Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Homemade enchiladas using the Instant Pot

Yesterday was one of those days that I knew ahead of time was going to be crazy. We seem to have a lot of those lately! I had to appointments in town that overlapped, then I needed milk before heading home added to the hour travel time and once home we needed to re-package the 80 pounds of ground beef we had picked up.  I am thankful that I had planned ahead for dinner!! Not only did I use my meal plan for the month but I used my Instant Pot to cook frozen chicken in only 16 minutes!! After dropping the 3 older kiddos off at school I threw the chicken in the Instant Pot, and then did a couple of chores around the house while the chicken cooked. After letting the pot naturally release pressure I mixed my chicken with the other ingredients, rolled in tortillas cover and put in the refrigerator until dinner time. After finishing up the ground beef and getting it into the freezer it was only 30 minutes until we were eating a hot meal! I had made some Mexican rice the day before so I just reheated it to go with my enchiladas. Hunter asked if there were more enchiladas after the first bite! He then said he loved enchiladas more than sushi, and sushi more than pizza!! That is saying a lot!! :-) And he asked if we could have them everyday!! (Maybe I should mention that this hillbilly girl never made enchiladas before!! LOL) I am sure they will find their way back in my monthly meal plan!!

Easy Instant Pot Enchiladas

Put 3-4 chicken breasts, thighs or even ground beef
1cup broth (chicken, beef or veggie) or water
1 small Onion, sliced thin
salt, pepper, and minced garlic
Into your Instant Pot, put the lid on, turn valve to "Sealing" select Manual  for 8 minutes, 16 if frozen. After the timer beeps let pot sit for about 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure. Remove chicken from the pot and shred it in a large bowl,

Add 1/2 c red or green enchilada sauce, 
1/2 c sour cream,
about 1 cup of your favorite Mexican cheese
and mix well. Warm 8 (I used 12) tortillas until they are pliable. Spoon 2 TBSP chicken mixture to middle of tortillas and roll like a cigar. Place rolled tortillas in a 9x13 baking dish that has 1/2 c enchilada sauce placed in the bottom. After all of your enchiladas are in the dish cover with remaining sauce, sprinkle with Mexican cheese (I used a lot for my boys, I think they are part mouse as much as they like cheese!! The girls on the other hand just had a little sprinkle of cheese! LOL)
Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes. (If refrigerated bake for 30 minutes or until heated through before removing the foil.)
Thanks for stopping by!
Until later~

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I have been feeling so unmotivated since Thanksgiving! Right after we celebrated Thanksgiving we got our first snow storm, and then another and another! Between the 3 storms we have piled up a considerable amount of snow, may 50". It is hard to measure because of the wind! And then there is the cold, windchill was -40* this morning!! I love snow, but even I have had enough now that Christmas is over! The kids are not able to get out and play very often, and even if they could there is not much to do outside! The snow does not pack well so snowmen are few and far between. The swing set is buried, only the top couple of inches of the slide is visible and the swings are hidden in the snow.
Hubby is hoping to hit the ice and do a little fishing this weekend. We will see how that goes, if the weather will let him.
I haven't accomplished much of anything lately. I was hoping once the kids went back to school after the new year I would be able to check a bunch of stuff off of my ever-growing to do list. I am starting to think I packed my motivation in one of the Christmas decoration boxes. LOL I would much rather be working in my garden but instead I have this.......

 Our A/C unit. This was taken a couple of weeks ago, it is now completely snow covered!

 This pile of snow is where my husband cleared out our driveway, again this was a couple of weeks ago and is much larger now. And yes, it is almost as tall as our garage!

This is a beautiful sundog. It looks like a rainbow around the sun caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere. They really are pretty cool!!
Oh well, spring will be here before I know it, right? And just maybe it will bring my motivation with it!!
Thanks for stopping by!
~Until later!