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Wintry Mushroom, Kale, and Quinoa Enchiladas

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This recipe has become a staple of mine. I haven't made my own enchilada sauce yet, so I can't speak to the taste of that, but I can tell you that my carnivore fiance looooves this recipe. It's so easy (especially if you are lazy and used canned sauce like me) and the big batch of quinoa/kale/mushrooms keeps well in the fridge to either eat on its own, as a side dish, or to make another batch of enchiladas later in the week. I found it on the website I hope you enjoy!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (I like the Fire Roasted diced tomatoes from Muir Glen)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/3 cup water (or as needed)
sea salt to taste

Kale, Mushroom, and Quinoa Enchiladas

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3/4 pounds baby bella or button mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup diced green chilis
3 cups kale, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
1 1/2 cup cooked black beans
1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
10 6-inch whole wheat or corn tortillas
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

To make the enchilada sauce, heat olive oil in a medium skillet or pot. Sautee onion for three minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking for another five minutes, or until onions are translucent.

Add the chili powder, cumin, organo, tomatoes, and maple syrup. Add sea salt to taste.

Transfer sauce to a blender or food processor, and blend till it's smooth. Add water to adjust the consistency as you wish. Set sauce aside till you're ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Sautee onion and garlic till onion is translucent. Add mushrooms and cook until liquid has been released and evaporated.

Add the chilis to the pot and give them a stir. Add the kale and allow it to wilt slightly. Add the cumin, sea salt, black beans and quinoa, and continue heating the mixture until it's completely warm and well mixed.

In the bottom of a casserole dish, spread a thin layer of the enchilada sauce. Place about a quarter cup mushroom and quinoa mixture in the center of a tortilla. Roll the tortilla up and place it into the dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Cover them all with a layer of enchilada sauce and bake for 25 minutes. Top the enchiladas with chopped cilantro.

Here is a photo of how mine turned out!

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GINNABOOTS 3/18/2014 4:44PM

    Looks amazing, that is what's for dinner tonight. Can't wait to try it. Thank you for taking the time to post.

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"I'm so glad you're not really thin!"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Has anyone ever said this to you? A now dear friend of mine said this to me after meeting me for the first time (she is the wife of my boyfriend's best friend). At the time, I just sort of laughed it off, but I have been thinking about it more recently. I wondered, if I had met her a year before when I was 20 lbs lighter, what difference would that have made? My personality wouldn't be different and we'd still have the same things in common. I guess it's a comfort thing, but at the same time it would never occur to me to pick my friends by their size. Is there an implicit community of the overweight, no matter whether it's 30 lbs or 230?

I do believe that having friends with good habits, regardless of their weight or where they are in their health and fitness journeys, really encourages you to develop or maintain your own good habits. I know that when my main group of friends became a group of women that usually overate and/or ate the wrong kinds of food, I was definitely along for the ride, especially since many of our outings centered around eating together.

Do you have friends like this? The kind that you could call and say "I had a hard day, do I deserve McDonalds?" and they would respond with "Absolutely!" How did you change your relationships with them to not include the encouraging of bad habits? This particular friend of mine is very overweight (about 300 lbs at 5'3) and about to have a baby. I definitely don't want her to think I am a friend to reach out to to validate bad health choices (nor do I want to lean or her for that kind of support myself). I'd love to be the person she reaches out to for help with her own good choices and who can help me with mine.

How do we love and support each other, without condoning the negative or dangerous habits? How do we break bad habits in otherwise good friendships?

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DS9KIE 10/8/2013 2:24AM

    That has got to be the craziest thing to say to someone.

Pick restaurants that have something healthy to eat (which can be hard sometimes)

Go shopping, take a walk, play tennis, watch a movie...well that is all I can think of.

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    Make swaps. If someone calls and says "I had a bad day, do I deserve some ice cream?" say, "Hey let's go get a pedicure together instead." or "Come over, I'll fix you some tea and you can talk about it." It works for me :)

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