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Chicken Enchiladas

This meal is usually something I do when I either have already made chicken or I cook chicken breasts in the oven while cooking another meal.  This way, once the chicken is cool, I can shred it, put it in the fridge, and easily make the enchiladas the next day.  For the chicken, I used three chicken breasts that were sprinkled with garlic, cumin, and chili powder.  I cooked these, shredded them and put them in the fridge until I was ready to make enchiladas.  The next day I simply heated 8 corn tortillas in the microwave so they would be easy to roll and work with.  As I rolled them, I put them in a foil pan sprayed with cooking spray and then topped the enchiladas with two different salsas, both from my favorite store of course, Trader Joe’s.

Once all of that was in the pan, I sprinkled 2% reduced fat mexican cheese on half of it.  Then I baked it in the oven at 400 until it was brown and warmed through.

On the side, I simply doctored up a can of black beans to make them mexican black beans.  These include sprinkles of garlic powder, onion flakes, crushed red pepper, and cumin.  This was just heated in the microwave for about two minutes, and it’s done.  Almost like a restaurant!

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Barbecued Chicken Breasts

This dinner was super easy and super tasty.  Barbecued Chicken breasts baked in the oven are great.  I didn’t even premarinate these.  All you have to do is spray a pan with cooking spray.  Place the chicken in the tray and top it with a gluten free bbq sauce of your choice (some of my favorites include Trader Joe’s Classic, Dinosaur BBQ, Bone Suckin Sauce).  This chicken uses Trader Joe’s sauce.  Get the sauce all over the chicken on both sides and cook it at 400.  You will have to judge how long it takes the chicken to cook based on the sizes of your pieces.  I used boneless skinless chicken breasts.  I also flipped these in the middle. 

On the side I made a vegetable I had never made before and it turned out delicious.  This is baby bok choy.  In order to make this I used about 1 tsp. of olive oil and 2-3tsp. of crushed garlic.  heat this in the pan until it warms up.  Then add in the bok choy.  I had three stalks that I chopped and cleaned well.  saute this and add some margarine, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.  Cook until the leaves are wilted and the tough parts are just soft and crunchy.  This was a great new vegetable and gave us a break from broccoli and asparagus. 

Have you made any new vegetables lately that I should try?

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

The star of tonight’s dinner was this.DSC01678  I completely created my dinner around cranberry sauce that I made yesterday.  I’ve never made my own cranberry sauce before, and I would change a few things, but it still was very good.  Along with the sauce I hadDSC01705 this plate of food.  It included a roasted potato medley, broccoli rabe, and baked chicken topped with the infamous cranberry sauce.

I mainly used three seasonings tonight in all of the food except for the cranberries.  Garlic, paprika, pepper, and salt were included on both the chicken and potatoes.  The broccoli rabe had garlic, salt, and pepper.

In order to make the chicken, I started with the four mentioned seasonings and mixed them together in a bowl and added a little water to make a paste.DSC01700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This is the simplest seasoning for chicken and it is very flavorful.  Since I wanted to top the chicken with the cranberries, I didn’t want anything really overpowering.  I simply rubbed the chicken with the paste and turned it half way through cooking and rubbed the other side with the paste.DSC01701  I continued to flip the chicken until it was done to my liking.  I like my chicken a little more done than others.

For the potatoes, I used a bag of mini red, purple, and yukon gold potatoes and sliced them into chips.  I also chopped one onion.  I put the potatoes and the onion on a foil lined baking sheet sprayed with olive oil spray, and topped the mixture with the same four seasonings as the chicken.  I cooked this at 400 for about 45 minutes.  I turned the potatoes many times while cooking to make sure they got nice and crispy.  Here are before and after pictures.DSC01699DSC01702

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the broccoli rabe, I added about a teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and heated two cloves of minced garlic.  Then I added in the broccoli rabe and cooked while continuously mixing until cooked.  I added pepper and salt towards the end.  The broccoli rabe was a little bitter.  I will have to work on that next time.  Maybe I should blanch it first.DSC01704

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the cranberry sauce, I used one bag of ocean spray cranberries and put them in a pot with 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup sugar, and some cinnamon.   I brought this mixture to a boil and then cooked it on a low temperature while the sauce simmered and the berries burst.  I then poured it into a tupperware dish to cool, and then put it in the fridge.  I wanted to use as little sugar as possible, but I do think it could have used a little bit more.  I also think next time I will cook it a little longer. 

