Chicken Enchiladas with Poblano Sauce

Shredded chicken enchiladas covered in a mildly spicy, creamy poblano sauce. Make plenty, because they’re even better the next day!

 

Remember that time I gave away a Vitamix blender, despite not actually owning one myself? Well, the nice people at Vitamix saw my post and decided that they should remedy that situation. They sent me my very own Vitamix 5200, along with the challenge of using it in healthy recipes every day for a week so that I could get used to it and learn how versatile it is. I’ve had it for about two weeks now, and I’m definitely loving it! Even reading through the cookbook that it came with was exciting – there are so many things that this little machine can do, it almost feels like it’s straight out of The Jetsons or something. I’ve found myself reaching for it way more often than I ever imagined I would. (For example, all those onions I wrote about over the weekend? They’re chopped up and packed away neatly in my freezer, where they’re taking up far less space.)

This week, I thought I’d share a few of the recipes that I made last week. Don’t worry – you don’t need a Vitamix to make them yourself, a regular blender or food processor will work, too (there might be a few tweaks needed, but I’ll make sure to point them out in the recipes.) Here’s the exciting part though – they’re giving me a second one to give away to one of you! I’ll post more details about that later this week, so be sure to check back.

After breaking the blender in with a batch of frozen margaritas, I settled down and decided to make some actual food. These enchiladas covered in a mildly spicy, creamy poblano sauce, were inspired by some that I recently had at a restaurant. The sauce whips up easily in the blender while the chicken cooks on the stove, then it gets popped into the oven just long enough to melt some cheese on top. I was really excited by the idea that the Vitamix is so powerful that it can heat food up, so I used it to get my sauce piping hot. Since most blenders won’t be able to do that, you can transfer the sauce to a pot and heat it up on the stove, or add another 15-20 minutes to the baking time to ensure that the sauce is heated through.

(Speaking of being able to make things hot, if you have a Vitamix and haven’t made hot chocolate in it yet, what are you waiting for?! I’ve been making this Vitamix hot chocolate from Nutmeg Nanny just about every night. It’s so delicious, and even skim milks ends up getting a super frothy cappuccino-like foam on top.)

Chicken Enchiladas with Poblano Sauce

I prepared the poblano sauce for these enchiladas in my vitamix, but you can also use a regular blender or food process. Just puree the ingredients until smooth (juice the lime instead of adding it whole) and heat the sauce in a pan until warm. I added a jalapeño because I like things spicy, but you can leave it out if you don’t want the extra heat.

Author: Lauren Keating

Serves: 8

Ingredients

For the Enchiladas:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon green chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 enchilada size tortillas
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • red onion and cilantro for garnish, if desired

For the Poblano Sauce

  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 poblano peppers, stem and seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stem and seeds removed (optional)
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • ⅓ cup cilantro
  • salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Heat your oven to 350ºF. Rub the chicken breasts with chili powder.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep sided skillet. Add the chicken and cook until just browned, 1-2 minutes per side. Add the chicken stock and let the chicken simmer for 10 minutes or until cooked through and the liquid has reduce to about 2 tablespoons. Cool and shred.
  3. While the chicken cooks, prepare the poblano sauce by adding the chicken stock, poblano, garlic, jalapeño (if using), and lime to a vitamix blender. Blend on high for 4-5 minutes, or until steam starts to escape from the lid. Add the sour cream and cilantro; blend another 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt. (You can also use a different blender or food processor to blend the ingredients until smooth, then heat the sauce in a pan.)
  4. Pour about ½ cup of poblano sauce into the bottom of a baking pan.
  5. Divide the chicken between the tortillas and roll; place into the prepared pan. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Top with cheese.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with finely diced red onion and jalapeno, if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 517 Fat: 24.8 Carbohydrates: 31.4 Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 41.8

3.2.2265

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Skinny Sriracha Aioli

This is the first of a three recipe ‘series’ that I have lined up over the next few days.

The three go hand-in-hand with one another to make one absolutely fabulous thing, but you can also use them each individually or with other recipes as well!

Sriracha used to scare the pants off me. Until I took an arrow to the knee… Har har.

And then I grew up.

Now it seems as if I will try and find any excuse I can to use it! And… I know I’m not the only one.

This aioli could be used on just about anything. Seriously.

Feel free to adjust the amount of Sriracha in the recipe according to your taste.

I was originally going to add 2 tbsp. of Sriracha, but decided to try it with one first. I’m glad that I did! 1 tbsp. of Sriracha was just perfect for my little mouth.

