Homemade Chicken Quesadillas

Happy Tuesday Carmalistas!

Today I'm sharing a recipe that I cooked for my  hubby last week. Lately, I've been obsessed with the chicken quesadillas at a local Tex Mex restaurant called Willy's. The food is great; which is apparent by the long lines that extend around the building (even in the winter). We hate standing in that long line, so I decided to make my own chicken quesadillas in the comfort of our  home. They turned out so good, that hubs asked me to put it in the dinner rotation! lol I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did!

Chicken Quesadillas
Serves 4
Restaurant -style quesadillas
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken strips
  2. 4 large flour tortillas (serves 4)
  3. 1 cup of Mexican Style shredded cheese (add more for extra cheesy goodness)
  4. 2 avocados
  5. 2 tomatoes (diced)
  6. 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  7. 1 white onion (diced)
  8. 1 cup of cilantro
  9. 2 tbsp. lime juice
  10. sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Tortillas
  2. Add 1 flour tortilla to a large skillet coated with butter flavored cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup of chicken, and top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Cover with 2nd flour tortilla and press down with a smaller pan for 1-2 minutes, then flip the quesadilla with a large spatula. Press down for 1 more minute or until golden brown and crisp. Using a pizza cutter, cut the tortilla into 6-8 slices.Top with guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream.
  3. Guacamole
  4. Mix avocados, 1 tomato, 1/2 onion, 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1tbsp. lime juice in a bowl. Use a potato masher or fork to blend everything into the desired texture. Allow mixture to set for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Pico De Gallo
  6. Mix 1 tomato, 1/2 onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 cup of cilantro, and 1 tsp. lime juice in a bowl. Allow mixture to cool in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. Use two extra-large spatulas when flipping the tortillas to avoid spillage. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Wedding Story: Our Private Ceremony

Happy Tuesday!

So, last week I revealed that my honey and I went ahead and had a small wedding ceremony in the midst of planning our traditional ceremony. This week, I want to tell the story of what led to that decision and revisit that unforgettable day.
Last year at this time, we were preparing to move, I was on a hiring committee at work to prepare for my new supervisor, and we were planning our wedding (which was originally set for last September). Let me just say, that unless you are superwoman with super powers, and a hint of crazy, then you should not attempt to move and plan a wedding simultaneously! I nearly lost my mind, and the move alone was causing me all sorts of distress!

So, my honey and I were boxing up our old apartment one night, and we came to the decision that moving and planning a traditional wedding was too much to take on at once. We were also in pre-marital counseling as a part of our church’s wedding process. Our co-pastors, whom I adore with all my heart met with us weekly until the week before our wedding. We had a discussion with our co-pastors that we wanted to move forward with a small ceremony just for us and our small group family. We have small group families at our church, which is basically your spiritual family in which you meet with after church, and become part of each other’s lives. They had been a major part of our lives since moving to Atlanta three years ago, and having them as guest at our ceremony felt so right. By the way…our families were not in the loop of the change in our wedding plans. This was something we wanted to do to deepen our relationship with God and one another.

Once we got moved into our new place, we had four weeks until our private ceremony. My delusional self forgot that I’d planned to attend Blogalicious the weekend of October 4th 2013. This was two weeks after we moved and two weeks before our wedding…what the HECK was I thinking? It worked out, but I will never put that much on myself again!
So, the weekend of our private ceremony, I went shopping for an inexpensive summer dress. Remember, I’ve already bought my bridal gown for our big wedding. I just wanted something cute and comfortable. I found a cute black and white handkerchief-hem dress. I wore my hair the same way I wore it for Blogalicious, as I love big, curly hair! My honey wore a white fitted dress shirt from Express.

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The morning of our ceremony was quiet and peaceful. We got ready at our new house, we didn’t know what to expect, as there was no practice ceremony, and we were honestly just ready to be husband and wife. We were told not to bring anything, but we brought deli trays. Upon our arrival, our co-pastors greeted us, and asked us to wait in the fellowship hall. When it was time to begin, they came in and we prayed together and walked on the stage. We wanted to take communion during our ceremony, and that was the most emotional part for me. We shared a cup representing something so much bigger than us, and I’ll cherish that always. I could feel God’s presence, as we said our vows, while staring in each others' eyes, I knew we were entering a new destiny.

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After the seal of the kiss, we were announced husband and wife…hallelujah! Now I was not expecting much décor or ambiance, being as how there was a small group in attendance. We were happily surprised to see all the work our small group did to create a stunning reception room for us! The tables were topped with white linens, and decorative plates and glasses. There were champagne bubbles (decoration) and our own little table. I was moved to tears, and I as even more emotional when they went around the room, blessing our union and wishing us favor and fruitful multiplying (I’m not in a rush to multiply, lol). The best part was the cupcakes! I don’t know what kind they were, but they were the best things I’d ever eaten. We were in wedded bliss for the whole week!
I hope you enjoyed our story. I hope to share our next story with you!

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