Cheesy Chicken Burrito Skillet

This recipe is wonderful because it is so easy! You basically just throw together a few ingredients and you end up with a really yummy meal. I usually don't use much canned food, but this was easy and delicious! Perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cups boneless skinless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 (4.5 oz) can diced mild chiles
3 Tbsp taco seasoning mix
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained
1 cup water
1 1/4 cups uncooked rice
1 cup cheese (I used a combination of cheddar, monterey jack and colby - I definitely recommend       using a combination of at least of these)
Chopped cilantro
Tortillas (optional)

Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion, chiles and taco seasoning. Cook until onion softens, about 3 minutes , stirring occasionally.

Stir in undrained diced tomatoes, beans and water to skillet. Bring mixture to a boil.

Stir in rice. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in half the cheese to combine. Top with remaining cheese and cilantro. You can serve with warm tortillas or eat it alone.



Brioche French Toast with Warm Berries

With it's French origins, this french toast makes for a perfect breakfast or dessert dish. I like to use fresh berries in all of my dishes. This ensures proper flavor and texture and because I always have fresh fruit and veggies stocked in the fridge, anyway.

Brioche French Toast with Warm Berries
Serves: 4

8 slices of a brioche bread loaf
8 eggs
2 Tbsp milk or water
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh berries (blueberries and raspberries)
Powdered sugar for garnish
Butter for frying

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add vanilla. Continue to boil until reduced a bit and a thin syrup develops, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Whisk together eggs, cinnamon and milk or water in a shallow bowl or baking dish. Soak each slice of bread in egg mixture. You may need to flip bread slice over in the egg mixture to make sure it is evenly coated.

Add bread to pan and cook until golden, turning once, about 7-8 minutes. Top with the berries and syrup mixture and sprinkle with powdered sugar.



Valentine's Day 2019

February is one of my favorite months for cooking and baking. I love the months with even the smaller holidays, as you can see from this previous post, since it gives me the perfect excuse for being creative in the kitchen! For me, having a theme to work around while experimenting with food makes it that much more fun. This tradition started as something to do to bond over with my kids. Since my love for cooking started with my family, I wanted to pass that love to my own children. And now that love has grown and it is so amazing to watch. I'll get into that more in another post. For now, just enjoy this recap of these Valentine's-themed desserts I made leading up to the big day of love.

If you would like a specific recipe, feel free to message me.

Homemade chocolate mousse

Texture is important for the perfect mousse!

Assorted chocolates

Devil's food cupcakes with sparkling strawberry frosting

Chocolate-dipped cookies

Chocolate covered strawberries

Of course, I have to include a photo of one of my favorite Valentine's!


She may have grown quite a bit since the last Valentine's post in the link above, but I'm still that cheesy mom that goes all out for the little things! Ha!

Valentine's Day school lunch

Hope you all had a beautiful Valentine's Day! 💕