With a well-stocked pantry, you can make dinner in a flash…and cheap!  It was a busy night (as usual) when I came up with this meal earlier this week.  It started with these simple items from the pantry:
Tortillas, Salsa Seasoning Blend, Emma's Enchilada Sauce Mix, tomato sauce, bottled tomatoes, bottled chicken, cream of chicken soup

Tortillas, Salsa Seasoning Blend, Emma's Enchilada Sauce Mix, tomato sauce, bottled tomatoes, bottled chicken, cream of chicken soup

 I combined the bottled tomatoes and Salsa Seasoning Blend and put the bowl in the fridge so the flavors could meld while I rolled up the enchiladas.  Then I stirred the Enchilada Sauce Mix with the tomato sauce and water in a saucepan and warmed it on the stovetop.  One batch of Emma’s Enchilada sauce makes the equivalent of a large can of enchilada sauce from the store.  Both the Salsa Seasoning and Emma’s Enchilada Sauce mixes are from Alison’s Pantry.  Having a well-stocked spice cupboard significantly increases the versatility of your food storage.  Think of the many ways you can dress up a simple quart jar of tomatoes with a variety of quality spices!  The salsa and enchilada mixes are both convenient and economical, especially if you have a recipe that calls for either ingredient and you don’t have a can on hand. For the enchilada filling, I combined the jar of bottled chicken, can of cream of chicken soup, about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce and about 1 cup of shredded monterey jack cheese.  I filled and rolled each of the tortillas and then placed them in a pan with a little bit of the enchilada sauce smeared over the bottom.  When the pan was full, I poured the remaining enchilada sauce over the top and covered the enchiladas with cheese.  Then I just heated the enchiladas through in the even at 350 degrees and watched for the cheese to melt. 

 

Chicken Enchiladas and Salsa

Chicken Enchiladas and Salsa

I served these yummy chicken enchiladas with multigrain chips, salsa and a green salad.   My best-estimate cost for the entire meal is about $7.00 since I bought the chicken and salad greens on sale. Bargain! 

 

Family friendly fare.

Family friendly fare.

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2 Comments to “Dinner in a Flash”

  1. That looks *delicious*! One question, though: What do you mean by “bottled chicken”? Is that the same as “canned chicken”?

  2. I can only imagine canned chicken is much the same. I looove chicken enchiladas! I have a recipe, too, that can be made straight from my food storage. http://tinyurl.com/cb3d6y (Recipe at the bottom of the post)

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