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Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas With La Morena Products

by Jennifer Wieland
Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas
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My paternal grandma was Mexican and I lived for holidays as a kid because that meant we got to eat tamales, chicken mole and whatever other food creations she made for the entire family. She didn’t do this all the time because you see my dad was one of twelve children. Now add-on grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the numbers were staggering. This truly is one of the memories I love most from each year growing up. The problem I had though happened when my grandma passed away and I realized I had never asked her to teach me how to make everything. It broke my heart thinking that I had missed that connection to her. Luckily for me though her sister, my great-aunt known to all of us as Auntie was willing to teach those of us that wanted to learn. She taught us how to cook meats, make tamales, how to make homemade tortillas and I can never thank her enough for it. These last few years though I have enjoyed experimenting with Mexican ingredients to incorporate them into more meals for my family. One such recipe is my Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas that I make with La Morena products.

Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas

What’s a torta you ask? The word torta is a Spanish, Italian and Portuguese word that has many culinary meanings. In Mexico, tortas are a type of sandwich that come in many forms. For my version I make a zesty paste marinade and coat chicken with it and then grill it up. I then garnish the torta with La Morena Refried Beans and other toppings. This is a particular favorite with my family and truly makes a great dinner or is perfect for watching your favorite sports team with some guests. You can set up a torta bar and let them all top their tortas any way they like.

La Morena Products at Pete's Fresh Market

To get all the supplies I needed to make this dish I headed to my local Pete’s Fresh Market and found everything I would need including my La Morena Refried Beans and Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce.

Zesty, Mexican Chicken Marinade

Zesty Mexican Chicken Marinade
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583 calories
19 g
0 g
58 g
3 g
4 g
279 g
2860 g
4 g
0 g
50 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
279g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 583
Calories from Fat 509
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g
89%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 40g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2860mg
119%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 7g
29%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
46%
Vitamin C
52%
Calcium
16%
Iron
29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 7oz. can La Morena Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  2. 1/2 of a 4oz. can fire roasted green chiles
  3. 1/4 of a large Spanish Onion, diced
  4. 4 cloves of garlic
  5. 2 tsp. cumin
  6. 1 tbsp. Mexican Oregano
  7. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
  9. 1/4 c. vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Remove the chipotle peppers from the adobo sauceand place the peppers in a bowl. Press the peppers to remove as much of the sauce as possible. Discard or save the peppers for another recipe.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor or in a blender pulse together the adobo sauce, green chiles, onion, garlic and all of the dry seasonings. With the blender or food processor running slowly pour in the oil. Mix just until the oil is incorporated. This will be a thick marinade.
  3. Marinate 2-3 lbs. of chicken with 1/2 cup of the marinade. The remainder of the marinade can be stored in a baggie and frozen for later use.
Notes
  1. This is spicy and you are working with peppers. Be sure to wear gloves to protect your skin and avoid touching your face and eyes.
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protein
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carbs
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Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Tortas

Zesty Chicken and Refried Bean Torta
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2328 calories
79 g
964 g
49 g
368 g
14 g
1556 g
1987 g
9 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1556g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2328
Calories from Fat 444
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g
76%
Saturated Fat 14g
68%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 964mg
321%
Sodium 1987mg
83%
Total Carbohydrates 79g
26%
Dietary Fiber 8g
33%
Sugars 9g
Protein 368g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
22%
Calcium
46%
Iron
95%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. 1/2 c. Zesty, Mexican Chicken Marinade
  3. 4-6 Telera or Bolillo rolls
  4. La Morena Refried Beans
  5. Cilantro
  6. Spanish onion, diced
  7. Queso Fresco
Instructions
  1. In a large plastic baggie place the chicken and cover with the marinade. Seal the bag and be sure that all of the chicken is covered with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat the grill or a grill pan. If using a grill pan spray with some olive oil. Cook the chicken until cooked completely through. Times will vary depending on the size of the pieces. While the chicken is cooking heat the refried beans. Dice the cooked chicken into cubes.
  3. Slice the rolls open and spread on some of the refried beans. Next add on your chicken and then top with cilantro, onion and queso fresco.
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fat
49g
protein
368g
carbs
79g
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Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks

by Jennifer Wieland
Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks served with pizza sauce for dipping.

