Foodie Friday {Organic vs. the other stuff}…

My nickname, designated by my grandparents, is “Ms. Organic”.  Cute, right? 😉 Well the name came about because I am a religious Trader Joes shopper, and they think Trader Joes is 100% organic.  That isnt so, but still super cute so I don’t correct them. However, I am pretty picky about what I eat.  No pork (blech), extra lean ground beef, lots of veggies and fruits, Stevia or sugar only, no sugar substitutes.  Well the pickiness just went up a notch, thanks to a cooking lesson I attended earlier this week!  The hostess displayed two raw chickens.  One organic and one not.  I almost threw up at the non organic chicken.  (I tried to take a picture but the organic one went into the oven before I got the camera ready!  Yes, I think about my blog posts constantly! :)) Yep – only organic, free range for this girl!

Great article on why you should buy organic chicken!

ORGANIC CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

By: Sharon Johnston, nutrionist

  • 3 chicken breasts (ideally, organic)
  • (1 Tbsp) cumin
  • (1 Tbsp) oregano
  • 1 onion (chopped)

Place all ingredients in crock pot.  Cook on LOW for 4 hours (or until shreds easily).  The chicken can be frozen when placed in crock pot.

Enchilada Sauce

  • (2 cups) tomato sauce (organic – the other stuff has MSG and lots of sodium)
  • (2 Tsp) cayenne pepper
  • (1/4 Tbsp) ground cumin
  • (1 Tsp) chili powder

Add all ingredients to saucepan.  Cook for 5 minutes.

Filling

  • Shredded, cooked chicken (from above)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • (1 Cup) black beans
  • (1 Tsp) chili powder
  • (1 Tsp) ground cumin
  • (1 Cup) diced green chiles
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In bowl, mix chicken, spices, beans, green chiles, and 1/2 enchilada sauce.

Layers

  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • (2 Cups) grass fed sharp cheddar cheese
  • (1 Can) black olives
  • (1/2 Pint) sour cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease bottom of large baking dish.
  3. Layer 3 Tbsp enchilada sauce on bottom, top with 4 tortillas.
  4. Spoon filling, cheese, olives, and sour cream.  Repeat.
  5. End with layer of tortillas.  Add sauce, cover with cheese.
  6. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the cover last 5 minutes to brown top.

Sounds like a lot of work, but it was pretty easy and very tasty! 🙂

Until next time…

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