Easy Enchiladas.

About 4 cups shredded Turkey breasts from a roasted turkey

Two big cans of green enchilada sauce

2 pounds cheese shredded white cheese

15 corn tortillas

Canola oil 1/2 cup in small frying pan heat to hot

First shred turkey in a bowl set aside

Shred cheese in another bowl set aside

Heat oil to hot then fry the corn tortillas until they turn soft remove from pan with spatula drain off oil and put on plate

In a big rectangle pan the 13 by 9 in line with aluminum foil for easy clean up.

Take 1 can of enchilada sauce open it up and pour half of it into shredded turkey and mix well

To form enchilada take a tortilla add a spoon of turkey and a pinch of cheese then roll place in pan repeat until pan is full then sprinkle cheese over the rolled tortillas and pour the can and a half of enchilada sauce on sprinkle with cheese .

Now you can do one of three things if cooking the next day then foil wrap and place in fridge until ready to cook.

This recipe freezes really well if going to freeze, do not use glass pan use a metal pan one of those take and bake pans work well. Once frozen take out of freezer the day before you want to bake thaw in the fridge then bake.

To cook preheat oven to 375F cook 45 minutes uncovered .

Note : You can replace the turkey with chicken or roast beef .

Also you can replace the green enchilada sauce with red enchilada sauce .

Serve with beans and rice along with sour cream on top.

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Easy Chicken Soup

4 pieces chicken breast or thigh ( remove skin)

3 stalks of celery chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

2 carrots peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

10 cloves garlic peeled and chopped

1 onion chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

2 quarts chicken stock

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 cup noodles

Large sauce pan

Heat oil in sauce pan add chopped vegetables, garlic, onion and salt, pepper and cook for 5 minutes then add chicken stock and chicken bring to boil lower to simmer cook 15 minutes then remove chicken pieces using a folk and knife debone the chicken and add back to the pot add the noodles cook for 5 minutes then turn off and serve in bowls hot.

Makes enough to serve 4 people.

Birsarra Soup 

2 cups fava beans split

8 cloves of garlic

Water 6 cups

Salt to taste ( add after cooked)

Pepper to taste ( add after cooked)

Cumin powder to taste (add after cooked )

Olive oil drizzled

Sort and wash the fava beans place in pressure cooker

Add the water and peeled garlic cloves

Seal pot and bring to boil lower heat boil for 15 to 20 minutes then remove from heat release pressure and open check the beans when soft and breaking it's done add to blender and blend until smooth

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in bowl

Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle on Cumin

Serve with khobz

This recipe was also published here during Ramadan http://www.muslimahbloggers.com/moroccan-soup-bisarra

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Broccoli, Potato and Chedder Cheese Soup 

6 small potatoes peeled and chopped into cubes

8 cloves of garlic minced

1 onion minced

3 tablespoons butter

1 bag broccoli florets about 5 cups 

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3 cups half and half

1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese grated 

Salt 

Pepper 

4 cups water

Melt butter in big deep pan add minced garlic sauté two minutes stirring constantly add onion and sauté until it is translucent add potatoes, salt and pepper cook two minutes then add water and simmer until tender.

In a separate pan bring water to boil and Blanche broccoli until bright green remove from water 

Grate cheese and set aside ( I use my Cuisinart food processor)

In cuisinart with blade run broccoli through until small pieces , and other bowl run until its creamy then add to potatoes add cheese and stir taste for seasoning check and add more pepper if needed 

Mix one cup cream with corn starch add rest of cream when it’s boiling add the cream with cornstarch and stir until thick then remove and serve hot .

Daily Routines

Everyone has daily routines whether they realize it or not.

When one is dealing with a depression episode or a manic episode it can be helpful to ground oneself to the present and not get lost in the cycle of a depression or manic attack .

 Yes I am calling episodes of manic or depressive symptoms an attack  because that is what it’s like, being attacked by unwanted symptoms and dealing with the issues that are the result of a attack, the best way to explain it to a non mentally ill person is to compare it to catching a cold or flu at the most inconvenient time and then having to deal with the symptoms and fallout of the after affects well that’s what it’s like to have bipolar.

Daily routines can be comforting and calming for small children as well as for people whom suffer from mental illness, it can help them pull through when they know what to expect and what is expected of them .

It gives us a way to move through the fog of all the negative emotions and painful feelings and sometimes it even gives us hope and a bright in spot  our gloomy  time, well most of the time it works sometimes nothing seems to help and we just have to manage as best as we can until the attack subsides then we just pick up the pieces and try to move one with our lives.

 There will be some days when you will feel like you’re on autopilot and detached from whats going on around you on those days be kind to your self its ok not to feel and to do things automatically,sometimes it is all you can mange to do because if you allow yourself to feel you will drown in all the unpleasant pain and you just can’t go there at that moment this is ok too be kind to yourself

Routines can help center and keep oneself from going off in a manic attack, 

My most basic routine is just getting through the day on really hard days it’s getting up and dressed then eating breakfast and doing basic mindless household chores .

I have been known to become manic and crazily clean everything in sight and reorganized the whole house the issue with this is once I come down from the manic attack I will not remember where I put anything and it’s super frustrating and self defeating then I usually sink into a dark depression.

I wouldn’t ever wish depression or bipolar moods on anyone it is the most horrible feeling and suffering is the worst no one really understands how or why some people have it and other don’t it’s just one of those mysterious things that occurs.