Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe + The Newlywed Cookbook Giveaway {Winner Announced}

The winner of The Newlywed Cookbook was comment #8:

Congratulations Mrs. Barbara!   Reply to the email I sent you with your mailing address and I’ll get it sent out to you asap!  

When asked if I wanted to preview a copy of The Newlywed Cookbook by Robin Miller – I said, “YES” without hesitation!   Mostly because I just love to try out new cookbooks, but also because the book is written for couples to cook together… and me and my sweetheart love to cook together!!

When we got married, I was already a pretty good cook!  I have loved to be in the kitchen cooking and baking for as long as I can remember!  After we got married, Richy and I started cooking together almost immediately and we still do!

While I do the bulk of the cooking for our family, it’s not unusual for us to cook a meal together at least once a week – and he usually prepares meals for the family solo at least once or twice a week when I’m bogged down in cake!

Sorry… I ramble.  Back to the cookbook.  Robin, the author of The Newlywed Cookbook,  is also the host of the Food Network’s Quick Fix Mealsas well as a New York Times bestselling author.

This cookbook has over 200 recipes and after reading through many of them, I can tell you that they’re very doable and not at all intimidating - I think they’d especially great even for the beginner (newlywed) cook!

There’s also this amazing section in the book that includes tips and sample menus for special occasions  including Thanksgiving, Sunday Brunch, Valentines, and for Breakfast in Bed!

Ironically, this week when I decided to try out a recipe and review the book… my hubby is out of town… so we didn’t get to cook together!

But I can honestly tell you that I had these Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas put together and in the oven in less than 30 minutes (even with interruptions from my children!).   And they were delicious!!

You can see one of my little “interruptions” here… he kept stepping between me and the plate of food and grinning and putting those little chunky dirty hands together saying “cheese”… I can’t say no to that sweet dirty face!!

Scroll to the bottom and I’ve shared my (slightly adapted) recipe … try them and let me know what you think!

 

So… would you you like to win your very own copy of The Newlywed Cookbook by Robin Miller?   Just leave me a comment below answering the following question:

Were you a good cook when you got married (and are you better now)?  If you’re not married… are you a good cook now?  

 

Giveaway Closed!

Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 10 at 11:59pm CST!  Random winner(s) will be chosen with Random.org.  He/she will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen!

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe + The Newlyweds Cookbook Giveaway

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe + The Newlyweds Cookbook Giveaway

These enchiladas are delicious, filling, easy to put together, and can be made with leftover chicken!

Ingredients

  • 2 15 ounce cans of black beans, drained (I used beans I cooked myself - about 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of diced jalapenos
  • 1 pound of cooked boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 8 flour tortillas (I used the burrito size - 10")
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (I used Pepper Jack - it's what I had on hand!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (I skipped this - my kids don't do raw onion)
  • Chopped lettuce and sour cream, optional, for topping!

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-stick spray!

Use a food processor (or I used my immersion blender) to combine the beans, chili powder, cumin, and jalapenos. Blend the mixture until it's almost smooth - but still a little chunky.

Divide the bean mixture between your tortillas and spread it down the center of each one. Top with the chicken. Roll up each tortilla and place them seam-side down in the baking dish, side by side.

Top with salsa, shredded cheese, and green onions (optional). Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes.

I topped ours with extra cheese, chopped lettuce and sour cream!

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Comments

  1. Christy Wallace says:

    I’ve always been a good cook, HELLO! =)

  2. I was a good cook before we got married almost 16 years ago, and based on comments & requests for recipes I would say I’m still a good cook.

  3. rachel c says:

    I really didn’t cook before I got married. We ate a lot of hamburger helper during the first year. Now after almost 7 years, I think I could some pretty awesome meals!

  4. billie warren says:

    I was cooking at an early age with my grandmothers, aunts, uncles, dad, mom, anyone who would let me watch and learn… I love to cook for my family and i work on my skills every day… I am now inventing my own new signature recipes

  5. Good cook for almost as long as I can remember BUT the first time I fixed Grits after marrying —- well, let’s just say, not pretty. Laughs abounded.

  6. Kristen Miller says:

    I think I was an okay cook when I got married. Definitely better now! :)

  7. Melanie says:

    I was NOT a good cook when I got married; however, Willie was. After 17 years, I am better and he is still a wonderful cook. Too bad he is only home 4 months out of the year!!

