We’ve had beautiful weather here over the past few days, so of course, we are grilling and dining alfresco. This was also the first week of school and I wanted to prepare an easy, tasty dinner so that our family could spend as much time as possible lingering at the table sharing about their day. It took just a few minutes to come up with my menu due to a stocked pantry and fridge ~ grilled chicken tostadas, sauteed black beans, grilled onion & tomato salsa and fresh fruit.
I set the table with fun colorful place mats (I found them at the Dollar Store and all 4 were just $1.00!), a combination of white and striped napkins, a few candles and a little bit of greenery from the yard. It was welcoming and happy.
Lastly, I lit the torches to keep away the “spoilers”, made the salsa, grated cheese, shredded some lettuce and got a few other extras ready. A menu that packed a little heat and spice, with fresh summer flavors thrown in along with great conversation and lot’s of laughter…it was a glorious end to the day.
Grilled Chicken Tostadas
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 packet taco seasoning
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes
1 large onion – cut into thick slices
Place chicken in a zip lock bag.
Mix next 4 ingredients together in a small measuring cup.
Pour over chicken making sure pieces are totally covered in marinade.
Add onion to bag.
Let marinate in fridge for 2 to 4 hours.
30 minutes before cooking, remove chicken to kitchen counter.
Heat grill to medium high. Oil grates with vegetable oil.
Cook chicken until done and slightly charred. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
Slice chicken, across the grain and place on warm tortillas. Add shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream and salsa if desired.
Grilled Onion & Tomato Salsa
1 onion marinated and grilled
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup pickled jalapeños – chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
Roughly chop grilled onions.
In a small bowl, add all ingredients and gently mix.