Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Potato Lentiladas

Potato Lentiladas

- 3/4 c. green lentils
- 1 Tb. minced garlic
- 2 c. water
(Cook the above 3 ingredients beforehand in rice cooker)
- 2 diced baked potatoes (bake on a previous day)
- Opt. a sauteed onion or bell pepper or both
- Opt. 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 14 oz. can or 1 c. fresh corn
- 2 cups hummus +extra for garnish (make your own or buy at the store)This replaces the cheese 
- 1 Tb. lemon or lime juice
- 1/4 c. bunch chopped cilantro (or substitute fresh parsley or 2 Tb. dried parsley)
- 2 cups salsa
- fresh cracked pepper

Enchilada wraps:
- 30 corn (or whole wheat) tortillas (buy at Aldi)
- 3 c. enchilada sauce
- Opt. top with sauteed onion

- 2 diced avocados
- 1 head shredded lettuce
1. Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
3. Dip both sides of a corn tortilla in enchilada sauce; then fill center with some filling (however big you want them); place seam side down in a lightly oiled casserole dish; repeat until all the filling is gone.
4. Pour left over enchilada sauce over the top.
5. Bake at 375(covered with foil) for 30 min  or until heated through.
6. Serve over lettuce and garnish with avocado and extra hummus.

- This is a really big undertaking, but it makes a ton! You can make extra freezer meals, and it's great to have for days when there's no time to make dinner. Just pop frozen lentiladas into a 375 degree oven for 45-60 min until heated through, and enjoy!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Skinnytaste Crockpot Applesauce

I'm making this crockpot applesauce (from tomorrow. I'm going to make a triple batch. Yum! My house is going to smell great!


  • 8 medium apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.)
  • 1 strips of lemon peel - use a vegetable peeler
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) - or agave


Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place them in the slow cooker. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon peel and brown sugar. Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce.  Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact.

Makes 3 cups.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Red Enchilada Sauce (or turn it into Enchilada Soup)

If you look on the label of a can or jar of enchilada sauce, you may be dismayed as to what you find in it. Never fear! A better recipe is here!

Red Enchilada Sauce

- 1 diced onion
- 1 bell pepper (any color)
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 1 Tb. chile powder
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 2 tsp. coriander
- 1.5 Tb. minced garlic
- 2.5 Tb. agave or honey
- 1 c. water
- 1 28 oz. can tomato sauce 
- Opt. 2 diced tomatoes or 1 14 oz. can diced tomato
- 1 4 oz. can diced green chilies

1. Saute (in 1 Tb. water or oil) onion, bell pepper and salt until onion is translucent
2. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 20 min. Puree if desired.

Makes about 6 cups

- You can freeze this in smaller portions to be used later
- Add a can of corn, a can of any kind of beans and a half a cup of rice to make into Red Enchilada Soup. Serve with avocados, cilantro and lettuce for garnish

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Apple Butter that's "Good for what ails ya"

My husband's Papa/father, Robert Bruce Wagner (John's middle name is Robert after his Grandpa), passed away more than 10 years ago. I never had a chance to meet him in this life, although I expect Baby John got to know him before he came to us. Seth has told me that his Papa used to say that something was, "good for what ails ya." I thought of that as I put this homemade apple butter in pint jars. Usually apple butter has 1-2 cups of sugar in it, and this only has an 1/8 cup of honey, no sugar. This apple butter is good for what ails ya! And Eddy's had pick your own Blushing Golden and Suncrisp apples now. Our favorites! All the more reason to go apple picking in the gorgeous autumn and make lots of delicious things out of apples. Enjoy!
 Apple Butter that's "Good for what ails ya"

- 10 unpeeled apples (washed, cored, and cliced into 8ths)
- 1/8 c. apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 c. honey
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 Tb. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1. Put all ingredients into a crock pot, and cook on low over night (at least 8 hours, up to 12)
2. Blend with an immersion blender (or ladle carefully into an immersion blender

Seriously, how easy is that!?

- Toast a slice of whole wheat/multi-grain bread, slather on a nice coat of natural nut butter of your choice, and then top with apple butter for a deliciously healthy snack!