I think sometimes healthy or ‘clean’ food gets a bad rap. Many assume that it has to be bland and boring. Plain chicken and steamed broccoli, coming up! But in my research I’ve quickly learned that is not at all true. You can eat healthy food that still tastes good. Focus on flavors and quality and you’re in the money. Look at not just calories, but carb, sugar, and protein counts as well. Make substitutions when you can. You can still have your favorites just by making swaps to lower the bad and raise the good in your meals.
And don’t let anyone tell you not to add a little cheese. Like in this dish below.
*Note: I used leftover pulled pork from the 4th of July. You can use chicken, turkey, beef; shredded, chopped, ground. Leftover or fresh made. All vegetarian, even. Whatever floats your boat. This is also a great make-ahead dish. I would suggest adding seasoning to whatever meat you use, especially if you are making it fresh as opposed to using leftovers.
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
½ yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ tablespoon cumin
½ tablespoon chili powder
½ bag frozen corn
1 can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 cups worth of whatever meat you are using (see note above) Eyeball this to your preference.
1-1/2 cups enchilada sauce, divided (homemade or store bought; use what you like)
Salt and pepper to taste
5 poblano peppers (make sure they are nice a fat, not too skinny)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Over an open flame on the stovetop, char your poblanos. Put the charred peppers in a plastic bag and seal. Steam for about 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until soft and fragrant. Add in the cumin and chili and mix together. Add in the corn and black beans. Mix all veggies together and cook until corn is thawed and the mixture is heated through.
Add the cooked meat to the veggie mixture along with ½ cup of the enchilada sauce. Let simmer until warmed through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
While the filling is simmering, take the poblanos out of the bag and wipe the skin off with a paper towel, careful not to tear the pepper. The skin should just wipe right off.
Cut each pepper in half and remove the stem and seeds. You should have two pieces of pepper that look like leaves.
Pour the remaining ½ cup sauce over the top of the stuffed peppers and top with cheese.
Bake at 350 covered in foil for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
They may not be the prettiest looking dish, but they are super tasty!