I know my husband and family will agree that I've become a much better cook in the last couple of years. I owe it all to FoodNetwork.
When I first started watching, I duplicated recipes exactly. But over the last 6-9 months, I've begun giving recipes my own twist, or using what I've learned to come up with something unique. One of my favorite creations is an individual Mexican chicken casserole. I came up with this recipe while desperately looking for a new way to serve the bone-in skin-on chicken breast I cook at least once a week.
Dianne's Individual Mexican Chicken Casserole
Shred roasted chicken breast;
Toss with salsa verde and a Mexican shredded cheese blend;
Bake in a medium-sized ramekin prepared with non-stick spray.
The biggest benefit of not always needing a recipe is being able to create something from whatever's in the cupboard and refrigerator. For example, today I have a ripe avocado and a bunch of cilantro that needs to be used soon. Since I just bought some ground beef, I plan to toss it with a homemade taco seasoning mix. I'll then form patties and cook them on the stove-top grill since it's too hot outside. And, to eliminate bread calories, I'll place the burgers on a large slice of beef tomato and top with salsa, avocado, and cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. I think I'll call it Dianne's Taco Burgers. For a side dish, I'll toss spring greens with the Trader Joe's cilantro dressing I just bought based on Emily's recommendation.
Hmmmm. . .seems to be a Mexican theme here. Nevertheless, it's amazing where a little knowledge can take you. Bon appétit!