  8. My grandmothers put me on the counter to help when I was a small child. Thet taught me the wonderful basics of cooking. As I got older I put on my mother’s high heeled shoes and played “cooking show” before Food Network was ever thought of!. My love of cooking has deep roots and I’m blessed to have had three wonderful mentors.

  9. I was/am a pretty good cook! I’ve been cooking since I was in elementary school. I think the fact that I can cook well is why my husband loves me so. :) lol

  10. Julie in NC says:

    I have been doing all the cooking since I was 10 years old and now that I am married I think I am an even better cook. You are never to old to learn something new!

  11. Penny H says:

    I love to cook! I think I am a good cook; of course, there are a few meals that my husband will not agree with that statement though.

  12. Annette says:

    I was a good cook when the hubs and I got married. Although I’ve learned to cook more. My grandma was a great teacher. I sure do miss her.

  13. Cat Garcia says:

    Yum O! These look good. I love Cilantro with a capital C!! Thanks Rose.

  14. Heidi Long says:

    I was an ok cook…but I’m an amazing cook now;) wish I was a better baker:( I do 90% of the cooking but my family loves cooking/baking with me. My hubby and I usually have a cooking date night at home once a week which we both love. My prayer is that when my kiddos are grown they will remember all the times we cooked together in the kitchen and carry on that tradition:)

  15. Jessica T says:

    I don’t consider myself a good cook, but my husband loves it so I guess that’s what counts. When we first got married I fixed a lot of pasta dishes… Mainly because they were cheap and easy. :)

  16. Lisa Reid says:

    I was a so-so cook when I got married the first time. But a good cook when I got married the last time! Ha!

  17. Cynthia Ascencio says:

    When I got married I was really good at doing desserts. My husband was the one who showed me how to cook certain foods that I didn’t grow up with. Now he doesn’t even set foot in the kitchen to help after almost 18 years of being married. :/

  18. Barbara Gerbich says:

    I wasn’t a good cook when I married, the first time, had the basics, just. I am now a pretty good cook, and also love to bake. Time does work wonders.

  19. Rachel Dearing says:

    Need this book!!!

  20. Trudie Warrington says:

    I think im a good cook, Fiance definatley thinks i am, yet my kids dont seem to eat anything i cook? Funny that…. :)

  21. I’ve always loved to cook. Was a good cook before I was married and even a better one now through the years. But I’m always open to new recipes. So much fun to taste different recipes.
    Elizabeth

  22. Caroline Kennedy says:

    I didn’t use to cook much when I first met my husband , however I used to like the idea of cooking . Things have changed since and 12 years later, my husband has put on 12 kilos, blaming it all on my lovely cooking…
    Thank you for the giveaway and good luck to everyone.

  23. Jeanne Robinson says:

    I started cooking at a very young age and was a pretty good cook before I got married, but practice always makes you even better!

  24. Julia Cole says:

    I love to cook, I just don’t like cleaning up the mess I make…lol….my husband says I use every pan in the kitchen when I cook!!!

  25. I did not know much when first married, but quickly learned a lot from my mother-in-law.

  26. I’m a better cook now that I’m married because I actually cook every night!

  27. Molly Elwell says:

    I’m a great cook and getting better all the time! I think cooking for someone really helps you practice though, because you have someone to show off for. Great giveaway, thanks!
    meanrabbit88(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. I learned to cook from my mother growing up, she was a fantastic cook. So, I did know how to cook when I got married. Through the years, I hope I have improved. Although I don’t cook near as much now as when my girls where at home.

  29. I started cooking for my family when I was 10, so had over 18 years experience by the time I (finally!) got married; my husband said I was a great cook then, and 17 years later my kids would rather eat at home than at a restaurant.

  30. BJ Parker says:

    I’ve always been a good cook. My mom was a wonderful cook, and as I was growing up, I used to spend time at the kitchen table as my mom was cooking. I didn’t realize it, but as I hung around the kitchen all those years, I was learning to cook. Over the years, I have become a much better cook. I don’t usually use a recipe, just like to make one dish meals like soup, stew, and anything with okra, onions, & tomatoes. (and bacon.)

  31. Definitely a better cook now. I had no experience before marriage.

  32. I’ve always loved to cook, took two years of culinary school, but i’ve definitely become a better cook now by preparing meals for my partner and me.

  33. Betty Hammack says:

    I was not a good cook when we got married. But my aunt told me if you can read you can cook. My sister in law gave me my first cookbook which was a Betty Crocker cookbook. I wore the cover off it using it and I still have it 42 years later would love to add ths one to my collection and I am a very good cook learning by trial and error.

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