it's been a crazy morning around here - marc's in chicago, and i'm starting to think that harper doesn't sleep well when daddy's gone. last night? up four times between midnight and 4:30, and then was up for the day at 6:50. so i plopped her on the couch with frosted cheerios and a blanket and "toy story 2" and then tried to cat nap beside her. that lasted until 8 a.m., when she had to go to the bathroom but refused to use the one downstairs, so i had to get up and take her upstairs. then i was up. so while she finished the movie, i got online and tried to check in on the progress of the data recovery download that i'd read about, trying to salvage any of my pix from the 36 hours that i lost in boston. well, it was just hanging there ... at 29 hrs 34 secs ... no change. in the meantime, a high school friend saw me logged into facebook (yes, i was multitasking) and instant messaged me (is it called that in facebook?), so he and i chatted while i was trying to fix the download, then harper wanted her new markers, then henry wanted a pop tart, then marc called and i was trying to explain the download issue to him while typing with shawn ... then a guy called to reschedule a time to come out and talk to us about something, so of course henry started playing with this stupid voice changer thing and making himself sound like alvin (of the chipmunks) while harper ripped her picture and was trying to climb onto my desk to get tape ...
sigh. too much.
what does this have to do with enchiladas, you ask? i needed a break from them. and i'm now ignoring them. (not really ... don't turn me into CPS. harper is coloring, henry is watching sponge bob something educational.)
so here's the lowdown on the easy peasy enchiladas. the secret is the mexican simmer sauce at super target. if you don't have a super target, you have my pity. you'll also need a roast, a bag of frozen corn, a bag of frozen pepper blend (again, use the target/archer farms one ... the peppers are/look fire roasted), shredded mexican blend cheese, and tortillas. i use spinach ones, because then i can make myself feel like a good mom.
sear the roast in a pan with hot olive oil ... get all the sides nice and brown and crusty.
put the roast into a crock pot and cover with the full jar of mexican simmer sauce and a sprinkle of cumin. because everything is better with cumin.
cover and let simmer all day ... or about 6-7 hours.
(if you are me, placing food in the crock-pot also includes the extra step of putting a layer of paper towel under the lid, because the lid doesn't seal, and without the paper towel all the steam will escape and your food will burn to the bottom and sides of the crock-pot in about two hours.)
while it cooks, this yummy aroma of mexican goodness will waft through the house, inducing sleepiness and growling tummies. don't say i didn't warn you.
when time is up, get two forks and shred the heck out of the meat, then stir it into all that fabulous sauce in the crock-pot. this will be delicious and you will be tempted to eat it as it, but trust me ... it's hot. blow on it first.
heat a skillet to med-high and add the bag of peppers and half the bag of corn. unless you really like corn. then add it all.
you could get all fancy and grill your own fresh peppers and onions and corn and make it all fancy and gourmet-like, but seriously ... why? this will take you five minutes.
now it's time to assemble.
spray a baking dish with a little bit of nonstick spray. fill a tortilla with meat, top it with the veggies, sprinkle on some cheese, then roll it all up and start over with the next tortilla. when you fill up your dish, cover the enchiladas with salsa verde (or red enchilada sauce ... whatever floats your boat. we prefer the verde variety.) and more cheese. bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. everything is already hot and cooked, it just needs to melt and ooze together.
(note: the one on the left is henry's ... no salsa verde.)
seriously ... we love these things and they couldn't be easier. and half an enchilada is nice and satisfying. and a whole one is even nicer and more satisfyinger.