12
Feb

Baked Chicken Tacos

TACO-TIDING-TO-GO!

Oven baked chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress, great for a Food Tidings delivery. 

Tacos to go would fit nicely in a disposable pan. (Photo Credit: TheCookieRookie.com)

This Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on TCR, being pinned over 2 million times and viewed over 5 million times!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken shredded (pre-cooked Rotisserie chicken makes it easy! )
  • 1 ounce Taco Seasoning click for homemade recipe!
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomato 14.5 ounce, fully drained
  • 1 can Chopped Green Chiles 4.5 ounce, fully drained
  • 10 Stand and Stuff Taco Shells, Old El Paso or other
  • 8 ounces Refried Beans 1/2 can
  • 2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese shredded

Be ready to finish off with sliced jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce or any of your favorite taco toppings!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet.
  3. Add onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  4. Stir in the chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes (FULLY DRAINED), and green chiles (FULLY  DRAINED) *see note. Stir to combine fully. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Place the taco shells in the baking dish (disposable pan, for a Food Tiding), standing up. Typically, you can fit 10+ taco shells in the dish by adding 2 on each side.
  6. Bake the taco shells for 5 minutes by themselves to allow them to crisp up. Remove from the oven.
  7. Spoon 1 tablespoon of beans into the bottom of each taco shell. Top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell.
  8. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese, the more the better!
  9. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned.
  10. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite items such as jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, and salsa. Adding toppers on the side for a Food Tiding will be easy, colorful & much appreciated.
  11. Enjoy!

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SHELLS FROM GETTING SOGGY ON THESE CHICKEN TACOS?

Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  1. Bake the shells for 5 minutes on their own before stuffing them with all the delicious toppings and cooking all the way. This way they have the chance to really crisp up on their own before you get started.
  2. Make sure refried beans are the bottom layer, creating a bit of a barrier between the chicken mixture and the shell. The shells are bound to be less crispy on the bottom than they are at the top, and that’s just part of what happens when you bake them, but they SHOULD NOT break or be soggy.
  3. The other truly important step is FULLY DRAINING the tomatoes and green chiles before adding into the chicken mixture. It’s recommended that you first drain, then letting sit over a bowl in a strainer for about 5 minutes to make sure they drain all the way. This will help to keep the shells crispy, so important!

Thank you, The Cookie Rookie  – one more yummy recipe for the books!

Pan perfect, easy to transport & serve. (Photo Credit: TheCookieRookie.com)

Then, be the first to sign up for Taco Tuesday, or Taco Any-Day!

You’ll get a smile, guaranteed.

8
Feb

Instant Pot Roast: Mississippi style

I wanted to share a recipe for a quick, easy, and delicious meal that my family and I have really been enjoying lately. It gets two thumbs up from all four of our kids; and let me tell you, that can be challenging. It’s “Mississippi Pot Roast”, a recipe adapted from simplyhappyfoodie.com. Made in the Instant Pot, it literally fell apart when I opened the lid (which is a good thing for roasts, in my book!), and it took quite a bit of willpower to wait to eat it until dinner time! The amazing smell seemed to lure each of the kids to the kitchen, and I had to tell them we’re “closed” until dinner so it wasn’t gone before then. HA!

This would definitely be an awesome meal to bring to a friend or family member who is going through a transitional time in their life: had a baby, sick, going through treatment for cancer, recovering from surgery, just moved, has a chronic illness, a caregiver for a family member who is sick, or those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. We suggest taking it in some kind of container that you don’t mind getting back or something that is disposable.

Tiding Tip:

Taking a meal to someone is one of the best ways to communicate that you care!

Photo Credit: Simply Happy Foodie

INSTANT POT MISSISSIPPI ROAST

Ingredients:

  • 5 pound beef chuck roast cut in 2 to 3 pieces to fit inside Instant Pot
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini juice
  • 8-10 pepperoncinis, whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or something of the like
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted or salted butter

Directions:

  1. Turn the pressure cooker on, press “Sauté”, and wait 2 minutes for the pot to heat up. Add the avocado oil and beef and cook until browned, about 3 to 5 minutes per side, flipping once. (Note: You may need to cook the beef in batches so the pot isn’t overcrowded.)
  2. Take beef out and place on plate, insert Instant Pot trivet. Pour in beef broth and pepperoncini juice. Then place beef back into Instant Pot, add salt, pepper and ranch seasoning packet. Cut the butter into chunks and place the butter on top of the seared beef. Then, place the pepperoncinis on top, as well.
  3. Turn the pot on Manual, High Pressure for 90 minutes and then let the pressure naturally release release. Once it’s released fully, open the lid and enjoy the amazing smell that comes from the pot, but don’t put your face too close or you’ll get a steam facial you didn’t bargain for. 🙂 The meat should shred quite nicely. ENJOY!

Tiding Tip:

Stock up on disposable containers from the Dollar Store or when they are on sale; then you’ll have containers on hand when it’s time to take a meal to someone you love and care about.

