Thursday, August 4, 2011

Smoked Chicken Burritos, Summer Vacations and Menu Plan

This week, we took a trip to Safari West.  What an experience!  We're already planing to go back next year!  Dinner was amazing, and we took a Safari Adventure tour.  The animals (zebras, giraffes, buffalo and many more) were so close we could almost touch them.  My little man was so excited, especially when we got to sit on the top of the army truck.  We got home last night and we were all exhausted.  Sleeping in tents with animals all around is not a restful experience, but it was worth it for a night.

Next week, I'm heading off for a few days to visit a dear friend and her family in Seattle.  I'm looking forward to it, but I'm leaving my husband behind for 3 nights AND I have a classroom that still isn't finished and ready for the new batch of kids inevitably coming through the door in 2 weeks.  My wonderful husband and I are probably going to spend a couple days together trying to get it in order.

Smoked Chicken Burritos:
1 tsp. liquid smoke
juice of one lime
1 tsp hot sauce (I used cholula)
1 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare marinade and marinade for 30 minutes or overnight

For Burritos:
Salsa, store bought or homemade
Corn of on cob, cooked or 1/2 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Remove chicken from marinade and grill or bake until golden brown and juices run clear.  Allow to rest 5-10 minutes.  While chicken cools, place a small pan on the stove and heat 1/2 tsp canola oil.  Add pumpkin seeds and cook, turning often, until lightly browned.  Remove from pan so they don't continue to cook. 
Layer tortillas with chicken, cheese, salsa, corn and pumpkin seeds.

Since I'm leaving for a few days, I'm planning to whip up a couple dishes that my husband can just throw in the oven when he comes home from work.  There's a big joke in our house that my husband can cook, but no one wants to eat what he cooks.

So, here's what I'll be making on Sunday so the older boys will have food to eat:

Monday: Crockpot London Broil
Tuesday: Spicy Pepper and Pepper Pasta
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Arugula and avocado pasta
Friday: Pizza and movie night
Saturday: BBQ, probably burgers

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