luckily, i like to keep lots of food around and my friend kimberly taught me the coolest trick with bell peppers a while back, so i even had some "fresh" produce on hand. i bought a bunch of bell peppers when they were 3 for $1 and froze them for later use. here's kimberly's trick. it's amazing.
how to prep and freeze bell peppers
- buy lots of bell peppers when they are cheap, cheap, cheap!
- chop them into small pieces.
- spread them onto a cookie sheet and place (uncovered) in freezer for a few hours. a thinner layer is better - don't let them heap over the edge of the cookie sheet.
- when frozen, remove from cookie sheet and place into freezer bag.
i usually just throw them into things frozen, but they do defrost quickly in case you're putting them on/in something where the extra water would be bad (i.e. pizza).
here's a recipe to try after you freeze some yummy bell peppers. when i realized i was out of money in my food budget, i started brain storming and almost immediately started dreaming of these yummy enchiladas. enjoy!
shredded chicken enchiladas with homemade red sauce
2 chicken breasts, cut in half
¼ teaspoon onion salt
¼ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 bay leaf
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 can petit diced tomatoes, drained
½ cup green peppers, diced super tiny or put in small food processor or blender
more seasoning to taste (taco seasoning, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt – whatever you like! get creative!)
12 corn tortillas
1 recipe "red enchilada sauce" (i'm obsessed with this enchilada sauce - it is so yummy! use 1 or 1 1/4 cups water instead of 1 1/2 cups and for the salsa part i make easy fresh salsa ala skinny bovine)
fat free sour cream
1. place all ingredients (except chicken and extra seasoning) into crockpot and stir.
2. add chicken. cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 6-8 hours).
3. make enchilada sauce.
4. when chicken is done, remove bay leaf and shred chicken with a fork - it should basically just fall apart.
5. add extra seasoning as desired to make your chicken extra yummy! you be the chef!
6. use a fork (so extra liquid drains off) to scoop chicken mixture into corn tortillas. fit into pan - 10 across and then 2 along the bottom. top with all of the enchilada sauce and cheese to your liking. serve with fat free sour cream.
my good camera broke, so my pictures look miserable. sorry! they are lots yummier than they look!