Saturday, June 12, 2010

KP Duty!

Hi everypuppy and everycat! It's me - Ammy! I drew KP Duty last week and worked really, really hard! So many of you have been complimentary when we've shared some of our mom's recipes (please see the sidebar for a list and links!) and have asked when we might share another, so I figured while I was working, I could share a recipe! How does that sound? Last week's big one was a little something I'm going to call Good and Easy Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas! Let's get cooking!

Here's an ingredient list:
  • flour tortillas
  • cooked, shredded chicken
  • fresh baby spinach
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • homemade guacamole
  • limes (optional)
First, you have to get some cooked chicken. The recipe Mom started to follow (then cast to the wind) called for a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, but Mom never uses those. She put boneless, skinless chicken breasts (still frozen, I might add) in the crock-pot with a can of chicken broth (the fat-free, salt-free stuff) and a packet of taco seasoning. (Spray the crock-pot first.) Cook on low for 8 hours, then drain the chicken. (Save the broth for soup or something.) Shred the chicken.

Here's how Mom did the quesadillas the first night. Cover a baking pan with foil (for easy clean up). Put one flour tortilla on the foil. Cover generously with spinach.

DSCN5613 tortilla loaded up with spinach

Remember, it will cook down, so don't skimp.

I wonder if the spinach is OK?

DSCN5612 Ammy
"Mmm... spinach!"

Anyone who watches cooking shows
KNOWS it's important to taste as you cook.

Top that with some of your shredded chicken.

DSCN5615 tortilla, spinach, chicken

And top
that with some shredded cheese.

DSCN5616 tortilla, spinach, chicken, cheese

Now, the first night, Mom used Monterey Jack, but the second night she used some of that AND some cheddar. She and Dad both liked both options.

Remember, taste as you go.

DSCN5622 Ammy
"That's not Velveeta, is it?"

(She's been known to try to hide pills in Velveeta, so I won't eat it now.)

Top everything with another flour tortilla. Now you can either carefully place it on your grill to cook, flipping to get nice grill marks on both sides (we had a severe storm going that night, so we didn't grill it) or remember that foil-lined baking sheet? Throw that whole thing into a pre-heated 400 degree F oven and cook for 8 - 10 minutes, until the tortilla is lightly browned and the cheese is all gooey and melted.

Slice into wedges, squeeze some lime juice over top (totally optional) and serve with your homemade guacamole. Mmm!

DSCN5619 quesadilla

You can vary all of the ingredients above to your liking. The second night, Mom made one that was just spinach and cheese and one that was just chicken and cheese and she and Dad split them! They're also yummy with salsa!

In addition to either grilling or baking, you can do this on your stovetop. Spray a pan with non-stick spray, put your tortilla in, and sprinkle with cheese. Add your other fillings just on one half... and when the cheese has melted, fold it over! Get the tortilla all nice and brown - and you're ready to cut and serve! Like this:

DSCN5630 quesadilla

Dad said they were really good; Mom said they were really easy. I think that makes them
Good and Easy Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas! Let us know if you give them a try!

KP Duty was very hard work - especially all the taste-testing - but I'm willing to give it another go this coming week!

Love,
Ammy

23 comments:

  1. Woof! Woof! Mmmmm My mom said we might have a Taco Weekend. Lots of Golden Thanks for sharing a delish recipe. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  2. mmmm now I want a quesadilla! mmmm
    Good job in the kitchen Ammy! did you really eat that spinach?!

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  3. Oh that did look good, thank you for sharing that recipe.
    We will make sure we taste as we go........after all it is on Ammy's advice.
    Are you any relation to our Delia?
    love
    Martha and Bailey xxx

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  4. OMG, we are drooling! Mom needs to give these a try! They look super delicious and super easy! Thank you for the recipe!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

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  5. Oh Ammy!!! KP duty sure sounds very hard but that really looks delicious!! I think it would be worth it to work KP all of the time!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

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  6. Hi -- It's Minnie the puggle.I have KP duty every night! I have to help load the dishwasher, which isn't such a bad job. Sometimes, some good stuff falls off and I catch it quick before Mom scoops it up! You must be such a big help. How did the spinach taste?
    Keep up the good work and can't wait to see you in a chef's coat!

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  7. Now we are really hungry.. That looks so yummy.. Thanks for sharing Ammy...
    Mom got a new recipe for "herbed garden couscous" http://www.bhg.com/recipe/salads/herbed-garden-couscous/
    Check it out Pack you will just love it... Oh and Mom says it is really good for you...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

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  8. Yummy quesadillas!
    The one you have in the pan is the original form here in Mexico!
    Glad you were there to taste the ingredients!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  9. WOO WOO Ammy

    That looks so good - Mom said she would love to make it for us but someone(Marco Polo) got up on the counter and stole the Avocado and messed up the couch with it! Mom was mad at him!
    Hugs
    Thor and Marco Polo

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  10. Oh MY...Mama and Daddy have been doing the bad D-I-E-T word so we haven't smelled any mexican food in the house...These look VERY nommy tho..Thanks for the recipe Ammy!!


    Smileys & Snuggles!
    Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

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  11. Oh wow, those look very delicious!! Now we have a craving for some of those yummy fried breads and cheese...mmm...

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  12. KP Duty sure sounds like hard work Ammy. Mum says she might try to make those too!

    Huffs

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  13. Those quesadillas do look good and easy enough for even our mommy to make (she doesn't cook anything ever but she does bake stuff including dog biscuits). Thanks for the recipe and the tips on tasting everything as you go along!

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  14. Holy crap...warn us next time. You are making us very hungry with all that good stuff. YummmE
    Benny & Lily

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  15. Mmmmm! Yummy! Thanks for sharing that yummilicious recipe. Mom sure is gonna make it! With any luck, she'll let me have a taste, and not the spinach i mean!

    Cheers,
    Maxx

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  16. Something about cheese makes it irresistable.....

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  17. Chicken and cheese two o my favourite foods. Sounds good to me allthough not sure about the spinach.. Do cats like that I wonder..You did great.. Hugs GJ xx

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  18. You eat spinach? Ick. But the rest looks nommy.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  19. Dat looks ber ber nommy. Hummm let's see:

    frozy chicken - check
    cheese - yum check check
    spinach - maaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm

    Bobo and Meja

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  20. This one is making us hungry. Yummy.

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  21. Mmm....SOunds tasty! Will have to try that sometime! :) Thanks for sharing!

    X

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  22. Mom makes those quesadilly things all the time because they are super easy and you can stuff anything in them!! Yours look tasty!

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  23. Yum! Those look mighty tasty!

    Kat

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