Spooky Eats for Little Goblins
Halloween is full of tricks and treats, and candy takes center stage. We like to fill our not so little anymore Goblins up with a savory meal before they head out to harass our neighbors for their candy. I usually make Zombie Chili (Green Chicken Chili) I bought all the ingredients and my kids saw when ahead and made it, and then ate it all! No pictures but I will include the recipe. Tonight we are having something quick and easy with a homemade feel to it.
I was at Williams Sonoma this past weekend and saw this Instant Pot Chili starter. Texas Chili always sounds amazing. All I needed was beef chunks from my local grocery story, cue a trip to Wegman's! On the side we will have Costco Mac and cheese, oh my gosh you guys, it's the best! Costco has mastered the art of making our meal time easy and this mac and cheese is amazing, like run there and buy it now amazing. (no they aren't paying me) To finish up the meal we are having my youngest daughter's favorite... Famous Dave's Cornbread, another amazing Costco go to. The best part about this meal is that there will be left overs for dinner tomorrow as well. #winning
This is the first Halloween that our kids want to go and trick or treat with others and leave their lame parents at home on the porch handing out candy. What they don't realize is that we have been waiting for this moment for years. Don't get me wrong we have loved all the amazing memories of those cuties going door to door, but to have a night to ourselves to watch scary movies, it's like we won the Halloween lottery!
Today isn't just Halloween in our home though. It's Nevada Day! We used to live and Nevada and loved it there. It's one of the reasons we have chili as well. It's a very "western" type of meal. We love Nevada and we love celebrating our Battle Born state. My husband grew up there and we came to love this state as much as he did. Here we are in our Nevada gear, we aren't the best selfie takers, we never know where to look. Edric was on his way out to work and I was on my way back from my workout. (get the joke there... yes lame mom jokes are my thing)
If you want to know how to properly say Nevada just listen to the state song sung here by The Killers! Sing along... you know you want to.
Since baking is what I do you know there is a cake involved. This cake was to treat my husband's co-workers. It's a delicious vanilla bean cake with Halloween colored layers. Chocolate frosting and a marshmallow creme webbing. Black frosting is hard to make but when you start out with a chocolate base you don't have to add as much black dye which means no black teeth for those that get to enjoy it.
So Happy Nevada Day, Happy Halloween and have a fun night celebrating with those you love. I will be going through the candy tonight stealing all the Almond Joys that my daughter gets.
Here is the recipe I promised.
Zombie Chili Recipe (aka Green Chicken Chili)
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
5 cups Chicken Broth
4 handfuls Totilla Chips
2 T. veg oil
3 scallions (thinly sliced)
2 tsp Oregano
2 tsp Cumin
2 cans Kidney Beans
1 Jar Salsa Verde
In a large pot place the chicken broth and chicken to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove chicken and let it cool. Shred it and set aside.
Remove the broth and place 3 cups of broth in a blender with tortilla chips and blend.
In the same pot place the oil, spices, and scallions and cook until scallions are soft and spices are toasted.
Add remaining broth to the pot and stir in the salsa verde. Stir in beans and chip mixture along with the shredded chicken.
Serve with some shredded Monterey Jack cheese and some cilantro.