Inside Out Chicken Enchilada Burrito

I have been good lately about waking up really early and heading to the gym. That didn’t happen this morning; I ended up sleeping in till JB had to go to work. On his way out he asked what we were having for lunch. I can take a hint. I got ready to do some cooking. JB loves McNuggets, chicken noodle soup form a can, and top o ramon. It has been a struggle to find the happy medium between my veggie dense diet and his fast food dense diet.

Luckily he likes my Inside out Chicken Enchilada Burrito.

 

Serves 4

2 roasted chicken breast

1 can black bean, drained and rinsed

½ cup frozen corn

½ onion

1 bell pepper

1 cup frozen spinach

1 can tomato sauce

1 tb new Mexican chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

 

First I minced the onion and bell pepper then started them in the skillet as I minced the chicken breast.

When pepper and onion are softened add in the rest of the ingredients. Let everything simmer till the sauce thickens up.

 

I lost the photo of his burrito but I topped mine on a bed of baby kale and added a quarter of avocado.

This is what I call a huge salad. It was so good to, I love adding cooked veggies into salads.

 

What’s your favorite tip for salads?

If you have a significant other have you found it hard to eat with them as well? When John first meet me I was a vegetarian.

 

 

Challenge: Can I make money without a job?

This all started about a month ago when JB and I were at another couples house. The wife of the couple stated how she hates waking up early, because she gets all the household chores done by noon, and then is bored the rest of the day. This is probably JB’s biggest pet peeve. I mentioned the conversation the next day and promised never to just sit on my ass. I vowed that even if I didn’t have a job, that I would be doing something to try and generate money. Less than a month later here I am, jobless no income and saying “touché Karma, touché”. This is where my challenge comes in. I will make some sort of money by the end of May without the benefit of employment. I really want to see if I can make something out of nothing. This may be very mundane to most people but I have never gained money without employment.

I have currently am working on two different projects. The first one is selling on EBAY! I have never done this and it was kind of exciting. I have been going through my whole apartment looking for things with tags still on them. So far I have gotten some of my yarn up there and I have a jacket that will be going up there as well soon.

The second project is ESTY. I currently don’t have anything up there yet but I have been working hard on making some accessories to put on the site.

I know pretty sweet sewing machine. Be jealous I bet you wish you could only do one stich too.

 

By no means am I’m thinking that I’m going to get rich by doing this. I am just hoping to be productive and not get depressed about life. I think if I can actually sell something I think I will grow confidence that I can do something with my life even with it looks bleak. I will be updating the blog on my progress.

Have a wonderful Friday Night. I’m off to go winetasting for Spring Barrel and listen to some live music!

Love,

Amanda

Kale Salad with Avocado, Oranges, and Almonds

I have been having a small and very satisfying love affair with raw kale salads lately. I can get a good healthy lunch and get away with eating a large amount of avocado. mmmmmm.

I usually just do a massaged kale salad, which is avocado, kale, lemon juice, and I put in halved cherry tomatoes. So when the very talented Jenna from Eat, Live, Run posted a recipe for Kale salad with Avocado, Oranges and Almonds I was like “I’m on it!” After a trip to the grocery store for some oranges I was ready to roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The goods, minus the second orange.  

I took the orange pictured and mashed it with a fork over a measuring cup. (note to self: buy a citrus juicer) It was not pretty so there is no picture. I then combined it with salt, pepper, and the olive oil. I then poured half of it over the kale.

I then dumped in the almonds, diced second orange and half of an avocado in the bowl. I use avocados a half at a time since JB (the BF) doesn’t like them. I just cut an avocado in half use whatever half the pit free, and put the other half in a plastic bag. It keeps in the fridge for a couple days without browning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The finished salad. I ate the large chunk of avocado off the top the second I was done taking the pic.

The salad is good, I enjoyed the sweet orange mixed with the kale, but ended up adding a half of lemon juiced to it. I think I just like the kick of the lemon. This would be great as a side with salmon. I think tonight I’m going to enjoy it with a side of wine and the new Eating Well magazine that came in the mail today.

Hello world!

Welcome, to my life. I’m Amanda, food and exercise lover who is currently unemployed and looking for the meaning of life. I am hoping to write a blog that will encompass food, fitness, life and hopefully some fun. I want to take food that people find a little out there and make it more accessible to the everyday person.

I am a college graduate who finished in 2009, the wonderful era that I call the Great Lay –Off. There was a 9.5% unemployment rate at that time and it’s sad that it’s still at 8.2%. I feel like for the last three years I have been smashing my head against a preverbal wall and maybe it’s time to look into a different direction. As Albert Einstein has so famously quoted that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Whipped it up, is my personal philosophy. You don’t need to always follow the recipe in life or in the kitchen. I find when I improvise I can get really good results, and really bad results, but they are always creative and that’s what keeps life interesting.

A rare cuddle sesh with my dog.