One Skillet Meals: ‘Fried’ Chili

Every now and then, dinner time sneaks up on you out of nowhere and you have nothing prepared.  One Skillet Meals ate great for times like these.

This recipe is great for no time preparation.

One Skillet “Fried” Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound of chorizo sausage
  • 1 cup of rice (dry)
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 quarter small onion diced
  • 1 8 ounce jar/can of diced tomatoes with jalapeno peppers
  • 1 can of black beans rinsed
  • 1 can of whole corn rinsed
  • Shredded cheese

Directions

  1. In a large deep skillet brown and separate your sausage.  Do not drain off the drippings.
  2. Add your onion brown a tad.
  3. Add in your dry rice.
  4. Stir while adding your water.
  5. Put a lid on your skillet and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Add in the tomatoes with jalapeno peppers, the black beans and the corn.
  7. Stir in.
  8. Cover and simmer for another 15 minutes or until the liquid is not visible and your rice is soft.
  9. Dish up and serve with a sprinkling of grated cheese.

Enjoy! 🌶️

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay L Rice

Meal-Prep 101: Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Meal-Prep 101: Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 20, 2017 at Quest Community Church (Westerville, Ohio) in the back kitchen area at 6:30 PM Quest Meal-Prep Class

The following recipe is for our class on 04/20/2017 at Quest Church.  This versatile recipe is is great to have as a go to in the freezer.  It can be used as a main dish served over rice, as burrito filling, soft taco filling, added to a casserole or soup, pretty much anything you can imagine.  Even if you can’t join us in person, I hope you enjoy this recipe.

INGREDIENTS (for each meal bag):

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast (or thighs)
  • 4 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 fresh bunch of cilantro, chopped with the stems
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag of frozen corn
  • 1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 can of jalapeno and tomatoes diced.
  • 1 can of green peppers or 2 jalapeno peppers diced (optional)
  • 1 tsp of cumin.

Other items you will need:

  • Cutting boards (two, 1 for produce, 1 for the chicken)
  • Latex gloves (2 pair, 1 pr for the chicken 1 pr for the jalapeno peppers if you are chopping)
  • Knives (1 for chicken, 1 for produce)
  • Can opener
  • teaspoons and tablespoons
  • garlic press or a use your produce knife
  • 1 large gallon freezer bag
  • 1 quart freezer bag
  • marker to label your bag.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Before we get started, Write on your Gallon freezer bag, Cilantro Lime chicken, thaw over night.  Crockpot cook for 6-8 hrs low.
  2. Prepare your chicken on your chicken cutting board, put on your latex gloves.
  3. Cut your chicken in half then in half again and then in quarters.
  4. Place the chicken in your quart freezer bag.

  5. Remove your “chicken gloves” & discard.
  6. Add in two tablespoons of lime juice in with your chicken.
  7. Remove the air from your “chicken bag” and seal, place to the side.  Now, clean off your chicken cutting board with hot soapy water and keep away from your produce.
  8. On your produce cutting board, chop your fresh cilantro.  make sure you use the stems, this is where most of your flavor comes from!
  9. Place in your gallon freezer bag.
  10. Dice your onion and place in your gallon freezer bag.
  11. Add in your frozen corn and rinsed black beans to your gallon freezer bag.
  12. Add in your small can of jalapeno/diced tomatoes.
  13. IF YOU WANT FRESH DICED JALAPENO PEPPERS, PUT ON YOUR LATEX GLOVES FOR PRODUCE.  You WILL thank me later.
  14. When you cut fresh peppers, keep in mind the heat is in the seeds, more heat, leave the seeds, less heat, makes sure you leave out the seeds.
  15. Add your Peppers to the gallon bag. (removing your gloves after working with your peppers.)
  16. Add in your cumin.
  17. Add in 2 tablespoons of lime juice.
  18. Gently roll and place your chicken bag on the top of your produce.
  19. Push out the extra air and seal the gallon bag.  (I like to double bag my items.)
  20. Flatten bag and freeze.

Day be before preparing instructions:

  • Set upright in the refrigerator (in a bowl in case it leaks) to thaw.

