To prepare Chicken Fajitas the chicken is seared in a skillet on the stove top then transferred to the oven to finish cooking. Because of the cooking process you either need 1 oven per 2 chefs or you need to take shifts in the oven. When I cook with a group of 4 we usually prep toppings for serving as well to eliminate downtime. Decide before hand with guests who is buying the tortilla shells and optional toppings. Possible toppings include: grated cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce and chopped fresh cilantro.
I never really liked cornbread; I found it either too grainy or too sweet, that is until I was introduced to this recipe by my sister-in-law. This version has been adapted from “Holly Hock Cooks” a book created by the cooks of this west coast retreat located on Cortes Island in BC’s Georgia Strait. Unlike some restaurant versions that would pass more as a dessert, this corn bread contains 5 cups of vegetables. Cornbread has many times travelled along side chili, soups and stews for the perfect mountain ski weekend. The recipe makes enough to share with another family or for leftovers which can be wrapped and frozen. I use jalapeño cheddar or havarti to give it a bit of heat and it saves a step but you could also use a seeded and minced jalapeño along with regular monterey jack cheese. Or leave out the heat for a kid pleasing version.
Spring rolls are perfect to make with a friend. Rolling can take about 40 minutes depending on how large you make your wraps so it is the perfect time to socialize. Though children love to eat this spring rolls the process can be difficult for most - rated 14+.
This marinated pork tenderloin recipe is great on the BBQ or in the oven. Pair it with the vegetable quinoa salad, potato latkes or pierogies with apples and a green vegetable.
Meatball Quinoa Soup, Meatballs in your favourite sauce on pasta and Meatball Subs in a marinara sauce are 3 meal ideas. If kids are doing this recipe I would suggest only 1 recipe split between 2 or 3 families so the kids don't get overwhelmed by the rolling involved. Feel free to adjust the mixture of ground meats - all beef, all turkey or a mixture of beef and pork are also delicous.
This is a quick soup to whip up for dinner. You only really need an hour to prepare and clean up. If made ahead of time the flavours will blend together well.
Lasagna sheets are my new favourite way to make a lasagna. You can find them at your local italian shop.