Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowls

Gorgeous foods are very much apart of my Latin culture. We have a passion for spices and flavors that are bold and fierce.  The diversity of foods in the Latin culture are vast and colorful.  The foods differ from regions, yet they all have on commonality; bold flavors.  From simple dishes made in the average Hispanic kitchen to elaborate 5 star restaurants in LA or Miami, there are endless versions of the traditional nacho bowl.  Make a basic dish of these nacho bowls including chicken in a spicy sauce, tortilla chips, lettuce, and a squeeze of lime.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


I choose to exercise my way to feeling happy every day!

Love the Coast

A perfect place, a perfect sunset, a perfect romance. 

Daily Workout Plan


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thank God for Football

Have You Accepted Tim Tebow

as Your QB and Sunday Savior?



Savor New Mexico Chiles

This dish softens the chiles' heat with raisins, nuts, spices, and a slightly sweet tomato sauce.
To experience chile season in New Mexico, you could head to the Hatch Valley, near Las Cruces. The world's single-largest chile crop ― about 18,000 acres ― is grown in the fertile valleys of southern New Mexico, and the annual Hatch Chile Festival draws about 30,000 heat-seekers every Labor Day weekend.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Strong, Healthy, Happy

I started a new health revolution on January 27, 2012.  A lot has changed since then, starting with appreciation I now have for the life I have been given.   To life an unhealthy life by choice is simply foolish and irresponsible.  Today I choose to take care of myself, my body, and my emotions.  I want to be sure that I do my part in maintaining a healthy body that will sustain my life and give hope to my family.   I don't want to be careless about my meal choices or exercise regiment.  I want to lead by example and follow people who mentor my way.  It is my hope that I will be around to see the grandchildren I might have some day.  This world is majestic and I want to experience it.  When we choose to be strong, we are saying to God that we embrace his blessings.  To be happy starts within us and our inner self manifests outward.  Today I choose to be Strong, Healthy, and Happy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Perfect Pumpkins

A staple for autumn festivities, the pumpkin makes its way into a multitude of dishes this time of year. Enjoy this versatile squash while it's fresh—the flavor is vastly superior to canned.  To select, look for pumpkins that are small, about 5 to 8 pounds, with tough skin. They are prized for their concentrated flavor and sweetness.  source
 Pumpkin and Yellow Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups chopped yellow bell pepper (about 2 large)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrot (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can salt-free pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted pumpkin-seed kernels, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Preparation

    1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, carrot, and onion; cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add paprika and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add 3 cups broth and black pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
    2. Place one-third of vegetable mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid spills). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining vegetable mixture.
    3. Return pureed vegetable mixture to Dutch oven; stir in remaining 2 cups broth and pumpkin. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 7 bowls; top each serving with about 1 teaspoon pumpkinseeds and about 1/2 teaspoon parsley. Serve immediately.

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    Such a Handsome Boyfriend

    Sofia Vergara puts a tennis-ball-sized rock on full display Thursday while attending the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y., where she and beau Nick Loeb watched Angelique Kerber upset Venus Williams during the second round of women's singles matches.