Last night I taught my class on menu planning and quick meals at church. Thanks to a lot of input from many of you it was a great class! I will be sharing details from the class next Monday so be sure and check back!
Since I was focused on preparing for the class this week I thought I should probably share a quick meal idea with you and I promised the ladies in the class I would have one on the blog today!
You have heard me mention a time or two that Cafe Rio is my favorite place to eat while in Utah. I have even shared their Sweet Pork recipe with you (another great quick meal because it’s done in the crock pot)
Fortunately for me a Cafe Rio knock off, Costa Vida, opened up in Portland about a year ago. Now I can get my Cafe Rio fix without having to drive 13 hours to Utah.
Today’s quick meal recipe is also done in the crock pot and is a copycat recipe for Costa Vida’s chicken. You can serve it in burritos, tacos or on a salad. It is yummy!
A while ago my friend Laurie emailed me asking for some ideas for a dinner she needed to put on for her family after her parent’s anniversary party. It needed to be quick and easy because they would be coming directly to her house to eat after the party (of which she was in charge of too!)
I suggested she do a taco/burrito bar using the Cafe Rio Sweet Pork and the Costa Vida Chicken. Both could be made ahead of time and just kept warm in a crock pot. It’s a perfect thing for a large group of people because they can personalize it to their own taste.
Serve it with tortillas, chips, beans, and all the toppings. This green chili rice is perfect to serve along side too.
My favorite tortillas to use are the raw flour ones from Costco. Just bake them up fresh each time. So good. I eat them plain they’re so good!
Laurie reported in after the party that both were a huge success!
So today’s Friday Favorite and quick meal idea is Costa Vida Chicken. Enjoy!
Costa Vida Chicken
1 small bottle Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast (this recipe can be easily halved but make a full batch and freeze the leftovers for another meal! Good menu planning!)
Cook all together in a crock pot for 4 hours, shred meat and cook 1 additional hour.