It feels like forever since I have posted a recipe here, and I guess it has been! We've been busy and traveling a lot, which has been fun but I am desperate to get back into some sort of routine during the weeks, and I really miss cooking. But in the meantime, we are having some household electrical issues, which makes cooking fresh food and putting anything in our (larger, downstairs) freezer a dicey proposition. So for the next couple weeks, we are eating completely out of the freezer for dinners. We need to get it cleaned out until we can get the electrical issues fixed.
So this past week, I found a container in the freezer that took me a couple minutes to identify. I usually label everything, but this was something I was unsure about freezing to begin with, so I just tossed it in (thinking we would use it quickly). There was only a small bit of it, so I sort of threw it in the freezer just so I did not have to throw it away. But I forgot to label - don't you just love playing "identify this frozen blob?" :-)
I finally figured out that it was frozen chicken enchilada filling, from this recipe. I had a little extra filling last time I made these (and no room in the pan for another enchilada), so I just froze the filling. Then when I thawed it the other night, I could not find any tortillas. Hmmm...what to do? Wait, tortillas are bland and really only serve as a delivery vehicle for the filling. What else works well in that capacity? Bread sounded gross, but pasta sounded...perfect. And it was! Even hubby came downstairs (he ate while on a conference call) and said "what was that? It was awesome!" We both loved it, and I will definitely make extra filling next time to use this way again! I apologize for the lack of pictures in this post, but between fixing dinner, keeping the dog out of hubby's office and talking with the A/C repairman (who was at the house at 8:30 pm for the second time in two days), I forgot pics!
As a side note, the extra filling was a little short on grilled chicken (I guess it was the filling left in the bottom of the bowl). But I also had frozen grilled chicken breast (something I am discovering has 5,362 uses and now ALWAYS keep in the freezer!) so I tossed some of that in as I was reheating the filling. And it was GREAT!
So here you go! Two meals for the effort of making one. Several more meals, actually, if you make extra portions of either recipe, or both. Try the original recipe or this handy weeknight version and let me know how your family likes it!