Recipe: Creamy Chicken Chimichangas with Mango Black Bean Salsa

Creamy, flavorful, juicy chimichangas that AREN’T fried? YEP!  Here I use my favorite crisp-i-fying technique that cuts the calories but not the flavor. Pair it with a uniquely flavored and creamy chicken filling and you got these beauties.  And to make it even better, the sweetness of the mango salsa on top really rounds off these as a fun take on a regular old chimi!  I like o serve them with the classic refried beans, spanish rice and tortilla chips.  All together you get a powerfully flavored, gorgeous meal.

Creamy Chicken Chimichangas with Mango Black Bean Salsa
Serves 6
Creamy chicken filled balls of wonder and delight.
Write a review
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 3 tbls oil
  5. 1 cup corn and black bean salsa*
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp pepper
  8. 1 tsp cumin
  9. 1/2 tsp paprika
  10. 8 ounces cream cheese
  11. tortillas
  12. melted butter
  1. 1 ripe mango, diced
  2. 1 small purple onion, diced
  3. 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  4. 1/2 coarsely chopped cilantro
  5. 1/2-1 tsp lime jiuce
  6. 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the onion and garlic.
  2. Add the chicken and all the spices and stir to heat through.
  3. Add the salsa and cream cheese and stir until cream cheese is melted and evenly incorporated.
  4. Brush one side of a tortilla with melted butter and turn it butter-side down. Spoon 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture into the middle of the tortilla and fold to enclose. Place on a lined baking sheet and repeat until the chicken mixture is gone.
  5. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until the tortillas are crispy and golden.
  6. Top with sour cream and fresh Mango salsa!
Mango Salsa
  1. Combine all ingredients and let sit in fridge, covered, for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors blend.
  1. * I ended up adding about 1 additional cup corn and about 1/2 cup black beans
Hopes and Dreams

Family Home Evening Packets: Book of Mormon Stories

This past Sunday in Church I felt impressed to begin focusing on teaching our kids The Book of Mormon scripture stories in chronological order.  I knew this would involve my doodles so I thought I’d be really intentional with all of it and provide Family Home Evening packets for free for anyone who stumbles upon this blog post!  I’ll be adding each week as I create a new packet for the next story, so keep checking back for more FHE ideas and tools!

This packet is really special to me.  I have no doubt it was direct inspiration from a loving Father in Heaven to a mother whose greatest desire is not only to teach her children about Christ, but to teach her children to teach others about Christ as well.  We are hoping these packets assist anyone who has similar desires! Each packet includes an entire outline for your weekly Family Home Evening lesson, including a theme, songs, a scripture story summary, highlighted scripture passages, application ideas, black and white visual aides and even a treat recipe!  I’ve also included a scripture story page for your kids to color and collect, eventually creating their very own illustrated Book of Mormon scripture story book!  We hope these packets bless your family life.  Please share with anyone who you think would benefit from these packets!  The free packets can be downloaded through the links below:

Free Family Home Evening Packets: Book of Mormon Stories

FHE Packet 1 Lehi’s Exodus

FHE Packet 2 Getting the Brass Plates

FHE Packet 3 Adventures in the Wilderness

FHE Packet 4 Vision of the Tree of Life





DiSnEyLaNd!!! picturespicturespictures

Hoooooooooly macaroni, it could not have been a more perfect trip!!!  I’m still high as a kite from it, three whole weeks later.  Taking babies to Disneyland might be what my heaven is like.  I say MY heaven, because I fully understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, haha.  But it is now mine!  And it’s probably all because of the time of year we went.  The first week of October means: NO LINES, AWESOME WEATHER, HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS, NO LINES, NO LINES, NO LINES.  And we were so lucky to have John’s parents and sister come with us!  At the end of the trip James told Grammy, “This was the trip of a lifetime! And it couldn’t have been funner, even if you hadn’t been there!”  We all knew what he meant, hehehe.

This guy made all our dreams come true.

These boys with their Aunt Libby–Oh, how they adore her!!  She was Charlie’s age when I met her…….

Radiator Springs at Halloween makes me do this^^

And makes James do this ^^

They literally got along every single second of the trip.