 

 

 

 

ABC Family's Young & Hungry Food Blogger Challenge

Yesterday we were given our final challenge in the ABC Family Young & Hungry Food Bloggers Challenge. For this challenge we needed to create our go to under $10 meal. Having a large family makes trying to stretch $10 to feed us all pretty hard but I do have a meals that I can make on the cheap. One of my favorite cheap meals to make is Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks. The kids love them and I like how inexpensive this meal is and how quick it is to make. It’s perfect for lunch or a quick dinner.

To make these panini sandwiches more kid friendly and easy for little hands to manage i like to cut them up into sticks and serve them with pizza sauce for dipping. For some reason kids always seem to respond well to dippable foods. I think it makes them think they are playing with their food so it automatically makes the meal that much better for them.

Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks served with pizza sauce for dipping.I served the Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks last night with some rosemary & olive oil kettle cooked chips to pull together the whole Italian vibe. We ate them while watching the premier of the new Young & Hungry show on ABC Family, which I loved by the way!

 

Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks
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1444 calories
76 g
259 g
94 g
71 g
44 g
416 g
3374 g
3 g
2 g
38 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
416g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1444
Calories from Fat 834
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 94g
144%
Saturated Fat 44g
220%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 259mg
86%
Sodium 3374mg
141%
Total Carbohydrates 76g
25%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 71g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
98%
Iron
36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6-8 slices of Pane Italian bread (This is the bread that has a hard crust and soft middle that's loaf is circular in shape.)
  2. 1/5 lb. sandwich pepperoni, sliced thin
  3. 1 - 1.5 c. finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. butter, softened
  5. garlic powder and Italian seasoning to taste
  6. pizza sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat panini press or grill pan.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread and sprinkle with desired amount of garlic powder. Turn the bread over and on one slice sprinkle come cheese to cover the surface. Lay down the pepperoni over the cheese so that the slices overlap. Next, cover the pepperoni with more cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Top with another slice of the buttered bread. Make sure that the buttered side is facing up.
  3. Place in panini maker and press to cook. If cooking on stove with grill pan. If you are using a grill pan on the stove: Place the panini down and cover the top of it with a frying pan and top that with a foil wrapped brick. I cook mine for 1-2 minutes on each side over medium heat.
  4. Using a sharp knife slice into 1-2" wide sticks and serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.
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fat
94g
protein
71g
carbs
76g
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ABC Family's Young & Hungry Food Blogger Challenge

In “Young & Hungry,” two worlds collide when Josh (Jonathan Sadowski Sadowski), a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi (Emily Osment), a feisty young food blogger, looking to be his personal chef. Gabi is desperate for the job and must prove herself, mostly to Josh’s aide ( Rex Lee), who prefers a famous chef for the job. When Josh enlists Gabi to prepare a romantic meal for him and his girlfriend, the dinner goes awry and Gabi finds herself in a very awkward position. With the help of her best friend Sofia (Aimee Carrero) and Josh’s housekeeper (Kym Whitley), Gabi turns a difficult situation into an opportunity for employment and maybe even love.

Young & Hungry stars Emily Osment (Hannah Montana), Jonathan Sadowski ($#*! My Dad Says), Rex Lee (“Entourage”), Aimee Carrero (“Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”) and Kym Whitley (“Animal Practice”) with Annie Potts (“GCB,” “Designing Women”) as a recurring guest star. The series is executive produced by Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”), CBS Television Studios, Relativity Television, Jessica Rhoades (“Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”) and Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”). The pilot was written by David Holden (“Accidentally on Purpose”). Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco based food blogger, of BrokeAssGourmet.com, contributed to the development of this project.


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