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Ramblings on anything from couture, to the twin cupcakes in this CO cupcake oven! Living and loving married life in Colorado with my husband David, our dogs Obie, Eva, and Peach,and soon to be twin babies. I love laughing and soaking up all the amazing things God has given us in this life to enjoy. Join us on our journey!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas

Listening to: Gypsy Kings Pandora Station

Drinking: Bud Light with Lime ;)

Tip not listed in Rocco's book: Swaying hips while cooking
adds flavor to your enchiladas. {I might have just made that up}


“In this country, dishes of Mexican origin have a reputation for being fat- laden and bad for you. At the same time, we can’t seem to get enough of them! The funny thing is that in Mexico, the traditional food is generally fresh, healthy, and wholesome—lots of grilled fish and meats, intensely flavored (and cream- free) sauces, fresh vegetables and fruits, and herbs. The problem is the blanket of full- fat cheese and sour cream under which most Mexican- American dishes are served. The Mexican flavors we love come from healthy foods like bright- tasting tomatillos and cilantro, so I banked on them in this new version of enchiladas” – Chef Rocco

Ingredients:

12 Ounces ground Turkey Breast

Four 9-inch low-carb tortillas, such as La Tortilla Factory

2/3 Cup fat- free spicy black bean dip, such as Desert Pepper Trading Company

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

One 12- ounce jar tomatillo salsa, such as Ortega

1 Cup reduced- fat Mexican cheese blend, such as Weight Watchers

½ Cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Heat a large nonstick saute pan over medium- high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring to break it up a little, until it is just cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, using flameproof tongs, char the tortillas lightly on each side over an open flame, or toast them under a preheated broiler. Keep the tortillas warm by covering them with a clean kitchen towel as you go.

Stir the black bean dip into the turkey. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Lay the tortillas on a work surface, and divide the turkey mixture among them. Fold the sides of the tortillas in over the filling and roll the tortillas up tightly to encase the filling. Lay them side-by-side in a 9×13- inch baking dish.

Spoon the salsa over the tortillas, and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and the enchiladas are hot throughout, 10 to 12 minutes.

The recipe calls for cilantro, which reminds me of green soap. So I omitted. I did, however, add sliced pickled jalapenos on top of the cheese to add some yummy spice and speed up the metablolism ever so slightly.{every bit counts,right?}

Cook Smart Tip:

This recipe does cut down the calories. The previous version had 33 grams of fat and 900 calories whereas Chef Rocco’s version above has 9.9 grams of fat and only 314 calories per serving. Aye Carumba!


C&D rating *****out of ***** stars. A.Mazing.

**Refer to my first post, where my cousin Melissa has tips on cutting out the cheese with a soy replacement**
***on a related note: I will not be using the cheese substitute at this time, as I enjoy my family and friends, and me -cheese = a crabby zoo animal with signs posted to keep your fingers out of the cage***

~Happy Domesticating~

9 comments:

  1. these look & sound delicious ~!

    Anna Katrina
    http://www.passportglamour.blogspot.com/

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  2. These look amazing! I love making mexican food at home with fresh and healthy ingredients. It's delicious and so easy! I'm going to have to try making your enchiladas sometime. Have a great weekend.

    xo
    Valerie

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  3. YUM! And they would be perfect for today!

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  4. That's my kind of Monday night meal. Yum!

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  5. I am so glad I ran across your blog - and THIS POST - YUMMO!!! I always trying to figure out new ways to cook low fat, and with Mexican being my favorite, it's always a challenge! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

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  6. Yum! Wow, I can't believe how many calories that cut back, it is definitely a must try for me!

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  8. This sounds wonderful!! :)

    Love your blog!

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