Kristen Learns to Cook- Part 1

Hey Cats!

Since you last heard from me, I have moved into a new house, gone back home once, witnessed the Aggies lose their first SEC game (can’t even talk about it), and attended 3 &1/2 weeks of school. During this time, I have been perfecting my cooking & other domestic skills like cleaning and entertaining. But mostly cooking. That was one reason I was so excited to move out of the dorm and into anywhere with a kitchen. I absolutely love being able to make whatever I want for dinner, and not being forced to eat either a Lean Cuisine or junk food from the places on campus. Throughout the past month, I’ve also discovered that I love to cook dinner. It’s fun to come up with new ideas & try out new things. So, I have decided to blog about my adventures as I learn to become a gourmet chef. Although I started this process a few weeks ago, I still have a long way to go (I burn something at least once a week) and I’d love to share my kitchen endeavors with you! I typically cook small portions, usually just myself, and I use what I have in my pantry (which isn’t a lot), unless I’m dying for something different. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m having for dinner tonight!

Salsa Chicken
I half made this recipe up and half got it off the internet. It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve been to the grocery store, so I have very little to work with. I also bought a jar of salsa for the 1/4 bag of tortilla chips I had left over, and the chips are gone but the salsa is still here. I also didn’t have taco seasoning, so I had to get creative. I’m eating it as I type this, so I know it’s delicious!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 or 2 small boneless, skinless chicken tenders, thawed.¬†(I bought a huge bag of individually frozen tenders. They’re smaller than chicken breasts, and they will last you literally forever. This is a staple in my fridge.)
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Chili Powder
At least 1/2 jar of salsa (I used Joe T’s because that’s my fave.)
Shredded cheese

Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350
2. Lay the chicken in a small baking dish, and sprinkle seasonings on both sides.
3. Spoon salsa (however much you want) on top of the chicken.
4. Bake for 25 minutes. Be sure to cut into it & make sure it’s cooked, I’ve heard food-borne illnesses are quite unpleasant.
5. Sprinkle a little cheese on top & pop it back into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted.

I paired mine with a little rice¬†& corn for a balanced meal. I keep bags of frozen vegetables like corn & green peas on hand & throw a little into a bowl with a splash of water into the microwave for about 3-5 minutes. That’s probably not the best way, but it’s better than not eating vegetables, and I don’t have to clean an extra pot.

So there it is! It was super delicious if I do say so myself. Hopefully I’ll go to the grocery store soon & come up with some new ideas! Until next time!