Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

Mexican food is a popular cuisine in my family. We have it ALL the time, but one of our favorite dishes is Chicken Enchiladas. Now, if you’ve ever been to Mexico or had real enchiladas, these aren’t quite that but these are a “Tex-Mex” version. Still so DELICIOUS.

Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

It’s super simple to make too! All you need is chicken, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, tortillas and enchilada sauce. I like to make my own enchilada sauce because it tastes fresher but whatever you have on hand works great.

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Blueberry Lemon Crumb Muffins

Breakfast.

Enough said.

Blueberry Lemon Crumb Muffins- These blueberry muffins are so moist and easy to make. You can make them in one bowl! http://thelittlemomma.com

It’s seriously my most favorite meal ALL DAY, EVERYDAY.

These muffins are so moist and have a great balance of sweetness from the sugar and tartness from the blueberries and lemon. And they have a delicious buttery crumble that just leaves you wanting more with every bite. Plus, they’re one of my husbands favorite muffins.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bars

I had one of those days where you find your clothes in parts of your house where clothes should never be… Somehow I left my running shorts inside my pantry. I clearly know myself well. Eat and exercise, right?! I literally spent all morning trying to figure out where they were and finally just assumed that they were in with the dirty clothes. Low and behold when I get ready to make dinner and open the pantry, there they were. I guess it’s better than finding them in the fridge.

It’s obvious that my mind wasn’t thinking very clearly. It was one of those days where “you-want-chocolate-but-not-too-much-to be-uhealthy” kind of days, but in the back of your mind, you’re really thinking, “meh-who-cares-I’m-going-to-eat-all-the-chocolate-I-want-and-be-happy-about-it.” Tempting…

I ended up settling for these peanut butter chocolate energy bars.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars- No-bake and easy to make. They are so addicting and they're the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. http://thelittlemomma.com

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Apple Blueberry Almond Spinach Chicken Salad

Sunshine + Summer + Salad = Smiles

Sunny days are the best. Except if you’re stuck inside without, at least, a window to look out. Rainy days are great and those are the perfect days for snuggles, reading a book, and cooking comfort foods. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely love those days, but sunny days during the summer are days that give you so much energy and so much joy! It’s like you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying all the sun’s rays. Yesterday was that kind of day. My little family went for a run around a park that was wonderful but it ended up not so well… Due to some faulty equipment, there were a few scrapes and scratches but overall, thankfully, everybody is okay.

Salad probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind after being outside all day. Let’s be real. The first things on your mind are probably either ice cream or cookies. Maybe you’re even craving some fresh fruit but not salad…at least not for me. But the hubby and I eat quite a few salads lately, and I just thought I had to share.

Apple Berry Almond Chicken Salad- Quick, easy and healthy salad to make that's perfect for summer time. http://thelittlemomma.com

How about that Apple Blueberry Almond Spinach Chicken Salad??? Yessss, please. It’s so refreshing, crunchy, and satisfying. And the best thing is that it takes little time to make and you probably have these ingredients in your fridge. 

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Summer Fruit Salad

Summer is already here and it’s almost July, can you believe it? It’s so hard for me to believe that June is almost over. And there’s only 6 months left until Christmas! Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I may or may not sing Christmas music all year round…but that’s a different story. Let’s just soak up these summer days while they last.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite dishes- Summer Fruit Salad. I love fruit so much. Whenever I see that it’s in season and on sale, I’m sure to buy it and whip up a little fruit salad. And it always hits the spot. Most of the time, I make fruit salads with strawberries, blackberries, grapes, blueberries, and peaches but this time, I found some gorgeous mangoes at the store and just had to get a few of them. Even though mangoes are so big, you don’t really get too much fruit from them because they have such a large pit.

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I added peaches, grapes, blueberries and cherries to the mango to make a colorful and delicious medley. There was even a sprinkle of brown sugar on top! Mmmmm…deliciousness to my taste buds and tummy! I love making fruit salads because they are so simple and take little time to make. They’re perfect for a friend or family get together or a summer evening on the patio. 

