Sunday, February 1, 2009

dinner from a cookie sheet.

A few years back, I became a huge fan of Rachael Ray.

I watched her 30 minute meal show while I walked (or waddled) on the treadmill when I was pregnant with my oldest. It just made that half hour workout go so much quicker.
Finally, when I received one of her cookbooks as a gift-- I was ecstatic to start using it and whip out delicious meals in 30 minutes or less. Little did I realize, the dishes alone would take about 30 minutes, so really... where was the time savings? I was a bit disappointed.
So-- now when I find a meal that requires little cooking and clean up, I am so pumped! These Chicken Fajita Tostadas are just that, dinner using one cooking sheet-- and a cutting board. That's it.

Not only are they easy-- they are so yummy too!

I want to make these again tomorrow! (Maybe, I will just settle for leftovers at lunch.)

Chicken Fajita Tostadas

2 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 box frozen corn
1 cup prepared salsa (I made my own-- recipe at the bottom)
2 T olive oil
salt and pepper
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
6 corn tortillas
1 cup sharp cheddar

1. Preheat oven to 450. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. On foil combine sliced onions, peppers, frozen corn, and 1/4 C of the salsa. Drizzle with 1 T olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Move one of your oven racks into the highest position, right under the top broiler. Place cookie sheet on the top rack. Roast veggies, tossing occasionally-- until they are tender and lightly browned-- about 15 to 20 minutes. Add chicken and continue to roast an additional 5 minutes. Transfer chicken and veggies into a bowl and discard foil.

2. On the same hot cookie sheet, arrange tortillas and brush with remaining olive oil. Top with cheese and bake (at the same temp of 450) until edges are golden brown and cheese is very bubbly and melted, 5 to 8 minutes.

3. Top tortillas with chicken and veggie mixture, and then top with salsa.

Homemade Salsa

3-4 Roma tomatoes
1/2 C cilantro
1/2 of an onion
1 jalapeno
1 lime
salt and pepper

Chop tomatoes, cilantro, onion, and seeded jalapeno. Toss in juice of 1 lime and season with salt and pepper.


*jimaie.marie* said...

oh, YUM!! I am SO going to try these this week, they look SO tasty!!

Susie said...

Yeah, I like Rachael a lot but you are right...for us it isn't 30 minutes:-)

Jennifer said...

Oh deliciousness!! And, easy peasy-I have to try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe. =)

Tamie said...

YUM! i'm all for the ease of minimal clean-up! this looks like a keeper em!

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

pretty! pretty! pretty!

I found you via SITS long-lost cooking blog and I MUST SAY! We should be sisters. or neighbors. or at least blog friends. Your colors are right up my alley.

So glad to find you!

WILL be checking in oft!

imjacobsmom said...

I am so making these for supper tomorrow night. I actually have all the ingredients on hand. ~ Robyn

Jeff and Mandee said...

Sounds Yummo! in the words of Rachael Ray!

Astrid said...


Love Rachel Ray too but her meals ALWAYS take longer than 30 minutes! She makes it looks so dang easy on her show.

Becky said...

YUM-O! I've been a huge RR fan for years. she has a kids cook book that I just adore. Have you seen it? What I decided a while back is that if I had no monkeys wondering the kitchen or a huge 150 dog under my feet, then maybe most meals could get done in about 30-40.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics of that meal, making me drool at 7 a.m.

jen said...

i am so coming back for this later this week.
did it really look that yummy in person ... because i am thisclose to trying to lick my screen.

Elena said...

You could take Rachel Ray down any day. :) Glad to see some new posts.

Tracy P. said...

Oh, this is so right up my alley!! Quick to make, yummy to eat, quick to clean up--keep 'em comin'!!

Emily said...

*JM* They were so good! My kids loved them too which is always a plus if you can feed the WHOLE family happily.

Susie-- It took me a while to figure that out!

Jennifer-- you are welcome! It is so tasty, let me know how you like it!

Tamie, clean up is as easy as throwing away foil! I can do that!

Cupcake, thank you! I appriciate it! I love colors, ALL COLORS!

Robyn! Good for you for being prepared! Let me know how you like 'em!

Mandee-- I need a trademark word like Rachael... Hmmmmmmmmmm!

Astrid-- Lest we forget that she has a staff at her every whim. I need a staff.

Becky, I need to get that childrens cook book still... I just got her Big Orange Cookbook at my grocery store, discounted to $3. I love it!

Jen, you are so funny! It was pretty yummy-- But I am such a sucker for homemade salsa.

Thanks Elena! I don't know if I could take her down, but I would sure try. I hope I can keep the posts coming!

Tracy, isn't it a fun one! Thanks for your comment, I will try to keep them coming!

emily said...

yum! this is going on the menu this week!

Sarah said...

this looks fabulous! I'm totally adding it to our menu!

Can you pretty pretty please make labels or categories on your blog and label all your recipes so they're easy to find? I would love you forever!

Brian and Staci said...

This looks absolutely delish...and only a cookie sheet and a cutting board to clean!!! I vote Emily for the Next Food Network Star!!! I'm gonna give it a try later this week :) I'm so jealous if your boys will eat the peppers and onions :)

tara @ kidz said...

Mmmm the fajitas sound delish, but the salsa actually made my mouth water. I'm so making that this week!

Jennifer said...

I suck at cooking so this is a great find! What part of Texas do you live in? I'm in Austin! Trish from Kobialka family told me about you! She said you live in Texas too! Just thought I'd say hi!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

I am going to have to try this this week! Yumm-O!

Rebekah said...

These look SO delicious!!!!! I am going to have to try them!! YUMMMY!!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I just love the whole look of your site...the houndstooth background, the varied fonts, etc.

But I can't see any of the says bandwidth exceeded?

Tami said...

Yum, that looks so good!

Sarah said...

Emily, I made these last night and they were SOOOOOOOOOOOO scrumptious! Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

Hi! I just happened upon your blog through Modern Mommyhood and have to say it sounds like your cooking style is right up my alley. When I have made her stuff I was a little put off by ALL the ingredients. When I want simple I WANT SIMPLE. Thanks for the recipe I plan to try it.

-Melissa- said...

I made these for dinner the other night. They were sooo good! Thanks for the recipe.

Michelle said...

I LOVE THESE!! I have made them at least five times, and posted a link to this recipe on my eating-healthy-group website. :)
Thank you for posting this!