Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Yarn! Red Heart Artesano!

I'm always on the lookout for new yarns to try and this one really caught my eye. Although I don't use a lot of bulky weight yarns, the colour effects really drew me to Red Heart Artesano.

THe yarn swatched at 15sc x 13 rows on a J hook for me, while Lion Homespun swatches at 10 sc x 10 rows on a K hook.

I've put it on the hairpin loom and its really a nice yarn to work with! It hasn't caused me any splitting problems (as homespun has done occasionally), its a lighter weight, and overall looks good! I'm really impressed with this yarn. Would I purchase it again? Definately yes, if I was looking for a yarn with a good texture in this weight.

Yarn Details:
98% acrylic, 2% nylon
100g / 3.5 oz
172m / 187 yards

Care: machine wash, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. Do not bleach, do not iron. May be dry cleaned.
The complete colour palete for this yarn can be viewed here . The colour I'm using is 'caribe'.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Easy Chicken Enchiladas!

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Its hard coming up with a quick and easy dinner every night of the week that is not only tasty but good for you too! Here's one meal thats a real favourite in our house.

2 chicken breasts - cooked and shredded
1 med onion, diced fine
2 lb grated cheese (I use 1 lb pepperjack and 1 lb med cheddar)
1 small onion, diced
3 or 4 small green chilies, chopped fine (or 1 4oz tin)
12 tortilla wraps (I use the low carb tortillas)
1 tin (approx 16 oz) enchilada sauce
Sour cream

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time : 30 minutes

Soften the onions in the microwave on high for approx 2 minutes. For each enchilada, place a single tortilla wrap on a plate. Add some chicken, grated pepperjack cheese, onion, chilies and wrap tightly. Do not overfill. Place in 9x13 pan. Continue until pan is full. Any unused chicken, onion or chilies can be scattered on top of the rolled tortillas. Top generously with grated cheddar cheese. Cover well with the enchilada sauce, Bake at 350F for approx 30 minutes or until it is hot and bubbling.

Top with sour cream and serve.
Makes 6 servings.

Note: this recipe tastes much better if made the day before.

When using the low carb tortillas, a serving contains approx 20g carbs.