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Adult Interaction

 

As a stay at home parent to young children, most of my day is filled with child related interactions. Did you go pee-pee? Did you get an ouchie? Don’t put that in your mouth, Yes, we must always wear pants, and put your shirt back on are pretty much the gist of the conversations I start. I know everything going on with Dora the Explorer and know all about Princess Sofia and Doc McStuffins. Sometimes, the only adult interaction I get is with our Behavioral Therapists, who along with daily updates on how S did at school, get a dose of how I feel about the latest current event. I do this slyly though. “S has had trouble focusing at school recently, we should make her more pecs……speaking of focus……have you watched Master of None on Netflix?” However, after working with us for over 3 years, I think at this point our Behavioral Therapist has caught on. Which brings me to the whole point of this blog post……it is important to get regular doses of adult interaction so that you maintain your confidence in social situations and maintain your sanity. I have found that a great way to do this is through a dinner party. My husband and I invite two groups of friends who have kids the same age, that way the kids entertain each other, we don’t have to worry about getting a babysitter and the adults can all hang out.

I love to cook and try out new recipes so a dinner party allows me to get creative and try out new recipes that I may not make on a regular basis. For my latest dinner party, I wanted to try something new.  I decided to try my hand at Mexican food, which I do not make often.  Luckily I have a great TANGIBLE friend who knows how to make a mean enchilada (“cough” Jessika “cough). I took Jessika’s recipe for awesome chicken enchiladas and put my own spin on it.  Combined with some chips and basic Pico De Gallo  and we had the makings for a fabulous dinner party AND it was kid friendly. Winner! Winner! Enchilada dinner!

Print Recipe
Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce
Saucy, flavorful enchiladas with a hint of smokiness and heat. Guaranteed to be a hit with even the pickiest of eaters. The sauce can also do double duty as a salsa for chips!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
Roasting Tomatos
  1. Dry Roast the Tomatos and Garlic Preheat Oven to 375 degrees Preheat Oven to 375 degrees Cut the tomatos and place them cut side up Add a little olive oil and salt Roast for 40-45 minutes
Make the Sauce
  1. Put Onion, Garlic, Tomatoes, Dry Ancho Chillies, and Chipotle Chillies and Sauce in a blender with Salt and Pepper to taste.
  2. Blend till smooth
Prepare the Enchiladas
  1. Heat the corn tortillas in a pan
  2. In a seperate pan heat the sauce just slightly
  3. As each tortilla starts to puff up, remove from pan, dip in the sauce so just covered. Then take some shredded chicken put in the middle of the tortilla and wrap. Place in a baking dish.
  4. Repeat until all 8 tortillas are completed
  5. Pour remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas
  6. Top with as much cheese as desired
  7. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


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