Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cooking and Newbie Shtuff

Susan at Thank God It's First Grade is having a very cool linky about cooking.  I love to cook! I just don't like the washing up part at the end, *sigh* I am lazy lazy lazy when it comes to housework. Hey, I said I was flawed, remember?

Salsa Chicken is my go-to pantry recipe.  For the most part, no matter when, I have what I need in the freezer or pantry to get this dinner on the table in an hour.  And it really only takes minutes to prepare.
So you're going to need a 13X9 pan, minute rice, corn/black bean/tomato mix (either in a handy dandy pre-mixed frozen bag which has some yummy cheese sauce going on- or individual cans, just check the pantry), chicken breast, sour cream, corn chips, salsa, and cheese.
*Heat oven to 350 degrees*
1. Either spray the bottom of your pan with non-stick spray, or put foil over it to keep clean-up easier afterwards.  Put two cups of minute rice and you veg mix in the pan first.  If you use the frozen bag, you'll have to add two cups of water.  But if you use canned veggies, don't drain the corn or diced tomatoes when you put them in (BUT DO drain the black beans- unless you like black dyed rice)

2. Place your chicken breasts on top of the rice mixture.
3. Spoon sour cream over the chicken breasts
4. Crush corn chips in a zip-loc and then sprinkle over the chicken.
5. Spoon salsa on top of the chips. (Personally, I like using medium salsa, because I appreciate that little bit of kick.  But my family is very anti-seasoning, so I can only get away with the mild when I am feeding them.  I have never tried hot, since I was raised without seasoning it's too much for me to handle, but if you're already used to it, ENJOY!)
6. Sprinkle shredded cheese over all of that.  I had to go all 1980's on this dish and shred my own cheese, but I survived, so whatevs.
7. Cover in foil and put a couple of pokes in the top to help the steam escape. Cook for one hour.
8. At one hour, take the foil off and cook for ten more minutes to get the top all crispy-licious.
Voila! Salsa Chicken is a go for dinner! I put the pictures in step order for you below.





Janis at Grade Three is the Place for Me is hosting this blog hop for newbies.  And I think I qualify.
if you would like to play along, just link-up with Janis and answer these five questions:

   1.  what state you are in    2.  your current teaching position
    3.  your teaching experience
    4.  when you started blogging
    5.  share a blogging tip / blogging resource

   1.  Virginia

    2.  Second, my favorite of all

    3.  This September will begin my eleventh year

    4.  This past May.  I became addicted to Pinterest and finding all of these great teaching blogs and I thought- Hey, maybe I would like to do that too.  It looked like fun, and so far has been.

    5.  From reading Janis' #5, I was lead to Megan at ITeach. What's your Superpower?, and read through her Blog Baby Blog page.  There are some really great tips for using blogger, and she has video tutorials.  I think it's awesome that folks are out there compiling information for those of us who'd like to try our hand at blogging and do a good job of it.

And I think it's also important to add that I should have done linkys sooner.  Besides being fun and finding out a lot more information from other sources that I might not have found otherwise- it also is why I made connections with some new people interested in MY blog, and they probably wouldn't have found me without the linky either. So it's win-win for everybody.

As far as REQUESTING blogging help: Anybody have any idea why I can't get the pictures to line up nice and neat?  So frustrating...



  1. Thanks for linking up!! Your salsa chicken looks DEEE-lish! I love the pictures (visual learner here)


    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  2. I hope you get a chance to enjoy it. If there is one thing I cannot stand, is a cook book without pictures. I guess I feel like if I can get it to look almost like the picture, it should pretty much taste like it is supposed to. But that is not always my luck...ah well.

  3. Your Salsa Chicken looks and sounds sooooo good! I will definitely be making it. And I totally agree with you about cookbooks without pictures - I can't stand them either. There has to be a picture for every recipe in the book!
    Teaching in Valley

  4. That chicken looks delicious. I cannot wait to try it :) Thanks for sharing.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  5. I found your blog on the hop and am thrilled. I am a new follower. Your recipe looks yummy!
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  6. Thank you for coming and following my site. I am your newest follower.

  7. Thank you for the blogging tip - I just became a follower :)

  8. I made this tonight! It was so yummy! And the best part is that these are all things I always have in my kitchen! The hubby loved it too so we'll keep it in the rotation for sure. THANKS! ~Allison

  9. I am so glad you liked it! Isn't it the easiest?