Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas and Chocolate Applesauce Cake

You know, sometimes I feel like I get into a rut with my cooking. You know what I mean. I know my own recipes so well, that sometimes I forget to get creative with them. By adding an ingredient or two, you can change the dynamic of the original recipe. I love that Pinterest has helped me come out of my rut.

Today, I made chicken enchiladas. Not just my ordinary enchiladas (which are still very good), but by adding a thing here and a thing there, I was able to enjoy them in a whole new way.

Thanks to http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com  our enchilada experience tonight, was a little different. So, with a new recipe in hand and my own black bean.rice.guacamole combo, we had a FABULOUS dinner. 

Honey Lime Chicken Enchilada 

From Favorite Family Recipe Website:

1 small, onion, peeled & diced (use a sweet onion if you can find it)
3 chicken breast halves
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic, minced (2-3 cloves)
salt & pepper (to taste)
6 tablespoons honey
5 tablespoons lime juice (1 large lime)
8-10 flour tortillas
1 lb. Monterey jack cheese, shredded
16 ounces green enchilada sauce (we like Las Palmas brand, but any brand is great)
1/2 c. heavy cream

Saute onion in a little butter until it becomes transparent and soft.

In a crock pot* add chicken, chicken broth, sauteed onion, chili powder, garlic, and salt & pepper.

Cook on low for about 8 hours (or high for 3-4) adding more broth if needed (you don’t want it to cook out completely).

Remove chicken from crock pot and shred, then return to crock pot and simmer another 5 min.

Drain out some of the juices (but not all of it… keep about 1/4 c.) and add honey and lime.

Place seasoned, shredded chicken in a Ziploc bag and seal tightly, pressing out as much air as you can. Marinate at least 30-40 minutes, longer if you can (I did about an hour).

While chicken is marinating spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray, then pour about 1/2 c. of enchilada sauce over the bottom. Fill tortillas with chicken mixture and shredded cheese, saving about 1 c. of cheese to sprinkle on top of enchiladas.

Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with heavy cream. Pour sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until brown and crispy on top. Serve hot and top with your favorite enchilada toppings.

*If you don’t have a crock-pot, just boil chicken in the same ingredients in a large pot with a little extra chicken broth until cooked through and can shred.

For the green enchilada sauce, I used my absolutely favorite sauce ever. (I use it on just about everything)

Now, for DESSERT. I know this is what everyone is really curious about.   

Who is not lusting after this right now??? 

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

(This recipe is from my mother-in-law)

1/2 cup margarine 

2 Eggs 

1 3/4 cups of sugar    

*1 (16 oz.) can of applesauce

2 cups of flour 

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda    

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon    

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cocoa     

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips  

1/2 cup of chopped nuts

Instructions:

Cream margarine, sugar, eggs, and applesauce.

Mix flour, cocoa, soda, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

Slowly mix in well with first 4 ingredients ingredients.                

Pour in greased and floured 9x13 cake pan.

Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes.

Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on top when done.  

ENJOY!

* I did not have applesauce so I pureed a can of apple pie filling. 

Hope someone out there enjoys this meal. It was definitely a winner at our house. 

Friday Ramblings

Thoughts For Today:

Cooking – 

I was recently talking to some people about my love for cooking. I, always reflecting on things, thought more about it today. I believe I have narrowed down my love for cooking based on these two things.

~ I am a people pleaser. I love to cook a meal and see the reactions of people as they eat the food I prepared for them. I could cook all day and be perfectly satisfied to just watch people enjoy the meal I just made without ever getting to eat any myself.

~Memories. Just about everytime I go to make a meal, I think about my dear Mama Linda. My great-grandmother and I spent many times in her kitchen as I helped her make various meals. The funny thing is…all these memories of cooking with her and learning some of her recipes happened before I was even 12 years old. Those memories are priceless. I loved cooking next to her and listening to her talk (I could usually understand about half of the conversation because she only spoke in Spanish to me) about life – the big and small things. She took great pride in cooking for her loved ones; I am so glad that is something I inherited from her. Now that she is gone, I love cooking even more. It is my way of remembering her. What I wouldn’t give for one more time in the kitchen with her.

Speaking of cooking. A meal I made today, which I found on pinterest, was very good and perfect for a night like tonight. I tweaked it a bit…added a dollop or two of sour cream, cilantro, lime, and tortilla chips. Very good.

