Monthly Archives: May 2013

Poblano spinach and chicken enchiladas

If you are tired of steak and potato leftovers from Memorial Day weekend, this is a recipe that will spice up your midweek monotony and is easy on the wallet as well as the calories. It’s also gluten free! There are endless easy modifications that can make this dish vegetarian, spicier, or even lower in calories…

Ingredients:

1 bunch of fresh spinach (roughly chopped)

1 poblano pepper (diced)

1 jalepeno pepper (minced) -if you are not a fan of spice this can be exchanged for 1/2 red or green bell pepper

1 clove of garlic (minced)

2 cans of enchilada sauce -I chose the old el paso because it was lower in calories and sodium

2 packages of 6 inch corn tortillas

10 ounces of Quesadilla Jalapeno Cheese- you can opt for the plain queso quesadilla if you would prefer a milder cheese

1 package of boneless skinless chicken (I used 8 strips) -Use chopped zucchini and squash for a vegetarian optionImage

Directions:

Cook the chicken on a skillet until lightly browned, I used cilantro and pepper for seasoning with about a tbsp of olive oil. Remove and set aside

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In the same skillet add the diced poblano pepper and minced jalapeno and garlic, cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat

Cut or pull apart the chicken into shreds

In a large bowl add the peppers, chicken, spinach, and 3/4 of the shredded cheese. Toss with hands until ingredients are well mixed

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Add just enough enchilada sauce to the bottom of an oven safe dish to make a light coating

Roll the corn tortillas with about a handful of chicken/spinach/pepper mix

Top the dish with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese. 

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Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degrees and enjoy! About 300 calories per enchilada

This meal pairs well with any traditional mexican sides, chips and salsa, and if it’s a date night, margaritas :). 

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Journey to The Center of The Universe

I am quite behind on updating, but I have a such a great story I can’t put it off any longer! Monday, April the 15th was James and I’s 4th year anniversary (crazy in and of itself). Four years ago we made our relationship official. I remember being so hesitant about starting a new relationship, because I wanted to do everything on my own and independently, and I just couldn’t bear the thought of changing in a relationship. In fact I told him we weren’t boyfriend and girlfriend, and every one else we knew as well. April 15th 2009 came, and James was so different and so patient and accepting of all my flaws, that I knew I was ready. So the past four years have been a journey. We have experienced SO much together (insert huge sigh here!) and I couldn’t conjure up a better person to experience so much with. So back to Monday, April the 15th 2013, our 4TH anniversary! James always plans amazing anniversaries, and I look forward to them so much every year because we always ask off work and spend the whole day together. This year, James had clinicals Monday, so he told me we probably wouldn’t get to celebrate til Tuesday. I have to admit I was a little bit sad, but no big deal we would celebrate Tuesday and maybe get dinner or something small Monday. I arrived at James’ house ready for dinner, but asked if I wanted to get dinner first or second. Unsure of what he meant, but hoping for some sort of fun surprise, I answered, “Second!” So we got in his car and started driving…..Down seventy-first further and further and further. I thought to myself maybe we were going to Turkey Mountain. We went there a lot when the weather was nice, and it was a beautiful day. But we passed the turn for Turkey Mountain and kept going further down 71st. He took a couple wrong turns and was slightly panicky about showing up late, before we finally turned down a small road and drove for a few miles. I noticed an airport sign right before he turned into the Jenks airport, and I started to become REALLY excited.

Jump forward and we’re in a helicopter flying over downtown, and I’m just in awe of how pretty Tulsa looks from an aerial view. I’m also slightly terrified, because there were tornado warnings later that night :). We got back to the airport and landed safely, and leave to go eat at Carrabba’s (or so I think). Then James makes another turn in the opposite direction and says we’re headed downtown. He is smiling and starting to look nervous, and I am just trying to figure out what we are doing and what’s going on. We arrive at the center of the universe and I’m still really excited, cause I’ve never actually been there before. Right at the center he says some really sweet things and then says, “I brought you here to the center of the universe, because you’re the center of my universe,” and gets down on one knee (cheesy and adorable), and he popped the BIG question, and I said yes!!!!!! We are so excited, and I feel so blessed to have him in my life. He is such a hard worker and has been always the most encouraging person in my life. 🙂 I am overwhelmed by how much love God can give you for a single person, and how that love can grow even larger through struggles and time. 

And I’ll leave you with a poem from one of my favorite writers.

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” -Kahlil GibranImageImageImageImage