Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crock Pot Enchiladas

I love to bake and I love to cook. Now that I have more time in my schedule I have redeveloped my passion for cooking and creating my own recipes.  Growing up in a Mexican-American family I have been exposed to some amazing traditional Mexican dishes, but they aren’t always the healthiest. I’d like to start recreating some of my favorite recipes and posting here for your enjoyment. How about we start with an easy and so delicious recipe for enchiladas?


Crock Pot Enchiladas


2 Chicken Breasts

14 Oz Red Chile (Bueno makes a great one!)

1 Can Reduce Sodium Black Beans

Corn Tortillas

1 Tbsp Oil

Light Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt

Cheddar Cheese

Lettuce (Optional)

Onion (Optional)

Place a few spoonfuls of chile at the bottom of a crock pot. Place the chicken breasts and coat with the remaining chile and ½ cup of the can of chicken broth. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, add the black beans and continue to cook until the beans are warmed up. Just before serving, add the olive oil to a pan set at medium heat. Using prongs, add a tortilla into the warm oil and cook on each side for about 10 seconds, you just need the tortilla to be soft, not crispy. You could also eliminate this step and just put microwaved tortillas on the plate, but that softened tortilla captures more of the authentic flavor. I placed my tortillas on a napkin and blotted off any remaining oil before placing on a plate. Top with the red chile/black bean/chicken mixture, cheese, lettuce, onion and a small dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Ohh Hi There...

Remember me?

Yeah...I wouldn't remember me either. It's been a LONG time. It's definitely not how I planned my triumphant return to blogging, but it's how it worked out. Things continue to be crazy busy (I'm in the UK for the second time in 6 weeks, with a couple US trips thrown in between), and I continue to have zero great stories about health and fitness, so there never really seemed like a good time to blog.

Remember how I said I would run 365 miles this year?

Yeah...I've run like 4. Not a great start seeing as it's a week into May. I've walked or walk/run quite a few more than that, but totally running without stopping and counting them, not so much. This might have to be shortened to a 6 month goal of 182.5 miles.

Remember how I wanted to strength train?

Yeah...well as soon as my TRX class (which I totally loved, btw) ended, I stopped anything remotely close to strength training. I have not so much as picked up a weight in that time.

I am clearly amazing.

Sometimes we set goals for ourselves, and even with the best of intentions, we don't meet them. But, as with most things in life, I can give it another try. I can start tracking miles now. And why not count the ones I'm walking? Those should count too because with those, I might even make to 365 from this point to the end of the year (and moving any number of miles is something over nothing). I can start lifting now. I have weights at home and most hotel gyms have SOMETHING heavy to pick up.

It's never too late to start. It's never too late to try again. And it's never worth throwing in the towel just because it took you longer than you wanted to get into shape, or back to goal weight, or to start a healthy habit.

I mostly say this as a reminder to myself, and so I'm not so hard on myself. It's life. You've got to live it, and sometimes, it means failing at things. And I have to be ok with it. It's not over. I still have time to get back up on the horse and try again.

So here's to trying again...and being a little more serious this time...