Green Enchiladas!

If you are thinking Dr. Suess, no…nothing like that!  The “green” in these enchiladas is spinach.    If spinach scares you, let me assure you that these are what turned me on to spinach in the first place!  They are basically chicken enchiladas with spinach in them, but are so yummy.  And now that you can get gluten free tortillas in something other than corn, they taste like they did before Celiac disease!  I thought I’d never get to have homemade enchiladas again.

First of all, the gluten free tortillas….there are two brands I have seen.  I’ll link you to both, but I’ve only tried one of them so far.

These are Smart and Delicious Wraps from La Tortilla Factory.  They are made from teff flour and I can’t tell much difference when made in an enchilada.  If you taste it plain, it doesn’t taste like a white flour tortilla, but they are super because they are flexible without breaking.  They can be frozen and kept for quite some time.  We’ve been pleased with them.

The other brand is not actually a tortilla, but a gluten free flatbread.  I think they could be used as a tortilla, but I want to let you know about them regardless.  I really want to try these, because they come in flavors and I think they would be awesome for sandwich type wraps.  They are called Sandwich Petals, probably because they are shaped like the petals of a flower.  Must have been invented by a female, don’t ya think?  They are a multi grain wrap using a variety of gluten free grains.  There are three flavors…Agave Grain, Chimayo Red Chile (yum), and Spinach Garlic Pesto (double yum!).   The reviews I’ve seen are good, so give them a try!

Now to the ingredients for the enchiladas!

2 lbs chicken breasts (approx. 5 breasts)

1/2 stick margarine

1 large white onion, finely chopped

1 box frozen or 1 can spinach…around 10 oz.

3 cups sour cream

2 – 4 oz. cans of chopped green chiles

1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 cup milk

salt to taste

12 flour tortillas…use gluten free if Celiac

6 oz Montery Jack Cheese (Pepper Jack is AWESOME)

Boil chicken, cool and cut into bite size pieces.  You don’t have to use white meat.  Use whatever you want.  In a skillet, melt butter and saute’ the onions till tender.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease large casserole dish.  I used a 9×13.  Heat the spinach if you have frozen.  Strain the liquid and reserve 1/2 cup.  You can use fresh spinach if you want, usually takes about 1 lb, but I prefer to save the time of removing the stems, etc.  If the spinach isn’t already chopped, chop it up coarsely.

Combine:  onion, spinach, sour cream, chilies, cumin, spinach liquid and milk.  Mix.  Season to taste.   NEEDS salt!  Add half the sauce to the chicken and mix well.  Let me note here that if you didn’t salt the chicken, you need to salt this mixture as well.  All that meat with no more salt will mean you will want to add salt at the table.  It really needs it here too.  Just saying.

Fill softened tortillas with equal amounts of filling and roll up.  Place seam side down in the dish.  Cover with half the cheese and then the remaining sauce.  If you like things a little spicy, use all Pepper Jack cheese.  I used half and half and could not even taste the peppers.   My husband likes it bland like this, so just do what works for your family.  Even try half spicy and half not!  After the sauce, top with the rest of the cheese.  Bake about 30 minutes or until heated through.



The Beginning of a Busy Week

After a couple weeks with very few appointments, this week will be much busier.  To most people, having two doctor appointments in a drop in the bucket.  Their kids are still little and they are constantly doing the homeschool taxi thing.  If my ill health could come at a good time in my life, I think it did.  Both the boys are on their own, even though one still lives at home.  He doesn’t need much from me though.  I can sleep in on those mornings when the night before was wrought with pain and restless legs.  I can nap anytime I want or need to do so.  The house may LOOK like it is crumbling at my feet, but that’s only the laundry.  At least it’s clean!  If you want a clean towel, it’s on the couch!  Take your pick!

I go see my regular doc tomorrow, and I really hope they do some blood work.  It hasn’t quite been three months since I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, so they might not want to do an A1C yet.  We will see.  I’m anxious to see my BP reading, since it seems to be creeping up.  I’ve not upped my meds in several years, so it might be time.  He’ll be glad to know that I am down 10 lbs though!!  I can’t take much credit, when my diabetes meds make me want to hurl at the sight of most foods.  But regardless, it’s going down.

Thursday I go back to the endocrinologist office.  I see the assistant, I think.  I’m hoping I can keep taking this Victoza and that the side effect will continue to lessen.  They are slightly better in the last 24 hours, but supposedly, my dose isn’t even theraputic yet.  LOL!  I had a fasting BS of 107 this morning.  That’s pretty good to me!!  I have found that the mornings after those really rough nights where I’m wrestling myself to fall asleep, my BS is much higher.  Yesterday’s was 155.  It’s amazing what the stress can do to the chemicals in the body.

I am pleased to report that my pain is much better.  The bad news is that it might be due to this new med that I think is causing my tremors and rapid heart beat.  Figures.

I’m ready to feel normal again!  …..maybe I should say, I’m ready to feel BETTER than normal!!  LOL

I’m Still Here!

I’m Still Here!