Auggie was scared of virtually every ride except Small World but he still had a blast!  There’s so much animation everywhere so he was super engaged and entertained the whole time.

This kid.  Oh man.  He was bursting with gratitude every moment.  On the drive home we asked each kid what their favorite part of the trip was and he replied, “Oh, lovin’ people.”  He is simply a sacred little cherub.

After the first ride (the fast Cars ride) James admitted to me, “Mom, when you first told us we were going to Disneyland I wasn’t that excited because I HAD NO IDEA IT WOULD BE SO AMAZING!!!”

We had front row seats to the afternoon parade and Auggie was mesmerized!

When you’re twinning with Pumpkin Mickey^^  Have I mentioned how amazing Disneyland at Halloween time is for little boys??

My little perfects.

Here Auggie is trying to hold back his hair to show off his radical face painting that Grammy got him while the rest of us went on Space Mountain.  James was so brave to go on it but felt a little betrayed since the level of scariness may have been misrepresented to him.

I will never forget the first time I saw Auggie’s profile on the sonogram.  My very favorite profile ever and it just keeps on giving.

We love Grandpa!!

The lines for the photo ops were always so long but we happened to pass Goofy right as he was starting to take photos so we actually got one!!  And now Goofy is our very favorite!

He’s fun.

We went to the Character Breakfast at our hotel on the last morning at the resort and the boys were giddy!  So were the adults, actually, haha.

His face was just funny in this pic.



The breakfast was amazing and so much fun!


We are so grateful for Grandpa and Grammy!!!!!!

Heading back home—It was a vacation for the books!!

2017 Headshot Project: September

A headshot and update of each of our babies, each month of the year 2017.

Auggie is getting lippier than ever and I sort of love it.  When I tell him to do something, he slowly walks away from me with his little pointer finger in the air and whispers, “One second, Mom. One sec…”  He also yells, “See ya later, Mom!” as I’m walking away from him in his crib at bedtime.  Speaking of which, I will randomly find him lounging in the bottom bunk bed with a bottle every now and then, just chilling out, thinking about the meaning of life.  He’s also amazing at giving two thumbs up whenever he’s excited.  I love his tiny little thumbs!!  He’s gotten in the habit of calling everyone Grandma…..? And exclaims, “MY HURT!” if he’s scared he’s going to get hurt by something, or when he does get a little hurt.  He’s still a major screecher and loves to practice his screeching at 5:30 in the AM so that we get him a bottle faster.  Basically he’s heaven on earth!

Charlie needs to be famous.  He just does.  It is not fair of me to keep his wonder all to myself.  Everyone deserves to know all that is Charlie Henrie.  I was decorating the front porch for a brunch that I was throwing and I put a few planters of flowers on it.  Charlie ran up to me, embraced me and told me in his high little tender voice, “Mom, flowers don’t make the house pretty…You do.”  He also wrote a song this month called “All Ladies Love Humans” and He just repeats that phrase over and over in different ways.  It’s incredible. He’s just growing up so much, emotionally and socially.  He’s very good at recognizing his feelings and trying really hard to be the master of them.  He’s also so free with genuine compliments and is my most grateful child and the one who apologizes with sincerity the fastest.  There is no one on this good earth like Charlie.

James is doing great in Kindergarten and is basically a teenager in a lot of ways!  He lost another tooth and now has a cute gummy grin.  He’s really into dressing himself and has found a lot of artistic expression through the outfits he chooses.  A lot of the time he will try to recreate school-appropriate outfits that reflect what he plans on playing at recess.  So he’s not “dressing up” but he sort of is, and I love it.  If he could wear superhero costumes to school every day I’d let him!!  Imaginative boys make the world go round.  He seems to be very well liked at school.  He’s creative and friendly, I’m just worried he’ll get a big head on him.  So we’ve had a few talks about not acting like a king and making sure he tries to remember people’s names.  One morning as we were arriving at his classroom, I was a few meters ahead of James and passed a little boy who whispered under his breath, “YES! JAMES IS HERE!”  I asked James if he knew that boy’s name and he didn’t, and that just broke my heart a little.  So hopefully as the year progresses he will really try to help people feel included and important.  He’s the only white kid in his class, which is awesome!