Quick and Easy Comfort Food

Some nights you just want comfort food.  Easy, quick, not hard to make, comfort food.  Tonight was one of those nights.  No particular reason- we had a nice day and even took the baby swimming (Which was so. cute.)- I just wasn’t up to complicated and healthy.  Tonight I wanted easy and not so good for you.  So, chicken quesadilla and rice krispie treats it was.  And how good they were…

Chicken Quesadillas

Ingredients:

Flour tortillas (2 per quesadilla)

cheese (I used a mix of cheddar and Colby jack)

chicken (already cooked, I used part of a rotisserie chicken I’d bought today but in the past I’ve sautéed some boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts)

olive oil

Directions:

Shred your cheese.  I use a food processor for this because I’m lazy.Shred some of your chicken into small pieces. Match up your tortillas by size- you’re going to make a kind of sandwich so you want them to be roughly the same size.  Layer some cheese on one tortilla- be generous (this is comfort food, not health food).  Place some chicken over the cheese.In a large frying pan, heat a little bit of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the tortilla with all the stuff (stuff side up) and top with the tortilla that matches it in size.  Let it brown a bit (you may need to press down with a spatula) and then carefully flip it.  Cook until browned on the opposite side and the inside is all melty and gooey.  Keep it warm in the oven on a sheet pan until they’re all done.  I kept my oven at about 200.  Cut into quarters and serve with salsa, sour cream and whatever else you might like on your comfort quesadilla.

Rice Krispie Treats

We ate these a lot in high school because they’re easy to make.  As a bonus, they can even be made in the microwave.  Which happened many a night. In fact, we often made rice krispie treats around 1am, so I have very vivid memories of tupperware, melted marshmallows and wooden spoons.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 bag of marshmallows (about 40) or 4 cups of mini-marshmallows

6 cups rice krispies (try it with cocoa krispies for a chocolatey treat)

Cooking spray (like Pam)

Directions

In a saucepan over LOW heat, melt the butter (or margarine).Add the marshmallows and let them cook until they melt down.  Stir a few times.  Once it’s all melted, add the rice krispies and stir until they’re coated.  Press them into a square pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray (I used Pam). They’ll be realllly sticky and hot so be careful!  (I like to eat them at this stage, before they get all crunchy)Let them cool and then cut them into squares.  Do your best not to get the entire pan all at once or you will be rewarded with a stomach ache.  Make sure to cover them tightly so that they don’t get stale too quickly.  Of course, you could also just eat them all over the course of 24 hours which would also solve the going stale problem….

 

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4 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Comfort Food

  1. Love the quesadillas! You left out the jalapeños and salsa, though! Pepper Jack cheese is good, too, or just a good ol’ Colby Jack. I cut down on the carbs a bit by using one tortilla, filled and folded in half before cooking. But in reality, when speaking of comfort food – who cares about fat and carbs? 😀

    Did you get photos of baby swimming? How old is she now?

    Happy New Year, Stella-by-starlight! This year would you please give us some more great Jewish/Yiddish recipes?! And I love the history that comes with them, too. Do you have a good brisket recipe, or even one for a good noodle kügel? Anything you make sounds great to me! 😀

  2. Paula- why thank you! I do, in fact, have both a brisket and a kugel recipe so I’ll try to get those up pretty soon. And the big spring holiday of Passover is on the horizon so stay tuned for lots more of those…. And no, no baby swimming photos (she likes to splash so the camera would get all wet). She’s 9 months now- it’s gone so fast!

    Carol Ann- all food is comfort food to me, truth be told. Of course, some is more comforting than others…

  3. Hi! I’m looking forward to those recipes! Hint for future swimming days with your splashing babe: Slip your camera inside a clear plastic Zip-Loc bag. If you squeeze all the air out of it before closing, the air won’t get in the way of trying to reach the shutter. The photos might (might not) have a “hazy” look from shooting through plastic, but at least you’ll have a photo or two of some memorable times! When you get some, post them! 😀

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