Cooking day instructions:

  • Open bag carefully and pull out your chicken bag.
  • Put the chicken in your crock-pot first.
  • Dump in the remaining ingredients from the gallon bag on top of the chicken.
  • Set crock-pot on low and cook for 6-8 hours.
  • Before serving, shred with a fork the chicken and stir into the cooked ingredients.
  • Serve over rice, with corn tortillas as soft tacos, in large flour tortillas as burritos, over corn chips as nachos anything your heart desires.
  • The shredded left overs are also great to freeze and have on hand for soups!

Enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice

 

 

 

Canning Rehydrated Black Beans

Canning is a skill that both men & women should be comfortable with. That’s just my opinion, of course. There is much to he said for providing for yourself. The pride in doing so, the benefits of not having unnecessary gunk added to your food & the cost. 

At our home we buy dried beans to store in our dry goods shelves & can them Rehydrated for the quick meal later down the road. One bag of black beans can give you 7 pints of Rehydrated beans for ready to use meals.

Beans, like meats, must be processed in a pressure canner. Pints take 75 minutes to can (once pressure is reached). Do yourself a favor and dedicate the day to do a bunch of beans! It’s well worth the time and effort because that single page of dried black beans may cost you approximately $1.49 but when you can get 7-8 pints out of it you are looking at 22¢ a pint, with flavors you decide. 

So here we go! 

Please make sure you know how to properly operate, maintenance, check and care for a pressure canner before you can. 

I hot soak my bag of beans for about half a day. Making sure any stones or icky beans are disposed of.

Make sure that your pint jars are sterilized. Taking them out of a sealed box does not mean ready to go. Either boil your jars your run the through the dishwasher. I prefer to boil.

Off to the side put your center rings in a bowl and put hot boiling water over them and let them sit. 

Take your clean jars and measure 2/3 cup of black beans into each jar. This is only if you have not completely Rehydrated them. They will need room to expand as they cook during the canning process. 

If you add salt use salt specifically for pickling and preserving. This prevents a cloudiness to your beans. 

You can add other seasonings at this point as well like chili peppers, jalapeño peppers, ancho powder, etc.

Add hot water to each jar but leave 1 inch of headspace. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean towel.

Place the center lid on your jar.

I use a magnet stick to pull out the lids from the hot water. 

Now put in your outer ring. Tight but not Goliath tight. 

Place them in your pressure canner according to YOUR canners specifications & size. 

Put the water in the canner to your canners specifications. 

After checking your lid, band, exhaust tube put on your lid until it fits correct and shuts. 

Turn on the heat, I start at 7 on my electric range. Do NOT go maximum heat. Leave your ‘stopper’ off. 

When you start to get a steady stream of steam from the stopper tube, set your timer for 10 minutes. Never walk away from your canner!

When the timer goes off, the latch in the back should be up. 

Now put your ‘stopper’on the vent. Watch closely as the pressure raises to 12 lbs. 

Set your timer for 75 minutes. You will need to adjust your heat to keep it at 11-12 lbs pressure. By the end my range is normally at about 3 on the eye heat. Do not leave unattended! It only takes seconds to jump to a dangerous pressure weight. 

When your timer goes off, turn the heat off the eye, leave the canner alone & for the love of all things good do not release the stopper or try to open the canner!!!!

It will take a while, like almost an hour, to naturally cool and release the pressure. When the button goes down on its own and the gauge reads 0 only then do you open the canner.

THERE WILL BE HOT STEAM!!!! Don’t be a dork when taking the lid off! Use caution! 

Make sure you place a towel where your jars can sit undisturbed to cool (away from kids, pets, etc.) For at least 24 hours. 

Using your jar tongs take the jars out of the canner and place on towel. 

As your jars cool you will hear that magical sound of POP. You should hear a pop for each jar. 

Do NOT push the lids to force a pop. The jars must pop naturally to seal.

Let cool. Mark your lids after 24 hours and put on your shelf for use.

If you have a jar that does not seal, put it in the refrigerator and use first. 

Never, ever, ever reuse the center lid. You only reuse the rim/ring and jar!

Enjoy!

Mrs. Kay L. Rice