                               Chicken Enchilada Soup (Thanks Real MOM Kitchen) 

A Dare; A Love Dare –

Lance and I have recently started reading a devotional called The Love Dare Day by Day. So far, we are really enjoying it. What makes it really handy, is that it is an app on the iPhone. So, it is always with us. Even if he is at work, we can do it together. It is devotional I would highly recommend. I want to share one of my favorite parts from it.

“Paul the apostle endured beatings, intense persecution, and hardship throughout his life. He did it for one reason alone: “Christ’s love” compelled him. If love began fueling your decisions, what would it drive you to do for your marriage?”

“Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 replacing the words “love” or “it” with your first name.” 

Our goal in doing this devotional is not to “fix” our marriage. Rather, we are wanting to build our marriage with God at the top of it. 3 years of married life have come and gone…and we have loved every moment. We know the key to keeping it great is to keep God in the forefront of our marriage.

A Few Good Men:

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

I am currently looking for some good books to read on raising boys. Well, better said, raising boys to become strong men of God. I have recently felt the pressure of who I gave birth too, a precious little boy; A precious little boy that will grow up to be a young man…and then a man. EESH. Coming from a woman’s perspective…I know what I need to do to raise a woman after God’s heart…I am a little lost about how to raise a man after God’s heart. Please feel free to drop any good reads on this topic.

. “I’m fine(d)” –

Okay, so funny thing happened today. For all of you FRIENDS addicts out there (like me) you will appreciate this. I have seemed to catch this awful little cold. Nose is stuffy, head hurts, throat hurts, etc. My poor students have to listen to me all day as I cough, sneeze, blow my nose, and frankly, my voice sounds miserable.  Well, as it so happens, I am working with my CVCV group today (silent e) and we are reading words, making words, just having a good ole’ time with words. Towards the end of the group, I say “Okay, now I want you to spell the word fine“. They pop off the lid on their Expo marker…they excitedly and hurriedly write down the word on my table (yes, they get to write on my table with Expo markers during flex time). They all look up at me as the finish their word. Eyes are beaming and they are anticipating my approval and “congratulations” on spelling the word. I look at each child’s word…”find”, “find”, “finde”. I think to myself…really? So, I ask…”I want you to look at your word. Tell me what it says” Of course, they all proudly say “FIND!!!” One student explains to the other that there is no “silent e” in find…”it is a word that doesn’t follow the rules, remember?!?!” I finally ask why they all spelled the word FIND instead of FINE. They look at me with confusion on their face…one brave student finally says…”Mrs. Williams, you said find twice…we did spell find”. I stop to think for a moment, then it hit me. I looked at them and said, “Oh, I am sorry I meant fine (really worked hard to say it correctly), like ‘I am feeling fine’.” They just say “ohhh”, wrote the word and we moved on to close the lesson. I had to take a moment to LAUGH to/at myself. All I could think about was Monica on FRIENDS….”I’m fine(d)…I’m fine(d)” 

Tomorrow is Friday, with it comes new reasons to laugh, to enjoy, and to love this life!

Cilantro Marinated Shredded Beef Tacos

Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes. I really hope you enjoy this one. It is a huge hit at my house!

     Cilantro Marinated Shredded Beef Tacos

  (I hope you enjoy this one, it is my own personal recipe!)

Here I added some of my fresh homemade salsa as a nice little plus for the palate

            

What you will need:

 * 2 pounds of round roast

* 1 can of tomato sauce

*1/2 of an onion

* 1 tomato

* 1lime

*1 small bunch of cilantro

* 1 clove of garlic

* 1 tsp. salt

*2-3 shakes of lemon pepper seasoning

What to do:

 * Place your (thawed) roast in the slow-cooker and season with your salt and lemon pepper seasoning.

 * In a blender ( I LOVED using my Ninja) puree your onion (chop it first), tomato (sliced), cilantro, garlic,   and make sure to squeeze your whole lime into the mix before starting that blender.

 *  Pour over the roast (that is in your slow-cooker)

 * Now, pour in the can of tomato sauce

 * Cook on high for 7 1/2 – 8 hours

 * Pull the roast out and shred. Then place back into the slow-cooker. Stir the meat and juices together.

 * Place on a warm tortilla (I prefer corn for the particular recipe)

 * Garnish with some fresh cilantro and a little squeeze of lime…ENJOY