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Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins are a great healthy dinner option – flavorful, moist, low-carb and packed with protein! 

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins - a healthy option for dinner. 2 muffins = 208 calories! #lowcarb #cleaneating

Today I have a few things to get off my chest. Perhaps it’s me silently having a conversation with myself here but whatever the case, I just need a place to reflect.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my career, passion, and future goals. Overall I feel pretty accomplished for being 25. I’m satisfied… but unsatisfied. Does that make sense? Yes, I love my blog and I enjoy my full-time job, but something is definitely missing.

I’ve felt this for a few months. Perhaps it’s because I’ve become too comfortable. After all, I don’t want to be in the same place forever and I’m fairly certain Minnesota just isn’t for me. Unfortunately, unfamiliarity is really scary, but it’s also more exhilarating and compelling. And to be honest, I’m missing that. I feel like without it, I can’t grow. I WANT and NEED to take risks and screw up. God knows, we’re all bound to fail at some point in our lives. Our experiences are what makes us better.

Ultimately it comes down to this: I believe that anything worth having is worth fighting for. This holds true in love, careers, friendship, etc. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to be happy or to find exactly what I’m seeking. I have goals and dreams, and if I don’t pursue them now, when will I?

I guess now that I’ve been thinking about all of this, I should probably start making some changes in my life. More to come.

In the meantime, MEATLOAF MUFFINS! YOU GUYS they’re basically packed healthy flavor bombs.

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins - a healthy option for dinner. 2 muffins = 208 calories! #lowcarb #cleaneating

If I’m going to make a traditional dish like meatloaf, it’s obvious that a few things are going to happen:

1. It’s going to be stuffed in muffin tins so they turn out cute.

2. You know it’s going to be healthy.

3. Bring on the Mexican flavors!

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Meatloaf Muffins - a healthy option for dinner. 2 muffins = 208 calories! #lowcarb #cleaneating

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Layered BBQ Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole

When I was growing up, rice and beans, empanadas, enchiladas, and posole were common in our house. My Mother not only cooked with Puerto Rican flavor, but she cooked with love. Isn’t it funny how you never forget home-cooked comfort meals or just how the brain associates food with comfort and memories? I find it extraordinary.

Sometimes just the slightest smell of garlic, chili peppers and cilantro bring childhood moments rushing back to me. I remember my Mother soaking pinto beans overnight and preparing the fluffiest Spanish rice to serve with her famous enchiladas. My brother always requested posole and tamales, so of course we’d have a feast for an entire week. Often times we felt like our bellies might explode, but the truth is our hearts were full and content. Funny enough, my brother and I never got sick of home-cooked meals or those carb-packed leftovers. We still crave them to this day. In fact, there have been years where we have requested enchiladas, Spanish rice, and posole for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Perhaps again this year.

Sadly, I can never recreate my Mother’s meals to perfection. Even if she gives me the recipe, it’s not quite the same. But of course, I am my Mother’s daughter. Therefore you should know I make some pretty incredible enchiladas. Like these!

These enchiladas are a bit different. Maybe a little unique. Certainly if you’ve never had sweet potatoes and BBQ sauce together, you need to try these. It’s one of the most delightfully flavorful combinations out there. The addition of chicken reminded me a little of CPK’s BBQ chicken pizza. Yum, yum. HOLY YUM.

I also love these because they’re quite simple to make. I baked them for my Mother actually and she LOVED them! I would totally bake them for a boyfriend though; we all know that men basically live for either BBQ or buffalo sauce.

These particular enchiladas are layered. It’s much easier to make them this way as you don’t need to worry about rolling tortillas when they’re already stuffed. Just layer, add sauce and cheese, and layer again!

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

Welcome to 2013! I hope you had a blast ringing in the New Year. I know I did!

Now that it’s January, I realize that most of us are now on some fitness or health mission. I really haven’t made any resolutions, other than to never let myself miss out on an experience that I find interesting or challenging. However, I do think that it’s finally time for me to get back into the swing of things health-wise. Today I finally made it to yoga after being sick for the past week; it felt wonderful to just be there. I’m also making an effort to get rid of all of the junk I ate last month — ugh, like enough with the cookies already! Yep, I just said that.

Even if I’m eating healthier, I just can’t find a reason why I would give up eating Mexican food. Why torture myself? We all know how that would end up — me with a plateful of nachos, a giant margarita, and a whole lot of guilt. Who gives up the things they love the most? Not this girl.

Instead throwing all Mexican food out the window in my quest to eat better, I try and find ways to make it healthier yet still delicious enough to make me daydream about it alllll day long.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladassssssssssssssssss. OMG. In a freaking skillet.

Let’s discuss this magical concoction that jumped out of my mind, into the skillet, and down my belly. …Or we could just stare at photos and drool?

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Chili Rubbed-Pollo Soup with Bell Pepper + Hominy

I was just thinking about how much has changed this past year. I mean isn’t it a bit exhilarating how fast life happens? We’re learning tough truths, letting go of the things that are out of our control, and heck, we’re growing and changing!

Last year I was working on the east coast.  I barely had any time to blog and was struggling with what I wanted to do with my life. I referred to it as my early quarter life crisis. It was like when Felicity had to choose Ben or Noah, and decided to become an artist (seriously, go buy all the seasons of Felicity). Anyway, it wasn’t until I was completely lost did I discover my passion that I absolutely had to pursue. It was so obvious at that point: food is the recipe to my heart and happiness! I love creating it, photographing it, and eating it.

I know I talk a lot about following your dreams and living your passion, but that’s because I completely believe in it! Helping you, whether it’s in your kitchen or in your life is essentially apart of my success.

Today’s success comes in the form of soup. A soup that I’m completely in love with. Of course, I’m in love with a lot of things, but simple soup fills me up with contentment. Adding crispy lime and salt studded corn tortilla chips on top just makes it that much better.

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