Salsa Chicken & Chicken Street Tacos

I could eat Mexican food every single day of my life.  If I was in prison and had to choose my last meal, it would probably be Carne Asada street tacos.  One of the best perks of living in Southern California is that we have delicious, authentic Mexican food on what seems like every street corner.  I can’t complain.

This chicken recipe is great because you can throw it in a crock pot with a jar of salsa and forget about it for a few hours.   Once I make a batch of it, I can use the chicken throughout the week for a number of meals.  On top of eggs, mixed in a salad, or maybe even just eating it with a fork out of a storage container.  It’s that good.  First, I am going to tell you how to prep the chicken.  It’s almost unreal how easy it is.  Below that, you can find a taco recipe I made with it.

Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 3-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – as desired, I’d recommend doing 6 so that you have tons of delicious chicken for the week
  • Your favorite salsa, the amount to use depends.  You want to make sure that when you put it all in the crock pot, the salsa covers the chicken.  2-3 small jars should work.
  1. Dump everything in a crockpot and set it on low.
  2. After about six hours, you should notice that the chicken is nice and cooked.
  3. Take a piece out and test it.  You should be able to slice it apart with a fork, like soft butter.
  4. Put the chicken (sliced or whole) in some tupperware and use it when you need it.  I prefer to shred it with a fork before storing it up.

Street Tacos

I came up with this on a whim.  I had shredded salsa chicken in the fridge, fresh corn tortillas from my favorite local Mexican market, and avocado on hand.  Since the chicken was made beforehand, this literally took ten minutes – if even that- to throw together.  Perks of making mass amounts of food ahead of time?  I think yes.

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Marysa’s Street Chicken Tacos

Another staple item that I keep on hand is a bag of coleslaw mix.  While I don’t use the dressing, the veggie mix itself is great to saute for breakfast, or mix into a salad for lunch/dinner.  I’d like to get into the habit of slicing up cabbage and having it stored, but for now, this saves me tons of time since I use it so often.

Ingredients:

  • 3 small, street size corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of salsa chicken
  • 1 cup of sliced cabbage/cole slaw mix sans dressing
  • Avocado (as desired)
  • Hot sauce

Instructions:

  1. Place the cabbage on the tacos first.
  2. Then distribute the chicken.
  3. Top with as much avocado as desired and put hot sauce (my favorite is Cholula) on top.
  4. Since the cabbage is likely to be cold, throw the finished tacos in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
  5. Devour.

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Looking for A New Lunch Spot? Try Lettuce for Life in Marlboro, NJ!

If there’s one thing any of my friends or family could tell you about my eating habits, it’s that I will never EVER pass up a delicious salad! In fact, some might say that “it’s all I eat!” (which I won’t deny). So when I heard there was a fairly new salad spot in town, I had to stop by and check it out!

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Lettuce for Life, located across from the CVS on Main Street in Marlboro, NJ, was similar in price to a lot of other salad spots I’ve been to over the years, but what makes it stand out is the abundance of choices! While most places limit you in how much add-ons you can have, Lettuce for Life lets you top your salad with whatever you like for the price of $5.99!

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Much like my gluten free tortilla bowl, my salad included lettuce, raspberry vinaigrette, feta cheese, cranberries, and grilled chicken! The only ingredient my salad lacked were candied walnuts, which were either missing or unnoticeable amongst all the different ingredients. As you can see from the picture, I wound up just adding my favorite candied walnut brand when I got back home, so it was really no big deal!

Overall, Lettuce for Life has a great atmosphere and delicious salads for both the gluten tolerant and gluten-free guys and gals! I’m definitely going to keep this place on my radar for future lunch dates!

Cinnamon Almond Butter Applesauce

There are few things as amazing as homemade applesauce.  The only problem is that I don’t have the time or patience to make it every week.  When I want something resembling homemade applesauce, I want it in less than 5 minutes.  I’m a busy girl! This is my new favorite mid-day snack.

You don’t need to go out and buy the exact same ingredients that I used.  Like all recipes I make, I use what I have on hand.  If you don’t have a gala apple, any other type will do!  I used organic unsalted almond butter, but use whatever nut butter you have.  My favorite thing about this combo is that it provides a full range of healthy nutrients but tastes delicious at the same time.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium gala apple
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted almond butter
  • cinnamon (as desired)

Instructions:

  1. Slice your apple into small cubes.
  2. Places the cubes in a bowl and pour the almond butter over them.
  3. In a microwave, heat the mix for 20 seconds at a time.  You’ll know it’s done when the apple cubes are soft but still hold their shape.
  4. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the top of the nut butter and mix together.  Enjoy!

#SCBD Quick & Easy Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe

So I’ve decided its time to get a little personal with you all, 2013 has been quite a wild ride for me thus far. My year was off to a great start until I got laid off from my job in the beginning of the year. I am currently seeking a full time editorial, public relations, social media, and/or television production position. If you know of any opportunities available please email me at sara@smallchickbigdeals.com, it will be greatly appreciated.  You can  view my LinkedIn profile, here. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work where I did and am looking forward to seeing what big opportunity is next.

