When The Lego Movie came out my kids constantly asked for taco Tuesday, and for a while we did have Taco’s till I decided I wanted something different. I love Mexican food. I mean what’s not to love, cheese, salsa, avocado’s and the list goes on and on. Recently I went for a weekend away to Bellingham, Washington and walked into Trader Joe’s. Ok honestly Canada we need to get Traders Joe’s to open a location in Vancouver. I always love exploring what TJ’s has to offer. And I happen to come across their enchilada sauce and their curry’s. I was in heaven. I bought way more then I should have but I knew it would be delicious.
So let me introduce to you my chicken Enchilada’s. Yes some have way less cheese on them that’s because my youngest and my husband aren’t fans of cheese. I had also plated our food before realizing I forgot to take the picture lol.
1 Jar trader Joe’s Enchilada sauce or home made *
shredded cheese(put as much or as little as you want I use cheddar cheese but you can use a Mexican blend)
1 onion diced
1 can beans (I forgot to buy beans and had canned pinto on hand so I used that)
2 lbs diced chicken breast
8 flour tortillas
1 can diced green chiles(optional)
your choice of toppings: salsa, cilantro, green onions, sour cream, avocado
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes, until translucent. Add diced chicken and green chiles(if using). Saute until chicken is cooked. Set aside.
Spread 1-2 tbsp of enchilada sauce on your tortillas, Add beans, chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Roll tortilla and place in greased 9×13 baking dish. Repeat process with remaining tortillas and place in the baking dish. Add more enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas. Add some cheese and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve with your favourite topping (see list above or whatever you like)
So I was lucky enough to get my hands on the bottled sauce this time but if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you give this recipe or this one or this one a try for home made sauce.
I made this delicious salad the other day for the family and I just had to share the recipe so you could enjoy it as well.
Chicken Fajita salad
3 tbsp lime juice
2tbsp finely chopped fresh Cilantro
2 tbsp olive oil
1lb of chicken
1 medium onion chopped
2 small bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow) thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
6 cups mixed green
1 cup cooked blacked beans
In a bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil and cilantro. Set aside.
Cook chicken and slice set aside. In the pan that you cooked the chicken saute the onion and bell peppers for about 3 minutes. Then add cumin and garlic and keep cooking for 1 minute.
In a bowl mix beans and mixed greens and lime cilantro vinegrette.
Top with chicken and peppers. Enjoy!
During our trip to Ontario this summer I ate a salad that I loved. Problem is it’s only sold in Ontario and Quebec. So what’s a girl to do but recreate the salad at home. So here’s the delicious salad
BBQ Ranch Salad
2 cups baby spinach
1 tbsp crispy chow mein noodles
1 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tbsp BBQ Ranch dressing (I got mine at Safeway)
(optional) diced or shredded chicken
Toss everything together and enjoy.
This week has been a little crazy. I had day surgery on Tuesday and it threw off my whole schedule. I can’t workout for three weeks, I have to have a high fiber diet and I was in pain. Thank fully the pain has died down and I am starting to feel normal again. Since I was sore I really did want fast meals this week that didn’t require me standing in the kitchen for hours or even longer then 15 minutes really.
I was a little taken by surprise by the high fiber diet as I wasn’t warned prior to my appointment that I would have to eat a high fiber foods. Thankfully my husband took down a list of foods that I like and set out to the store while the kids slept. So you wanna know what I ate ? Well here’s what I ate and if there is a recipe I will attach the link.
Tuesday for lunch and supper I had a baked sweet potato. Once it was baked I topped it with canned refried beans and a little cheese. Put it back in the oven till it was all warmed.
Wednesday I didn’t want to look at a sweet potato at all. I had had my fill the day before. So for breakfast I had a big bowl of raisin bran. For lunch I wanted something that I could have leftovers and turn them into a few different things so I made these rice and beans.
I made rice and beans cause I could eat them as they are. Or I could put them in a tortilla with avocado and tomato. Or I could make a breakfast burrito by adding salsa, avocado, crumbled bacon and some shredded cheese to a tortilla. I even served it as a side to this beef stroganoff instead of having plain rice. As you can tell I made use of cooking a nice size batch of the beans and rice as to not have to cook a lot lol.
Another recipe I made this weekend was these delicious raisin bran muffins. These little gems are great for breakfast and you can reheat them beautifully in the oven. If you have a chance watch the video and he will give you the instructions to reheat them and store them. The recipe only makes 6 muffins. Honestly their so delicious I don’t know why you would only make 6 but you can easily double the recipe.
Tonight I’m making a simple roast chicken with roasted sweet potatoes. We also had take out one night.
Healthy and high fiber eating can be boring but I have to say I really enjoyed everything I ate this week. Oh I almost forgot my favourite snack of the week. I had Wasa Rye crackers topped with avocado. It was the best snack for when I was hungry and didin’t want to waste any time in the kitchen.
Now that we have talked about all the yummy food I’ve been eating lets talk about how I’m going to stay motivated to lose weight. I can’t workout till I get the ok from the Dr so I have to concentrate on my food. But I have been wanting to make a lbs lost and a lbs to lose jar for quite some time. Well I finally went to the dollar store got some pretty jars and marbles and started my jars. I think having a visual of what I lost vs what I have to lose will motivate me a lot. Hopefully you made it this far into my blog lol. But I’ve written enough for now and I’m off to have supper. Have a great night everyone!
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