In my group of friends, we like to have baby-buddies. I say that tongue-in-cheek, because it's never planned, but as a happy coincidence there are usually two of us pregnant at the same time. When I was pregnant, my baby-buddy was M, who was due a week after me, but had her daughter 5 days before Thatbaby was born (because everyone has their babies before me).
More recently Horsewhisperer and Jurisslave were baby-buddies. Both due in March. But, in an uncanny coincidence, both gave birth in February. I joked that their boys just couldn't wait to meet each other.
Which means earlier this month I was running around, visiting babies and bringing food to my friends.
Like orange cinnamon muffins, for quick one-handed breakfasts.
I love chicken, and it easily serves a grip of people, so I always like to bring a chicken dish to homes with a new baby. Like this Cuban chicken.
With this warmer weather we've been having, a chilled soup makes a nice, easy lunch. I thought the avocado soup would work well with the Cuban chicken. And the strawberry soup is popular enough in my house that I wanted to share it with my friends.
One other trick I found when bringing over meals is to bring a special treat for the new big sibling. Like chocolate chunk cookies.
I love feeling helpful and bringing food to my friends. It wasn't so long ago I was trying to balance adjusting to a new family member. And although it was easier the second time around, it's always nice to feel taken care of. When I make food, I will sometimes make a meal specifically for my friends, like the chicken dishes. Other times, I take a meal we're eating for dinner at our house and double it. Like the strawberry soup, or these enchiladas.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to make a ton of enchiladas? It's a great thing to serve to a crowd, which means it's easy to make enough to feed 2 families. They also freeze fantastically. I made a set of these enchiladas for us, and a set for Jurisslave and her family. You'll notice these are "undressed" which I prefer if you're going to freeze them. Add the sauce right before reheating in the oven.
Beefy Enchiladas (From Guilt Free Weeknight Favorites)
1 cup chunky picante sauce, divided
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 lb extra lean ground beef
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
5 corn tortillas
2 Tbsp chipped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 400. Spread 1/4 cup picante sauce in a 9-inch square baking dish, set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute bell peppers, onion, and ground beef until peppers are soft and beef is browned. Drain excess liquid.
- Stir in 1/2 cup picate sauce, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat; stir in half the cheese.
- Stack the tortillas and wrap in wax paper. Heat in microwave on HIGH 10 seconds, or until warmed.
- Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture down center of each tortilla.
- Top evenly with remaining picante sauce, remaining cheese, and the cilantro. Roll up and serve.