Turkey Enchiladas

Remember those turkey burgers I made the other night?  Well, there was a lot of uncooked meat mixture left over, so I browned what was left to make the enchiladas.

leftover ground turkeyI recommend using the same ingredients in the ground turkey that I used when I made the turkey burgers.  There was a lot of flavor in these enchiladas.  I used:

  • 1 package of corn tortillas (just because they have fewer calories than flour ones)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 2 jars of salsa
  • 1.5 pounds of leftover ground turkey with the ranch, onion, and spinach mixed in
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I mean, you can use whatever kind of cheese you like!)
  • sour cream
  • 1 can black beans
  • lettuce (optional)

Brown the ground turkey. Drain the turkey.  Put in the taco seasoning and about 1/2 cup of water.  Let it sit for about five minutes.

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Put the hot ground turkey in a bowl with one cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 1 cup of salsa.  Spoon the mixture into a double layer of corn tortillas and roll them up the best you can.  The tortillas will tear, but when the enchiladas cook, you won’t be able to tell they are ripped.  Cover the enchiladas with the extra cup of salsa.

turkey enchiladas

I got about twelve rolled up enchiladas in the 9×13 pan.  You will want to have a few extra because these taste even better as leftovers!

Put the pan in the a 375 degree oven for twenty minutes.  After twenty minutes, cover the top with the other cup of cheese.  Cook for ten more minutes.

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Pretty good.

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(Tasty) Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Family Dinner

My grandfather told a story tonight.

First, you must know that he cleaned–I mean seriously cleaned–my car for me yesterday.  By the visor on the passenger side was a large, brownish reddish splotch.  It was pretty gross.  On the way to work one day, I attempted to chuck my apple core out the window.  I missed.  It hit the inside of my car.  Pretty much exploded.  Rough morning.

After cleaning the car, my grandfather asked me if it was “blood or ketchup.”  Laughing, I told him the tale of the rouge apple.  He told the tale of the rouge firecracker.  Long story short, the firecracker was like the apple.  The explosion occurred between the man and the seat.  Ouch.

We all have a great time when we sit to eat and tell stories.

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Spinach Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potatoes

Dinner was pretty easy, but I think everyone enjoyed it.  Here’s what I used:

  • 2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 packet of zesty ranch
  • 1 red onion chopped finely
  • sliced reduced fat provolone cheese
  • whole wheat buns
  • Hamburger toppings (sliced onion, dijon mustard, light mayo, etc.)
  • 6 sweet potatoes (one for each person)

Cook the sweet potatoes at 425 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Click here for some helpful tips on cooking sweet potatoes.

Finely chop the onion.  I used my food processor and pushed pulse until it was the consistency I wanted.  Mix the chopped onion, the ranch packet, and the two cups of spinach into the ground turkey.  It is ok that the spinach leaves are big.  They will be smaller when you cook the turkey.

Use a 1/3 cup scoop to get just the right amount of meat for the burger.  Scoop it out of the bowl and onto a separate plate to prepare to cook.

turkey burger pattiesNow, there are two ways to cook these things.  If you have access to a grill, GRILL THEM.  It makes the burger leaner and won’t smoke up your house.  Tonight, it was cold outside, and my dad wasn’t here to do the whole gas grill thing.  I decided to cook these in a skillet on the stove top.  Not my best decision, but it worked.

Turn the heat to medium/high and cook the burgers on each side for about five minutes.  Make sure they are cooked throughout.  Before you take them off the skillet, melt a piece of reduced fat provolone cheese on top.

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They couldn’t even wait for me to take my picture before they started digging in!

Serve the sweet potatoes with whatever you like on top of a sweet potato.  I like salt and sour cream.  My brother ate greek yogurt on top of his, and my grandparents were happy with some butter.  Everyone got what they wanted.

turkey burgers and sweet potato

Finally, there was a little dessert, but that recipe will have to wait for tomorrow.  It’s been a busy day! UPDATE: See the recipe here!

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