt-added black beans
1 Bag Brown rice, cooked following package directions
2 Tbs. Olive oil to coat skillet, or you can use cooking spray
Black pepper, to taste
2-4 Ears fresh yellow corn, boiled or grilled *PLEASE SEE "Dinner for a Dozen" BLOG ENTRY FOR GRILLED CORN RECIPE*
1/2 Small jar low-fat salsa con queso, such as Tostitos
2 Green onions, chopped

Over medium-high heat, coat large skillet with oil or cooking spray, add chicken.
Season chicken evenly with Kroger seasoning and black pepper.
Cook chicken thoroughly, add tomatoes, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil corn in a large saucepan until corn becomes dark yellow.
Place beans into a small saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.

Place desired amount of brown rice onto plate, place chicken on top and cover with tomatoes. Top the chicken with green onions.
Serve desired amounts of black beans, corn, chips & salsa con queso


So, I served the plates & set the table...Matt comes out of the office, completely grossed-out by insurance (hehe) and says "whoa, this is like a meal" And I'm thinking "do I normally NOT cook 'meals'?"...then he clarified by saying "no, no, no...this is just a lot...like a lot of work" If he only knew!

So easy.

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