Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's Enchilada, Uh....Wednesday!

Crazy, crazy busy day.  I needed something that I could throw together and have it on the table within a reasonable amount of time.

Hello, I work full time.  I don't want to come home and slave over a stove for a gazillion hours.  Le duh.

Then....*light bulb* Enchiladas!  Just like that.

Now, there are many, MANY excellent recipes out there.  I just happened to stumble across this one and it's absolutely FANTASTIC.  Start to plate, maybe and hour and twenty.  Shorter if you precook the chicken.  This one is definitely a family pleaser.  Kiddo and hubs INHALED it.....I did not.  I took dainty, lady like bites and savored them to the fullest extent.  *snicker*  Yeah, cuz I'm so dainty and all....

ANYWAY.....Here it is.

*Serves 4-6
4-5 cups cooked, chopped chicken
2 (4 oz.) cans of green chiles, lightly drained
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, cubed
1 can white or black beans, rinsed and drained (you can really use any type of bean you prefer here)
1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
2 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup chicken broth
¼ cup milk
2 cans (7 ounce) green chile enchilada sauce
½ cup sour cream
8 ounces (about 2 cups) Monterey jack cheese, shredded
8 medium (soft taco size) flour tortillas
Handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup cheese and green chiles. Mix well. Add the chicken and black beans. Mix to combine. Set aside.

*pause for wine*

In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and starts to turn translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir well. Cook for 1 minute, stirring. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk. As you whisk and the mixture cooks, the flour will get less lumpy around the onions and the mixture will become smooth. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is bubbling and has thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the enchilada sauce and sour cream.

*pause for wine*

Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking dish. Spread about 1/4 cup of the sauce on the bottom of the dish. Fill each tortilla with about ½ cup of the chicken/cream cheese/sour cream/monterey jack filling. Roll the tortillas up and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue filling enchiladas until the dish is full (I can easily fit 8 enchiladas in one pan).

Pour the white sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the enchiladas are bubbling, hot and lightly browned. 

*Pour glass of wine while waiting*

Remove from oven, sprinkle fresh cilantro over the top and serve.

This can be served alone or with a yummy pico/fresh salsa.  I found it best if I let it sit for a few minutes prior to serving.

Super easy and DELISH!  Happy cooking!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What do you mean? I AM dressed up.

Remember those days when you couldn't even leave the house without makeup for fear you might run in to some cute guy, and he would see you, and then would quickly be repulsed, and then run away screaming?  Yeah, me too.  Then I grew up, got married, had a kid and flat ran out of time.

I mean, I still somewhat attempt to get ready for work each day, but anything outside of that?  I'd rather not.  The sheer thought of having to spend unnecessary time to slap paint on my face and actually comb my hair is just exhausting.  That's why the good lord invented hats....and face masks.

I'm getting ready to take kiddo to a movie and I'm currently wearing sweats (hey, at least they match), tennis shoes that are flattened in the back because I step on them, no makeup and a hot mess of curly hair....(once again, drying the hair is sooooo time consuming).  Kiddo walks into my room and shrieks in terror.

"MOM, you cannot go to the movie like that?! You're going to scare the children!  Can you at least dress up a little?"


"What do you want from me?  I've showered and brushed my teeth today (even shaved), my clothes are clean and FINE I'll wear a hat.  How much more dressy do you want me??  If I have to start over, we're going to miss the movie."

"Gah mom, fine, just go like that.  But walk behind me, I don't want people to know we're together."

Heh, you got it sister.  I'm not ashamed.

Whatever you wear, whatever you look like, rock it out.  As long as you like it and YOU'RE comfortable, that's all that really matters:)

Until next time......


Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year...

Well, here it is, another new year is upon us.  I have made absolutely ZERO resolutions.  I figure, why?  My issues with commitment will never allow me to see them through so why even bother, right?

Heh, I'm kidding.  I'm just being lazy.

Alright so I have a few "ideas" rolling around in my head of what I'd like to get done this year, but nothing concrete.  I do know the one thing that I'm NOT gonna do is let opportunities pass me by.  I'm going to be braver and happier and a bit more relaxed.....for ME.  Not for hubs, or kiddo, or my parents.  For me.  Selfish?  May-beh.  Do I care? Meh, not really.

Now, don't you worry, I have plenty things I want to improve upon for my little fam as well.  Like, I want more dinners around the table....and more family walks....and even, dare I say, *gulp* some family vacations?  I sat and watched kiddo open her presents Christmas morning and WHAM it hit me.  I only have a few years left with her and she's out the door....just a few more years.  Wait, what?

And then I cried....shut up.

I just don't want to waste a minute with her and I want her to leave this house with the most AMAZING memories a child could have.

So, there you go.  I just indirectly directly made my New Years resolutions right before your very eyes.  I may even add the ol' "Lose Weight" in there somewhere as well....maybe.  Ask me again tomorrow if that one made the list.

Anyway, happy new year y'all!  Make 2012 the best one yet!