As much as I love to save money, I must admit I really enjoy eating out. My husband and I do our best to curb the temptation, leaving to special occasions and emergencies (read: nights where I forget to plan a meal, mess up a meal or otherwise find the meal I had picked out to be less than satisfactory for my present cravings). Eating out, though, is a huge money zapper, and you can save a good bit of money just by cutting down the amount of eating out you do per month.
A great way to satisfy the need to eat out without sacrificing the money is to create Eat Out meals at home. One that comes to mind is my mother-in-law’s recipe for a great Mexican dish. She prepared this for us a few weekends ago, and it was super delicious! This is a crowd-pleaser, easily feeding a hungry family, with inexpensive ingredients. Hope you enjoy!
• 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts – cooked and diced
• 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
• 1 small can of diced (or chopped) green chiles
• 1 small can of sliced black olives
• 1 dozen tortillas (ie: 1 package)
• 1 pt of sour cream
• 4 green onions, sliced/chopped
• 2 cups of shredded Mont. Jack cheese (if you are feeling a bit sassy, substitute Pepper Jack)
• 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1) In a bowl, combine soup, peppers, olives, onions and sour cream
2) Add the Mont. Jack cheese
3) Place chicken in a separate bowl. Add 2 cups of the soup mixture to the chicken (reserve remaining 2 cups). Toss to combine.
4) Fill each tortilla with some of the chicken mixture, and roll the tortilla up. Lay each filled tortilla in a 9×13-inch pan
5) Top the tortillas in the pan with remaining 2 cups of soup mix
6) Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the tortillas and soup mix
7) Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 * for 40-50 minutes
There are lots of other great “Fake Take Out” recipes out there, and I look forward to sharing more with you in the future.
Have a great week!
You can read more about Steph and her recipes at her personal blog, Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom