Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Galentine’s Day Mini Chicken Tacos

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Last night my gals and I celebrated Valentine’s Day Eve… also known as GALentine’s Day. With lots of food, friends and bubbly drinks we did what girls do best… gabbed about astrological signs, the impending retrograde and each couple’s romantic weekend plans.

Mini Chicken Wonton Tacos

To match the girly-themed evening, I wanted to make something cute, fresh and bite-size. After searching my favorite recipe blogs, I failed to find anything that wowed me. I was stuck on the idea of creating a mini taco, complete with queso fresco and the red onions I had pickled earlier this week. So I took a leap and ventured into “recipe development” land, a place I don’t often explore. But I’m happy to say that the result of this recipe test turned out delicious. The gals approved… so what else matters?

Mini Chicken Wonton Tacos

These tacos were a hit. They’re fast finger food but have complex flavors with the addition of pickled red onions. They can be prepared in advance, (just don’t fill your taco shells!) so they’re great for an after-work evening. I hope you share them with your favorite girl friends, too!

Mini Wonton Chicken Tacos


  • 1 ½ -1 ¾ lb. chicken breasts
  • Jar of salsa verde (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ sweet onion, small diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1½ cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped,
  • ¾ cup queso fresco
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • “Quickled” Red Onions—click here for the recipe


To prepare chicken, place chicken breasts, salsa verde, cumin, red pepper flake, and chili powder into a slow cooker. Cook on high for 2-3 hours. Once chicken breasts are fully cooked, remove from the slow cooker and shred using two forks. Place shredded chicken back into salsa verde mixture and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to one hour. This step can be prepared in advance.

Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place one wonton shell into each basin of a muffin pan, forming small bowls. Bake for five minutes at 350 degrees, until just slightly golden. Meanwhile to make the filling, combine chicken, onion, jalapeno, Mexican blend shredded cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Once wonton shells are done, fill each shell with a spoonful of mixture. Place all wontons on a cookie sheet and return to oven. Bake for an additional five minutes, or until warmed through and wonton shells are golden and crispy.

Top with queso fresco, cilantro, lime juice and red onions, if using. Serve immediately.

Galentine's Day FeastI also made a yummy avocado tomatillo dip, I’ll be posting the recipe this weekend! Happy Valentine’s Day, all!

Kinda Grown-up Valentines

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Post-college, many of my friends took ginormous leaps and moved around the country. Although I am so proud of their boldness, I miss them dearly and wish we could all move back into our frat-worthy 10 roommate house in Bloomington. It was just as bad as it sounds, trust me. This Valentine’s day left me longing for my group of friends and wishing I could tell them  just how much I love each and every one of them.

Homemade Valentines

For me, friends are just as worthy of Valentine’s celebrations as the significant others in our lives. Valentine’s Day is about love. And boy, oh boy, do I love my friends. So because I can’t squeeze, hug and kiss every one of them this year, I decided to craft some homemade love to send across the country.

I started with some blank kraft paper cards and envelopes. Using some baker’s twine, I threaded hearts on the front.

Homemade Valentines

I then added Washi tape in festive Valentine’s Day colors. The uses for baker’s twine and Washi tape are literally endless. I’ve used them on so many of my recent projects and wrapping jobs.

Homemade Valentines


Finally, I sealed the envelopes with some additional tape and lots of love. If I can’t be with my pals this Valentine’s Day… I can at least send them some cutie pie notes!

Homemade Valentines