Enchilada Casserole for ALOHA

Whenever I’m going to an event that you have to bring a dish to, I try to bring something healthy. Unfortunately, that’s the only way I will pass over the tupperware dish of iced pumpkin muffins….

The only thing is that not every single person I know is super into “health food.” Meaning, in order to make people like your health(ier) food, you have to deliver it via a disguise of deliciousness.

Enter, healthy enchilada casserole.

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The cheese says it all.

And maybe if you do tell everyone that each slice is under 400 calories, they actually won’t mind the health food part.

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Thank you to ALOHA for asking me to share what I would choose when, “bringing a dish to pass.” 

You can find a ton more great dishes on their RECIPE PAGE! 

 

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This recipe was inspired by THIS awesome blog.

You will need: mixing bowl, 9×13 casserole dish

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 cups dry brown rice
  • 16 fl oz enchilada sauce (buy 2 jars!)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese mix
  • 1 can corn kernel
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook rice.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Mix the enchilada sauce, shredded chicken, beans, and 1 cup of shredded cheese together in a large bowl.

Add in cooked rice. Season with salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Pour mixture into a large casserole dish. Add the corn as a top later, then sprinkle on the remaining 1 cup cheese.

Bake for 25-28 minutes.

Throw on some chopped cilantro and serve!

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This enchilada casserole is totally one to bring to your next potluck or get-together!

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Juicing Q and A with Williams-Sonoma

So pumped for a fun Q&A sesh about JUICING with Williams-Sonoma!

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1. What was my experience with a juice cleanse like?

About a year and half ago I started hearing about this new food phenomenon. Juicing.

Tons of different health blogs and documentaries all preached the newest superfood that was the actual elixir of life. If you drink it, you’ll get super skinny while simultaneously becoming healthy and strong and full of vitamins.

Count me in.

Then I heard that some people even do this crazy thing where they only drink juice instead of eating for days at a time. But of course you don’t even get that hungry because your stomach is full of juice…

I had worked up enough gall to take on the experiment in full force. Once I set my mind to it that I was going to do a juice cleanse, I became a stubborn juicing warrior. I was going to do this thing and I was going to do it right.

I started with a juice cleanse grocery list and the local farmers’ market.

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New food sparked learning about different vegetables and herbs and about what they looked like.

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Trying something totally new (beets!) blew my mind and made me feel proud of my formerly-picky self.

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Terrifying mishaps (TOO MUCH ginger) clouded the end of the cleanse and I struggled with the idea of – gasp – quitting. What kind of a person would I be now, eating solid food? Who had I become?

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There was definitely a sense of clearing out all the crap from your body and starting fresh.  I had become knowledgeable about what I was putting in my body was going to be  totally renewed on this awesome foundation of nutrients and health.

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But…

I was hungry. And kind of lightheaded.

After a few more juice cleanse cycles and attempts, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion about how juicing best works for me. I like supplementing my diet with juice because it makes me feel good about myself, like I’m doing my body a favor.

I never would have thought that picky old me would consume 8 ounces of green juice daily.

2. For someone who is starting their juicing journey, what are some tips and tricks for beginners trying a homemade juice cleanse? 

  • Buy organic.

When your body is experiencing the initial shock of nutrients during a juice cleanse, it’s really important to make sure to watch the quality of those nutrients. Since your whole system is feeling a little on the fritz, you want to make sure you’re not using poor quality produce with possible bacteria and pesticides.

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  • Use produce bags from the grocery store as a “trash bag” in the pulp canister

Makes pulp cleanup amazingly simple and you are so earth-conscious with recycling.

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  • Add some apple

Any juice that needs to be sweetened will immediately taste way better if you add APPLES. Nature’s best packet of sugar for sure. Pretty much every juice has apple in it: green juice, root juices, and fruit juices!

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3. Which is better? Store bought juice or homemade juice?

Hands down, homemade. Homemade juice is fresh. You know exactly what is going into it. It has way less sugar and added ingredients than store bought juices.

I am guilty of purchasing store-bought juice though, but in moderation it is definitely better than the non-juice alternative! One good note: do not a cleanse with store bought juices, because pasteurized juice does have a higher sugar content and isn’t meant for complete meal substitution.

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Become your own juice barista!

Not only does Willams-Sonoma have the dreamiest juicers ever to drool over, they have a great juicer resource page that even includes different ways to juice and TONS of delicious looking recipes.

Happy juicing!

FitKit Guest Post: Running With Allergies and Quiz Review

Remember that thing, I’ve talked about before – FitKit?

FitKit is hoppin’ right now because not only can you check out my latest guest post, “Running With Allergies,” you can also take their sweet diet and fitness quiz.

Today, in the day of monogrammed iPhone cases, everyone loves to have everything personalized. And what better way than to have a customized experience that teaches you how you can improve your health?

The quiz is 16 questions and they are super easy to answer.

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fitkittimeAt least I know I’m good to go in this area!

Here were my results:

fitkitresultsI was actually quite proud of my diet results!

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My mouth opened when I saw this one:

fitnessreccomendationsYour weight is great? Seriously?

That’s a nice reminder that skinny isn’t necessarily what we should want to be – we should want to be healthy.

See if you’re healthy HERE!

FitKit Monthly Guest Post – How to: Make A Frittata

Remember when I told you about FitKit awhile ago?

FitKit is a place where nutrition is made personal for everyone. Their mission is to build a community around making health and fitness transparent.

I’m super pumped because I’m going to be a monthly contributor to the FitKit blog!

Want to know how to make a frittata? Of course you do….

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