Now it’s time to watch DVRd 90210.  I am still hooked, I can’t help it.  Have a good night!

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Company For Dinner

As I told you on Friday night, we were having friends over for dinner last night.  Yesterday definitely became a very busy day trying to get everything ready for dinner.  I really had no idea what to make for our friends.  My husband and my friend’s husband aren’t really too into fish, so that was out.  I don’t really like cooking red meat that much, so that was out too.  I knew it had to be chicken of some sort, but my usual chicken recipes just were not doing it for me.  Also, I wasn’t sure what we were going to do for the side items.  My sister actually helped me look for some recipes because I felt clueless.  I’m not really sure why I felt that way since I cook almost everyday, but I wanted dinner to be good, and I wanted our friends to enjoy it.  I actually cooked everything except for the rice from a real recipe.  I almost never do that. 

I didn’t take pictures of the apps, but we started with various Trader Joe’s eats.  Olives, Artichoke Tapenade, Eggplant Capponata, lite gouda cheese, stilton cheese with apricots, carrots, crackers, and hummus were all very good.  Again TJ’s didn’t disappoint me at all.

Then we sat down for salad.DSC01598  This salad was delicious.  It included apples, toasted walnuts, dried cherries, orange pepper, and a combination of romaine and young lettuces.  The recipe is from epicurious, and you can find it here.  The only thing about this recipe is that i definitely used more lettuce than what the recipe called for and I added orange pepper because I like pepper, and there is way too much dressing.  I only used about half.  You may want to cut down the dressing measurements if you don’t want to have leftover dressing, or you can just save it for another salad, which I definitely will be doing.

For the main course, we had chicken in a really great marinade.  DSC01601The recipe came from the I Am Gluten Free blog.  The recipe used orange juice, honey, pomegranate juice, and lots of spices as a marinade.  It had a great flavor and I would definitely make it again.  Next time though I would probably marinate the chicken for a little while before cooking it.  You can find the recipe here.

The side dishes included Lundberg’s Wild Rice cooked in chicken stock instead of water and Asparagus with Parmesan Butter.DSC01603DSC01600  The asparagus was delicious.  I’m excited for leftovers tonight.  This recipe is also from eipicurious and it can be found here.  I think next time I may add more basil.  The basil really adds a lot.  I think fresh basil might be finding its way into my food more coming up.

The most exciting part of my meal was this.DSC01593DSC01592DSC01591  Now, I have never made bread in my life let alone gluten free bread.  I really have been craving warm crusty bread, so I decided yesterday to look for gluten free bread recipes to see if there were any that seemed easy to make.  This one was one of the first to come up and I thought it was quite easy.  The only thing was that the recipe called for two loaves, but the dough was so sticky that I decided to just make one giant loaf.  This was the closest thing to normal bread that I’ve had in the last 6 months.  All of my gluten eating guests enjoyed the bread as well.  The recipe is from Gluten Free Girl and can be found here.

The final star of the meal were these desserts that our guests Rich and Briana went out of their way to bring to dinner from Mama’s.DSC01604  This is the same restaurant where Mike took me for my birthday last weekend, and had no idea that we had been there since it is so far from where we live.  I happily tried half a cannoli and a small bite of each of the chocolate desserts.  It was so yummy.  I really enjoyed the cannoli.

This was such a good night!  I really enjoy entertaining and hope to do it again soon.

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Back to the Grind

Finally, I went back to the gym today.  Before I started training for my half marathon this past spring, I was really burnt out from the gym.  I rarely went to the gym all summer.  Now that my feet are still in pain from running and the weather hasn’t been so great.  I decided a trip back to the gym was in order today.  Here’s what I decided to do…

  • 1 mile on the treadmill at the fastest pace I possibly could do, followed by a couple of minutes of walking to cool down.
  • 10 minutes on the stairmaster
  • 20 minutes on the elliptical

It definitely felt good to be back to my old self. 

For dinner tonight, I made something very easy.  I baked chicken with the leftover Dinosaur BBQ sauce I used on last week’s Turkey Meatloaf.  DSC01582Then I roasted cauliflower with garlic, pepper and salt, and used the leftover corn from Tuesday night. DSC01581 There’s one more ear left, that I’ll be adding to my lunch for tomorrow.  This meal was so easy and is now allowing me to catch up on some computer work.

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