Monday, February 9, 2015

Vegetarian Enchiladas

One evening while we were enjoying lots of down time (and a little too much TV) I started in to make dinner.  I was going to make one of our family favorites, vegetable enchiladas. As I pulled out the ingredients, I realized we were out of  black beans.  Hmmmm, just spinach and corn wasn't going to cut it.  I thought about ordering out, but thankfully looked in my pantry and noticed the half bag of of leftover potatoes.

 I don't think my family will ever let me go back to making them with the black beans again!  These enchiladas were a huge hit, and they're our new favorite.  If you make the sauce the night before, this is an easy weeknight dinner.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.  I usually have enough filling to freeze for another meal.  

Vegetable Enchiladas
**adapted from

For the filling
6 yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces and cooked in boiling water until aldente, about 6-10 minutes
1 box frozen spinach, defrosted
1 cup frozen fire roasted corn
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground chili powder
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Make the homemade sauce from the recipe link above, its worth it!

8-10 corn tortillas (I have found wonderful soft ones that don't require preheating before filling)
Preheat over to 375.
Defrost the frozen spinach until you can break it apart with a fork.  Combine potatoes, corn, cumin, chili powder and garlic until just combined.  Lightly cover the bottom of the pan with sauce. Put about 2 tablespoons of filling in the tortilla and roll it up.  Place seam side down in baking pan.  Continue with remaining filling and tortillas.  They should be touching in the pan.  Cover enchiladas with sauce and sprinkle with cheese.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Antipasto lunch

Mornings are a race in our house. I often say I feel like I've run a marathon by the time I get everyone where they need to be in the mornings. This was a quick and easy lunch this morning. Antipasto sounds so fancy, but really it was just crackers, turkey, some cheese slices, olives, sliced cucumber and an applesauce pouch because there was extra room!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Long time, no see

Hard to believe its been over a year and a half since I've actively posted on my blog.  Between an active toddler, a 10 year old, and teaching full time, there hasn't been a lot of time to sit down and write.  I've been missing it.  I was recently asked to write an article for a friend's ezine.  I was reluctant at first, but after thinking about it, I decided to jump in and give it a try.  I'm hoping it will give me an outlet beyond just mom and work.

As our little one gets older, it seems easier to do a little more of the things I enjoy.  I've done a little sewing again, regular yoga once a week, and now writing.  I'm hitting a place in my life where I wonder what's next. Do I stay in teaching, or move on to something else?  Lots of exploring to do, and I feel like I have a little time to ponder.

The next year brings many changes for our family, the biggest being our 10 year old moving to middle school.  Along with that comes new taxi challenges and new sports schedules.  It will be interesting to see where our next turn takes us.  I hope you'll come along too.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring is almost here

Spring is a busy time in our home.  Baseball season starts up again, lots of birthdays, and I just want to be outside playing with my kiddos.  Our baby boy is crawling and getting into everything right now, and I'm lucky if I can get anything done in the kitchen!  I've been trying to get a lot of prep done on Sunday afternoons to make weeknights easier.  Spring Fever?  In our house, its summer fever since I get off work in about 9 weeks, and I get to play at stay at home mom for the summer (with a 9 year old, that means I have a lot of taxi-driving to do!)

Here's our meal plan for this week:
Monday- Spicy Asian Chicken
Tuesday- Corned Beef in the Crockpot (baseball night) and steamed cabbage
Wednesday- Asparagus Frittata with spinach salad
Thursday- Corned Beef Hash
Friday- Pizza and Movie night

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cooking Up a Storm!

While we were on vacation, my copy of Weelicious came in from Amazon.  There are so many great recipes in there, and last week I tried a few.  I'll post a couple of my versions next week.  Here's my menu for this week:

Sunday- Pork Tenderloin with roast carrots
Tuesday- Veggie Calzones 
Wednesday- Pepperocini beef Sandwiches with cherry tomato salad
Thursday- Leftovers
Friday- Pizza and movie night

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I'm back

I'm not sure I like wordpress either, so I'm back and going to fool around here some more.  I've been gone for a year, and now I have a one year old!  Its been a whirlwind year between our new little one and all the activities my older one has!  I need to start meal planning, and I've also been making some pretty cool recipes for my little one that I want to share.  I'm starting back up with our meal plan.  This week, we have 2 birthday dinners.  Little one is going to be one on Monday and my husband's birthday is Wednesday.  I'm trying to keep it simple since its a back to work week, but I still want to make it special.  Here's our plan...

Saturday: BBQ chicken sandwiches in the crockpot
Sunday: Crockpot Beef Stew
Monday: Hamburgers for Little One's birthday
Tuesday: Empanadas with leftover BBQ chicken
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Thursday: Artichoke and Spinach Paninis
Friday: Pizza and Movie night

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Freezer Meals

Well, it happened.  I went into preterm labor on Thursday night and I'm on bed rest for as long as I can keep our baby boy in!  I'm sending my darling hubby to Costco today to pick up meats for us and I think I'll be doing some kitchen directing from the couch this afternoon!  Its so rare for me, but I don't even want to watch cooking shows because it makes me sad that I can't get up and cook.  Fortunately, I have a wonderful hubby and friends who are pitching in :)  My friend set us up an account on  Between that and my directing skills, I think we will be fed :)

Sunday- ordering Bucca Di Beppo to celebrate for my dad's birthday dinner
Monday- Chicken and Broccoli Bake
Wednesday- Flank Steak with Chimichurri sauce
Thursday- A friend is bringing us dinner
Friday- Homemade Frozen Pizza
Saturday- Tortellini with pesto sauce

Some additional things we'll be making for the freezer:
Carne Asada
Spicy Asian Chicken
Easy Ranch Chicken
Spicy Shredded Pork
Italian Muffaleta Sandwich