9.20.2017

Instant Pot Baked Chicken Tacos

As you know, I am pretty obsessed with my Instant Pot.
I use it at least once a week and I am always trying new recipes to make.
Last week, I wanted to make baked chicken tacos and decided to make the mixture in my Instant Pot.
They were delicious, so I knew I had to share them here with you!
Like the majority of my recipes, they are super easy to make!
Here is what you need:
- 2 lb bag of Frozen Chicken Breasts
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 2 cans of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, drained
- 1 can of Green Chilies, drained
- 1 can of diced jalapenos (optional), drained
- 1 can of Refried Beans
- Tortillas (I use flour, you could use corn)
- Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese (or Monterrey Jack Cheese if you don't want it as spicy)


Directions:
Drain your diced tomatoes, green chilies & diced jalapenos.
Put the frozen chicken breasts, taco seasoning, drained diced tomatoes, green chilies & jalapenos in your Instant Pot.

Give it a big stir:
Then put the lid on your Instant Pot turn the knob to SEALING:

 Turn to high on manual setting and cook for 20 minute:
When it is done cooking, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Then you can manually let it out & it will look like this:
Take out the chicken breasts & shred them in a bowl:
They will be falling apart & so easy to shred.
Before you put them back in the Instant Pot, strain the liquid tomato/green chili/jalapeno mixture that is in the Instant Pot.
The chicken is really watery as it cooks, so that is why there is so much liquid in the Instant Pot. You don't want that liquid in your tacos because then they will get soggy! Then I also strained the Chicken like this for  couple minutes:
After you get rid of all the excess liquid, combine everything together in a bowl or back in your Instant Pot liner:
Your chicken filling is ready to go! Now it's time to make the tacos.
I spread a bit of refried beans on the tortillas:
Then I add a large scoop of the chicken mixture to the tortillas & place them in a 9x13 pan:
 I add a generous handful of pepper jack cheese to each one (or montery jack if you want them less spicy)
 I am able to fit 8 tacos in my 9x13 pan. You will still have almost half your chicken mixture left, so I either freeze it or put it in the fridge and use it later in the week.
Bake (uncovered) for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
 The cheese will be nice & melted and the tortillas will have a slight crunch.
 Then I sprinkle with some chopped cilantro (from my garden!)
Like I mentioned earlier, the chicken filling makes a lot. If you don't want to make Baked Tacos with the rest of the filing, you can use it as a filling for regular tacos, burritos, chicken taco rice & bean bowl or a chicken taco salad.
The chicken mixture is so full of flavor!
I am not usually a big fan of refried beans, but it just works for these Baked Tacos. You could always use pinto or black beans if you prefer.
When you serve them, add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, sliced Jalapenos, shredded lettuce, or any of your favorite taco toppings!
If you don't have an Instant Pot yet (Seriously...what are you waiting for...go buy one!!)
You can make this mixture in your Crock Pot....follow the directions, but cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
We devoured these & hope you love them as much as we do!

9.17.2017

Claire's Hawaiian Luau Party

Last Friday we celebrated Claire's 9th birthday with a Hawaiian Luau Swim Party!
She picked this theme earlier this year before we surprised them with our trip to Maui (which I still need to blog!!!)
I was super excited she chose this theme knowing we would be taking a trip to Hawaii in the summer!
This was such a fun party to throw....I think I say that after every party ;)
 I loved all the bold & bright colors.

When the girls arrived, we had lei's for each of them:
For decorations I had hanging tiki decorations outside:
They added a nice pop of color to the yard.
Inside I had paper lanterns, tissue balls & tissue pineapples.
I just kind of bunched them all together & hung it up:
 View of the kitchen: 

On the kitchen island I had appetizers/snacks set up:
Kettle corn:
Veggies & Hummus:
Seaweed (Spinach) Dip:
Fishies:
Chips & Mango Pineapple Salsa (it was SO good!)
In the window I had a pineapple banner:
For drinks we had 3 types of juice:
 I found some fun pineapple straws & mixed them in with some striped ones:
 For dinner, Claire wanted Pizza & Fruit Kabobs. Easy!

I had the dinner food set up on the outside bar:
I made the fruit kabobs in rainbow fruit order since there are tons of rainbows in Hawaii
 
 The dessert table was inside...one of my favorite parts about throwing parties :)
I put a grass skirt around the table & hung up a tiki decoration:

 Behind the table I had an Aloha banner & some fun balloons:
A palm tree & pineapple:
 And a Hawaiian flower & 9 on the other side:
 Close up of the dessert table:
There were so many yummy things on it....

Sand Castles (mini coffee cake bites)
 I stuck drink umbrellas in them to make them more festive:


 Pina Colada Cupcakes:


 I added some cocunut to the frosting & sprinkled some brown sugar for it to look like a beach scene.
Salt Water Taffy:
 Flip Flop Lolipops:
  Fruit Puffs.....a Larson party staple!
 And of course....the cake:
 My mother in law is an amazing cake maker!
 Claire designed the cake and told her what she wanted:
 Kate & Claire made the fondant decorations on the cake:
 For the favors, I had my usual....Cookies to go with the theme!
I got the cookies HERE.
The girl who made them lives in Hawaii, so they are authentic :)
While we were waiting for the girls to get picked up, we put Moana on the outside TV
  So, there you have it....another birthday party in the books!
This was one of the easiest parties I have thrown.
There were 12 girls and they swam almost the entire time.
When they weren't swimming, they were jumping on the trampoline.
Claire has such a sweet group of friends, really thankful for them.
Happy 9th Birthday Claire!
Can't believe Claire is 9...she is so compassionate & has one of the biggest hearts I know.
She didn't want gifts for her birthday, instead she wanted people to donate to Hurricane Harvey victims in lieu of presents for her.
Claire and I looked over the organizations that are helping out Harvey victims and she picked favorite ones and then I sent an email to her friends asking them not to bring presents for Claire, but instead to make a donation (if they wanted to) & I listed the organizations that Claire picked.
Keep shining your light Claire, I know you will do big things in this world.

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Claire's Parties throughout the years:
8th Birthday - Claire's Flamingo Pool Party
7th Birthday - Claire's Shabby Chic Tea Party
6th Birthday - Claire's Mermaid Swim Party
5th Birthday - Claire's Tangled Party 
4th Birthday - Claire's Candy Shoppe Party
3rd Birthday - Claire's Cowgirl Party
2nd Birthday - Claire's Ladybug Party
1st Birthday - Claire's Ice Cream Party

To see all the other kid's parties I have thrown, click HERE for my Party Tab!

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