Day 16 – We are settling in. I am thinking we need to stop naming days – Monday, Tuesday, etc… and just call them day. They are all blending together. We ask each other all the time, “What day is it again?” We try to tie it to something in our recent memory. But, it is getting harder and harder. Without appointments, a regular work schedule, and meetings there is no separation weekdays and weekends are all the same.
I have noticed things around my house though the more time I spend here. I had to order more drinking glasses. As we are all home and eating three meals a day we are using far more dishes than we ever had. The dishwasher runs twice a day. I needed a new whisk, bamboo tongs for removing the toast from the toaster after watching my children insert a metal fork to fish it out, and a garlic press. They seem silly but when you are spending so much time at home and in the kitchen. I even started a list for next month that includes long handled slotted spoons, flat bottomed measuring spoons, and a 2 and 4 cup measuring cup. Just things that will make life easier.
What are you noticing around your house you would like or want?
This meal is one that came from my college days. When we were young and a group of us would always eat dinner together most nights. We would pitch in a few dollars or bring an item to contribute to the meal. It was something that would always feed a large group and be fairly inexpensive. If someone couldn’t contribute it was okay as there was always more than enough. This used to be one of my favorite meals. Each person would bring an item – 2 peppers, a bag of Doritos, a large bag of salad mix, an onion, salsa, or ground beef. When we got together what ever was brought was thrown in the salad. It was fun and you never quite knew what people would pick out.
Every time I suggest this meal my kids balk at first. Then they eat it and remember how much they like it. I am not a fan of Doritos so you can choose tortilla chips instead for the crunch. Or I do like the Cool Ranch Doritos which is what I use in my salad. Try your favorite. My son loves the Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos.
Change up the greens. Change up the vegetables. Change up the salsa and salad dressings. Balsamic or Italian also work. Make it your own!
- 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast
- 1 package of taco seasoning mix (or your favorite homemade sauce)
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 large package of mixed baby greens
- 2 large tomatoes. cut into thin slices
- 2 large red or orange peppers, cut into slices
- 1 sweet onion, sliced
- 1 (5 oz) can olives, drained
- 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, drained
- 1 (8 oz) block sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 jar salsa, use your favorite
- salad dressing such as Thousand Island, Balsamic Vinaigrette, or Italian Dressing
- 1 large bag Doritos, favorite flavor (slightly crushed)
- Sour cream, for topping if desired
- In slow cooker mix chicken, taco seasoning mix and water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred chicken and taste. Adjust spices to liking.
- On a large plate place a layer of greens. Top with shredded chicken and other ingredients you desire. Top with salad dressing, a drizzle of salsa, some Doritos and a dollop of sour cream. Stir together and eat!