Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

This recipe is courtesy of Moscato Mom. Be sure to check out her blog for lots of great information.

I LOVE stuffed peppers.  My grandmother always made them and despite using her recipe, they never seem to quite come out the same. I have been looking for a recipe and stumbled across this one….

Ingredients

8 large bell peppers
2 rotisserie chickens
1 can red enchilada sauce – mild
1 can black beans
1 can niblet corn
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
sour cream and/or guacamole (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350*.
  • Remove and shred meat from chickens into a skillet on medium heat.
  • Add in sauce, corn, and black beans.
  • Simmer about 5 minutes.
  • Add in 2 cups of shredded cheese and stir until well combined.
  • Cut tops off bell peppers and remove seeds and ribs.
  • Gently spoon chicken mixture into peppers and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered about 15-20 minutes or until peppers have softened and cheese is bubbly.
  • Remove and let sit about 5 minutes.
  • Top with sour cream and or guacamole.

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If you try the recipe, let us know what you think?  If you have a recipe you want to share, please let me know.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Your Life Purpose

Have you ever wondered why you are here?  Could be in this house? Or this job? Or with this person/ spouse/ partner?

In the movie The Color Purple, there is a scene in which Miss Celie finally musters the courage to leave Mister. He’d just finished saying some pretty nasty things to her (paraphrasing): “You’re poor. You’re black. You’re ugly. Nobody wants you.”

To which Miss Celie replied, “I’m poor. I’m black. I might even be ugly. But I’m here!”

There is a reason each of us is here.  We have lost family and friends who were here last year and who aren’t now.  Some have passed on fulfilling their purpose on this earth.  But you are still here. And your most important job in life is to know why.  I know pretty heavy for early morning, right?

I have been pondering this question for the last week or so since my birthday.  What is my purpose in life?  There are days when I think I know but more times then not, I’m clueless. I could blame it on the MS or the lack of memory or 100 different things but the truth is some days I feel lost.  What about you?

Can you state your purpose in a single, simple sentence?  If not, ask yourself this question:

How is someone’s life better when they cross your path?

Whatever your answer, is, can you say it quickly – in under 15 seconds.  Why so fast?  Because in most cases we only have a few seconds to share with people we meet.

I believe my purpose is to “bringing hope and a smile to those who are struggling, reminding them they are special and worthy”.

For some, it may sound kind of cheesy.  The simple gesture of bringing a smile to the face of others makes a difference in their life.  It can make a dark day sunny.  It can dry a tear in their eye.  It can change their negative mindset to positive.  YES!  A simple smile can do it.

Your purpose is about how you uniquely serve the world and make it better in some way. It uses your unique gifts, strengths and experiences. It is something you do well. And it comes naturally to you.

I think about my success as a Social Work…. it was the answer to the question, how is this person’s life better because I met them?  In my family, it answers, how is this family better because I’m here?  Some may think this means I am self-absorbed or conceited.  I am actually humbled by the blessing I am able to give to others.

Today, I challenge you to take a few minutes and answer the question. Once you get the answer, write it down. Don’t forget it. Make it your mantra. A fulfilling life is a life lived with purpose.

How is someone’s life better because they cross your path?  Share your life’s purpose with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Sweet Potato Muffins

I LOVE this recipe for a multitude of reasons but most of all because it is 100% gluten-free!

I haven’t made it but I have tried them….. it is tasty, and packed full of health benefits from the sweet potato like antioxidants and anti-inflammatories!.  You can substitute pumpkin in this recipe, if you want….BUT why?

The flesh of sweet potatoes contains high levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant which works to fight dangerous free radicals in your body. These free radicals can affect the DNA makeup of your cells, which can lead to mutations in the cells. This cell mutation is what leads inevitably to cancers of various kinds.  I LOVE the skin of a sweet potato especially when they are baked!

Sweet potato works against both chronic and acute inflammation, healing you of both.

Ingredients

1 small organic sweet potato, roasted (1 cup, packed)
3 organic free-range eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup of organic canned coconut milk
2 tablespoons of organic olive oil
½ cup of pure organic maple syrup
1 cup of organic brown rice flour
¼ cup of organic coconut flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
⅛ teaspoon of ground cloves
⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 ℉ and lightly oil a 12-hole muffin tray.
  • When the oven reaches the right temperature, poke holes in your sweet potato and place it on the middle rack of the oven to cook for about 60 minutes, or until it is very soft. Once it’s cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
  • Once the sweet potato is cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh from the skin and place the pulp in a mixing bowl. You can discard the skin, or eat it as a quick snack.
  • The skin is actually packed with a lot of the same vitamins as the rest of the sweet potato.
  • Add the olive oil, almond milk, and maple syrup to the sweet potato and mix until it creates a smooth mixture. In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients together until well combined. Pour the dry ingredients into the rest of the sweet potato and combine until everything is uniform.
  • Pour the batter into the muffin pan, filling the spaces until ¾ of the way full. Place them on the middle rack and cook for 30-35 minutes, or until a knife in inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

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Breakfast or snack on the go… a bottle of water and your muffin.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Commitment Creates Miracles

Thank you Patty Lennon for the inspiration and tips for today’s post.

