Juggling busy weeknights is hard and attempting to have everyone at the table with a healthy meal is a feat in itself! If I don't make a plan and work it diligently - we'll all end up in the fast food lane ordering a weeks worth of calories and fat! So, here's an idea that I use a couple times a month and then switch up the leftovers to make at least 2 more meals! I hope you enjoy!
Fill the crock-pot with frozen chicken breasts and cover with a large bottle of Pace Picante Sauce - cook on High for 6-8 hours. Once cooked - shred the meat and leave in the juice. (Some people also put in a packet of taco seasoning - I feel like that adds a lot of sodium and we like the flavor without).
Here's how I use this chicken for several different meals:
The first night I will cut up enough romaine lettuce to cover a few meals/lunches, cut up tomatoes, onion, and grate the cheese - when we are finished I put the rest in Tupperware to save for the rest of the meals.
1. Chicken tacos
2. Chicken enchiladas - mix the chicken with some chopped onion, grated cheese and wrap in flour tortillas. Place in a pan and cover with either red or green enchilada sauce and a small amount of cheese and bake on 350 for about 40 minutes or until bubbly.
3. Chicken baked chimichangas - in a bowl mix chicken, a can of black beans, a can or 1 1/2 C. of roasted corn, a small can of green chilies, a few tablespoons of salsa, and 1/2 C. grated cheese. Mix well. Place a spoonful of the mixture in a tortilla and wrap like a burrito. Place on a cookie sheet or stone pan. Spray with cooking spray and place in the oven at 350 until brown! All the flavor and non of the traditional frying!
4. Place some of the shredded chicken in a baggie and freeze for another time.
5. I will sometimes use the chicken in my favorite tortilla soup recipe.
I hope this will give you some ideas of how to cook once and use 2-3 times! It makes my heart glad when I'm driving home from work knowing I have dinner in the crock-pot or leftovers for a yummy dinner that my family will love. And clean up is a breeze! Enjoy!
Please share any ideas you have about "Cook once, use twice" meals that your family loves!