Archive for May, 2010

Just had to share this awesome recipe that is inspired off a recipe from my Whole Foods App.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas

Trust me this is in incredible. I thought that it might be spicy with the amount of green chiles but it wasn’t at all.  I topped it with avacado, sour cream & red salsa!  Perfection!


Quickie Green Chile Sauce:

-1 Cup Vegetable Broth

-1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch dissolved in a little cold water/ or 1/2 Tablespoon Flour

-1 Cup chopped roasted mild green chiles (Canned)

-2 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced

-1 teaspoon cumin

Enchilada Filling

-1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained

-3 or 4 cloves of garlic

-Fresh lime juice of 1 lime/ or canned lime juice (2 tablespoons)

-2 heaping cups cooked diced sweet potatoes (I peeled, diced & then boiled mine)

-1/2 cup chopped mild green chiles

-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

-1/2 teaspoon chili powder

-salt & pepper to taste

-2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


6-8 corn or flour tortillas (I used 6 whole Wheat Flour Tortillas)

4 ounces or more of shredded monterey jack cheese


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Choose a baking dish large enough to hold your rolled tortillas side by side.

Make your Quickie Green Chile Sauce by combining the broth, arrowroot or flour, green chiles, garlic & spices in a sauce pan & heat over medium heat. Bring to a high simmer.  Simmer until thickened.  Taste test and set aside.

In the meantime, for the enchilada filling, using a mixing bowl, combine the drained black beans with minced garlic and lime juice.  Toss to coat the beans and set aside.  In a separate bowl combine the cooked sweet potatoes with the chopped green chiles, cilantro, spices.

Lightly spoon some of the quickie green chile sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.

To assemble the enchiladas, spoon the sweet potato mixture down the middle of the tortilla.  Top with some black beans.  Wrap and roll the tortilla and place at the end of the baking dish.  Repeat with remaining tortillas.  Top the rolled enchiladas with the shredded cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling around the edges.  Then Savor!!!!

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person (little persons) you are THEIR WORLD!!!

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I’m reading the book Non-Violent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg and it is eye opening.  I have not had a strong background in communication, let alone positive communication.  Because of my family situation, I grew up keeping things to myself and never learned how to communicate with others.  As I became a teenager and young adult, this carried with me and I struggled in my relationships to be open and real, to truly share my thoughts and feelings and to hear and understand others.  I became aware of this before I got married and did all I knew to change this about myself.  I did become more open and sought to really try to understand those around me.  But since becoming a mom, my heart has been opened in ways I never could of imagined.  Not only do I want to be real, transparent, empathetic and compassionate with my son, but also to my husband, family, friends and even strangers.  Thus, my journey into non-violent communication is beginning.  And I emphasize beginning!

As I’m reading through this book I will be sharing excerpts from it but also my thoughts, discoveries and experiences.

Most of us have been educated from birth to compete, judge, demand, and diagnose – to think and communicate in terms of what is “right” and “wrong” with people.  At best, communicating and thinking this way can create misunderstanding and frustration.  And still worse, it can lead to anger, depression, and even emotional or physical violence.

So what exactly is non-violent communication (NVC)?

  • Violence can be both physical, where force is used.  And passive, where the effects are more emotional.

Non-violence means allowing the positive within you to emerge.  Be dominated by love, respect, understanding, appreciation, compassion and concern for others rather than the self-centered and selfish, greedy, hateful, prejudiced, suspicious, and aggressive attitudes that dominate our thinking.

NVC guides us in reframing how we express ourselves and hear others.  Instead of habitual, automatic reactions, our words become conscious responses based on awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling and wanting.  When we focus on clarifying what is being observed, felt, and needed rather than on diagnosing and judging, we discover the depth of our own compassion.

In the short time that I have been reading this book, I have become so aware of how I do not know how to express my feelings, needs or wants to others, like my hubby and even more so, how often I judge, generalize and do not fully know what the other person is feeling, needing or wanting.  The encouraging thing is that in the short time I’ve been reading this book and starting to practice NVC, I have seen the benefits of it in my closest relationships. I’m pretty excited to keep reading, learning and practicing.

Next up I’ll be sharing the components of NVC.

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A  great video about the future of education vs. learning.  I love the line: “The death of education and the dawn of learning.”

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Another blog I write, feel free to check it out and get inspired. Here

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