Photo Credit: Simply Happy Foodie

Be An Inspiration

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Hello to our amazing Food Tidings community! My husband and I co-founded Food Tidings in 2007. It’s been amazing to watch it grow the way it has, and be such a wonderful tool for SO many people all over the world!

28
Jan

Super Bowl Snack Stadium

Wow. What a gameday win! You’ll be the talk of the town if you do this for your super bowl party. While it looks like it’ll take you days to construct, it’s actually pretty doable in a short time since drinks make up most of the structure.

Know someone that’ll be staying in for the Super Bowl? Think how a mini-stadium…or well, maybe a gift basket of snacks might pump up their game. There’s always a good time for a Food Tiding!

Let us know if you attempt the stadium or a simple gift. Post your pics on our Food Tidings FB page, we’d love to see them and be inspired!

Here’s the blueprint on how to make it!

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Here’s how’s it’s done:

Thanks AllCreated.com and DELISH!

 

27
Jan

Themes Make Meal Planning Easy

Anyone else think that sometimes the hardest part about dinner is planning what to make? Whether it’s for your family or a Food Tiding you’re dropping off for a neighbor, it can feel overwhelming.  Dinner themes may be the ticket. Pick a theme for each night of the week and relieve some of the pressure by narrowing it down. Even if the meal is for another family, they’ll love that you’ve “included” them with your family theme and appreciate the food and gesture. So go for it, two meals for the planning of one.

An added bonus…our kids are creatures of habit, so they love the predicability and I love that they don’t ask me, “What’s for dinner” a million times. Win-win.

Here are some ideas to start your brainstorming, have fun with it. Let us know what your favorites are on Facebook with #FoodTidings!

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29
Oct

Unique Alternatives to Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes

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With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, we went on a search for some delicious alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving dishes. And we were not disappointed with our findings!

29 TOTALLY UNEXPECTED THANKSGIVING SIDES

From Oyster Kimchi Stuffing to 30-Minute Butternut Squash and Cider Soup to Parmesan Wasabi mashed potatoes, these recipes have you covered to stand out this holiday season.

 

 

 

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5 Unique Alternatives to Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes

If the Butternut Squash with Garlic and Thyme doesn’t get you, then we might not get you!

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*Photo credit: Julia Maguire | Spoon, NJ

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Creative Thanksgiving Side Dishes that are Easy to Make

These Urban Accents seasonings turn ordinary into extraordinary side dishes your friends and family won’t soon forget.

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(via Trendy Mom Review)

With these easy-to-make alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving options, there’s no reason to stick with the same ol’ same old this year. Switch it up, spice it up, eat it up!

 

 

 

29
Apr

Dance It Out Playlist

We give to you our Dance It Out playlist. Enjoy every minute as though no one is watching. )But do close your blinds first if you’re concerned about that sort of thing.)

Day 7: Dance It Out

14
Oct

Ordering Meals for the Week

Week of Meals and Soup

 

 



Did you know that we now have the ability for you to order several days’ or even a week’s worth of delicious, gourmet meals to be sent to a family member or friend — even if they don’t have a schedule created on their behalf?

Several of our new vendors, including Rockin’ the Ladle and Veestro, have put together custom multi-meal packages only available through Food Tidings.

So now you can collect those $1, $5 and $10 donations and put them to a very, VERY delicious use! See the quick video below for step-by-step ordering instructions.


3
Oct

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss Ball Bubbles

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*Photo credit to Christine at www.c-cooking.com

 

 

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bliss Ball Bubbles featured on Millennial Kitchen (recipe and photo from Christine at the equally fabulous Conscious Cooking) look absolutely amazing, and as they are raw, vegan, and gluten-free, they’d make a great treat to take just about anyone!

Ingredients:

1 cup + 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts

1/2 cup gluten-free oats

4-5 medjool dates, pitted

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp 100% cocoa powder

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 T coconut oil

Directions:

In a food processor, process all ingredients until everything is broken up and combined. The mixture should stick together when pinched with your fingertips.

Add another 1/4 cup of peanuts and quickly pulse a few times so the nuts are chopped into larger bits for some crunchiness.

Roll into bite-sized balls.

Refrigerate and enjoy!

You can’t imagine how many great recipes Millennial Kitchen has on their site. And their photography? Incredible. Be sure to check them out!

22
Sep

Melt In Your Mouth Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Rolls

If you’re looking to take someone an amazingly delicious breakfast (or middle of the night) treat, look no further than this incredible Cinnamon Bun recipe from The Food Network Kitchen.

DOUGH INGREDIENTS:

1 cup whole milk
one 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup plus 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the bowl
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

All-purpose flour, for dusting
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

GLAZE INGREDIENTS:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For full recipe instructions, please visit this recipe on the Food Network site. Consider making a second batch for  yourself while you’re at it. You deserve it!

18
Sep

Skinny Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

For all of the Fall coffee lovers out there. Courtesy of the amazing Natalie Hodson!

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1/2 cup plain pumpkin purée filling (120g)
-1 scoop MRM whey protein
-1 Tbsp vanilla extract
-3 stevia packets (or any sweetener of choice)
-1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-10 oz strong brewed coffee
-Mix all ingredients in blender then microwave for 45 seconds and enjoy!