Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

I don’t know why sometimes enchiladas get a bad rap.  They don’t have to be full of cheese and swimming in a high calorie sauce.  These roasted vegetable enchiliadas are sure to hit the spot and cure any craving for a gooey and cheesy enchilada.

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Start by chopping up some veggies and throwing them on a sheet pan.  I used bell pepper, zucchini, carrots, and onion.  Toss them with extra virgin olive oil and roasted them off until tender and light brown.  About 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

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This a great little trick that I always do….put some sauce down in your pan first before anything else so nothing sticks.

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Layer in your tortillas,

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cheese,

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roasted veggies,

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olives and roasted green chilies,

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more tortillas, and then a layer of sauce. Repeat with more cheese, veggies, olives, green chilies, ending with tortillas,  Pour over the remaining sauce.

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Top with cheese, cover at bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Yummy!

Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas
 
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Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 18 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups various roasted veggies
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • 1 big can enchilada sauce, red or green
  • shredded cheese, the mexican blend
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour a little bit of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.  Cover with 6 corn tortillas. Cover with cheese.  Top with half of the veggies, half the olives, and half the green chilies. Spoon a little bit of sauce over.  Repeat, ending with a third layer of tortillas. Pour over the remaining sauce being sure to cover all exposed areas of tortillas.  Top with a thin layer of cheese.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 30minutes.
  4. Eat!

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Gazpacho

Anyone else still have tomatoes coming out of their ears?

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My version of gazpacho is easy, delicious, and great for you.  I make it early in the week and then it is perfect to have for lunch or a light dinner.

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I just chunk up all of the veggies and bread, plop them in a blender, and then run the whole thing thru a food mill to get out the tomato skins, cucumber seeds, and anything else that would make it now smooth.

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I also like to chopped up some extra cucumber and red bell pepper into a small dice to give the soup a little heft.

But that is totally optional.  The gazpacho of just a good without it.

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Gazpacho
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8-10 medium tomatoes
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 3 cups cubed french bread
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the tomato, cucumber, and red bell pepper into chunks.  Place all ingredient into a blender (you might need to do this in batches).
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the soup thru a food mill to strain out all of the tomato skins.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  5. Eat!

You can also cut up some additional cucumbers and red bell pepper to add to the soup right before eating.

To change it up a little bit add in a clove or two of garlic.

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A few thoughts on single motherhood….

Sorry for the radio silence the past few weeks.  If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I am a single mom to three perfectly perfect (yeah right!) children aged 6, 4, and 2.

I not really sure why but the past few weeks of summer I suddenly felt a little overwhelmed with life.  Getting everyone ready for school to start, making sure to cross the last of the things off of the summer bucket list, being everything to everyone all the time was finally starting to take a toll on me.  School has since started for us, and only having one child for 4 hours a day while the other two are gone (and if I’m lucky that child sleeps for a couple of those hours) has done wonders for my sanity!

Being a single mom is no joke.  Neither is being a mom with the support of a husband, but I would not know much about that either.  Even when I was married I still felt very much like a single mom. Being a mother is general is the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done.  Being “on” all the time will wear anyone down eventually though.  I am finally feeling more like myself, I started dating a great guy (yay!), and getting back into a routine has done wonders for my little family.

I feel like I am getting stuff done, like my house doesn’t look like constant chaos, and I am finally showering daily again.  You know, the little things.

So with my divorce almost final (yay! I swear the courts move slower than molasses), I am settling into this new routine of life, which will hopefully include more blog posts for you all!