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The Best Chicken Pesto Sandwich

According to my husband, these sandwiches are THE BEST EVER. I’m talking about a guy who loves a good hotdog and eating sandwiches are probably close to the bottom of his list when it comes to lunch or dinner options. Anytime we buy pesto and nicer than sandwich bread, he gets excited. 🙂

pesto chicken sandwich

 

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Cheese Avocado Toast

Happy Monday! It’s the first day of summer! That should make Monday a little brighter! I love weekends, and I have to say Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I go to church, spend time with my family and just enjoy the blessed day. Over the weekend we did some traveling. And if you have little ones (or perhaps pets), you know that’s not always easy. I cannot tell you how many times I was in the back seat of our car, while a family member was driving, reading a Dr. Seuss book over and over again just so my little guy wouldn’t lose it in the car. Good times… I’ve almost memorized that entire book now… But still, I am so thankful for that little man.

Well when we got back from traveling I noticed the avocados I had out on our table were getting a little too ripe. So this afternoon I made cheese avocado toast.

Cheese Avocado Toast- 3 ingredients to create a quick, healthy breakfast or snack. Full of healthy fats! http://thelittlemomma.com

Oh, it hit the spot! Creamy and perfect for an afternoon snack. Best thing- it only took 15 minutes to make.

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5 Ingredient Banana Blueberry Smoothie

It’s almost summer time and all those yummy berries are coming in season! A few weeks ago, my family went to pick some strawberries. It was the first time for the littlest member of our family and my husband and they both seemed to love it! To top it off, we had some homemade strawberry ice cream to cool us down after working hard to get all those strawberries. I mean what better strawberry picking experience can you get? I love berries. But today, I’m not thinking of strawberries, I’m thinking of blueberries. I love blueberries. Definitely one of my favorite fruits (other than peaches, which I LOVE). I love yogurt… and my blender. And together we get a beautiful smoothie. They are a perfect way to get lots of nutrients and you can take them with you wherever you go.

blueberrybananasmoothie

Today I made a banana blueberry smoothie with spinach. Yes, spinach. If you’ve never tried a smoothie with spinach you ought to give it a try. First, you can’t really taste it and, second, it adds so many extra vitamins! I added a banana, some blueberries, greek yogurt, milk and spinach to my blender and gave gave it a go. Just a couple minutes later, I got myself a healthy smoothie. I eat a lot for breakfast. A lot. What would normally be okay for some is just a snack for me. So along with this smoothie, I had this with some scrambled eggs and it was lovely.

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Meal Planning

What’s for dinner? That’s a question I ask myself almost everyday. Not to mention, sometimes you have your hubby or friends ask you what’s on the menu.

Instead of not knowing what’s for dinner, create a meal plan that way you can at least have an idea of what you’ll be cooking! For my family, I make a meal plan consisting of 6 meals and a day for leftovers, or a day out depending on what we’re in the mood for or what our budget looks like.

Key things to remember when planning meals are: having a set budget for however often you shop, look at what’s on sale in the store’s circulars, think of different ways to use an ingredient, and be creative. 

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Morning Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

You may think- cookies, for breakfast – even nutty oatmeal cookies?? Noooo… Well I stumbled across this recipe to make healthy, yet filling breakfast cookies. They go wonderfully with your favorite cup of coffee or tea. Not too sweet or bland, simply perfection in every bite.

At first when I saw this recipe, I was a little skeptical. The recipe said they were gluten and vegan friendly, so my immediate natural reaction was “are they really good?”. I tweaked the recipe because a) I’m not gluten free or a vegan and b) I didn’t have some of the ingredients listed so I substituted them for what I had on hand.

No added sugars and depending on what you have in your pantry, the recipe uses little to no processed ingredients. So if you need a quick grab ‘n go breakfast or a snack mid day to tie you over to lunch or supper, these are a great “go-to”.

Morning Oatmeal Cookies

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Morning Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

A quick morning snack packed with protein and healthy fats. Recipe adapted from The Beaming Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author The Little Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp flax eggs (2 flax seed mixed with 6 Tbsp water let set for 5 mins)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or your favorite nut butter will do!
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried berries chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flax eggs, melted butter, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients mixing until just combined.
  5. Fold in almonds and berries.
  6. Spoon a heaping tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8-11 mins.
  7. Allow to cool. Enjoy!
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