Skinny Sriracha Aioli
TheSkinnyFork.com

The Skinny:
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 Tbsp. • Calories: 17.5 • Fat: 1 g • Carb: 1.2 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 0.7 g • Sugar: 0.9 g • Sodium: 49.2 mg

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. Light Mayo
1/4 C. Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp. Sriracha (Asian Hot Chili Sauce)
2 Tsp. Distilled White Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions:
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Enjoy right away or let set in the fridge for a while to allow the flavors to marry together a bit more.

Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Nicaragua – Me-ism Never Satisfies

I don’t want to live a life of me-ism and I don’t want that for my kids. I was taught from the time I was old enough to learn by seeing my mother’s actions, by hearing her words, that you do something to help others, no matter how bad things are for you.

That life isn’t worth anything if you live it only for yourself. Working 40+ hours a week to buy a nicer car, bigger house, thinking that this will bring you fulfillment and make you happy, then when it doesn’t thinking that just one more thing will be what it takes.
One more thing.
Me-ism.

My Mama, in her wisdom, always says “You should always be doing something to help someone less fortunate than yourself.”

There are all sorts of things you can do. I regularly do things to benefit a local food bank, I help raise donations when disaster strikes different areas in the US, I vote on issues that are important to me, I smile at people and take time to look them in the eye when I see others treating them as if they are invisible.

And I explain what I’m doing and why to my children. I teach them that it is there responsibility, as people who have been blessed, to take those blessings and use them to bless others.

But that isn’t enough. In a society and a culture that is all about Me-ism, I have to do more to vaccinate my children and myself against it.

Our world is all about me. Many relationships fall apart because people don’t want to love one another more than themselves. Mamas and Daddys leave because parenting demands too much of them. We feel empty inside so we buy a new car , get a new career, quit our job entirely, leave our spouse, anything to fill the void.

But nothing helps, so we save for a bigger car, take a vacation that will give us more glamorous pictures to share, filling a bucket with whatever water we can find without taking notice that there is no bottom to it.

Me-ism never satisfies.

When you live a life of looking out only for yourself, you walk the loneliest of roads and every effort to fill the void rings hollow.

Some of the least me-ist people I’ve ever known were in the poorest of countries. Places where life was naturally hard and parents woke up before dawn to work all day in hopes of providing one meal for their children.

These are not people who don’t want to worker refuse to try to better themselves, these are people who put in 15 hour days doing whatever labor is asked of them for a few dollars – and are happy to get it. There is a different mindset once you get away from the me-ist society.

Today I met Lydia. She is a grandmother raising five grandchildren. She smiles and says “I raised my first crop, and now I am raising my second.” as her grandchildren take turns hugging and kissing her. “They don’t call me Grandma, they call me Mama” she says. With one set of parents working out of the country and another mother unable to provide for her kids, Grandma took them in without question. We ask, “How many of your grandchildren are in the Compassion Program?”
“All of them” she says.

What do you want for your grandchildren, Miss Lydia? ” I want them to get a degree, to work hard, and if God grants me life, I want to live to see them with a degree.”

Truly, this would be pretty much impossible if it were not for Compassion and their sponsors.

Little Ivan rushes into their shack house and comes out with a letter.

It is from his sponsor, an 18 year old boy in Korea who is still in high school. He stands a little taller as he hands it to me to read and after the first few sentences I can see why.

English translation of Ivan’s letter

“As you are a year older now, I hope you would aim or a greater dream in your life and go for it. Although your life may seem plain right now, it will certainly blossom into lots of fruits. If you make a steady effort to achieve your dreams. Children are gifts from God and you are the best of all gifts. You are such a precious person who brings laughter and joy into my life….”

These letters….these make all the difference in the world. It is not just about the education, nutrition, spiritual nurturing it’s also about the personal connection. It’s about a child in poverty such as most of us will never know in our lifetime, knowing that someone else cares enough about them, that they are so very special that a stranger on the other side of the world wants to take the time to encourage and love them.

It’s about changing a child’s life by loving them, by forming a relationship with them.

By saying ‘Your life is more valuable to me than a weekly latte at Starbucks”

It is about separating ourselves from Me-ism about living for something more.

To some people, the thought of changing the world is overwhelming.

I’ve seen it done for $38 a month.

Changing the world is easy – Sponsor a Child.

Click here or the image below to change a child’s life.

    Read my post from Day 1 of my Nicaragua trip by clicking here.

    Read my post from Day 2 of my Nicaragua trip by clicking here.

    I’m traveling with some amazing bloggers and They’re all writing daily posts as well. Visit them by clicking the links below to go to their blogs or by visiting http://www.compassionbloggers.com/nicaragua

     Edie at Life In Grace

    Traci at Beneath My Heart 

    Kelly at Faithful Provisions

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