So when I’m not writing lately, I’ve been job hunting, in and out of the city. I feel incredibly blessed that I can write here for you all on Small Chick Big Deals and everything its brought me and the team. I have so many deals, discounts, reviews, and interviews on the way for you all and the team has tons of posts up their sleeves as well.  As you can see I’ve been working on more recipes lately. Well, on top of the many mishaps that have thrown my life a little of track lately, something tragic happened this week on top of that. My informal adviser who guided me throughout college and helped me with my schedule, passed away. Well, she was actually murdered, you can read the story, here. It’s tragic and I am still in shock, probably will be for awhile. But this has only reminded me to keep my head up and stay strong. These past couple weeks have been hard, but I know Rose (who passed away) would tell me to keep it up, not give up and keep it moving. She always believed in me and I am so thankful I knew her as long as I did.

So the day I found out she passed away I went to the grocery store, got some ingredients and planned on making dinner that night. I made Homemade Mac & Cheese to go with steak I bought. My Mac & Cheese recipe is so easy to make and will make you never want to buy that Kraft crap again. This recipe brought me the comfort I needed this week. I dedicate this recipe to Rosaria Andraka, my longtime adviser who was always there for me. RIP Rose ❤

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Homemade Mac & Cheese- yum!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pasta, I used Penne
  • 2 handfuls (or cups) of shredded cheese or cheeses of your choice, I used Mozzarella & Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 cup of half & half
  • 1 cup of skim milk
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Salt, for taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta as directed on box, strain so there is no water
  2. Put pasta back in the pot you cooked it in
  3. Add half & half and milk
  4. Turn on burner, leave on low-medium heat
  5. Add butter
  6. Mix so that is combined
  7. Add cheese
  8. Mix until sauce thickens, feel free to add more cheese as needed.
  9. When it’s to your liking– stir, serve, and enjoy!

Nothing screams comfort like Mac & Cheese, not to mention you have tons of leftovers and can always make different varieties of it. Next time, I plan on using bacon and cooking it in the oven the old fashioned way. This is just a quicker, healthier, and cheesier adaptation!

Happy Eating! 😀

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Upcoming #NJ Events To Look Out For!

Mark your calendars NJ– there are some hot foodie events underway:

The Big Brew Beer Festival
Saturday, February 16th 2013
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Make sure you use the exclusive SCBD discount code SCBDBBF for $10 off General Admission & SCBDBBFVIP for $15 off the VIP tickets!

This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the beer lover in your life 😉 🙂

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New Jersey Food & Wine Festival at Crystal Springs Resort #NJWFF

March 15-17th 2013

Photo Courtesy of NJ Food & Wine

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Tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs, which takes place March 15-17, 2013 and celebrates the best chefs of the region. This year, the Festival welcomes acclaimed Chef Jose Andres of Minibar, The Bazaar, China Poblano, Jaleo, Oyamel and Zaytinya in Washington DC, Los Angeles and Las Vegas among others, as the Guest of Honor.

The pioneer of molecular gastronomy in the US and recipient of multiple James Beard awards who was named “2012 American Chef of the Year,” Chef Andres will prepare an exclusive cellar dinner in Restaurant Latour’s award-winning 135,000 bottle wine cellar on Friday March 15 and also greet the attendees of the Opening Gala Dinner that night. On Saturday March 16, Chef Andres will sign his books during a special event and one of his restaurants will also be featured during the evening’s Grand Tasting.

More event information & tickets can be purchased, here.

Resort reservations can be made starting January 16 at  888-881-6991.

These events are not to be missed, make sure you buy your tickets today!

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Fusha Asian Fusion

Hi readers! My name is Jill, I go to SUNY Albany. Since I have been home from school for winter break, I have been trying to find some good pescetarian friendly restaurants to go to. After hearing about a sushi place where all the sushi is always 50% off, it sounded too good to be true, but what was even better was how delicious it was.

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Some of the sushi rolls at Fusha

Fusha, located in Freehold, was a bargain for their fresh quality fish. I got an order of shumai, the fire dragon roll, and the red dragon roll all for 20 dollars! They also have some Chinese food dishes on the menu which makes it a unique concept!

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Chow Fun

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The Yummy Yummy Roll

I have been back since than with different friends, and everyone is always pleased with their dish and the price. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves Japanese food, and is looking for a good deal.

The Martini Glass Every #JerseyGirl Should Have…Cheers To Being A #JerseyGirl!

Looking for the perfect gift for the Jersey Girl in your life? Then look no further then the Jersey Girls Martini Glass by Designs by Lolita ($24 value).

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The glass has Jersey Girls written right in the middle of it (shown above) and has cute little Jersey sayings around it like a ferris wheel with Atlantic City, the parkway sign, hairspray, and more. Oh yeah I can’t forget it says that we don’t pump our own gas! I love how fun, cute and creative it is!

It also comes in the signature Designs by Lolita gift box and a recipe for the “Jersey Girls” Martini (shown below).

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This glass is an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or any celebration!

Cheers! 😀

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*Disclaimer: The PR team sent me this product. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*