Jul 7, 2011

Pantry Tostadas Recipe - It's frugal too!

Have you ever realized that you need to go to the store if you're going to feed your family dinner tonight? Oh thank goodness, I'm not the only slacker one. Normally when this happens I pull a meal out of the freezer or I haul my three kiddos to the store. Well I pulled my last meal out of the freezer on Tuesday (sad) and I had two extra kiddos at my house so neither was an option for me today.

Takeout was not a good option since we are trying to save money. So I went to the pantry and decided to take a look as to what I could create. Brett has a love hate relationship with these meals. They go one of two ways-so bad that we end up eating a sandwich or delicious and no I didn't measure anything or write down what I did. Meaning the meal can't be recreated easily. Tonight I decided to write everything down. (Not for him though, but for the sake of my bloggy friends)

I pulled a chicken breast out of the freezer so I would have some meat in my meal. Then I began to take a look into the pantry and fridge. I decided that I could make a rice/chicken meal. It was intended to be a one pot kind of meal.

1 chicken breast in bite sized pieces
1 cup quick cooking brown rice
1 green bell pepper chopped
1/4 onion chopped
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup frozen corn
1T olive oil
seasonings are to taste
cayenne pepper
chili powder

1. Season chicken with Tony's and brown in olive oil in a 5 quart pot.
2. Remove chicken to a plate and drain any liquid.
3. Bring water to a boil.
4. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 7 mins or until rice is done. 

5. Add chicken and heat and serve.

I ran into a problem here. It wasn't very good. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. I added more seasoning and it was still missing something. So I went back into the pantry and found some corn tortillas. So I popped them into the oven and decided to make tostadas instead. Thankfully I had a tiny amount of lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes from my mom's garden to go with my tostadas.

6. Cook corn tortillas in the oven at 350 until you reach desired crispness. (sure it's a word) About 10-15 mins. You can fry them if you want to make them really crispy and less healthy.
Dang my oven is dirty. Any takers on cleaning it for me?

7. Assemble tostadas-tortilla, lettuce, rice mixture, cheese, tomatoes.
How I served the kiddos since they can't pick up a tostada.

Oops I forgot the tomatoes!

Don't they look good?

The Verdict????
The kids were not huge fans. They picked around the green bell pepper (stinkers will eat red only) and didn't eat much chicken. But Brett really liked them and I thought they were pretty good. I wish I had some salsa to put on them. I think salsa would have made these bad boys pretty awesome. Next time, I'll shred the chicken and use some salsa.

Not too shabby for a mom that had no clue what she was going to cook for dinner tonight! And since I had all the ingredients on had this meal was prepaid! That's way better than getting takeout or going to a restaurant! Plus this meal cost around $5 if you break it down so it qualifies as frugal.


  1. those do look really good i will for sure try this with our newest house guest being here lol.

  2. This looks amazing.. I will have to try it. I always fry mine up... I like the idea of putting them in the oven. Sounds great.. Thanks for taking the time to link up to the Round Robin it is nice to meet you.. THanks.. Have a great weekend..

  3. I'm totally going to cook this for dinner tomorrow!

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  4. Excellent recovery!! And you are definitely not the only one to have to resort to a store cupboard or freezer meal from time to time!! I think your tostadas look lovely. Thank you for sharing them with Let's Do Brunch.


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