Sometimes as a foodie blogger, or as a person in general trying to teach herself to cook, there are epic fails in the kitchen. Just ask Dave. Actually, don’t ask him because he is way to0 nice when it comes to my cooking fails.
But then there are those moments when you make something new and you take the first bite and you just know you rocked the recipe. I personally get giddy and clap like a 5 year old at Christmas, asking Dave over and over again, “Oh-my-gosh-isn’t-this-so-good!???” I mean my specialty is definitely baking, so when I nail a dinner, I am just over the moon!
Turkey Enchiladas with Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Side thought: I did bake these enchiladas….maybe I’m onto something here…
That’s what happened with these Turkey Enchiladas with Fire Roasted Tomatoes. I mean the flavor was rich with the tomatoes and a little spicy with the enchilada sauce, but not so spicy that you feel like a fire-breathing dragon. The texture was exactly as I imagine the perfect enchilada—soft enough to cut with a fork, but not soggy. This is the perfect simple, hot and tasty meal for these on coming chilly fall days. Plus if it’s just two of you, you might be able to extend this into another couple of meals. Might being the key word. They are pretty fantastic.
Can you believe I didn’t used to like tomatoes? I used to be a “hold the tomatoes” gal before I started trying them again in my adult life. Now I can literally eat them in the summer sliced with a sprinkle of salt. My mouth is watering just thinking about biting into one of those juicy red fruits. Or veggie depending on your school of thought on the matter.
I even ate my first bowl of tomato soup ever recently on a trip to Chicago. Ever. I think I may have tried tomato soup as a kid, but was since repulsed by the mere thought. With my newfound love of the food I decided to give it a try! Can you imagine my surprise when I found myself “mmm”-ing the entire time I ate it? Seriously. Drool.
Since I am now apparently in love with tomato, I decided I may as well try to cook with it.
Thus Turkey Enchiladas with Fire Roasted Tomatoes were born. I used ground turkey that I seasoned with a little chipotle seasoning as I cooked it. Throw in the enchilada sauce, roasted diced tomatoes, a little S + P and my secret ingredient: cottage cheese.
Don’t tell Dave. He hates the stuff. But he mowed down those enchiladas fast, so I’m pretty sure it was disguised well enough. Probably because the cottage cheese just melts right into the sauce and makes it dreamy, creamy and wonderful.
Why cottage cheese? Because for some reason I can tolerate certain types of cottage cheese better than cream..especially sour cream. That one hurts the belly. I may have made the error of indulging in a few spoonfuls of Emily’s baked potato at the last Twin’s game I attended. No bueno.
Although we did have a lot of fun that night! 😉
I’ve always adored cottage cheese though…the texture and flavor and cold reminds me of a salty, less sweet ice cream. Plus it’s high in protein and lower in calories compared to some other dairy products. Win-win!
After you finish the creamy dreamy enchilada mixture, all you have to do is portion some out into each tortilla, roll it up and put the rest of the sauce on top. Sprinkle with cheese, cover with some foil and throw it in the oven. Boom.
This is one of those dishes that’s simple, but packs a punch with flavor and will likely impress whomever you are cooking for. Even if the person you’re cooking for is..you.
- 6- 8" whole grain tortillas
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 14.5 oz fire roasted tomatoes
- 10 oz red mild enchilada*
- 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Mexican Cheese
- Chipotle seasoning to taste (I used about 1 tsp)
- S + P**
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Brown ground turkey, adding chipotle seasoning and S + P.
- In a sauce pan, heat browned ground turkey, roasted tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and cottage cheese until the cottage cheese gets melty.
- Portion out 1/4-1/2 cup of sauce mixture into each tortilla, saving most of the liquid part for pouring over the top.
- Roll up tortillas and place in a greased (just spray a little Pam) 9x11 casserole dish. Pour the remaining mixture on top of enchiladas.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake another 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese on top is bubbly.
- *or ground beef
- **salt and pepper ;)
In Other Life News…
1. I signed up for a 10 mile race!! The Monster Dash 10-miler October 25th! I hope to share more about my training (I did a whole 3 miles on Saturday..woot!) and I’m excited to be on my way to achieving my active goals. I will definitely plan on sharing my training plan with my e-mail subscribers..so make sure you sign up! I love designing plans that are practical, efficient AND achievable. I am actually a huge nerd and half of the fun of training is designing the perfect plan.
- And speaking of the e-mail subscribers, I edited options in MailChimp so you can now receive posts daily, weekly or just get the new monthly newsletter. Yay! So many options, you may as well sign up!
3. I get to hang out with some Midwestern blogger this weekend! Since HLS was cancelled, we were all super bummed we weren’t going to see each other like we planned. Mollie, Katie, Alex and I weren’t having that and decided we must get together in good ol’ Iowa! I’m so glad Mollie volunteered to host! Watch for the hashtag #blendDSMtakeover for our shenanigans.
4. I am strongly thinking about doing an ebook! (eek!) I had some great feedback on my most recent brainstorming post and I think an ebook would be a great way to focus my knowledge on one specific topic (as opposed to the zillion things I seem to write about on the blog) into one easy-to-find location where I could make a little money. I’d love your opinion on a topic you’d like to hear about from me! Here are some of my ideas:
- Semi-Healthy Cookies or Healthified Cookies (cookies are my favorite and I’m definitely a better baker than cook)
- Desserts in a mug
- Book of self-love
- How to live a semi-healthy life (tips, tricks and daily living with gentle nutrition)
- Smoothie recipes (I am a professional smoothie-maker, after all)
5. I really have been wanting a pet lately. Dave and I have even looked for cats at the humane society and a local pet shop. The thing is…I’m totally allergic to all things cute and furry. Do I bite the bullet for total cuteness and fun?
What’s your favorite comfort meal in the colder months? They are fast approaching!
Do you have any pets? Do you have pets even though you are allergic?
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