Outside the tortilla

Last night’s enchilada’s were a little different than the usual chicken or veg that I’ll make.


I’ll usually serve them with rice and beans, but last night the rice and beans were inside the enchi’s <—an idea I got from my “Cooking for Isaiah” cookbook

In all my years of enchiladas, I’d never tried them this way and was a big fan. The Pilot loved it, too.

Just started off with a purple onion, the corn from two cobs, garlic, sea salt and pepper


Added to that 2 cups of brown rice, cooked, cumin, chili powder, black beans, splash of lime juice and sliced grape tomatoes


Sauce was a la jar, mixed with some homemade salsa, his side was topped with a blanket of cheese. So good. It was my first time using blue corn tortillas for the wrappers, and while the taste was awesome, they fell apart a little more easily than the regular corn tortillas.

After we feasted, we ran a couple of errands and then came home to online shop for desks. We really want to get the office put together before Christmas, and whilst perusing Amazon, we came across these little gems:

A double-win for those who like leather bound books and rich mahogany:

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Sadly, the dog statue is not included.

And a desk that basically you can’t afford NOT to buy! 99% off!

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How a desk was originally priced the same as a car I will never know. Unless it gives me magical powers…. then I would like it. We didn’t end up finding a desk, but got a pretty good laugh out of our shopping endeavors, and called it a night.

Winter is pretty much the only time I don’t mind seeing the sun rise


and I’m about to make some bfast and head to work.

Hope everyone has a happy almost-Friday!



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  1. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on December 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Are you KIDDING? 99% off?! I have literally never seen that in my life. Screen shot is happening so I can prove that shiz.

  2. shannonmarie (rawdorable) on December 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

    It always amazes me how much you still cook and keep this blog going while pregnant. I nearly dropped off the face of the Blogosphere when I was preggers. I also would gag when I tried to cook, much less blog about it. I’m totally impressed 🙂

  3. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Lol that is a crazy original price for the desk! But what a great bargain at a whopping 99% off!! I haven’t had enchiladas in forever but yours sound great. Happy Thursday! 🙂

  4. HRCK on December 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

    That Beyonce song is THE JAM. She’s flawless. I feel like I haven’t seen too many pictures of her baby bump, but I can’t imagine her doing pregnancy in anything but complete style 🙂

    Enchiladas look so yum, and holy cow, a 30K desk? I wonder if the drawers are full of dolla bills…

  5. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Holy cow! I’m really hoping that desk was some sort of typo error on their part because I would never buy that desk even if I was loaded! Oh and great idea on the enchiladas. I’ve never made them with all the fixins inside either 🙂

  6. Ali @ Peaches and Football on December 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

    HA – what’s kinda funny/sad is that I bet somewhere, someone actually PAID that much for the desk. Personally I can think of 26000 better ways to spend money but hey.

    And I actually NEED a computer desk now. Wonder how that would look in my tiny apt. I’d be soooo stylish 😉

  7. JennP on December 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

    My pre-mommy career was as a commercial designer, so I’m pretty familiar with office furniture. Bush (the brand of that desk) is not high end and not particularly well made. Most of their pieces retail for just a few hundred dollars, so I think that $26,000 was a big, whopping mistake!! Pretty funny though 🙂

    And those enchiladas look de-lish!

  8. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon on December 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I always love the colors of mexi/southwestern food!

  9. Catherine on December 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I just laughed out loud at those desks – the book one is pretty sweet, especially with the bulldog statue.

    Are most caned enchilada sauces similar? And they always seem to be vegan, is this correct? I’ve only used the Trader Joes brand before but just moved far away from a TJs (sad day) and need a replacement.

    • Catherine on December 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Also – do you ever use nutritional yeast in your mexican food? I hear it can be a nice cheese-ish substitute, but I have never tried it.

      • alexandra fitzmorris on December 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

        aaaah! nooch is such great stuff! i would totally throw some in when you want a little extra kick. it does have a great nutritional profile as well- i think it has 8 grams of protein/serving.

        • Catherine on December 9, 2011 at 12:24 am

          Fabulous. I’ll give it a whirl in some weekend enchiladas!

  10. Liz @ Southern Charm on December 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I LOVE putting my rice and beans inside my enchalidas … kind of like a mix between enchalidas and burritos. Glad you like it too!!

