Here’s an interesting and healthy twist on a Mexican classic. If you like enchiladas, I think you’ll enjoy this simple dinner plan.
2 teaspoon olive oil
1 bell pepper
1 can black beans, drained
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic
1-2 tsp chili powder
½-1 small can enchilada sauce
4-6 oz cooked chicken(see note)
*Preheat oven to 350°F.
*Heat the oil in a medium pan.
*Add pepper and onion. Sauté until nearly soft.
*Add black beans, seasoning and enchilada sauce. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
*Add chicken until the mixture is thick and no longer soggy and cook for another 5 minutes.
*Lay tortillas out on cookie sheet.
*Spoon chicken mixture into one half of each tortilla, then fold the tortilla, making it like a taco.
*Sprinkle cheese on top.
*Bake in the oven approximately 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
*Serve immediately. This goes well with a side of greens, or my favorite is to top the enchilada with a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onion, celery, etc. The cool, crispy salad on top of the warm tortilla blend is heavenly!
*Feel free to use your rotisserie chicken.
**You can opt to roll your tortillas into a traditional enchilada shape and place them side by side in a baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over the entire thing and bake. For me, this is more time-consuming, so I do it the easy way. You choose!
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I have a program for improved eyesight that I try to do daily. The program consists of several different exercises like eye stretches, visualizations, and stress busters. It's actually a very good program, and I've just recently gotten myself back in the habit of performing the daily exercises. When I got to a particular exercise this week, I had trouble remembering it. I thought I had done all the exercises several times before, and I could remember all of them but this one. After I completed the exercise, I remembered why I didn't do it the first time around.
The purpose of the exercise was to dispel stress. I was to write down everything that was bothering me, tell why it was bothering me, and explain how I planned to deal with each situation. By the time I was finished, I didn't feel stress-free. I felt depressed. For the rest of the day, my mind was completely focused on my problems. "That's the last time I'll do that exercise," I complained.
Funny enough, the next morning I received an e-mail from a well-known fitness expert. In her newsletter, she was discussing positive habits she has adopted over the years. The very first one on her list was to begin each day with a list of things she was thankful for. Thinking about my discouragement the day before, I decided to give this exercise a try. I grabbed a pen and paper and started making a list. Several minutes later, I had a smile on my face and joy in my heart. In fact, that joy was with me throughout the day because each time I felt disheartened, I took another look at my list.
My challenge to you today is to begin each day with a list of thankfulness. Sure, the list may look exactly the same some days, but that's not the point. The point is to start your day with a focus on the positive. Then, when Satan comes to bring you down, you can refer to your list and say, "I refuse to be discouraged because. . . " It really works, and it's much less stressful than focusing on your problems.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. - Philippians 4:8
Welcome to the Rise Up and Build blog. I, like you, have had many battles against anxiety and depression, but now I know there is a better way to live. I have found the path to the abundant life Jesus promised, and I want to show you the way!