recipe: Enchiladas Verde (℅ Heinen’s)

***Disclosure: Heinen’s approached me with an opportunity to share information about their hatch chile roastings and the new Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook. In return, I received a copy of the cookbook and a gift card to purchase ingredients to make a recipe from the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***

As much as I’ve explored different recipes in my kitchen over the years, there are still specific dishes that I haven’t tackled. Some seem too advanced, some seem too involved and some just include ingredients that I never knew about. And while hatch chiles are a food I’ve never worked with before, I have no excuse on taking this long to make enchiladas as they really don’t fit into any of those three categories.


For those of us new to hatch chiles, Heinen’s makes it easy to approach this ingredient as they are hosting chile roasting events all over town during the month of August and September. (A full schedule is available on their website.) I happened to find these roasted chiles at the Brecksville location, along with all the ingredients I needed to make my first batch of enchiladas. After after the first, I won’t be waiting nearly as long to make them again — they were a big hit around the dinner table!

Enchiladas Verde

Recipe from the Melissa’s Hatch Chile CookbookMakes 4 servings. 

  • 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 4 Hatch Chiles, roasted, peeled, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mild white cheese (Hans picked Jack)
  • 3 cups Tomatillo and Hatch Chile Verde Sauce (recipe also in the book!)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese

Toss together the chicken, chiles, shredded cheese, and 1 cups of the chile sauce. Set aside.

In a small skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Breifly warm each tortilla in the oil to soften.

Lay a tortilla flat and fill it with about 1/4 cup of filling down the center. Bring the edges together over the filling to close, then set the tortilla seam-side down in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Repeat until all the tortillas are filled. Pour the remaining 2 cups of  sauce over the top. Sprinkle with the Cotija cheese. Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees F.


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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 11.1.2013

First day of a new month? Let’s just jump right into it then, shall we?…


Congrats to entry #155 which belongs to Melanie from melanie makes – who won the Fabulous Food Show ticket giveaway. Didn’t win? Click on over to Jen’s blog today, or you can purchase tickets online at


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As we helped a friend move to the Hudson area last week, we hit up 3 Palms Pizzeria for some traditional moving fuel. Heads up gluten free eaters: there were plenty of options here – including those ugly cookies, which were something I was very happy to discover.

Thanks to Jess for sharing this Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake recipe – I now have a birthday treat for a certain redhead in a few weeks!

This recipe for Chicken Quinoa Soup from Dina might make for a perfect PTO Friday cooking fest – thanks lady.

And one of these days, I’ll make my own hummus – this recipe from the Kripalu blog looks like the perfect base.


Good News: Smithsonian Yoga Exhibit Will Open This Weekend as Scheduled. But even BETTER news? The exhibit is coming to the Cleveland Museum of Art in summer 2014. I’ll be first in line!

lululemon shares how to wheel, one of my favorite poses.

How to purchase and care for a yoga mat is a question I’m asked a lot – so I’m glad to see Carla had Danielle guest post on this recently.

Another goodie from the same site: I Certainly Don’t Want To Teach You Yoga.  This extrovert even struggles, so the words “yoga is finding the courage to lead, even when you want to follow” especially got me.

…and from the “lessons learned via the yoga mat files”, I handed it over to elephant journal via Want to break out of your rut? Stop sucking it up.  How I wish I could say I penned those words… especially the last statement.


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Operation-Shoulder-Get-Better is back on track after a crazy month of October. I let my usual physical fitness routing slip in October, and I’m generally feeling it all over my body this first day of November. I know how happy I was to get my shoulder back to normal operating procedure last time around – so it’s time to buckle down to find that sweetness again, and some more strength this time around.

Also, I’m always working on this:

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(image ℅ recently stumbling upon be the breath’s Instagram page)

Here’s to removing the unnecessary over-planning and over-thinking, the Halloween candy, and most importantly: the excuses.


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Link It Up: Must Read Posts on 10.18.2013

Feels like a good Friday to share another series of Link It Up posts from around the interwebs, doesn’t it?…


BIG NEWS FOLKS: Evolution Yoga is now open and ready for Cleveland yogis. If you are a long time East side practitioner, you know Evolution Yoga from its previous location at Eton Chagrin. Now after a hiatus, Evolution is  back, up and running in a new space at the corner of Emery and Richmond Roads in Warrensville Heights. I had the chance to swing by during the open house hours yesterday to find yogis trying out the rope wall:

Photo Oct 17, 5 05 33 PMOpen house hours continue today from 12-2PM and 5-7PM. Classes start tomorrow – Saturday, October 19.  And it’s very helpful to know that ALL CLASSES from the 19th through the 25th are FREE for everyone! You can find the entire class schedule over at their MINDBODY site. Check out their website for more details.


Katrina shared this Pumpkin Pie Dip recipe – consider supporting her fundraising efforts for the American Liver Foundation as she trains for her first half marathon!

This recipe for Spicy “Noodle” Bowl with Peanuts and Cilantro from Roni’s Green Lite Bites has my name written all over it.

…so do these healthy sweet potato skins from Pinch of Yum – a Pinterest find of mine.

…and if someone wanted to make these 4 Ingredient Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins for me, I really wouldn’t mind…


CLE Foodies share their Cleveland Cheap Eats: Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner – Part I, featuring a recent trips to eat some ridiculously good looking food around Greater Cleveland. Check out these not as well known – yet tasty – options.

Over at the Cleveland Magazine blog, Laura Taxel shared her recent return to J. Pistone on Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights. It’s one of my favorite lunch spots near my office – its marketplace features fun unique food items.

Calling all spinning enthusiasts! There’s a new spin studio in town! Check out Charity’s post on Harness Cycle – now open with its Cycle Lab on West 25th.

Speaking of spinning, Julie shares her thoughts on her recent experience at Ride + Workout which has been my spinning studio of choice – and cheers to her about dabbling back in her running shoes as well!


Yoga, Cycling and the Importance of Breath Control from’s blog appeared on the same day that the announcement that the Towpath is now back open! HUZZAH: Take that government shutdown!

From YOGANONYMOUS: I’m A Yoga Teacher Practicing Next to You, and I’m Scared Of You. Yup yup yup.

Looking for a glimpse into another’s experience of yoga teacher training? Check out Christine’s blog post.  You can feel how exhausted (in the best sense of that word) she is in the post – something that every YTT knows far too well after their first full weekend.

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Best study buddy ever.


4 Tips For Taking Criticism Without Breaking a Sweat from Carla AKA our one and only MizFitOnline. I just adore this woman.

From the Huffington Post: The 9 Happiness Mistakes You’re Probably Making. Again, yup.

Finally, Heather wins the internet this week with Sorry, Not Sorry.

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