Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chicken Enchiladas with Hood Sour Cream and Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Hood
I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  

We live in New England, you know, the land where it snows about a foot every week.  Maybe that's a little exaggeration but a half foot wouldn't be any exaggeration at all.  I can't see over the snow at the end of my driveway, and it's been frigid here.  The kind of frigid where you plan outdoor play activities as soon as the thermometer hits 32 degrees because below-zero temperatures have become the norm!  I'm not complaining, but it's just really, really cold and snowy this winter!

With lots of snow to shovel and a three year old who can't get enough of snow play, we've been outside a lot this winter and there's nothing that's better to greet us when we get back in than some good old comfort food!  We do a lot of comfort food around here and our winter favorites often have one thing in common... creaminess!  And nothing represents creamy deliciousness better than Hood Sour Cream.  Whether we are adding it to our enchiladas, plopping some on top of our chili, tacos, and baked potatoes, whipping up a quick dip, or mixing it into our turkey or potato soup, it adds the perfect combination of creaminess, richness, and mouth watering tanginess that keeps us coming back for more.

Did you know that Hood has been in business for 160 years?  Talk about having some time to perfect a product!  And talk about a lot of years for a lot of people to try and determine that Hood Sour Cream is the very best sour cream out there.  Our family has been becoming much more health conscious in our recipe choices and eating habits and when I use Hood Sour Cream, my confidence in the choices of foods I'm providing my family increases.  Hood All Natural Sour Cream is just that... all natural, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Here's what we had for dinner last night after shoveling...

Chicken Enchiladas with Hood Sour Cream and 
Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 8 oz Hood Sour Cream, plus more for topping
  • 1 can cream of chicken (or whatever) soup (or try this easy homemade recipe for a healthier alternative)
  • 1/2 small can of chopped green chiles (use the whole can if you want them spicy)
  • 8 oz bag of shredded mexican cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, plus some extra for sprinkling (I used a "heaping" 1/4 cup from my freezer stash)
  • 8-10 soft whole wheat tortillas (try this easy homemade recipe but you will need to adjust the shortening and water - I needed to add a bit more as I went because whole wheat flour is quite a bit tougher than white)
  • 1 jar/can mild enchilada sauce

  • Boil chicken breasts until cooked through (no longer pink), and chop or shred
  • Make your cream-of-whatever soup
  • Make your tortillas
  • Preheat oven to 375 and grease 9x12 casserole dish
  • Mix shredded chicken, sour cream, cream soup, chiles, green onions, and half of cheese
  • Fill and roll tortillas and place, fold side down, in casserole dish
  • Pour enchilada sauce over top and sprinkle with cheese and green onions
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbling
  • Top with sour cream, serve, and enjoy!

These were the best enchiladas I ever made.  They tasted healthier and more delicious than ever.  They didn't leave that heavy, after-Mexican food, feeling in my stomach.  I knew what was in the ingredients I used, and I felt confident in them.  They were perfectly creamy, thanks to the Hood All Natural Sour Cream (which I ate spoonfuls of as I went...).

Hood offers three varieties of Sour Cream ~ All Natural, Light, and Fat Free ~ and you can read more about them on their website.  Also, you can connect with Hood through social media through the following links:

If Hood hasn't yet become a staple in your kitchen, give it a try!  I'm confident you won't regret it!  

Monday, February 10, 2014

3 Ingredient Cereal Bars (with Kashi)

I am on a constant quest for good granola bar recipes.  I am a lunch packing fanatic... in other words, I hugely obsess over the lunches I pack for my husband and our daughter.  There always needs to be a snack-y thing and I prefer it be a granola bar type item but when I don't have any purchased or made, I tend to add cookies because I want there to be something homemade.  Of course cookies are yummy, but I'd rather pack something healthier and save those for a special treat later.  Anyway, today on my granola bar quest, I came across a super easy cereal bar recipe and whipped these guys up in no time at all!  They will do the trick and are certainly healthier (and even easier) than the cookies I packed all last week.

I will be snacking on these while I continue my hearty, healthy granola bar search.  Do you have a favorite granola bar recipe?  Please share!

Here's the recipe.  I originally found it on Healthy Food For Living.

  • 3 cups dry cereal (I used 3 Kashi cups ~ 2 Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat and 1 Go Lean)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey (I used almost 1/2 cup and topped it off with maple syrup when I ran out)
  • Line 8x8 square pan with parchment paper
  • Combine peanut butter and honey in a saucepan and heat on medium until it just starts to simmer, stirring constantly (about 2-3 minutes)
  • Remove from heat and stir until well combined
  • Add cereal and stir until evenly coated
  • Pour mixture into pan, cover with parchment and press firmly
  • Let sit for 1 hour
  • Use sharp knife to cut into bars or squares

Enjoy!  (and please please please tell me your favorite granola bar recipe because I am in great need!)

Visit here to see how you can get some FREE Kashi cereal with your coupons this week!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mickey Mouse Puzzles

I am knee deep in planning our Disney Side @Home Celebration and couldn't be more excited!  Stay tuned for some blog posts with sneak peeks into our party planning.  I hesitated to share in case our guests are reading, but you might want some ideas too!

I have a feeling our preschool guests will love these Mickey Mouse Puzzles!

Original inspiration was found here but here's what we did...

What you need:
  • Tongue depressors
  • Mickey cutout (change the % to print to the size you need)
  • Permanent Makers
  • Tape

What you do:
  • Line up the tongue depressors and take the edge to keep them steady
  • Trace the edge of the Mickey cutout
  • Color
So easy!  So fun!

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