Cinnamon Chicken Enchiladas

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Growing up in Southern California, Mexican food has been a staple in my life for some time. It’s too difficult not to make taco Tuesday and Margarita Friday a weekly ritual when I can count at least 18 Mexican joints on one given street. While I may be a Mexican food snob, it’s definitely difficult to find healthy, and tasty recipes that both satisfy the need for the flavors without making you wake up three pounds heavier in the morning.

In an attempt to find a great, low-calorie enchilada recipe, I searched high and low until I stumbled upon a blog, Catz in the Kitchen, who had a recipe that I had to try. The recipe was simple, took less than an hour to make, and everyone at the dinner table left with full and happy tummies.

Ingredients:
-2 cups of cooked chicken (a pre-baked one from the grocery store works perfectly!)
-3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
-1 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp ground coriander
-1/4 tsp smoked paprika
-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 cup chopped cilantro (I use kitchen scissors to chop, it’s quick and easy!)
-16 oz salsa (you can use any type you prefer. I used a mild salsa.)
-1 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
-10 medium-sized flour tortillas

Directions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. You can also prepare the enchiladas before and heat when you are ready to serve. Spread a couple of tablespoons of salsa on the bottom of the baking dish, and set aside until ready to use.
2. In a medium or large mixing bowl, combine chicken, yogurt, cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, cilantro, and salsa. Mix well together.

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

3. Measure about two to three tablespoons of the mixture and place on one side of the flour tortilla. Roll the tortilla together tightly, then place with the seam down in the baking dish. Repeat until the mixture is finished.

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

4. Pour the remaining salsa over the enchiladas in the baking dish, then spread the cheese evenly throughout the dish.

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the enchiladas are baked through. Garnish with remaining cilantro.

photo by Stacy Shepherd
photo by Stacy Shepherd

6. Enjoy!

 

W(h)ine Out for Girls Night

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Okay, we’re all of age, right? Great, now drink up ladies. These wine bottles are the best accessory to any girls night. Pop a bottle, pour some glasses and let the gossip begin. Share your favorite hookup  love stories, laugh over embarrassing moment and cheers to your great friendship.

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1. Be. Flirty Pink Moscato by Be. Wine. 
I first came across than wine with my roommate back in college. We fell in love with the bottle and bought it on the spot to take back home with us from a restaurant. But then we tasted the wine and fell even harder – it’s delicious.

$7.99/bottle; $95.88/case

2. Sunday Funday Chardonnay Blend by Rebel Coast 
This bottle will pair perfectly with a Sunday brunch. Afterall, brunch is for indulging, right?

$15/bottle, $180/case

3. Ali LaBelle Student Work Wine
This wine is all about the Marilyn Monroe smile. Put it up to your face for a puckered kiss.

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4. Cheeky Little White Sauvignon Blanc by (Oops) Wines
Drink too much? Oops. Spilled a little wine? Oops. Let a secret slip when you’ve had one too many? Oops. This wine knows what’s up.

$12/bottle; $144/case

5. Faux Pas Riesling/Sauvignon Blend by Small Talk Vineyards
Long time no see! Bring this wine to visit with an old friend, or best friend you haven’t seen in three days. Drink it, enjoy it, chat about it.

$14.95/bottle; 179.40/case

6.Mad Housewife Merlot by Mad Housewife
This is for all the married women out there… play into the stereotype. The bottle is sassy, it’s fun, and it gives you an excuse to let loose.

$19.99/bottle; $167.88/case

7. Help is Here Cabernet by Modern House Wines
Have you ever looked at a bottle of wine and thought “thank god, I’ve needed this?” Me too – that’s why I love this bottle so much. Wine to the rescue!

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8. Rethink Wine Pinot Noir by Rethink Winery 
This chalkboard bottle comes equipped with empty creative space and a piece of chalk. Write funny quotes from each other as the night gets drunker, and keep it as a token from a fun girls night.

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The Key to Healing is… Positive Thoughts?

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I spent the majority of last summer in a cast – from the thumb to the bicep size cast. I fell off my bike on June 1 and broke my elbow… or more accurately, broke my radio head. Fun right? No. I made the best of the situation but, needless to say, it was a pretty awful summer. Just imagine 100-degree weather, a sweaty cast, and me trying to hike through Colorado. Well anyways, if only I knew the one medicine I needed to heal was positive visualization, my elbow would have healed a lot faster, or so this recent study says.

Researchers at Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at Ohio University found that a person’s mind can be the key component to healing before and after getting a cast-off to build strength back.  The researchers tested 29 individuals who wore casts from just below their elbow to their thumb, and 15 individuals who were cast-less to act as the controlled group. Out of the 29 casted individuals, 14 were asked to “regularly perform an imagery exercise, imagining they were intensely contracting their wrist for five seconds and then resting for five seconds,” according to the study. The remaining individuals did no imagery exercises.

According to the study:

At the end of the four-week experiment, both groups who wore casts had lost strength in their immobilized limbs when compared to the . But the group that performed exercises lost 50% less than the non-imaginative group (24 percent vs. 45 percent, respectively). The nervous system’s ability to fully activate the muscle (called “voluntary activation” or VA) also rebounded more quickly in the imagery group compared to the non-imagery group.

So next time you find yourself in a cast, imagine getting better and hopefully, your limbs will respond. And if that doesn’t work, physical therapy, wine, and Norco worked for me.