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So how have our schedules been lately? Ruthlessly.Unrelenting. With MJ needing to devote as much time as possible to her classes and her internship, I’ve been attempting to lighten her load around the house. Sadly, I have been doing a meager job at best. It’s true. I don’t enter the kitchen nearly as often as I should (unless it’s to eat :)), but I may have found something to help me take that initial step. With spare time being a rare commodity for myself, as well, I’ve been on the lookout for frozen meals, meal kits, meal starters…anything to give me a little headstart in preparing dinner when I get home from a busy day at work. So when I found out about Kraft Recipe Makers, I was more than game to give it a try. I don’t know about y’all, but when I think of Kraft it takes me back to my childhood. Kraft Singles for my grilled cheese sandwiches, and their mac & cheese…those were the days. But I digress…
Really the hardest part of this meal was finding the time to drive out to Walmart to pick up the Kraft Recipe Maker and a few additional ingredients (you can see our shopping experience here). With the help of a little shredded rotisserie chicken we had in the fridge as well as some fresh veggies, a quick and easy meal came together in no time at all. This being my first Recipe Maker, I decided to go with something familiar…Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita!
I started by prepping my fresh vegetables, which included an onion, a red bell pepper, one zucchini, and an ear of fresh sweet corn. I threw the sliced onions into the pan first to give them a chance to soften up (approx. 5-8 minutes), and because I had that leftover chicken, all I had to do was reheat it in the pan along with half of the zesty lime fajita simmer sauce. After a few minutes, I added the rest of my vegetables, a can of reduced-sodium black beans, and the remaining simmer sauce and let them all hang out for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. I proceeded to pour in the chipotle & tomato salsa, and I was done. So maybe I didn’t follow the recipe on the box exactly, but MJ and I enjoyed a tasty dinner of chicken fajita tacos topped with shredded cheese and fresh cilantro.
That’s the beauty of these Kraft Recipe Makers, though. Each of the 9 different flavor options comes with 3 easy-to-follow meal recipes on the box, and each one of those can be adapted to what you have on hand in your pantry and fridge or to whatever veggies or proteins you prefer. On top of that, we enjoyed our Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita on top of pasta, salad, and one night turned it into a rice bowl. Versatility. Gotta love it. So if you’re tired, busy, or just feeling a little lazy and have no idea what to make, you may just wanna give these Kraft Recipe Makers a try. The sauces are flavorful, and you control what ingredients go into the meal.
- 1 box Kraft Recipe Makers Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita
- 1 med onion, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1 ear sweet corn
- 1 can reduced-sodium black beans
- 1 lb shredded rotisserie chicken
- Shredded Mexican style cheese and fresh cilantro to top
- Saute sliced onion until translucent (approx. 5-8 min) in a large skillet.
- Add chicken to reheat and stir in ½ bottle of simmer sauce. Once sauce incorporated, add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, black bean, and remaining simmer sauce. Cook 4-5 min until vegetables tender, stirring occasionally.
- Mix in salsa and remove from heat. Enjoy with tortillas, pasta, or any other way you'd like!
- (3 additional recipes available on package)