Monday, May 11, 2009

Dinner Tonight

"I came up with this dish to satisfy my cravings for the tamales I had at Mexican restaurants when I was growing up in Houston. Homemade tamales are too time-consuming to prepare for weeknight meals, but I discovered a corn bread mix approximates the flavor." —Risë Minton, Smyrna, GA

Chicken Tamale Casserole

8 servings

1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese, divided
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8.5-ounce) box corn muffin mix 
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
Cooking spray
1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce 
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine 1/4 cup cheese and next 7 ingredients (through chiles) in a large bowl, stirring just until moist. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until set. Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork; pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with chicken; sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup cheese.

4.  Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.

5.  Cut into 8 pieces; top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Giada De Laurentiis to Gena Knox

I bought this at our local grocery store and I love it! The recipes have only a few ingredients (one of my prerequisites) and they are very healthful and easy. If you like my favorite Food Network lady- Giada- this cookbook is very much like something she would write.

While Gena Knox does a LOT of plank-grilling, we are able to use our Calphalon indoor grill for most recipes.

Here is one of my favorites:

Scallops with Pinapple Salsa

The pinapple salsa is just:

1 fresh pinapple- diced
a small red onion, diced 
jalapeno, diced
2 limes- juiced 
chopped cilantro
(I don't care for the mint)

Then you just salt, pepper, and grill the sea scallops. Yum!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Get Out of Jail Free

As I'm sure I've said before, I was lucky enough to have my girlfriend Amy who became a mother before me and preached being a "sleep nazi." It was so good for me to hear how matter-of-fact she was about putting the baby on a good sleep schedule- for everyone's benefit! While I didn't read the whole book, I believe On Becoming Babywise was the book I referred to. 

I certainly did not learn this mindset from my sweet parents who I don't think ever thought we- as kids- needed naps... (oh, the horror!! I cannot imagine!!)

So, we've really never had sleep issues. But lately, with the introduction of the new bunk beds, and Mary Fowler giving up her nighttime security item (from Harry Potter, "that which shall not be named") the kids have been having some issues.

I consulted my John Rosemond Parent Power book and he suggested using a "ticket system" where each child gets one ticket to be redeemed for ONE time getting up and out of bed. If they get up after that one time, they have consequences including a) going to bed one hour earlier the next day and b) losing a privilege like having a friend over.

He goes into all the details and luckily he even predicted that the first night they will almost certainly get up more than once (which they did).

I can tell that after a few nights, Mary Fowler will be back on track.

My sweet Davis, though, is still learning...

I was in my room putting some clothes away when I heard a little knock at my door. I looked over in that direction, saw his "ticket" slide under the door and heard a little voice say,

"Here's your ticket!"