Monday, August 18, 2014

Chicken Tacos w/Summer Veggies

You guys! I had a lot of fun this weekend in the kitchen creating new dishes to share with you in the upcoming weeks. Everything turned out amazing, which I promise, doesn't always happen. And these tacos were one of them.

What family doesn't love tacos?! I know it's always one meal I can plan on the kids gobbling up, maybe even asking for seconds. This time though, I added in zucchini to my veggie mixture. We're starting to receive a lot more veggies in our produce box and my fridge is full at the moment with them. While I love sauteing or grilling up zucchini, summer squash, green beans, etc as a side dish; the hubs gets tired of them after a while. I figured if I sort of snuck them into our tacos, no one would really notice they were actually eating something good for them.

The veggies ended up being really flavorful and everything blended so well together. I love how versatile this dish can be, you can substitute any vegetables you have on hand. Fresh corn from the cob, eggplant, summer squash, onion; they are all great choices. Don't feel like tacos? No problem, make up a batch of rice and toss the mixture all together. Or add the chicken and veggie mixture over a nice bed of salad greens for something a little lighter. You could certainly even enjoy this mixture all on it's own.

That is what's great about simple meals like this; many variations so you never feel like you're eating quite the same thing.

Chicken Tacos w/Summer Veggies

1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1 garlic clove, minced {garlic scapes are great too}
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered
cilantro, for serving
Tortillas shells
Grated cheese

In a large skillet, drizzle olive oil in pan along with the garlic and let warm. Add in cubed chicken breasts along with seasonings and mix together well. Let chicken cook for 3 minutes before adding in veggies. Let cool for another 5 minutes, just until chicken is cooked through and veggies are slightly tender. Remove from heat.

Divide mixture between tortilla shells. Top with your favorite taco toppings; cilantro, cheese, salsa, etc.

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