Every lady needs a girls night out…or in! My girlfriends and I try to get together at least once every few months. We are some busy ladies though, and it can definitely be tough. However, we make time. We plan vacations together, we have done a lot of lavish and fun things together, but sometimes we have to be budget conscious too! That is why I decided to host my girlfriends over for the evening!
When I invited them over I knew that I wanted to make the evening as easy and smooth as possible. I was looking for a meal that was low stress, tasty and definitely easy on the clean up! I headed to Target and decided to check out the frozen food section.
|Frontera® Skillets are only available currently in Colorado, Minnesota & Illinois|
I had read about the Frontera® Skillets, inspired by chef Rick Bayless meals and decided that it would be really easy to grab a ready to make meal and some fixin’s for a tasty and easy dinner option. At under $9.00 it was extremely budget friendly too. I snagged 2 bags of the Frontera® Chicken Fajita Skillet because the ingredients looked to be really high quality and read in plain English and it was affordable. The instructions were super simple and I didn’t really need to add anything else. That felt like a girls night in win!
I also grabbed the Frontera® Original Guacamole Mix. Normally, I would make my own, but the mixture of tangy tomatillo, green chili and garlic, as described on the packaging, made this mix hard to pass up. I am so glad that I didn’t because this was a tasty appetizer for my friends and I to enjoy. I will definitely be stocking up on it the next time I am at Target.
Getting home on Sunday was a chaos. My kids had destroyed the house and even though my girlfriend’s wouldn’t mind, I wanted to relax, have fun and enjoy a night in. I spent a good 2 hours putting the house back in order and when it came time to have dinner ready for them to arrive, I was so thankful that I went with the Frontera Chicken Fajita Skillet!
It took 15 minutes to cook from start to finish, with minimal stirring and the smell in my home was AMAZING! When my besties arrived, that is actually the first thing they both said! The mixture of tender cuts of seared chicken simmered with fire roasted poblanos and chipotle chilis was just what this girls night ordered!
I also quickly whipped up the guacamole mix so we had a little something to snack on while we caught up with each others lives. I threw two avocados in with the mix into my food processor and the guacamole was done in less than 3 minutes. It was SUPER tasty and what I really loved was that the guacamole did not turn brown AT ALL! We had this sitting out for nearly 3 hours and not one ounce of brown was on it.
I cannot eat Mexican food without salsa, but I was trying to keep the evening easy. After all, the chicken fajitas and guacamole took minimal effort. I grabbed some easy ingredients, threw them in the food processor and in just a couple minutes I also had my famous fresh garden salsa ready to eat with our meal.
You can print the recipe below, pair it with some chips or even put it on top of whatever Mexican inspired (or non-mexican for that matter) meal. I personally love it on everything. You also do not have to use a food processor. It will taste just as good if you hand chop the ingredients. I just am not a fan of chunky salsa.
- 2 medium Tomatoes
- 1/2 yellow or white Onion
- 1-2 Jalapeno
- 2 TBS Lemon Juice
- 2 TBS Minced Garlic
- 2 sprigs Cilantro
- 1 TBS Garlic Salt
Prep time: 2 mins Cook time: 1 mins Total time: 3 mins Yield: 16 oz
It was time for dinner and I could not believe that I was able to get everything cooked and ready in under 20 minutes! Seriously, what a stress free dinner option and great for girls night in! I set up an easy street taco bar with chips and dip!
I prepared 2 bags of the Frontera Chicken Fajita skillets and we had PLENTY to go around. In fact I was able to feed myself, both my girlfriends, the little people in our house and have enough for lunches this week! I know the bag says that it serves 2 people, but I think it feeds much more!
Dinner was great. We all agreed that the chicken fajitas had a bit of a sweet and spicy flavor to it and that it was really good. The chicken was super tender and juicy, and overall we all agreed this is definitely a meal to add to our dinner rotations!
Once we finished eating, we cleared the table and set up our own little painting party. We’ve all been to those studios, but we’re on a budget folks, so hit up your local craft store and do it at home. I purchased 4 canvas’, new paintbrushes, acrylic paint and the pallets all for $20.00! If you want to do this here is what you need:
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Water Cups
- Paint Pallet
- Paper towels
- A picture to model after
We decided to paint a snowman as the holiday season is upon us and he was super cute. We just googled, “easy paintings to do at home” and found one we all liked that we thought we could do. The snowman won and we propped my computer up on the table so we had a reference.
Then we went to work, painting the background white, adding a hat, mixing paint colors to get the right shades of blues, greens & reds and laughing the entire time.
We truly had the best time and agreed that we need to do more of this. Our girls night in on a budget was perfect for all of us. In total I spent just under $50.00 for all the painting supplies and food. It was a fantastic way for us to spend some quality time together and bring our creative sides out as well.
I loved that each of us created our paintings just a bit different! It was a blast hanging out with my friends, having good food, great conversation and splendid entertainment. I highly recommend getting together with your girlfriends for a girls night in soon! We are totally doing this again!
If you are ready to host a fantastic girls night in and want to try the Frontera products, you can grab this awesome offer below by clicking here! What a deal. I know that we will be eating more of these for sure!
Have you had a girls night in recently? Tell me about it in the comments!