I am so excited for today’s post – it’s a post that has been in the work for almost two months now, pretty much ever since my kiddo’s went back to school. I was sitting at the table, searching Pinterest for easy weeknight meals, like I seemed to constantly be doing. Now that school was back in session, and I was back to work (I’m a teacher), I didn’t have time to be in the kitchen for hours, or even one hour. I needed dishes that were (a) done in the slow cooker or (b) around 30 minutes, start to finish. Somedays, that’s all we have between the time we get home until we have to head out to swim lessons, BG Club, or soccer club meetings.
I decided to approach some of my friends and favorite bloggers and ask them if they wanted to get together and create a huge list of our favourite, go-to, easy weeknight meals for those busy evenings. 50 of us have created this list of taste tested, kid approved meals that you can whip up in no time – and no culinary prowess required!
For my post, I chose one of my daughters favorites – a Chicken Fajita Bowl. Now, looking at the picture, you might say it’s a salad, but we call them bowls for two reasons: (1) Kids aren’t crazy about the word salad, and (2) While it does have lettuce, it also has rice, beans, and so much more, so it definitely isn’t a traditional salad.
I’ll be sharing instructions on how to pull this together, but here’s your fair warning: There is no recipe. That’s one of the things that really appeals to us about this meal, each bowl can be created to each family member’s desire without any additional prep or adaptations. I will however, share tips on how to get this on the table lickety split! Here’s what you’ll need (adjust amounts to the number of people you are serving):
- lettuce (I used green leaf)
- mexican fried rice
- onions and peppers, sauteed
- shredded cheese
- sliced chicken breast
- refried beans
- sour cream
To make this as quick as possible, here’s what I do:
- Chicken: Use leftovers (for instance, we had grilled chicken breast earlier this week so I cooked two extra to save for this meal) or buy a rotisserie chicken at the store and shred it up. Those things are great for so many meal ideas!
- Rice: I also cooked an extra 1.5 cups of rice earlier in the week when we had rice as a side dish, and then just reheated it in a sauce pan with some salsa and taco seasoning (check out the recipe in the group below for homemade taco seasoning!)
- Onions and Peppers: This will take the longest (about 5-10 minutes, depending on how cooked you like yours), so always do these first. You can chop lettuce, or grate cheese, while the onions and peppers saute.
- Lettuce: I always wash and seperate my lettuce leaves when I bring them home from the store, or when I use the head first. To make it quick and easy, I use a pair of scissors to cut several leaves in thin strands at once.
And that’s it – in about 15 minutes, you should have dinner on the table!
Now… here comes the really fun part! You get to check out the other fabulous recipes that my friends have shared – recipes that their families love! Let’s see, 50 meals, 7 days a week… this list should set you up for 7 weeks! How’s that for handy? Check them out and make sure you save your favourites and share with your friends!
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