Rollin with the homies

This week has been lovely. I drove down to LA to stay with my friend Emily and we had such an amazing time. We celebrated our friend’s 21st birthday…

We visited the Getty…

and chowed down on In-n-Out.

Yes, this health food blogger ate fast food. But In-n-Out is the creme de la creme of comida rapida! I am the order at the top. A cheeseburger, animal style of course, with french fries, also animal style, and a vanilla milkshake. Animal style = melted cheese, caramelized onions, and “special sauce,” aka ketchup and mayo mixed together. It was completely delicious. Surriously.

I am not saying everyone should go out and eat burgers and fries smothered in mayo and ice cream. But it is my suspicion that my audience (and food bloggers in general) eat very healthfully and would probably get a twang of guilt if they ate a meal like this. There are also, of course, the people of the world who eat fast food all the time and dislike veggies and whole grains. But both of these lifestyles are not adequate for both the mind and body. We must eat whole, nutritious foods for the majority of our diet and simply enjoy our occasional junk food without guilt!

Anywho. Your healthy, delicious and nutritious recipe of the day is…

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas!

This was fanfreakintastic. I am dead serious when I say you need to make this tonight.

Recipe: Serves 1

Preheat the oven to 400. Peel two small garlic cloves and slice a quarter of a green pepper into thin strips.

Spray a baking sheet with canola oil. Place 1 tomato, half of a sweet yellow onion, the two garlic cloves, and the strips of green pepper on the baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the veggies begin to brown and the tomato starts to ooze juice!

Combine all of the above ingredients, except the green bell pepper, in a blender. Add a few shakes of cumin, chili pepper, paprika, salt, pepper, and a dash of red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth.

Cut 1 chicken breast in half. Save one half and slice the other into thin strips. In a little dish, combine a few shakes of paprika and cumin. Add in a little cayenne pepper (or more if you are intense). Add a few drops of oil and water until you have made a paste. Rub the paste all over the chicken strips. Cook in a pan for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Take 2 whole wheat tortillas and lay them out. Slice off about 3/4 of an inch from 1 end of each. About an inch away from the other (rounded) end, make a line of chicken. Add a line of green peppers. Add a line of thinly sliced sharp cheddar (sharp has a stronger flavor, so you can use a bit less). Roll them up by taking the rounded end and curving it over and into the line of stuffing. Roll all the way up.

Spray a small, deep baking pan with canola oil. Lay the two rolled up enchiladas in the pan so that the loose end is on the bottom. Pour all of the tomato sauce over the enchiladas.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.

Benefits:

Chicken * a lean source of protein and B vitamins!

Tomato * Known for their high lycopene content. They also contain lots of potassium, vitamin A, C, and folate!

Cayenne pepper * contains antioxidants and temporarily speeds the metabolism!

Cheese * good for the soul…….

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11 thoughts on “Rollin with the homies

  1. Hahahaha “Cheese * good for the soul……” so true! 😀 I do think that “junk food” once in a while is good for the soul, too. I mean sometimes it’s just what you need; everything in moderation! 🙂

    Wei-Wei

  2. On a scale of one to 10 these make me want to stop being vegetarian at about an 8. I’m gonna have to make them veggie style. And cheese is soooo good for the soul.

  3. My fiance is pretty much obsessed with In-N-Out and rumor has it, they are about to open one in Dallas! Great pic of you and your friend in front of the swirly green bushes. You are too cute! Hope you are having a fun Saturday.

    1. Aww thank you so much :)And if Dallas gets in In n Out that will be insane. I want to say that I hope they come to Austin, but we have such cute local burger shops that I actually hope they dont! Im happy to have them locked up and contained in california!They are delish though..

  4. Hi Lovely!! It’s Liz… I made the enchilada recipe and it ROCKED!!! Your recipes are so amazing!! I can’t wait to meet you and cook together!!

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