Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chicken and Rice Wraps

I thought I would share another really easy and delicious family favorite.  Even the kids like this one. 

Its Chicken and Rice Wraps from the 4 Ingredient Cookbook.

 (An awesome cookbook!)


8 boneless skinless chicken breast (cubed)
2 cups water
1 box Long Grain and Wild Rice
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1 cup shredded lettuce
8 (10-inch) tortilla shells

Ok.  When I make these I either use Uncle Ben's or Zatarains.  Both are really good.
I also don't use the premade ranch dressing.  I use the Hidden Valley packets with mayo. 

First, cook your cubed chicken until lightly browned on each side.  Add water, rice, and seasoning packet from your box mix.  Bring it to a boil.  Cover; reduce heat and let simmer until liquid is absorbed.  ((This can also be done in a different pan if you want to get the rice going for a quicker meal.  Both ways work well.))
Stir in salad dressing.

Then make like a taco.  Place a couple spoonfuls in the center of your heated tortilla shell.  Sprinkle with lettuce.  Wrap and eat!  We also sprinkle with cheese.

You can also add some chopped up bacon strips for more flavor. 

Note: This is not the recipe verbatim from the book.  It is my shortened version.  If you would like the exact wording in the book, let me know.  Its basically the same.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Parmesan-Ranch Roasted Potatoes

Its been a while since I did a dinner post.  So today I made Cubed Steak and Gravy with Parmesan-Ranch Potatoes and a rice/vegetable mix.  I thought I would share with you my recipe for the potatoes.  Now, I know at some point (somewhere) I came across the basis of this recipe.  I would totally credit them but I can't remember where I saw it.  Its supper easy and everyone loves it.  More importantly the KIDS love it.  That's such a hard thing to do around here!

My list of ingredients:
Potatoes (The smaller the pieces the less cooking time but make them big enough to eat with your fingers or a fork)
Hidden Valley Ranch Packet
Olive Oil
Garlic salt

Start by pour enough olive oil to coat all the potatoes.  I add the whole packet of ranch dressing mix.  Then I add enough Parmesan that I see everything getting coated.  Then I add my seasons.  I do not measure these out.  I am sure when I did this recipe the first time that I used a specific amount but I've made it enough to know what my family does and doesn't like.  I then added the parsley, garlic, and paprika.  Now the parsley and garlic are optional.  There is enough flavor in the ranch packet to make it good without the extra.  But I like a little extra.  We've even added hot and spicy stuff to see how it tasted.  Mix it all up.  I recommend (from experience) that you put aluminum foil down on your pan And spray it with cooking spray.  I forgot the cooking spray on this batch and it STUCK.   That was fun to get off!

I baked these on 375 while frying up the cube steak coated in flour.  Probably between 30 - 45 minutes depending on how big your potatoes are.  Here they are all ready to eat.  

While I was cooking and surfing pinterest for ideas on tomorrow's dinner I came across a recipe for Parmesan Ranch potatoes with bacon.  Any recipe that calls for bacon and cheese will automatically catch my interest.   So I think the next time I make this there will be bacon involved!  

Hope you all enjoy.