Last month’s Real Simple featured an article on the concept of dinner swaps. The idea is that you and one or more of your friends and neighbors each make a dinner, but enough of it to feed as many families that participate in the swap. If you had three participating it would be three lasagnas, etc. The thought is that it takes very little time to create more of the same dinner, and that you would then only be cooking once instead of three separate nights. The other two nights you can pop the received dinners in the oven and go do something crazy like, I don’t know, paint your nails and watch Glee? Plus, what a fun way to taste some new and interesting dishes! My own good friend mentioned that she had done the same thing with one of our neighbors and that it was a nice way to come home at the end of a long day. Unfortunately my schedule is so all over the place that the pressure of having to meet up to swap dinners and all that would be tough, but I can see how this would be a sweet deal, especially if you have kids.
So back to the Real Simple article, it featured a selection of recipes that were all made to feed four families. I looked over the options and settled on the Chicken Enchiladas Verdes. I cut the recipe in half so that I could freeze one for an upcoming week when time was of the essence, and then have something ready to go for this week too. Never in my wildest dreams had I thought to make enchiladas before. It looked like something that would take for-ever! But hey, our dinner rotation needed a little livening up!
The result was SOOO good! It was true, it was pretty time consuming, especially since this was my first go. But wow, these bad boys worth it! We had the first dish over several nights and never got bored. In fact, I think I may have seen Floyd licking his plate out of the corner of my eye… I chose a medium salsa verde that would probably be a bit too much spice for wee ones. And we added some guac to help cool it down.
Here is the recipe in half, the link above will take you to the full 4 dinner recipe from Real Simple.
p.s. Go check out Kristin’s guest post over at Rosebud Network member Cool Kids! She has her five fall essentials for you!