Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tostadas & Lemon Cream Cake

I did not have a plan today. And I did not prepare yesterday by going to the store. I had no idea what we would be eating after church. I figured if all else failed, it would be eggs & toast...y'know...breakfast for dinner. Alas, after a quick scour of my fridge & pantry, I decided to make Sunday Dinner with the following ingredients. Oh - and by the way - dinner was ready in under an hour.


4 corn tortilla shells
Cooking Oil
1 lb boneless chicken
4 slices provolone cheese
1/4 C butter
1 packet taco seasonings
2/3 C water
1 can cream of chicken soup

Heat oil in small frying pan. One at a time, place tortilla shells in oil, frying on both sides until crisp. Set aside on paper towel to drain. In large frying pan, melt butter. Cut up chicken, add to pan and brown. Once chicken is browned, add taco seasonings and water; mix well. Tear up slices of cheese and add to chicken, stirring to melt. Once cheese is melted, add can of soup, stirring until heated through. Place as much chicken mixture as desired atop each crisp tortilla.

Now - if I HAD planned ahead, this would also be good with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, sour cream and guacamole all layered on the top. Oh, and If I had refried beans on hand, I would have spread the tostada with the beans BEFORE topping with the remaining ingredients. As it was, the kids loved it and would definitely eat it again.


2 C mini marshmallows
1 lemon cake mix
cooking oil, eggs, water according to package
1 can lemon cream pie filling

Lightly spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Evenly spread mini marshmallows on bottom of pan; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour over marshmallows. Spoon lemon pie filling over top of cake batter. Bake according to package directions. Cake is done when inserted toothpick comes out clean.

The cool thing about this cake is the marshmallows rise to the top and form a caramelized top coating. The pie filling will sink to the bottom and cook like a cream sauce. This sweet and tangy combination eliminated the need for frosting. My kids are not big cake-eaters unless it is chocolate, but this cake they love!

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