Recipe Review: Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas

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Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Verde

I seriously love Gina and her recipes – they haven’t let me down yet. And this one was simply fantastic, my mouth is watering thinking about them.

I didn’t change much with this one – I did have to use some higher calorie tortilla’s because low calorie ones simple don’t exist and Canada. Also, the higher calories ones come in a 15 pack for $3.99 at Costco (read: I am cheap). I also used regular cheese.

Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas

As you can see I forgot to put the green stuff on top (was just going to use green onions.) I bought a cooked chicken for the chicken, I am lazy like that. I also find it cheaper – plus there is lots of chicken left to make another chicken recipe tonight. Oh, and I really didn’t have that much cheese on them – it just melted really nice and made it look like lots. That is one plus of using regular cheese or low-fat cheese; it melts way better. I gave up on “light” cheese ages ago.

Anyway, these were great. The boyfriend didn’t really love them – I think it was the mess I made cooking them that he didn’t like. It was a fair mess – but worth to me. YUM! Can’t wait for lunch leftovers. I think the biggest beef I had was that it cost $5 for the green chiles – still awesome though and I could see myself making these again.

My New Love; My Digital Scale

I have a new love in my life and it is my digital scale.

For the past few years I have had a few cheapo scales – that sucked – but got the job done. I picked one for 99 cents or at a garage sales – they would eventually break and I would replace it.

Finally after the 3rd one I said enough is a enough and I went and bought a digital scale. WOW – I am in love. This thing is so beautiful and so easy – I find myself weighing everything! Weigh my bread, zero the scale, weigh my cream cheese, zero the sale, weigh my smoked salmon… get the idea? AWESOME! And it really doesn’t take as long as it sounds, it probably took longer for me to type it out then actually do it.

And let me be honest here, this beauty was less then $20 after tax. Really not all that expensive. It sits on my counter and waits to be used.

digital kitchen scale

If you don’t have one – GO AND GET ONE RIGHT NOW! I honestly don’t know how I lived so long without it.

It is great for cooking and baking and all that. But it is especially awesome for counting calories (or weight watchers points). For example, my sourdough toast I had this morning – the nutritional information on the back goes by weight. If I didn’t have a scale I would have to -gasp- guess the calories and that usually leads to disaster.

Breakfast: Poached Egg, Smoked Salmon and Yogurt

What’s for breakfast this morning?

slice of sourdough, cut in half (105 calories)
half w/ light spread of light philadelphia garden vegetable cream cheese (20 calories) and smoked salmon (75 calories)
half w/ poached egg (75 calories)
side of 100g danone silhouette 0+ yogurt (35 calories)

poached egg and smoked salmon

Total calories: 310

I know I have said this before, but I am going to say it again. I really love eggs for breakfast. Usually just one egg – but they are so delicious, cheap and low of calories. Served with toast I find them very filling.

I don’t normally eat sourdough but there just happens to be a loaf in the house. I normally prefer high fibre toast – keeps me full much longer.

I used to eat a lot of egg whites from a carton – sure they are less calories – but they are no where near as delicious, and you can cook an egg so many ways. You can’t hard boil or poach egg whites. You could use regular eggs and throw away the yolks, but WHY, why waste the best part.

Did you know: egg yolk is one of the few foods naturally containing vitamin D.

Breakfast Time: Sourdough, Smoked Salmon & Strawberries

This morning for breakfast I had:

thin slice of sourdough (80 calories)
with laughing cow (35 calories) and smoked salmon (135 calories)
side of strawberries (60 calories)

sourdough and smoked salmon

Total: 310 calories

It was a delicious and filling breakfast. I really do find, eating a nice big breakfast with both carbs and protein really does help me stay full until lunch time.