April 15, 2011

Neighborly Thing To Do

It's a long standing southern tradition that when a friend encounters a major life event, you show your support and concern in a kind and neighborly way.  Obvious question if you didn't grow up with sweet tea in your bottle, what's the common way to do that?  How else ... you feed them!  Ladies from the church, friends, neighbors, acquaintenses ... it really doesn't matter ... you all do your part and take turns and shower the friends with chicken casseroles and love!

Thanks to the power of modern technology, there's a great new tool to organize that casserole rotation schedule to ensure that the friends in need fully benefit from taking a night off of making dinner and get to relax instead of managing the incoming questions of what others brought for dinner last night.  Meal Train is a great new service that Bestie P introduced me to just last week.  It's a great way to organize the calendar of meals and let's all contributors sign up for a specific day of the week and let other's know what meal they will be preparing.  Recipients rejoice at the fact they won't receive repeat lasagna every night of the week!

Last week, I did my turn on the Meal Train for friends J and C who just welcomed a new adorable baby girl.  I have to share this meal idea, because it's a tasty option and has an optional second meal that you can send as well.  The primary dinner is easy for even the craziest schedule to prep and deliver (trust me, I know that first hand!) and I was able to deliver delish chicken tacos with the fixin's in time for an early dinner time!  The second meal makes a great way for the friends in need to have a break for lunch or dinner on day two. 

Dinner Menu
 Chicken Taco Recipe
  • 4 Chicken breast
  • 2 can Rotelle tomato
  • 1 can green chilli
  • 1/2 - 1 packet taco seasoning
  • tortillas
  • shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa
 1.  Place fresh or frozen chicken in the crock pot with Rotelle, green chillis and taco seasoning.  Cook all day until it shreds easy with a fork.
2.  Package up the remaining ingredients and serve with the side items.

Yep, can you believe it?  It is just that easy! 

Want to impress your friends with a thoughtful second round meal?  Double the chicken recipe and send them a tasty Chicken Posole soup as well!  This fantastic mexi soup is delish and gives new meaning to left overs.  Typically, I prep the broth below and send instructions for the friends to just add the remaining chicken to the broth and microwave.

Chicken Posole
Chicken (from recipe above)
1 onion, thinly sliced
32 oz container of low sodium chicken broth
28 oz can of diced tomato, drained
15 oz can of hominy, drained and rinsed
Crushed red pepper

1.  Saute the onion in olive oil with salt and pepper until soft and beginning to brown. 
2.  Add broth, tomato, crushed red pepper and bring to a boil.
3.  Add hominy and simmer 3-4 minutes

Send instructions for your friends to just add the remaining chicken from taco night to the recipe.  Garnish with tortilla chips and lime wedges.

I'm almost embarrassed to tell ya'll how easy this is but I'm sure you will LOVE having another go to quick fix meal! Be sure to double so that you and your family will have some to enjoy as well!