Every month I set goals both personally and in my business.  Sometimes they are achieved while other times they seem too far to even consider.  As many of you know earning Thirty One’s Leadership Incentive trip was a goal which had eluded me for years and this year, I was committed to earning it and guess what I did.  What was the difference this year?  This year seemed so much easier than the past.  The requirements weren’t any easier, in fact, some would say they were tougher.

Then I received an email from Patty which shed some light on to what it was which made the difference. So, if you are looking to change any aspect of your life this process has worked pretty consistently for Patty (and now for me).

1. Decide to succeed.

There is a goal you are striving for right now which is deeply personal and vital to you. Remove the possibility of NOT succeeding from your mind right now. This means each time you fall down, you get back up because any failure is temporary.

I wanted to earn this trip as a gift for hubby for our 5th wedding anniversary.  I wanted him to experience my “pink bubble” so he would understand why it is so important to me.  So, in my mind success became inevitable. I was no longer willing to NOT succeed. Which leads to …

2. Get Support.

When you are reaching for a goal you have not achieved before whether it’s growing your business to a new level, changing your health or improving your relationships you will do far better if you have help.  Who can support you in achieving your goal?

I shared my goal with my team, my customers and basically anyone who would listen.  They celebrated and encouraged me with each “star” earned.  My accountability partner pushed me to keep going even when Negative Nellie stopped for a visit.

3. Don’t Give Up.

Whatever goal is most important to you right now it is critical you not give up, especially if the goal is related to your business. In my business most things fail the first time – whether it’s a new message, promotion or marketing campaign. It is NORMAL.  Everyone falls down. Your choice (and the choice which defines those who succeed) is whether you get back up.  Everything is possible when you make the decision to succeed. No matter what happens do not give up!

So now LIT is earned, what is next for me and my business?  I will admit the last two weeks have been a struggle to get back on track.  I actually thought the roller coaster ride of earning the trip would keep me motivated but the truth is, it isn’t.  So I am working on a new goal.  Of course Thirty One has helped by adding another incentive – Wishes Come True…. 

I am going follow this same process again in my business.  PLUS, I am going to apply it to my weight loss journey to see what happens.  I am just 18 pounds away from being back at goal weight so it is non-negotiable.  I want to celebrate reaching my goal and not look back.

The truth is “the Divine will light your path with miracles to make it easier as you go.”  Send your positive energy into the Universe.  What is your goal?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Tasty Tuesday: Easy Desserts Low in Calories

 

Thank you Hungry Girl for some more YUMMY desserts.

Hungry Girl’s Healthy Personal Peach Pies 
Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 10 minutes

Serving: 1/12th of recipe (1 mini pie): 47 calories, 0.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 55mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 1g protein,  SmartPoints® value 1*

Ingredients:

12 small square wonton wrappers (stocked with the tofu in the refrigerated section of the supermarket)
1 tbsp. cornstarch
3 cups finely chopped peaches (fresh or thawed from frozen; no sugar added)
2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1 packet no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Dash salt
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread, room temperature
Optional toppings: light whipped topping (like Skinny Truwhip or So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip! Light), additional cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  • Place a wonton wrapper into each cup of the muffin pan. Press it into the bottom and up along the sides.
  • Lightly spray wrappers with nonstick spray. Bake until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a nonstick pot, combine cornstarch with 1/2 cup water and stir to dissolve. Add all remaining ingredients except butter. Set heat to medium. Stirring frequently, cook until peaches have slightly softened and mixture is thick and gooey, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in butter/buttery spread.
  • Spoon peach mixture into wonton cups, about 3 tbsp. each.
  • MAKES 12 SERVINGS

HG Tip: If you’re not serving all of these the same day they’re made, don’t add the filling to the wonton cups. Store the cups at room temp in a sealable container or bag. Store the filling in the fridge in a sealed container, and fill the cups right before serving.

Open-Faced Apple S’mores

Prep: 5 minutes     Cook: 5 minutes or less

Serving Size: Entire recipe: 126 calories, 3g total fat (2g sat fat), 30mg sodium, 26g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 1g protein.  SmartPoints® value 5*

Love s’mores?  Why not change things up a little for a healthy alternative.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Two round 1/2-inch-thick Gala or Fuji apple slices
  • 2 tbsp. mini marshmallows
  • 1 low-fat graham cracker (1/4 sheet), finely crushed

Directions:

  • In a very small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips at 50 percent power for 25 seconds. Stir until smooth and uniform.
  • Spread chocolate over apple slices. Top with marshmallows.
  • Using a kitchen torch, heat marshmallows until slightly melted and toasted, 5 – 10 seconds. (Alternatively, microwave for about 20 seconds.)
  • Sprinkle with crushed graham cracker.
  • MAKES 1 SERVING

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Share your favorite healthy snacks with us.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!