Monday, October 20, 2008

I'd like to be

I'd like to be truly impressive and enthrall everyone with fabulous dinners that feed exactly the right amount and never leave leftovers. I'd like to tell you that food never goes bad in my fridge. I'd like to tell you that I have every ingredient in hand when I begin a dish. However, each of those statements is an out and out lie. Instead I'll tell you about dinner the other night.

DH and I had been out all day. I had forgotten to take the chicken out of the freezer on at least two occasions. When we got home in the late afternoon I finally remembered and pulled a chicken breast from the freezer...and then we sat on the couch and opened a bottle of wine. Before we knew it, it was after 8pm and I hadn't even begun to make dinner and that bottle of wine was gone and one of his wine bottle friends had taken his place.

So I went to go make dinner, chicken tacos. Only to realize I had no lettuce and no cheese. While Thatboy could probably do without lettuce, he's pretty adamant that his tacos have cheese. So I started digging through the fridge. I found a bag of shredded cabbage I used for one of our lunches earlier this month, and then I found my mozzarella/cheddar string cheese and voila. Dinner was born! Luckily no matter how dire the circumstances I always have salsa on hand and really, what more do you need?

Clean Out the Fridge Tacos
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • any kind of lettuce/cabbage/spinach - something green and leafy
  • 1 tomato, diced (or any other veggie that's taking up space in your fridge or counter)
  • cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. salsa
  1. Cook chicken your favorite way possible. I cut mine into strips and sauteed it stovetop because it was late and I was hungry.
  2. After chicken is cooked, heat tortillas, one at a time in the skillet (about 30 seconds each side).
  3. Double up the tortillas and place chicken down center. Top with your shredded leafy green and diced veggie, shredded cheese and a tablespoon of salsa.
Serves 2.
Each serving has:
Calories 547.1
Total Fat 13.8 g
Saturated Fat 6.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 98.4 mg
Sodium 714.2 mg
Potassium 785.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 55.2 g
Dietary Fiber 8.5 g
Sugars 0.9 g
Protein 50.6 g


  1. Oh, man, the string cheese is funny. ;)

  2. This so sounds like my house...on a regular basis.

  3. What's wrong with leftovers? We always intentionally have leftovers so we have lunches for the next day :)

  4. You came up with a great looking meal!

  5. I think I eat leftovers more than I eat regularly made food. These look GREAT! So full of yuminess!

  6. I wish all the things you mention in the first paragraph were true for me too. I forget to take things out or buy them and I pull dinner out of a hat more than I'd like. So its' nice to see I'm not alone!!

  7. Great innovation! That happens a lot here.

  8. Oh yes! Many a dinners are like this at my house. Although it might have just turned into a chip and salsa dinner night at that point. I put string cheese on frozen pizza to give it an extra little somethin'somethin'.

  9. Isn't it amazing how creative you get after drinking wine? One crazy night before thanksgiving I decided after a bottle of champagne to make 3 more desserts for the next day. The first two pies came out great, the last chocolate cake though...forgot to set the timer :)

  10. I love those tacos. My boys would think I was so cool to put string cheese on their tacos. Brilliant idea!

  11. They make cheddar string cheese?


    It is probably because I have toddlers, but I only ran out of cheese once and it was a total disaster. Cheese is one thing I ALWAYS have.

    I agree cabbage is a great sub--probably more authentic for some regions of Mexico. I love taco anything so it all sounds good by me...

  12. Agreed re: salsa. We ALWAYS have some.

  13. Sometimes the clean out the fridge meals are the best.

  14. Nice use of the cheese! For me, it's really all about the cheese, too.