  11. Steffany on December 8, 2011 at 10:37 am

    LOL @ the $26,000 desk !!! And now you have me really wanting some enchiladas … but our volleyball team’s playoffs are tonight, and they do like a pizza/sub party for the league, so Mexican food will have to hold off til tomorrow maybe ?? (: (:

  12. Army Amy* on December 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I think I would have eaten that enchilada filling right out of the pan! All my favorite flavors!*

  13. Neha on December 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

    What kind of sauce did you buy? Since I moved from the south, I can’t find good (or any!) enchillada sauces in the grocery stores.

  14. alexandra fitzmorris on December 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

    those desks are ridiculous. i was a bit worried there for a sec, though- i thought maybe you’d fallen in love with them? 😀

    • Heather on December 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Ha! Me toooooo! I was like, “Um, ok”.

  15. Allison on December 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Ha, those desks are redic [for different reasons] 😛 My Dear works for Amazon so that’s usually where we check first for anything… Great selection, tons of options, but you’ll def find some “gems” 😛

  16. Moni'sMeals on December 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

    what a deal! I wish it came with the bulldog statue too, (I have 2!)

    great meal too…YUM!!

    • Steffany on December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      I was thinking the same thing about the statue, haha. I have two American Bulldogs. They are the loves of my life !!

  17. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on December 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    WOW! $26,000 on a desk? I wonder if they just put that price and then the whole time have sold it at a major discount so people FEEL like they’re getting a great deal…sneaky marketing 😉

  18. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    congrats to Kayla..sweet win!

    “leather bound books and rich mahogany” – I had a laptop case that was made to look like that for my 13 inch. But I upgraded and they don’t make them in 17″ sizes but that is a cool concept!

  19. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on December 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Omg those enchiladas look delicious!! I eat the ones from TJs all the time that have black beans, corn and tofu in them… they’re my fave and just so happen to be GF and Vegan! I’m not going to lie though- the pilot’s blanket of cheese looks pretty incredible! And omg 99% off?? That’s crazy!

  20. Amy@healthyhungryhappy.com on December 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    wow that must be some desk hah. that rice looks awesome btw!

  21. Erica R. on December 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love your random Anchorman quotes… they crack me up!! 🙂

  22. kaila @ healthyhelper on December 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I really want to try those blue corn tortillas! Unfortunately us on the east coast have very limited tortilla options…. SO sad because I LOVE wraps and tortillas!!

  23. Ali on December 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Oh my goodness. I cannot believe how much I want that harry potter desk

  24. Beth on December 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    omg – I just tried the hot bar at my Whole Paycheck. Until I started reading your blog, I was not even aware of the amazingness! It was a South American-themed bar, and all I remember now is how unbelievably delicious the chicken and rice was. It makes me want to forget to pack a lunch every day…

  25. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on December 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I’m cracking up over that Anchorman quote.. what a seriously creeptastic dog statue too!

  26. Alicia @beingLA on December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I haven’t had Mexican food in a while and now I can’t stop craving it! Thanks for the enticing food pics 🙂

  27. Alexa @ Simple Eats on December 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    How is a desk that much money?! Maybe it’s actually made of gold.

  28. kyla on December 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    That song always makes me so happy! I just want to get up and DANCE! Plus, how gorg is B? Mega girl crush!

  29. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Between your post and Angela’s, I’m getting a serious hankering for enchiladas right now. Admittedly, I’ve never even had an enchilada before, but they look so good! 😀

  30. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Omg those desks are ridiculous! haha I love seeing the random things available online!

  31. Paula @ lipstick and lunges on December 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Looove the Ron Burgondy reference!

  32. Jannifer on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I want the shields hanging behind the leather bound book desk! Haha. Not.
    Thanks for including the link about the worst diet scams of 2011. I have a coworker who did the homeopathic version of the HGC diet. Of course anyone will lose weight eating only 500 calories a day. She kept insisting the HGC keeps you from being hungry. I think it’s a normal response to fasting. She did lose weight and has kept most of it off so far. It would be interesting to see how much weight lose was muscle vs. fat.

    • Fitnessista on December 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

      the hcg diet is the WORST idea ever.

      • Jannifer on December 10, 2011 at 10:05 am

        I mean HCG, not HGC! I believe the FDA is taking all the HCG “supplements” off the market.

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