I am amazed that I still have people viewing my blog, even when I haven’t posted lately!  I want you to know how much I appreciate it.  I see that many are looking for gluten free recipes in the searches that bring you here.  I hope the few I’ve shared have been a help to you.  I’m not a chef by any stretch.  I’m a southern cook who doesn’t measure things when I don’t have to do so and my husband is a meat and potatoes man, so when ideas run low, it’s back to the hubby basics.  That’s pretty much where I’ve been lately as the last two weeks have been difficult ones.

Tuesday of last week was the delivery of our last Wheat Montana order.  It was an order of over 29 thousand pounds, 8 thousand of those being at the Louisburg drop and the rest in Cary.  All went well except for a possible labeling error.  We are still checking into that.  I am so blessed to have Nancy O’Connor who is handling the bulk of the Cary delivery for me now.  She is full of energy and did a great job, for the second time.  The Forney’s who handle the Louisburg drop are a blessing to me and the families they minister to in Louisburg.  The week before this delivery was full of calculation and order forms.  I’ll be ok if I don’t see an Excel document for a bit!

One exciting thing that took place at the delivery, at least for me, was watching Andrew.  Since he has his back brace for scoliosis and kyphosis, he wasn’t allowed to lift the heavy bags and buckets at the delivery.  But his job was just as important as I put him at the entrance of the parking lot with a huge orange sign to signal the member where to enter to pick up their wheat.  I’m sure that sign was a relief to many who were driving in unfamiliar territory.  He was starting to grow weary of his job around 11 a.m.  We had been on site since 8:30 a.m.   Not long after that a couple young men walked up to him, very nicely dressed in black suits with backpacks.  Their bikes had been parked across the street I found out later.

Andrew has had a desire for over a year now to have a job so that he can be a witness to his coworkers.  With his workload for school, that hasn’t been possible.  Little did we know that holding a big orange sign would give him opportunity to share his love for Christ with two who are only “pretty confident” that they will be in heaven one day.  My first reaction to their approaching him was to run over and give them a one liner and send them on their way.  But God clearly held me in my place so Andrew would have opportunity to be a light for Him.  I kept looking for a signal from him that he wanted to be rescued from this awkward situation, but it never came.  He didn’t even look over at me.  He relayed to me later how easy it must be for those with little knowledge to get sucked into this cult because of how they present so many of the similarities with followers of Christ.  But it’s the differences that are key.

Overall Andrew spoke with these men for 20-30 minutes.  He learned a lot about what they do believe and was able to discuss things in detail with his dad that night.  It was a life teaching moment for him, and me, and I’m sure he will feel more prepared the next time he encounters the men in black.

Ever since the delivery my pain has been much worse.  I went to the doctor on Thursday and we plan an epidural cortisone injection for Feb. 24th.  I have pain down my right leg which just started within the last month.  It is getting much worse though, as I thought I was going to be stranded in the tub while Kenny was at church yesterday.  The pain was so bad, I thought I’d have to wait till he got home to help me out, but thankfully, I was able to get into a position that lessened the spasms and helped my muscles to relax.  I’m going to PT tomorrow and hopefully that will help.  I feel pretty much back to square one….well, I actually feel at square negative one, if there is such a thing.

I have several meats in the freezer so I’m going to attempt finding some new gf recipes for them that I can post in the next few days.  I’m thinking the crock pot needs a workout, don’t you think?

I’d love to hear from you!  Comment away, especially if you have liked a certain recipe that I’ve posted.


Wow…It’s February!

Wow!  It’s February!!

I can hardly believe it’s been a month since Christmas!  In one way though, it feels like it’s been ages because it is in the 60’s here today!  One needs two separate wardrobes for NC weather….I think there’s a mention of flurries tomorrow.   Weird.

There won’t be any recipes for this past week.  I took advantage of being able to freeze past meals and used those blessings for dinners this week.   Chili, Bacon/Chicken Wraps, Quiche…wait a minute!  I did do something interesting with my quiche this week.

Two Quiches; One Dish

I try to add veggies in where ever I can tolerate them and quiche is a good place to put them.  I’m the only one though, who likes green stuff added to quiche.  So I determined to make two quiches in one dish.  I took a 9 x 13 glass dish and put double the cheese and bacon in the bottom of the dish.  Then I put one box of chopped broccoli on ONE SIDE of the dish.  I poured the egg mixture over it and baked as usual!  The broccoli stayed put and everyone was happy!

The Wheat Lady

What?  How dare I mention WHEAT in my blog?

For the past several years, I have been running a grain co-op so that folks in the area can get whole grains at a good price for grinding into flour and making their own bread.  It has grown by leaps and bounds and continues to do so with every order.  The fact that I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease didn’t change the fact that other still want grain at a good price.  It also didn’t change the fact that I really enjoy, for the most part, being able to coordinate this for them.  I have been blessed by how everyone works together on delivery day and have people stepping up to the plate to take over for me since my health is not so great right now…the Celiac and my back issues.  You think I should change my name to The Gluten Free Wheat Lady?  LOL!  That will confuse newbies, won’t it?

I am thankful that God has allowed me to do this.  I can still bless others while I’m on my back in bed, because most of it is computer work.  Speaking of this computer work….off to put formulas in some Excel documents and get this order ready for Wheat Montana!